For every session there is a key lesson to learn. This lesson is usually different for each rider, so in this article I will skip over the majority of what was taught and just focus on the biggest skill that I felt helped each rider the most and will continue to need the most practice.
Having watched her older brothers ride and have coaching sessions with me in the past, it is now her turn and she even gets to ride one of her brothers modern 250 fourstrokes. Her main problem was getting off the startline well, so we needed to work on holding the sweet spot of the clutch.
Breaking the required movements into four steps, she just couldn’t seem to hold the clutch at step three for long enough, which is at that crucial period that gets the bike moving. So I got out the big guns. “If you can’t hold step three for long enough then I will give you a thumbs down. Three thumbs down and you owe me ten pushups. Deal?”
It works so often that I wonder what is wrong with the human psyche. It worked again while the threat was on, but when the pressure came off, the stalling returned again. At least she knows what to work on now!
The next session was about confidence building. Cody had a rare ability to quickly adapt to the new standing position, which saw him overcome some serious hill work, giving him no reason to not work on his main weakness of sitting right back on the seat.
Then it was my reassurance that saw George work his way up from cautiousness in the sawdust to the point where not only could he double onto the second whoop, he then went on to double a step up that he had never attempted before. Both of the lads were suitably stoked.
This was a similar story to my last session. Watching Ollie grow and progress has been made even more fun as his dad joins him for every session or camp. Right away they were looking confident so it came as no surprise when dad also worked his way up to doubling the step up.
The lessons came in teaching them the benefits of staying forward up a jump face without any sudden blips or lifts. Suddenly Brett found the bike much more agreeable and consistent. Sure, it will take plenty of time to solidify into a new habit, but the hard work has been done.