Below are some of the most frequently asked questions from people interested in joining Berm Academy as a Tour Guest. If, after reading this list, you still have questions, please see the contact form at the bottom of this page.
What does the tour include?
A Berm Academy tour includes accommodation in our 42’ Freightliner motor coach and all involved transportation, three meals per day, first class pit set-up at events, and the guidance of Jason Carnes, a thirty-plus year veteran of BMX with well over twenty years of touring and industry experience. Entry fees and extra activity expenses (ie: white water rafting, movies, theme parks; etc) are not included, unless specifically listed in package descriptions. We will give as detailed a list and cost as possible of extra activities, but life on the road can lead to spur-of-the-moment changes in our plan.
Is there an age requirement?
Right now, we can accommodate male riders, fourteen and over, from Novice to Pro. We are working on a plan to add all-girl weeks, if the demand is there.
What documents/information do I need to submit before heading out on my Berm Academy tour?
USA BMX membership card
Proof of health insurance
What should I bring?
For riding and training, you will need all race gear to include full-face helmet, half helmet, knee cups and elbow guards, gloves, leathers/riding shorts, jerseys, and both clipless and flat pedals/shoes.
All necessary toiletries (we provide washcloths, towels and soap, and shampoo)
We will try to keep laundry at once a week, so bring enough clothes to make it.
Where will we spend our nights?
Most nights, we will stay trackside at the USABMX track where we raced/practiced. If we’re not at a track, it could be a State/National Park, or even an RV park. In the event that we have a lot of miles to cover, it’s possible that we will stay the night at a rest area. Road life!
What is a typical day like on tour?
Depending on our location and plan for the day, we will usually follow breakfast with training of some sort (sprints, gym, recovery ride; etc), then pack up and hit the road for the next location. We will hit up some tourist traps along the way, which could be anything from a hot spring, to a beach, National Monument, Big Foot museum, or anything in between, and probably end up at the next USA BMX track.
What is the meal plan?
Meals will be fairly simple. Our continental breakfast will typically include items such as bagels, toast and condiments (peanut butter, jelly, cream cheese), fruit, and cereals. Lunch will generally be a sandwich and chips. Dinner will be the biggest meal of the day. We will grill out most evenings, so it could be chicken and sweet potatoes, burgers, pasta, or anything else the group decides on.
What happens if I get hurt?
With any sport, there is the real possibility of injury, especially when we ride every day and push our limits. For minor injuries, we will have a fully-equipped first aid kit on hand at all times. If it is something more serious, we will not delay in getting riders to the nearest medical clinic or hospital. If it is too dangerous to transport a rider by truck or if they are in a great deal of pain, 911 and an ambulance ride is the default position. As an Army Veteran, Jason will try to adhere to the military motto of, “No man left behind,” but if an injury requires a hospital stay, a legal guardian will have to come out ASAP.
If I get hurt, will I get a refund?
If you are hurt so badly that you can’t carry on with the tour, you will receive 50% of your remaining balance (prorated). Refunds for other situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Do I need special travel insurance?
For US riders, your standard health insurance should be all you need. Foreign riders should purchase travel insurance to make sure you are covered. It is inexpensive and definitely recommended!
Do you offer training while on tour?
Although we don’t offer an official training program, we will be training on the road and we’re happy to offer basic information and guidance. We have relationships with several professional trainers and can help with arrangements for a program.
How do I meet up with the tour?
Once you decide which tour is best for you, we will decide the best way to meet up. We will do airport runs, or you can be picked up at a race or anywhere along the way. We will make it work!
Do you offer group discounts?
Yes, for groups of three or more. Please email: info@Bermacademy.com
Do I need to pay a deposit?
To reserve your spot on tour, we need a non-refundable 25% deposit. The remaining balance is due two weeks before departure.