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…

i2i Motorcycle Academy June 2019

News just in!

i2i Motorycle Academy have offered us the possibility to secure up to 12 places for their 2-day Machine Control courses MC1 & MC2 on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th of June 2019 at Bovingdon Airfield, Hertforsdhire, HP1 2RR

Ordinarily this course costs £300 per person for both days. In order to qualify for a 10% discount we need to book a minimum of 10 places, bringing the price to £270. In addition, the club committee has agreed to subsidize the course by £30 for each member attending, bringing the price to £240 per person

The response from our attendees on this course in 2018 was overwhelmingly positive, with universal agreement that it represented an excellent investment in the acquisition of motorcycling skills. This training is both original and fun with explanations of the physics of motorcycling, practical demonstrations and of course plenty of opportunities to have a go yourself

In order to secure these dates we need your response by Thursday 18th October. So if you would like to attend please email our events coordinator Catherine Ryan ASAP (cm.ryan@tiscali.co.uk). Places are strictly limited to 12 and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that full payment of £270 will be required by i2i academy upon booking: the club’s treasurer will refund the £30 subsidy to attendees at a later date

Maintenance Day 2018

Our thanks to Simon and James of Cambridgeshire Police who once again lent their Huntingdon HQ facilities and volunteered their time & expertise to our bi-annual Maintenance Day

Steady drizzle throughout the morning did not dampen the enthusiasm of CambsIAM presenters Steve Alsop, Adrian Ashman, Chris Curryer & Matt Howes who guided attendees through cleaning your motorcycle, brake servicing, chain maintenance & bike adjustments. Serving forensics expert James gave a compelling & unique insight into the evidence police gather from vehicles after crashes

A special mention goes to the organizer of this event, Julie D’Alessandro, who has done so much to promote the club & safer motorcycle over the years. Julie has now passed on the events coordinator baton, but (along with Chris Curryer) continues to contribute to CambsIAM as a senior observer