Thursday, 24 April 2014
Jenn and Stu's skills session
I then moved straight to jumping as I could see that physically they both were ready and only a mental skills tweak was needed before they were both clearing the 6ft tabletop, Jenn's 1st ever and Stu was comfortably riding the gap jump side too.
We took a break and resumed with carrying speed through berms and again Stu upped his game by riding and styling the 7ft ladder gap that came after as he now could carry enough speed through the turns to do so.
Next, on to the skills trail and we worked on linking the sections contained in it together using various techniques. We rode steps, rocks, upslopes, drops and pumped . Linking that to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns. The change in them now was clear to see as they became more connected to the trail and fluid which made them faster.
Next, we moved to steeper terrain and the mental skills required as well as that all important body positioning. Alpine switchbacks, Near vert drop off and steeps into corners were all ridden and in various ways, demonstrated of course by myself first.
We finished our session on a trail linking everything together including moving the bike in the air and ending in the ever easier vert drop in.
Amazing session of progress and fun too.