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ATV Dream Training Camp

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August 27, 2014
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There are drills for cornering individually and working with other riders.

Imagine: you, your quad, six ATV MX national-winning riders to coach you, and five days to moto at the Breezewood Proving Grounds in Everett, Pennsylvania. No, this is not a hallucination, but if it is your dream, it can come true if you sign up in time for the 2014 edition of Dream Camp Quad Week. If you can’t get ready in time for 2014, put this week-long experience on the bucket list for 2015. Dream Camp Quad Week is the brainchild of Breezewood’s owner, Dan Harris. It may not sound like it from the name, but Breezewood is a ride park with four different MX tracks, from peewee to advanced. The tracks do run motorcycle practice and races, but Harris is a very accomplished and talented quad guy, so the layouts are quad-compatible.

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One of Dream Camp’s activities is a parade with the students and the coaches.
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This was the coaching staff in 2013—it was an impressive lineup.

One week a year—July 14th through the 18th in 2014—Harris lines up top riders to share their knowledge with aspiring riders of all ages. For 2014, there will be current national ATV MX champ Chad Wienen and his teammate Thomas Brown, plus former champ John Natalie and his racer wife Michelle, and up-and-comers Joel Hetrick and Josh Upperman. Former champ and one of the original Dream Week coaches, Dustin Wimmer, will also be coaching. They are joined by some Pro-Am coaches and Harris, so there is plenty of supervision and ample learning opportunities for everyone.

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Some of the class time is used up in question-and-answer sessions, but there are sessions on maintenance and setup as well.
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Joel Hetrick works with one of the female riders. The percentage of female riders at Dream Camp is quite high.
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Not all of the riders show up with the latest equipment. A desire to learn is the important thing.
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Joel Hetrick kicks it in the lake with a group of students during the free time allowed. The lake is a hit in July.

Students usually stay at the track for the camp’s duration in cabins or their own campers. Home-style cooking is provided in the dining hall. Each student will have the chance to work with all of the coaching staff. It doesn’t matter whether you ride a tiny quad or a fire-breather, there are lessons, tracks and instructions for every age group and skill level. Students work on track skills, get primers on machine maintenance, and work with pros individually and in groups. A typical Dream Week includes a wide cross section of riders and more than a few female competitors.

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Michelle Natalie is a racer like her husband, John, and she is in high demand as a coach during Dream Camp.
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Dustin Wimmer was a coach at the first Dream Camp in 2009, and he is still at it. Getting a national champ’s advice at this young age can only help.

At the time Dream Week is held, these pros will be right in the heat of the battle for the national championship, but they shut off the race season for the week to eat with the students, coach, and hold question-and-answer sessions. Dream Camp has grown steadily since it started in 2009, and even with a $1200 tuition, the camp fills up quickly.

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The five days of Dream Camp are broken up into different learning drills. Here students work on starts.
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Natalie is a legend in ATV racing, and here he preps the students for a practice start.

There are some blocks of time set aside for free riding, and the park has a small lake with a water slide for the riders and students to relax. If you plan to camp, there are hook-ups, bathrooms and showers. For more information or to sign up, go to www.breezewoodprovinggrounds.com.

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