The Matt Prior Adventure Academy

Two years ago an email appeared in my inbox from Matt Prior.

“Having recently spoken to our mutual friend about a few trips, your name came up and it reminded me, I still need to write to Squash.  Unfortunately we haven’t met face to face…”

Matt continued by telling about some of his projects and was reaching out to discuss other opportunities.  I had a look around his website and realised he was a pretty remarkable character.

Matt did a Q&A with me as part of a series of interviews to show what effect adventure can have on your life.

He also told me about his baby!  The Matt Prior Adventure Academy.

“A one week adventure like no other.  A no-frills, practical course designed to give you an introduction into Adventure, Travel and Overland Expeditions.
The aim is to show you the benefits of adventure to you and your life. Once you understand the mindset and how to implement what is required, you will be able to achieve anything you want to.”

It sounded remarkable and I thought to myself, I wish I could go on that.

Amazing how things work out!

I finally met Matt, in person at the end of last year and he said he would like me to join him on one of the trips to see what I thought and to see if we both thought this was something I could lead.

My ‘interview’ was two weeks ago.  Matt was very keen that I experienced the adventure academy as he delivers it, so armed with very little information I arrived in Indonesia with my kit and met the team.

The next six days would be off grid and without internet, that I relished, but not knowing what the itinerary was, that was tough!  Not knowing where or how far we would travel or for how long, not knowing when our next meal would be or where we would stay, for me this was a new experience.  I adapted quickly – we all did, we had to!

We were a small team of four and diverse in age and background but an expedition is a great leveler and friendships formed fast.

With a strap line of Live, don’t just exist, the academy packs a huge number of unique experiences into a short space of time.  There was motorbikes, active volcanoes, remote villages, things very few other people have ever seen before and tough times where digging deep and asking a lot of yourself is needed.

I hadn’t really thought about the fact that most of the expeditions I’ve done previously have been in cold environments in dry air.  The intense heat, high humidity and tropical rain storms were a shock to my system and I was so out of my comfort zone – which of course is where the magic happens.

If this trip was easy then everyone would do it, with very limited spaces available each person is interviewed and what follows is a week of tough, unforgettable experiences that show you who you are and more importantly what you are capable of.

If you have an adventurous spark but are not really sure where to start then click here and you’ve already begun and I might just be seeing you in Indonesia next year for an amazing adventure.

 

 

 

BASE Jumping

I arrived in Idaho and got straight down to business!

I’m here for training and pre production work for my ‘next project’ – which I can now reveal is going to be a television series!  As you can imagine I’m very, very excited… and throwing myself (literally!) into all the work that needs to be done.

The team told me that BASE jump training was going ahead with RedBull athlete Miles Daisher.

“Miles has completed more known base jumps then anyone on the planet- well over 2,700.  In 2005, he set a base jumping record by launching 57 times in a single day, climbing a total of nearly 29,000 vertical feet to do so.  Logged over 3,100 skydives.  Creator of two new sports “skyaking” (aerobatic skydiving while seated in a kayak, for high- performance landing on water) and “Rope- swing base jumping” (launching a freewheeling base jump by swinging of a building or bridge).”

If I was going to learn to BASE jump what better coach could I wish for than Miles!

Perrine Bridge, Twin Falls, Idaho
Perrine Bridge, Twin Falls, Idaho

Heading to Twin Falls, I was expecting that the day would be spent talking about BASE jumping, that we’d be doing some theory, looking at kit and seeing the jump site.

It was always my understanding that to BASE jump it was necessary to have a lot of skydives under your belt first. Apparently this isn’t the case.  People can actually learn to BASE jump with no other flying experience but of course it’s far better (and safer) to have the experience of skydiving or paragliding.  Miles said that as I was a paraglider it was great start.

I then learnt that the plan was to spend the morning as I had thought, talking about BASE jumping, doing some theory, looking at kit and seeing the jump site and then the plan for the afternoon….. was to actually go BASE jumping!

Miles is a fireball of energy and his knowledge, expertise and full on approach were brilliant.

We spent time packing up the kit and while Miles was doing that he was explaining how it all works, we talked about the process of learning to BASE jump.  To begin I would do a static line jump – that meant Miles would hold the pilot chute (which is the small parachute that drags open the main chute) so initially the only concern would be jumping. After two seconds of free fall the parachute would open and I would then fly down and land.  Simple!

As we headed out to Perrine Bridge I was getting rather nervous.  Luckily there wasn’t a lot of time to focus on my nerves, Miles worked with us on muscle memory training and talked us through the whole process.  We scouted the landing zone and worked out a Plan A, a Plan B, a Plan C and a Plan Z!

Heading out along the bridge
Heading out along the bridge

Walking out along the bridge was like an out of body experience.  I was scared but it was essential to get a hold of myself and focus on what I was about to do.  It was like the time I fell off Mont Blanc – I was falling but I needed to be calm and sort myself out.  Which is exactly what I did.

I was going first!  Climbing over the railing was probably the worst part, I held on tight and placed my feet.  Once in position – face forward, leaning out – I looked ahead.  The point Miles gave us to look at was a mound of earth that was Evel Knievel’s jump ramp where in 1974 he’d famously attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon on a rocket cycle!

Miles said I was good to go…  I went through my final checks.

“Horizon”

“OK”

“SEE YA” …. and with that flung myself off the bridge!

As experiences go, it was up there with the biggest sensory overload I think I’ve ever had.

The focus, concentration, fear, thrill, physical sensations and relief when you touch down safely are a lot to have going on.

Meeting Miles was brilliant – he’s a unique person and having him as my coach was a privilege.

With Miles and Jonas
With Miles and Jonas

As we drove away from the bridge that evening all I could think was, “Mum is going to be so cross with me”….

Happy!
Happy!

 

This is a short Punkt video clip of one of my first static line jumps…

 

BMW Off Road Skills Brecon Beacon Adventure

Back in July I headed down to South Wales to join the Off Road Skills team to do my Level One Off Road Training.  It was a brilliant couple of days, made a huge difference to my off road riding, increased my confidence and basically left me wanting more…

The Brecon Beacons Adventure was the perfect next step.  The two day adventure ride based in Radnorshire, mid Wales organised by the Off Road Skills Team is made up of riding the great tracks and roads of Radnor Forest.

I went at the end of October – a two day off road adventure when a huge wind and rain storm was forecast in the UK.  But hey, surely a bit of rain and mud wasn’t that different to a lot of rain and mud?!

I was joining the Bahnstormer Motorrad dealership group.  We all arrived on Saturday evening ahead of our Sunday morning departure.  I was a little nervous, it had been a few months since I’d done the Off Road Level One Course and the conditions this time were very different.  It was wet and muddy, not dry and dusty.

We split into three groups of 6-8 riders, each group with an instructor and headed out from the Off Road Skills headquarters.  We soon left the road and found a pace on a stoney lane track with a little water on it in places!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was riding an F 800GS.  I love the bike although I would’t have minded being on the R 1200GS after a test ride earlier in the year and realising that it isn’t as intimidating as it looks!  The bikes are amazing and as we did our first few miles off road I started to think I was getting the hang of it….

….It wasn’t long before I came off!  Heading down a muddy track, out of the ruts and on the wet slippery grass in the centre I pulled on the brakes.  Bad move!  The brakes locked and the back tyre (acting like it was on ice) slid round.  Of course the best thing would have been to use engine breaking, commit to going and not try to stop – easier said than done though.

This wasn't a fall - Richard was just getting some mud off his jacket!
This wasn’t a fall – Richard was just getting some mud off his jacket!

Coming off was a good thing, it took away my fear about coming off!  I was moving slowly, it didn’t hurt and it was a soft landing.  I soon realised what I was doing wrong, it was my fear and harshness with the brakes that made me fall off – every time!

By the afternoon I felt I’d made significant improvement and in just a day we’d covered almost 100miles of country roads, muddy lanes, open moorland and forest areas.

That night we welcomed the cosy country pub and hearty meal.  Listening to the rain continue I knew that more deep water would be in store for the next day.  And I was right!

Crossing an overflowing river!
Crossing an overflowing river!

On day two our group was riding with Simon Pavey, who is possibly one of the most patient people I’ve ever met! As I went sideways down a bank and came off the bike Simon grinned at me and said, “You know what you did wrong? You looked down.”  He then said to me, “Relax, look up and let the wheels roll”.

And something clicked.

Let the wheels roll...
Let the wheels roll…

Relax, look up and let the wheels roll.  Relax, look up and let the wheels roll.  Relax, look up and let the wheels roll. The perfect mantra for off road riding.

I began riding with less fear and in turn I used less energy.  Everything felt better.  It reminded me a lot of when I was learning to ski.  The last thing I wanted to do was point my skis down hill, lean forward and go but as soon as I had the confidence to do that it all slotted into place..  Then it was all about practice!

The final afternoon was spent all riding as one large group back across the mountain tracks at our own pace, free to pick a line and just go for it.

It was exhilarating, fast and fun….

Getting dirty!
Getting dirty!
The happy Bahnstormer Group at the end of the trip.
The happy Bahnstormer Group at the end of the trip.

The Next Adventure

“What’s next Squash?” are words that I often hear.

Since returning from climbing Monte Rosa in the Aosta Valley in early September it’s a question I’ve been giving a very vague answer to and that’s because I can’t share all the details… yet!

I’ve spent a few years wondering about a particular type of project and working on plans in my mind.  Earlier this year I met someone who’s own ideas merged with mine and whose expertise and contribution has meant that we’ve been able to take the project to the next level.

What that means is; we have a team, we have a plan and the “Project” is happening.

My focus over the past month has been on training and planning here in the UK and in a week’s time I’ll be joining some of the team over in the States where more intense preparation will be happening.

The project is due to start early next year and will take around two months.  It will involve a journey and many different challenges; some of which are familiar to me and some completely new.  (You may have noticed my recent interest in swimming?)  I’ll also be meeting inspirational people along the way who’s individual challenges and stories I’ll be sharing.

I’ll tell you more as soon as I can! ….

A day with Ranulph Fiennes, Kenton Cool and the Powertraveller Team.

Last week I had the pleasure of going to the Royal Geographical Society in London for a days filming with ‘one of Britain’s leading alpine climbers with record hard first ascents and eleven successful Everest summits’ and ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’.

Ranulph Fiennes and Kenton Cool.

We are all ambassadors for Powertraveller who design, develop and manufacture portable power solutions keeping essential lines of communication open whilst ‘off-grid’.

Powertraveller have been working on a remarkable new product that is going to be a real game changer in the industry.  Ahead of its launch early next year we came together to film the product, see how it works, discuss the limitless power it provides and share our experiences and thoughts.

The Powertraveller team; Jerry, Emma, Will, Mark and Hannah were all on top form when we arrived and Emma soon became everyone’s favourite person when she produced freshly baked home made ginger and chocolate cookies.

I’ve met Kenton and Ran before (Sir Ranulph instantly made me feel comfortable saying “call me Ran”) and it was great to spend more time with them and get to know them better.  Kenton’s energy was overflowing, just back from a bike race in the Pyrenees he was bright eyed, full of enthusiasm and ready to give Ran and I a hard time whenever possible!  Ran was lovely and with just a few days until the deadline to proof read his latest book, ‘Cold’, we discussed whether the title should  have an exclamation mark after it or not.

Talking about a new product that’s brilliant wasn’t difficult.  Talking about a new product concisely and putting it together while being filmed standing next to Ranulph Fiennes and Kenton Cool was a little more tricky.  Kenton likened our task to something from the Krypton factor, which apparently Ran has been on and I had watched….when I was six!

Throughout the day we got chatting about various things including knickers.  We were on the subject of mottos and sayings and Ran said he liked the phrase ‘we have two ears and one mouth so we should perhaps listen more and say less’.  Of course Kenton and I were very quiet all day so this was unlikely to have been directed at us!  He asked if I had a motto so I told him about my Knickers Philosophy – ‘if your knickers are right then your day goes right’.  A large grin appeared on his face and he said he liked it.

It was a brilliant day. I love working with the Powertraveller team (especially when Em has been baking) and it was a real treat to spend the day with Ran and Kenton.

Before we finished we all Copp’ed a feel for Coppafeel showing our support for the charity who’s mission it is to stamp out the late detection and mis-diagnosis of breast cancer by ensuring that you recognise the early signs and symptoms.

Copp'ing a feel for Coppafeel!
Copp’ing a feel for Coppafeel!

During the day I was fully aware of the company I was keeping – both Kenton and Ranulph are legends.  That evening Kenton and I were having a drink with a mutual friend who we both know is a business man…turns out he used to work for MI5 and we were basically having drinks with a real life James Bond…quite an ending to an already epic day!

The ElliptiGo European Championships, Aix Les Bains, France

When I finished The Go Trek in July there were whisperings about me entering the first official European ElliptiGo race.  Honestly, I was a little tired and thought ….no!

Then after a good rest, a sign (!) and realising that I would be in the area (well nearby, I was climbing Monte Rosa in Aosta two days before the race) I thought that maybe I could enter.  After all it would be brilliant to see everyone and with 3074 ElliptiGo miles under my belt I was sure to be able to at least have a good Go!

The 'sign' to Go...  Literally!
The ‘sign’ to Go… Literally!

Five rides out on the ElliptiGo and climbing a 4,500m peak between The Go Trek (which finished July 6th) and the race (Sept 1st) was my training program.  Well, less training program, more just what I’d done.

I arrived in Aix Les Bains the night before the race and had a lovely evening catching up with people and meeting other ElliptiGo’ers who were out for the race too.  I was nervous, I’ve done plenty of endurance-based activity but racing isn’t something I have a lot of experience in.  I needed a plan!

The race, I discovered was a 21km route up, that’s up, a mountain, Mont Revard  1,562m.

I have a Suunto watch with a heart rate monitor and decided that I could use that as a guide, if I worked at 70-80% of my maximum heart rate, hopefully I could sustain that effort and therefore pace for the time it would take to get to the top.  I had to keep my heart rate below 170bpm.  The question was, would I be working too hard and burn out too soon?

I was worried, I thought I hadn’t done enough specific race training and had pretty much convinced myself I wouldn’t do well before the race had even begun.  This was clearly the wrong attitude!

I had a word with myself the morning of the race and decided to sort that out, I told myself I could do well and that I should give it 100%.  I muscled my way to front of the pack at the start of the race, the gun went off and so did I!  I was in the leading half of the pack.  My heart rate shot up straight above 170bpm…

Waiting at the start line... nervous.
Waiting at the start line… nervous.

I knew I had to address that quickly; I had to slow my pace, however, I was battling with two guys to hold my place.  One got ahead but the other didn’t and I knew that psychologically this was important, I thought if I could stay ahead of this one guy and start to pull away I would get away.  It took a while but I managed to lose him… Then I had my sights set on the one who’d overtaken earlier.  He was now well in the distance but I was after him!

I got my heart rate to 168bpm and found a rhythm; I calculated how long each kilometer was taking me and worked out that if I maintained my speed I could finish in 2hours.  I was half way…

I had two goals; to catch the guy in front and over take him and to finish in less than 2hrs!

Just over half way...
Just over half way…

My mind visited some interesting places during that second half, I just needed to keep turning my legs and keep Go’ing, pushing hard all the time.  With 2km to go I was right on the tail of the guy who’d overtaken me and slowly, slowly I got closer and closer until I got past!  Then I went for it and made the finish in 1hr 58mins.

Suunto Stats ElliptiGO European Champs 01.09.13
Suunto Stats ElliptiGO European Champs 01.09.13

I was the 1st woman to finish and 10th overall.  It had been a very tough race and I was happy it was done…

…I was also very excited about my work of art trophy!!

Here’s a short Punkt video I made at the end of the race.

Big thanks to Eric Bouvier who organised the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climbing Monte Rosa in the Aosta Valley

It was a total pleasure riding the BMW F800GS over the Petit St Bernard Pass from France to Italy into the Aosta Valley.  La Thuile, the first village you come to is particularly lovely in the summer.

Arriving in Couymayeur soon after marked the end of my journey on the bike and the start of my next journey, that would be something quite different.  Climb time!

I met up with my friend and mountain guide Marco and we set off to the other side of the valley.  There’s always a certain amount of nerves and excitement before a climb, especially when I pack my paraglider and there’s a chance I might be flying back down.

A huge wall of 4000m peaks, the Monte Rosa Chain, extends from the Breithorn all the way across to the multiple summits of Monte Rosa.

Just a three day trip, the plan was to get up to the first refuge, attempt a few summits on the second day, possibly staying up high and then if the weather was ok fly down on the morning of the third day.

We reached Gressoney and stopped at Staffel – where we took a series of three cable cars up to 3000m at Indren. It was a steady day.  Just an hours hike up to 3,500m to the Mantova Refuge, our base for the night.

All my kit plus my paraglider meant my ruck sack was huge!

A very huge Rab back pack!
A very huge Rab back pack!

The next morning we were up just after 5am and left as the sun came up.  Sunrise and sunsets on any mountain are always a particularly beautiful time.

Looking back down to the Mantova Hut at sunrise.
Looking back down to the Mantova Hut at sunrise.

Within a few hours we had negotiated a lot of crevasses, been enjoying the stunning views above the clouds and were on the first summit, the Balmenhorn, 4,167m.

Click here to see the short Punkt video we made on the top.

From there we headed over to the Zumstein summit 4,563m.  The ridge to the summit was very dramatic.  You walk along the edge, one side plummeting away to the clouds below – it was dizzying and reminded me of the summit ridges on Everest!

The final summit, just in time for lunch, was the Capanna Regina Margherita Hut, 4,554m.  The highest mountain refuge in Europe.  A place I’ve wanted to go to for years!  It’s a very cool hang out.  There’s dorms, good food and even….wifi!!!

We took the decision to head back down to the Mantova Hut after lunch, the weather forecast was not looking great – cloud and high winds.  We’d sleep there again and see what our final morning had in store for us.

I was up at 2am, 4am and 5am!  Each time the conditions were not suitable for flying… either too much cloud or too windy.  We left the hut mid morning and began our hike back down.

For me flying down is a welcome bonus and if it doesn’t happen that’s ok because the climbing and hiking part are wonderful too.

Heading back down.
Heading back down.

Marco and I were silent as we headed down.  The morning light was amazing and the views were spectacular.  I was deep in thought about the paragliding and thinking “what if this…. what if that….”and as if Marco could read my mind he broke the silence and said to me…

I like this quote, “A snowflake never falls in the wrong place.”

Amazing view of Mont Blanc lit by the sunrise.
Amazing view of Mont Blanc lit by the sunrise.

Photos by Marco Tamponi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riding BMW’s F800GS out to the Aosta Valley in Italy

As part of my latest adventure – to climb Monte Rosa in the Aosta Valley, raising awareness and supporting the charity Coppafeel – I’ve ridden over here on my BMW F800GS.

I packed the bike so that I could sit neatly between my bags – it was in line with arm chair comfort!

Sitting comfortably between my luggage!
Sitting comfortably between my luggage!

The journey to Aosta involved; two days, almost 900 miles, 5 tanks of fuel, 3 countries and a huge number of dead fly’s and bugs!

Just a few fly's on the helmet!
Just a few fly’s on the helmet!

My route took me down through the UK to the channel tunnel in Folkestone.  From there I went to Tignes in France. Taking the tunnel meant a very short crossing so I was able to cover a big distance in one day.  I rode over 700miles and felt good at the end of it.

The route to Aosta
The route to Aosta

The much shorter second days travel took me over the Col du Petit Saint-Bernard, a mountain pass from France into the Aosta Valley in Italy.  It was a joy to ride the bike along the twisting and turning, beautiful mountain roads.  I was lucky that both days travel saw sunshine and a little cloud… but no rain.

The comfort I experienced on the 800 was just brilliant and really made a huge difference.  The riding position is perfect so there’s no back, arm or neck ache.  The size of the bike means that you sit snuggly on the seat and experience very little wind against your body.  One of the most noticeable comforts I enjoyed was as a result of the hand guards – no wind on my hands meant warm hands.

The F800GS and all my kit!
The F800GS and all my kit!

The bike sat happily at 80mph enabling me to cover a good distance in a short time.  It also had enough power to carry my much needed 30kgs of luggage as if it wasn’t even on there.

I broke up the travel days with a couple of days in Tignes, where I was able to fit in some good acclimatisation time – a cycle ride up the Col de l’lseran and a hike up to 3,500m on the Grand Motte.  I was really happy to be up high. The Monte Rosa is 4,634m so I’ll really feel the benefit when I climb!

The view from the hike up the Grand Motte in Tignes
The view from the hike up the Grand Motte in Tignes

The weather forecast has changed several times in the past 72hours which is so often the case when you are in the mountains.

I’ve now arrived in the Aosta Valley, click here to see my arrival Punkt!  Fingers crossed that it’s good conditions for the three day climb I have ahead of me.

Monte Rosa was first climbed in 1855.  So during this climb I’m hoping to raise £185.50 for breast cancer awareness charity, Coppafeel.  Click here to donate.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People, motorbikes, climbing and flying…

One of the things I absolutely love to do is combine my passions into one big adventure.

So I’m about to do just that!

Over the next few days I’ll be making my way to the Aosta Valley in Italy on my BMW F800GS, staying with friends on the way and then climbing Monte Rosa when I arrive.

For a few years I’ve wanted to climb Monte Rosa, the “Pink Mountain”.  Sitting on the boarder of Italy and Switzerland, at 4,634m it’s the highest mountain in Switzerland and the second-highest in both the Alps and western Europe.

Monte Rosa
Monte Rosa

It’s also home to the highest construction in Europe – The Regina Margherita Hut –  located at 4,559 metres, not only is the hut a refuge for climbers but it serves as an observatory and research centre as well.  The plan is to spend a night there before our summit push.

The Margarita Hut
The Margarita Hut

I’m going to take my paraglider with me and will aim to do some flying while I’m in the area too.

After the climb, I’ll make my way to Aix Les Bains, because it has worked out that just a day after I’ll be down from the mountain I will be able to attend the first ElliptiGo European Championships!  I’ll probably be quite tired… but I’m excited to be involved in the event and to see my fellow ElliptiGo’ers!

This trip has been finalised in the last week; I’ve only just booked my Chanel crossing (with hours to go) and I’m not completely sure of the route I’ll take to Aosta.  Sometimes though you just have to seize opportunities and Go for it!  

It’ll be a two week adventure combining some of my favourite things; people, motorbikes, climbing, flying and ElliptiGo’ing!

As always I like to get behind a good cause when I take on a new challenge so I’ve set up a just giving page in support of Coppafeel, a breast cancer awareness charity.

I’m aiming to raise £185.50 as Monte Rosa was first climbed in 1855.

If you’d like to support this next effort here’s a link to the page

Squash’s JustGiving page for Coppafeel

Go on 'Coppafeel!
Go on ‘Coppafeel!

Thank you! xx

 

 

 

 

BMW Motorbike Track Day at Silverstone

It’s no secret that I love speed and I love motorbikes and although I ride an BMW F800GS I also have a bit of a thing for BMW’s S1000RR, so naturally, I jumped at the chance to do a track and training day with the BMW Bahnstormer group and Focused Events on BMW’s ultimate superbike at Silverstone.

Feeling pretty happy about the track day!
Feeling pretty happy about the track day!

A track day is an organised event in which members of the public are allowed to ride around established motor racing circuits.

I had a big grin on my face arriving at the legendary track with the sun shining and barely a cloud in the sky. Perfect conditions!

Focused Events have worked closely with BMW to package the ultimate track and training day.  On arrival we had a cup of tea, pain au chocolates (it’s like they knew I was coming) and met our instructors for the day, Tommy Hill, 2011 British Superbike Champion, and Taylor McKenzie, who rides in the British Super Sport 600 Championship (legends)!

Split in to smaller groups of 4-6 people the day is divided up by four 20minute track sessions with the instructors leading, watching and giving feedback afterwards.  When not on the track time is spent on several key skill areas.

My day began on the monkey bikes with body position training.  Being much smaller you can easily move your position on the bikes and manoeuvre them with confidence.  It was a great way to start and get a feel for where you should be on a bike when entering and going around a corner.

I'm on the left following Tommy Hill working on body position
I’m on the left following Tommy Hill working on body position

Focused events have devised a wonderful way to work on cornering technique with their cornering technique system (CTS) bike.  By attaching what looks like giant stabilisers to an F 800 riders can learn the technique of ‘counter-steering’ without the danger of crashing through overloading the front tyre.  Looks crazy, but works a treat.

Focused events Cornering Technique System in action!
Focused events Cornering Technique System in action!

Being on the track, riding the monkey bikes and working on the CTS bike are all quite physical so it was good to have some ‘classroom’ time where the instructors talked us through the circuit, drove us around it and also demonstrated positions and techniques.

Looking at body position on the bike
Looking at body position on the bike

A track day is thrilling and exciting as well as quite intimidating, my confidence grew each time I went out though. With the skill work and feedback from the instructors I felt much more in control and got faster into and out of the corners.  It was good to feel like what was happening was planned and intended rather than thinking, “phew, I got away with that”.

On the track and loving it!
On the track and loving it!

BMW and focused events have it all covered; top class instructors, incredible superbikes, small groups, a well planned day with a balance of track time and training time and because they understand the importance of people feeling good there’s a constant supply of tea, coffee and delicious food..

A cup of tea and some beautiful bikes!
A cup of tea and some beautiful bikes..

 

Pain au Chocolat
.. & pain au Chocolat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All photos were taken and kindly provided by John Gilbride, BMW Bahnstormer Alton Hampshire (except the cup of tea and pain au chocolate ones – they were my own handy work!)..