Though small, it has a lot of curves, two short straights, a grandstand above a pit lane, a hotel and a swimming pool (albeit of the inflatable, kid version…).
We were about 20 participants to this 10 hour curve training. They divided us in four groups according so self-assessed proficiency. I volunteered into the slowest group, no. 4. It was right for me and still allowed rapid progress. All credit belongs to our instructor Kay, a friendly guy with Teutonic thoroughness, good cheer, patience and nerves of steel. Not to mention his chops on the track.
Instruction was very systematic. From 8:00 to 18:00 we had a quarter hour on the track every hour, followed by a thorough post-mortem in the pits. Not literally, no, no… According to Kay, we were nowhere near race tempo even in the evening when we felt we were going round the track very fast. But this event was not meant as a track day. We were there to learn to go round curves faster and safer. And learn we did (Kay said so)!
And all this smooth, and mind where you’re looking! You’re going where you’re looking!
Anyway, it was a lot of fun and I’d like to end with a big “Thank you!” to the Zweirad Academy team.
*By the way, the socks on the mirrors of our bikes were for concentration-enhancing purposes. As were the pieces of duct tape on our cockpits’ tachometers. It worked!