Covid19 update 12/04/2021
Due to the ongoing easing of the Covid lockdown restrictions we are delighted to announce that from Monday 12th April our Tutors are able to restart coaching NWRoAR Associates and prepare them for their RoSPA Advanced Rider Assessment.
If you are an Associate (i.e. someone who has yet to pass their RoSPA Assessment), your Tutor will contact you to arrange your refresher ride and first, post-lockdown, session. All the prevailing Covid restrictions will be adhered to.
In the meantime try to go for a few short and safe journeys on familiar roads to get used to riding again after such a long lay-off.
Expect other road users to be less careful than before lockdown and ride well within your limits, carefully bringing your skills up to scratch.
Remember your pre-ride checks and IPSGA!
North Wales RoSPA Advanced Riders are the sole RoSPA motorcycle group for North Wales, covering Ynys Môn (Anglesey), Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham. Our aim, as a group of volunteers, is to develop our members’ advanced motorcycling skills in order to enhance their riding experience and increase their level of riding enjoyment. As a byproduct of raising onroad awareness and skills advanced riders also reduce their risk of becoming involved in a road traffic incident. This doesn’t necessarily mean riding more slowly; it means riding more skilfully, confidently, and more safely.
You can find NWRoAR members involved in a wide range of riding activities including charity runs with local clubs, riding blood bikes, escorting cycle road races and triathlons, as Observers supporting the North Wales Police BikeSafe scheme and generally enjoying the wonderful variety and quality of roads on ‘our patch’!
Membership renewal adjustment for 2021.
At the Committee meeting on Friday 5th February the decision was taken to retain the renewal fee for Members at the rate of £25 pa.
However, as a temporary measure due to the ongoing Covid restrictions, it was agreed that, on renewal, memberships would be extended by a further 6 months.
(This decision will be reviewed alongside the easing of the Covid lockdown)
The A4080 on Anglesey looking across to Snowdonia
NWRoAR came into existence during the early part of 2019. There was no RoSPA group in the area at the time and yet there were many hundreds of riders spending their weekends flashing around the glorious roads through the mountains of North Wales, and beyond - some having 'unfortunate incidents'.
As a small section of those riders, we felt there needed to be some way of improving rider skills, whilst shaking off the view that advanced rider training was for the 'older generation' - because us younger ones know what we're doing! ("Younger" in this context is clearly tongue in cheek, if you look at some of our photos!)
So, a group of enthusiastic riders gathered together, very few having had any RoSPA training, and we set about achieving Gold and Tutor qualifications and, with RoSPA's help, formed the group.
Initially, the idea may have been to cater for the needs of the central and north western Welsh counties, but it rapidly expanded to include all the counties along the coast, Llyn Peninsula and Anglesey. Also, spurring us on was the need for more riders for Blood Bikes Wales, which was rapidly expanding its fleet, but was struggling to get enough riders with advanced qualified status. NWRoAR was able to 'step up to the mark' and ensure that every rider who passed through our course was more than sufficiently qualified.
From that point on our membership grew rapidly to 50 members, with the vast majority achieving 'Gold' at their first attempt. Even now, more riders are joining and waiting until, post-covid, they can begin their coaching, take their tests, and become full members.
RoSPA Approved Advanced Riding Courses
NWRoAR Tutors are dedicated to raising the standard of motorbike riding on our roads. The course, tailored to our Associates' needs and capabilities, is based around the skills and knowledge found in Motorcycle roadcraft: the police rider's handbook, supported by the most up-to-date Highway Code. On completion of the course Associates undergo a pre-test check ride with one of the Advanced Tutors prior to applying for the RoSPA Advanced Riding Test. Successful Associates will pass with a Bronze, Silver or Gold award.
Group Ride-outs &
Updating Your Riding Skills
We aim to provide the opportunity for all members to explore the amazing roads available to us across the whole of North Wales.
On occasions these will be extended further afield with visits to specific places of interest.
As a member, if you wish to organise a tour beyond our borders we'd be delighted to include it in our schedule!
What is Advanced Riding?
"It is a deliberate, skilful and responsible riding technique admired by others. As an advanced rider, you are able to anticipate and control situations to reduce your accident risk. An Advanced rider is equipped with the knowledge and skill to ride safely and effectively in all conditions.
Advanced Riding is based upon IPSGA (Information, Position, Speed, Gear, Acceleration) the 'System of motorcycle control' as detailed in Motorcycle Roadcraft - The Police Rider's Handbook. It is unlikely that anyone will gain a high grade without a good knowledge of the current editions of The Highway Code and Motorcycle Roadcraft."
For more information please email Pete Pearcey, our Membership Secretary:
Or phone Geth Thomas, our Chairman, on:
Committee & Tutors
Here at NWRoAR, we know that sometimes all it takes to improve riding skills is a little support. Since our founding in 2019, we have been determined to make an impact. The core of our efforts is to bring our team’s fresh ideas and passion to the development of our Associates' riding abilities. As a result all our Associates have passed with the minimum of a RoSPA 'Silver' grade, but it's usually a RoSPA 'Gold'!
Group Committee (2021)
Chair: Geth Thomas
Vice-Chair & Training Officer: Stuart Bell
Secretary & Membership Sec: Pete Pearcey
Treasurer: Paul Kennedy
Social Media: Lee Parsons