Cheltenham &
Cotswold Advanced

Your local charitable 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

IAM RoadSmart     Advanced Rider Course

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 as an associate member, a membership pack will be forwarded to you to include:

  • An Advanced Rider Course 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 Advanced Rider Course?

Enrol on the IAM Roadsmart Website

The Advanced rider course is currently £149. 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 Advanced Rider Course is for you?

Then 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.

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Associate and Observer Guidelines

CCAM Associates:             Frequently Asked Questions

Q How do Observed Rides work?

A We will assign you an Observer who will go out with you for a series of 1-2-1 Observed Rides. Your Observer will cover everything you need to complete the Advanced Riding Course (ARC), offering you feedback on your own ride and giving demonstrations where helpful.

Q How often will I have Observed Rides and how long will it take to complete the ARC?

A That depends on your individual circumstances and your Observer will decide with you what’s right for you. On average, the time between rides is 1-3 weeks and the time taken to become test ready is 6-10 rides. You should plan to have Observed Rides regularly and it’s important to get out and practise between them. If you find that you can’t commit to regular Observed Rides or the practice needed between them we may place you back in the Associate Pool until you’re able to go out more regularly.

Q What should I wear for Observed Rides?

A We’d like you to wear appropriate bike kit that’s suitable for the weather. There’s no requirement to wear high-vis. Your Observer can give you more tailored advice if you want it.

Q What if I need to postpone my Observed Ride?

A Your Observer will appreciate as much notice as possible so we recommend letting them know at least 24 hours in advance unless that’s really not possible. Your Observer will do the same in return.
Q Am I expected to go out for Observed Rides during winter or bad weather?
A If you plan to put your bike away over winter, then let us know upfront and we’ll work around that. Our Observers won’t usually postpone a ride unless the weather is very bad – that includes ice, snow, fog, high winds and heavy rain. That’s in line with expectations for the IAM test and we’ll normally carry out Observed Rides in all other weather conditions. We’d like you to feel comfortable during a ride, however, and your Observer will discuss with you how to make sure you’re confident in the conditions.

Q How much should I offer my Observer for their petrol costs?

A IAM Roadsmart allows groups to ask for a contribution towards Observer fuel costs of £5-£20 per ride. All our Observers are volunteers and we’d therefore like you to offer your Observer a contribution towards their expenses. In CCAM this is an individual arrangement between you and your Observer: some appreciate a monetary contribution and others might be happy with just a cuppa and some cake.

Q What happens when I complete the ARC?

A After a maximum of 6 rides we’ll offer you a Progress Check or Pre-Test Check, depending upon how close you are to test standard. Both simulate test conditions and are carried out by one of our check ride team. You’ll either have some more Observed Rides or be submitted for test after your check ride.

Q Will I have one Observer for the whole ARC?

A Yes, usually. A different Observer will carry out your Progress or Pre-Test Check Ride but there are some circumstances in which you might be allocated another Observer for your regular Observed Rides: (1) Availability of you or your Observer. (2) After a Progress Check Ride. (3) Rarely we find that an Associate and their Observer aren’t well-matched. We’ll do our best in this case to assign you a new Observer without any disruption to your ARC.

Q What do I do if I have any other questions or concerns?

A Your first point of contact is your Observer. If you would rather speak with someone else in the group then please get in touch with our Associate Coordinator ( who will be happy to help with any queries or feedback.

These notes provide some guidelines for Associates and Observers for CCAM observing. The guidelines are aimed to ensure that suitable progress can be made by both Associates and Observers. If any issues arise during observed sessions, or if there are difficulties meeting these guidelines, the first point of contact is the Associate Coordinator.

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.

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