Round­ing off

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Ex­hausted and ex­hil­a­rated, re­flect­ing on the ex­pe­ri­ence at the Ron Haslam Race School has made me re­alise how much of an ab­so­lute blast it all was. In all hon­esty I’d much pre­fer to do just one course and re­ally fo­cus on the in­di­vid­ual as­pects, as do­ing all three was pretty hard work in a sin­gle day, but it gave me a proper grasp of what the school’s about and the dif­fer­ences be­tween the ex­pe­ri­ences on tap. It’s called a school, but it’s not one that bores you and holds you there as a pris­oner; you’re there to have a great time and learn skills that will make your rid­ing so much more en­joy­able – trust me.

I learnt to ride here about 10 years ago, drop­ping my lit­tle 125cc in the car park more times than I’d ever care to ad­mit. Yet 10 years later, I’ve come back, done each ex­pe­ri­ence and taken key tech­niques and knowl­edge from each and ev­ery one of them, and I dare say I’d learn even more if I were to go back and do it all again to­mor­row. The ‘On-Track’ re­taught me the im­por­tance of us­ing the clutch at slow speed which is ab­so­lutely per­fect for nip­ping in and out of traf­fic – a bloody damn good skill to be hav­ing when you live just out­side of the big smoke. The Pre­mier course re-kin­dled my love for cor­ner speed and kept me aware of how to use a 600cc engine to its full po­ten­tial; revving the ab­so­lute tits off the thing. Last but def­i­nitely not least, the Elite class strung ev­ery­thing to­gether and let me loose on a Fireblade, craft­ing my rid­ing style to ride a big ca­pac­ity bike with pre­ci­sion.

If you’re read­ing this, I’d say do all three cour­ses. I like power and the added bonus of hav­ing an in­struc­tor to your­self which makes the Elite course the most en­tic­ing, but the Pre­mier and On-Track op­tions each have their own qual­i­ties to of­fer. Re­gard­less of who you are or what your level of rid­ing is, this place has got you cov­ered. It’s the ul­ti­mate in­sti­tute and I re­ally can’t rec­om­mend a visit highly enough. I’m def­i­nitely go­ing back.

Why not?

Some­one had a good day at work!

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