Kate and Will had been given a beginner's course as birthday presents by their respective partners while Maddie had booked the course as a preparation for her first mountain bike race in August. It was clear from the start that Maddie had a great advantage learning to mountain bike on technical terrain from having done off road motorbiking in the past. Her slow speed balance was fantastic making tight turns very easy once she was looking in the right place as well as giving her an advantage on rocky and technical climbs.
Kate and Will wasn't far behind though and as a group they made fantastic progress. Kate was slightly less experienced than Will and also more cautious but the the whole group encouraged every attempt and the atmosphere was wonderfully positive throughout the whole day.
Particularly amusing was to see the surprised look on their faces when they managed to do power assisted front wheel lifts on their first attempt having initially thought it an impossible task! Will surprised himself by riding things he only ever considered walking down previously and living locally I'm sure I'll see him enjoying all the technical features on these trails in the future.
Great day, wonderful participants and decent weather, what more could I ask for!
Fantastic course and I really appreciate the way it was delivered. You explained everything in a way I could understand. That did help me to pick things up quite easily. Didn't get bogged down with too much technical stuff. Thank you.
Yes I would love to do the intermediate course. Sounds awesome getting some "air". I am going to get a few more hours in practising the stuff we learnt and do the race in August then I'll be in touch about the course. I want the basics to become second nature first.
Rightio thank you so much for your patience and encouragement it has helped.
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
It was a lovely day today not just because the weather was warm and pleasant but also the group was very eager to learn and enthusiastic even about the climbs! Jane had recently got into mountain biking after a holiday in Greece and wanted to know more, especially about descending techniques after having had a nasty crash on a slope. Andy whose main sport is surfing loves the adrenalin rush from mountain biking but was also slightly hesitant about certain descents after having had a few crashes while getting used to riding off road. Kieron on the hand had been more or less worn down by me constantly telling him over the last year and a half to come along on the course as we regularly see each other on the trails and to be frank (sorry Kieron) he needed a lesson to make him enjoy riding more and not look so tense and worried!