Saturday, 7 May 2011
The three M's session
Mark, Markus and Mike came to me wanting an all round polish of their skills and techniques used in riding trail centers.
During the skills check I found the missing skills but also uncovered an natural push in all 3 of them.
Once the missing skills were corrected and identified we moved onto the drops as always. Here I demonstrated how and why the skills are present in this technique and to their collective surprise, they all rode the 3 drops with ease.
We then moved onto the skills trail and began working on the linking the 14 sections contained within it together using the trails energy and how to control it.
We linked flat, bermed, switchback and off camber corners along with pumping, fly outs, steps, rock gardens and drops.
We worked along the trail slowly, working on parts at a time and linking it to the previous. The last segment requires the linking of the drop technique and corner technique together. We then rode the entire trail a few times and with each run the riding became more and more fluid and flowed.
Lastly, We moved onto the tabletop and I demonstrated once again how and why the skills applied to the technique of jumping and in a short while they all rode the 6ft tabletop cleanly and easily. They used their mental skill set to great effect by riding the 6ft gap jump side of it also more than once too :)
The session ended with me giving a demonstration of the skill set in full use on the woodwork of Herts