Cheltenham &
Cotswold Advanced

Your local advanced motorcycling group
Part of IAM Roadsmart

Be one the most skilled riders on the road with this on-road advanced motorcycle course provided by one of our qualified riders
Join a group of like-minded bikers with a full calendar of events and ride outs

CCAM run regular social ride outs 

Run at both the weekends and midweek.

Please see the events diary for details of rides currently planned.

This will give details of the starting time and where to meet.. It will indicate the rough destination, the length of the ride and an approximate time of return.

Ride outs are led by experienced riders and follow to IAM Roadsmart guidelines. They may involve a long day in the saddle - or a gentle half day run to a local cafe or Pub for lunch. This will be stated in the ride out itinerary.

We normally use the drop-off marker system which will be fully explained by the ride leader before departure. The leader will gather the group around at the start to give an outline of the day. You ride at your own comfortable pace.

FULL TANKS at the start please.

Finally, please remember to check our Web page or Facebook near the day, as often climatic conditions and personal issues can mean last minute changes.

IAM RoadSmart Advanced Rider Course (ARC)

Please Note...All our Observers have Associates at the moment and we have a short waiting list. When you enrol, there may be a short wait before the course commences. There may however be other events, such as our slow riding skills day that you can take part in. The sooner you join the waiting list...the sooner you will get to the top !

What is it?

A rider skills improvement programme, developed by IAM Roadsmart (the UK's leading road safety charity), for any motorcyclist with a full licence who wishes to improve their riding skills. This is a core programme of rider skills enhancement designed to assess, explain and develop the individual's riding techniques to make you a safer, focussed and more confident rider. This will bring you to a standard that will prepare you for the advanced riding test. On passing that, you will become a full member of IAM Roadsmart.

How does it work?

Once you have enrolled on the Advanced Rider Course (ARC) as an associate member, a membership pack will be forwarded to you to include:

  • An ARC handbook (based upon the Police “Roadcraft” training manual). This will be used throughout your course as a reference guide.
  • First year membership of the IAM RoadSmart. First year membership of CCAM. Examination cost covering your advanced riding test.

How do I enrol on the ARC?

Enrol on the IAM Roadsmart Website

The ARC is currently £215. When prompted to enter your preferred group, please enter "Cheltenham and Cotswold Advanced Motorcyclists group 1265" - this ensures that you are allocated to the CCAM group (if you don't, it is allocated by IAM and you may not get allocated to CCAM).

What next?

You will be allocated to a local CCAM Observer who will take you through the programme designed to provide 'One on One' guidance. You and your observer will arrange observed rides at mutually convenient times, with rides usually lasting 2-3 hours each time. Generally, a total of 6-8 runs would be sufficient for the average associate. You can expect the programme to take 2-3 months to complete. The observed runs are conducted in an informal relaxed manner, and two-way dialogue is encouraged.

Once I have passed, what next?

First and foremost, well done! Having passed the IAM advanced test, you are now entitled to full IAM membership and continued membership of CCAM. This will allow you to continue to access further riding skills development within the club, such as low speed control skill courses and off road/track based events where organised. You could of course consider becoming an Observer yourself within the group.

Still not sure if the ARC is for you?

You might find our FAQ page helpful.

Then, why not, come along to one of our relaxed monthly meetings or take part in one of our ride outs (see events diary)? You will be able to meet our observers who will be more than happy to answer your questions and perhaps any concerns that you may have.