WHAT IS IT?
The Himalayan Odyssey is a long weekend of dedicated Himalayan off-road training, utilising the excellent facilities and training staff of the Sweetlamb Adventure Academy in mid Wales; led by KTM's chief off road instructor, Mark Molineux.
The purpose of the event is to build rider's confidence in a sprawling 5,000 acre private off-road environment, looking at aspects of standing, cornering, braking, and also essential skills such as tyre repair and basic maintenance.
The event is suitable for all riding abilities, from complete novices to more experienced dirt road riders, with approximately one instructor to every five riders and groups split by ability. The venue is self contained, with camping or bunkhouse available onsite, plus outside caterers providing excellent quality evening meals and breakfasts.
WHEN DOES IT START?
The event starts at 12 noon on Friday 12th August 2022, with camping or bunkhouse available the night before.
WHEN DOES IT END?
The event ends at approximately 3pm on Sunday 14th August.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Himalayan Odyssey is for anyone who wants to learn to get the most out of their machine, to know their limits as well as the bike's, and also to meet like minded owners who all share the passion for the bike.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
You arrive with your own bike having chosen whether to camp or stay in the onsite bunkhouse. You won't leave the facility for the next three days, with the training area right beside the main facilities. All riders will be assessed on their ability and put into relevant groups. From that a system of skills will be taught, starting with the basics and building on those as the weekend progresses.
HOW LONG ARE THE DAYS?
Breakfast is usually served at 8am with engines started around 9am. A full day of tuition follows, with a mixture of long trails and more technical skills learned on the main training area. The day usually finishes around 5pm.
WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING?
You will need a Himalayan, preferably with off road focused tyres (Continental TKC80s etc) but the stock MT60s or CEATs would be sufficient, with groups formed according to ability and tyre choisce.
For camping you'll need a sleeping bag, tent and roll mat, whilst for the onsite bunkhouse just a sleeping bag would be needed.
HOW MUCH IS IT?
£350 per person.
Two and a half days' off road tuition, camping or bunkhouse, two evening meals, two cooked breakfasts and three cold lunches.
IS IT FOR ME?
The main aim is to build your confidence so that can get the best from the bike. Some riders do it to improve their basic off road skills ready for trail riding, others see it as a great way of improving riding ability before heading off on an extended trip. It's conducted in a safe environment, with qualified instructors and first aiders who will tailor the day to make sure you build up slowly. The aim is to send everyone in one piece, both rider and machine, having had a great weekend, learned new skills and made new friendships.