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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:30 pm 
Moderator /Lincs, E & S Yorks Deputy AEC
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by a Jedi.

Tony @ UK Bike Skills http://www.ukbikeskills.co.uk/ to be more precise

I always knew I had a few bad habits in my riding and I decided to do something about it by booking a 1 to 1 session with Tony 'Jedi' Doyle as I had read a lot of good feedback about his techniques

Within 5 minutes of a simple skills check Tony had sussed out which skills I needed to tweak and which ones were not there at all, he also in that time figured out the way that I learn things.

A quick set up change to my brakes and we were off to the next part of the day

After we worked on my skill set I started doing drop off's and in a few minutes I had nailed the landings perfectly every time :)

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Then onto the skills trail, which consisted of several sections of trail that were broken down into bite sized chunks in which various skills were needed.

Cornering had (I felt) always been a weak spot of mine, I hardly ever seemed to carry the speed of the trail with me, but after a few runs on the top section of the trail my speed increased with every run

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After linking the top two sections together which included bermed corners, off camber corners, flat corners and a rock garden I moved onto the next section, which has a fly out jump which after a few attempts I did manage to nail

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Then onto bermed corners into drop off's which I did take a little time to get right, but get it right I eventually did ;)

The final section of the trail was a long double apex corner upwards into a drop off and a steeply bermed corner.

Again it took a few attempts to get the right line, but as usual I eventually got it sorted and shot out of the berm with a good amount of speed

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To end the day I moved on up to the 6ft tabletop jump and after half a dozen runs cleared it with no effort at all.

The pic was taken just as I dropped the front wheel into the landing and pushed the rear up so as to give a smooth 2 wheeled landing

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Best ride of my life :D

If anyone has ever thought about improving their riding and becoming smoother and faster I would not hesitate to recommend Tony @ UK Bike Skills, his coaching is easily worth the expense and the journey down to his skills centre.

His training is only the beginning of the journey, his words will always echo in my head when I'm out riding my bike.

A full blog report from the Jedi himself: http://ukbikeskills.blogspot.com/2011/0 ... ssion.html


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:13 pm 
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Its a good feeling when you physically feel an improvement within your riding


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:30 pm 
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cyfa2809 wrote:
Its a good feeling when you physically feel an improvement within your riding
It is a very good feeling indeed :D

Felt much smoother and faster with less effort, it's a win all round!


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 12:42 am 
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:? :lol: :lol: your not fooling me ,, thats a stunt double .. :shock: :lol: :lol:














































Seriously though... Big up to you fella.. Good skills... ... even though you should have been doing it on a retrobike.. shame on ya... :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:12 am 
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andy
is that a jedi force field rippling the trees in pic 2 , or is it anti-gravity


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 11:19 am 
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mikee wrote:
andy
is that a jedi force field rippling the trees in pic 2 , or is it anti-gravity
I think it's the blast wave from my ass cos I had spicy beans and meatballs for breakfast


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 4:13 pm 
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andy, it was great to meet you let alone coach you too. thanks for your kind words. :)


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andy, it was great to meet you let alone coach you too. thanks for your kind words. :)


Good to see it worked in both person's favour


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 7:56 pm 
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Funny finding this post at the top of the forum, I've just ambled here after booking a 1 on 1 day course with Cyclewise at Whinlatter (north lakes). I'm hoping for improvements in the same areas as yourself.


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