Chris arrived and as always I ran him through the skills checks to begin with. Although body position with the only thing I had to work on physically, it came to a surprise when I explained the technique for jumping and dropping, as it was not what he had previously thought. We moved onto to work cornering, first perfecting the technique on the hill side, and then we linked three berms together, to focus more on looking and speed control.

We moved onto drops and here I had him approach at a variety of different speeds and adjust his effort to match. I could see he was comfortable here, so I moved him straight across to tabletops. Although Chris physically had what was needed, mentally he found these challenging. I controlled his speed, adding more of it each go, and we matched this speed with the effort he put in to unweighting, and found his clearance point. Once he found this, the gap jump came easily too.

We moved back over to the linked berms, but this time I demonstrated the wooden gap jump which followed the second corner. Chris was railing the turns, and after a few speed checks, we happy to ride over the gap.

We moved into the quarry to work on steeper terrain, as Chris wanted to feel how having the correct body position can lead to having a whole lot more control over the bike. Rolling into these sections both straight and sideways were easy for him, so we moved back to work on some north shore.

We spent the next hour or so here, linking long sections of wooden ladder, basic ladder drops, higher sections, small seesaws, wooden berms and larger wooden gap drops. Chris was loving it, and now wanted to go back to ride some jumps to reinforce the technique. I showed him the larger 9ft gap jump in the trees, which he rode with style, linking it well with the two corners which sandwiched it. Chris sat down for 5 to try and find a bit more energy, but felt that he was now tired, and our session came to an end.

Nice one Chris! Stand up!

Nath (@ukbikenath)