Saturday, May 07, 2011

Advanced Motorycle Training Workshop Normandy - Part 2 - The training begins

Well after a restless night, I had a man cough and was coughing for the world, it was up for 8am and get ready for famous, or infamous NormandyBeech breakfast.  Starting with your normal cereals and tea, coffee, juice it is time for the full english.......
Breakfast done and time set for departure - 0930 hrs, with all the riders ready for the off.  Who had I got with  me, well Dave, my other instructor, who is a RoSPA Gold and senior observer at a local group, two riders who had just passed the IAM test, and two other riders who is RoSPA Gold and IAM.  That just leaves one rider who was in he process of training for his RoSPA test.  Well had bike to bike radio comms, using Autocom and Icom and Kenwood radios.  I was on one channel and Dave on another.  With the number of riders Dave was going to take 3 leaving me with 2, however there is a twist to this training day....
A couple of weeks earlier I had been contacted by Ron Young, who's mate Roy was an avid Youtube watcher and had seen my video clips.  They both lived in Normandy.  Things developed and I arranged to take Ron and Roy out when we got to Normandy, but Roy was unable to make it.  This left Ron, so first port of call was his bed and breakfast La Tringale, Le Hameau de Baynes, Ste Marguerte d'Elle, 14330 :  La Tringale, Your hosts Ron and Bunty
We arrived at Ron and Bunty's place and was met with biscuits and tea.  Talk about a small world, we met a party of motorcyclists who were just leaving and they were from Staffordshire.  In fact I had given a talk to them at the local IAM group and Dave was in the process of preparing three of them for the RoSPA test.
Well back to business, met Ron for the first time who was on a Honda 700 Deauville and he was given a radio set for his day out with us.  As I said earlier, this weekend was a workshop and one of the riders wanted to do commentary whilst out with a relative newcomer - Ron.  So Ron was given Brian as his instructor, and I supervised the whole exercise.
We set off to explore the Normandy countryside, heading for Villedieu-les-Poeles for dinner.

Ron later emailed me when I got back home: -'Many thanks for the great day out on Friday. It was good to meet you and all the guys and I enjoyed the run, instruction and helpful tips and advice. I was pleased the weather was good but didn’t expect it to be that good!'

Second email read:
‘Having had a day-out with Nigel and his Normandy-Touring group, during the Easter weekend, I have to say it’s a very good, informative and helpful experience. There is a wealth of experience shared by Nigel and other the qualified advanced riders and they impart knowledge and advice to suit your individual needs. There is always something new to learn about biking and I learned much to enable me to be more aware and more fluent in riding techniques and thus stay safer whilst enjoying my hobby. Many thanks to you all for a great day and for organizing the extremely good weather too!!!’ Ron Young'

After dinner we headed for the D911, before going to Vire for a tea stop.  A great day was had by all.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Our Advanced Motorcycle Training Workshop to Normandy April 2011 Part 1

Well all that planning way back in October 2010, booking the accommodation and ferry seems so far away now.  We have just returned from a very successful long weekend in Normandy France, having done the Advanced Training Weekend.  Here we are in April 2010....

 We were a group of 7 motorcyclists, which included myself as one instructor and my mate Dave as the other instructor.  Enroute to Portsmouth we picked up a rider from the West Midlands, Hereford and Tewkesbury.  The other two riders from Weymouth had caught an earlier ferry are we were meeting up with them at our bed and breakfast, later that evening.
We arrived in Cherbourg after an uneventful, smooth crossing at 1900 hours local time, so we were looking at getting to the bed and breakfast by 20.30hrs.  An easy ride, mostly dual carriageway, heading east to Arronmaches Les Bains and our hosts at Normandy Beech - Normandy Beech - Adrian, Karen and Adrienne
All the motorcycles parked in the secure yard for the night, time for a light snack and planning for the next day.  It was like a reunion as 3 of the riders had been on the Workshop in April 2010, but had come back, willing and wanting to learn more.
Part 2 to follow: