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Country Trax Weekend Off-Road Course
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Where: Windhoek, Namibia

When: 20 - 22 April 2012.
  Email info@bikebookings.co.za to be placed on waiting list or for next date)

Duration: 3 Days.  Friday @ 12:00 sharp – Sunday 14:00. 

Includes: Tuition,  3 x lunches, braai @ Saturday evening, drinking water,  certificate, use of facilities & loads of fun!

Excludes: Fuel, insurance, use of bike and anything not stated as included above.

Level of tuition: This is the intermediate level training course, but we are able to accommodate all skill levels from novice off-road riders to more advanced  & experienced riders.

Intented for: Dual purpose/adventure bikes.

R2,500 / rider, R1,600/pillion rider (optional).  For BMW Club Members and students attending for a second time:  R2,200/rider

INTRODUCTION
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 Southern Africa. 

The national 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  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 at Arebbusch Lodge, the course kicks off with some necessary theory, thereafter practical tuition and plenty of riding on this venue with well prepared training facilities to safely teach you  different  techniques in a safe environment.

Master a new set of skills, build confidence and be comfortable on gravel.
This three-day course is aimed at the seasoned road rider who is new to off-road riding and/or the off-road/dual sport/adventure rider of some experience, who has not yet had formal training in the specific skill set required for off-road riding.  It is a very intensive course, which will not only help you build your confidence to take to off-road riding at any time, but also to help eradicate the bad habits of self taught riding and in general become a safer rider.

If a weekend of thrills, of learning and laughing, whilst building yourself as an off-road rider, is what you expect, you will not be disappointed.

Some key elements covered in the course

  • Theory of motorcycle dynamics in off-road conditions - understanding why and how the motorcycle responds to rider input.
  • Being 100% in control of your motorcycle in all situations
  • Practical exercises in a wide range of terrain conditions, but in a safe and controlled environment. And lots of riding during the weekend!

Our training method makes it possible to accommodate riders with various skill levels, so anybody is welcome.  We strongly recommend that you have attended our entry level course Introduction to Off-road Riding or have ventured on a gravel road or two.  Whatever your level of skill, we will build a strong base and continue your develop your skills from there.  We believe that only when your basics are firm, will you be able to really excel  and develop into a good rider.

WHAT TO BRING

1. Your own motorcycle

  • Any make of dual purpose bikes are permitted.
  • Tyres: for better & easier performance on all terrain and in all conditions, it is essential that you have off-road tyres (´knobblies´) fitted to your bike.  Call one of the instructors if you have queries about this.
  • Tyre pressure gauge (optional)
  • Full tank of petrol.   
  • Any spares  and tools  (for possible adjustment or two) that you might need like tubes, puncture repair kit, etc.
  • Important:  please remove handle bar raisers if fitted to your bike unless you are taller than 7ft. They interfere with the overall balance of the bike & rider.

2. Full protective gear
Please ensure you bring adequate protective clothing with you to the course. Riding has its inherent risks and we believe in prevention rather than cure!

  • Helmet (plus goggles if using open visor helmet)
  • Off-road boots.  Remember that 90% of off-road injuries are to the feet and the lower legs and can be prevented by wearing proper boots.  Good off-road boots are therefore as indispensable as good helmets.   And it’s not about brands or fashion statements - it’s about medical bills and pain and arthritis when you’re old. Army boots and hiking boots are NOT off-road boots and will NOT be allowed on the course.  Savanna's and Santiago boots are NOT off-road boots and are NOT recommended, therefore.
  • Gloves
  • Protective trousers and jacket or motocross protectors with shirt. The more the better!
  • Neck brace (optional)

3. Other gear

  • Soft cloth/chamois for cleaning visor
  • Cap & sunscreen
  • Camel back is recommended to make sure you do not dehydrate.
  • Optional: rain gear

4. Personal

  • Cash. For any extras at the bar etc

TIPS TO ACHIEVE THE MAXIMUM FROM THE COURSE

  • A high level of fitness is recommended as training can be both physically and psychologically intensive.
  • Drink plenty of water before and during the training.
  • 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.
  • Especially in the colder months, wear layers of clothing which can be peeled off as it usually gets warmer in the day.
  • Get a good nights ´sleep on Thursday night.
  • 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.
  • In case of rain, consider yourself lucky as you will have the opportunity to play with your bike in wet conditions!

 

COMMENTS FROM A FEW PREVIOUS STUDENTS
Ons het ongelooflik baie geleer en is ons vandag gewapen met 'n bedrewenheid wat van onskatbare waarde gaan wees op ons beplande roetes.  Dit was lekker om julle almal te ontmoet en dit sal lekker wees om julle weer te sien - dalk met die opvolg kurus.  Ons gaan dit defnitief weer doen.
Dankie vir die vriendskap en kameraadskap wat julle ons gebied het en dankie aan Country Trax vir 'n waardevolle en ongelooflike kursus.  Dit was pret en beste waarde vir geld.  Casper Bierman Des 2010

Die naweek was ‘n onvergeetlike ondervinding, en ek het verseker my vaardighede BAIE verbeter – al gehoor van ‘n ‘vertical learning curve’?   AUG 2010

Die beste belegging ooit.  JULIE 2010  (en dit nogals van 'n finansiele beplanner....)

Ja dit was ‘n heerlike naweek gewees en almal het hulself gate uit geniet. Ons was almal poot uit en baie styf gewees en het met ‘n glimlag op ons gesigte daar weg gery.
Vir ons was dit belangrik om ons motorfiets-ry ervaring te verbeter maar ook om ander mense te ontmoet en om sosiaal te verkeer in die aande met die ander ouens op die kursus. Dit het ons alles gedoen en die kombinasie van ‘n klomp dinge ( opleiding, sosiaal, nuwe mense ontmoet, inligting uitdeel, opleiding ontvang,  ens ) het die naweek ‘n sukses gemaak.  AUG 2010

Ek het die kursus geniet en het baie geleer. Ek was baie op my senuwees dat die instrukteers ongeduldig en moedeloos met my sal raak, maar was vinnig gerus gestel deur Marchant en Herman se vriendelikheid en geduld. Hulle was deur die hele dag baie opbouend en ek het nie een keer gevoel ek wil moed opgee nie. Ek het hierdie naweek so paar roetes offroad gedoen en was baie verras met die verskil in my ry vermoë en selfvertroue. JUNIE 2010
Môre almal,soos ons almal reeds herhaal het(met rede) was alles uitstekend-die kos, akkommodasie, instruksie, omgewing, kursusinhoud en selfs die weer het saamgespeel.  Beste van alles was om 'n klomp 'sout van die aarde' mense te ontmoet.   JUNIE 2010
It was FUN and I don’t think one can quantify the value of the skill that was passed on to us.   The instructors were excellent teachers...their demonstrations and coaching (while we were trying to repeat what he made look so easy) will definitely stand us all in good stead for many more (and safer) miles.  The camaraderie and support between all the guys made the weekend special.
My almost vintage  ‘88  GS and I both regret not doing this course many moons ago!  JUNIE 2010

The best prepared course that I have been on so far that taught me skills in off road riding that increased my confidence and safety as a ride 100 time! The accommodation and food is of extremely high quality and is nothing better after a long day of training to relax in the great atmosphere. If only the marketing material had described what a great experience it would be I would have gone earlier. Must say I was at first scared of doing the course as I thought it is only for experienced riders and soon realized that it is done in such a structured manner and gradually providing you with the required skill and knowledge to ensure you are safe at all times. As you get to towards the end of the course you realize why you had to first master certain skills to move to the next level. Once again a well balanced course and will be doing it again!  JUNIE 2010

For someone like me who has never really done the adventure bike thing, I am now so amped to do some adventure riding and get out there.
The course was absolutely fantastic, I have learnt more this last week end about riding than in the past 5-6 years that I have been riding, I think it is invaluable  knowledge and something that you can use in every day riding as well as off-road/adventure riding.  JUNIE 2010

Many many thanks for an awesome weekend. I have not stopped telling everyone about it.  The way the course is set up is perfect, not once were we pushed into doing something we didn't want to do.  As I mentioned no-one was frowned upon laughed at we all felt comfortable, I am over the moon now that I have overcome that fear of the bike is to big and heavy.  All I want to do is upgrade and start enjoying another side of life.
To the lodge - fantastic knowing everything is safe, awesome food, friendly staff.  The venue is perfect!!  To the instructors, job well done!!I will def be back with a heap of riders from our end of the world!!  The course material and knowledge passed onto us words cannot explain. MAY 2010

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