Wednesday, 30 July 2014
I started with the skills checks where i worked on looking and body position within them both. I also made some set up changes before moving onto drops. Here they put to practise the technique we had just covered. We also worked on braking correctly here. We worked further on cornering, using first a grassy slope, then 2 single berms, then we moved onto the trail. We worked our way down the whole trail over the next couple of hours, linking corners, rocks, fly outs, steps and drops, and they where riding top to bottom, each run was quicker and more in control than the previous. The tabletop was next, and i worked with them individually to find their clearance point. They both rode the gap jump too! We finished on the pump and jump trail where they were pumping and jumping certain sections, but soon mental tiredness set in and brought our session to an end.
Good work guys, remember that hand.
John and Chris came to me for a two to one session to find the answers to the errors in their riding that they knew were happening but didn't know why. The skills check showed that they were missing body positioning and looking skills and then it was a case of working on the mental skills as they applied them to the techniques I taught them in sections found out on the trails. Drops now proved no issue and soon we worked on cornering and here they were stunned at the new found levels of grip. We worked on linking sections of a trail together and flowing smoother and becoming faster as a result. Next was steep stuff and different ways of riding near vertical drop offs.
The heat of the day didn't detract from the session and it was time to move to jumping. The 6ft tabletop was first followed by the 6ft gap jump and they were floating on air as the smiles beamed over their faces.
They wanted more so we moved to a linked 9ft gap jump, sandwiched between 2 berms. one after the other they sailed over it and a couple of goes later our session closed to high5's and smiles.
Amazing day. High5!