Riding Course

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RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders Thames Valley Group aim to reduce road accidents by encouraging an interest in road safety, improving driving standards through greater knowledge and skill. In order to do this the Thames Valley group offer cost effective courses for both drivers and riders in advanced Roadcraft Skills.

Congratulations! By finding this page you have probably already made the first step to towards becoming a better and safer rider. We all want to further training for different reasons; maybe you've scared yourself once too often, maybe you don't feel you're getting the most from your bike, or you may have just passed your test and know you have more to learn.

The good news it that Advanced Rider Training through ROSPA can give you all this and more. The even better news is that the Thames Valley Group is the best of the best. Since being established in 2003 we have never had a test failure. Its something we're proud of and we stand by our ethos of quality not quantity.

We train you on the road. While we could teach you theory in a classroom over some of your evenings, the best classroom is real world. Every Tutors' bike is equipped with radio and you will be given an intercom so that you can receive commentary and guidance throughout your ride. Your Tutor will explain how to deal with hazards, road positioning, bike handling skills and how to read the road ahead. Regular rest stops during the ride provide an opportunity to discuss points of detail and explain (and debate) some of the finer points of Roadcraft, the system of riding we employ.

The rides take place at times of mutual convenience and are tailored to the needs of each individual. You can expect to cover between 50 and 150 miles during a session depending on the type of roads being ridden and the areas of development for the individual concerned. Of course, advanced riders must be able to apply their skills in all conditions and you can expect to be trained in both wet and dry conditions to allow your skills to develop.

We are, however, always aware of the need for safety and never push riders beyond their capabilities. With targeted training we aim to incrementally provide all of those we train with the skills, temperament and know-how to ride progressively and safely in all conditions.

We will try to train in a convenient area between both tutor and associate. Have a look at our area, this is where our tutors are and where they might reasonably travel to meet associates.

If you live inside the highlighted area, great!. Feel free to apply directly to the group. We will be in touch with you shortly after we process your application. If you live outside the area, please contact us first by email, so we can advise if a tutor is able to reach you. It will help us allocate you if you don't mind traveling a little to meet your tutor.

After receiving your application we will find you a suitable tutor and have them get in touch with you. Every Tutor has passed their ROSPA test with either a silver or gold grade within the last three years, so you can be assured your Tutor is a consummate rider.

We'll do our best to get you started as quickly as possible but it does depend on how busy your closest tutor is. As they are all volunteers we can't really ask them to work harder, so we're sorry to say it is sometimes a few months before we can start your training.

That said, we really believe that it's worth the wait and once you've seen what we offer you won't look back. Come along to a ride out to get a peek.