The ‘Bored of Xmas’ Sunday ride

Matt Howes has a cunning plan for a rideout the last Sunday of 2019, and all members & associates are warmly invited to join him

Bored of sitting at home between Christmas & New Year… why not join me for a rideout on Sunday 29th, when temperatures looks to be in the range 10 to 12ºC

If you’d like to come along please be at Tesco ROYSTON at 9:20am for a briefing, with a departure at 9:30am. We’ll have breakfast Wings Café at North Wield Airfield, and the ride will finish at Whittlesford Train Station

The buddy system will be used if there’s a small turnout – if the ride proves popular I’ll ask for an experienced rider to take on tail-ending duties on the day. As there may not be much time for a reconnaissance run, this could be a great opportunity to practise your U-turns, slow riding, mud avoidance and map-reading skills 😜

I hope to see all you advanced & adventurous motorcyclists there !!

Best regards and a Merry Christmas to all

Please pass this message on to your friends in the group

A word from our Chief Observer

The club’s Chief Observer Graham Scott reviews a highly successful year with a few words of congratulations and thanks to the Associates, Members and Observers who make up Cambridge Advanced Motorcyclists

My thanks to all Members & Associates for their contribution this year to growing the group and raising the standard of motorcycling in our region. But special mention has to go to all in the Observer Team for so generously volunteering their time and experience for the benefit of their fellow bikers. Their commitment shines through when I tally the 2019 test successes: 20 so far, with 4 more due before the year is out (weather permitting). I believe this to be the best year yet for Cambridge Advanced Motorcyclists

All those who achieved the status of Member will have truly benefited from the mentoring of their Observers during their rideouts. This year’s record crop of F1RSTs (five awarded in 2019, compared to a respectable three in total in the three preceding years) underlines the quality of the riders we have in our Observer Team. On behalf of the club, I heartily thank them all

I have spoken at length with the two candidates who were not able to get through the test at their first go this year: in both cases they observed that ‘it went wrong on the day’. As a very happy postscript, one of these individuals went on the achieve a F1RST on re-test two days later!

Candidates who achieved the standard necessary to become full Members this year can view their achievement with pride. Likewise new Observers who joined the team in 2019: all have shown ‘they have what it takes’ and have committed to sharing their expertise with others. All this has made my job as Chief Observer easier, rewarding and worthwhile. And let’s not forget the Ride Leaders & Tail-enders who have supported and enhanced the Observer philosophy with group rides throughout the year

But let’s not sit back and congratulate ourselves too much: safer riding is always a work-in-progress, and with six new associates joining (having visited the NEC Motorcycle Show) recently there’s plenty more work to be done

I wish you all a great Christmas, and look forward to seeing you in the New Year and doing it all again. As I usually say before rideouts… stay between the hedges!

Sincerely yours. Graham