Cullen was first on the mini track, followed by the always mischievous Loveridge brothers. Both sessions were fun to coach in their own way. It just took some of them longer to convince than others but there was no giving up until they were well and truly set on those shorter inside lines and starts that surprised even me.
On the big track it was Charles who kicked off the knee gripping bonanza where we smashed his previous braking points and got his jumping more confident than ever. Much the same story as Sean Dent and Kane Dittmer the latter of which able to overcome a seriously bad day the last time he was here, enough so that he was full of confidence for the camp we held the following day with his mum holding the bike together like a pro.
Russel was having his first go on a MX track in a long time which he proved by riding the track backwards (how it used to run) then tearing up the mini track for a while. We had a great time getting him sitting forward and leaning back for the turns before breaking his straight waist habit which should put him in good stead.
I Can See Clearly Now
Two sessions to go and it was Larry Blair amping after we had two more break throughs in his riding. It was great to see the light come on as something of a revelation for what might seem like a small style change, but it was exactly the same revelation that I found late last year and it felt good to share. We were even able to help him with his diet thanks to something that has helped me a lot. Lets just hope the two of us can make the changes show!
Not last and certainly not least, the Tate family followed up on our conversation at the Whangamata Kids Camp and had their own special session. They also took some convincing, even two weeks later at the Hamilton Kids Camp. We got them to avoid powering too hard too early, sitting forward while leaning back, using the peace sign fingers on their levers. Then there was standing, which remains to be seen as to whether we can get the elder son to keep changing gears and using the rear brake like that- buddy, it is up to you. I would like to think our latest trip to Barrett Road was a 100% success!