It was nice to get out and do one more course just before the end of the year. I had the pleasure of meeting Lissa whose very cautious approach had meant that she hadn't built up the confidence in riding technical terrain. She was joined by her husband writing a feature about the courses.
As usual we started off with the basic climbing and descending techniques as well as tight turns and it was very encouraging to hear Lissa's verbal feedback that suddenly everything felt so easy and effortless! I very rarely see anybody riding badly as I always make sure people know what to do before they have a go and this was definitely the case with Lissa who straight away applied every technique and rode stuff making it look easy! The instructions of looking further ahead were implemented in all the right places meaning that Lissa felt much more in control and could remain clipped into her SPDs and not as she had done previously un-clip when the terrain got harder. Her increase in confidence also meant she was happy ride much faster and to enjoy riding technical terrain.
Despite the horrid and rainy weather it was a very enjoyable day and a good way to finish 2011.