As well being a road safety charity HBAM is also a bike club and so we have an active social calendar throughout the year.
We have a monthly social meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at The Fairway Tavern, Old Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL7 2ED, where we have speakers in the Winter months and where we meet for Rideouts during the Summer months.
We also have LOTS of club rides. These are all about having fun riding in a group and, if you are an Associate, getting some practice in! We always ride a great selection of A/B roads as well as some country lanes and end up in an interesting location making every ride very enjoyable.
Make no mistake there are lots of great roads in and around the Herts and Beds area and we like to take every opportunity to ride them! Group rides are at the heart of our social life at HBAM. They are a great opportunity to get to know other people in the club, practice the advanced style and have fun doing what we all enjoy. Riding with other advanced riders means that you know that you are going on a ride where no-one will do anything stupid, the pace will not leave you behind, you won’t get lost and that there will be other riders looking out for you. It allows you to relax and enjoy the ride!
HBAM uses the tried and tested marker system for rides. Each ride is led and organised by a Ride Leader who will work out where we start, where we go, where we stop for lunch etc. The Ride Leader will appoint a Tail End Charlie who is usually an Observer with the club. For those who don't know this system: The Ride Leader sets off, followed by all the other ride members with the Tail End bringing up the rear.
Whenever the Ride Leader makes a turning they will indicate for the person behind them to stop and mark the turn. That person indicates to all the riders behind them where to go until the Tail End comes along when they set off again. They follow the directions of all the other markers until they get to position 2 behind the Ride Leader, who again tells them to mark a corner.
A typical ride will start at about 10am, stop for a spot of lunch for an hour or so then a ride back.
HBAM splits its social rides into two types: All Abilities - these rides are suitable for all members. The pace is measured so they provide a great opportunity for Associates to practice and observe the style of the Full Members. Full Members Rides - ridden at the advanced standard so only open to those who have passed their test. This way we provide rides for all members according to their ability.
Rides vary in length from Sunday morning outings to long weekends so we have a variety of destinations. Recent examples include:
Once a year HBAM goes to the Continent for a long weekend. These Full Member rides take in the best of the Continent's roads and scenery as well as taking the opportunity to sample their food and drink. Recent examples of the CJ include France, Germany, Luxembourg and although not technically Continental, Scotland.
With over thirty women members female membership of HBAM is growing fast, but it can sometimes be slightly off-putting to be the only woman on a ride out. HBAM organises regular events for women only including all abilities rides.
HBAM are pleased to work with Martin Hopp and his rider training days at Cadwell.