March 28, 2014 Tony Doyle

Cheltenham mtbers session

 Barnaby, Ben, Matt, Cal and Ben arrived from Cheltenham as arranged and we began with the skills check.
They wanted to push their boundaries of their riding and although each was different in their riding experience I was able to work on them collectively and easily.
Body position and looking were the physical skills i worked on and i knew the mental skills would be needed too.
 Drops were first and they were all riding the 3ft drop in a short space of time and some even began to style it too. I used 2 different trails for the majority of the session so I could work on applying the skills sets to as many different scenarios as possible. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns, drops, jumps, rocks, drop offs, steps and we came across these sections on both trails. Near vertcial drop offs were no issue and they all rode down it using both ways I demoed.
I taught them to style and move the bike in the air from hip jumps and straight drops and jumps too.
Tabletops proved no issue, nor did the 6ft gap jump either.
Now the session was coming to a close but not before we worked on more advanced pumping and choosing when to jump on linked sections and they cornered through 2 berms and choose to jump the 7ft ladder gap jump or not  by applying their mental skills, not by applying balls!
Ben k also rode the 9ft ladder gap with ease a good few times. Over 5 and a half hours since we began and our session ended as mentally they were shot. Great riding guys and enjoy the curry tonight.
High5

Comments (2)

  1. It was my second time to visit Uk bike skills and get coaching from Tony and was hoping to work on my jumping techniques. I progressed to the 9ft ladder gap at the start of “air suppy” which I was happy with but it was the progress in my cornering techniques that I was most happy with. Making fast transitions between corners and keeping a strong posture gave me so much more confidence and grip to really carve through them. It was also so good to see everyone’s riding in our group radically improve through the day, Already planing the next visit! I can’t recommend Uk bike skills highly enough, truly great day!
    Cheers Tony

  2. It was my second time to visit Uk bike skills and get coaching from Tony and was hoping to work on my jumping techniques. I progressed to the 9ft ladder gap at the start of “air suppy” which I was happy with but it was the progress in my cornering techniques that I was most happy with. Making fast transitions between corners and keeping a strong posture gave me so much more confidence and grip to really carve through them. It was also so good to see everyone’s riding in our group radically improve through the day, Already planing the next visit! I can’t recommend Uk bike skills highly enough, truly great day!
    Cheers Tony

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