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Andy Smith is a former Police Motorcyclist with years of experience in motorcycle training at all levels. He offers training through 1stClassRider.co.uk, and ride outs through his newsletter blog right here. To contact Andy click here.

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Next Ride Out; Bourton on The Water 12th September

Thanks to those of you who turned out last Saturday to see Francis Maxey off on his epic solo charity journey to the Sinai.  We left Riders at Sloper Road and took a scenic route to Avebury and Stonehenge before Francis continued his journey alone to raise money for the Marie Curie Cancer Trust.  Francis will keep us informed of his progress along the way.

Next Ride Out. 12th September

Our next Monthly Ride Out will be Sunday the 12th of September to Bourton on the Water.  This beautiful village in the heart of the Cotswolds has a range of quaint tea rooms, cafes and gift shops, and dozens and dozens of old people aimlessly wandering the streets in gangs.  Last time I was there the Shopping Trolley Display Team took on the Zimmer Frame Dancers in the ‘queue jumping’ and the ‘pushing in’ challenge!  It almost ended in harsh tutting…….

Meeting at Hein Gericke Cardiff store for tea and toast before we go, for a 10am departure taking the scenic route through some fab countryside.

Come and join us for a bit of culture.

France Tour. 1st – 3rd October.

The next French trip is set for Friday the 1st of October – Sunday the 3rd.  For just £300 you get a return ferry crossing on the prestigious Sea France fleet, two nights bed & breakfast / three days guided riding over some of the best biking roads in the region.  Staying in the same hotel (so no lugging your kit about) in the City of Arras and visiting The Somme and Fromelles (the scene of the most recently discovered WWI mass grave).

This is a perfect opportunity to take your first trip across the Channel under the watchful eye of experienced and highly qualified.  You will find the French far more biker aware and biker friendly than motorists seem to be in Britain.  You will get to visit some awe inspiring sites along the way as you can walk in the footsteps of heroes of a lost generation.

We are currently negotiating with an experienced and qualified Battlefield Guide to accompany us on these trips and I will keep you updated about this aspect of the tours.

Leaving Dover at 8am on the Dover to Calais Ferry and returning at approx 7pm from Calais to Dover on Sunday the 3rd.

Spaces are limited to just 10 bikes for these trips and often sell out fast so please contact me to reserve your place.

RoSPA Observers Required.

The Cardiff RoSPA group is looking for enthusiastic riders to become ‘Observers’ within the group.  If your riding is to a high standard and you have the skills to impart your knowledge to others then this may suit you.

The role of the Observer is to give guidance to others within the group to assist them in raising their standards in preparation for taking the RoSPA Advanced test.  This is a volunteer system but you will receive a 40p per mile, mileage fee to cover your expenses when observing.

For further details please contact me and I can talk you through the process and what would be required from you.  This is a great way of keeping your own skills up to date and you can contribute to making motorcycling safer by guiding others along the way.

So go on give it some thought… give me a call… you know you want to….

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  1. Hi Andy
    Would be interested in hearing more about Observing, I run my own company so am flexible on times and dates and would be keen to keep my riding standards up. Also Cardiff is but a spit and throw away from me in Bristol. Don’t kinow if I am good enough for your needs but after 30 + years of riding I hope I have learned something.

    Will be with you on 12th to Burton so see you at Hein Gericke 9:30 ish.

  2. Hiya Andy,
    For the first time since passing my CBT i’m finally able to come along on a ride out!! Sooooo….just checking that i can come along with my L plates in tow??

  3. another good day out thanks

  4. Thanks for another great ride last Sunday.

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