Originally Posted by FlamingLips
For levels I, II, save your $1000 and skip the two-day camp. Yep, the only difference is the on-track student to instructor ratio (3:1 vs 2:1). At this level, the instructors can quickly pick up on what you are doing wrong.
Actually there are a lot more differences in the two day camps vs the single day, hence the price difference. They are:
Two day camp: Available on the school bikes only, BMW S1000's (with four 800's available if you wish to ride one of them). During a two day camp you get 5 classroom sessions and 7 riding sessions of at least 20 minutes. Student to coach ratio is no more than 2:1 and during every riding session you will be followed and lead on track by your coach and then debriefed afterwards. There are less students overall at a two day camp which means that you will be on track with less than 15 students + coaches at a time. Format of the day is classroom, ride, classroom, ride etc.
Also, during a two day camp, all the off track training bikes (Lean/slide bike, brake bike and the No BS bike for the steering drill) are available for use depending on the track and weather conditions. You will also get to ride the camera bike once per day, have your video reviewed by a qualified coach and receive a DVD of both your camera bike riding sessions at the end of the school. Lunch, snacks, tea, coffee and water are all provided.
Single Day School: You can use one of the school bikes or bring your own bike. There are 5 classroom sessions and 5 riding sessions of at least 20 minutes. Student to coach ratio is no more than 3:1 and same as the camp you are lead and followed by your coach each session out and then debriefed after. Format for the day is Classroom, ride, break, classroom, ride, break.
At a single school depending on the level you are taking you can do one of the off track bikes. Level one is the steering drill (No BS bike), level 2 the Lean Bike, level three gets a video review session and level four can ride the slide bike. There is no camera bike available in a single day school. There are more students total during a single day so you are on track with more riders at a time, no more than 22 I think at a time.
Both options will give you an incredible experience and will improve your riding tremendously but you do get more value during the two day camp and a lot more one on coaching and off track training.
Originally Posted by varunrajg
Cool. One decision made. Now which is the best track for the school. One first hand experience(from a racer) I got is that Infineon is not great in Winter, since it almost takes half a day for the track to be dry and confidence inspiring.
Laguna Seca may get overwhelming for newbies with the altitude variations in the mix? Whats the best track for the first-timers..?
Depends on what you like and where you are located. Streets of Willow Springs is actually an amazing track and perfect for a training school, the weather is always good and there are a ton of turns to really challenge you.
The Ridge is really fun (and i'll most likely be coaching there
Infinneon is great, Laguna is fun but maybe not the best track for new riders......
If you have any specific questions about the school or any of the tracks (I've ridden them all except for New Orleans) then feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer!