NEWS:: Update on 29th January 2013
So, Happy New 2013 Year to everyone.
Each year I’m really pleased to announce the dates for the year and write a bit about where we are with the ‘Performance Plus+’ project. This year is much easier because, as of last year, the funding to put this program on and subsidise it to almost 50% is as secure as it is possible to be in this current financial climate. Motorcycle safety remains high in our priorities, but everyone who has taken part so far knows that safety does not have to mean boring. We are now into our 6th year with the program in its current format, with another 3 years before this where it started as a half day course. Although there has been a significant number of riders who have taken part twice ( 4 people were so impressed they did it 3 times! ) but so far just short of 2000 people have taken part. Whilst the aim of the day is to improve riders’ skills, whatever level you are at when you arrive, it doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be enjoyment by the bucket full in the process!
Of course the reason to improve riders’ skills is straight forward, improve a rider’s skill and that reduces the risk of mistakes which in turn helps avoid the potential consequences, so commonly a crash. I have to declare that I can be sceptical of those product endorsements, often from famous people telling us why this particular boiler or stair lift has changed their lives, and so I have previously avoided quoting the messages of praise we regularly receive in the days following a Performance Plus+ event. Last year one rider joined us on the May course. He came on recommendation from a fellow Ducati rider and that evening was back on the Ducati web forum, thoroughly enthusiastic about the day and commending it to everyone else. The gist of his forum post was about what great fun he’d had whilst learning new skills with a fantastic team.
That’s great for us, but to be fair, that’s also quite normal. Where this one differs and made me decide to share this is, he sent us an email the following morning. A summary of that email was to let everyone know that the new skills learned on the previous day just saved his life, literally. Skills acquired the day before were put in place and what was evidently very bad mistake by a van driver did not cost this rider anything more than a cold sweat!
What it means to us, is everything. It is the ultimate description of what we do and why we do it. The two messages by the rider uses far better descriptions and we are very grateful to him sharing the experience for everyone’s information since it could happen to anyone. If you would like to read the full version of Alex’s account, and that of a few others, go to the ‘Testimonials’ page
So enough of that, what is Performance Plus about?
Each Performance Plus event day consists of four different sections, run by Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership staff for the off track sessions and the highly regarded Hopp Rider Training team for practical skills on the world famous Cadwell Park full circuit. It includes intensive skills instruction in the following core subjects, either on the track or in the clubhouse. Of course, there is also time for free lapping to practice at your own pace. It doesn’t matter what level of rider you are, newly qualified or riding since Adam showed Eve the orchard, just be prepared to learn something new. The theory session is not about advanced riding, that’s something we would recommend to do but it’s readily available elsewhere. The theory we look at on this course helps to understand how and why the practical skills work to avoid getting it wrong. The more you know about why and how a bike does things, the less likely you are to ask it to do the impossible.
The Four Workshops:
- How to avoid getting it wrong (Theory)
- Machine handling skills (Circuit)
- Defensive riding skills (Circuit)
- Advice for and importance of vehicle maintenance (on site workshop)
We have 3 dates for Performance Plus in 2013. The cost of putting on these courses is significant but the saving in terms of reduced casualties is priceless. The courses are heavily subsidised and have still been kept down to a bargain price for a cracking day at the Cadwell Park full circuit. Each event is limited to 80 places so please book early or contact us to check availability (see above tabs).
- Tuesday 14th May
- Tuesday 9th July
- Tuesday 17th September
It’s a long but worthwhile day. We need you to be at Cadwell Park by 07.45 for registration at the latest. The event finishes about 17.15 depending what group you are in. All types of motorcycles are welcome and catered for, although we do have to comply with certain conditions (read the F.A.Q. document under Downloads tab). Bring a pack-up or make use of the excellent food available in the Cadwell Park club house. You don’t have to be a resident of Lincolnshire to do these courses, through-out previous years attendees have spread the word and we have people coming from both ends of the UK, seriously Scotland and Isle of Wight. The day can be tiring and if you are travelling a long way you may want to stay over somewhere. The MotorSportVision Cadwell Park web page has links to local B&Bs and small hotels for you to make use of.
If you are interested in joining us on any of these dates, download the booking form (see Downloads tab), complete all the information and return the form with a cheque for the required amount to LRSP (See Contacts tab). We will confirm receipt of your application and your place on the date chosen.
There’s one booking form for each date this year, only because we are currently operating an early booking price for May at last year’s price £85, otherwise July and September is £89. Download the appropriate form the day you want. Just a word of warning, don’t wait to see what the weather will be like before deciding, all courses book up and each year end we have a waiting list for the following year for those that missed out. Don’t let it be you.