18th April – three Sunday rides!

Update: these rides are now all fully subscribed

Tesco Royston
Mark Fox leads, Tom Jacobs tails

BP Newmarket Road, Cambridge
Keith Tremeer leads, Mark Pawson tails

Tesco Milton
Catherine Ryan leads, Janet Pinion tails

All rides depart at 9:30am. Please arrive fully-fueled and in time for the 9:20am briefing. See the Events Calendar for further details of these rides. Maps of departure points can be found here

Easter Sunday – rides resume!

The Lockdown Roadmap relaxes the rules from March 29th, with up to six people allowed to meet outdoors whilst adhering strictly to social distancing. We are therefore delighted to offer two rides on Easter Sunday – one from the familiar Tesco Milton departure point, and a second from a new departure point at the McDonalds car park, Caxton Gibbet. Details of both locations can be found here

See the Events Calendar for full details, especially if you are unfamiliar with group riding following the Buddy System

Girl on a Bike presentation

Our sister group Cambridge Advanced Motorists is hosting a Zoom meeting on Wednesday 17th March at 7:30pm with Vanessa Ruck, author The Girl on a Bike, and have extended an invitation to our members. Read about Vanessa’s recovery from a bicycle accident and subsequent embrace of motorcycling at her Girl on a Bike blog, or watch the YouTube video just below

To request the meeting credentials please contact our Club Secretary Graham Maile using this link

20th December – two rides!

With promising weather and two outings to choose from, why not email Catherine now for a place on the last Sunday ride of 2020? Join either Tom Jacobs & Keith Bartlett on a departure from Milton, or Keith Tremeer & Ian Dunckley on an outing from Fourwentways

Tom outlines the ride from Milton

Traveling up the A10 to Stretham, we then follow the A1123 towards Soham and on to Prickwillow. From there we will ride up towards Hilgay and choose an extended route (adds 20 miles) to Stoke Ferry, or head straight to our rest stop at Baytree of Hilgay. The restaurant offers hot drinks & breakfasts, and has outside table seating and toilet facilities

The return ride takes us through the fens and on to Chatteris, along a favourite twisty stretch of road to our end point at Morrisons Saint Ives. Our finish time will be around 1:00pm, having covered ~80 miles

Keith outlines the ride from Fourwentways

Leaving Fourwentways, we’ll skirt south of Linton and then take to the countryside, passing through Withersfield, Lidgate, Barrow & Kentford before arriving at Fordham, where we have a reservation in the outside area of the coffee shop at Simpson Garden Centre. Free-standing heaters will be to hand for those feeling chilly, and toilet facilities will be available on-site

Our return trip will take us through Stretham, Earith & Godmanchester, before finishing at the A14 Cambridge Services, where we should arrive before 1:30pm. Total distance ~85 miles

From your Chairman & Events Coordinator

All Members & Associates will have received an email from club Secretary Graham Maile with links to reviews of 2020 from the perspectives of Chairman Mark Pawson and Events Coordinator Catherine Ryan. Links to these messages are reproduced below

Chairman – Remarks on 2020
Events Co-ordinator – Newsletter 2020

Committee members all join together to wish you all a happy Christmas. We all hope for good things in the New Year, and look forward to seeing you all in 2021

i2i Academy, June 2021

For the fourth year running members have the opportunity to finesse their riding skills on the MC1 & MC2 courses run by i2i Motorcycle Academy. In 2021 these will take place at RAF Coltishall, with dates provisionally set for Monday 21 & Tuesday 22 June 

If we book before Christmas we can secure the 2020 price of £270 (£288 thereafter). To qualify for an additional 10% group discount, we need to book a minimum of 10 places (7 members already registered their interest!)

The CAM Committee is subsidising the 2-day course for members who have not attended previously, reducing the price further. With early booking, group discount & club subsidy, the cost to members is £213 per person for both days. Members who have previously received the subsidy are welcome to attend again, but will pay £243. To secure these dates & prices I will need to firm up numbers soon, so if you would like to attend please email me (Catherine) using this link

Find out more about i2i with these independent reviews –

December 6th – Sunday ride to North Weald

Matt Howes & wingman Barry D lead a sortie from Tesco Royston to the 1940s NAAFI Restaurant and Mess Bar at North Weald Airfield

The route south from Royston heads through the Hadhams and around Harlow, to North Weald Airfield near Epping. After a refreshment break it’s north again, passing through Great Dunmow and Thaxted before finishing on the A10 near Harston. Total distance covered: 90 miles

In line with Covid-19 restrictions the ride is strictly limited to six riders. Places are being snapped up, so email Catherine now to reserve your spot

Full details in the Events Calendar

Dale’s Motorcycle Masterclass

With observed rides on hold, Associates may find the Motorcycle Masterclass series a useful resource. In 32 videos Dale, a retired police rider, explores the planning, positioning & observation which are the hallmarks of advanced motorcycling

Some videos focus on a particular skill, but all showcase outstanding riding and subtle roadcraft. The example below is from a demonstration ride for a friend returning to biking after many years away

If you have a great motorcycle resource to share, please email Patrick a link and it could appear here next!

Invisibility training with Fortnine

For close to five years Youtube channel Fortnine has been producing insightful motorcycling videos, delivered with uniquely Canadian humour. If you’re unfamiliar with their motorcycle reviews, maintenance tutorials, safety checklists and more, why not use some lockdown time to check them out?

A great place to start is Invisibility Training for Motorcyclists, a detailed look at the optics & neuroscience which work to render motorcyclists invisible – and the steps we can take to counteract these effects

Have a great motorcycle resource to share? Email Patrick the details

1st November – rideout from Milton

Chris Curryer (leading for the second time in a row – thank you Chris) heads this Sunday’s ride from Tesco Milton, with Ian Beeby in the tail position. As always, if you are allocated a place please arrive fully fueled & in time for the 9:20am briefing. Chris outlines the ride just below …

We’ll head north through Cottenham, Willingham and Earith. We pick up the B1050 to Chatteris, then on to Doddington and Benwick, with our breakfast stop at The Sunshine Café in Whittlesey after about 1½ hours of riding. The return journey will be along the B660, through St Neots, and ending at Caxton Gibbet Services – a total distance of 80 miles

Covid-19: please bring a face-covering, and maintain social distancing at all times. This ride is strictly limited to six bikers, with places allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Email Catherine now to request a place