Taster Ride initiative

Don’t wait for our Taster Ride Day in June if you want to know more about Advanced Riding: Cambridge Advanced Motorcyclists are taking part in IAM RoadSmart’s Taster Ride initiative

If you have a full motorcycle licence & would like a free 30-minute ride with one of our Observers (followed by a debrief on your riding) then head here & fill in the form to request an obligation-free Taster Ride. We’ll be in touch if we’re your nearest local Group – but this initiative is nationwide

Take your first steps towards Advanced Riding – request a Taster Ride today!

A proper breakfast at Springwood Grill

Having negotiated a one-time only Sunday opening at the Springwood Grill in Braintree, ride leader Robin Freeman & tail-ender Mark Fox take participants for a CAM-only, proper truckers’ breakfast! Join Robin & Mark on this special Group-organised ride next Sunday (18th February), departing Shell Fourwentways & ending at the BP station in Newmarket

Photo by Waldemar on Unsplash

Robin describes the route: leaving promptly at 9:30am, we head east to the new A1307 roundabout and turn for Ashdon, passing in front of Hideout Leather and on to Finchingfield, Wethersfield and eventually Braintree for breakfast at the Springwood Grill
On the way back we head west along the B1256 to Great Dunmow, then swing north on a route through Thaxted, Great Sampford & Steeple Bumpstead to Haverhill. On the final stretch we pass through Witherfield & Dullingham to Newmarket, where the ride ends after ~75 miles

Limited to 16 participants  |  Events Calendar for full details

Sunday Ride routes restored to website

Sunday Ride routes are back! Urgent action had to be taken last summer when the website ran into its storage limit: numerous .gpx routes were culled – a temporary fix to the immediate problem which put these popular resources (over 2000 downloads so far) out of reach

Following a thorough spring clean 40+ routes have been restored, with a backlog of our more recent rides in the pipeline and coming soon. Visit our revamped Sunday Rides SatNav Routes page for inspiration on your next leisure outing

Fish’n’chip lunch at Wells-next-the-Sea

 

Paul Norman has revealed the details of his second mid-week winter ride: a 143-mile round trip for a fish’n’chip lunch at Well-next-the-Sea. Limited to full members, this outing takes place on Tuesday 27th February

His January ride was fully subscribed and once again Paul is limiting his outing to seven participants, so avoid disappointment by using this link to book directly with Paul now!

Paul outlines his plan… we’ll setting off from Fourwentways Services at 9.30am on a ride which will take us east of Thetford – with a coffee stop along the way – and through Dereham & Fakenham and onto a fish lunch at Wells-next-the-Sea. After lunch we’ll head down to Walker’s Café at Barton Mills, where we can enjoy a hot drink. The formal ride will end here at around 3.30pm and riders heading home solo or in informal groups ride

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 24 February 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. If you would like to bone up on motorcycle maintenance, learn how to ready your bike after te winter lay-up 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

Paul enjoys a challenge, so come armed with questions!

Sunday ride to Café33

Mark Fox & Steve Rowdon respectively lead & tail our next Group-organised ride, which heads to Stradishall on Sunday 4th February. Requests for places are coming in faster than food orders at Café33, but might get one of the remaining slots using this link

Mark describes the route from Shell Fourwentways: we’ll head east through Linton before turning south towards Castle Camps and then Cornish Hall End. We’ll loop around Haverhill, up to Sturmer & Kedington, then follow the A143 to our breakfast stop at Café33 in Stradishall

After breakfast we will resume our northerly direction through the Suffolk countryside to Moulton & Kennett, then cross to the Norfolk Brecks and a run through the King’s Forest, eventually taking us to Elveden. We’ll then turn for home, initially with a quick blast down the A11 to Mildenhall and then a tootle along the base of the Fens through Fordham, Burwell & the Swaffhams until we reach Stow cum Quy, where we will finish the ride

This ride is limited to 12 riders

Group-organised ride to Burton Latimer

Following hot on the heels of a successful reconnaissance ride, Keith Tremeer provides the following description of the route he will be leading (with Nick Harwood bringing up the rear) on Sunday 21st January to Burton Latimer in Northamptonshire:

The ride will depart at 9:30am from BP Arrington roundabout on a route along country lanes through Wrestlingworth, Gamlingay, St. Neots, Stonely & Rushden to the breakfast stop at Bosworth Garden Centre’s Aspen Café in Burton Latimer. After breakfast riders retrace the outward route as far as Rushden, then head to Yielden, Little Staughton, Great Barford, Gamlingay & Little Gransden before finishing close by Caxton Gibbet services after a total distance of around 90 miles.

Please note: the Aspen Café has recently introduced a £5 deposit per person to assure a reservation. Ride leader Keith does not feel it is fair to request this from participants, given the midwinter possibility that the ride could be cancelled at short notice, and therefore this ride is limited to a total of 12 participants, a number the Café should be able to accommodate on a walk-in basis.

Request a place  |  Limited to 12 participants  |  Events Calendar for full details

Places available on this Friday’s ride

With frost forming yesterday evening Paul Norman reluctantly took the decision to postpone his winter ride scheduled to depart this morning. With temperatures looking promising throughout Thursday evening & night, Paul has rescheduled to this Friday (12 January). Some of those who had planned to take part are not able to make the new date, and therefore there are now places available on this ride

Except for the new date, the details of  Paul’s outing are unchanged:

This rideout starts at 9.30 am from the Shell Services at Fourwentways. The route takes us into Suffolk with a short coffee stop in Needham Market, after which we head across to Wickham Market, Aldeburgh and lunch at The Kitchen@Thorpeness 
Our return ride heads through Diss, then back down to Bury St.Edmunds to finish in Newmarket at around 3.30pm

Total distance ~135 miles  |  Ride limited to 6 bikes + ride leader
Booking now open: email Paul directly to request a place

The first Group-organised ride of 2024

Book now to join Patrick Ryan & Alan Triggs on 2024’s first Group-organised ride – an outing to Pearces Farm Shop & Cafe on Sunday 7th January

Heading off from one BP petrol station on the east of Cambridge we follow a circular route, ending a few miles west of Cambridge at a second BP at Childerley Gate. We’ll mostly keep to B-roads as we wind through pretty North Essex villages, getting as far east as Radwinter on our way to the breakfast stop just north of Puckeridge. The breakfast menu caters to all tastes, and includes granola with blueberries, yoghourt & honey for those starting the New Year with healthy resolutions

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

After breakfast we have a second short spell on the A10 back to Buntingford before following smaller roads into Herts & Beds. We get as far west as Potton before heading eastwards once more on our way to Childerley Gate. The journey is 82 miles in total.

Departs BP Newmarket Road, Cambridge at 9:30am
Limited to 12 participants: use this link to request a place

Christmas Quiz solutions

Shortly before Christmas we posted the CAM Christmas Quiz – 80 motorcycle-themed questions to puzzle over during the festive season. Unless anyone claims differently, the impressive 53 correct answers racked up by trivia mastermind Nigel Goss at the Christmas dinner is still the score to beat

Check your own performance with the official answers here