Lets be honest, most of us would make lousy actors. So, when we needed to film a short video to promote our Academy over summer we simply made it happen halfway through a Bootcamp and invited a few extras to help. You may have seen the result on our Facebook page. What you didn’t see was the fun and actual learning involved in making it.
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You couldn’t have asked for a better crew. We had been planning this bootcamp since the first time we coached Scott, Gerard and Lisa, a team that have proved both keen and incredibly helpful. After meeting at the Pirinis park it wasn’t long before we started coaching, starting on the mini track to focus on their technical skills. Pretty soon the lure of the main MX track proved to be so great that not only were we soon coaching and cutting laps on it, the trail loop that I had thought they would enjoy most was almost completely neglected for the entirety of the camp.
Their magnetism to the track grew stronger after we helped them master the skills of bumps and jumps. This was isolated to straight line skills for the first day but translated well to the work we did on whips which you can find a video of by clicking on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56jk4vTxL-w, and follow up with this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL9mZe01AsA to illustrate how to bring a whip back straight again. This was filmed and edited by David Shaw, an old neighbour of mine whose work you might have seen on the ITM Fishing Show, of which he is the producer. Now starting to branch out into other areas, he is a real pro and has been great to work with.
Making of a Star
The Bootcampers were joined by my main sponsors son, Nathan Evans who starred as the main character in our vid. He rocked up with a 2014 CRF250R to make sure we were looking good and banged out some solid riding. Mark Delatour of Golden Tyres also made the day along with his partner Dee, having a great day riding bikes, learning a few things and getting a little bit famous.
Back to reality on day three, the morning was not so friendly with heavy rain drenching the tracks thoroughly. When the rain passed we worked on the technical skills of getting over logs before getting back on the track. It might have seemed crazy but we worked on ruts. My rationale being that the ruts are where the traction is found, so best we learn to use that. Front brakes and throttle control become even more essential and we were able to get them out the other side most of the time, and in Gerards case, at speed.
By that time the crew were feeling the effects of three solid days riding and pack up time was almost welcome for some weary bodies, although we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.