Nick and James turned up as arranged and the weather played ball and the rain held off for the session too. I ran them through my skills check and discovered they needed looking and body positioning worked on as well as their mental skills.
I began as ever, with applying both mental and physical skills to the drop technique and it didn’t take them long to ride all three comfortably.
We moved onto the skills trail and began working on linking the 14 sections contained within it together. Bermed, off camber, switchback and flat corners were linked to pumping, absorbing, rock gardens, steps, fly out jumps and drops. We moved down the trail gradually always adding the previously worked on sections to the next. I worked on braking and line choice too, especially when linking drops and corners.
From there I moved onto riding steep stuff and here their new body positioning paid dividends as they rode the drop offs after demonstrations from myself.
Next up was the 6ft tabletop and gap jump and they both sailed over the tabletop and then used their mental skills to ride the gap too.
Our session ended with working on linking to berms together before mentally they had had enough and our session came to a close.
Thanks Nick and James and to all the riders I have met this year.