Group Ride training – Saturday 21st October

Over Community Centre, Saturday 21st October
Open to full Members & Associates*. Email Catherine to request a place

Our Group ride training is expanding to include full Members alongside the Ride Leaders & Tailer Enders (RL&TE) team. Associates who have begun Observed rides and had confirmation from their Observer that they are riding at a suitable standard to join Group rideouts are also welcome. Training Manager Barry D explains the thinking behind this change, and what those attending can expect:

Much emerged from the RL&TE training session in June – not least the insight that all riders might benefit from a better understanding the RL&TE roles, the guidelines presented by the leader and their actions during a ride. By opening this training to Members we aim to reduce the number of problems which arise from time to time during rides, so Group rides are more enjoyable and safer for all. Over time we hope that all members will attend this training, and each session will be a rich mix of:

  • Those aiming to join the RL&TE team
  • Leaders & Tailers updating their training
  • Members & Associates aiming to better understand how to participate positively & safely in a group ride

All full Members are now invited to our our next training session on Saturday 21st October at Over Community Centre. This starts at 10am, and is expected to finish at by 4pm. As there is a practical session attendees should arrive by bike (ideally equipped with a SatNav). Tea, coffee & biscuits will be provided but please bring your own sandwiches. The bar will be open for soft drinks

There will be a little work for attendees to complete in advance of the course (more about that nearer the time). The morning will start with Module 1 presentation (~90 mins), followed after a short break by the Module 2 presentation (~30 mins). On-road training follows, for which participants will receive a SatNav route and information on how to prepare

Both current RL&TEs and those aiming to join the team will have the opportunity to brief and then ride in the RL role. They will also ride in the TE position, picking up markers as they go. The SatNav route will clearly identify the location where Leader & Tailer swap roles halfway along the 20-mile route. The training will be a close with a Q&A session

Please consider signing up for this training. Whether you’re already on the RL&TE team, thinking of joining or simply wish to gain a better understanding of group riding your attendance will help us make our rides safer & more enjoyable. Please email me (Barry) directly if you would like further details, or email Catherine to book your place

8th October: our final all-day ride of 2023

Had Keith Tremeer not postponed this outing to Sunday 8th October it would have taken place during one of the hottest spells on record, but instead it’s shaping up to be a glorious autumn ride! Keith has updated his plan to avoid arriving back after dark, and outlines the revised schedule below –

The ride will depart at 8:30am from Tesco Milton, heading northwest towards Mildenhall, then north to Downham Market for our breakfast stop after ~90 minutes on the road at Arbuckles
We subsequently follow scenic country lanes eastwards to Swaffham, then head southeast through Watton, Harleston & Fressingfield to arrive at our lunch stop, the Dennington Queen, at around 1pm (having covered ~110 miles since leaving Milton)

After feasting on the roast lunch or other tempting items from the Sunday menu we’ll make a quick re-fuelling stop, then return westwards through Otley Bottom & Needham Market, until we reach our refreshment stop in Lavenham – afternoon tea or ice cream anyone?
Our final leg will take us through Long Melford, Keddington & Balsham to reach Fourwentways services, with an ETA of 6pm. The ride ends here, 70 miles after lunch and a total journey of ~180 miles

Departs: Tesco Milton 8:30am  |  Ends: Fourwentways ~6:00pm
Full Members only  |  Limited to 8 participants (including pillions)

Email Keith directly to request a place or for further details

Motorcycle Maintenance Q&A with Paul Nobbs

Paul Nobbs Motorcycles of Sutton (near Ely) are once again hosting a free Q&A session uniquely for CAM Members & Associates on Saturday 7 October from 1pm to 3pm, with Paul on hand to answer any & all of your questions regarding bike maintenance

Paul established his business in 2002, has 30 years’ experience servicing motorcycles and is known for his expertise and honest advice. Previous Q&As with Paul have been greatly appreciated by attendees, so whatever your current level of mechanical know-how,why not sign up and gain insights from a professional?

As the workshop has limited space, attendance is limited to 10 participants. So if you would like to brush up on your mechanical knowledge, learn how to prepare your bike for winter or simply tension your chain correctly then please use this link to request a place. Paul is not charging us for this session, but there will be a collection tin in aid of EAAA
Have your questions ready!

30th September – Taster rides !

On Saturday 30th September the CAM Observer Team are holding an Advanced Riding Taster Day at the Ducati dealership in Harston, Cambridge. Observers will be there from 10am to 4pm, offering FREE taster rides to any biker with a full licence wishing to gain an insight into advanced riding

What’s involved? A one-to-one ride with a highly experienced Observer, followed by a debrief with pointers to how the IAM Advanced Rider course can help riders take things to the next level

Do participants ride their own bike? Yes

What now? If you are interested in a Taster Ride please contact us via this link and we’ll reserve you a slot (remember to let us know if you have a time preference!)

Anything else? Our Members & Associates will also be there to discuss the benefits & challenges of CAM membership. And when we’ve answered your questions, you can spend time admiring some of the finest motorcycles Italy has to offer as the Ducati dealership will be open throughout our stay!

Sunday ride – departs BP Arrington

Our next Group-organised ride (on Sunday 17th) is led by Chris Curryer & tailed by Phil Duffy. This outing departs from BP Arrington

Chris describes his route –
“We travel through Guilden Morden & Edworth before passing RAF Henlow, which in 1918 became the RAF’s first operating base (you will see a Hawker Hunter on static display as you pass). Great views are on offer during the ride, but focus on the challenging roads as we continue on to Pegsdon & Hexton! Aircraft may be spotted taking off from Luton airport – at our closest we are 2 miles east of the runway.
“Following breakfast at The Coopers Inn in Stevenage we head through Cottered, then take a short ride on the A507 to Buntingford. Thereafter we follow Barkway, Barley, Barrington & Orwell, bringing us to the A603 and back to the start point”

Limited to 16 bikes   |   Email Catherine to request a place
Briefing 9:20am    |   Ride departs 9:30am   |   Events Calendar for full details

BikerDown rescheduled to 24th September

Following a change of date Cambridge Fire & Rescue have confirmed that the final BikerDown of 2023 exclusive to CAM will now take place on Sunday 24th September (10am to 1pm) at St Ives Fire Station. Volunteer fire officers will take attendees through:

Initial Scene Management  |  First aid for motorcyclists
The science of being seen

This is a FREE course and all are welcome, including those who have attended previously and wish to brush up their skills. Members of the Observers and Ride Leaders/Tailers teams are encouraged to seize this opportunity to keep their first-aid up-to-date. Email Catherine to request a place

Barry D’s all-day ride to Kent

Still a couple of places for full members on Barry D’s all-day ride to Kent

The outbound journey
Departing 8:30am from Cambridge Services we take the M11/M25 to the Queen Elizabeth bridge. Once over the Thames it’s west on the A225 and a few back roads to Biggin Hill and the Spitfire Cafe for breakfast
We then travel south & east past Ashford to the sea at Hythe. It’s then north and east to Temple Ewell and Dover before descending to St Margaret’s Bay for lunch around 1:00pm

And home again
Leaving St Margaret’s Bay we head north towards Kingsdown and take the coast road to Deal Castle. The pier comes into view on the right as we arrive in Deal. Following a short tour of Deal’s backstreets we head west past Sandwich before turning north for Herne Bay & the north Kent coast. It’s then west for Faversham and hamlets leading to the Hook and Hatchet for refreshments before the final push home
It’s north along smaller roads for Maidstone, a burst on the M2, west to Northfleet & Greenhithe and on to the Dartford Crossing. Emerging from the tunnel we take the M25 & M11 home

Ride starts & ends at Cambridge Services (A14 junction 28). Email Barry to request a place 

Fish’n’Chip run to Hunstanton

Join Keith Tremeer’s early-evening fish’n’chip run to Hunstanton on Thursday 24th August. Keith sketches out his trip to the coast …

We’ll set out from Tesco Milton at 4:00pm, initially heading north-east along the B1102 towards Fordham, then north through Prickwillow to Littleport and onto the A10 to Downham Market. Picking up the A149 at King’s Lynn we then head to Hunstanton, arriving around 5:30pm after a ~65-mile journey
Once parked up, riders will be at liberty to purchase the take-away meal of their choice, with several options within a 5-minute walk. Savvy diners will review Henry’s & Fishers (both offering eat-in options for those who prefer) & their competitors in advance. But whatever they opt for, those in the know will head to the large grass area by the bandstand for some social, outdoor dining. Those who believe that a trip to the seaside isn’t complete without an ice cream will be able to stroll along to The Hunstanton Ice Cream Company
The 60-mile route back heads back down the A149 to King’s Lynn, then follows the A47 to Ring’s End and the A141 to March and on to Huntingdon, where the ride will end in the Riverside Carpark. With the return journey estimated to take 1hr 20mins, riders should arrive in Huntingdon around sunset.

Open to Full Members as well as Associates who’ve had at least one observed ride
Limited to 16 bikes. Pillion riders welcome
Briefing: 3:50pm   |   Total distance 125 miles   |   Refuelling stop leaving Hunstanton

Email Keith directly to reserve your place
Note: this ride is weather-dependent, and at Keith’s discretion may be postponed/cancelled with 24-hours notice

Sign up now: all-day ride to the Cotswolds!

Full members are warmly invited to join Chris Curryer on an all-day ride taking in the rolling Cotswolds & Chilterns hills on Sunday 13th AugustChris describes his plan for the day: 

The route takes use through Woburn Park, then on to the A5 to The Super Sausage Café for a coffee stop. Buckingham, Ayhno, Moreton in Marsh, Chipping Campden & Broadway follow before we ascend the famous Fish Hill, then  on Bourton on the Water. Known as the Venice of the Cotswolds, this is our lunch stop and we have time to walk round this enchanting English village, or visit its small motor museum (or even tinier model village!)

After riding Cotswold lanes through Bibury & Burford., we head back through Bicester & Thame, stopping for afternoon tea along the way. We pass near RAF Halton, then take trunk roads (A41>M25>A1>A505) to Royston after a total distance of ~265 miles.

If you live in the west of the county we can meet you at Baldock Services at 9:30am

Departs: 9:00am from Gulf Station, Barton, CB23 7AW
Finishes: ~7:30pm at McDonalds, Royston, SG8 9NT

Contact Chris directly (email or ☎ 07802 497187) to request a place, indicating where you intend to join the ride

Annual General Meeting

A word from the CAM Secretary regarding the 2023 Annual General Meeting, which takes place on Saturday 29th July at Harston Village Hall

The group’s AGM will soon be upon us and Your Committee is looking forward to seeing as many of you there as possible. Use these links to download the formal AGM Notice and AGM Agenda. See the Events Calendar entry for further AGM documentation

If you would like to nominate someone (or yourself) to join the committee, please use this Nomination Form. Submissions must be received no later than 22nd July

Keep an eye on Latest News and the Events Calendar entry for further information on organised ride-ins and catering arrangements

Sincerely, Graham Maile
CAM Secretary