We all met up early at Macdonald’s to have a chat and catch up before training starts. Coffee and breakfast were free, generously sponsored by a huge financial gift that Chris Thompson has managed to secure.
Training started with a briefing by Peter Astley explaining all aspects of group riding and what he expected from us and what we can expect to gain from group riding. Having a mix of observers and associates we assembled into a running order for the training ride and then set off for a quick run on the A45, M45 then A45 and then towards Daventry on minor country roads finally stopping in Rugby for a debrief.
Simon Broom started the debrief with everyone having the opportunity to ask questions and add any views they had of the run so far. We then set off again though Rugby town center towards Brandon via some challenging town and country roads. We did get strung out but using the information gained earlier in the course we regrouped and continued on our merry way, finally stopping for a second debrief in Brandon.
The third and final part of the curse was obviously designed to finish the course with a grin on our face’s. Although still within the posted speed limits Simon set a brisk pace offering the opportunity to test our corning and overtaking skills and getting a flavor of what group riding is really about. We finished back at MacDonald’s for a final debrief and more free coffee.
Everyone said how much they enjoyed the course and commented on how much more realistic the training is with several people involved.
A big thanks to the training team and all attendees for making it a very enjoyable and informative Saturday Morning.
What was meant to be an easy ride out to the Honey Pot Cafe in Bronllys started with my SatNav deciding it was not going to do as it's told. Which would normally be fine, however, I was the ride leader. It had a 200 mile ride taking us 2000 miles and 36 hours.
So after a few u-turns/stops and as I had stolen the route from Chairman Gordon to my infinite shame and embarrassment I asked him to lead.
Worse still, once he did take over and I was sent to tail end in shame the day quickly became one of the best RoSPA rides I had been on.
Amazing sweeping bends and light traffic meant we all had a great time. Food was good too.
I don't think I will ever be allowed to forget that day. On reflection, I think it may be worth the reminders I am going to get. It really was a great day out with great people.
The standard of riding was excellent too. Thank you all for your company and understanding.
And before anyone else says it - the irony of me doing the club Garmin night is not lost on me.
Meeting up with members at the McDonalds, London Road, Rugby the course had a healthy mix of all skill levels. What turned out to be a very informative and fun group riding course.
My only complaint being it was a little too hot with all my layers on. The bike said 15 degrees at one point.
Run by Peter Astley with his usual charm and banter in equal measures and with Simon Broom leading I can honestly say a great time was had by all.
No photo of this one sorry.
Thanks Peter and all who attended.