Friday, 12 October 2012

Carl brings Stu back to share a skills session













I coached Carl on a public singletrack session and he wanted a private booking and for his mate Stu joined him. On arrival we chilled out with coffee and chatted of their aspirations for the session. I began with the skills check and found I had to work on looking , body position and speed management so I set to work. I changed their set ups and off we went to apply both mental and physical skills to the drop technique and they rode all 3 with absolute ease. 
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We moved to the skills trail and began working on flow and smoothness along a trail. Pumping, steps, drops, rock gardens and fly out jumps were linked to flat, bermed, off camber and switch back corners. I worked hard on line choice and braking and soon they were riding the whole trail end to end and any errors were self identified.
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We had a break and when we resumed they rode the trail a few more times and then i moved them onto our next technique, jumping tabletops. Using a 6ft tabletop I demonstrated and then they followed. in a few small steps they sailed over the jump as if it wasn't there and then used their mental skills to decide to ride the 6ft gap jump too!
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For our final task, we moved onto riding down steeps and using their new body positions they rode it easily and confidently. Our session ended soon after to a riding demonstraion of the skill set I teach in use in my own riidng and we celebrated the session with a cold beer each.
High5!


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