Meet the Examiner evening


2nd April, Hauxton Village Hall. Full details in the Events Calendar

Although primarily aimed at Associates progressing towards the Advanced Rider test, Meet the Examiner is always popular and Members are also most welcome. The evening is led by Forensic Collision Investigator and IAM examiner Simon Burgin, and gives Associates the opportunity to hear what he is expecting during an IAM test

Simon offers unique insights into motorcycle safety & roadcraft, and his talks are always informative and entertaining. The evening is sure to be of interest to riders at whatever stage they are in their biking!

So we can be sure there is enough tea and biscuits, please email Events Coordinator Catherine Ryan (sunday-rides@cambsiam.org.uk) to say you’ll be attending

Read the truth about Simon & Cambridgeshire traffic police at MoreBikes

Training session for new ride leaders & tailers

We are looking to increase our pool of riders who lead & tail Sunday rideouts – this training session is offered to full members who would like join the team. Observers and seasoned ride leaders will be on hand to share their experience of planning & safely running a successful rideout. Training will be held at Orwell Pavillion on Thursday 7th March at 7:30pm: see the Events Calendar for full details

Please note that you must be an up-to-date member of both IAM and CambsIAM to join the team. If interested, please contact Events Coordinator Catherine Ryan (sunday-rides@cambsiam.org.uk) beforehand

Cold Weather Warriors

While the current wintry weather means an enforced lay-up for many of us, the hardiest of types still make it to Sunday ride-outs. Given that one biker recorded -5°C as he set out to join the ride on 20th January, lead Chris Curryer and tail Paul Norman must have been pleased with the turn-out

Attendees reported an attractive route, ridden at the cautious pace as dictated by low temperatures. Brown’s Café had set aside a large table – so the breakfast stop was perhaps more sociable than on a busy Sunday ride, as all bikers were able to sit together. Warmed and fed, the ride continued to its conclusion, at a balmy 4°C, in Swaffham Bulbeck

Call that cold? Image © Paul Norman

Especially during winter, always refer to the Events Calendar before setting out in case a ride is cancelled

BikeSafe 2019

Many CambsIAM Members will be familiar with BIkeSafe, having already benefitted from the excellent theory workshop and one-on-one accompanied ride (and debrief!) with a serving police rider. Associates and newer Members might wish to check their diaries: workshops are again running in our region. Places can now be booked on 2019 courses at the BikeSafe website

Cambridgeshire Constabulary run this subsidised course from their HQ in Huntingdon. Dates for theory workshops are confirmed as –

  • 6th April
  • 18th May
  • 15th June
  • 13th July      Accompanied rides are scheduled one week later
You can never have too much training

Biker Down

Would you know how best to manage the scene of an accident involving a fellow biker? Could your first aid skills benefit from a refresher course? Cambridge Fire & Rescue are offering free Biker Down courses throughout 2019, with one each month from March through to November

Courses take place on a Sunday at St Ives Fire Station, presented by volunteer fire officers and MAGPAS Air Ambulance medics. Three main topics are covered:

  • Managing the scene of an accident
  • First aid for motorcyclists
  • The science of being seen

Upon completion of the course, you’re presented with a certificate and a biker’s first aid kit

To book a place email road.safety@cambsfire.gov.uk leaving your name, email address, contact telephone number, and home town or call Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue on 0800 917 9994