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The Man Who Never Was. Ride Out Sunday 20th October & Scotland Advanced Course 2014

In this Newsletter we’ve got information on the next Ride Out and also details of a forthcoming Training Tour to Scotland. We are taking our Advanced Motorcycle Course across Three Countries offering a unique opportunity to experience what we believe to be the closest thing to a Police Motorcycle Course currently available. Find the details here.

Ride Out, Sunday the 20th of October.   Operation Mincemeat.  The Man Who Never Was.

Come and hear the tale of how in 1943 a Dead Welsh Tramp fooled Hitler into shifting his defences away from Sicily, and so saving 40,000 lives.

Meeting at Caerphilly Mountain Snack Bar for a 10am departure before travelling to see where Glyndwr Michael is remembered in a small South Wales town.  Please arrive early enough for the pre ride safety briefing.  After visiting the site we will continue taking a scenic ride to take lunch at The Owl’s Nest Tea Rooms in Llandovery.  Hopefully another interesting Ride Out taking a little look into some more Welsh History, that changed the course of World War II.

Come and join us….. Come on you know you want to……

Scotland Advanced Motorcycle Course.

ADVANCED MOTORCYCLE COURSE.   On Road Dates. Wednesday 23rd April – Sunday 27th April 2014.
( Plus one classroom based day prior to departure to be arranged)

1st Class Rider Training-Cardiff are offering a unique motorcycle training experience.

We believe this is the closest thing you will get to a Police Advanced Course and is aimed at fully qualified  riders.

We are offering a Six Day course which includes Bed & Breakfast Hotel Accommodation on two nights, and Bed, Breakfast & Evening Meal Hotel Accommodation on two nights, with 5 days on road.

This course will take you across three borders and will include riding in Wales, England and Scotland.  You could expect to cover approximately 2000 on this intense motorcycling experience.

Using only the highest qualified Instructors our trainers are either Police Class 1 Riders, RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Advanced Tutors, RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle Instruction Diploma Holders. RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle Test Examiners, or members of the Register of Post Test Motorcycle Trainers. (Some of them former or still serving Traffic Cops). You will be in good and very experienced hands.

You will be in radio contact with your instructor and will be riding in a maximum ratio of 3:1 with your instructor. ( Although on occasion 2:1 may be possible).

The training will all be based on the Motorcycle Roadcraft, The Police Rider’s Handbook, and this is essential pre-course reading.    (ISBN 978-0-11708188-8)

You will be taken on some of the most challenging and breathtaking roads that the UK has to offer.

The course structure is as follows.

About a week or so prior to departing for Scotland we will conduct a group theory, classroom based day to cover the essential theory behind expert control of the bike on the road.  Light refreshments will be provided during this classroom session. You will get to meet the other members of the tour and also get to meet with your instructors.

Day 1 on Road. On departure day we will meet as a group in South Wales and depart through the Heart of Wales before joining the motorway near Chester for a relatively short run before heading cross country again into Northern England, crossing the border at the infamous Carter Bar before settling for the night in the Scottish Border Town of Kelso.  Where a quality  evening meal and a comfy bed awaits.

Day 2 on Road, we will leave Kelso and head for the Isle of Skye, passing Lochs and spectacular mountains along the way, taking the road through the magnificent Glen Coe.  No evening meal is arranged on Skye but there are plenty of hostelries in the vicinity of the hotel so you will be free to make your own choice.

Day 3 on Road,  will see us circle Skye before heading north along the coast towards Ullapool.  Weather permitting we will take the challenging road to Applecross.  This mountain cattle pass known as ‘Bealach Na Ba’ rises to over 2000 ft with 1 in 5 climbs & hairpins, this is an experience in any weather!

Day 4 on Road, we leave Ullapool, our most Northern point of the trip, heading South along the banks of Loch Ness, passing along the coast towards Oban before turning inland to our chosen hotel just North of Glasgow.  Again an excellent evening meal awaits and afterwards a short walk, (very short) can take you to the oldest licenced pub in Scotland.

Day 5 on Road will see us head South for home and for those wishing to do so, the opportunity to take the Advanced RoSPA Test can be arranged for along the way.

This is an intense experience and on some days high mileage will be covered but you will experience the kind of riding that Traffic  Officers have to undergo before being let loose on patrol.  With a Standard Police Course being of 4 weeks duration we aim to give you a taste of that training rolled down into 6 days.

The inclusive cost of this training and accommodation and meals as described above is yet to be finalised but we envisage will be just approximately £1450.

This does not include your own personal incidentals and daytime refreshments or petrol which will be at your own expense.

There is a separate charge payable to RoSPA for those wishing to take the test.  This fee of £54 includes your membership of RoSPA.

For our courses that have previously been run locally we have a 100% pass rate for candidates taking the RoSPA Test. So this is an opportunity to take your riding to the next level.  Thinking you’re good is one thing, but knowing you’re good is even better!

We expect demand for this course to high so get your name on the list as soon as you can.  A deposit will be payable at the time of booking, as this will be used to secure your accommodation for the course.

Come on…… you know you want to…….

There Are 5 Responses So Far. »

  1. re men in skirts, ROSPA course.

    please include me.

  2. I can’t make the next ride out as I’m have a new hip fitted on the 17th.

    See you soon after.

  3. Hi Simon. I have you on the list. Fab.

  4. Good luck with the Op Francis. Is that what all that loose rope walking over the years does to you!

  5. Hi Andy,

    Please add me to the list. Also looking forward to the ride out on the 20th. Should be able to bring Martyn out on the other yellow GS too.

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