ADV Training Camp

Off-Road Motorcycle Training

Adventure Training Camp

ADV riding is as much a game of intellect as riding skill. Bret’s method of teaching riders to ride “nature’s way” is through a process of discovering and understanding cause and effect rather than the traditional formulaic or step-by-step instruction. Formula teaching is fine when you are new, but it lacks the ability to adapt to the requirements of the real world.

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.

Most instructors teach to the errors observed in each participant.  Bret and Paul teach to the errors observed by your motorcycle’s reactions.  Each rider has their own unique way of riding, based on their physical abilities and limitations, so providing a catch-all fix to the rider can lead to devastating consequences.  When you take a class with Bret and Paul, you can be confident that your motorcycle will give up your secrets and you will be given advice specific to your exact needs.

Classes fill up quickly – put your name on the wait list and be flexible with your plans.  Those remaining on the wait list (or those who have cancelled due to competing obligations) will be first on the list for next years’ classes.  If you know of – or own – any riding areas where an Adventure Training Camp can be held, please contact Bret.

Your Instructors

Bret Tkacs

Bret is uniquely skilled at recognizing the fundamental causes of rider errors. He can watch a rider and accurately diagnose the cause of the problem – whether it’s related to motorcycle setup or suspension, or mental or physical complications with the rider.

He is very systematic and specific with correcting problems, and riders leave with a much greater understanding of how motorcycles function off-road, as well as having significantly-increased confidence and excitement about taking a heavy bike onto remote trails.

 

Paul Solomonson

Paul is an accomplished and highly skilled motorcyclist in his own right.  He has an in-depth understanding of how the rider and motorcyclist work together – or against each other – and is very skilled at recognizing challenges newer riders present.

A valuable instructor, Paul has the unique ability to explain complex scenarios in a simple, relatable, and often memorable way, leading to much greater understanding and retention.  There is rarely a training session that does not have the dynamic, and often hilarious input of Paul.

Adventure Training Camp Itinerary

Terrain will take place on Class 1 and Class 2 with focused training occurring on Class 3 elements.
Depending on interest and skill level, some riders may be invited to ride Class 4 features with Bret.

I began  teaching ADV Training Camps in 2006, using each class to explore and expand concepts and skills taught.  The basic lessons and skills cross over to each training camp location, however we take advantage of unique terrain in each location to apply practical application of your newly-honed skills. Whether it is deep sand, big hills, mud or slick grass you will come away from this training more skilled and confident than you thought was possible in only a few days.

This training camp offers an extra day of training (additional tuition) with limited enrollment. Ride on local roads/trails with Paul and myself, learning skills that cannot be learned at camp while utilizing the lessons learned in camp. This beginner-level ride takes your off-pavement to put your skills to use, as well as expanding mind if you are an experienced rider, with cognitive lessons on trail reading that help you graduate in to becoming the “proactive” rider. Nothing on a trail should ever surprise you.

~Bret

Arrival Day

Arrival time is at 3:00pm on Thursday afternoon. If you’re planning on camping with the group, you will have ample time to set up your campsite and get acquainted with your fellow participants and training staff.

Near dusk, a small campfire will be built (depending on local fire restrictions) and you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the training in a relaxed environment.

For an extra charge, cabins are available on-site for the Virginia ADV Training Camp.  The Oregon and Georgia training camps have hotels located in nearby towns.

Campsite in Oregon

DAY 1: Essential Skill Development

The start time may vary due to weather, but expect to start training around 8 am (coffee begins brewing around 6:30 am).  Snacks are provided throughout the day, but meals are on you for the Oregon and Georgia Training Camps.  Breakfast and dinner are available for an extra charge at the Virginia camp.

Each class is a little different depending on the terrain, but you can expect to learn the following skills:

–  Seated and standing riding posture essentials
–  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)
–  Off-road braking

 

Adventure Training Camp

DAY 2: Skill Refinement

The second day is focused on applying the skills learned on Day 1, and 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 various methods of approaching each obstacle.

Depending on the available terrain, 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 “poser skills”

 

F800GSA at Adventure Training Camp

DAY 3 (optional): Putting It Together

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 the ADV Training Camp during Day 1 and Day 2.

BMW R1200 GS oilhead and KLR 650 at Adventure Training Camp

SMALL PRINT

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, gratuities or motorcycle.

Deposit: A $250 deposit is required to secure your slot in the camp; off-line payment must be received within two weeks of registration or your spot will be automatically released to someone on the waiting list. The remaining balance for your tuition is due no later than 60 days prior to the start of the training camp. You may choose to move your entire tuition to another camp, training tour or international adventure without penalty if made more than 60 days in advance of the arrival day.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel 61 or more days from your training dates, your deposit and/or tuition will be fully reimbursed minus a $25 fee.  If you cancel between 31 and 60 days from your start date, 50% of your total tuition will be reimbursed.  Within 30 days of the scheduled training, no tuition reimbursement is possible 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.