Thanks to 3:16 Trackdays for putting on a great event. This may be long but a thorough review may help others decide to come out or not.
I have had to be away from track riding for a few years. Life got super busy and family commitments kept me away. As a result, some of the confidence in my abilities that I once had has be diminished. I also didn't want to come back to an adrenaline filled crash fest.
I got on the website and watched the videos and read what was there. I even called Ignacio to see what they were all about. Ignacio does a great job of sending out emails and videos to help people understand what is going to happen and make it less confusing as it can be for new people. Pre-trackday impressions were good.
Managed to get loaded up early and arrived at the track the day before while some bikes were still on track. After the track riding was done. My wife and I got to walk the track and take pictures of all the turns. Cresson has changed a bit over the years. The seams in the pavement are not friendly to running parallel.
We finished taping up the bike, had dinner, and got some shut eye for the next day. Up at 6 to sign in at 6:30 and tech the bike. The riders' meeting went well. A little long, but the first one of the year normally is.
We hopped into pickup trucks and did a track drive/walk and talked about several turns and things to look out for such as seams and bumps.
Now 3:16 has a different format than most track days. Only two groups, Love to Ride (beginner to moderate level) and Respect the Craft (more advanced to wicked fast). Each group got a total of three and a half hours of ride time. The first sessions are two 30 minute sessions for each group and then one hour per group for the rest of the day. More thoughts on the format later.
The first session was following in a group with a mentor leading the pack. We were shown general lines as well as practiced entering and exiting the track several times. These skill are more important than most people realize. The first session on Cresson on a morning in the 50-degree ranges, can you say "slippery" boys and girls? But this is kind of normal there. Debrief with mentor after the first session then hydrate and get ready to go again.
Hour-long session, wow. Holy crap, can I even ride for an hour straight? My goal the first session was to relax and see if I could. Yep, road the whole session and gradually relearned the track and slowly got more heat and grip out of the brand new Dunlop GPR 300 tires that are purpose made for bikes like my Ninja 300. Getting some good reference points and keeping the pace relaxed help get more and more comfortable. A few straightaway throttle junkies were holding me up in some of the turns. Oh well, a trackday not a race. Must pass with respect and give them plenty of room. The attached photos show my progression throughout the day. BTW Blair Hart at Hart Photography does his best to make you look good. (oops can't seem to add photos to the review) A post-ride consult with my mentor and time for some lunch.
I may have eaten a little too much at lunch and/or the usual lack of sleep before a trackday caught up with me. The second hour-long session wasn't flowing as well for me though I was still getting more comfortable with the bike. I rode about 40 minutes and called it. Hey, I have an hour and 20-minute break. Time to get out of the leathers and deep breathing/relax/nap time. Get a big drink of water and go out again.
Third and final hour-long session. I am putting it all together. Getting corner speeds up. A bit more passing with respect. Rocking and rolling for about 20 minutes. Man, I gotta pee. Hey, hour-long session, why not come in and pee. And I did. Then went back out again and got back up to pace. I went about as fast as I wanted to in most turns. Ok, a few to still work on. With about 15 minutes left the brain started to fade a bit so I called it a day. What an awesome day. I got good feedback from a couple of mentors and a corner worker. Most of the brief red flags were mechanical issues. One rider did have an agricultural experience with no injuries. Overall a very good trackday experience. I would highly recommend 3:16 Trackdays to anyone looking to have fun and improve your riding.
Stephen Porter March 21, 2019
Lots of seat time. No rushing for class or bike prep. The track is the classroom!
Grant Nibel September 12, 2019
Great group of people, riders, coaching, management of the event was well run , on a schedule so you dont miss any sessions because you could not understand the loudspeakers, pointers given by other riders were spot on, very humble group, very skilled riders. Ignacio and wife were very nice. Lots of track time.
Jeremiah Reidy June 2, 2019
Just nice. Staff is attentive, atmosphere is laid back.
Russell Robertson August 10, 2019
Awesome people! Great instruction! So much fun! If you haven't done a track day with them yet, DO IT!!!
Sean Michael August 9, 2019
Thank you Ignacio and all the Mentors, fantastic track day!
Danny Gates March 20, 2019
I highly recommend to anyone the 3:16 mentorship program, either "love to ride" or "respect the craft". They will pair you up with a mentor and you get a lot seat time. They paired me with an amazing mentor David Aue. He gave great feed back on things I needed to work on and he helped me work on them throughout the day. Even thought there were 3 other students he was able to individually mentor and critique each of us. And as busy as he was, he constantly checked up on me making sure I was doing ok throughout the day. It's a very fun track with amazing mentors that you will feel you got your money's worth! I am hooked! My future endeavors are to come back to this program and track as many times as I can!
Dio Barroga September 8, 2019
3:16 really puts on a great event. The mentality of this organization is very unique and results in an exceptional track experience. I have attended 3 of their events this year and the courteousness of the staff and their philosophy of the Golden Rule really makes a difference keeping the track open for max ridding time. The smaller groups I think make a big difference in keeping everyone calm and allowing for true learning. If you get a chance to attend a mentor day, don't miss it! Ignacio Pedregon III and his wife really go out of their way to make everyone feel welcome and taken care of. I look forward to attending many more of their events! Thanks 3:16!
David Aue August 6, 2019
Great format and experience...I’ll be going again.
Greg Bosley August 9, 2019
Today was my first time at this trackday, it was the best even I’ve attended. Friendly atmosphere, and they really show that they care. Very well organized , and I highly recommend that you attend a 3:16 trackday