TABLES AND CHAIRLIFTS AND BERMS, OH MY I've been hired by @welchvillage General Mgr @pzotalis to be their first mountain bike instructor when they open their 4 lift-served gravity flow trails in July. I spent the morning there yesterday, getting a tour of the green-level trail ("Joy Ride") and the blue/black-level trail (Air Bear) being constructed by Tim Wegner, @bigbossbuck, @wjbartholomew and other crew members of Trail Source. Another blue-level trail and a black-level trail are in the works. Just to give you an idea of what's being built: Air Bear alone has 22 jumps.
I'm now able to bunny hop and manual at a beginner level. Not much height yet on the bunny hop and not yet able to pump and brake to hold a manual. But I'm happy with my progress. Good thing I'm still young & have time to get better. 😉 I'm convening another online class starting in late June to help others learn to manual & bunny hop with me as we follow the curriculum in @ryankleech's online courses. Subscribe to my FREE email list to learn more at eepurl.com/jKiQf or click the link in my bio
The last lesson (18) of @ryankleech's Track Stand module in his Baseline Balance Skills course is titled "Bonus! – Riding Fakie." mtbskills.net/ryan My driveway's gradual slope was an ideal last week, I decided to start putting it to use to learn to ride fakie. This video clip is from my second practice session.
Landing front wheel first when attempting a bunny hop is actually called a bunny FLOP, according to one who knows, @ryankleech! It's harder than I thought to land both wheels at the same time. After many days of practice, I managed 9 consecutive small bunny hops in a row over a curb yesterday, pretty close to landing both wheels at the same time for nearly all of them. I'm on Lesson 21 of 28 in @ryankleech's Bunny Hop Master Class at mtbskills.net/ryan
It turns out that learning to bunny hop is also helping me learn to jump. Who knew? 😉 Monday I practiced the table top in our local @CROCTMTB skills park here in Northfield (my hometown). I added the orange cones to help me focus on getting more height instead of more distance. FYI, I'm on Lesson 21 of 28 in @ryankleech's Bunny Hop Master Class which has us bunny hopping over curbs. I've almost got the hang of it. Real Soon Now.
After 5 weeks, I'm on Lesson 11 of 24 in @ryankleech's Manual Master Class which is all about "gaining comfort in a manual while rolling through a dip." I practiced the dip on some small rollers in our local @CROCTMTB skills park here in Northfield (my hometown) last Thursday and got to where I could consistently manual over one. It gave me enough confidence to try a bigger dip at @lebanonhills on Friday. It was psychologically much more intimidating because of the two trees just past the dip. I was reluctant to go fast enough and I wasn't confident that I could correct my direction if I started to lean to one side or the other. After about 10 attempts, all fails to one degree or another, I finally nailed one. Kind of scary but So Much Fun. Course info at mtbskills.net/ryan