I’ve not taken the usual route with my IAM training, rather than join my local group and have weekly or fortnightly rides out with my observer, I opted to join the Thames Vale group.
Throughout the summer I’ve been having monthly sessions with Alie Ball, from the Thames Vale IAM, travelling down to Basingstoke for a day of riding. So far I’ve had six sessions and on my most recent session Alie suggested I’m up to scratch to take my test.
Normally IAM training is undertaken on a weekly or fortnightly basis but because of the distance between us that’s not been convenient. I actually feel that because of the amount of miles I’m covering between each session this has acted in my favour. I’m able to put into practice the tips and guidance given by Alie.
The Street 750 has been the ideal bike to undertake these sessions, it’s not the swiftest of machines but that’s not an issue, it’s actually a benefit because I know that whilst I’m concentrating on road positioning, which gear to be in and whether I’m sticking to the legal speed limit, I know the bike won’t run away with me.
It’s been fun and surprising that once the ‘system’ (the structured way in which riding is approached and built around the Police training programme) it’s meant I’ve felt much more confident and the speed of my riding has increased. Fingers crossed I’ll get a first when I take the test in a few weeks!
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