*** TRAINING *** Evening training, wet weather & last minute bookings
EVENING COURSES – I’m very pleased to say that I’ve just taken a booking for an evening training course. As I’ve offered these almost as long as I’ve been delivering advanced training, I’ve always wondered why so few riders book one. It means you can do a day’s work and still get a ride in at the end of the day.
At this time of the year, it’s possible to start as late as 7:30pm and that means the roads are quieter too. There’s plenty of light for the two-plus hours we’ll be on the road as the sun doesn’t set till well after 9pm right now.
The only problem is that the later it gets, the lower the sun sinks towards the horizon and that can be blinding on a clear evening – so I do some careful route planning to ensure that if we have to run west, we do it early in the session whenever possible, and if it can be arranged, we ride with the sun at our backs for the second half of the course.
Of course, low sun behind us brings its own issues – we can see beautifully ahead, but if we’re running over our own shadow, we’re going to be hard to see by anyone looking in our direction…
…so that particular issue is covered on the online briefing we have a day or two before the session out on the roads.
WET WEATHER GUARANTEE – whilst the weather has finally settled down after our terrible May, it doesn’t mean we can entirely rely on it not to rain – after all, this is England! And June in particular can set off some hefty downpours!
So I offer a guarantee. No, no voodoo incantations, just a simple offer to postpone a course if I think it’s likely the weather might disrupt it.
Why bother? Isn’t it “character-building” to ride in bad weather?
The answer to that is “no”. You’re on a training course because you want to learn how to enhance your riding skills. If you’re slithering around, struggling to see where you’re going and dodging puddles in case they are potholes as deep as tank traps, you haven’t got much spare attention for trying out the exercises…
…unless of course, you’ve booked up a course specifically to look at how to deal with poor riding conditions. I do offer this option.
I’ll keep an eye on the forecast. It’s usually obvious 48-72 hours before the session that we’re liable to have a problem, and I usually make the final decision 24 hours ahead of the course. Sometimes we decide to go ahead, sometimes we can change the start time to avoid a band of rain, and occasionally we reschedule…
…all at no cost to yourself.
LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS – one advantage of having rider training as my day job rather than a hobby is that I offer courses seven days a week, not just weekends. And that suits a lot of trainees who are beginning to have more flexible working practices themselves.
As the COVID-adapted on-road sessions are now two to two and a half hours long, there’s plenty of flexibility on our start time within the day too – morning or afternoon and – as we’ve just seen – evenings during the summer months.
Working full time in training also means I’m rarely booked up every single day, so it’s always worth dropping me a line if you find you have some unexpected free time. There’s a good chance I’ll have a slot free that suits you. And right now, I have some FREE BOOKS from the Survival Skills library to give away too.
And with all that you get the usual carefully thought-out and fully client-centred training that’s personalised to suit YOU – there’s no standardised syllabus and no standardised test. Your goal is simply to be the best rider you can be.
Last Minute Availability:
Mon 14 AM EVE
Tue 15 AM PM EVE
Wed 16 PM EVE
Thu 17 AM PM EVE
And the forecast? Hot and sunny on Monday, fresher and sunny on Tuesday, humid and sunny on Wednesday, but potentially thundery on Thursday!
So what are you waiting for?
BOOK A SURVIVAL SKILLS COURSE TODAY!