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  • 06-Oct-2018 : Ride To The Wall 2018 Charity fund-raising ride to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire and memorial service. Countdown:- Go to http://www.rttw.org/ for more details (opens in new window).
  • 07-Oct-2017 : Ride To The Wall 2017 Charity fund-raising ride to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire and memorial service. Go to http://www.rttw.org/ for more details (opens in new window).
  • 01-Oct-2016 : Ride To The Wall 2016 Charity fund-raising ride to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire and memorial service. Go to http://www.rttw.org/ for more details (opens in new window).
  • 03-Oct-2015 : Ride To The Wall 2015 Charity fund-raising ride to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire and memorial service. Go to http://www.rttw.org/ for more details (opens in new window).
  • 04-Oct-2014 : Ride To The Wall 2014 Charity fund-raising ride to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire and memorial service. Go to http://www.rttw.org/ for more details (opens in new window).
  • 14-Sep-2014 : Elan Valley Bimble I haven’t been to the Elan Valley yet this year so I decided to get a trip in before the winter arrived. So three of us – Sharon, Laurie and I – set off from Gloucester towards Rhayader. First stop was the café at Crossgates for a coffee, leg-stretch and a look at the ...
  • 30-Jun-2014 : A Quick Bimble – Cirencester & Bourton I had the afternoon off so Andrew Wallace and I went for a mid-afternoon blast to Cirencester and Bourton-on-the-Water. View Larger Map
  • 22-Jun-2014 : Devil’s Bridge Summer appears to have arrived at last! A scorching day and a nice brisk run up to Rhayader, stopping at Dom’s Bike Stop for breakfast, and then on to Devil’s Bridge and Aberystwyth where several hundred other bikers appeared to have had the same idea! Back via Talgarth and Abergavenny. Distance: 235 miles. View Larger Map
  • 01-Jun-2014 : Ride of Respect 2014 Write-up to follow…
  • 06-May-2014 : Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen A nicely paced run up to the Ponderosa Café on the Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen, stopping at the Food Stop at Quatford on the way up and Dom’s Bike Stop on the way back. Unfortunately Dom’s was closed! Distance: 219 miles. View Larger Map
  • 04-May-2014 : Black Mountains – Wye Valley Bimble A nice day out with Laurie and Pete, starting with breakfast at Dom’s Bike Stop. On to Hay-on-Wye, Talgarth and the Oasis Café in Abergavenny, then via Monmouth to Tintern Abbey for ice creams. Chepstow, Lydney, back to Gloucester. If I could be sure of the exact route we took, I would post it ...
  • 13-Apr-2014 : Cotswolds Bimble After disappointingly grey and dreary weather for our ride down to the BikeSafe Day at the Castle Combe Circuit yesterday, today looked more promising from the start, and so it remained for my first proper outing of the year since I sustain a slipped disc in my neck back in January. Just two bikes: ...
  • 05-Oct-2013 : Ride To The Wall 2013 Charity fund-raising ride to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire and memorial service. Go to http://www.rttw.org/ for more details (opens in new window).
  • 18-Aug-2013 : Ride 4 Life 2013 In November 2008 Jason Handy lost his father to cancer. Seeing his father succumb to this awful disease he decided he wanted to somehow help the Cancer Research charities through fund raising and motorcycle riding. Jason has been an avid motorcycle fantatic for over 20 years and in 2009 decided to combine his love for motorcycles ...
  • 30-Jun-2013 : Ponderosa Café, Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen A ride-out with the 4 Counties Bikers to the famous biker’s café located on the beautiful Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen. (Please don’t murder the Welsh tongue any more than you have to: Thlan-goth-lun is acceptable!) Write-up to follow… Distance: 241 miles. View Larger Map
  • 16-Jun-2013 : Ride Of Respect 2013 Join up to 10,000 motorbikes taking part in a ride through Carterton and Brize Norton for the first time, to pay their respects to the brave Service men and women killed in Afghanistan and to thank the towns for their care of our heroes and their families. Now in its fourth year, the Ride of Respect ...
  • 09-Jun-2013 : Abergavenny Motorcycle Show & Tintern Abbey Vanda & I and Dave & Lyn – on a motorbike for the first time in her life – went over to Abergavenny for the Abergavenny Motorcycle Show. A return journey down the Wye Valley (A466) with a stop for ice cream in the shade of the beautiful ruins of Tintern Abbey, then back ...
  • 08-Jun-2013 : Elan Valley Four of us – Adrian, Pete, Bob and I – set off from Gloucester for a bimble around the Elan Valley. First stop was Dom’s Bike Stop for a spot of breakfast. I can recommend the Indian Breakfast which has just the right amount of spices in it but as it’s vegetarian, you might prefer ...
  • 12-May-2013 : RBLR ride to RAF Museum, RAF Cosford The Royal British Legion Riders Branch are organising a ride-out from the Wiltshire area to the RAF Museum at RAF Cosford on Sunday 12th May. The meet point will be at Strensham Services North (M5) at 09:30am for a 10:00am departure. Leaving the M5 at J6, the run will head up the A449 and A442 stopping ...
  • 17-Apr-2013 : RBLR (Glos) Ride-Out      A ride-out around the fine County of Gloucestershire. Rendezvous: 0900hrs. Westgate Filling Station, Gloucester. Depart: 0915hrs. Route: out of Gloucester down the A48, back up through the Forest of Dean, passing through Staunton, Tewkesbury, up on to the Cotswolds via Broadway. Stop at Stow RBL for refreshments. (If I know how many are attending they are prepared to ...
  • 07-Apr-2013 : Prescott Bike Festival The third Prescott Bike Festival: “Celebrate the diversity of two and three wheels – a fantastic day out for all the family where you can be the star of the show!” The venue can accommodate 7000 visitors so there will be plenty of general admission tickets but you can save 20% on the gate price by ...
  • 04-Apr-2013 : Motorbike Parking Pay-and-Display Parking Have you ever been in the position where you had to park your bike in a pay-and-display car park or on the roadside when a pay-and-display ticket is required? Did you have any real confidence that your ticket would still be there when the parking attendant came round and checked you’d paid? I used ...
  • 03-Mar-2013 : Bringsty Café, Worcestershire 4 Counties Bikers “Spring Spuddle”. The ride leaves (somewhere) at 10:00am and arrives at the Bringsty Café “some time after that”. (See my list of bike stops for details of the Bringsty Café.) If they can’t accommodate our numbers at the Bringsty, an alternative location will be decided nearer the date. I’ll keep ...
  • 03-Mar-2013 : Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership Annual Motorcycle Safety Day As members of the County’s advanced motorcycling groups you are invited to Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership’s first Annual Motorcycle Safety Day on Sunday 3rd March 2013, 10am until 4pm. Throughout the day:- Accident Investigator & Prevention Manager reveals the facts behind riders getting injured and killed Former RAF pilot opens our eyes to the S.M.I.D.S.Y. Motorcycle Safety Coordinator unlocks ...
  • 17-Feb-2013 : Charity Bikers’ Breakfast Meet Breakfast meet to raise money for cystic fibrosis. Meet at The Rose & Crown, Redmarley D’Abitôt, Gloucester GL19 3NB from 10.30am onwards. View Larger Map
  • 02-Dec-2012 : RAF Defford Café, Croome Park A cold but dry and sunny morning, so Dave Walsh and I took the opportunity to get the bikes out and go for a spin. From the Longford Inn, Gloucester, we went up the A38 to the old RAF Defford base where they’ve opened up a café and visitor centre (click for more info). ...
  • 11-Nov-2012 : Chipping Sodbury A trip down to Chipping Sodbury with the Four Counties Bikers to take part in the Remembrance Day service. Distance: 67.4 miles. View Larger Map
  • 10-Nov-2012 : Bourton-on-the-Water A ride-out to Bourton-on-the-Water to meet up with a few chaps from Four Counties Bikers for lunch at the Kingsbridge Inn. Distance: 48.4 miles. View Larger Map
  • 07-Nov-2012 : Riverside Café, Tenbury Wells I took the day off work to practise The System with another prospective RoADAR Associate, Sharon Hemmett. We rode up to the Riverside Café, Tenbury Wells (large fry-up and hot, strong tea, then came home via the Market House Café, Ledbury (fruit scone with lashings of cream and raspberry jam). Distance: 96.7 miles. View Larger Map
  • 04-Nov-2012 : ICARE course The Gloucester RoADAR have been offered some free First Aid for Motorcyclists courses. Details are below. We already have some attendees: should you wish to join us, please email Chris Harrison, Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership Motorcycle Safety Coordinator, with an info copy to Mike Westcott. (Clicking this link will create a new email with the ...
  • 03-Nov-2012 : Lock Inn Café, Bradford-on-Avon A ride-out with the Four Counties Bikers to one of their favourite spots, the quirky Lock Inn Café in Bradford-on-Avon. Return via a tea/coffee stop at The Boathouse, Bath. Distance: 120 miles. View Larger Map
  • 06-Oct-2012 : Ride To The Wall 2012 A fantastic day out, as the Ride To The Wall always is. My son Mike was able to join us and we welcomed Dave Walsh, Pat & Sharon Hammett, Dave Messenger and Dale Messenger for the ride up to Drayton Manor Park for the start of the ride. Distance: 160 miles. View Larger Map The Ride To ...
  • 07-Jun-2012 : Over The Alps    Over The Alps – June 2012 Well, the big day had finally arrived! We’d started planning this trip a year or so ago but I didn’t really think it would come off until we got to the point where we had to start booking the channel crossing, hotels, etc. We’d been counting down the days ...
  • 08-Apr-2012 : Severn Bore Run There are just two sets of ‘three-star’ Severn Bores in daylight hours between April and November this year: the second weekend in March and Easter weekend, Sunday April 8th (10.25am) and Monday April 9th (11.06am). I was out of town for the March ones but I organised a ride-out to watch the one on April ...
  • 18-Mar-2012 : Ride of Respect 2012 18-Mar-2012 : Ride of Respect 2012
  • 01-Oct-2011 : Ride To The Wall 2011 Charity fund-raising ride to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire and memorial service. Go to http://www.rttw.org/ for more details (opens in new window).
  • 03-Apr-2011 : Afghan Heroes 2011 03-Apr-2011 : Afghan Heroes 2011
  • 02-Oct-2010 : Ride To The Wall 2010 Charity fund-raising ride to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire and memorial service. Go to http://www.rttw.org/ for more details (opens in new window).
  • 14-Mar-2010 : Afghan Heroes 2010 14-Mar-2010 : Afghan Heroes 2010
  • 20-Apr-2008 : Gloucestershire Police “Better Biking” course          I’ve just completed Gloucestershire Police’s “Better Biking” course which took place over two consecutive Sundays recently. It was very good: the lecturer, PC Martyn Hillier, has 30+ years traffic experience and an amusing delivery style with no concessions to the sole lady in the group, i.e. the occasional bit of Anglo-Saxon slipped out now and ...