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TEXAS TORNADO BOOT CAMP

We summon a raw recruit to take on the most fearsome riding school in America – Colin Edwards' Texas Tornado Boot Camp!
PICS: JOHN SHOFNER, JIM PRESS, BRETTRO BINSON

THE SCHOOL OF VERY HARD KNOCKS.

Skids!

Just north of Houston, Texas, Colin Edwards and his talented crew of motorcycle Jedi are truly living the motorcycle dream. We can celebrate, however, because they are more than willing to share it with all of us for a fistful of dollars. Welcome to the Texas Tornado Boot Camp!

Thankfully, there are no press-ups, sit-ups, or much in the way of yelling at this boot camp. There are no five o’clock in the morning starts that involve ten-mile runs with laden ruck sacks to endure. Contrary to the name, Edwards’ boot camp is a real Disneyland for bike enthusiasts, racers and anyone who has a pulse. The camp has just about everything you need for a stay of complete and utter entertainment – motorcycles, guns, beer and barbecued beef brisket…

There’s so much seat time of offer aboard the camp’s Yamaha TTR-125s that after a four-day stay your arse will still be vibrating on the flight home. Want to shoot a .50 cal sniper rifle? Check. Would you like to see things done on a motorbike you didn’t think was physically possible? Check. Or would you like to hang out with Colin and drink beer, asking again and again if he and Bayliss would go back to race Imola one more time? Check.

If you’re ready, willing and able, just be prepared to ride until your hands are numb and your mind is fried because a four-day camp is full tilt boogie. Don’t be dissuaded though, there is every opportunity to ride as much as you want or just relax and watch the show. I can vouch that riding a small displacement bike on slick Texas dirt is definitely harder than it looks. It will humble you, in fact. I attended the four-day camp after the GP in Austin this year and left a better rider, for sure. It’s worth moving to Texas for. No, it really is…

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