Ricky Carmichael University will visit a new campus in 2015 when the one a one-of-a-kind outdoor motocross riding school founded by Ricky Carmichael opens instruction at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tenn., July 10, 2015. The move marks a shift for RCU after operating at Red Bud MX for the last two years.
In November, RCU will travel to Australia for the fall term where Carmichael and tenured faculty members Jeff Emig and Jeff Stanton will lead an all-star lineup of instructors, offering riders of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to train with an elite group of championship-winning Motocross and Supercross riders. Exact dates and locations for RCU-AUS will be announced once details have been finalized.
“Everyone is pumped about how 2015 is shaping up for Ricky Carmichael University and the Carmichael Camps at my property,” said Carmichael. “We spent the last two years at Red Bud and that was a great opportunity to host RCU at one of the most famous motocross tracks in the country. But, after two years in one US location, it was time for something different. Muddy Creek is a beautiful facility but it’s challenging and that’s going to be important for our curriculum.
“We’re also excited to take RCU to Australia for the first time. Australia has a great motocross scene and I’ve never been down under before so that makes it even more special. I’m stoked to have Fro (Jeff Emig) and Jeff Stanton come along as part of the faculty again and we’ll have a couple special guest instructors to announce pretty soon.”
In addition to the new venues, Carmichael will host riders at his private training facility in Cairo, Ga., and open the former by-invitation-only event to the public for the first time. Limited to just 12 students per session, Carmichael Camp is a specialized training camp for the serious racer looking to improve his or her skills. Camp includes personal instruction from Carmichael, his mother Jeannie Carmichael as well as training sessions with Clint Freisen that focus on weight training, nutrition and hydration.
“Carmichael Camp is a lot of fun,” said Jeannie Carmichael. “It’s always been a private event so it will be fun to see some new faces and work with the next generation. We’ll have sessions for big bikes and little bikes so we can work with riders who are getting ready to make that next big step and with some who are just getting started. It’s going to be hard work and when we’re on the track for classroom sessions it’s all business, but at the same time, we always have fun.”
Emig, a four-time AMA National Champion, has been a staple at RCU since it’s inception and will continue his role as not only an instructor but as a key member of Carmichael’s advisory committee with an eye towards the future.
“Ricky has put together a really cool, one-of-a-kind, opportunity to not only ride with an incredibly talented group of instructors, but to interact and socialize with those guys,” explained Emig. “Can you imagine going to Indianapolis and having Rick Mears show you how to get through the short chute or having Jimmie Johnson teach you how to get on and off pit road? It’s really an amazing opportunity. It also offers me the opportunity to see and work with a lot of riders who will be moving up the ladder and possibly competing at the professional level. As a broadcaster, that’s a pretty neat opportunity to get to know and work with some of the guys who will be competing in Supercross and professional Motocross before long. There are so many cool elements. That’s a big reason why I’m always glad to help Ricky with these programs.”
The Carmichael Camps will host two sessions, March 11-13 and March 24-26. RCU at Muddy Creek Raceway will take place on July 10 while the November Australian dates and locations will be announced in the near future. Following the RCU at Muddy Creek will be Ricky Carmichael Day. Ricky will be on hand checking out the racing on Saturday and signing autographs.
- Carmichael Farm (Big Bikes) – March 11-13
- Carmichael Farm (Small Bikes) – March 11-13
- Muddy Creek (All Bike) – July 10th
- Australia – November (Date to be announced)