- Is Beardy ed a good coach?
Yes, Ed’s a very good coach.
For me it’s his combination of calm, clear explanations and the fact that he not only tells you what you’re doing wrong but gets you to hone what you are already doing right (I’ve experienced far too many sports instructors who seem to see it as their aim/duty to never say a postive word about what you’re doing, regardless of how you’re actually doing it.)
Also, Ed really does have something for everyone, no matter what your level. His top-down approach of looking at the real-world MTBing you plan to go out and do, and getting you ready/better for that, is a winner.Posted 6 years agoJef WachowchowMember
I did the stop crashing course with Ed a couple of years ago with a couple of mates even though I have been riding mtb for nearly 20 years. It was great. I was starting to lose my bottle and he changed my focus from ‘what was going to make me crash’ to ‘what do I need to do to clear a feature’. Worth every penny. I went back and did the flow course last year which was a great progression from the earlier ‘beginner’ course.Posted 6 years ago
In my opinion it doesn’t matter how long you have been riding, to have someone watch what you’re doing to help point out the bad habits you have picked up over the years is invaluable.
Ed’s a great guy, really helpful, calm yet bloody fast and even though they are group rides (usually 6 on a course) everyone gets a bit one to one.. My riding has come along heaps since these courses. I am now riding like a 20 year old again (at least on the descents).
The mental gain is enorm!Ecky-ThumpMember
I did Ed’s jumps for dads course last year and I think it was money well spent.Posted 6 years ago
We all know plenty of people of can do it well (whatever skill “it” might be) but that doesn’t necissarily make them good at teaching it.
What Ed does well is observe and identify what you’re doing and help you to modify and improve.doug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
What Ash said. Calm, clear, mellow, something for everyone. What i like is the fact it’s stuff that applies to how most of us ride bikes. Pumping, looking, etc, all stuff that is useful on any trail in the world. I did a skills course with Ed and then invited him out to do weeks with me, if I didn’t think he was very, very good I’d not have done that.
I ride my bike a lot but have seen big gains in the last year and I put that largely down to Ed’s course in Gisburn and lugging in during the skills week he did here.
The beard needs no testimonials, that hairy chinosity speaks for itself.Posted 6 years ago154hopperavenueMember
What they all said.
Done both of the Stop Crashing courses. Has transformed the way I ride the bike.
This was what I put on Ed’s site after the first course…
You could buy a new stem, some new tyres etc etc or you could spend £80 on a day with Ed. The kit may make your bike look better, the day with Ed will make you ride better.
As others have said, I rode a section towards the end of the day that I know I’d have bottled previously. I will definitely be back for more in the new year.
In the words of the man himself ‘don’t sit like you’re having a poo, keep your chin up, open your legs and relax hard’
Now that kind of wisdom is worth £80 of anyone’s money!!!!!
Sums it up. Good bloke and approachable for advice etc.Posted 6 years ago
Having benefited from further motorbike and driving skills training (which have also helped with biking) I probably should enrol on one of these courses.
I reckon if I’d had some decent tuition a few years ago I’d have made the transition from erratic, bull-in-a-china-shop, erratically-pseudo-fast lad to the quick, smooth, flowing trail master that I’m working towards hopefully eventually becoming much more quickly.
What course for somebody who is no hero, but familiar with the techniques and confident with most normal things mtb …other than enormous gap jumps and 50 foot cliff hucks…. and can usually hold their own with other STW weekend-warrior-30-somethings?
– “Polishing trail technique and Enormous gap jumps & hucks for Dads”?Posted 6 years ago
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