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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-17-2005, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Flew out to Delaware on Thursday to attend the 2-dayAmerican Supercamp in Harrington.

The program was held in the horse arena at the State Fairgrounds. There were about 45 riders, split into 3 groups according to abilities. Participants ranged from expert-level club racers to sport touring street riders, the youngest were teenagers and the oldest was a gentleman in his early 70's.

We started at 10:00 with a classroom session discussing the fundamentals of body positioning, charging the corner, turning and gassing out, and rode until 6. Beverages, fresh fruit and kick-butt chocolate chip cookies were provided, along with a catered lunch (Friday was spaghetti with meat balls, salad and all the trimmings... Saturday featured chicken Vesuvio!).

We performed a variety of drills, crashed a lot and had a great time. Chris Carr was the guest instructor - I tell you, it's easy to see why he's a six-time champion. The bike was a perfect extension of his body and he clearly loved what he was doing. Watching him was pure poetry in motion.

Flat track is an incredibly physical sport. The riding style is completely different from street riding or roadracing... instead of leaning forward and in, you're supposed to lean back while up on the gas tank, keeping your hips ahead of your shoulders - and counterweight the bike. I found myself wishing I'd spent more time working on my upper body strength (especially when we were doing the "donut drill"), although my legs were fine. If you're considering taking this school you'll want to do some real conditioning if you're not already pretty seriously athletic.

Day 1 we rode a very short oval... learning the lines and the bikes. Two or three instructors would ride amongst us, and the others would be standing at various points on the track, giving direction. As the day went on, they'd "mess" with us... bumping our back tires, causing us to slide... poking our butts with sticks when we weren't moving them properly... it was an absolute BLAST!

Day 2 the track was set up as a mini TT course (left and right turns). Mid-morning, they soaked the track and we went out to play in the mud. It's all about traction management - learning to feel what the bike is doing and controlling it. We were out there having a blast - racing each other, falling down, getting up laughing and covered in umm.. mud (did I mention this was an equestrian arena?)

Things started to "click" for me on the afternoon of the 2nd day. I was starting to get the rhythm, had relaxed and was getting in progressively deeper and harder (hey, it's all relative). I'd gone off the line coming out of a turn after avoiding a crashed rider when disaster struck. I came out waaay wide in some very soft muck... got on the gas, was riding out the fishtail when I fell down hard with the bike on my right knee. Danny told me later that he and Chris were both watching when I fell, and cringed when they saw where my leg ended up. I got up right away, got the bike started up again with a little help and managed to ride a couple more laps. I was limping a bit at the end of the session and something just didn't feel "right". By the time we were to suit up for the next session, it was starting to "give out" when I walked. Uh oh... I was done for good at around 5:00. By the time I had cleaned up, loaded my gear and driven 30 miles to my Mom's house, I could hardly get out of the car. After a late-night visit to the emergency room, I'm now sporting a full leg brace and crutches, and will be seeing my orthopaedic guy as soon as I get back to Chicago. Guess who won't be racing at Road America this weekend!

All in all, Supercamp was a fantastic experience. I'll definitely be back next April - and maybe sooner!

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-17-2005, 02:55 PM
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good write up.

sorry to hear about the knee.

what do you think is wrong? ACL?
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Ouch..much worse than when we talked. You hit the emergency room after I called?

Sucks, especially so close to racing season.

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I'm glad you had fun.

Told you so!

Sorry about the knee.

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Yeah, by the time I got to Mom's I could barely get out of the car - so we went to dinner and then up to the E.R. I'm hoping it's not ACL - actually I just hope that whatever it is, is just sprained and not torn. This is the WRONG time of year for surgery!

We'll find out (hopefully) Tuesday or Wednesday.

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I was really jealous until you mentioned the knee thing. Now I'm just jealous, not really.

Hope you get better quickly and that it's no big deal.

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WOW heal up fast Kim, what kinda race school was it for?

flat tracking or some course to inprove on road course with our bikes?

reason i was is, having AMA racers RIP by me when i am turning 19' and 18's the way they did, i need more learning!



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WOW heal up fast Kim, what kinda race school was it for?

flat tracking or some course to inprove on road course with our bikes?

reason i was is, having AMA racers RIP by me when i am turning 19' and 18's the way they did, i need more learning!
American Supercamp is a school for flat tracking. But almost every fast, sort of fast, fast guy/girl on any race track has to know how to use traction and how to react when it's not there. This school seems to teach that. All fast American riders (bostroms, haydens, etc.) put some serious seat time and racing doing flat track. Plus, you ride for two days balls out because it's not your bike your crashing! Not that it's possible to destroy an XR100

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glad you had fun Kimmy. Sorry to hear about the knee. Heal up girl I still have to catch you on the track. If I ever get back on it.

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AHH thats what i was thinking grover, traction managment period! i just didnt know if Kim was going into a differance hobby now.

Kim, when ever you get a chance post up some more details, like how much was it, how good was it, do you feel the instructors REALLY helped teach and get it threw the students or was it, go out there and try to stay up while i push you

thank kim



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It was $600 for two days (they don't do a one-day program)... the instructors are some of the TOP flat-track riders out there BUT they also have excellent communication skills and are VERY willing to work with you to help you "get it". It's all about having a good time - bottom line. There's a reason why Supercamp events sell out months in advance.

I'd recommend it highly.

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Not that it's possible to destroy an XR100
Danny Walker is very proud of the fact that they have done that in one of their classes. Otherwise the bikes are in top shape.

GUYS! How many years have I been telling you about this school and how much better a rider it will make you? I've gone to the Springfield class for years. I'm finally going to miss one this year. It is the best 6 bills you can spend on riding.

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