Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Nick and Lee's 2 to 1 skills session
After a delay in their arrival due to an accident, we chatted over a coffee and i gave them an outline for the beginning of the session.
I ran them through the skills check and that revealed some missing skills but also a very natural technique too. I changed their set ups and we moved onto the drop technique to apply both their mental and physical skill sets.
In no time at all they were landing perfectly after I had worked on their looking and body positioning. Even in high winds they were smooth and controlled.
After a while we moved onto the skills trail and I began working on the 14 sections contained within it. Pumping, fly out jumps, steps, rock gardens and drops were linked to berms, off camber, switchback and flat corners. We worked down the trail methodically and add the next to all the previous sections. Nick really began to fly through the trail and Lee became more and more comfortable with air under his wheels.
I worked on linking drops into corners and the benefit of correct line choice. Eventually, it was time to ride the entire trail end to end. Each run was smoother and faster as a result. Each time they walked back up they had a big grin each.
I then showed them the correct way to disconnect a bunny hop over a tree and also why the same technique could be applied to advanced pumping. This shocked the guys as they now could generate massive speed changes without pedaling.
Our session came to a close as darkness began to fall and I gave them a riding demonstration of jumping, pumping and manualing jumps all the way down the jump trail using the same skill set I had given them.
Awesome session guys!