Rob bought his wife Kate today as a present and he joined in too as they both wanted to develop their riding skills further. When I ran them through the skills check, I found they needed work on footwork, looking and body positioning and also their mental skills. I made set up changes and showed them why before moving to the first application of their skills sets, drops.
I demonstrated first and then they followed, Straight away it felt comfortable and way easier than ever before for them both.All three drops were ridden by them both before we moved onto cornering.
I used one, then added two, then finally three berms and we worked on carrying speed through turns before having a well needed break for coffee and grub.
We next moved to the singletrack and I broke down the 14 sections into their required techniques before linking them all together by identifying line and braking areas. Soon they were riding the whole trail top to bottom. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to jumping, drop offs, steps, pumping and a rock garden for good measure. They knew why it was right or wrong in any section too and self diagnosed errors. Kate was tiring fast and i could see unforced errors creeping in but i still had time to work on riding over obstacles like trees and logs before our session closed to a beer and a walk around the herts woodwork. A brilliant end to a fantastic week of coaching.