Past experience and a little blind faith were what helped me overcome those niggling feelings of doubt. While looking after us grandly for one night, Grant of Langlands Honda wasn’t helping hopes of holding a successful days training at Carterton.
On the Edge
Two weeks was a long time to have not seen the sun. And while the Baron’s property was not absent of the signs showing large amounts of rain, its gravelly base pulled through and we had an excellent days coaching with over a dozen riders participating.
To dry the place out we had six adults and a man-child tearing around all morning, where we worked on old and new skills. It seems we are making progress, as most of them had been under my coaching before.
Next Level Training
That left me free to up the ante with some advanced jumping work, going so far as seeing people jump their first doubles and turn their whips into scrubs; basically not needing to power off the lip to help get the back out.
With lunch came the hard bit; orchestrating eight kids on what was always going to be a challenging surface for their small wheels. It was Evan Hawkless to the rescue, my helper for this week who took the youngest into the grippier grass of our carpark paddock for some one on one, while the rest were happy to progress through different sections until most of the track was rideable for them.
“Would you like to not be scared of riding ruts?” In order to get their attention,
my first question of the day had its desired effect and gave them the motivation they would need to fix their front brake and throttle control issues. After an hour of so of practice and refining they were ready for section number two, that included one particularly narrow line that they proceeded to smash out perfectly.
In the paddock next door, young Charlie was ready for my riding assessment after two sessions with Evan. His skills were spot on in so many ways, enough to make me impressed with both Evan and Charlie.
Meanwhile numerous tabletops, bumps and ditches made the job of sorting out standing styles easy, and while they were not exactly up to scrubbing, full laps were now well within their reach.