Monday, 30 April 2012
Saturday, 28 April 2012
It wasn't long before we moved onto the pump and jump trail where I demonstrated why the same skills set applied to jumping, pumping and manuals. Lance found it easier than he thought to manual over tabletops and doubles. I moved us onto an isolated drop that was a bit larger than the previous three but it was mentally harder but using the skills, Lance had no problem with that either.
Finally, we moved onto another trail and worked on drop offs into corners that lead up a hip, into 2 more corners and a gap jump followed by a drop in . I demonstrated it as ever and then lance rode it in segments before finally linking it all together.
Awesome session Lance and i look forward to your riding updates.
Friday, 27 April 2012
Pumping was the first technique and I showed why this enabled riders to gain speed through undulations on the trail and we used this speed to ride the following berm, flat corner. I added the rock garden and 2 more corners in quite quickly and they soon began riding smoother, faster and more controlled. Any errors were identified by the missing skills and they now knew why it went right or wrong.
We had a break and resumed with adding a fly out jump, corner, step , corner, drop and a berm into the trail. I showed why line choice was so important when linking drops into corners and soon they were riding the trail end to end and loving it.
We moved onto the pump and jump trail and both myself and Nathan demonstrated pumping the sections on the trail and whether to choose to pump or jump. Each rider got to grips with it after a while so rather than waste more energy on it we moved onto steep drop offs and also steep drops into corners. Their new mental skills were used to decide whether to ride sections or not rather than bravado and It was awesome to see them smiling at their new found confidence.
Our session ended as mental and physical tiredness showed and We gave them a tour of the herts woodwork to end the session.
I cannot wait for your riding updates!
Thursday, 26 April 2012
To end our session I moved us onto the pump and jump trail where I worked more on pumping sections of a trail to gain speed to be able to get air time off jumps. The rains came as we ended our session to smiles all round. Great riding guys and it was a pleasure to coach you both.
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
I moved them onto the pump and jump trail where I demonstrated why pumping allowed you to gain speed through sections to be able to jump a 9ft tabletop. The guys got to grips with this and rode the whole trail in the same vein. I finished the session by teaching them why the skill set applies to manualing and they were soon choosing whether to jump, pump or manual jumps.
They were pretty much shattered by the end of the session and a tour of herts and a cold beer was the order of the day. Great riding guys and it was a pleasure to coach you all.