Chairman : John Hodgkiss – email@example.com
From the minute me and a friend dragged his dad’s navy blue 1966 Raleigh Runabout out of the back of his shed during the six weeks holiday of 1977, managed to get it running and ride it round his back garden I was hooked on biking, and to this day I still think it was worth the ear bending we got for wrecking the back lawn!
I started my road riding in 1981 on a Suzuki AP50, which to this day took me on the longest ride of my life with a mate on a restricted Honda CB50J to Barmouth and back in one day! I passed my test in 1982 and progressed through Suzuki’s GP100, GT185 and GT380, and rode off and on until the mid eighties when I took a break from riding due to family commitments/financial restraint.
I returned to riding in 2000 with a Ducati 600 – followed very closely by VFR800 and have had a variety of bikes since and currently ride a Tiger Explorer.
At some point I considered that my early training (one day ACU) and motorbike test (ride around the block!) wasn’t probably giving me the best foundation for the safest future, so undertook The Edge riding assessment in 2002, the 2 day Bikesafe course in 2005 and in 2012 joined WAM and took the IAM advanced test through the Skill For Life course. Following on from my IAM test, I was asked if I would like to train become an IAM Observer and decided to give something back to biking and the club and became a Group Observer in 2013, a National Observer in 2014 and a Local Observer Assessor in 2015.
Since I joined the club I have made many new friends who share the same passion for biking that I have, and I’ve enjoyed the various riding experiences such as the fortnightly ride outs, the annual charity ride and the treasure hunt plus the numerous social events.