A little bit about us
Off-road riding is not only challenging and great fun, it will also improve your on road riding safety too. We run two levels of courses for different abilities and experience as an introduction to an important skills for off-road riding. Once competent there are Trial Riding Weekends, Tours in Spain or Morocco plus loads more great opportunities to further develop your off-road experience. So whether you want to travel overland, join a tour, take part in a rally or just want to try something different, The Academy is the best place to start your journey.READ MORE
This is a one day course, where we will teach you the necessary methods to feel confident, riding your bike off road. Over the course of the day, you will learn the following skills and understand their importance.
• CLUTCH, THROTTLE AND BRAKE CONTROL
• CORRECT RIDING POSITION AND BALANCE
• ASCENDING AND DESCENDING PROGRESSIVE SLOPS
• MANEUVERING THE BIKE SAFELY IN DIFFERENT SITUATIONS
• CONTROL ON MUD, WATER AND GRASS
• COMPLETING THE 'ACADEMY CONFIDENCE COURSE' STAGE 1
(A specially designed section of track, with certain obstacles along the way)
The main objective is to give participants confidence. Each step is done 'on the going' so plenty of time is spent on the bike learning in actual situations, with plenty of fun along the way. The day will give you a foundation to progress to the next step.
This one day course includes your tuition, the use of either a KTM 690 or 400, fuel, lunch, refreshments, third party insurance, commemorative tee-shirt and full riding kit.
This is a one day course, designed for those who have completed our Stage 1 course, or those who have a reasonable level of off-road experience under their belts.
The Stage 2 will help you gain further experience off-roading. Over the day course you will complete the following:
• MORE VISION AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE TRACK/PISTE
• HILL CLIMBS/DESCENTS WITH TURNS
• STEEPER DESCENTS
• FASTER CONTROLLED BRAKING
• RIDING RUTS
TACKLING DIFFERENT OBSTACLES
DROPPING IN AND OUT OF STREAMS
The objective of the Stage 2 course is to increase your confidence of what you, as a rider are capable of achieving as a rider. You will have learnt a series of building blocks, which you, as a rider, can go onto improve by time spent in the saddle. You can come back as many times as you feel necessary, to help build your experience and confidence as an off-road bike rider.
The price includes all your tuition, bike (either a 690 exc Enduro or Freeride) and kit hire, fuel, kit, refreshments and third party insurance. You will also receive a commemorative t-shirt and certificate!
The idea of the Stage 3 is for riders who want to keep taking their riding forward, to challenge themselves, to learn more skill and confidence, especially if their aim is to compete in any kind of race event such as: Enduros, Hare and Hounds or rallys.
The Stage 3 is a never ending course, as in, you can keep coming back to imrove your skills, learn new ones and take your riding to another level.
Here, at the Academy, we can also offer tailor-made one or two day Stage 3 courses to suit your requirements. The one day course will cover the following:
• BERMED AND RUTTED CORNERS
• TACKLING AND CROSSING DIFFICULT OBSTACLES
• TECHNICAL HILLS AND DECENTS
• PRE-LOADING OF THE SUSPENSION
• DIFFICULT OFF-CAMBERS
The one day course can be done with your own bike (as long as it’s an Enduro bike with standard silencer) or use one of the Academy’s own Enduro bikes. This course is not suitable to use the KTM 690 R.
The day’s course includes all tuition, lunch, refreshments and a cool t-shirt!!
Venue: Westfield, near Hastings East Sussex.
``Escape the 5% of tarmac roads and onto the 95% of tracks that cover the world``
Patsy Quick is probably the best known female off-road motorcycle rider in the UK today. During 20 years of riding she has completed major overland expeditions, been British Women’s Enduro Champion, European Women’s Champion and competed in many international rallies, including 4 Dakars. She has also runs a successful international rallye support business, providing others from many countries with a means to realise their ambitions. For the past 8 or 9 years she has been involved in training riders at all levels, from novices taking their first steps, to experienced riders needing to enhance specific skills. Having been immersed in the world of off-road riding she has developed a huge range of experience which can benefit others. She is passionate about helping people learn and improve, her reward is seeing their enjoyment as they do so. Patsy established the Academy with the goal of providing the best quality training, in a friendly and non-pressurised environment, to take people as far as they want to go, be that competent green-laning or the Dakar Rallye.
Clive ‘Zippy’ Town has been riding off road motorcycles for, some would say, not that long, but in the last 13 years he has packed in a vast amount and experienced a great deal. His first rally was the Optic 2000 which he entered, not having even completed a straight forward enduro styled event. His sense of navigation and natural confidence of riding off road, lead him to the finish, where he narrowly missed out on the first Brit award. Over the next few years, he was heavily involved in the enduro scene and competed in two prestigious I.S.D.E events, where he received a bronze finishers medal. Clive was Patsy’s riding partner on the Dakar for three years and like Patsy in 2006, reached his goal by getting to the finishing line. Since then he has also competed in the extreme enduro The Red Bull Romanics in 2008 and 2010.
Zippy’s relative late start in off road motorcycling is by no means a disadvantage, in fact this has given him the unique advantage of being sympathetic to the needs of new pupils to the off road riding scene. His relaxed and humorous style quickly gives newcomers confidence and new found skills. Zippy has excellent motorcycling skills, but more importantly he has the ability to pass on these skills to others, which is a problem that many ex-champion riders find when they move into teaching.