Learning to drive off-road with a maxi-enduro: here is the Basic Course of the Cross and Enduro Freeracing School by Oscar Polli.
Tainate, province of Milan: at 10 in the morning we are ready for the first enduro lesson, a little excited like the first day of school, also because we are there to welcome us. Oscar Chickens, multi-sample of rally-raid, fresh from victory al Rally of Algeria with his "pupil" Lorenzo Piolini.
La motorcycle it is okay, after having tested it a little off-road by ourselves, we already feel like we are in control of the vehicle… wrong! At least the clothing, the protections, the helmet are the right ones (even if we feel a bit Robocop).
The basic course is dedicated to all those who are starting enduro for the first time or who still want to improve their self-taught technique. You start shooting in this small path where Oscar and his professional instructors observe you for a few minutes, and when you stop you are already tired.
At the first stop the fun begins, what you did is all wrong: it starts from position, sitting, standing, from the legs to the arms, from the torso to the hands… and he starts to turn again. When you refer back you are already less tired, you begin to understand why you are there. Taking the right position avoids unnecessary fatigue and even potential pain, as well as giving you more fundamental control.
After further practice we move on to the driving technique: first with the brake, because stopping well is more important than starting strong, then with the curve and role of the body, legs and weights, understood as the position of the body along the axis of the bike, which you will learn to distribute by practicing. In just a few minutes you can go from feeling less and less awkward and turning in very little space with minimal effort.
You change the exercises and the steps to get smalizare in the changes of direction and in the sudden movements of the body that you have to learn until they become automatisms. In all these phases you really understand the experience and preparation of those who are explaining every single step to me. Like all the first lessons you are always afraid of doing "boring" things, but when you apply them and see the result you understand how important it is to rely on competent and prepared instructors.
In the space of a morning the braking distances are reduced, theagility when cornering, increases the control of the bike and you begin to understand how different it is to drive off-road and how beautiful it will be to discover the whole unpaved world.
The afternoon is dedicated to the application of all that has been learned, to questions, to doubts, to the debriefing. You get tired of it, because it's normal, but very satisfied and much more confident about you and your bike. In my case, I also went by feeling the bike change, which was much lighter and more manageable.
If before you thought never to put your tires off the asphalt, now you can't wait to switch to next course. Oscar also tells you that at the end of June there is his event dedicated to maxi-enduro and that you can do it safely. Ok, I'm there, see you at advanced course!
For the course we used: Alpinestars (stivali Corozal Adventure Oiled Leather Boots), Enduristan (Blizzard S bags), SW-Motech (Drybag-80), Kite-Parts (handlebar), O'Neal (clothing), Zandonà (protections), M3V(prints), Event (tires).
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