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BMF Blue Riband FREE Region 2 Rider Development Taster Day

FREE Region 2 – Yorkshire and North East – Rider Development BMF Blue Riband Taster Day – Saturday the 15th of April 2023

Have you ever thought of increasing your enjoyment of motorcycling by developing your riding skills further? The BMF Blue Riband Rider Award Development programme aims to do just that by helping you to improve your observation, planning and control, giving you greater confidence and helping you to become a safer rider.

This free to attend taster day will give you the opportunity to explore that journey and find out how you could benefit from the knowledge and experience of our friendly and supportive rider coaches. After a short briefing you will be able to benefit from a 45 minute “observed” ride with one of our experienced coaches. Following the ride, you will receive a detailed debrief focusing both on your strengths and any opportunities for improvement.

The event will be hosted at the 3D Motorcycle Training Facility in Tockwith, near York and run between 9am and 5pm. All observed rides will depart and return to the venue using a selection of pre-determined routes designed to take in varying riding scenarios. As well as the one-to-one coaching sessions there will also be the opportunity to discuss and find out more about the Blue Riband Rider Award, chat to the riding coaches and have a go on the slow speed riding challenge.

To ensure that you receive the best possible one-to-one coaching, places on the day are extremely limited with just 18 slots available. To confirm your place, please contact BMF Regional Rep Alex by email  or call 07702229311 without delay!

All participants will be riding their own motorcycles and must ensure that both they, and their machines are fully insured and road legal.

Everyone who attends on the day will be entered into a draw with the chance to win a half-day Blue Riband coaching session with one of the riding coaches.

The professional Riding Coaches on the day will be:

Ian Speight – Ian has been giving guidance on advanced rider training since 1999, initially as a Class 1 Police Motorcyclist and now as a motorcycle Examiner and Diploma holder for RoSPA, a Regional Chief Instructor for the BMF, a BikeSafe observer and an Enhanced Rider Scheme Trainer accredited to the DVSA. On retiring from the Police in December 2016, he started Ian Speight Advanced Rider Training with the ambition to share all the skills he’d learnt as a Police Motorcyclists and as a civilian ‘advanced rider’ with other likeminded motorcyclists.

Jim Bryant – Jim has been riding since the age of twelve and teaching and coaching riders since the age of seventeen. That’s 46 years’ continuous off-roading, and 43 years of on tarmac experience which he uses wisely as a professional instructor on and off track through his company Enhanced Riding. He holds several advanced riding and coaching qualifications including IAM and RoSPA and has led tour groups to Scandinavia and North Africa.

Martin Benson – Martin has been riding for 22 years and is a qualified DVSA Motorcycle Instructor. He recently followed his passion for motorcycle training by becoming a director of the 3D Motorcycle Training Centre. He holds advanced riding awards with the IAM, RoSPA and is a BMF trainer. When not helping riders to improve their skills Martin is also a UK and European tour leader as well as regional manager for the North Yorkshire Blood Bikes charity.

Mark Glasswell – Mark has been riding for 41 years. Starting out as a motorcycle instructor in 2001 with 3D Motorcycle training he is now a co-owner after taking over in 2010. He is also registered to deliver the DVSA ERS programme. As well as being a BMF tutor and assessor he also holds several advanced riding awards with the IAM and RoSPA. He has experience of riding in many countries following his 16 years in the RAF.

Colin Clark – Colin has been riding motorcycles for over 50 years and holds the RoSPA Gold rider award, IAM First, IAM Masters (with Distinction) and BMF Blue Riband rider Trainer Assessor award. He also holds DVSA accreditation to deliver CBTs and works at the 3D Motorcycle Training Centre. When not coaching or tutoring he enjoys motorcycle touring with his partner Maureen and has marshalled at the I.O.M TT and Manx GP on several occasions.

Alf Garnett – Alf has been riding bikes for over 42 years and started coaching riders in 2005 with the IAM then with RoSPA before finally starting AG Rider Training in 2019. He is currently an IAM Examiner, IAM Masters (Distinction) holder, IAM National Observer, and a RoSPA Diploma holder tutoring for a local group. He is also registered with the DVSA to deliver the ERS programme. He’s been delivering the BRRA as a trainer and assessor since early 2021. When not helping riders to improve their skills, Alf is a Tour Leader for a major motorcycle leading tours across Europe as well as the USA and Canada.

Written by Alex Parsons-Hulse – Region 2 Rep

Top image courtesy of Alex.