Friday, 6 May 2011
The return of Steve, Alex and Paul
Steve, Alex and Paul had been with me last year and it was great to see the coaching had paid off and was recognizable in them . They wanted to develop their jumping mostly but I found that carrying speed through berms needed work too so I set about my work as usual.
As always I began with drops and worked on body position in flight and moving the bike in the air.
I then worked on linking drops into berms too and found that body position needed working on and also the mental skill set too.
I moved onto an isolated berm and we gradually added speed into it and carried it through.
After a while I moved us onto a wooden berm and once again used the same technique there too.
We then moved back to the drop into the berm and they all rode it more controlled and the speed came naturally.
We then moved onto the 6ft tabletop and to everyone's surprise, they all cleared it in no time at all. They all then rode the gap jump side too. Time and again they rode the jumps before I once more worked on their mental skill set as I showed a 9ft gap jump. Both Steve and Alex declared mental tiredness at this point but both said they feel if fresh they could ride it. Paul then stepped in and rode it smoothly and rode into the following berm too.
The session came to an end to cold beers in the sunshine and smiles all round.