Friday, 31 August 2012
We moved off the trail and onto the 6ft tabletop. In a few steps, he was sailing over it and landing perfectly. Simon remarked on how simple it all now felt and effortless. Jump and jump he flew over to cement the technique. For our final application of the skills set, I showed why it applies to hopping over logs on the trail which was something he struggled with before today but no longer and he was now unweighting both ends of the bike and timing it well too.
Our session ended and we celebrated the session over a cold beer in the sun. A great end to an awesome day.
Thursday, 30 August 2012
We moved to the drop sections and His new body position and looking skills really paid dividends as he used his physical and mental skills sets to ride all 3 drops easily. I was even able to get him to begin to style it in the air too!
We moved onto the skills trail and we worked our way methodically down the trail, linking each section to the next and always adding the previous sections to the newest. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to pump bumps, fly out jumps, steps, rock gardens and drops. I worked hard on line choice when linking the drop and cornering techniques together and soon Louis was riding the entire trail end to end. Even the rain didn't deter Louis as he used his new skills to ride fatser and more confidently than ever before. Any errors were self diagnosed as he now knew why it was right or wrong.
Wednesday, 29 August 2012
After the skills check I moved onto a cornering excersise to start to move his body positioning on the bike and enhance his grip and from there we moved onto the skills trail itself. Pre jumping, rock gardens, pumping upslopes, steps and drops were linked to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns. I worked hard on line choice and his right hand turns there.
I knew he wanted to learn to manual through doubles and tabletops but first i wanted to work on the woodwork to work on the mental skills. It wasn't long before he was riding a small isolated drop and soon we moved onto a line that had a drop to wooden berm to a step up and down section. I broke it down and demonstrated before Rich had a go. It didn't take him long to link all 4 sections together.
I then moved to an isolated right hand berm to work on his protection mechanism which occurred at speed before returning to the skills trail and Rich found the final turn way easier as a result.
After a few runs of the trail, Rich declared he was mentally drained so our session ended there.
Amazing progress dude.
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
I really worked hard on Andy's feet placement in his right hand corners and we worked on a body correction excersise to assist them both in gaining more grip before moving onto the skills trail itself.
Pumping was used to gain speed from the trail, rock gardens, fly out jumps, drop offs and steps were linked via their braking areas to flat , bermed, off camber and switchback turns. We worked our way down the trail, always working on bite sized chunks of the trail before adding it to the previous and before long we were riding the whole trail end to end. They were now riding faster and smoother than ever before and any errors were being self diagnosed too as they knew why any section was right or wrong.
After nearly 5 hours I could see they were tiring mentally and our session came to a close after a few more runs of the drop sections. They wanted me to ride some woodwork for them so I gave a demonstration of the same skill set in use in my own riding.
Awesome session guys.