Take the combo above as an example, the week before Jomopro, Terry will be "training" like mad, he is "performing", this combo will be 5 in a rowed every session,there are four different levels of riding, "storming" "forming", "norming" and "performing" (contest level) many riders have different techniques to reach that level, many riders in the past such as Martti Kuoppa (who I believe did it first), Justin Miller, Sam Foakes, Terry Adams, all used or use this technique to be consistent.
Firstly, how do you decide what combos to practise and dial in for a contest?
Matt Wilhelm: I start off by picking individual tricks that I have a realistic chance of pulling under pressure.Then I put these tricks together into combos that look different and aren’t too repetitive.I hate when people keep repeating the same tricks.
James White: I choose the one's I have a good chance of pulling, I've being pretty much the same stuff for a good while now!...but it's better than walking through your run!!
Do you have a practise routine that you stick to before a contest? If so, what is that routine?
Yes definitely. In the battles you have to put more effort making the combos longer so it means you need to be ready to freestyle a little bit and improvise. I prefer 3 minute run system, but I admit I enjoyed the battles few times before. But I don’t like the KOG system where you are out if you touch the floor. It’s so stressful and unfaithful for the riders. Only the most consistent wins,but the spirit of the battle is gone. Obviously those formats are not made by riders who compete! HUH!
Matt Wilhelm: I don’t change it up too much. I might shorten up a few combos or extend a few combos, but the framework of my run is there for both.
Viki Gomez @ Jomopro 2010, whereas some riders are very structured in their combos, Viki has the ability to freestyle at will it seems like, you never know what combos he will throw down.
Do you practise on different types of floor?
Viki Gomez: I used to when I lived in Madrid since I have like 4 different spots to ride. Now that I live abroad and travel a lot I just practise where and when I can in any kind of floor. Sometimes it sucks because bad floors don’t let you feel the bike and if I don’t feel my bike I don’t have a life.
How long before a contest do you start training?
Who do you look at as the most dialled contest rider?
How do you juggle contest training and progression?
Matt Wilhelm: For the past few years I have been thinking about hanging up the competition side of riding, but I still do love competing.I’m kind of getting tired of the battle format, because it doesn’t push progression at all.It pushes consistency.Just recently I was watching an old video of the 2001 X-Trials on Flatmatters where I pulled the Blender Bike-Flip for the first time in a comp and ended up winning my first Pro comp. The format of the
If you do “5 in a row” method of getting consistent, how strict are you on that? And what is the timeframe for getting that done?
Viki Gomez: I do 3 in a row system cause 3 is a better number for me. After 10 days I should be able to do them all the time with out feeling that I wanna kill myself and stop riding.
Do you do any other kind of training to be contest ready?
How in your mind do you know when you are contest ready?
James is a natural talent, family man, gets out when he can, and as you can see, loving it more than ever!
Part 2: coming soon....