I had the pleasure of running a coaching session for Iago and Steffan’s 9th birthdays last week at Coed y Brenin. They and 6 of their best friends braved the weather (it didn’t turn out too bad in the end) and headed out with me onto the trails….

Steffan and Iago wield their secret-energy-weapon: a massive birthday cake!
Steffan and Iago wield their secret-energy-weapon: a massive birthday cake!

Subjects we covered included braking (relative stopping power, effect on body position, using both brakes together), using arms and legs for suspension, pedal and body position, trail etiquette, and most importantly – looking where you’re going.

The lads all did really well, and it was great to see such a young bunch working well as a team and looking out for each other.

The Most Improved Rider of the Day went to Meichal who mastered pedal postion and using arms/legs as suspension for step-downs. Gethin deserved a special commendation for riding singlespeed and keeping up with the others all day!

We finished the day with a ride through the red-graded Dreamtime section. The lads were getting tired by now and one of them suggested it should be renamed Nightmaretime.

Very tired but still smiling - well done lads!
Very tired but still smiling - well done lads!

All in all it was a great day – there are some days where work just isn’t really work at all. This was one of them!

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