Well, here we are in 2019. I hope you all had a great festive period and are looking forward to the year ahead. Historically we don’t normally get to do much riding in January, but this year saw a welcome change, with relatively mild temperatures, no snow and very little ice (although as I type this, it was -5 overnight!)
The mild weather allowed four of our associates to complete nine training sessions and January also saw us get our first new member of the year, Paul N; welcome to the group Paul.
2019 will see us increase our Tutor numbers further, with four new Tutors joining the team. Mick, Dave, Mark and Dave all passed their Advanced RoSPA tests with ARNY and now want to ‘give something back’ to the group. They have already started some shadowing and will undergo their classroom theory in February before commencing their on-road training. We hope to have all four qualified by April/May in time for the season proper. Good luck to you all.
January saw the annual Tutor Training weekend start to gather momentum. Rooms have been confirmed and booked, with 14 out of our 18 tutors attending. The weekend will be in May and all costs are paid for by each individual and there is no subsistence or financial input from group funds.
As the season gets underway, a reminder to those members who have passed their tests and still wish to have a social element with ARNY; the ‘post-test’ social ride group. Those of you no longer training can meet up at Strawberry Fields café as normal on a Saturday and then go off and have your own social ride, meeting up with everyone else at the end destination. This gives you about 2.5 hours of riding. Simply add your name to the Doodle Poll with PT (post-test) after your name and indicate if you’re attending for a social ride (just like you did for training). This is something we started late in the year last year and initially saw a good take up, so hopefully as the weather improves, we can get this up and running again.
In other news, the unofficial ARNY off road section (Richard, Jeff, Andy and Lance) had a new year off road excursion on to the trails of North Yorkshire.
New bikes abound for 2019. Richard F treated himself to a new Royal Enfield Himalaya; it looks like it does the off-road business and weighs about half as much as his GS! Andy E added a KTM to his garage, Dave A swapped his K1600 for an RT and Training Officer Ian S swapped his 1200 GSA for a newer one. Look out for them all at training soon.
Well, that about sums up January with ARNY, hope you enjoyed the read, until next time…..