Stu, Nigel and Martin came to me after recommendation from some other lads on the wmmtb forum (high5 stu magroo) and on meeting i could see they were apprehensive. I ran them through my skills check and found they needed work on their looking and body positioning and also their mental skills too.
Once i had made some set up changes we moved on, much to their shock to our first technique, drops. Using their new mental and physical skills sets they began landing perfectly even if Nigel thought he’d never do it when we first met. After a body positioning exercise we moved onto the skills trail and I began working on linking the sections on the trail together. Pumping was first and we used this gained energy to link the following berm and flat corner too. It wasn’t long before I added a rock garden and 2 more corners into the mix and they all began riding so much more smoothly and faster but feeling unhurried. A fly out and corner with a step on the exit were next and they were now controlling the speed of the trail and riding 9 sections effortlessly compared to before we began.
I worked hard on the final sections of the trail and worked on braking and line choice when linking drops into corners. They were now riding the entire trail end to end and any errors were being self diagnosed as they now knew why it was wrong or right in any section. Each run was getting faster as they grew more confident too as their mental skills were asplied as I taught them to apply them.
I could see they were tiring but I wanted to teach them why their skills sets applied to the jump technique as they ride Cannock Chase and that has jumping opportunities . In a few small steps they all got airtime and rode the 6ft tabletop over and over again. Martin used his mental skills to decide to ride the gap jump side too. I could see mentally they were tiring and all agreed when the session came to a close.
Thanks for being part of a great progessive session guys.