For a more civilised Stag Do, Paddy, the Best Man decided it would be fun to sign everyone up for a mountain bike skills session. As the group got out of the mini bus it wasn’t difficult to spot Mark “the Stag” as they had kindly dressed him up as Luke Skywalker, Hoth Pilot, from the Empire Strikes Back. 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; changes to the body position, “dropping your outside foot”, and the use of the hips. To get everyone focused on footwork we practiced balancing on one leg…….doesn’t look silly at all!! 😉 Following this they all tried this when cornering around
a simple bend. After this we headed into the single track to
try the four corners, and linking the corners together. We then headed over to “Stickler” to sample the challenges of the bermed corners on “Stickler”. Here we focused on the body position and bike position, and how it can affect the line around the berm. As well as working hard to get the looking through the corner towards the exit. After working hard on cornering it was time for a few games to train you to be more stable on the bike. All the group were up for the slow bike challenge. We marked out a large coned circle and the aim of the game is to all ride around the area without putting your foot down or running into each other. To challenge their balancing skills further we kept reducing the area. The “Stag” was definitely being picked on to get him out the game! The track stand challenge. As we headed back towards the centre, we did a bit of limbo on the bike.Final debrief at the car park and it was time to head for us to head home and the group to head to the pub. It was a pleasure doing the coaching session and great fun. Enjoy the Wedding.