Friday, 21 February 2014
Tuning more Tunnel hill trolls
Looking and body position were collectively missing in their skills and I set to work on those, plus the mental skills too. The looks on their faces as we rode to the drops was of worry but that was replaced by smiles as they all rode the drops including the 1 meter drop and Baz and John even styled it too.
We moved onto cornering and then to the skills trail to apply their new skills. Line choice and braking areas were suggested and applied as they really began to shift down the top half of the trail. We took another coffee break and whilst it was brewing, we worked on pumping and carrying speed through multiple turns.
We resumed, and it wasn't long before they were riding the whole skills trail top to bottom and linking the 14 sections contained within it together smoothly but also controlled and that made them faster! Flat, bermed, switchback and off camber corners were linked to absorbing, rock gardens, drops, up slopes, steps and pump bumps and every run just got faster and faster and any errors self diagnosed as they all knew why it was right or wrong in any section.
We moved to the quarry to work on applying the mental skills to decide what to ride and also to cement the body position skill. I demonstrated riding a near vertical drop off and Rich and Baz followed suit with Mike and John correctly applying their mental skills to comfortably decide to not ride it.
We moved to the 6ft tabletop and gap jump to work on their jumping technique. Mike had jumped before and Baz used to ride bmx as a kid but confidence was shattered by a series of crashes over the past few years but one by one they all sailed over the 6ft tabletop time and time again and even John followed by Baz rode the gap jump too which blew them away. Now there were 5 kids on bikes grinning like Cheshire cats on the hillside and I was one of them and it was a privilege to be part of the session as they all improved massively. Soon after the session came to a close as mentally they were shot and an awesome week of coaching and riding continued for me.
Thanks for your time guys.