Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Chris masters his riding pt2

 Chris was coached by myself last year and returned to bring his riding on some more. The skills check showed me I needed to work on a footwork error and his mental skills. The drops and the 6ft tabletop and gap jump sailed past before the morning was up and we moved on to riding another trail that has steeper sections, pumping, corners, jumps  and near vertical drops. I worked on his control of the trail and soon he was flying. We spent a while on the trail before taking a coffee break and on resuming,we moved to riding alpine style switchbacks and again his skills sets shone through as he nailed them easily.
I really wanted to develop his pumping of the trail more and  more advanced techniques for doing so and he really connected to the trail, choosing when to jump or absorb and he carried speed through 2 berms later too with a big smile as his footwork fault was now corrected.
We linked the whole pump and jump together top to bottom and I could see the mental side of the coaching session was draining him and we took another break but soon after he declared himself knackered and happy so our session ended.
 Amazing progression dude

Phil and Simon's 2 to 1 session

Phil and Simon arrived as planned, so I began as always with the skills checks, where I discovered I needed to work on mainly looking and body positioning, but also on a little bit of footwork. They also showed me that they unweighted the bike naturally, and that I just needed to add looking to their skills set. After a few set up changes, we moved straight onto some drops, and here I explained the mental skills set, and soon they were both riding the larger drop, and commenting on how comfortable it felt. I then gave them a cornering exercise so they could work on their body positioning, before moving onto the trail. Here, we worked down section by section, and both Simon and Phil where riding top to bottom linking both bermed and flat corners, rock gardens, fly outs, steps and drops. We then moved onto the table top, where I controlled their speed, and slowly increased how far across they were jumping. Mental and physical tiredness brought our session to an end, and I look forward to hearing how the riding is going.

great session guys!


Tuesday, 30 July 2013

30th July public jumps & drops session

Everyone arrived as planned, so we began the session with the skills check where we discovered that collectively we needed to work on body positioning and looking. After explaining what was needed, and making a few set up changes, we moved onto the drop technique. Here we explained the mental skillset, and soon, everyone was riding of the drops more comfortably than before. We then done a little bit of work on cornering, and linking drops into corners. We stopped for lunch, and when we resumed, we went straight onto the tabletop, where we managed everyone's speed so we could match their jump technique to a given speed. We then worked on the pump jump trail where they had to pump to generate enough speed
in order to be able to clear a 9ft tabletop. We then showed them a 9ft gap jump where they used their new mental skill sets to choose whether to ride it or not. Our session ended riding a 15ft tabletop, where they managed their own speed to
jump a given distance.

Great session guys!

high 5!