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Archive for August, 2007

Hopp Rider Training at Cadwell

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Hopp Rider’s training at Cadwell follows a structured programme of tutorage in the morning and three free sessions in the afternoon. You are broken into groups A, B and C and then have a twenty minute session each hour. I was in group C for the beginners. The first time around we focused on following […]

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The Night Before Track Day

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

After only getting three hours of sleep before Folembray this time I really wanted to leave work by about four so that I would get up to Louth (a town 5 miles from Cadwell) while it was still light. In the end I couldn’t get away from work until five and didn’t get onto the […]

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It's all about learning

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

The reason that I signed up for two track days this summer is when I went back to New Zealand, Nigel who so kindly lent me his bike to ride from Christchurch up to the Bay of Islands, who has been riding for twenty years said that he had improved his riding immensely by doing […]

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Crab Shack

Monday, August 27th, 2007

On Monday I headed off on my bike for another 150 mile ride to the south coast of England to Chisel Beach near Waymouth to do a days shore diving to test my resealed dry suit before the boat dive the following weekend. Unfortunately my dive buddy had the seals go on his dive suit […]

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Crackington Cliffs

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Sunday we had lovely weather and spent most of the day body boarding in the waves and going for a cliff walk in the early evening before heading to see the band at the pub were we had a beautiful view of the sunset.

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Crackington Haven

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

On Saturday I had lovely weather for my ride to Crackington Haven in north Cornwell near Bude. I was staying with a friend in his family chalet (in New Zealand it would be called a batch). I got there about two in the afternoon and managed to enjoy half an hour of sun before the […]

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Some Velvet Morning

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

There is a band that I have been following for a few years and occasionally I get emails from the drummer asking me when I am going to come along to a gig. So I went to their Tribute to Lee Hazelwood night and it was pretty cool as we ended up talking to the […]

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Failing in France

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

If my riding ability around France for the rest of the weekend was any indication of whether I learnt how to ride better on the track day then I failed. On Saturday morning I headed off towards the coast from St. Quentin where we were staying. All I wanted was a summer swim. But I […]

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Folembray, France, Track Day

Friday, August 17th, 2007

I am not into speed. Occasionally it is nice to unwind it on the motorway but mostly I am pretty happy just tootling along at the speed limit. But I do want to be able to ride my bike well and safely and that includes being able to go around corners. It can be difficult […]

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Knee Guards

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

I am setting off this afternoon for my bike group’s track day in Folembray, France. Trying to sell my V Festival Ticket has been a right palaver as it has gone missing in the post. Then it turned out it was in a different campground than the one I was told, so the bloke I […]

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