Saturday, 29 December 2012
We moved onto the skills trail and began working on linking the 14 sections contained within it together. Bermed, off camber, switchback and flat corners were linked to pumping, absorbing, rock gardens, steps, fly out jumps and drops. We moved down the trail gradually always adding the previously worked on sections to the next. I worked on braking and line choice too, especially when linking drops and corners.
From there I moved onto riding steep stuff and here their new body positioning paid dividends as they rode the drop offs after demonstrations from myself.
Next up was the 6ft tabletop and gap jump and they both sailed over the tabletop and then used their mental skills to ride the gap too.
Our session ended with working on linking to berms together before mentally they had had enough and our session came to a close.
Thanks Nick and James and to all the riders I have met this year.
Friday, 21 December 2012
The session began as I always start them, with my skills check and I made some set up changes to their bikes to enhance their riding position and control.
A great end to a great week of coaching.
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
We had a break and resumed with their bug bear, jumping and using the 6ft tabletop I worked on their mental skills and soon they were sailing over it and even rode the gap jump side too a few times. I could see they were tiring but I wanted to teach them to manual through sections and for this we moved to the pump and jump trail and in no time at all Rich manualed across a tabletop and soon Steve began to get to grips with it also. They then proceeded to choose whether to jump, pump or manual sections on the trail and linked in a s bend set of berms and a 6ft ladder gap jump too!! They were grinning ear to ear but tired and our session came to a close with a pint to celebrate the end of a great session.