Hi Folks, I've been around here for a little while now and some know a little of my past. I'm aware of protocols on here so approached the admin team before making this post. Please believe, this is not a big brother programme... We call it an experience... we wont judge, we'll just hopefully help you to get more out of your bike. Our Web site is not up and running yet but we've just created a facebook page. We can also arrange accommodation if its required:- I hope that we can be of use by offering this services to members. Tel: 07794 160412 Email: [email protected] www.ridewellteesvalley.co.uk Ridewell Tees Valley returns, under private ownership... Hi all, Those that have been around for a little while may well remember Ridewell Tees Valley. Up until March 2015 it was a North East based, local authority run motorcycle training programme that delivered everything from CBT right through to an award winning Post Test Experience. Well, we’re back... but what’s changed.... Well first off, we’re still based in the North East, but are now privately owned in an equal 3 way partnership, and from a riding perspective we are only delivering the former award winning Post Test Experience, so no CBT’s or Direct Access. We just want to focus on what we do well and give riders the opportunities to gain from the experience that we’ve developed over many years. We’re back because people kept asking if we could help them to develop their riding. Formerly, the programme was jointly owned by the local authorities in the Tees Valley area with significant support from the Cleveland Strategic Road Safety Partnership. Ridewell Tees Valley had an excellent reputation and was a well known brand, so, we approached the former owners and asked if we could use the branding. That courtesy paid off and we are back in business. So.... who are the three owners? Steve Darby, Nick Walker, and Dick McReddie... Steve and Nick are both retired Class 1 Police Riders to VIP Status. Both are qualified advanced riding coaches and both are examiners for international advanced riding/driving organisations. Steve was also formerly the force’s advanced bike instructor and ACU Off road instructor, with Nick being a former CBT/DAS instructor. Dick has a massive wealth of experience and is well known within advanced riding groups throughout the region. Dick holds a RoSPA gold qualification, which is recognised as the highest civilian riding standard that can be achieved. He is also an advanced tutor for RoSPA, a national observer, and local observer assessor for the IAM, and he currently holds an IAM Masters qualification. We’ve changed the structure of the experience around a little to try and offer more flexibility... Rather than the experience being completed over 2 consecutive days, we have introduced 2 separate modules, each module being 1 full day. Module 1 is ‘Day 1’ and Module 2 is simply ‘Day 2’ The aim of both modules is to look at enhancing your existing riding skills, together with developing new ones that will assist you in making safe progress on your bike whilst allowing your riding to flow, regardless of the type of road that you are riding on, taking your road riding skills to a whole new level. We’ll teach you how to improve your cornering and overtaking skills, along with how to extend your observations to help you plan for these hazards. All of the experience is delivered on the fantastic roads that surround us in the Yorkshire and Durham dales, along with some extended routes through Cumbria. The objectives for both modules are identical, but the difference between them is in your own development as a rider and the level we deliver at. Of course, if people wish to, we can still deliver Module 1 & 2 back to back. We use the police riders manual; ‘Roadcraft’ as the foundation for the experience, however, we recognise that this also should reflect some flexibility. We’ll also give you an input on science behind the body and how you can remain fit to ride for longer. This experience will take your road riding to a whole new level. Many who have completed the experience in the past are testament to that. During the last 18 months, the Ridewell Team have added a few new skills/qualifications to their portfolio having worked on front line ambulances providing support to the NHS trusts. Those new skills have allowed the team to take a step further in considering the safety of riders, by developing a collision scene management programme with a variety of options. Primarily it is aimed at the initial treatment of casualties should anybody be unfortunate enough to come upon the scene of a collision, or indeed if somebody in a group of riders is involved as such. The courses will cover casualty assessment, initial treatment, basic life support, essential information to provide to the ambulance service, and safe crash helmet removal. Beyond that, it will cover issues such as how to manage a collision scene until the arrival of the emergency services, along with how to preserve evidence which could be beneficial to any subsequent investigation. The options that exist for this programme are whether people require an awareness of 1st aid and scene management, or a certificated course. Well, that’s about all for now, other than we’re really looking forward to assisting people to develop their skills, and look forward to meeting both new and returning customers. Give us a call on 07794 160412 and we’ll arrange an experience best suited for you.