Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Mike and the gang on a pre Alps session

 Mike attended a session with me 2 years ago and wanted to return to further his own riding and also share a session with his riding buddy's Tristan, Dot, Joe and Tom. I found they needed work on looking and body positioning as well as the mental skills and I made some crucial set up changes too. We moved onto the drop technique and they quickly rode all 3 easier than before and landing in more control. We moved onto the skills trail and began work on linking all 14 sections of the trail together via line choice and control areas. Pre jumps, absorbing, rock gardens, steps jumps and drops were all linked to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns.
A midway break in the heat was welcome and we resumed. Before long they were riding the whole trail end to end and fast too. Any errors were self diagnosed and recognised.
Next we applied the skills sets to riding tabletops and gap jumps and in a few steps they not only cleared the tabletop but also the 6ft gap jump too.
 we moved onto riding steeper terrain and the body positioning required and After demonstrations from myself they began using their mental skills to decide what technique to apply to riding a near vertical drop off.
Lastly, we worked on linking 2 berms together and carry speed out of them with Tristan saling over a wooden gap jump was a cherry on the top.
 Cracking session.


  1. It's Tristan,

    Thanks, it was great to have such an analytical overview to the riding. Definitely practicing my cornering and distance on jumps like crazy now, hopefully it'll show in the results. Maybe I'll be able to add some style to my jumps now too.

    Great session.


  2. Hi Tony,

    Thanks again for squeezing us into youre busy schedule for a pre-alps confidence boost. Even though we had a group of mixed abilities, you were able to pick up on all our riding styles and lacking skills, especially those 'oh yeaaahh' moments when you point out an observation on one of your mates that you would have never noticed before.

    The cornering skills was good, and the help getting over that edge fear was greatly appreciated.

    Know we'll all be swapping notes when we hit Les Gets (full of the Troy Lee boys!).

    Great day, great coffee.