WHAT IS IT
The inaugural Himalayan Odyssey is a long weekend of adventure in Mid Wales, designed specifically to help riders of the Himalayan to get the most out of their machines.
The event will take place at the Sweet Lamb Adventure Academy just beyond Rhayader in Mid Wales. This is a huge sprawling 5,000 acre landscape of trails and terrain fit for all abilities. It has its own bunkhouse, catering, and in recent months has been nominated as KTMs very own off-road centre.
The weekend will run from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon and will incorporate elements of off road riding tuition - both on and off site - as well as workshops on puncture repair, bike packing and general adventure preparation. For entertainment there will also a guest speaker and slow speed skills competition.
The event will be fully catered, with breakfast provided on the Saturday and Sunday mornings, with a BBQ on the Saturday night and an Indian banquet on the Friday night. Accommodation is a choice of onsite camping or bunkhouse.
The event is suitable for all abilities, with head instructor Mark Molineux and his team of fully qualified and first-aid trained instructors able to tailor the schedule for all levels, with the bike's stock Pirelli MT60s suitable for the event. For anyone planning or thinking of heading off on their Himalayan - long trip or small - this is a perfect chance to build your confidence and gain the skills to travel far and wide.
HOW IT WORKS
Arrive at Sweet Lamb on the Friday morning, with a light lunch served at 12.30, then it'll be out onto the skills area to assess abilities and move forward from there into various groups for the weekend ahead. There will be set times for the workshop sessions, with dinner provided on the Friday and Saturday nights. A comprehensive schedule for the 3 days will be provided nearer the time. Bunkhouse is available on a first come first serve basis, with the camping spot right beside the bunkhouse and workshop area. The event will aim to close at around 2pm on the Sunday. The beauty of the Sweet Lamb facility is that it's a self contained venue, with the bunkhouse and workshop right in the heart of this sprawling 5,000 acre complex.
WHO IS IT FOR?
This is for any Himalayan rider who wants to get the best training in the very best training environment in order to help them get the most out of their machines. This weekend is for people who are keen to get stuck in and give new things a go. The training will be tailored to various skill levels meaning all abilities are welcome. Whether you've never ventured further than a gravel car park before, or you regularly ride green lanes and just want to learn better technique, this event is for you. It'll also teach you how to change a puncture and learn basic mechanics in order to keep the adventure going. It's also going to be a great social event for all Himalayan owners; a chance to swap stories and make new friends.
WHO IS IT NOT FOR?
This isn't for anyone who doesn't like getting wet - it is mid Wales after all - or for those who like to ride recklessly or beyond their limits. There is no free riding at the facility - you will always be led out with an instructor - and so if you're looking for a weekend to blast along on the limit then this isn't the weekend for you. It's for learning better technique, riding safely and making new friends.
Two and a half days professional tuition from the same team that operate the official KTM Adventure school - they really are the best in the business - two nights accommodation, two breakfasts, two main meals (an Indian banquet on the Friday) and lunch dependant on whether you're on or off site at the time. There will also be the workshops on basic maintenance, luggage package advice and a guest speaker for the evening entertainment.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
You will need to bring a road legal Himalayan, of solid constitution and a set of waterproofs. If camping then you'll need a basic camping set up - tent, sleeping bag, matt - and if you're in the onsite bunkhouse you'll need a sleeping bag. You won't need any posh clothes because we won't be going off-site on an evening.
All riders MUST wear proper protective clothing, including protective jacket, trousers, full face helmet, gloves and proper adventure or off-road boots. Riders not in proper gear will not be allowed to ride. Please message me with any questions about gear choice.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
To secure you place click on the SIGN UP icon above-right which will take you to a payment area where you can pay a £80 deposit to secure your place. The remainder of the balance will be due three months ahead of the event, with further information also provided upon sign up.
FOR ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS PLEASE JUST MESSAGE ME USING THE CONTACT BOX BELOW.
WHY I'VE PUT THIS TRIP ON
I've now done over 21,000 miles on my own Himalayans. The first bike was ridden across America, the second bike back from Bulgaria. They're fantastic bikes; easy to ride, capable and so versatile when it comes to getting out there and exploring. I've found them to be very good on unpaved roads and off-road - much people than I ever expected - with the idea of Himalayan Odyssey to provide a safe training environment so that people can learn to get the most out of their bikes and be best prepared for their own adventures. I've used the guys at Sweet Lamb Adventure Academy several times now and without doubt it's the best facility and the best training ground anywhere in the UK. That the bunkhouse and training centre is located right in the centre of the actual riding area to me is what makes it so perfect a venue for this event. The food is also good and the kettle's always on! Click on the Sweet Lamb link to see more about the venue.
30 Places available.
A chance for all Himalayan owners to learn and polish your off-road skills as well as gain other skills of importance to motorcycle travel in an safe and controlled environment, making new friends and and building your confidence along the way.
- Two and a half day off-road tuition
- Trail riding
- Breakfast and dinner
- Choice of camping or bunkhouse accommodation
- Guest Speaker
PLEASE NOTE: May Bank Holiday is on Friday 8th May (the first day of the event) for 2020 as part of VE Day celebrations.