Ah, finally some glorious sunshine and blue skies! A stunningly beautiful day which saw Gavin and Alistair attend the intermediate course to progress their riding further. To add to the excitement there were plenty of ice in certain places which gave the opportunity to teach ice riding. This was the first but not the last time I emphasized the importance of staying relaxed!
Gavin rediscovered skills from his childhood days such as wheelies and bunny hopping and to this added things such as power assisted front wheel lifts and track standing. Same for Alistair who confessed to normally just bombing through things which I have to say isn't such a bad idea even if it occasionally lacks flair and sophistication. For him the emphasis was to learn how to ride things slowly, by staying relaxed and moving your body weight correctly transferring it to either the back or the front of the bike at the right time.
The day saw a few hilarious dismounts with Alistair getting trapped on some roots and falling on top of me having picked a dangerous spot for some action photography and right at the end me unintentionally demonstrating the effects of loosing control of the bike and performing a swan dive gliding through the mud!
Great day and lovely participants! What more can you ask for!