The Wanganui club track was in excellent form thanks to the massive rains it had soaked up just before their club day, making for exactly the bumps and ruts you want to master.
That is not where we started though, making the most of the grooming work done by Terry Casserly. For the boys from www.makowhaistation.co.nz it was their first time on an actual MX track and something of an eye opener so I introduced them to the front brake in the relative safety of the mini track.
The young ones were already sitting like pro riders and we worked on standing later, but effective use of their front brake was the key to helping them enter quickly into ruts with control. That is not to say they were unable to use the front brake, I just needed them to get really good at it.
Taking them straight to the main track would have probably been best, and I took too long to get them there. They would never feel how effective it is until we finally did put them into the long cornering ruts, literally throwing them in the deep end.
Sink or Swim
If they were still unused to getting on the front brake then they initially struggled, the weirdness of entering with speed and keeping their peace-sign fingers on the front brake was just too much to process in the midst of a struggle for survival.
Fortunately they were understanding enough to fight through the fear until they had the main rut sorted, the secret being in their fingers of course.
I probably didn’t put them in the deep end enough on the bumps and jumps to make the benefits of the new standing style really sink in. That time will come, especially if they did get enough of a taste of the MX track to get the addiction we know so well. And I look forward to helping lock in the style that will help them the most.