I had previous coached Andy twice before, the last time in 2011 and he wanted to return to get over in particular his fear of drops like the start to vicious valley at bike park wales. When ever I begin my mountain bike coaching sessions I always begin with my skills check and that showed me that Andy had developed into a different rider than when we last met and our session would cover some stuff he’d previously said no too and that we’d end up on the woodwork too.
Drops were first and that was quickly followed by the 6ft tabletop and I worked on applying effort or speed to judge distance of flight and he was popping into the air quite nicely. Then Andy used his mental skills to decide to ride the gap jump side and landed sweetly 6ft over the gap. Amazing. Next we worked on linking pumping, cornering and choosing when to jump or pump sections of trail. During the session It was clear that bigger gap jumps were not something for today but we worked on four different ways of riding a near vertical drop off and hipping into it finally was amazing to watch especially the size of the grin that was plastered all over his face.
I then demonstrated riding then alpine switchbacks and again Andy followed suit. We ended our session with Andy riding a long line of woodwork that involved a drop, pumping and cornering as well as the whole different level of mental skills.
Cracking session. High5!