That was a brutally exhausting eye opening experience.
I think I have hit 2 personal records for one weekend.
1 - I have NEVER been this sore after 1 weekend
2 - I have NEVER learned so much applicable to racing in 1 weekend
Brian and I trucked down friday night, stayed at a local Hotel and got to the site around 8:30 on Saturday.
Aaron Stevenson and a handful of instructors were already there just prepping the bikes. They has a couple Suzuki 125's, a couple Yamaha 125's, and a few Honda XR100's.
All said and done there were 6 people in the class (6 is the max + 2 available spots if you have your own bike) and there were 6 instructors and 6 students. Can't get much better than that. Some of which had 10+ Grand national championships, some with some VERY successful flat tracking career, others that were cornerspeed instructors to begin with that learned from the others.
Keep in mind this course is $500 for 2 days!
Once the track was prepped we started out on a circle that had some elevation and changes in camber.
We started out saturday just learning the bikes and testing out the boundaries of traction. Getting our dirt riding form down and the proper techniques was key to get comfy with the bike.
That was when we started introducing the overall encompassing theme of "Gaining control by giving up control"
Something that so many of us have an issue with.
The beauty of the flat track (and they have an endlessly reconfigureable course) is you may be only going 10-20 miles an hour but it feels SO much faster and you can practice things that directly transfer to street riding whether you are an avid street rider just looking for more comfort and control or a racer lookin to get that extra edge on the competition without being recklessly wild on the track.
By the end of the first day we were working feet up, backing it in working on form etc etc...
I think if there was a ground magnet award I would have won it. I am kinda always lookin to push the envelope as that is how I learn things the best...from my mistakes...
Sometimes slightly painful mistakes.
Well after the first day I had already learned QUITE a bit.
We called it a day at around 5pm. That made for a solid 6 hours on a the track accounting for lunch and small breaks) HOLY CRAP that shit is exhausting.
1600 mg of Advil and 16 hours later...Got to the track limping along on my torqued up knee and got back abourd my trusty XR100 steed... Which I may add took quite a beating from me and impressed the hell out of me with how it never faltered. (Well except for when I snapped the kick stand and had to rest it on barrels and trees for the better part of 2 days
Starting into Sunday we reinforced the items we learned through saturday.
Backing in. Feet up.
And then put it all together with Peg weighting on turn exit, body positioning etc etc.
And for the better part of post-Lunch Sunday we just ran a few different configurations of the full track. Stopping every 15 minutes to either reconfigure to capitalize on certain turns or to simply switch directions to give one leg a little rest and to COMPLETELY screw up our ingrained knowledge of certain turns with changing track conditions.
Once Aaron sends out the pics he took for us as well as possibly some helmet cam footage he got I'll post it up.
All in all I am sore as shit today limping along, wearing a knee brace...
But OH MY GOD I cannot wait to apply what I learned this past weekend on the track. I am already lookin for an XR100 to take to a local dirt track just to keep practicing! NEVER did I think that such a small bike could make SUCH a difference in comfort level on the track! But I already know it will have made a HUGE difference in my riding style and comfort in sliding around.
But apparently these things are the favorites of some of the top GP riders and AMA riders just to go out and fine tune on.
I honestly can say that this CornerSpin school is likely to make a bigger difference in my riding that CornerSpeed did. We shall see how "More CornerSpeed" measures up come the end of March.
I give this course