Associate Theory Evening

Thursday September 26th, Orwell Pavilion
See the Events Calendar for timing & further details

The evening is aimed at Associates preparing for their Advanced Test, but full members are also very welcome for a refresher on the theory of advanced riding. Observers are also encouraged to attend and share their insight and experience

This training takes the form of an interactive session which is led by experienced National & Local Observers. There will be plenty of time for questions & discussions. It doesn’t matter if you have been to a previous session, there are always new topics to debate! Please let Catherine know if you will be attending (if only to ensure she gets sufficient biscuits)

Night Ride

This event will provide an opportunity for members to gain more experience riding at night in a variety of road types, from motorway to B-roads. Departure details can be found in the Events Calendar here

The evening will start at 7.30pm with a briefing on night riding by our group examiner, PC Simon Burgin. The ride will cover approximately 90 miles, with a coffee stop at the half-way point, before finishing at around 11pm

The ride is limited to 12 motorcycles and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that it is a prerequisite that riders wear suitable reflective clothing

For more details and to book a place, please contact markpawson@live.co.uk by 14th September

Meccanica Ducati

Still time for a taster…

Know a rider who you think might benefit from IAM membership? There’s still time (just!) to alert them to the free taster ride day being held on Saturday 7th September, from 10am to 4:00pm

Having booked a slot, a rider will enjoy a 40-minute rideout with one of the Observer Team. who will give them detailed feedback at the end of the ride with pointers to how they might take their riding forward

The venue is Ducati Harston, in whose showroom visitors can browse the renowned Italian manufacturer’s latest models. CambsIAM will be in the car park, where Taster Rides will begin and end. There will even be a van selling burgers & cold drinks!

Please contact Graham Scott to book a slot. Partcipants are asked to ensure that their bikes are fully fuelled before departure

New National Observer

Congratulations to Steve Rowdon, who recently completed a detailed training program and test to become a National Observer. Chief Observer Graham Scott comments –

Steve Rowdon today passed his National Observer test with flying colours after a grueling time under the close scrutiny of IAM Staff Examiner Pete Doherty

Steve joined IAM in September 2005, and has been a very active member since joining the Observer team. My records do not go back far enough to say how many Associates Steve has helped to full Membership, but I do know that some have gone on to become Observers themselves, cascading down the knowledge gained with Steve’s help

The 100% pass rate which his Associates have enjoyed bears testament to Steve’s abilities. I know that Steve derives much pleasure from his involvement with CAM and fulfillment from being an Observer, a role which lets him see first-hand riders develop with his guidance and encouragement. Steve will now help experienced riders within CAM to become Observers in their own right, as he has been nominated Local Observer Assessor to strengthen our team further

Well done Steve on your well-deserved success!

image © Paul Lester

Reflections on i2i Machine Control

Many thanks to Associate Ian Dunckley for taking the time to share his reflections on the i2i Motorcycle Academy Machine Control course which he recently attended in York. Ian signed up for Machine Control on his own initiative, but note that CambsIAM negotiated a group discount & subsidised members’ attendance in 2018 and 2019

Read Ian’s account using the link below – if you like the sound of this unique course you can of course contact i2i directly. Alternatively, put a note in your diary and look out for an email towards the end of the year – we hope to offer subsidised attendance once again in 2020 for this outstanding motorcycle training

  • Read Ian Dunckley’s account of the course here
  • Review the 2018 CambsIAM Machine Control course here
  • Visit i2i Motorcycle Academy here

Ride to the Cotswolds

Full members: why not join Chris Curryer for his all-day Cotswolds ride on Sunday 11th August?

Leaving the Gulf Petrol Station in Barton at 9:00am, we’ll ride through the beautiful grounds of Woburn, followed by the roundabouts of Milton Keynes. A coffee stop in Buckingham then it’s on to the hills, taking in as much of the Cotswolds AONB as time & two wheels allow. There’s great scenery, pretty villages and, with luck, some A-list celebrity-spotting

The route takes us through Ayhno, Moreton-in-Marsh & Chipping Campden, with lunch in Bourton-on-the-Water. There’ll be a chance to visit the Motoring & Toy Museum with its Brough Superior (considered the Rolls-Royce of motorcycles in the inter-war years)

Pleasant riding along Cotswold lanes will take us through Bilbury to Burford, where – if you still have an appetite – you can enjoy an afternoon tea on the famous High Street. Following a more direct route back, we should be home around 7:00pm, having covered about 250 miles

To join this ride, see the Events Calendar entry & contact Chris directly

Taster Rides @ Ducati

Visitors to our stand at the Meldreth & St Ives shows were offered the chance to sign up for a Taster Ride with one of our Senior Observers. The Taster Day is scheduled for Saturday 27th July – all members and associates are warmly invited to pay a visit and lend their support between 10am & 4pm. Full details can be found in the events calendar

Our thanks go to Ducati Harston for making their facilities available for the day. In the showrooms the renowned Italian manufacturer’s models are all on display; in the car park visitors can sign up for a taster ride to see if the IAM Advanced Rider Course can help them take their biking to the next level. And as a bonus… there will even be a van selling burgers & cold drinks!

If you signed up for a taster ride at the Cambridge Advanced Motorcyclists stand at the Meldreth or St Ives Show, please contact Graham Scott to book your slot. Your bike will need to be adequately fueled for a 40-minute ride, starting and ending in the Ducati car park

Breaking newsIAM Roadsmart are offering a reduced fee of £99 (including the cost of the advanced test) for those who sign up on the day (the standard fee is £149)

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