Friday, 25 March 2011

Todays singletrack skills public coaching session




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Dan, Tim, Toni, Ed, Kev Alexandra and Mike met as arranged and we began with the skills check as always. It's here that I identify not only the missing skills but also the present ones too and also where I make set up changes that may be required.
Once corrected we moved onto the drop technique before getting onto the trail proper.


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Here I began working on looking and body positioning and later on footwork with some too and all the riders made great strides in this technique, landing perfectly.
We then moved onto the trail and it's 14 sections contained within it. Starting from the top, we worked on each section and linked it to the next using the correct braking zones.
Rock gardens, pumping, steep up slopes, drops, steps and flat, bermed , switchback and off camber corners were all methodically linked one by one and the trails energy was used rather than the riders.
The trail requires riders to add their own speed for the top half and then the riders must control the trails speed for the lower half.
We worked on linking corners and drops quite heavily before we all rode the trail end to end quite a few times. each rider was riding faster and more controlled than they were at the start and also had a mental skills set to apply in the riding also.
Awesome session!

2 comments:

  1. Great blog & photos, great teacher, great trails, great day, great people, great fun we had!

    I wish u filmed my fall down the hill...just to show why I am in such pain today to everyone I moaning to!

    Thanks for saving the rest of the day with the flat pedals! THank you Stoff for the speedy training & encouragement, Kev for the painkillers...and the lift later. thank you so much!What a day!

    Thanks Tony & the gang
    see u soon
    alexandra@papavramides.com

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  2. Just to say thank you for a great day. Eddie and I still keep remembering things from the day, as there was so much to take in and concentrate on while we were there. We have both come away from fri feeling that even in that short space of time our riding improved, and with more bike time and fun trails we can see even more improvements to follow. We can't wait to try and put it all into practice and are busy planning our weekend cycling trips to get out there! Thanks Tony and Stof.
    Regards
    Eddie and Toni

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