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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 Tour to France & Belgium

S5002736Now that the Summer is over and the nights are drawing in we all need something to look forward to.  The next 1st Class Tour is being arranged for the weekend of Friday the 27th of NOVEMBER – Sunday the 29th.

Travelling from Dover to Calais on the prestigious Sea France Fleet and visiting the World War 1 Trenches, still intact at Hill 62, The staggering Tyne Cott British War Graves Cemetery, which contains over 12,000 fallen heroes, and to visit the Menin Gate at Ipres to witness the moving Last Post ceremony.

At 8pm every night (and they have done this since the 1920’s) they close the road at the Menin Gate and a Bugler plays The Last Post as Poppy Wreaths are laid in memory of the lost generation who fought in the Flanders Fields.

This trip is timed to coincide with the opening of The Christmas Markets so this will be a moving mixture of ‘sombre and festive’.

Please read below the comments of those who joined us on our recent trip to The Somme.

Thoroughly enjoyed the trip.  Great company, lots of laughs – bet Ron is still trying to work out the serviette trick.

Thanks Andy for making the trip run so well.  Hope we can all make the next one.

I have to say what a fantastic weekend that was – hope all got back safe? Thanks Andy for the organisation and I look forward to more next year.

Great trip, first one abroad on a bike, rode 852 miles and enjoyed every minute.

Excellent trip, well organised, great company, couple of beers and a really interesting tour. What more can you wish for? Loved it – can’t wait for the next one!


Only trouble was that I think Big Ron lied to us, he’s really 27!

Nice one Andy, bring on the next one.

What can i say that,s not been said,excellent weekend, good riding,bloody good company,very interesting, lot of food for thought,thanks Andy stunning trip.

The cost of this trip is to be confirmed but will be in the region of £250.  This will include the services of our Experienced Guide, Return Ferry Crossing and two nights, 3 Star (at least) shared Twin Room accommodation.

If you wish to reserve your place on this trip, please be quick as our previous trips sold out rather quickly.

Please visit our web site ‘online payment’ page where you can pay the £150 deposit to reserve your place.

These trips are restricted to approximately 10 riders and we operate an easy navigation system that allows every rider in the group to ride at their own pace (unless we are late for the Ferry!).

So don’t delay or you might miss out.  Reserve your place now and come and experience Europe the ‘1st Class’ way.

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