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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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Advanced Course Starts 20th of April.

Advanced Motorcycle Course (Start Dates 20th & 21st of April – remaining dates to be fixed)

For those of you who have already enrolled on this course below are the time and venue details.

There is still space on this course, which is a four day course, based on Roadcraft, The Police Riders Handbook.  It is four days spread over a number of weeks to suit you. The classroom based theory sessions are done as a group and then the group is split into pairs for the road sessions with highly qualified instructors (Police Class 1 or RoSPA Qualified).  At the end of the course candidates will have the opportunity to take the RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle Test.  This course is exceptional value at just £550 for four days.  For those wishing to take the test, there is an additional fee payable to RoSPA which includes your test fee and RoSPA membership.  Please email me if you haven’t already to ensure that your name is on the list.  There have been a couple of you who have expressed an interest so please email me to secure your space.

The course will run at The Cricket Pavilion, Whitchurch High School, The Upper School, Penlline Road, Whitchurch. CF14 2XJ

Day 1 – Saturday the 20th of April will start at 10am with registration from 9.30am. Light refreshments will be provided.  There is plenty of space for car or bike parking and if you are attending on a bike there are changing facilities if you wanted to change out of your bike gear…. and slip into something more comfortable.

Before we depart at the end of Day 2 of the course – Sunday the 21st we will have arranged the meeting points and times etc for the remaining road riding days of the course.

For those candidates who wish to take the RoSPA test after the course, we currently have a 100% pass rate.  This can be arranged and discussed during the course.

Biker Down Course.  Llandrindod Wells. Saturday the 4th of May- Ride Out.

The Ride Out for May will be to Llandrindod Wells to take the acclaimed ‘Biker Down’ Course.  This date is being opened up exclusively for 1st Class Rider Students and Ride Out Club Members.  Spaces are restricted to just 20 so it is important that you email me to get on the list for this.  It is being published on here first but will also be going on our Facebook Page.

The course is run by Powys Fire Service and gives instruction on the best actions for the first bike on the scene of a crash.  How to make the scene safe and includes emergency first aid advice.  You will also be shown the correct method of removing a motorcycle helmet from a casualty.

Spaces are restricted to just 20 and whilst the course is free, I will be taking a security deposit of £20 in advance which I will refund in full when you attend the course.  This is to ensure that spaces are not taken up by people who will say they are coming and then not attend on the day. (cos’ its raining…. it was cold… or whatever).  You’ll have to come to get your money back!

The course is three hours so we will leave Cardiff to be at Llandrinod Wells for a 10.30am (time to be confirmed) start.

So please get your name on the list early for this one. Thanks to Powys Council for putting this on for us.

Ardennes Forest Tour.  Belgium.  June 21st Friday to the 23rd Sunday.

We are off to The Ardennes Region of Belgium again.  This three day tour includes Return Ferry Crossing from Dover to Calais and two nights Bed & Breakfast Accommodation.  This will be a guided tour and will be restricted to a maximum of 10 riders.

These Cross Channel Tours prove popular and the spaces are quick to sell.  The cost will be in the region of £300 – £350(max) and is dependent on final Hotel charges when the payment is made.

The Ardennes has some fantastic biking roads with spectacular scenery and some challenging twisty roads.  I’m going back to visit my last pair of boots as I left half of them scraped away on the forest roads!

Come on……. you know you want to…..

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  1. Hey Andy, I really fancy the Biker Down course on International Jedi Day, would there be a place for me and the aging green goddess?, she needs a good run.

  2. Don’t tell me she’s been laid up over the winter!!! The shame of it! May The 4th be with you.

  3. Hi Andy,

    Trust you are well and business is good!!

    Although i am registered to receive your e mail updates , i do not seem to have them anymore.

    i have tried to re register and it tells me i am already registered- any ideas one of my friends told me today that you had sent out an e mail. regards Lee

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