I first went to Eden Pro-Rider as a nervous rider 2 years after passing my direct access course, however I needed further tuition. The first day training with John was such a revelation! He was very patient & aware of my own lack of confidence. Building observational skills is a key part of his training method, improving awareness around me. This really began to build my confidence. On road training taught me the correct principles for cornering, speed, gears and braking and dealing with traffic and dangers on the road. I then began to read the road correctly, adjusting my speed, gears & position instead of just arriving at a bend with a hope to get around it! I finally understood the physics of cornering, which has resulted in me being a more relaxed and calm rider, I knew my limits and by applying the techniques I had been shown little was now going to phase me. After enjoying my one day’s rider training so much, I thought I would brush up my skills prior to my annual riding holiday to Italy. Another very enjoyable & informative day ensued, it was suggested that I was good enough to try for the RoSPA Advance Riders Certificate, which was such a boost to my confidence. By reinforcing & building on the observational skills from the first day, my riding had come on leaps & bounds through the pre-holiday training. My fellow Ducati-riding mates commented on how smoother & confident my riding, praise indeed! For the RoSPA training we concentrated on “rider system” on a variety of roads around Cumbria & the North Pennines. Each type of road had its own challenges from the M6, A66, A686 to fording rivers on unclassified single track lanes (what a rush that was!). Unerring instruction & breaks provided the feed-back to improve weaker areas and build upon them. I had to concentrate; the reward for me was knowing that I was a much better rider than if I hadn’t taken the training. After having passed my RoSPA with a silver grade, I have nothing but praise for John at Eden Pro rider Training. He has patience & willingness to share his riding experiences with clients. He was never patronising (which as a woman rider can often happen) & any mistakes or necessary refinements in my riding were discussed, learnt from then filed. I know now that accidents don’t “suddenly happen” & hazards don’t “appear from nowhere”. His training has taught me to be an aware, confident rider with a positive attitude.
With ever increasing leisure activity and popularity of motorcycling nationally, together with those riders who return to biking after a “lay off” period, we offer an opportunity to have your riding assessed by a professional and complete a programme of re-educating to modern day machines, helping to develop riding techniques, as well as highlighting current dangers and trends, which in turn equips the rider with essential “live to ride, ride to live” skills.