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    Desert Rose Academy - Stage 1

    After several months greenlaning on the GSA, plus a few incursions in the Salisbury Plains, I decided it was time to get some proper training offroad.
    I'm comfortable on asphalt, but I don't really know much when I hit the dirt.

    I wanted to start from scratch to learn all the basics and prevent building up bad technique, so booked level 1.

    The venue they are using for leve 1 is amazingly beautiful.
    I asked a bigger bike and got a Husky 701 (I still tried some bits with the smaller 350s later in the day) because I wanted to understand how I'd feel with a single 600ish bike offroad (I'm used to the GSA) weight-wise.

    I really appreciated how most of the morning is on bike positioning and slow speed clutch exercises (I assumed I was better at that, but no).
    End of story: in the past year offroad I was doing a lot of stuff completely wrong. Enjoyed the day and learnt a lot. Mostly: I can handle a 600ish fairly easily. The guys in the course with me had a good banter going on, so Harry the instructor. It was a very good day.

    I'm a bit gutted I cannot repeat the exercises or try my cornering now... as some of them are a bit hard/expensive to do with the GSA on semi-normal tyres
    Have to buy that thumper soon.

    Looking forward to booking Stage 2 from September on.


    Very short, very uneventful, video:

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    That looked like fun.

    May I ask where the school is and how much Stage 1 costs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Other PaulG View Post
    That looked like fun.

    May I ask where the school is and how much Stage 1 costs?

    https://adventureridingacademy.com/
    Sell my bike?
    I would rather stick wasps up my arse !

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    260.
    That includes the bike(s) and all the kit if you don’t have it.

    One of the participants came over with his own bike on a trailer. Apparently it is cheaper if you bring your own, as they can waive the rental fee, but I think it has to be discussed with the directly, as I don’t think it’s an option on the site.
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    I've just booked my 8 year old daughter on their introduction to trials course (on leccie Oset)

    Should be fun!

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    Should be fun!
    It will be.
    To be fair I was slightly worried going there (I'm out of my element), but actually it was a real fun day.
    Also, not sure about the kids, but most of the exercises you do at the beginning are at very slow speed or near static, that helps a lot with confidence.

    We had mixed weather, and that was actually good. Decent mix of mud/compact dirt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by er-minio View Post

    Also, not sure about the kids, but most of the exercises you do at the beginning are at very slow speed or near static, that helps a lot with confidence.

    .
    You've not met my youngest daughter - she's a little nut job and loves anything that involves danger or speed.

    I am fully expecting her to nail it and crash very early on!!!

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    Ahahahah.
    Well, that's awesome then!
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