Tuesday, 25 September 2012

The power of a group session







































Nick booked the session for himself and Tony, Justin and Martin joined him on the session. Group sessions with riders that ride together are always interesting as I can get them to use each others strengths and they learn as a single entity.
 I found they needed all parts of the skills worked on , both physically and mentally but a few set up changes and off we went to apply the new skill sets to techniques required in mtbing.
 I worked hard on body positioning throughout and as we began with drops they found them very easy indeed.
 I moved onto the skills trail and their new footwork, looking and body positions were applied in all 14 sections of the skills trail. Pumping, rock gardens, steps, fly out jumps and drops were linked by the correct braking areas to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns.
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We moved down the trail working on isolated parts of it before finally riding the whole trail end to end a few times. The change in them all was dramatic as they now confidently rode fast and with greater control.
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 They wanted to learn to jump tabletops for when they go away on alpine holidays so I moved to the 6ft tabletop and gap jump. In no time at all they all sailed over the tabletop.
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They then used their mental skills that I teach to decide individually, to ride the 6ft gap jump too! A few runs later and over 5 hours from the start, I could see mental fatigue creep in and our session ended to a tour of the skills area.
 Great riding guys, High5!

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