Talk on Autonomous Vehicles

Driving Autonomy & the System of Vehicle Control
David Hyman      Software Engineer  FiveAI
Hauxton Village Hall, 7:30-9:00pm Thursday 6th February

Familiar to many in his role as a CambsIAM Observer, David is also a Software Engineer at FiveAI the company which recently completed the UK’s most advanced demonstration of self-driving vehicles on mixed-use public roads. David helps create the software systems & tools which go into these vehicles, and is uniquely placed to provide an insight into the future of autonomous motoring

Full details of this free event in the Events Calendar. All welcome!

F1RST on the 2nd attempt

Congratulations to Andy Lee, one of our five Members who passed their Advanced Test with a F1RST in 2019

Referred to in Chief Observer Graham Scott’s recent round-up of last year’s test results, Andy failed the test on his first attempt, but brushed himself down and went on to achieve a F1RST on his second go the very next week

Andy has written an account of his rideouts with Observer Steve Rowdon, and the bumpy road to his eventual success in the test. Associates currently working towards their Advanced Test in particular are likely to find inspiration and practical advice in his account. Read Andy’s write-up here

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
Matt

Please pass this message on to your friends in the group

Tesco Milton: no petrol!

Many thanks to Tom Jacobs for the heads-up on the closure for refurbishment of the petrol station at Tesco Milton from 2nd January to 12th February next year. We have three Sunday rides during this period-

  • January 5th – departs Shell Services, Fourwentways
    Event Calendar entry here
  • January 18th – departs Shell Services, Fourwentways
    Event Calendar entry here
  • February 2nd – departs Tesco Milton
    Event Calendar entry here

If you are planning to join the rides on January 18th or February 2nd please be sure to fill up at an alternative petrol station before the ride

As with all rides over the winter period, please check the website before you leave home in case the ride has been cancelled

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

2020 Skills Days unveiled

Hot off the press: dates have been announced for the popular track-based IAM RoadSmart Skills Days. Fifteen of these one-day courses are on offer (including one reserved exclusively for female riders), with dates from April to September 2020. As in previous years, there are three venues to choose from: Thruxton, Croft and Mallory Park

For a member’s first-hand account detailing what to expect and why it’s worth the investment read Steven Libby’s account here

For more details: IAM RoadSmart Skills Days

Sunday rides: new start points

Committee members are pleased to announce that Sunday rides can now begin from any of three possible start points –

  • New: the car-park at Tesco Royston
  • New: parking area at Shell Services Fourwentways
  • The car-park at Tesco Milton

It is anticipated that most rides will set off from Milton as usual, but the start point is chosen by the ride leader and it is essential that riders check the Events Calendar the evening before a ride to confirm it is going ahead & where it starts

In adding Fourwentways and Royston as start points Committee members hope to:

  • Encourage participation from those members & associates for whom the journey to Milton is impractical
  • Reduce the burden on ride leaders, some of whom put in appreciable mileage getting to Milton (in addition to pre-riding & leading outings)
  • Increase the reach of rides, allowing leaders to take riders on new roads and to new locations

Google maps showing the three starting points can be found below. As always, please arrive fully fueled and in time for the 09:20am briefing


Tesco Royston


Shell Services Fourwentways


Tesco Milton


Christmas dinner 2019

A reminder that all members & associates (along with partners & guests) are warmly invited to the Club’s annual Christmas dinner, which is again being held at the Lion & Lamb Inn in Milton. Festivities begin at 7:00pm on Thursday 12th December

If you haven’t yet booked a place, you can download the booking form here. Having chosen your meal options, please return your completed form to Catherine Ryan. Payment should be made to the Club at the time of booking – full details are in the booking form

To ensure your places, please make your payment & return the booking form not later than Monday 25th November 

We look forward to seeing you there…

Two places left @ i2i

An email sent to members earlier this month detailed the news that we are planning to team up once again with i2i academy, who are offering to run their Machine Control courses for our members over the weekend of 20th & 21st June 2020 at Rufforth Airfield near York

For bookings made before Christmas, i2i are offering us this season’s prices, making the York event £30 cheaper per day than the Bovingdon venue which we used this year

To qualify for a 10% discount, we need to book a minimum of 10 places. The club will subsidise the course for members, bringing the price down further. With early booking, group discount and the club contribution, the cost is £186 per person for the 2 days

We used i2i in both 2018 and 2019. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with universal agreement that it was an excellent investment in skills acquisition. The training is original & fun, with explanations of the physics of motorcycling, practical demonstrations and of course the opportunity to have a go yourself. To find out more about i2i check the British Motorcyclists Federation’s review here or read member Ian Dunckley’s reflections on of his i2i experience here

Paul Lester & Catherine Ryan relax at i2i

In order to secure the dates & prices detailed above we need your response by 31st October. If you would like to attend please let Catherine know ASAP (cm.ryan@tiscali.co.uk), quoting your full postal address, mobile number and an emergency contact number while you are on the course

Places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that full payment will be required upon booking with i2i

Sunday Ride 6th October 2019

Well done to Barry Dickinson as the only rider to brave the wet weather for today’s ride-out!

As Advanced riders, it is important to practise riding in a range of conditions, rather than just those sunny dry days. The right gear will ensure that you remain dry and warm, whatever the conditions

We enjoyed a great ride with the added benefit of a large English breakfast at the Tavistock Pub in Bedford

Thanks to Keith Tremeer for a sterling job as Tail Ender