The coaching team

 
 
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STUART MITCHELL

Current Bike
Hornet - Fireblade

Favourite Ride
The old B4525 from Banbury to Northampton.

History
The usual 125, 250 & then British twins. Saw the light with a Suzuki GSX 750. Worked as a courier in London, CX500 of course, joined the police because it was the only job that paid decent money for riding a bike. Went through BMW phase, all round Europe, 1,000 mile days. Commuted on various multi coloured MZs, raced MZ briefly. Full time Police motorcyclist for 2 years before specialising in a job which required more equipment than can be stashed in a BMW pannier.

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RYAN DECARTERET

Current Bike
BMW K1300R

Favourite Ride
The B4507 Wantage to Swindon.

History
CBT and DAS in 2004 and then miles upon miles of my then local roads of the South Wales coast and the Brecon Beacons. 2008 moved to Kent where week days were the big commute from Maidstone into Vauxhall on a Bandit 600 and weekends were all about the coastal roads on my GSX-R1000 and B-King. Passed advanced motorcycle course with Thames Valley Police in 2012 and a refresher with Kent Police in 2016, both very fast driving schools but very different types of roads.

 
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GARY BALDWIN

Current Bike
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Favourite Ride
Locally B4011 Thame to Bicester. Further afield A44 through Wales.

History
One of the originators of Rapid Training. First bike was a SS50 Honda. Usual progression through RD200 to Honda 400 Four. Became RAC/ACU instructor in 1979. Started production racing in 1983 on a Honda CB900F. Won the Brands Hatch Racing School Star Rider in 1983. First Police course in 1983. Became IAM and RoSPA examiner.

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MARK EDWARDS

Current Bike
BMW F800

Favourite Ride
Burford to Charlbury (like the TT but without the spectators).

History
Started riding on a Puch 3 gear moped. Went into buy a spark plug for it and came out with a Kawasaki KH250 triple. Became and instructor for the RAC/ACU rider training scheme in 1979. Took up production racing in 1882 on a RD350LC. Took police advanced riding course in 1985. Sent home from his last refresher training as miles above the required standard.

 
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GILES LAMB

Current Bike
G Adventure

Favourite Ride
Quiet, rural B roads. Give your eyes and brain a work out.

History
Dispatched in London on a Kwak GT550 before becoming an instructor for seven years with a national school. Chief instructor with them, training new instructors whilst playing with IAM, Rospa, and track days. These were the days of Schwantz and Doohan. Trips to Assen .. Donnington were regular summer outings. Sigh, ... happy days!! Left instructing and joined the Police in '96 and have been on traffic since 2004. I ride a bike full time; off road, marked patrol and unmarked. Haven't driven a traffic car in anger for over four years. If yer a petrol head, it's a dream job.
Summer Hols are usually spent touring abroad.

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DAVID BURTON

Current Bike
BMW R1200 GS

Favourite Ride
A87 Invergarry to Kyle of Lochalsh.

History
Long time ago after short boring time on a scooter bought Yamaha YDS 7 then quickly realised to broaden my knowledge of girls changed bike for Austin 1100. Moved onto Police bikes and have been riding them
for last 25 years.

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IAN BEGG

Current Bike
BMW  R1200 GS Adventure TE

Favourite Ride
I love Scotland and organise a biking trip every year. Glencoe, Spittal of Glenshee but for the joy of the long sweeping bends with superb views it has to be............. A830 Fort William to Mallaig Ferry and on to Skye. 

History
First bike was a Honda moped, followed by a 250cc Suzuki X7, Honda CB650,  BMW R80RT,  Honda VFR 750,  Aprillia Tuono, BMW GS and then bought a GSA in 2018. Joined Lancashire Constabulary in 1980. After two years mandatory foot patrol, a standard driving course, three further years driving Pandas and Vans, applied to transfer to Traffic. Intermediate car course followed by Advanced Car and then Standard and Advanced Bike. Went full time on bikes in 1988 and stayed there until retirement in 2010. Joined RoSPA as Car and Motorcycle Examiner in 1996.

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GRAHAM ALLEN

Current Bike
Beemer K1200s

Favourite Ride
The A170 Scarborough to Thirsk and then round the
"Helmsley TT" isn't bad. Really get my kicks on any windy road, especially round French Alps on hols!

History
First started riding "Up North" at 16 with a Honda SS50. Followed with first "real bike" at 17 with a RD250. Progressed to the cutting edge (for the time) CX500 and then a VFR500 which handled like a dream. Joined the Police in the Met in 1984 in order to ride and drive fast and started to commute on a Suzuki GSX750. Started to get into World Superbikes (as a spectator!) which led on to a ZXR750 when released. Join Met Traffic in 1991eventually dealing with police collisions and serious and fatal collisions.

 
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MARK FUNNIVAL

Current Bike
BMW R1200 GSA

Favourite Ride
Settle to Hawes, North Yorkshire.

History
Started riding a Suzuki GT185 at 17 on L plates (resisting the temptation to go down the moped route). Passed motorcycle test around 1984 and then joined the Eastern Traffic Department in Herts Police. Passed the Police Advanced course for cars then went straight onto the bike course. Riding BMW R80RT in those days, and the Norton rotary. Had great fun getting paid to ride ‘off road’ on DR350’s.

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SEAN WESTLAKE

Current Bike
BMW K1300s

Favourite Ride
Anything in Mid Wales with no traffic, but saying that traffic gives you something to play with.

History
Started riding bikes at the early age of 14 as the only police around then had push bikes. Rode things like MZ 175, Kawasaki KH250, Honda 250, and Yamaha RD200. Joined the police force and took the standard motorcycle course in 1985, receiving grade one certificate a year later. Retained grade one until retiring from the force in 2012. Was a member of the force VIP escort team for 20 years. Became an IAM examiner 17 years ago and obtained the Direct Access qualification 20 years ago. 

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JOE HURST

Current Bike
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Favourite Ride
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History
Joe is Group Training Officer and founder member of North Lancs and South Cumbria RoSPA group. His passion for anything two wheeled started with riding his sister’s bicycle on the family farm tracks when just a young lad. Moved on to something with an engine and passing his test in 1977. Joined Morecambe Bay IAM group in 2008, and qualified as a IAM Group Observer 12 months later. Since then has passed many biking certifications including California Superbike School Level 1 and RoSPA Advanced Tutor in April 2019.

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BRIAN GLOVER-SMITH

Current Bike
R1200RT touring and S1000RR for track

Favourite Ride
B6254 from Over Kelley to Devils Bridge. 

History
Passed motorcycle test age17 and quickly progressed from a Yamaha RD250, to a Honda CX500 and a few years later, a Suzuki GS1000E.  By age 21 had become a Police Motorcyclist, having achieved the Police Class 1 Advanced Certificate with a force record high-score. A strong advocate of continuous skill development, Brian is an active Blood Bike rider and examiner for IAM RoadSmart, holding IAM Masters with Distinction and Masters Mentor qualifications.

 
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MARK ROBINS

Current Bike
Street Triple

Favourite Ride
Anywhere without speed cameras.

History
Bought his bike aged 14 - a stripped down Honda C70 Field bike. First road bike was a Suzuki AP 50 at 16. Joined the Police shortly afterwards with the dream of becoming a police motorcyclist. In the mean time owned a variety of bikes used as daily transport. Became a full time police motorcyclist at 23. As well as a class 1 rider/driver. Became a Transport of Dept. authorised motorcycle instructor as well as a Rospa Examiner. Continued to acquire a variety of bikes over the years with the more recent ones include a few Honda VFR's, Fireblades, a BMW R1100S and a Honda 900 hornet.

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ALAN THOMAS

Current Bike
Tiger Explorer

Favourite Ride
Out of Cherbourg - all France/Europe to aim at.

History
Survived teenage years due to parental disqualification, but took up 2 wheels eventually. Passed test on the Isle of Wight during the last week of round the block, on a Super Dream. Made normal progress with several downers, mainly personal fault through stupidity. Standard and Advanced courses - normal patrol work, VIP Escorts (minor royals PM Thatcher) Air Shows. Got involved in Better Driving with the public for 10years, local bike groups, IAM examiner and Observer.

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VINCE CONN

Current Bike
Honda Varadero, Gixxer 600, SV650 Super twin, SP1

Favourite Ride
Market Harborough to Uppingham.... biking heaven!

History
Started riding Dugouts, (Honda C90’s to anyone not from Corby) round the local woods terrorizing doggers and wild life. Progressed to motocross and then a DT50 on the road at 16. Passed test at 17 and bought a VF400, promptly trading it in for a GPZ900R complete with flying jacket and raybans. Since then has owned a succession of bikes from supersports, trackbikes, Tourers and everything in-between. Vince is Class I certified in cars and bikes, Hold a RoSPA Diploma in Advanced Bike Training, and is an examiner for the IAM.

 
 
 
Ever since day one we’ve dedicated our time to help riders achieve results way beyond their expectations. Along the way ensuring whatever their skill level, they feel proud of their achievements with us.
— Gary Baldwin | Founder
 
 
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