Flipbook Slipstream


We have just installed a new application that displays Slipstream as a flipbook.

Some of you may be familiar with the format – most digital magazines use it nowadays. When viewed on a decent-sized screen in full page mode, it displays an interactive “page turning” version of Slipstream.

Try it here: Flipbook Slipstream (Members only section)

By its nature, it doesn’t work very well on mobiles or tablets but there are a few options that we haven’t tried yet.

The downloadable pdf version of Slipstream is stall available in the normal way.

Tell us what you think: slipstream@tvam.org

From the Pillion (Slipstream February 2015)

Hi everyone,Pat_Coneley_graphic

It’s been a busy month at TVAM. The Training Team rolled out a new Trainee Observer (TOb) process at the Core Skills Day on Saturday 7th February. The new process mirrors the Observer/Associate relationship whereby each TOb is assigned an experienced Observer as a Mentor who will guide them through their entire training. This new format is more time efficient and less arduous than the old yellow card (see page 6).

The event was held at Marlow Fire Station, kindly loaned to us for the day by Keith Wheeler of Bucks Fire and Rescue. Since national cutbacks in Police funding, Fire and Rescue have taken a lead in Road Safety and this is a relationship that we hope to build on.

Our Committee, especially Secretary Peter Dowlen, has been compiling the Annual Report and preparing for the AGM on March 15th. The AGM, held after the monthly St. Crispin’s meeting, is your opportunity to have a say in how your club is run so please make an effort to attend.

There will be a packed agenda this year as in addition to the formal business of the elections we have the discussion of Andy Slater’s Task Force Report on our relationship with the IAM.

After shadowing Andy Wedge for several months as Deputy Chief Observer I will be standing for the post of Chief Observer when he steps down for a well-earned rest after 5 years.

Thanks to Andy’s support I now have a much better insight as to what is involved in the role and if elected I am sure the learning will continue.

We also have a vacancy for Chair as Charon Willis will be standing down due to the demands of work and family making it impossible for her to continue in this role.

Currently we have no nominations for this position and would welcome interest from TVAM Full Members. If this is of interest to you please come and have an informal chat with any of the Committee.

It seems to be a long cold winter but the green shoots of a new biking year are beginning to show with social rides in the TVAM Calendar, TVAM Track Days at Castle Combe and 7Ws filling up fast, so get along to your local team meetings and give them your support.

Safe Riding

Pat Coneley

Deputy Chief Observer


Look Lean Roll Courses for 2015

LLR_iconThe Look Lean Roll course schedule for 2105 has been published by the LLR Team.

Courses are available on the following dates:

  • Sunday April 12th 2015
  • Sunday May 10th 2015
  • Sunday June 14th 2015
  • Sunday July 12th 2015
  • Sunday August 9th 2015
  • Sunday September 13th 2015
  • Sunday October 11th 2015

There are 10 places available on each course at a cost of £25.00

Book your place on the TVAM Webshop or contact llr@tvam.org for more details.

Castle Combe Track Day Now Booking

castle_coombe300As we had so much fun last time we have provisionally booked the circuit again.

Come and join us for a TVAM exclusive track and training day at the fabulous Castle Combe circuit on Tuesday 19th May 2015.

We have 54 spaces available at a very reasonable £120 per rider, so book early to avoid disappointment.

There will be 4 groups; Novice, Novice/Inter, Intermediate, Experienced.

Sessions will be 15 min duration.

This is a road bike only event for those riders wishing to explore the full capabilities of their bike in a safe and controlled environment.  Track Guidance available from our knowledgeable team of Observers as well as on site Instructors.

There are strict noise limits here, your bike will need to pass the limit of 105db static test at half a meter and at three quarters of your rev range.

One or two piece Leathers are advised, but Zip together Textiles with CE armour are allowed. There is no requirement for ACU approved helmets (Gold Sticker) at this event.

For further information contact Dave Hepworth at tracktraining@tvam.org

To book your place go to the TVAM Webshop.

From the Chair (Slipstream January 2015)

From-the-Chair-571x480Happy New Year to all of you at TVAM.

What’s in store for you in 2015? Try something new, or perhaps try  something once again? Maybe go and see some of Rossi’s race bikes,  which are being shown at the London Bike Show in February. I’ve heard that the TT is brilliant fun – spot the TVAM members. Join some others and go abroad on your bike – I love riding through the fantastic scenery of Europe and having ham, cheese and croissant for breakfast.

Do the TVAM courses; Class of Better Biking or Bike Craft save reading books early in the season and Look Lean Roll or Advanced Braking Skills are particularly useful when you’ve changed your bike. Personally I’ve booked a day to get my knee down. I know some of you find it easy, some of you don’t agree with the principle, but for me I
think moving around on my bike is a skill that I want to give another try.
Give the social side a go, like the New Year Party – yes that’s all of you! Put aside those thoughts ‘I tried it once’, ‘it’s not my thing’ – just come and chat to other club members. If you’ve got a partner please bring them, so they can meet your mates and share time with other biking widows/widowers.

Go to the AGM on 15th March after St. Crispin’s main meet? We’ll be discussing the findings of the review of your comments on TVAM relationship with the IAM. Be the new Chair? TVAM is a high performance team, may I thank you for helping in our continuing success.

Let your riding be an inspiration to others.

Have a wonderful New Year.

Charon Willis