About the training
Congratulations! By finding this page you have probably already made the first step to towards becoming a better and safer rider. We all want to further training for different reasons; maybe you've scared yourself once too often, maybe you don't feel you're getting the most from your bike, or you may have just passed your test and know you have more to learn.
In addition to formal training the Group organises regular social ride-outs on the first Sunday of every month throughout the year. These serve as an informal method of practising advanced riding, and provide an opportunity to meet similar enthusiasts and form an ongoing support and social group.Here are some tips and advice on attending a Ride Out.
The good news it that Advanced Rider Training through ROSPA can give you all this and more. The even better news is that the Thames Valley Group is the best of the best. Since being established in 2003 we have never had a test failure. Its something we're proud of and we stand by our ethos of quality not quantity?.
So how does it work and what can you expect? After receiving your application we will find you a suitable tutor and have them get in touch with you. Every Tutor has passed their ROSPA test with either a silver or gold grade within the last three years, so you can be assured your Tutor is a consummate rider.
From there we move to the classroom. But the best classroom we know is the real world. Every Tutors' bike is equipped with radio and you will be given an intercom so that you receive commentary and guidance throughout your ride. Your Tutor will explain how to deal with hazards, road positioning, bike handling skills and how to read the road ahead. Regular rest stops during the ride provide an opportunity to discuss points of detail and explain (and debate) some of the finer points of Roadcraft, the system of riding we employ.
The rides take place at times of mutual convenience and are tailored to the needs of each individual. You can expect to cover between 50 and 150 miles during a session depending on the type of roads being ridden and the areas of development for the individual concerned. Of course, advanced riders must be able to apply their skills in all conditions and you can expect to be trained in both wet and dry conditions to allow your skills to develop.
We are, however, always aware of the need for safety and never push riders beyond their capabilities. With targeted training we aim to incrementally provide all of those we train with the skills, temperament and know-how to ride progressively and safely in all conditions.
There are a number of sources of further information for Advanced Motorcycling techniques. We would recommend the following websites - Thames Valley Police Safer Ridingand our recommended reading is a new copy of The Highway Code and RoadCraft.
So you've got this far, so what next? Have a look at the map on the right, this is where our tutors are and where they might reasonably travel to meet associates.
So you live inside the highlighted area, great!. Feel free to apply directly to the group. We will be in touch with you shortly after we've received payment.
If you live outside the area, please contact us first by email, so we can advise if we can train you. It will help us if you don't mind traveling a little to meet your tutor.
Once in training we ask that you consider making a £10 donation to your tutors fuel and running costs. As they'll be following you around on their own bike.
We'll do our best to get you started as quickly as possible but it does depend on how busy your closest tutor is.
As they are all volunteers we can't really ask them to work harder, so we're sorry to say it is sometimes a few months before we can start your training.
That said, we really believe that it's worth the wait and once you've seen what we offer you won't look back. Come along to a ride out to get a peek.
If you have any questions or would like some more information please drop us an email
If you've passed your test with a Gold (the highest civilian riding standard) or Silver and are interested in passing your skills onto others. We would welcome you back to train as a tutor. It takes 6-9 months and a minimum of 10 full-day practical role-play sessions for our Tutors to reach the level of competence we require from them. After our Tutors qualify, their on-going training continues and they are required to attend two one-day refresher courses each year in order to maintain their skills at the highest level.
On the first Sunday of every month we run social ride outs for both members and non-members of the group to attend.
We post information on the ride-outs below and on our Facebook site.
The next ride-out will be on June 7th 2015
The ride-out will take us on a trip to Devon so its an early start to make the best of the longer days. Meet 0800 for an 0830 start at Winnall Tesco car park. For those coming from the north meet ready for a 9am pick at the BP westbound services (Barton Stacey Esso).
We'll crack on down the A303 breaking the journey at Podimore services to fill tanks and grab a coffee. If anyone wants to make their way to there under their own steam please let me know so we can co-ordinate times. From there we head NW to ultimately join the A39. We head west until Dunster where we turn south to follow the River Exe on the magical A396.
Lunch is at the Exeter Inn. After lunch we head south east to briefly join the M5 and refill tanks. Some zigging and zagging gets us onto the A30 which we follow all the way back to Stockbridge where the run ends, hopefully in time for tea.
Total mileage for the day is about 250 but no more than 90 miles between fill-ups. However, it is a lot of miles so prepare for making decent progress throughout the ride. We'll be using the drop off system throughout the ride.
Tim Cuell will be run leader.
Further details on Facebook