TRAINING CAMP with Daisyway Coaching Systems – Windhoek 01 – 04 JUNE 2017
From 01 to 04 June 2017, Rock & Rut Mountain bike club hosted a skills training course for school children with coaches Erica Green & Spook Groenewald from Daisyway Coaching Systems.
We had 53 participants with ages ranging from 5 to 16 years who took part in the four day course.
The children were divided into two groups for the coaches to be able to concentrate and give the necessary attention to each individual child.
The course was held on the DSW sports field and MTB skills track.
Day 1: The coaches arrived in the morning and the afternoon was spent with registration and assessment of the kids. Bicycles were checked and setup corrected on a lot of bikes. The kids were then split into two groups according to their abilities.
Day 2: The morning was spent on the IJG trails / Farm Windhoek inspecting the trails for activities on Sunday’s outing. The afternoon was split into 2x 90 minute sessions where the kids practiced mainly balance on the bicycles with exercises like a Limbo ride, riding as slow as possible for a certain length of track, picking up a bottle from a crate on the floor and riding on a plank for a specified distance. Cornering was also practiced with riding a figure of 8, riding around a four bottle square and doing sharp switch-backs around planks. The exercises were adapted to suit the more advanced riders. On Friday evening the coaches talked to the parents on Long Term Participation Development (LPTD) in the school hall of the DSW ending off with a short social with Goulash soup and Chicken-a-la-King.
Day 3: Saturday was split into 2x three hour sessions. The kids had to do exercises to train braking (one brake only vs both brakes), descending (concentration on body position), mounting and dismounting a bicycle before and after an obstacle, race starts and pedaling/pumping/cornering on a small pump track. The day’s session was ended with games, riding a team pursuit, the Go Slow Circle and the Blind Le Mans start. On Saturday evening, a short introduction on Basic Elements of Training was given to interested parents closing off with a social get-together and informal braai.
Day 4: Sunday was again split into two sessions of three hours with an outride on the IJG trails where focus was given on the skills learnt during the previous days. Certificates of participation were handed out to all participants after the ride.
In conclusion we must say that this course was an eye opener to every participant. Even though the children are very much ahead of similar aged kids in South Africa regarding natural ability on obstacles, basic skills are lacking according to coaches Erica and Spook.
The Rock & Rut MTB club was commended for initiating such a course and it was suggested to do this on a regular basis to obtain continuity.