Saturday, 18 June 2011
Filling in the blanks in Jim's black grade riding
Jim is an experienced rider but wanted to flow along trails better and feel more control in the air.
The skills check revealed the missing skills and also what was present and I set to work.
I changed his set up and showed why I did it before moving on the drops.
Jim was comfy in the air once his looking was corrected and I began working on style in the air.
We moved onto the trail and i worked on his body position and looking skills in flat, bermed, switchback and off camber turns and we linked them to rocks, pumping, fly out jumps, steps and drops.
We worked hard on linking drops into corners and then Jim rode the entire trail end to end a few times. Each run was becoming smoother and more fluid than the previous as he took seconds off his overall time with each run.
Lastly, we moved onto the tabletop jump and the 6ft gap side of it too.
In a few runs after working on his push and body position he was sailing over the tabletop and then used his mental skills to great effect to ride his first ever gap jump too.