Thursday, 16 February 2012
Three go mad from Sheffield
Ian, Rob and Simon made the trip down to Herfordshire to see me for their session. The snow from the previous 9 days had disappeared and the sun was out for us. I identified the missing skills that needed work during my skills check and I also made A simple set up change to Simon's bike and that made a massive difference to his control.
We began as always with the drop technique and they applied both their physical and mental skill sets to this. Their new body position, footwork and looking enhancement really paid off.
After a while and all 3 drops were ridden, we moved onto the skills trail itself and I broke the trail down into bite sized chunks and we worked on the 14 sections contained within.
Pumping was first and this gained energy set the speed for the trail. They then rode the following berm and flat corner, later adding in a rock garden and 2 more corners. After a short break we went back to the trail and I showed why their skill set applied to getting air from a fly out jump and linked it to a corner with a step on the exit. Now they were really beginning to fly as they rode 9 sections all linked together smoother and faster than before.
I showed how to link the drop and corner techniques using line choice and before they knew it they were linking the 14 sections together and laughing as they did! Rob was railing the trail and any errors were already identified by the riders as they now knew why anything went wrong and why it was right. Ian's cornering speed went through the roof as he explored grip using his new skill set.
After a few runs, I moved us onto our last technique of jumping a 6ft tabletop. All three of them at the start of the day had serious doubts about this but were now chomping at the bit and one by one they began sailing over it. Simon even rode the gap jump side a couple of times too!
The lads were now tired mentally and were happy to end the session right there to a cold beer and a tour of the woodwork.
Amazing session guys, high5!