This past weekend I attended Danny Walker's American Supercamp held down in Renton.
I went in as a street rider and came out as a nut case looking for any patch of loose stuff that I can possibly get a slide going with....
The course is superbly run with drills that teach the basics of both skill and balance and lots of general riding in between. It's flat track riding on CRF100's which does not sound like much until you see Chris Carr blasting around the track at warp speed on the same bike we are learning on.
That's right, Chris Carr, the number one AMA Speedway Grand National plate holder was a guest instructor.
Although it was the racing level course I took there was no pressure to go beyond your own limts although they did urge each of us to learn past those limts (I can't think of a better way to put it). The instruction was quickly at hand when you screwed up (as in I felt my elbow being raised up to the right position while in mid turn by Danny as he came up behind me on his own bike) and was always constructive.
Did I mention it was a massive giggle as well? Yes it was. The feel of running super hot and deep into a corner..... well, super hot and deep for ME at least... and then stuffing the bike down and sitting on top of it to make the back end come around in a nice controlled slide then add throttle to pull away on the new line with both tires slipping equally in a nice power slide was pure, confidence inspiring nirvana. Granted I did not achieve this Zen like state more than two or three times but when it all came together it was good for a big hoot in the helmet time.
I can hardly wait to go find some nice hardpack small rock gravel or similar dirt to play in. Anyone know a local spot other than the mudflat at Stave? I'll sure be trying that one as well but it would be great to try a couple of different spots to be able to try it on different traction levels.
Crashes were not THAT common but were far from rare. But the low speeds resulted in zero harm outside of some bruises and most did not even suffer that much.
Anyone here been to previous Supercamps? Anyone interested in the next one at Renton?
He's coming back on the Sept 10-11 weekend. If it's like this last one it'll be the street and beginner class on the 9&10 and the racer level on the 11&12. By racers it means anyone that is semi comfy with lots of riders in tight confines and up close. I was a raw dirt recuit but my track time on the road courses made for a comfy setting with folks passing in close quarters. I have no doubt that most of the folks I've seen on the dual sport rides would do fine in the racer class with a few of the raw DS types picking up a lot of skill in the beginner class. I understand they teach the same skills in both but the speeds reached by the groups is that much higher in the racer levels.