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Just did another MotoVixens/CC Track Events track day! Wow! What a great group to ride with. Carol, Troy, and the whole staff go above and beyond to make sure you have a fun and safe track day experience. I like that the groups are smaller so it is easier to hook up with one of the great instructors for some one on one track time. The smaller groups also allow more room on the track to work on your riding skills.
I also like the on-site vendors/sponsors, who have great products and provide valuable information. They also provide killer prizes for the raffle (2x winner)!
Overall, the best track day experience I’ve had. Thanks again Moto Vixens!
A little about me, I’ve been riding for most my life and currently road race. With that being said, I get the opportunity to ride with a lot of track day providers.
My wife wanted to do a Motovixens track day and asked that I trailer her bike to The Ridge. Being the supportive husband I am, I agreed. I was surprised to see all the guys at the riders meeting. I “assumed” it was a women’s only thing. I couldn’t have been more wrong. While they had great instructors for beginners like my wife, they also had racers there like myself.
The day started off like any other track day. Talking about rules and flags is a common theme. But what I noticed was the relaxed feel everyone had and how friendly everyone was. The entire day had a more relaxed vibe. Throughout the course of the day I was impressed at how well the instructors worked with my wife and the staff checked on her. It was very relaxing and my wife learned a lot and had a great time.
Fast forward to the next time my wife wanted to do a track day with Motovixens. This time I brought one of my race bikes and had the pleasure of running some fast lap times with a couple of the fastest riders in the NW. “not me” As a racer, I enjoy riding with faster guys. It gives me the opportunity to see better lines, tip in points and brake markers. I could run as fast as I wanted and focus on my skills. When I had questions, Oliver was gracious enough to help me. I race with Oliver Jervis at Omrra and anyone that races there will attest that he’s a lap record pace rider. One of the best in the NW and an extremely humble guy to work with.
Having attended several track days with Motovixens now, I can honestly say that they provide a quality track day without any pressure. They’re about having fun, riding safe and learning to ride better. Carol is a very gracious host and makes sure to get around the pits and welcome everyone. It’s truly an enjoyable event that is not for “women” only. All levels of riders are there. From the new never been on track riders to lap record riders and everything in between. The thing that everyone has in common is that we’re all having fun and enjoying our day. There are also a lot of people there that are willing to help. From riding to working on bikes, there is someone there with Motovixens to help.
Finally, one thing I would like to point out that I appreciated. Motovixens doesn’t pack their riders in. Speaking for myself, it’s very frustrating when I’m trying to work on my lines at a fast pace to be grouped with a full track of people not at the same speed. MotoVixens does a great job of managing how many riders are on track at once. That keeps the track relatively clear and people can ride whatever pace they’re comfortable with.
In closing, I would highly recommend Motovixens for ALL levels of riders.
Without hesitation, I recommend that anyone who has the desire to improve their motorcycle riding skills spend some time with Carol. I have been an instructor for many years and had opportunity to work along side Carol many times. You will not find a more dedicated and qualified mentor to help you improve your riding skill set. Carol will make you safer while showing you how to be faster at the same time, if that is your goal. Carol is someone I refer to as an “Instructor’s instructor”. She is completely dedicated to this sport and dedicated to sharing the knowledge she has gained over the many years of riding and racing and being schooled herself by some of the best in the business. You will learn more about how to improve your riding, increase your safety and flat out enjoy the whole experience by spending quality time with Carol. Personally, when I’m at the track and I see Carol, I smile …. because, I know somebody is going to have a great experience, learn a lot, be safer and be smiling themselves from ear to ear at the end of the day. Sounds like a winning combination to me.
I know without a shadow of a doubt that I would not be able to call myself a motorcycle rider today without the help and instruction of Carol Carpenter.
I first got the bug to ride a motorcycle when I was 20 years old, but it would be until I was 30 that I finally had the opportunity to try. I first signed up at my local motorcycle school thinking I would be able to just get my endorsement on the same day. I had been a passenger on a motorcycle for so many years it seemed to be a given. But the morning of the class, I found myself in the awkward position of being excused because I “didn’t appear to be learning as quickly as the others.” I was confused but accepted the findings because I thought the instructors knew better. I borrowed a friend’s Rebel 250 and started to practice on my own. I took the Pre- BRC class and was told by that instructor that I appeared competent and could progress. I retook the BRC class 2 months later at the same school and progressed through the whole day. At the end, however, the instructors told me that they didn’t think I was progressing fast enough again. I asked them to explain to me what they were seeing, by the instructor didn’t have time and just let me stand on the side and watch until they could dismiss me again. I was devastated and completely discouraged. But that’s when I found Carol.
I sent her a LONG message explaining my desperation. By the end of the day, she had called me on the phone and let me explain my whole struggle. She was so encouraging and understanding and believed that she could help me. She arranged to meet me on my terms with my bike and walked me through how the process would work. The first time we met, she brought a headset for me to use with my helmet and had someone else inspect my bike before we took it out. She let me show her where my skillset was and even talked me through the ride to help me stay calm. She gave great pointers on what I was doing well and what I really needed to work on. Carol was even able to help introduce me to mechanics who specialized in my bike and gave great feedback on equipment and maintenance.
Carol was able to really hone in on what I needed to do to feel confident during my endorsement exam and helped properly introduce me to the world of riding. She had reading material for every topic I had questions on. Through her patience and her teaching skills, I was finally able to get my endorsement! I look forward to more lessons from her in the future and couldn’t recommend her enough!
My name is Jonathan Lee, and I just wanted to briefly share my first experience and impressions with OPRT and Carol (my instructor for the day). I signed up for the level 2 school, and was paired up with Carol Carpenter, who would mentor me throughout the day. This has been probably the best and most productive track day I’ve ever had.
I’m a relative newcomer when it comes to riding on the track, but I feel like I’ve been able to catch on fairly well. But when Carol started guiding and instructing me, I quickly realized that I needed to work on a few things that would help me ride safely as well as allow me to have the margins/capacity to ride faster. I’ve never met a coach that was so enthusiastic and absolutely genuine when it came to helping other riders develop their skills! Carol broke her criticism down in a way that was easy to understand. She even brought along Troy to further help me with my body positioning, which was quite the eye-opener.
Troy and Carol recorded my actual riding on the track, and ended up working as a team to further evaluate my habits & also the areas I was doing well in. These two are quite the deadly combination when it comes to rider coaching & mentoring. Carol was quick to email me her critiques which outlined specifically the areas that I need to work on to get to the next level in my riding. She also made herself very accessible and told me not to hesitate to contact her if I ever have any questions. Once again, I have never met a coach that was this dedicated to helping riders hone their craft.
My first experience with OPRT has been quite incredible thanks to the help of Carol & Troy. Their passion for the sport and its riders is
unparalleled. I’ve learned more in this one day than I’ve ever learned in all the track days combined earlier this year. I will, without a
doubt, be coming back for future OPRT events. Thank you Carol, Troy,and the OPRT crew for making my OPRT track day a one to remember.
I wasn’t able to fill out the course evaluation form after today’s track day (5/18) and I wanted to thank Carol for her outstanding work as an instructor for Level 2. She was friendly, knowledgeable, caring and had an answer to every question. She gave helpful feedback both on mastered techniques and how to improve more. She is a great representation of OPRT and I look forward to participating in more Track Days.
If you want to become a better, safer, faster rider come out and visit Carol at one of her many track days. She is a wealth of knowledge, always ready to pass along her experience, with an excitement for motorcycling that is contagious. Her calm disposition allows her students to feel comfortable with no pressure while increasing their skills and knowledge with every lap. With Carol and MotoVixens what you see is what you get, some one that loves her sport, sharing her knowledge and watching her students’ progress, but mostly making us all safer riders and enjoying every moment of life.
I am really grateful my son got to have Carol for his track instructor! She was an exceptionally good fit for teaching Brian. My son was a young and inexperienced rider, and it was all about the trust factor for me. I basically turned my child over to her, and had to trust that she knew what she was doing. She was amazing. She was able to gauge how fast a new rider could go, and she kept him safe.
She taught him so many practical skills, but more importantly she was able to teach him how to be responsible and have fun at the same time. His first track day could have been a disaster because it was pouring down rain, and her calm and confident teaching style some how made everything go perfectly. He LOVED every minute of the day, and he can’t wait to do it again.
Carol was my instructor during my first track day. It was the first time I was ever on a street bike, and it was raining. She was very approachable and informative. She kept me going at the right speed for my experience level, and she always asked me if I had any questions. Her confidence and consistency on the track helped reassure me throughout the day.
She taught me the correct way around a race track and overall how to ride safely and to have fun. She was constantly looking over her shoulder to critique my riding and always had something to say to help my riding. She was patient and fun to ride with.
My First time at The Ridge Motorsports Park, OPRT and Carol Carpenter was a great experience. Under my personal physical conditions and trying to reengage in a sport that I truly love was a difficult task until I met Carol. Carol’s knowledge and patience proved to be the best thing about that day. She allowed me to develop at my own pace by guiding me at almost every point. As an instructor she had given me the tools to be confident so much to where I started racing late in the 2014 WMRRA season RD 5 & RD 6.
Carol goes beyond the classroom for whenever I see her at the track she does not hesitate to see if I need help with anything. Without her knowledge and expert instruction from that day forward I would not have had the confidence to start racing again.