"Jason, thanks for working with me. I've learned to skydive, BASE Jump, shoot, ski and train from world class instructors and I can confidently say your system is at the world class level! It's all time! Incredible. The rain just gave an extra level of challenge, probably making me a better rider:] My knowledge and ability leaped ahead years in the 2 intensive days with you."
Sean Evangelista, Virginia Beach VA.
As someone who knows people who've taken Jason's school and his reputation as a great teacher, my expectations were high coming into the class. I'd be happy if he simply accomplished what I expected but I can honestly say he exceeded those expectations. Jason has an uncanny ability to spot the most subtle details and to address a rider's weaknesses. He's methodical and hard-driving but also personable and just fun to be around. I was able to shave a significant amount of lap time from beginning to end but, most importantly, walked away with a road map for what I need to focus on for continuous improvement.
I just wanted to write and thank you for all the things you taught me in your 3 day class. It was the best money spent on my racing. No bike modification could ever come close to the speed I picked up after your instruction. I raced and won the A class at my first enduro after your class. At the next enduro I won A overall and beat some AA guys placing 5th overall. The fastest AA guy dropped 17 mins and I dropped 21. Your diet plan, exercise routines, and practice drills are excellent. I lost 5 lbs eating healthier and riding my mountain bike a few times per week.
I had a WONDERFUL experience at Raines Riding University! Jason is a super nice champion who obviously takes great care in his instruction of a wide range of skills to improve speed through technique and bike control. He patiently taught us how to work the bike to get results without getting fatigued, as well as fitness workouts specifically geared to improving our performance and balance on the bike.
James Belk MD
His direction not only helped me understand the affect of minor adjustments in rider positioning and timing but he broke everything down very specifically for practice drills adding to our knowledge little by little. Did you know there are at least 14 elements involved in making a proper flat turn? He wants us to think
in practice and train
for muscle memory so that during a race you just do
Our class mostly consisted of riders preparing to race the GNCC at Steele Creek but as a new rider I was still able to participate in the drills and I learned a ton about how to practice correctly. At the end of the first day I felt like I had already taken a week long class because of how much we had learned and day two was just as awesome. Jason is no slouch. This was not a class where you spend all day taking turns going up a hill. He prepared a well planned schedule including a variety of lessons about what we needed. Then he personally coached each of us individually at every single stage. He fit in as much as he could; only limited by the hours of daylight.
He is a firm believer in lap times, you cannot argue with the clock. Just because something may feel fast or sound fast does not mean it is fast. We rode a woods course, and then worked drills on technique before returning to the woods course where lap times improved!
The Jason Raines method is fast!
My son attended Jason's school last weekend (Mar. 2-4, '12). I was able to join him for the second and third days, merely to observe. Wow !!! This was such a great experience for my son ... and for me as well. Jason Raines is such a fine person. I did not really know what to expect ... his being an off-road star, and all. But, his friendly down-to-earth manner apparently had everyone in the class "at Hello", and me soon thereafter. His students, more adults than children, seemed as if they had found a new best friend, and he seemed to feel the same. It would be hard to say who was the more enthusiastic. During breaks and after class, all they could talk about was what they had done that day, whether it was conquering crazy deep snake-ruts, bunny-hopping creeks or that monster log they learned to ride over.
As I watched Jason work with this group, I could not help but wonder how a career off-road motorcyclist ever developed such skill as a teacher. He's a natural. He explains, demonstrates observes, gives feedback ... all in his open and engaging, easy-going fashion. His students progress with each repetition and gain pride and confidence sufficient to tackle the next obstacle. He presents students with progressively but appropriately more difficult tasks and guides them through each maneuver toward ultimate success. It seems to me that he presents his students with a task that is outside their comfort zone, but then widens that comfort zone to fit the task at hand, using simple, clear instruction and demonstration. By the end of the third day, I believe every student would attempt anything, if he just told them they could do it.
I believe that if our local education administrators could see Jason at work, they would weep pitifully in the knowledge that such a talented teacher was instructing motorcycle riders instead of working in their classrooms. He really loves what he's doing and it shows. He makes friends and makes better riders. I would recommend his course to anyone, and would go so far as to suggest that he set up a "refresher class" for returning students' continuing education. Worth every penny. ML
I really think that your class was the best thing I ever have done for my son. He has practiced what you showed him and even has asked for one of those balls. I really wish we stayed for Sunday. I would love to get the third day in. For that matter, I would like to do the whole 3 day class over again. Seeing the improvement he has made just on his track here at the house. Amazing differance. Again, Thank you for your help. Please let me know when you have another class anywhere near virginia. We will be there. Gary
As a child I rode and raced, but recently started to ride and race again after 20 years of being off a bike. I wanted to find a riding school that had a low student to rider ratio, focused on all types of terrain, off bike training was part of the program and where the instructor worked with all skill sets. I recently attended Jason Raines Riding University for a 2 day class in Virginia with a long list of goals of what I what I expected to get out of the class. We all have expectations when attending a class or seminar; sometimes they are met, fall short or even exceeded. My expectations had to be continuously reset higher throughout the class. Jason did an outstanding job of breaking out the complete spectrum from nutrition, exercise and riding techniques. For each exercise on the bike, he would first explain it to the class and then demonstrate it. I believe there was times when the class would look at each other and say he must be crazy if he thinks we can do that. It was amazing to turn an “I can’t possibly do that” to – a “WOW I did it”! His instructions and coaching made the most difficult tasks doable. The class video and documentation he provides after the class has been a valuable tool to review his critiques and continue to build on my skill set. To be able to spend several days with a multi-National Champion that is extremely engaged in the group as an instructor, easy to talk to and ask questions is priceless. Thank you Jason for providing an outstanding class, I look forward to attending again next year.
Tracy Gray Sen C 40+
Jason's course is awesome! I've been riding off and on for 30 years and learned more in three days than I would have ever learned on my own. It is money well spent and an exceptional value if you are looking to improve your riding skills. He is excellent with all skills levels and has a perfect explanation, demonstration, and then practice teaching method. You won't go from a C rider to an A rider just from the course, but you will learn the techniques and skills from a multi-time National level HS champion to practice, improve your riding ability, and continue to shave seconds off your lap times. The emphasis on physical fitness is excellent as well and demonstrates the importance of being in top physical shape to excel as far as you want. He is very approachable and is welcoming to your questions even after the course. I would highly recommend his course, it is a great value!
Wade Weigel, M.D.
I am a 40 year old wannabe competitive B rider. I started riding at age 5 and then took a 17 year hiatus after high school to pursue medical training. I came back to riding at age 34 slower than ever. I learned a lot, but not about riding. Anyway, the reason I relay this journey is to provide my perspective. Learning about how to approach riding and training from a race proven perspective was truly enlightening. Much like learning evidence based medicine. Jason took us from gym training to riding to build a foundation of good habits.
My most enlightening moment in the gym came with the heart rate monitor. Simple as it sounds, it was new to me. I’m now using an objective, personal measurement tool to track the intensity of my workouts. Guess what, I’ve been slacking. Not anymore. Or, at lease now I’m acutely aware of when I’m slacking. The riding techniques were equally helpful. Learning how to turn a motorcycle was a big bonus for me. My father always worried I would break my foot if it ever left my pegs, thus I learned to ride with my feet up at all times. Now I have a better approach that transfers more weight to my front tire for better grip around the corner (maybe more speed, but I have yet to master the technique). I also really appreciated the approach of breaking down different lines in a trail and testing them using a stopwatch. No theorizing on what works best, but using an objective measurement to determine it. We did trail section timing as well at lap timing. I had a great time and will use the techniques I learned to improve my speed and safety on the trail. I won’t be on the starting “front line” racing AA any time soon, but perhaps I’ll be a little faster and have more fun in the B ranks. Thanks Jason.
Wade Weigel, M.D.
I have been riding and racing dirt bikes for along time and thought I knew how to ride. The 2 day school I recently attended with you in Colorado Springs was one of the best learning experiences I have ever had. There are a lot of fast riders out there but I doubt there are many who can understand and explain to others what the real technique is to ride that way as you can. You have a great knack for teaching these skills to riders of all levels. The drills you use and your patience with all the riders to make sure they get the basics and advanced techniques are excellent. I can say with confidence that my skill level has increased and using your tips will help me get the most out of every ride. Riding a dirt bike is extremely physical, your morning workouts, while demanding are a great reminder that in order to ride well you have to do a bit more than sit on the couch and eat donuts. I would highly recommend your clinics to any rider that wants to have better skills and more confidence to get the most out of the sport we love whether they are a diehard racer or just a good woods enthusiast. Thanks again for a great clinic. It was a pleasure to meet and ride with you and I look forward to doing it again.
Jay. Thanks again for coming all the way to jersey. Thanksgiving weekend no less. The class was excellent. Well layed out encompassing all types of riding and skills. All of which are needed for woods racing. The variety of skills learned and some re inforced started working immediately. Also the varied ways of explaining demonstrating then critiquing really ingrained each part making it easy to remember. Anyone thinking of taking one of jays classes will be very glad they did. The Training manuals and follow ups are great. Jay. Has really put together a complete package that can benefit someone at any level.
Jason thanks again for a great camp. We arrived not knowing what to expect but as soon as we meet you we could tell it would be good. Your morning workouts were great. Hard but fun. Learning how to use the heart monitor as a training tool was great. Your riding portions were also very good. You were very organized and thorough on your explanations of riding tips and how to practice them. I like the fact that your class had both novice riders and advanced riders and you were able to work with everyone. Now to just get out and work on what you taught us.
We look forward to taking your camp again.
Thanks again Kevin Cribb
There are always 2 questions when going to “School”. What will I learn and is it worth it? Well let me tell you, when you attend Raines Racing University within 2 minutes of talking with Jason these questions are answered. After 25+ years of racing and riding Jason was able to help me shave seconds off per lap and conserve energy while doing so. In off road racing when seconds turn to minutes over a 3 hr race this was a huge advantage. The advantage you will gain over your competitors is unreal just by going to Raines Riding University and refining your skills by going back to the basics and polishing the skills you have as a rider. My results after the school improved dramatically each race. Thank you Jason for putting the fun back into riding.
Taft Matherly #224
Your riding school exceeded my expectations, which were high to begin. When Mike and I arrived, you had the camp set up as though you were at a race. Seeing your trailer and awnings with your bikes on display let me know you took pride in the presentation of your school. I was a little shocked when I saw that you brought trainers, exercise balls, and weights for the students - I probably should have read your web site better. I knew you were serious. I really liked seeing you demonstrate all the exercises from your workout. I have every intent to incorporate many of them in my own workouts. I'll also include more hand strength exercises, as that caused a lack of clutch control by the end of each day. The drills were great. You included usable riding techniques after building the foundation. But then you offered us advanced skills. It's great to be able to wheelie through tight trees, jump over multiple logs, and complete a 180 degree pivot turn - this from someone who didn't wheelie before the class. I definitely need to continue working on fast, seated turns, but thanks to you, now I know the techniques to practice in order to improve. I really appreciated your school, and I truly enjoyed meeting you. It's obvious you're well grounded. Hopefully, I'll be able to continue a class of yours in the future.
My son and I recently attended Jason's school in Belfair, WA. I am a 40 yr old B rider and my son, Jacob, is 15 and starting to leave me behind in his dust. I can not tell you how satisfied we are with our experience. After our 2 days were over I think we were having with drawls. All I wanted to do was go back to Belfair and learn more from Jason. The fee for the class is more than worth it. He taught us to tackle obstacles and use skills we didn't know we had in us. Definitely a confidence booster. Since the class, we have had 2 hare scrambles and I have utilized the skills he taught over and over. Several times he would teach us something and say "You will be surprised how often you will use these techniques during a race" and how true it is. Once you have these techniques in your trick book you will use them time and time again. Obstacles that might have had me second guess myself were not an issue since I know I accomplished harder similar challenges with Jason. My last race was probably the best and most satisfying I've ever done. Jason has a talent for teaching and we are already planning on attending next year. It was great meeting him and we wish him the best in his endeavors!
I attended your school August 10th and 11th, 2010. First, I want to say you kicked my butt with the exercises!! Thank you for taking the time to train with me. I had fun! I also learned a lot. Since your school I've raced my best overall GNCC finish. At the GNCC Titan race I finished 1st in my class and 13th overall. I've also raced 3 MidEast Harescrambles since August. I won all three races with two 3rds and a 5th overall finish. All four overall finishes are my best yet!! Just wanted to write and tell you how those two days with you has helped me alot, particularly with my balance and using my brakes. Looking forward to next years race season and hopefully I will attend your school again.
Thanks alot for your patience and time.
Going into the class I was so excited to meet Jason and try and learn all his fancy tricks. The morning workout was an eye opener for me and I think everyone else as well, I really believe that the training is half of the difference between a fast local rider and a pro. I thought it was great that Jason went though an entire full blown workout with everyone willing to participate in it. I already felt better before even touching my bike just knowing that if I put the training techniques to work that I would be an overall better racer. During all our time on the bike (a lot) Jason really only blew our minds a few times, the majority of the class was going through stuff that most people had heard about but until you take the time to drill the steps one by one you will never know how much improvement can he had from it. I really believe in Jason's back to basics program, watching everyone during the drills get exponentially faster, smoother, and more in control of their machine was amazing. Then of course the lap times don't lie, personally I dropped six seconds on a one track that had times just over a minute. I feel like that was huge for me being one of the more experienced riders that day. Jason truly has a gift for relaying information that anyone can understand and put into use. If given the chance to learn for Jason Raines I strongly suggest jumping on it!
I felt like my previous 27 years of riding were to waste. Although I have been fortunate enough to ride all around the world, I feel as though I could have been some much better, faster and safer rider if I would have had such a complete class when I was a younger rider. We can all watch videos of how to's, but having someone like Jason there to give you the on spot pointers is priceless. In one short weekend, I was able to take off 13 seconds in a 2 minute course. In my last race, that would have been a 15 minute improvement over a 2.5 hour period. I would have won my Vet A class with ease. As a fitness professional and collegiate strength coach, Jason's fitness program is spot on. He completely understands metabolic training and it is clear he has spent a lot of time developing his knowledge on the subject. In a sport where we tend to do things "just because" Jason gives a real insight and proof of why things work.
Monti Sorem DC, CSCS, EMT
Thanks Jason for the great help in dirt bike riding. The class was really fun and the work-outs were hard. I really liked how it was really hands-on and only the small stuff in riding/racing makes a big difference. The next weekend, i had a race an beat everyone by a whole lap! Thanks for the camp and ill be back next time its on.
I wanted to not only thank Jason for the great experience I had at his school in Washington but also share some of my thoughts about his school. I can't emphasize how impressed I was on how Jason was not only able to see what I was doing wrong but explain to me specifically on how to fix the problem and then for me to have success was a AWESOME feeling. He has GREAT people skills and was very patient with everyone, never was there any thing NEGATIVE always POSITIVE!!! I traveled from Montana to go to the school and I would (WILL) do it again.
Much IMPROVED RIDER,
Hunter & Derek Randles
Hunter Randles and Derek Randles..Belfair WA.
This class will make you faster! I've had a race team for several years and have watched my sons develop great skills racing dirt bikes. The only problem is, once they got to a certain point, " faster than me", I was at a loss as to what to teach them next. I decided to enroll my son Hunter Randles into Jason Raines school. Jason has always been a hero to Hunter and I thought it would be a great experience. It turned out to be much more than that. This class simply blew my mind! Hunter is very fast, having won his last three races, but I can honestly say, after this three day course, he became significantly faster. Jason is a fantastic teacher. His expertise on off road ridding was demonstrated, and then taught in a very effective manor. He would dissect the course into small sections and teach the riders how to make each section faster. He would stay in each section until everybody got it, and then move to the next one. He successfully taught the entire group how to shave 12 to 16 seconds off a two minute loop. Hunter was able to shave 21 seconds by day three. It was amazing to say the least. He was even given the opportunity to try to chase down Jason around the loop. For Hunter, that was a dream come true.
The class also worked on hill climbs, balance, log crossings, corners and much more. When I say log crossings I mean BIG log crossings. It was awesome to see these riders doing things that you wouldn't think possible on a dirt bike.
The physical portion of the class was also outstanding. It was a bit of a wake up call. After the morning workout, I wondered how they would ride their motorcycles! The funny thing is, they did ride their motorcycles, faster each day! It was very vigorous and well planned out. It was obvious that Jason is a fitness expert.
The other thing that struck me was Jason's ability to teach, and articulate the lessons to the entire class so effectively.
We can't thank Jason enough. This was far and away the coolest three days of our dirt bike experiences. This class will make you faster!
On behalf of myself, and my son Hunter, we want to say thank you Jason.
Sincerely, Derek Randles.
With 35 years riding and 25 years racing experience, I never thought I could ever learn as much as I did in a one-day class.
I was also expecting a course that was based around speed. I was amazed how much faster I was around the timed loop by simply refining the fundamentals.
I don't care if you are a AA rider, or a C rider, 50+ or 15 and under,,,, you will become a better rider. PERIOD.
The only thing I would do different is attend the two-day school.
Tate Matherly..... Vet A
I really enjoyed the class and you have a great way of really 'connecting-the-dots' so to speak. Your emphasis on balance is something I never really stopped to consider. Yeah, I know at slow speeds in the woods there are places balance is important. But when the speed increases, I understand better now how important balance is. And going even further, all the same principals apply when railing a fast berm in 3rd or 4th gear, or riding an off-camber section. I plan to make some of those drills a staple of my practice time on the bike.
Thanks also for sending the info on nutrition. I pay attention to that stuff and am really looking forward to the training info. I have a good deal of it already but I also believe you can't have enough. Sometimes reading or hearing something with a different twist makes the difference between understanding, or not.
BTW -- I have vintage training books from Gary Baily (with young David on his 100cc Bultaco Pursang), Brad Lackey (using some of the same drills as your cone-drills) and Jeff Spencer (with help from an older David Baily).
(MORE BTW -- You said something during the class that reminded me of something I have heard David Baily say many times. "Practice DOES NOT make perfect. PERFECT PRACTICE makes perfect!)
Thanks for everything and I'll look forward to the Training Manual.
Best of everything to you,
Thank you Jason Raines.
Looking back at the experience, I realize all the accomplishments I made as well as my friends. This much fun should be illegal. The minute I met Jason I knew he was all business and had a strict schedule to follow. I think he even rises before the chickens. The man never sleeps. The program clearly requires several days of planning and organizing before we even started. How would you keep all this knowledge bottled up? From Raines demonstrations to scrutinizing our technique, he covered more than the basics. And, the entire event is all being camcorder for your friends to call you an idiot. As we mastered different techniques you could tell we were like his protégés ready for the next step. It’s not for the weary. Geared for all skill levels, his will pace you until you go numb. I like to think of myself as somewhat of a tough guy. Once going through Jason’s daily drill of cardio, weightlifting, and cycling for several hours, I didn’t think I had it in me to ride 7 more hours of the day while being instructed on technical aspects. First you need a lot of guts and even more heart and determination. Whether it’s for fun or if you’re working your way up in a class or series, I highly recommend his program. I don’t think he would have stopped for lunch had Jared's mom not made some of the best chicken salad ever. I thought I heard something about a whip for those that are not on track or keeping up. So pay attention he does not repeat himself. We worked on everything from balance beam, hill climbs, starts, log crossings, figure 8’s, cone drills, breaking drills, rocks, and balance on small and large logs. All the techniques were studied in detail. We ran a pre loop prior to learning any techniques early in the day. Once we were we done for the day, Raines indicated he had one more thing for us to do. Repeat the same single track we had done earlier in the day using our new techniques. Being exhausted our crew didn’t see how we could improve our time over the previous run. We were not optimistic, but surprisingly each rider had a faster pace. Proper technique, discipline, and confidence are critical skills. Do it again and again. Muscle memory. Stay fit and focused. If you’re ready to take your body and bike riding skills to another level, this should be your next investment. You will not be disappointed.
I would be happy to give more detail if you would like to email. Mike@SellingJC.com
First off, thank you for the awesome experience last weekend. You are an incredible instructor and a true professional. I do not have aspirations of being a pro class rider, but I am positive that I am a much more solid rider for having taken your school. I cannot wait to keep practicing what you have taught me and see how much my results improve at the my next race.
I could not believe the amount of time you spent on Friday setting things up. I maintain the trails at my farm and I know the amount of time and effort it takes to set things up like that. It really showed on Saturday. Your workout wore my butt out on both days and by the time we got on the motorcycles, I already felt like a wet noodle. I really thought I was in decent shape, thanks for the wake-up call. The class was awesome. You pushed me to do things that I never would have thought I could do. The ground work in the field was extremely beneficial. I think the turning techniques are invaluable. The log crossings were very intimidating at first and you had me crossing them comfortably and consistently within a few minutes of trying them. I am glad I only went over the handlebars that one time. The dead engine start technique was crazy and I feel like I am going to be so much faster off the line now. The highlight of the weekend, for me, had to be the big jump. I did not believe you when we watched you hit it and you said, "you guys will be doing that by the end of the weekend." Not only did we do it, but Wednesday when I went back, I did not even think twice about hitting it.
I learned so much over the weekend that I am going to use for the rest of my riding career. You are a great instructor and a really cool person. I really hope in the future we can talk you into to coming back up and hanging out with us again. Thanks again for everything you taught us and I hope we can stay in touch. I would take your school again in a heartbeat.
Thanks for everything,
Dennis Deigert Sr.
Hi Jason thanks for a lot of great training in Hyndman PA. on June 12/13 2010 . I would never have thought at 6 weeks before my 57 B - DAY that I would be in your riding school . I learned a lot but wish I had more energy . Your a GREAT TEACHER you have a good way of getting it all across to us.
Thanks for a great time with some good people . Thanks agian for every thing .
THANKS A MILLION DENNIS .
I want to thank you for being so sincere and willing to teach these guys. I have coached sports for a very long time and it takes a special person to do what you do and take time to travel the country to teach kids the sport you love to do. No matter what the sport, good coaches/teachers are hard to come bye and i see a good one in you.
The boys will remember this experience for the rest of there lives. Ryan could not wait to get the picture i took of him on your bike! How cool is that to be able to ride "Jason Raines Bike". Luke was very proud of himself in that he did some things he was not quite sure he was capable of doing. Ryan will be going off to college this year and will stay riding but not as intensely as in the past. I hope to have him make another push to compete at a national level after college.
Thanks again for taking the time and i hope we can do this again some day.
Hi Jason just thought I would drop you a line on what I have been up to since your school, Ann and I are still talking about what a great time we had in Travelers Rest . Since the school I find myself talking to myself more as I am riding, and I not cursing myself out as much but asking myself question like what are you doing wrong ,what should I be doing ,were is the best line. When I go riding now I find myself playing around on a log, rock or hill and then taking some hard laps and calling it a day. After the NJ national George and Jason Greer told me I look different riding, more aggressive. Ann says I have new demeanor when racing I am more forward on the bike and pushing harder. So I guess I got a lot more out of your school than just aches and pains.
So I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks,
Thanks For everything
Thanks for all your help this weekend.
We had a great time and I myself was able to build confidence to ride more. As I mentioned I had not rode for as least two years, and it felt great to be back in the saddle. That WR did everything I needed it to do, except in a few areas I could not control it. If only you knew what this has meant for Patrick to be able to have you train him again, he was in his element and glory. Hope you can help him in the near future. We have had a few trainers during these last 3 years but there is no one who compares to your training and education of the sport. Keep up the great work!
Jeff & Patrick Cappetta #88
First let me say “Thank You” for the hard work you put into helping Jacob to get where he is in these pictures. The first picture was 1 week after race school. The 2nd picture is 2 weeks after race school. He is looking for his first A class championship this year. Thanks again and have a great day.
Billi Jo Albrecht
Hey Jason, it was great training and riding this weekend with you. I meant to tell you how good a job you did with the younger guys and us old dudes too. Its awesome to meet someone so passionate about riding and helping others enjoy the sport more. You are an example of what a professional should be. I'll keep you updated on racing progress.
Thanks again, Lee Allison aka THE VANILLA GORILLA.
Johnny & Phillip DeMoura
I learned so much at your riding school. I learned that I have a lot of bad habits that need to be fixed. After I started using two fingers for the clutch, it was a lot easier. I have gotten so much faster at my track at home.
I would like to thank you for the training you gave me. I have learned so much I can't even name all of the things I've learned. Some of the highlights of the training was the huge log, the jumps, the slides around the cones and the sitting before the turns. The skills you taught me have made me two times faster.
I just wanted to thank you for an awesome two days. I know you are probably used to better riders at your camps, but I feel you challenged me to do things on a dirtbike I thought I would never do. The log and creek jumps were crazy. We are going to start setting up a practice area this week, and I know we will continue to improve. Anyway I just wanted to thank you, and I hope our paths cross again in the future.
I just wanted to thank you for coming to W.V.
My sons Matthew and Tyler took your class and enjoyed it very much.
They are both working out more and practicing in a different way.
I can tell the class has help them both.
Hey Jason it is Gene Wolf, I just wanted to thank you so much for everything you have done for me last year I could not stay on the lead lap or win an award to save my life. After taking your school I finished 6th in my race at mountain challenge in wilkesboro. I am not the highest in points I have ever been while racing I made up so many points in this race that im now tied for 5th in points. I stayed on the lead lap and got through things that I would have never thought I would just fly through such as mud pits I would come up to them in 4th gear and just pull the front end up and wheelie through them while people are slowing down to creep through it. I know my dad already told you everything about the race but I wanted to thank you myself because I can not tell you how much you have done for me your school is clearly the best school anyone can take if they want to be faster. my first lap time was 31:42 my second lap time was 31:53 and my third/final lap was 31:51 all three of my laps were within 11 seconds of each other and on a 8.8 mile track I thought that was pretty good because you were wanting us to be consistent on every lap. there are a couple things i still need to continue to work on to be faster but I am happy for now. I FINALLY GOT MY FIRST AWARD! haha i can't get over that! AND I OWE IT ALL TO YOU! without your school I would still be searching for my first award and still praying before every race just to stay on the lead lap! again thank you for everything and when you were teaching us to get over trees you didn't tell me its not as easy where i come from haha pine trees don't work as easy as oak trees that bark doesn't make it easy to get over! it rips apart and you spin for days haha. well again thank you and im going to attach a picture we took after the race figured you would like it. but again thank you! and i will continue to keep you informed as the races go along.
Wolf Racing! #642
Hey Jason! Just dropping you a line and give you an update on the first race of the year in Roselawn, Indiana....I finished 1st in my class and i beat 2nd place by 10 pts! I am pretty pumped! Dad also got first in his class! I attached a pic for ya of me, the bike, and the trophy....my 3 yr old daughter snuck in the pic! lol my 4yr old son took the pic :) I cnt thank you enough for the graphics and the stabalizer you have helped me out with! you are a true class act and I cnt wait to see ya at some races this year!
Matt Reynolds here, just wanted to drop you a note on the Awesome Raines Riding University. 1st off I had fun two days of riding motorcycles! 2nd the approach you take to teaching and training is very professional I know what it take in preparation to run a successful business and it shows that you have planned your work and are currently working your plan. In the Marine Corps we train very hard so when it comes to combat the real thing will be much like a dress rehearsal, and with that approach your training course lays the foundation for the student to practice,drill and rehearse with as little or as much intensity as he desires, but you already knew thay.
I know the Eldon Missouri, trip was not very profitable for business, however I felt like I received a great value for my money. The course was well laid out and the 6-7 hours of riding per day was the real ticket for me because it addressed real riding challenges and techniques to improve my riding and racing style.The work out aspect was very similar to my training,only higher intensity and longer sessions. I have trained with a monitor before but never to the degree in which you have the class preform. another strong asset.
Well race day was yesterday and even though my results were not were I wanted them to be, I was able to use the log drills to power through, and my line searching was active throughout most of the race, instead of hanging out in the same rut and getting beat to death I found smoother faster lines each lap. fitness did play a role later in the race I lost focus due to fatigue and slowed downed, Body positioning felt much more in control, throttle control good, front braking was critical with huge down hills. This week I'll work on more grass track and speed drills, on the bike and fitness longer higher intensity heart rate workouts.
Again, Thanks for the weekend training and information shared. I'm excited to work on these fundamentals from now on out. I've been riding since the age 3 and really haven't ever had anyone teach me these little things. Once i had made it to the AA class, it seemed so hard to get that extra push to claim an overall, and now i know what i need to do to complete that goal. I know with the hard work and dedication i can achieve my goals and then set higher ones. I'm looking forward to upcoming races and will definitely let you know how i finish.
This class was definitely worth my time and money without a doubt. Crazy what 2 days with someone your caliber can do for average riders.
Again, Thank you!!
"Again, Thanks for the weekend training and information shared. I'm excited to work on these fundamentals from now on out. I've been riding since the age 3 and really haven't ever had anyone teach me these little things. Once i had made it to the AA class, it seemed so hard to get that extra push to claim an overall, and now i know what i need to do to complete that goal. I know with the hard work and dedication i can achieve my goals and then set higher ones. I'm looking forward to upcoming races and will definitely let you know how i finish."
I had a great time at the riding school and I learned alot of great tips from your instructions. I had a blast although it was cold, and you're an extremely nice guy. I wanted to let you know that I am blind in my left eye, just to clear any questions. I am looking forward to receiving your workout routine, but I may need to take away some of your workouts. That was an intense workout! I was just e-mailing you to say thanks for everything and for being a great teacher. I hope to see you at the races, and hope to hear back. Thanks for everything!
I wanted to take the time and thank you for doing the camp in PA this weekend. Logan loved it and wants to do it again As a father, I gotta tell you, I never expected you to have the ability to talk to a group of 12 to 15 year olds the way in which you did. I was extremely impressed with your professionalism, but most of all your ability to get your point across using a demeanor that was to the point yet not to over the top. You have no idea how much this camp will help Logan with everything he is currently involved with. This was a huge confidence builder for him, and for that I thank you!! Very well thought out and organized with respect to increasing difficulty at the riders’ pace, especially with the hill climbs and stream crossings – and they were some pretty nasty hills and some extremely wide stream crossings.
Best money my wife and I have ever spent on any type of sports camp.
Best comment of the weekend; “I would have thought that was impossible!” – Cody Gerhard while they were navigating through those tight trees.
Tom & Michael Gow
I will tell you that dollar for dollar that was the best camp that Michael has been to. Your enthusiasm, knowledge and knowing how to handle such a wide age range was amazing. Michael has been to four other camps and has enjoyed yours more than any. If you plan another camp in this area let us know because I will have both boys there next time.
Tom and Michael Gow
Mike & Ty Kowalsky
I just wanted to take a minute to thank you once again for an awesome time at the Asheville class that Ty and I attended. Not really knowing what to expect, I was highly impressed at the level of preparation and professionalism that you put into your schools. Several of the drills really pushed me out of my comfort zone (big log crossing!!) and gave me renewed confidence on attacking trail obstacles. The ability of the students in the class ranged from Mini racers to AA riders and the individual feedback that you gave all of us really helped to address specific deficiencies in our individual riding styles. What I most appreciate was the extremely high levels of patience that you displayed with Ty and the other mini riders. You made sure that each student successfully completed a drill before moving on, no matter how many times it took! I wish you all the luck this season and look forward to seeing you at the races.
Mike & Ty
I wanted to thank you again for the training that you gave us at battery park. and here is the first racing report. i finished 1st in heavy c, stevie baxley finished 3rd in heavy-c, shawn harrell finished 2nd(wow) in vet c 30+(on the new bike), and mr.gene sauders finished 3rd in his class at the first round of NCHSA at Devil's Ridge at Sanford, NC. it was a mud race, and the tips that you gave us worked super. like lane choice, riding on the side of the trail instead of on the trail, seat hopping, using the rear brake to corner, and yes "one clutch per corner". after the race all of us said that was one of the toughest race that we had rode, but we weren't that tired. and that was from be more smoother and more confident in our self and our bikes. WE RODE THE TRAIL AND DIDN'T LET THE TRAIL RIDE US. i was telling everybody after the race if it wasn't for your class, i would have finished 6th or 8th(normal results) and if they haven't took a riding class, to sign up for the best JASON RAINES UNIVERSITY.
Just wanted to keep you up to date as too how your teaching helped Joshua took 5th this weekend at sources race. I ran the gncc at the general and got 6th and ran this weekend too and finally got the 1st place that has been hard to get with so many 2nds.
We wanted to thank you for a great school. It seemed to help Braxton in more ways that one. It's great for him to get off his bike after a race and say that his riding was much faster & easier than before your class. He learned allot of techniques that helps him daily, from the workout, nutrition, and riding ability. Your class is AWESOME & we would highly recommend it to anyone looking to better there riding skills. It's great how you take the time to help each rider on an individually basis to show them the proper way to do your drills. He seems to be much faster than before and has a bust of confidence.
Chase has just completed his 3rd training session with you and I wanted to offer some feedback. After each session, we'd practice the drills that you taught us and Chase would continue to improve. His biggest gains come immediately after another training session. I believe this is due to your continued critique, reinforcement of fundamentals and further training of advanced skills. You've helped Chase become faster, more confident and safer while helping him transition from the 50cc to the 65cc.
I believe that Raines Riding University is an excellent value. The nutrition, physical training, riding techniques and excellent deals on products that you offer to university alumni is unsurpassed.
I want to thank you for your awesome school last weekend. My son has been lucky to train with some great racers but none has had the “coaching mentality” that you have delivered. From the moment we arrived at the site on Friday night, you were open, interested and easy to talk to. Your total approach, combining cardio and strength training with riding fundamentals is unparalleled. You teach that it’s not just about riding skills, it’s about fitness, nutrition, confidence and a daily dedication to the training necessary to compete. It is easy to see that you love what you do and it shows in the way you treat your students.
You truly have made a positive impact on my son.
Jack / John Schad
I wanted to thank you for an excellent school this past weekend. Jack walked away with a better understanding of where he needs to improve to become a more competitive racer. Each section of the day was set up specifically for a certain aspect of racing/riding which allowed him to focus on what you expected of him in that sectiion.
My name is Tommy Fraley I ride the vet c 35+. After 7 1/2 years of not riding, I got on my bike again and rode three times before the Pilot mtn race, two of those times were the week before the race. I finished 16th in that race, 16th at Brown Jug then 18th at Mtn Challenge. After that I was fortunate enough to go down and spend a weekend with Jason Raines and take part in his school. I came back and finished 12th at County Line then 8th at Brushy and then had my first class win ever this weekend at Little Dover. For the first time my bike didn't start and I had to kick it three times and went into the woods I think 14th or 15th. I got lucky on the bottle necks and made up a bunch of spots. I was riding a newer bike that I bought last week and literally rode it for the first time at the race. I feel like I owe most of the credit to Jason who during the course of only two days he improved my skills and confidence. I would highly recommend his school to anyone looking to get faster, safer and improve their riding skills. If you are interested send me an e-mail or just go to Jason’s site and sign up for a class. I may never win another race but I know he has given me the skills to build on and I look forward to riding now more then ever before.
Tommy Fraley 852
Since beginning my training with Jason this Spring I improved so much on my mental game. I feel more confident on my bike and my finishes this season have improved over last year. Thank You to Raines Racing University!
The Jason Raines school is pefect for anyone that wants to learn how to ride to their fullest abilities. The best part of the school is how easy it is for Jason to help you one on one with line choice, braking/throttle control, and even correct rider positioning. I've been riding for 20 years and am amazed at all the new things that I learned at the school, nothing drastic or huge by themselves, but combining them with my experience makes for huge improvements in my riding and confidence.
The Jason Raines school helped me immensely. From working in technical rocks, hills, and ruts to fast turns and braking. The training we did in the gym really opened up a whole new side of working out for me that didn't have just the same old pumping iron feeling. The weekend after the school was our first race back in the GNCC series after the summer break, and a lot of Jason's directions and tips were still fresh. I felt confident, strong and kept passing and picking great lines. He showed us what it takes to get to the next level and a little bit of what the pros do and how hard they work to stay on top. Working in a group like we did was motivating and kept me in a positive mind set. I've attended a couple of schools previously, but this was by far the most helpful; teaching us too improve our weaknesses and be both physically and mentally prepared.
Jason did a great job of working one on one with each rider. I learned new training techniques and saw the benefits of using them. I had a great time at the school and already see improvements in my riding. I recommend Jason Raines’ riding school to any rider, advanced or beginner. I really appreciate how Jason kept up with us even after the school to see how we were doing!
Thanks for all the help,
I thought your riding school was far superior to any other school I've done and really excited to do another one!
Thanks for all your help,
Glen C. Pannebakker
I just wanted to take a moment and let you know that my son Ian immensely enjoyed your recent three day program in Hanover, PA. He has participated in several "schools" during his short racing career, but he had more positive to say about your course than any other. It was by far the best money we ever put towards fine-tuning his training program. He seems to have retained so much more of your instruction and has enthusiastically shared the information with me. On top of that, he really enjoyed the instruction and your close one-on-one attention with each rider.
By the way, Ian finished 3rd in 200A at Unadilla and 54th overall.
Thanks again for putting together such a comprehensive curriculum.
It was a pleasure meeting you.
Glen C. Pannebakker
I wanted to thank you because your class really had an impact on Cody. Cody is very driven but he is also fairly quiet and didn’t say much after the 3 days of the class other than he thought it was very worthwhile and that you gave him a lot to think about and work on.
We just ran Unidilla and I saw the biggest change in Cody’s riding since last year, Cody has been struggling to stay near Brad Bakken all year but on Sunday he was staying right with Brad and on lap 3 he had taken the lead. He said during the whole race they were pushing each other very hard and at the end of the forth lap Brad had a 19 sec. lead when we pitted. Unfortunately Cody slid out and messed up his AC joint in his shoulder and had to stop shortly after our pit.
Once again I want to thank you and let you know that your school had a huge impact on our race team and I never thought I would hear Cody talking about line choices and trying to win races by thinking as well as just going fast.
Thanks for all your help. The Team Workout sheet for race day prep will serve as a great starting point guide to Bobby’s first GNCC at Unidilla. The riders in the class were super excited about your school and it has given Bobby a high level of confidence going into Unidilla. Your points to Bobby for Unidilla below I believe are right on and he and I will discuss them on the drive up to Unidilla so he has Sat to think about it and focus on the race on Sun . We plan to arrive Fri and walk the track Sat during the ATV race and identify the potential difficult areas and bottlenecks and plan some possible alternate lines at those areas so he is familiar with those potentially challenging areas when he encounters them during the race.
Good luck on your race and look forward to working with you in the future.
Tom and Chase Acklam
Jason - Thank You! Our entire experience was outstanding - you certainly exceeded our expectations. Everything went smooth and was handled professionally - from our initial email contact and your timely response, to your questionnaire and riding evaluation, through the two days of private training, to your post training assessment and training manual. Topping that off, you have continued to follow up via email after the training. Again, you've exceeded expectations.
The approach, patience, communication style and the training techniques that you utilized while working with my 9 year old son were fantastic. You clearly have excellent listening and observation skills for you quickly identified the areas in which my son needed to improve. My son came away from your camp PUMPED in addition to being a much faster, safer and more confident rider. He really enjoyed training with you and has been asking me if he can train with you again soon.
Tom & Chase Acklam
Unbelievable! I was looking for a riding camp/school to take in as a little getaway when I first stumbled on to Jason’s program. Based on the cost and proximity to home it was an easy decision. Knowing what I know now, not only would I travel, I would have paid more to have the opportunity to work with Jason. Whether you are chasing championships or just want to ride faster and safer, Jason can give you what you need in the small group atmosphere. I was a serial 5th place “C” weekend warrior. I am still a weekend warrior/trail rider because that is how I want it, the difference is, in the course of one season I can now ride a top 5 “B” pace SAFER than I could my former pace. I also know that I am capable of winning my class on any given day.
The adage ‘taking a drink from a fire hose” describes the amount of information and training you get pretty accurately. Wanna know how he sets his bike up, what he drinks/eats at race-time…ask, nothing is left untold. I was floored right from the first contact at what a good guy Jason is. The tendency to is to think that anyone at that level is a little arrogant and unapproachable; quite the opposite in this case. Probably the most important thing I got from camp is a great friend.
Gary Barr - Masters A
After 30 years of racing off road I was sure I had developed some bad habits. What I was looking for was advice on how to correct them from someone that was doing it right. Jason Raines had the credentials and the combination of physical training tips and riding instruction was what I was looking for. I was not only not disappointed but would have paid twice as much as he charged for what I got. I would recomend it to anyone that wants to learn the basics that they can use to build on to get to that proverbial next level!
Ronnie Hames - Team Manager for ACIR Racing
"Thanks to Jason Raines Full Circle Training, ACIR Racing was able to take a rider that had been off the bike for 19 years and a rider just starting out and have them running up front in the Vet Class as well as the C-250 class during the 07-08 Florida Trail Riders Points Race"
With Jason's vast knowledge, we were able to stay physically and mentally sharp all season long.
Ian Hames is now a championship contender in the 250-B class.
Jason, thanks for all of your help.
Ben Teachey, P.E.
-48 years old
-C rider racing for fun and excercise
-Past Long Cane Enduro President
Jason was an open book on what it takes to be a pro level rider. He guided me through the gym, riding training and bike setup as if I were a pro rider.
Trail skill training was designed to cover the areas requested by the group. The trails used were awesome!! I am most impressed by his friendship and support after the training. Jason really cares about your success. He is very easy to contact, and is always helpful.
"What I like most about working with Jason Raines as my personal trainer is the confidence and feeling of being in the best shape of my life. This only happens by training hard even on the days where you really don't feel like training. What helps me stay consistent is knowing that I have a personal trainer like Jason to be accountable to, and even better, his words of encouragement remind me that I'm not alone on my journey towards becoming the best rider that I can be!
Rob Russell 42 years old and still going strong!
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