Aldeburgh – a tailer’s view

6:45am: turn off alarm. Check memo: first-aid kit! Phone: no message – ride is on. Breakfast then head to Ely ahead of 8:30 start

Six bikers and one pillion gather around Janet for her briefing. My first time tailing so I listen intently. Then we’re off on roads still damp from overnight rain. Clouds temper the light & temperature: perfect riding conditions all day

The buddy system: from the rear I see riders adjust their speed to keep the bike behind in view. A turn of the head assures riders they’re being followed at junctions. Fuelling break in Coddenham and bikes swap order. The group are riding for each other and not as dispersed as on a Sunday ride. Kids wave as the seven bikes enter Aldeburgh in formation

Tailing duties complete (Catherine takes over for the return) – off to the fish’n’chip shop, which has only just opened but already has a queue. Lifeboats are launched as we relax on the beach

Janet Pinion’s 2019 all-day ride to Aldeburgh (began in Ely, ended in Fordham): right-click here (save as..) to download the route in .gpx format

Meldreth & St. Ives Shows

A heartfelt thank you to all those members who gave their time to make the CambsIAM stand at the Meldreth Show and St Ives Festival a success last month

CambsIAM was brilliantly represented at both shows, with swathes of brochures & flyers handed out to visitors and a healthy sign-up rate for the Taster-Ride Day event organised for the end of this month. All this is in spite of noticeably reduced attendance at Meldreth as a result of downpours overnight and during the morning

Thanks to: David Cowen, Paul Crinson, Garry Ellwood, David Hyman, Tom Jacobs & Keith Tremeer for transporting, erecting and manning the stand. Special thanks to Barry Dickinson and Andy May for coordinating whilst Catherine was away, and to Lynette & William Elbourn for storing everything needed at the shows

June ladies ride

The ladies – Catherine, Jacqui, Janet, Jo & Megan – met for the 2nd ladies ride of 2019, on the last Sunday in June. The sweltering heat of the previous day had subsided, thank goodness

Conditions were perfect for a bike ride: a cool breeze and uninterrupted sunshine. The ladies meandered along the lovely roads south of Newmarket, free of traffic early on a Sunday, to rejoin Cavenham via the single-track Icknield Way. The route continued past Stow Country Park and under the cool canopy of Elveden Forest. Would a muntjac jump across the road?

Refreshments were at the Café, Elveden Courtyard, a firm favorite for its scones, creamy scrambled eggs and delicious cordial drinks. A well-stocked farm shop offers the opportunity to buy fresh produce, and at least one of the ladies found something for that afternoon’s BBQ. Just make sure you take a top box or Kriega bag if you visit!

The return journey passed through Brandon, Mildenhall, Fordham, Wilburton,  Haddenham and finally Sutton, where Janet had prepared tea & cakes. After a relaxed rideout this was one last chance to catch up with one another’s news

Round Norfolk Charity Run

Our own Jason Wingfield is also a member of the Thetford and District Motorcycle Club, and would like to draw attention to the Charity Run this group will be holding at the end of this month. Money raised will go to Onward Enterprises to help them provide a realistic working environment for adults with learning difficulties

The flyer lists all the keys points – just contact TDMC for more details on joining the run or to make a donation

Ladies Cotswolds weekend

A small group of our female members recently took themselves off to the Cotswolds for a three-day biking weekend. Whilst there they teamed up with members of Cheltenham & Cotswold Advanced Motorcyclists, who took them on insiders’ ride through the backroads and picturesque villages of this lovely English region

Click here for more photographs and an account of their adventure

Hunting for Rickman

A retired Humberside Police Traffic Officer and fellow IAM member has been in contact with CambsIAM to seek your help as he researches the eighty Rickman Métisse motorcycles which entered service as police vehicles in the UK in the early 1970s – twelve of them bought by the Mid-Anglia Constabulary between November 1972 and November 1973

Cambridge 1973 – a Mid-Anglia Constabulary Rickman Métisse

Our fellow biker has put together detailed background reading on the unique story of the Rickman Métisse, its link with Mid-Anglia Constabulary and what became of the twelve used in our region. Click here to read more

Perhaps you recall these machines, or even have an photograph you’d be willing to share? Or maybe you even know the whereabouts of a Métisse? Just contact sunday-rides@cambsiam.org.uk and we’ll put you into touch. All anecdotes, images & potential leads will be gratefully received

All-day ride, Sunday 9th June

Keith Tremeer will be leading an all-day ride through the backroads of Norfolk & Suffolk on Sunday 9th June. This rideout has been in the Events Calendar for a while, but Keith has now provided details of the route & timings for the day – these can be found here

All full members and pillion companions are welcome, but there will be a limit on the number of motorcycles. So if you’re free that day you’re encouraged check the ride description using the link above and contact Keith to reserve a place on what promises to be a fine outing

The White Horse near Badingham

An invitation from SAM

The IAM central England Spring Forum on 27th April was an opportunity for groups in the region to catch up with the latest developments. CambsIAM was represented by Chief Observer Graham Scott, who passes on an open invitation to all CambsIAM members to the Group Meeting of Suffok Advanced Motorcyclists on Tuesday 16th July

The meeting begins at 7:30 – after club formalities there will be a presentation by a staff pilot and doctor from East Anglian Air Ambulance explaining the work they do

The Ipswich-area venue (Gresham, Tuddenham Road, IP4 3QJ) has a bar serving all types of snacks, meals and drinks including teas and coffees – see the SAM events calendar for more details

First ladies’ ride of the season

Damp grey skies and a cold breeze were the backdrop for the first ladies’ ride of the season, which took place on the last Sunday of April. Well wrapped up & suitably waterproofed, we headed out on greasy Cambridgeshire roads in an easterly direction, passing through Kimbolton then turning right to Caxton, Old Weston, Clopton and Wadenhoe where we stopped at the Old Barn for scones and tea/hot chocolate

Warmed through, we left the car park following Janet Pinion for the return leg. Janet led us through the Giddings, Ramsey, Warboys & Bluntisham where (after another hot drink) the five of us went our separate ways. It was good to catch up and it was a great ride!

Image courtesy Catherine Ryan