Each Adventure Training Camp has a unique feel and the lessons evolve and change each year. Whether you are a beginner or an ADV rider with extensive experience, the same skills need development. The difference between the beginner and expert is the depth of understanding, application and the environments in which those skills are deployed. The ADV Training Camp offers an environment where you can immerse yourself in learning and – regardless of your experience or background – grow to new heights in your skills and understanding.
Riders all over the world attend Bret’s ADV training events. This is a true testament to the value of the skills and knowledge provided by Bret, Paul and Christina.
Camping and training are both on a family-owned horse and ADV motorcycle farm only 170 miles from Washington DC. At this location, you will either have the choice of staying in cabins on-site or camp outdoors (on grass) or indoors (in an arena).
Arrival time begins at 3:00pm on Thursday afternoon. If you’re planning on camping, you will have ample time to set up your tent and get acquainted with your fellow participants and training staff.
Around 6:30pm, Penmerryl Farm will host a welcome dinner where you can introduce yourself to the group and learn what specific skills you will be learning.
Training will start around 8:00am and will take place in large, grassy fields with natural features, just a short ride through horse pastures. Snacks, water, and electrolytes will be available throughout training.
You will learn the basics of essential skills. If you are an advanced rider, you will learn critical details that will lead you to excel in your riding skills.
Each class is a little different because Bret and Paul are always trying new techniques to reach you more effectively, but you can expect to learn the following skills:
– Seated and standing riding posture
– Ergonomics… setting up your motorcycle to your body
– Low-energy riding techniques
– Traction management skills
– Control of power delivery
– Slow-speed balance and maneuvering
– Lifting (single person and multi-person)
After a good nights’ sleep, your mind will reset and you will be ready to build upon the skills learned the previous day.
You will be using fine motor control to blend techniques into smooth maneuvers. Various terrain features will be utilized to play with your brain and you will learn how to evaluate each obstacle, not depending on remembering the right formula.
Depending on how harsh the previous winter was, lessons may include:
– Narrow track riding and ruts
– Loose surfaces (sand, mud, or loose rock)
– Trail turns
– Hills (ascending, descending, starting, stopping, u-turns)
– Slide turns and other useful skills that will set you apart from other riders
Join us for the mental development of reading terrain accurately while learning to use the motorcycle and terrain to achieve your riding goal of using less energy, riding with less stress and removing the “surprises” that catch many riders unprepared. Get a taste of what adventure riding is all about, done correctly with the right skills.
This optional training day is provided for an additional cost and is only available for the students who have attended both days of the ADV Training Camp.
Included in your cost: Instruction and personal coaching, snacks (fruit and snack bars), beverages (including coffee), on-site camping for tents and small trailers, dedicated support vehicle for emergencies.
Not included in your cost: Optional training day (must be purchased separately), all meals, gasoline, alcohol, travel or medical insurance, campsites for large trailers or RVs, gratuities or your motorcycle – we do not provide motorcycles.
Payment: Payment must be made in full to guarantee your spot in the class. If you are automatically converted into a participant due to another student cancelling, you have 72 hours to complete payment or your spot will be released to the next person on the waiting list. Notifications will come from email@example.com and/or by text to the phone number listed in your registration. There is a small amount of money available as a scholarship if you are unable to pay the full amount.
Cancellation Policy: If you cancel 91 or more days from your training dates, your tuition will be fully reimbursed minus a $25 fee. If you cancel between 46 and 90 days from your start date, you will receive a 50% refund. No tuition reimbursement is possible within 30 days of training due to overhead costs associated with preparing the training and the difficulty in replacing your spot.
We are huge supporters of our military members and offer an exception to this policy for military members that receive deployment orders that conflict with their training dates.
COVID: For international students (including Canada) who are unable to attend due to government border closures may receive a full refund or transfer 30 days prior to the start of class. If you do not contact Bret prior to the start date of the class, no refund is possible.
Guests: Immediate family members and significant others are welcome to stay with you at your campsite. If you are wanting to learn how to ride double-up off-road, please contact Bret prior to signing up. As much as we’d like to accommodate your friends, we need to focus on the paying customers.