For many riders, the best way to learn is through the real life experience of immersion training. This training tour is a low rider/high staff experience that walks you through a step-by-step training experience, exposing you to the most common terrain features found in North American backcountry adventures.
Starting at simple level 1 terrain features (visit the ADV Skill Rating System) you will gradually be exposed to terrain features as high as level 3… or possibly level 4, depending on trail conditions and weather, but don’t let that bother you, that’s why you are coming to us. The systematic approach that Bret and Paul walk you through will elevate your skill and competency at a rate that is rapid but also in a way that minimizes the risk of crashing or injuring yourself. This is not a classroom or training field; this training is conducted in the real world where we have to closely monitor and manage risk so that nobody gets hurt.
The target audience is the beginner and intermediate ADV rider. If you have the will, desire and time we can change your world. But to ensure your safety and success, we require you have light experience riding on simple level 1 or 2 roads, and you must be in good physical health. Age, gender, size or height are not a concern, only your ability to learn, maintain a clear mind on difficult terrain, and handle the endurance of long days. The rest is up to us as your instructors.
This route starts along the Columbia River Gorge and visits Three Corner Rock. It will then follow some of the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route to Packwood, and goes up towards Bethel Ridge before finishing in Nile, WA.
This route is more difficult on the first day, but is followed by an easy second day. There are some exposed sections along the route.
This route starts near Mt. Rainier in Packwood and crosses over Bethel Ridge and Cleman Mountain. It continues along parts of the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route to Ellensburg, then turns past Lion Rock and finishes in Wenatchee, WA.
This route is more difficult on the second day. It has more loose rock and a lot more exposure with sharp drop-offs.
Due to the distances between cities in the Cascade mountain range, it is common to spend as much as 10 hours in a day on the bike during the first two days. The third day is normally only 6-8 hours long.
Take your time and enjoy your ride to the starting point of the training tour. Both the central and southern routes begin in picturesque parts of Washington and there is no boring way to arrive.
Taking NF-52 (Skate Creek) south into Packwood or NF-25 south into Stevenson are two memorable routes.
Arrival time begins at 3:00 pm and a hosted dinner at a local restaurant will start at 6:00 pm. You will have ample time to meet your fellow riders and ask lots of questions as you prepare for the days ahead.
Be up and ready to ride at 8:00am where training will begin in the parking lot. The ground rules of riding in a training group will be covered and you’ll be on your way. The first day is a training loop and you will end up at the same hotel for a second night.
A support truck is with us the entire first day to bring us water, snacks and carry our lunches to a spot by some water where we will rest before continuing to the highlight of the day: the lookout at Three Corner Rock or the lookout at Burley Mountain. For riders not ready to challenge the final rocky ascent to either lookout, there is an option to stage the bikes and ride in the support truck for the final stretch.
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
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.
You will be traveling along several parts of the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route using it as a mobile workshop. Included with your riding skills training will be navigation skills and terrain reading.
Today’s ride will take you into through some very memorable terrain – features will be utilized to play with your brain and you will learn how to evaluate each obstacle, not trying to remember the right formula.
Weather, seasonal fires and rider skill will dictate the actual route for the final day but it will always end in an epic experience.
Included in your cost: Instruction and personal coaching, lodging, welcome dinner on Tuesday, two trail lunches, farewell lunch on Friday, snacks (fruit and snack bars), water and juice, dedicated support vehicle for emergencies.
Not included in your cost: Breakfasts, dinner on Wednesday & Thursday evening, gasoline, alcohol, travel or medical insurance, parking 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.
Pillion: If you are wanting to learn how to ride double-up off-road, please contact Bret prior to signing up.