29-Aug-2013 : The RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle Test

Examiner: David Collicott. Distance 43.1 miles.

After five years, two false starts, three tutors and two check-out rides, the time had finally come for me to put my motorcycling abilities to the test, and at long last my cheque for £54 was in the post. Four weeks later I found myself pulling into a side road to meet my examiner, former police officer, RoSPA Gold/Diploma holder, Advanced Tutor and ‘blood biker’ David Collicott. Although I was nervous, David made me […]

16-Jul-2013 : Training ride #15

Tutor: Steve Kendall. Distance: 49.9 miles.

Despite planning the route carefully in advance, we were diverted twice by the police in order to avoid an accident scene: http://incidents.glosfire.gov.uk/incident_detail.asp?ID=2565. (Hopefully the link won’t expire!)

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09-Jul-2013 : Training ride #14

Tutor: Steve Kendall. Distance: 41.7 miles.

Last week’s route reversed.

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02-Jul-2013 : Training ride #13

Tutor: Steve Kendall. Distance: 46.5 miles.

A gentle start through Hartpury, Tirley and Apperley; through Tredington and on to Gotherington and Gretton where the road gets narrower and twistier, and then into Winchcombe; and finally down Corndean Lane for a 5.7 mile stretch of narrow, twisty roads with blind brows and bends, tree cover, adverse cambers, broken tarmac, gravel, mud, manure, low-flying crows, suicidal rabbits and horse riders. Excellent!

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25-Jun-2013 : Training ride #12

Tutor: Steve Kendall. Distance: 46.0 miles – with detours!

Out to Stow-on-the-Wold on A/B roads, across to Toddington taking in a variety of minor and single-track roads, then down through Winchcombe back into Cheltenham.

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17-Jun-2013 : Training ride #11

Tutor: Steve Kendall. Distance: 46.4 miles.

Seven Springs – Cirencester – Stroud – Slad

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27-Apr-2013 : Training ride #10

Tutor: Stephen Wilkinson-Carr. Distance: 59.3 miles.

Gloucester – Ross-on-Wye – Coleford – Chepstow – Bristol

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08-Dec-2012 : Training ride #9

Tutor: Stephen Wilkinson-Carr. Distance: not recorded.

17-Nov-2012 : Training ride #8

Tutor: Mike Wescott. Distance: 52.9 miles.

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27-Oct-2012 : Training ride #7

Tutor: Stephen Wilkinson-Carr. Distance: 60 miles.