Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The re return of cakerider Ian





Having coached Ian twice before he wanted to develop his skill set further and that meant applying his mental skill set. I began with the skills check as always to make sure no skills were dropping away and then moved onto the pump and jump trail where I worked on advanced pumping, jumping and also manualing tabletops and doubles.

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Ian was shocked at how easy it was and he rode the whole trail end to end a few times to cement it.
We moved from there to the woodwork so that I could work on his mental skills and began on a very low ladder and I showed him how to control balance errors and before long Ian rode a 7ft high ladder to advanced drop (gap) landing.
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I added in a wooden berm and later a step up and step down too which he rode easily and the smile just grew and grew.
I moved us onto the alpine switchbacks and also a natural drop and once again, after a demonstration, Ian rode both with control and confidence.
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We moved onto another singletrack line we have at Herts and I broke it down and demonstrated each section before Ian then rode it. He was getting smoother and smoother as he used his footwork, looking and body positioning to great effect.
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I showed how and why to drop in to very steep stuff sideways too and he loved it as he rode the trail end to end a few times and jumping the roll-able double on the way too.

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Our final technique was the beginning of dirt jumping and dealing with steeper take offs and landings, this proved no problem and Ian even linked a 12ft hipped gap jump into it too!
Great session dude!

2 comments:

  1. Now that looks like a lot of fun! looking forward to the session in april!

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  2. Tony

    Thanks for a great session, cannot believe how much we covered...superb. Still smiling about it the morning after a couple of beers last night :)

    Quick report here - http://www.cakeriders.info/return-to-ukbikeskills/

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