Chris Birch Coaching clinics are aimed at improving off road riding skills. Chris focuses on helping his clients get the most out of their riding – whether this is to improve performance and placing in competition, to beat their mates, or simply to get the most enjoyment from the weekend’s riding. Chris has spent his whole life riding and racing motorbikes in many disciplines and has picked up tips, tricks, shortcuts and handy hints that you only get from experience. When you are being coached by Chris, it’s a fantastic opportunity to pick his brains about any riding or bike set up problems you have.
A bit about the courses:
We run several different clinics, split firstly into 'Adventure Clinics' and 'Dirt Bike Clinics'
For the bigger, often called 'dual purpose' bikes. We have three different options available now for the New Zealand clinics (please note the international adventure clinics will be a merged class of Adventure Basics / Learn to Turn, and depending on the group, some of the advanced! This is due to limited time in those areas)
This includes setting up your bike correctly, correct, strong and balanced riding positions, and using the clutch, throttle and brakes effectively for maximum control. Also covered are things such as packing for an adventure ride, and survival / self rescue techniques.
Adventure cornering clinic - "Learn to turn"
This is one aspect that we have had many people interested in, and have now developed a separate session so that riders can really have the best chance to nail this skill down. Bering able to corner well can make a vast difference to your traction and speed!
Advanced adventure clinic
This is for those that are really wanting to take their bikes into the true off road world of riding. It covers things such as hills, ruts, river crossings, jumping, drifting - really treating your bikes as a 'dirt bike'. It is recommended that you have completed the other courses previously, or another course with Chris, however please get in touch with us to discuss your riding history and goals so we can confirm you for this course.
These clincs are dirt bike skills clinics (or 'enduro/trail' clinics) suited to riders of dirt bikes / moto x / cross country / trail / enduro bikes - whatever you want to call them, this is the course. Over the last few years we have developed a great one day course to suit all level of riders, and now we offer a Level 1 and a Level 2 course.
We often try to split the groups into 'Beginner/Intermediate' and 'Intermediate/Advanced'. Don't worry - you won't miss out on any content of the course, we just try and group similar skill level riders together to get the best flow for the day and to keep things safe.
Beginner/Intermediate: If you prefer to take things easy and speed is not your main focus, then a beginner/intermediate day would be best for you. Aimed at people who are recently into riding, have never had any training before, have not / are not racing competitively.
Intermediate/Advanced: If you want to get on the throttle more and focus on building speed go for intermediate/advanced. Aimed for those who have a bit more experience behind them.
This is a follow up course that you can do once you've done the Level 1 course and had time to practice some of the techniques. This course looks at more technical / harder skills you can learn. These courses are classed as 'Advanced'. You must have completed the Level 1 course in order to do this course. These courses are limited throughout the year but can be requested as a private session.
Adventure Clinics: All run as a one day clinic, based 10 minutes from Thames. Day runs from 9:30am - 3pm. Cost $205pp
Friday 16 February 2018: Adventure Basics
Saturday 17 February 2018: Adventure Learn to Turn
Dirt Bike Skills Clinics: All run as a one day clinic, based 10 minutes from Thames. Day runs from 9am - 4pm. Cost $205pp
Sunday 19 February 2018: Enduro Beginner/Intermediate
These clinics are run as a one day clinic, near Berrima, NSW. Cost $275pp.
Friday 2 March 2018: Adventure Clinic
Dirt Bike Clinic:
Saturday 3 March 2018: Enduro Clinic, Level 1, Beginner/Intermediate **SOLD OUT**
Sunday 4 March 2018: Enduro Clinic, Level 1, Beginner/Intermediate **SOLD OUT**
Friday 13 April 2018: Enduro Clinic, Level 1, Beginner/Intermediate
Saturday 14 April 2018: Enduro Clinic, Level 1, Intermediate/Advanced
Please note - we do not currently have a Level 2 scheduled for Australia, please get in touch with us to register your interest. If you have completed a Level 1 and would like to attend the April sessions, you are more than welcome, many of our customers do repeat sessions and get a lot of value out of it.