Friday, 15 July 2011
Stan came to me from the www.bikemagic.com forum after hearing good reports from other users.
The skills check revealed the present and missing skills and I set about my work.
Stan doesn't do wheels off the ground but once I had corrected his natural push by enhancing his looking and body position and also his set up, we moved onto the 3 drops.
The ease of the technique took Stan by surprise as he landed perfectly over and over again.
We then moved onto the trail and worked on the 14 sections contained within.
I showed Stan the pumping technique and we used it to use the trails inherent energy rather than pedaling. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback corners were linked to rock gardens, fly out jumps, steps and drops.
We worked our way down the trail, always adding the previous learned segments to the next one and soon we were riding the entire trail. With each run, Stan got smoother and faster and commented on the ease of it all.
I asked Stan if he'd like to learn to jump tabletops as he rides a lot of trail centers and he agreed.
In 4 goes he sailed over the tabletop.
After another ten goes he was tiring mentally but smiling ear to ear and our session came to a natural end.