Since you get "free" track time from CSS... Im curious if you ever paid for or ever took any one elses school? Or do you feel there is no equal to CSS?
I wouldn't call my time with CSS "free track time," as I'm there to do a job that I take very seriously and my focus always is and always will be the success of my students. We don't get free run to do hot laps or ride around working on our own riding, so it's not like a track day or anything, it's my job. I certainly love my job and appreciate the fact that I have the opportunity to ride on incredible tracks and get paid to do it, but first and foremost are always my students.
In the above message I listed off some of the other riding schools I have attended, most recently in Spain last October with Troy Corser at the Race Academy, the Texas Tornado Bootcamp with Colin Edwards, Rich Oliver's Mystery School and I just took an Enduro course with Pacific Riding School here in Vancouver. I'm open to learning from reputable schools and riders that are faster than me for sure. I'm constantly looking to improve my own riding and have taken away a lot of new skills from my experiences at other schools and with other people.
I am obviously biased towards CSS because it is where I have learned the most about riding and because every time I coach, I see students improving while having fun and becoming better, faster, safer riders. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing our students succeed, so ya, I think CSS rocks but it doesn't mean you can't have an incredible time or improve your riding elsewhere. As I also said above, I could really care less WHERE people go to improve their riding as long as they put some attention and thought into become better in order to stay as safe as possible.
In the Roadracing World Track Day Issue (that just came out) is a write up I did on my experience at the Race Academy and with Troy Corser, in case you're interested in reading up on what it was like to ditch the coaching role and become a student once again.