A clean sweep

Congratulations to Jason Wingfield, who earlier this month became our 2nd member to obtain an IAM F1RST, sweeping the board with a One in every category

Jason started riding as a teenager on mopeds and 125-cc bikes, but family life intervened and he soon needed to get a car. It wasn’t until he was 32 that a change in circumstances allowed him to pursue his passion and obtain his A licence through the Direct Access Scheme. He owned Yamaha (RD350 YPVS & FZR600) and Suzuki (Bandit 1200) bikes, but once again had to put riding on hold

He got back in the saddle in 2016, buffed up his skills on Norfolk Constabulary’s Safe Rider Scheme and decided to take his riding to the next level. Jason visited the IAM stand at the NEC Bike Show and signed up

Paired with Observer Steve Alsop, Jason made rapid progress and was soon ready to take a pre-test ride with Chief Observer Graham Scott. Jason comments that in just a few sessions ‘Steve helped me to polish off the rough edges, so all credit to him for being a big part of my F1RST

An excellent ride throughout your test. You were safe, legal & smooth. Your good use of the system helped you make very good progress, you were courteous towards other road users & your acceleration sense was excellent”

Examiner John Atkinson

2019 Annual General Meeting

Venue: The Lord Byron Inn, Trumpington
Date & time: 22nd May 2019, 7:30pm to 10:00pm
The conservatory at the Lord Byron is booked from 7:00pm

All Associates & Members are warmly invited to attend to review the year and air their views on the direction and running of their club

To remain active and relevant to its members the committee needs your input and support. We hope to see as many of you as possible at the AGM

The minutes from the 2018 AGM are available here

A F1RST-rate achievement

Congratulations to Stavros Theodoridis, who recently became an IAM F1RST member, only eight months after joining as an associate (and with just 18 months of motorcycling experience)

His participation in Cambridgeshire BikeSafe last July inspired Stavros to take his training further by joining IAM, and in August he was out on an assessed ride with Observer Barry Dickinson. Their partnership worked well, and over autumn and winter Stavros & Barry rode almost 300 miles together in 7 observed outings

Stavros rode in all weathers throughout the winter with his wife & friends, putting in approximately 5000 miles to develop the techniques he had discussed in his sessions with Barry. By January Stavros was ready for a pre-test ride with National Observer Chris Curryer. With a couple of pointers from Chris and one more observed ride with Barry it was time for the test…

Examiner Chris Devlin met with Stavros at the Wyboston Travelodge. The weather was ideal: slightly overcast, not windy, 10°C. The test route headed north on the A1, exiting at St Neots then all the way to Kimbolton, south on the B660 towards Bedford before joining the A421 back to the starting point

Joining the IAM and training with Barry Dickinson has been a great opportunity to develop as a rider whilst enjoying some superb rides with someone I’d now describe as a friend. I must give credit to Barry Dickinson, Chris Curryer and the support of the CAM Group who have all played an active role in helping me achieve my goal. Their commitment to rider safety and the biking community as a whole, is truly admirable

Stavros Theodoridis

Ladies-only rideout

Calling all female members & associates! Please join us for the first ladies-only ride of the year on Sunday 28th April

We will depart from the car park at Tesco in Milton: please arrive fully fuelled for a short briefing at 9:20am. We’ll aim to end the ride by 1:30pm

The ride will be book-ended by Janet PinionCatherine Ryan. We hope to see you there! Please email Janet to confirm your attendance

See the Events Calendar to add this date to your diary

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

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

Cambridge Bikers Christmas Toy Run

No registration is needed- just roll up at La Pergola in Harlton with your unwrapped  toy to join the Cambridge Bikers Christmas Toy Run 

The route passes through Cambridge and on to Addenbrookes Hospital, with a police escort ensuring smooth progress. Riders are asked to turn up early for a briefing (and complementary hot food)

Toys benefit children in hospital, and their visiting siblings, over the festive season. Find out more on Facebook, or check last year’s ride

2018 Christmas Dinner

Members, associates and their partners & guests are cordially invited to the annual Cambridge Advanced Motorcyclist Christmas dinner at the Lion & Lamb Inn, Milton at 7:30pm on Wednesday 5th December

To reserve places, download and complete this simple booking form. Choose your meal options, make your BACS payment and return the form to  secretary@cambsiam.org.uk

Please make your payment and return the booking form as soon as possible, but not later than Thursday 29th November 

We look forward to seeing you there…