We moved onto the skills trail to work on his cornering among other things and soon he was linking the trails 14 sections together. Pumping was used to connect to the trail and flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to drop offs, upslopes, rock gardens and steps by their identified braking areas. I worked on the effect of line choice when linking drop offs into corners and when Mike rode the whole trail the effect was dramatic. He was now a new rider, confidently riding each section and commitment was there too.
I could see he was tiring so we moved onto the pump and jump trail to work on developing his pumping technique further. Our session ended with Mike requesting a riding demonstration of the same skill set in use on a fast and high line at herts.