Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Breaking a barrier in Neil and Simon's riding

 Neil and Simon arrived as arranged for their private skills session and The skills check revealed they needed work on their mental skills and also they were missing body position and looking in all areas. I made a simple set up change and proceeded to the drops to apply their new skills sets to. After demonstrations from myself they began and were landing smoothly and perfectly from the word go, a far cry from their old technique of sit back and hope.
 We moved to the skills trail and began working on the top half consisting of four corners, rock garden and a pump mound. We worked on linking the sections together and any errors were already being self diagnosed as they knew why it was right or wrong in any section. We took a break and resumed by riding the rest of the trail and soon they were riding the whole trail top to bottom and linking all 14 sections of the trail together via line choice and control areas. Berms, flat, off camber and switchback turns were linked to drop offs, absorbing, steps,rocks, pumping and drops were all linked smoother and faster than before.
We moved to another trail and worked on riding steep sections including a near vertical drop off and linked the sections before it including a fade away jump and more corners.
We moved to the pump and jump trail and worked on staying on the ground and pumping and absorbing sections on the trail and linked a berm at the end of the trail into the line too. Soon they were choosing whether to jump or pump sections on that trail and linked the end 2 berms into the line now and were flying around the turns with ease.
They were showing signs of tiring and when Neil found the top tube of his yeti frame had cracked halfway through the carbon our session definitely came to a close. Awesome session guys.

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