Dan has ridden at Swinley a number of times before, so knew a few of the trails. He’s going to the Alps soon so wanted to just get a few pointers on his skills before hitting the mountains. We covered the basic safety checks and briefing before heading out to the trails. We spent a short while just focusing on the control position, braking and bike set-up; adjusting the
brake levers to enable easier reach. We discussed the idea of the platform for your feet, and how you adjust this as the terrain become steeper, while still focusing on the “under rotation” Basic cornering followed the braking exercises; here we corrected a few habits that Dan had picked up, with straightening the leg out and pushing the body back over the back of the bike.
We changed his body position to a more balanced set up, as well as using the hips and heels to increase the corner grip and control. After linking the four corners together, we then focused on line choice, through the corners, and how
you can broaden out the corners and use the berms to your advantage. Transition between the four corners. The bermed corners on stickler were then utilised, to further work develop the “looking” aspects of the corners, getting Dan to consider the apex of the corner and then scanning through the exit, even if the exit is above or below the
current trail. We did a few more exercises on working the bike and pumping through the trails, before heading back to the centre for a debrief. Dan was then headings back out again to further cement the work completed in the morning, in readiness for his up coming trips to the Alps. I hope I can see some of you MTB pics of the Alps on your return!