Hey all, well I decided to give you a quick synopsis and my impressions of the overtaking course which I attended.
Up and out the door and onto my trusty S1000xr which I had just put a new Michelin pilot road 5 tyre on the back, as it was a bit on the damp side but not raining I took my time from home in Leicester to the meet at the Halford Bridge Inn on the Fosse Way, nice pub and good facilities, the room was very good and enough room for the attendees.
Gordon set out the day with some slides but not death by powerpoint, all at ease with the goals of the day he divided us up into teams. The teams worked well as we had two cars and two observers, I was lucky to be out with Gordon and Chris who was in his car so we had a known entity to overtake.
We headed out to Gaydon and used the B4100 as our road in the morning so that we could put into practice what Gordon had gone over in the classroom. The first few overtakes were ok but not great the planning side was a little lacking, however; after a few more fine words of advice and pointers from Chris and Gordon, the overtakes got better and much smoother, which as we all know leads to more safety, less stress and more fun.
The day ran very VERY smoothly and the weather was just perfect with sunshine all day, at about twelve-thirty, we headed back to the Halford Bridge Inn for lunch and a quick conversation with the other group and what they had found within their group. Ray was the car diver for the other group. As ever he was the butt of most of the jokes but the old boy did well making sure the other candidate could keep up with him.
After a nice light lunch, we headed out to some more challenging roads I’m not 100% on the road but I think it was the A422, Chris kept getting in the way with his car which was just what we all needed, a good car driver who made no mad moves. After a few more easy overtakes I think all three of us got well into the swing of overtaking and as the day progressed it just got better and better.
This is the first course I have undertaken “yes pun intended” and I’ll be doing more in the future, here’s the thing the courses are there to take and are free to use, even after thirty-five years behind the bars and having hundred of thousand of road miles under my tyres I still picked up some more knowledge. I would encourage all to take any of the courses as they are not just aimed at Gold riders, yes there were many Gold riders that said, one in the group that I was in is an associate who was getting on great all day.
In conclusion, the observer team did a great job setting the course up and the day was a very enjoyable day out so get your name down. Have a great summer.