We start thinking about the next RCU about 5 minutes after the last one ends. So when I was sitting talking with Fro and Stanton about where we should have the next RCU we all agreed that Red Bud would be the best place to go. Not only is it one of my favorite tracks but the Ritchie’s are some of the best in the business and their facility is the best one I have ever been too and I knew that would make for a great experience for a RCU.
The other reason I was so excited was because we had 2 new instructors helping us this year with Grant Langston and Ivan Tedesco. I was also pumped that we added some new sponsors to the event and they were as excited as we were to be a part of it.
We landed in Chicago in less than perfect conditions and by the time we made it to Red Bud it had started to rain. It was a bummer for sure because we put so much effort into this event and people come from a long ways to participate so we are always trying hard to make each event special.
We had another sell out this year so we were excited for the group of riders that would be coming. The weather isn’t anything that we can control so we just had to hope for the best. I have to give huge props to Tim Ritchie and his crew for getting to work early and giving us the best track possible to work with. I don’t know any other crew that could have gotten the track prepped and ready in those kind of conditions that quickly.
When we got started the conditions weren’t perfect but they were more than good enough to learn on and I think that the students practicing under those conditions became even better riders. If you can ride and learn when the track isn’t perfect you will be that much better when the conditions are ideal.
So the day began and we followed what has become our normal curriculum. We break the track down into 5 sections with each instructor taking a section. This is a page right out of my old training routine and one I feel has provided myself and others a lot of success. The classes are then divided into 5 groups based on bike size/class and ability level. We focus on each of the 5 sections for an hour rotating around the track. This way each student gets the chance to work with each instructor and hopefully learns a little bit from each one.
We also have a Q&A session which usually turns into a bench racing session which is always good fun considering Fro always has good stories to tell! We have classroom seminars for the parents and mechanics as well to help give them a little knowledge. At the end of the day we have a free ride session where the students get a chance to put the track together and hopefully practice all that they learned while riding along with their teachers. Then we hold a graduation ceremony and all of the students get a diploma and Fox Backpack with all sorts of cool freebies from our sponsors.
The weather turned out to be great and the track got better and better as the day went on and from what I could see so did all of our students. I know I had a great time and it was cool to see Ivan and Grant out there having fun with the students as well. Stanton was once again the guy who put the most laps in. It is so cool to see him out there riding with all of the students and he for sure still has it!
This event is a huge undertaking and we couldn’t do it without all of the help and support of our sponsors and a bunch of behind the scenes people and I want to make sure they get credit for helping out.
First off I have to say thanks to Fox Racing and Hansen’s for their support. They have been behind this project since we first came up with the idea. Also Cometic, Oakley, Mechanix Wear and Dunlop Tire have been a huge part of it and really see and believe in the vision that we have for helping out the riders and they always come out in force to support the event. Hookit was an instrumental part in this year’s event, not only did they help with the website and registration but they also participated in our seminar panel giving valuable advice to our parents and mechanics.
This year we were fortunate to add some new sponsors to our lineup and they came in a big way. First I have to say thanks to Rocky Mountain ATV for sponsoring the lunch for all of the riders and their families as well as putting on a great contest. Klotz Lubricants was also new this year and a great addition to our sponsor lineup. Cobra Motorcycles also came out to support our 50 riders this year. Thanks to Babbitt’s for loaning us some Suzuki’s. And lastly thanks to Trek Bikes for the support and bringing out the super cool blender bike!
You can check out all of the photos at the links below as well as the videos, and special thanks to Shift One Photography and Lissa Marsolek Photography for the great images of the school. Keep checking back as we keep posting new links as they become available. And finally a huge thanks to the riders and parents who signed up. We know it takes a big commitment to participate in an event like ours and we hope you all learned something and more importantly that you all had fun!
Now it’s off to the UK for the RCU Europe campus!
VitalMX story on the RCU
More images from VitalMX on the RCU
RCH’s Network A Ink Rock Moto video on the RCU and the Red Bud weekend
Ricky Carmichael Facebook page with images from the event
MLIVE story on local brothers at the RCU
WNDU local story on the RCU
ABC 57 local story on the RCU
Local Buchanan paper’s story on the RCU