Meeting point - Shell Garage, London Road, Bishops Stortford CM23 3LA
Brief - 9.30am
Depart – 9:45am (Please have full tank of petrol)
Distance - approx 150 miles
Return - approx 5.00pm
Outward ride - approx 60 miles / Coffee break at Walkers Cafe
Ride pace – Slow Sunday ride. Ride leader - Mega (Paul)
125cc friendly – Yes and less experienced riders.
New revised Suffolk Forest ride but this time there is only a short 4 mile dual carriage way section so very 125 friendly and less experienced riders very welcome.
Starting from Bishops Stortford we will head towards Hatfield Heath and turn left at Leading Roding towards Dunmow, from Dunmow we head towards Thaxted. We then leave Thaxted and head towards Saffron Walden. From Saffron Walden we ride towards Linton and then onto Newmarket joining the dual carriage way for approx 4 miles to Walkers Cafe where will have a coffee/burger break (post code IP28 6AE).
When refreshed we ride towards Brandon picking up the B1106 to Elveden onto Westley / Horringer stopping at Haverill Jet Petrol Station for a fill up & short rest/chat.
When rested, relaxed, recharged we head towards Finchingfield (but passing through) and stopping at Andrews Airfield (post code CM6 3TH) to have coffee/tea and a chat about bikes etc.
We finish the day at Andrews Airfield but I will be riding back to Bishops Stortford if any-one is unsure of the way back to B/Stortford.
Please note this is a slow pace ride to cater for every-one 125's & new members and would be nice if we could exceed the 27+ riders who attended last time.
We will be using the Cornerman system. If you are not familiar with the Cornerman system, please come and see one of the organising team. Cornerman system explained below or just Google it:
IAM Marker System https://www.l-a-m.org/blogs/news/the-drop-off-system
Rideout Guide (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hak3egkcRDo)
Marker System Rules:
• Front Man(lead rider) will point to a place for the person following(The Marker) to stop.
• Marker should stop in a place where it is SAFE and they can be seen by following riders. He/she should point with outstretched arm the direction to take.
• A junction where we proceed straight on may not be marked. So carry straight on.
• When all riders have passed the Marker they will be 'collected' by the last man on the ride - Tail End Charlie(TEC) or tailgunner.
• The marker should keep a lookout for the TEC who will be wearing a hi-vis vest. Marker should safely pull away before the TEC reaches them.
Common mistakes to avoid:
- Never leave the junction you are marking until you see the Tail End Charlie. Sometimes people are held up by lights, an accident etc, we have even had a marathon start on the ride route and riders have had to wait 15 minutes or more before they can proceed. If you leave your post the group may never get back together again.
- Point with ourstretched arm the direction of travel and use movement if possible to catch the eye of those behind you.
- If you think a junction(even straight on) needs a marker, please mark it yourself. This has saved many a poor marking decision.
- A marker should always be ready to drive off when the TEC is seen. It is not an excuse for a fag break or to go for an exercise stroll.
• If you have not used the marker system before, do not worry. Just start the ride as one of the last people leaving and watch everyone else before it gets to your turn.
• What to bring
Full Tank of Petrol
• Important to know
Please ensure you have a full tank of petrol at start of the ride.