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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, France & Fairy Cakes.

Hi My Biking Chums.  It was nice to see so many of you at the Bike Show at Whitchurch High School on the weekend.  It was another good turn out and some of you actually brought me food as I requested on Facebook.

Hark at me!  Facebook indeed.  It almost sounds like I know what I’m talking about but you can now follow 1st Class Rider Blog and other news on Facebook.  So come on be my friend.

So now to the Ride Out news.  Our next Ride Out will be Sunday the 22nd of May.  Meeting at the Golden Arches, (MacDonald’s) at Coryton Interchange at junction 32 of the M4 for a 9.45am departure.

The theme for this Ride Out will be Welsh Rivers and we will be riding over the mountains that issue forth the Wye, The Severn and that old Welsh favourite, The Mighty Taff!

See the picture above.  This is where the Wye and the Severn rise from the same mountain, only several hundred yards apart, but both set off in different directions.  These reservoirs are spectacular but remember they don’t pump the water up there for the tourists….it actually falls out of the sky, so bring a coat!   The Taff rises further South and heads for the sea at Cardiff, collecting old Shopping Trollies and car tyres as it meanders through the Valleys.  Too picturesque for words… Bloody Lovely Mun.

Okay, that’s enough Welsh for now.  How about a bit of French.  We all love a bit of French don’t we?

Next French Trip.

Our next trip to France is scheduled for Friday the 24th of June.  Three days, two nights hotel accommodation with bed & breakfast, maps, information pack and the services of an experienced tour leader all for just £350.  Full details of the trip can be found on our sister website www.1stclassridertours.co.uk

There are still spaces left and for those of you who have told me you want to come, please confirm it so I can get your name on the list and get your bike on the ferry.  Don’t miss out, but let me know today if you want to reserve a place.  The trips are limited to just 10 bikes.  This is an ideal way to get your first taste of riding on ‘the other side’ under the watchful eye of our experienced lead rider.

We will be visiting the ancient French City of Rouen and then travelling for a ride through scenic Normandy to the coast.  Where you can visit the Normandy beaches or simply sip a coffee at one of the seaside cafes.  Bloody Lovely Mun…. sorry I mean Tres Bien Monsiuer !

Fairy Cakes.

Now for some culture.  Fairy Cakes!  Take a look at www.teaandfairycakes.co.uk  This is a new website and you can see why my nickname is ‘Foody’ because Mrs Food is an ace baker and cake decorator.  This is her web site and she makes the most delicious Cup Cakes, Fairy Cakes, Fruit Cakes etc etc, including Wheat Free for those who prefer a wheat free diet.

Now I know that those of you who have visited my house may have tasted Mrs Foods’ creations…..well now you can buy your own (and I’ll come to your house and eat all your cakes!!)

This new web site is under construction and photos are being added daily but you will get the idea.  So any special occasion that needs a cup cake or two, or more give her a call.

Ride Outs, France and Fairy Cakes…….. come on …you know you want to…..

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