Master Your Machine With RawHyde Adventures

RawHyde Adventures Teaches Trail-Busting Confidence

By Marc Cook, Photography by Kevin Wing

One of the highlights is the commitment exercise, a series of 180 degree turns on a hillside that requires you to maintain balance and momentum at the apex—basically not panic and trust that if you arrive with enough speed at the top, gravity will handle the rest. Each of the two days concluded with a brief trail ride, a tactic that lets each student get away from the instructors’ gaze and put it all together in real life. Again, because of the gooey conditions on the ranch, my group went off to the nearby Hungry Valley Recreation Area for a couple of hours on the second afternoon, followed by a tour of one of the more technical loops on the property—the perfect way to end the day, especially when you know a hot shower, cold beer, and delectable dinner are in your future.

For those who want to continue the adventure, RawHyde offers the Base Camp Alpha ride, a two-day out-and-back that follows the course, overnights in Trona, CA, and gives graduates a chance to practice their newfound skills in a genuine way. There are several other programs offered by RawHyde, including the third tier called Expedition CV, and a new program centered on the Colorado property that promises several amazing rides on the Continental Divide Trail.

Prices start at $1395 for Intro and Next Step ($2595 for the five-day Expedition CV), plus $595 for the Base Camp Alpha ride. BMWs are available to rent from $145/day. For the confidence you gain on board your own machine, RawHyde is well worth the asking price.

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