interesting by having Martin standing in the box and only indicating which side to pass him on at the last moment. This was followed by another slalom with the cones set far apart widthways. This called for careful control as you rounded the cones because he’d placed the ones on the verge side with only about 18 inches to spare. Run wide and you’d be turning on some very rough undergrowth. It had also started to rain quite heavily and the wind was picking up too. Our final cornering exercise required us to go round in tight circles as quickly as we could. This involved us turning on the concrete part of the airfield together with its muddy joints and grassy tufts which caused a few flutters as wheels skipped and slid temporarily as they passed over them. This was expanded into a figure of eight exercise to practice merging and judging distance and speed. Unfortunately this didn’t really work with only five riders as we all tended to be in the same circle at the same time. The last thing he wanted us to show us without using the front brake was how to come to a gentle halt using just the rear brake. This also involved stopping with your left foot down, something I got out of the habit of years ago. Without going into too much detail, this was something I decided that I couldn’t change in five minutes and I would never employ on the road anyway. Perhaps I’m just a grumpy old Hector so we agreed to differ on that one. Next up were the braking exercises including most riders worst nightmare… front wheel skids. To be continued next month.
The SAM Observer October 2013
The October 2013 edition of "The SAM Observer"