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Country Trax Dirt Bike Fundamentals
countrytrax Where: Country Trax Amersfoort (Mpumalanga)

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Bookings on request

Duration: 3 Days. Friday @ 9:00 sharp – Sunday @ ±12:00.

Includes: Tuition, accommodation Friday to Sunday, all meals from Friday lunch to Sunday brunch, drinking water, use of facilities and loads of fun!

Excludes: Fuel, insurance, medical care, use of bike, Thursday stayover (optional), Friday breakfast (optional), and anything not stated as included above.

Level of tuition: All skill levels are welcome.  Please note that this is not a course for total novice off-road riders.

Intended for: This training is suitable for Enduro/Dirt Bike riders riding bikes of typically 125 – 550 cc engine capacity.

Course fee per rider: R0(camping) - R0 (lodge accommodation)

Optional extras: Arrival on Thursday before commencement of course are recommended, but of course optional. The rate is R495 per person for Thursday dinner, bed & Friday breakfast. Non riding companions welcome! Cost is R1,450 (lodge) / R899 (camping) p.p, and includes accommodation & all meals.

INTRODUCTION
Thank you for your booking to attend a Country Trax course. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our training venues which has been selected to comply with the high standards of County Trax, considered to be the benchmark of off-road motorcycle training in South Africa.
The academy is headed by Jan ´Staal´ du Toit who started the academy in 2000 and who has since developed a curriculum for courses which is adapted for our South African off-road conditions.
Country Trax offers its training to all off-road riders, irrespective of what brand of bike they ride and aims at making a positive contribution to the developement of off-road riding in South Africa.

ABOUT THE COURSE
The extremely competent and qualified instructors of Country Trax (details above) will be responsible for the training and they comply with the national high standard of the academy. They guarantee that you will double your skills and halve your fears in one day. Surely something to look forward to!

After meeting everyone over a nice cuppa, the course kicks off with some necessary theory, thereafter practical tuition and plenty of riding on this beautiful farm with well prepared training facilities to safely teach you different techniques in a safe environment.

This 3 day course has been designed for dirt bike riders (typically between 125cc & 550cc), that aims at improving your basic off-road or enduro riding skills. Even experienced riders can benefit, and we will bet you´ll agree after completion of course that there are always some of your riding techniques that need attention to maximise the enjoyment of your two wheels.

Our training method makes it possible to accommodate riders with various skill levels, so anybody is welcome – from those new to dirt bike riding to the more experienced riders. We believe that only if your basics are firm, will you be able to really excel and develop into a good rider.

Some key elements that is covered in the course:
• Basic riding position & riding style explained
• Balancing & riding
• Cornering on flat ground and in ruts
• Jumping over terrain
• Jumping over logs and holes
• River crossings
• Emergency stops
• Wheelies and ´stoppies` (or nose wheelies)
... and a lot of practical riding over all kinds of terrain, including up hills and down hills, sand, mud, rocks and through the forest

BRING THE FAMILY!
You are welcome to bring your friends and family with for the weekend. Its the perfect place to relax, read a book, bring your mountain bike, go for long walks or we can arrange horse riding for you on the neighbours' farm. Trying your hand at motorcycle photography remains a favourite! We have meals together. As a safety precaution, we don't allowed children unless there´s full time supervision.

{Country Trax Amersfoort also offers open weekends where you are welcome to bring your bike, friends and family to enjoy the excellent facilities at Country Trax. These weekends are self catering and its a prerequisite that at least one of the party have attended a course at Country Trax before so you are familiar with the routes & the farm. Come and relax & ride!}

WHAT TO BRING keep in mind that the academy is ±40 km away from the closest small town
1. Your own motorcycle
• Any make of dirt/MX/Enduro bike permitted, typically 125 – 550 cc
• Extra petrol (20 liter should be adequate)
• Any spares and tools that you might need like tubes, puncture repair, etc.
2. Full protective gear
• Helmet (plus goggles if using open visor helmet)
• Boots (Off-road/MX boots are essential!!!). NO army/hiking boots allowed for safety reasons.
• Gloves
• Protective clothing. Body/motocross protectors with enduro shirt works best, but protective jacket also acceptable. Enduro pants or normal padded trousers. The more the better!
3. Other gear
• Soft cloth/chamois for cleaning visor
• Cap & sunscreen
• Camel back is recommended to make sure you do not dehydrate. However, there will be occasional breaks to quench your thirst.
• Optional: rain gear
4. Personal
• If you have chosen to camp, remember your camping gear (tent, matress, sleeping bag, cushion, towel & torch)
• Warm informal wear for the evening. Keep in mind that it might be chilly at night.
• Insect repellent (summer)
• Basic first aid kit – plasters, antihistamine for odd gogga bite, etc.
• Any personal medication that you might need;
• Cash. Country Trax has a small shop with interesting bits and pieces.

TIPS TO ACHIEVE THE MAXIMUM FROM THE COURSE

  1. Although we strongly recommend that you have attended the Country Trax Weekend Off-road course as it teaches you the basics, it is not compulsory. This course builds on the basics and are intensive training.
  2. A high level of fitness is recommended as training can be both physically and psychologically intensive.
  3. Drink plenty of water before and during the training.
  4. It helps to carry small packets of raisins, jelly babies or energy bars in your pockets - it helps to boost energy if you get tired.
  5. Especially in the colder months, wear layers of clothing which can be peeled off as it usually gets warmer in the day.
  6. Get a good nights ´sleep on Thursday night.
  7. If you drink alcohol, we recommend that you minimize your intake of alcohol before and during the course. It influences your body´s ability to balance and focus. This is essential for safety reasons.
  8. In case of rain, consider yourself lucky as you will have the opportunity to play with your bike in wet conditions!

The team is looking forward to welcoming you to Country Trax Off-road Academy! Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions.

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