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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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Ride Out Sunday 15th January. Bleddfa Forest.

 Happy New Year to all my biking chums.  I hope you still managed to get out and about a bit between the showers, or should I say downpours, over the Christmas break.

I want to say a big THANK YOU to all those who supported the Teddy Bear Run to the Heath Hospital just before Christmas.  Over 400 Teddies and Cuddly Toys were delivered.  Thanks and Well Done to you all for that.

Here is news of the next ride out.  Sunday the 15th of January.  Meeting at Caerphilly Mountain Snack Bar – The Mountain Monster on the A469 on the top of Caerphilly Mountain.

Meeting at 9am for a 9.30am departure.

We will be aiming for the Bleddfa Forest area and then Knighton for a lunch stop.

We did a run up there recently and were hoping to stop in the Hundred House Inn (Pictured here) but despite having had an email to tell me they were open again for business we found it closed when we got there.  So we will try again, but if not the Horse & Jockey Pub in Knighton has always been very welcoming.  ( an idea of numbers in advance might be useful so I can let them know we are coming if there is going to be a gang- if you could let me know).

Knighton is a quaint little Border Town, where half the town is in Wales and half the town is in England.  Also the ancient Offas Dyke runs through the land nearby.

We’ve had a busy year with the training side of things and I will soon be publishing a calendar of events for this year.  I’ll let you have dates of future Ride Outs, Advanced Courses, and Euro Trips etc.

I’ve now got an excellent team of instructors who are all either Serving or retired Bike Cops or Highly Qualified RoSPA Diploma Holders and Advanced Tutors so all your training and riding needs can be catered for.  Hopefully you be able to meet some of them at these events through the year.

We are looking forward to a busy 2012 as the Bike Licence Laws are due to change in 2013.  We are looking to be putting more emphasis on our Advanced Training and Euro Tours over the next 12 months.

Incidentally 2013 will be our 10th Birthday.  It was in 2003 that I set up 1st Class Rider Training, originally working on my own after working for a few other schools in the area so 2013 will be an important one for us.

So keep an eye out for our Blog Posts throughout 2012.  You can also follow us on Facebook. Just click the link on the right to log straight in.

So I hope to see you on the 15th.  If you haven’t been with us before, then you will be very welcome.  If you haven’t been for a while then please come along and say ‘Hello’ again.

Join us and get your free copy of ‘Motorcycle Monthly’ and your copy of  the latest bike glossy ‘Gear Up’ mag.

It’s all good stuff.  1st Class in fact…

Come on……. you know you want to……….


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  1. I would like very much to join you on the 15th at the Mountain Snack Bar, in Caerphilly for the ride-out.

  2. Cheers Michael. You will be more than welcome. See you there.

  3. Hi Andy
    just to let you know that I will be joining you on sunday for my first ride out, hope that’s ok


  4. Cheers Steve. You’ll be very welcome. Thanks for letting me know.

  5. Cheers Andy, I’m looking forward to the ride-out and my nephew would like to join the ride too, if that’s OK?

  6. Yes. No problem. It’s open to all. Cheers.

  7. Hi Andy, I’m looking forward to the ride-out on sunday
    hope we have nice weather

  8. It’ll be nice to see you. Nice weather? What is that…..

  9. Hi Andy, i will see you this Sunday, looking forward to the ride- hope the snack bars are open en route this time!!



  10. Nice one Lee. I’m sure we won’t go hungry!

  11. Hi Andy
    I last saw you on the teddy run and hope to join you on sunday. There will be me and 3 others, that is what they told me today. Cheers malcolm

  12. Hi Malcolm, You’ll all be very welcome.

  13. I’ll be joining you all tomorrow.


  14. Nice one Francis. It’ll be good to see you.

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