1st Cape Town Free Chapter


The safety of the members is taken very seriously by FCCT and this was shown by the comprehensive training session conducted by our Road Captain Manna and his able team of marshals. It is comforting to know that as riders we are in safe hands.

On a chilly Saturday morning, we were led by Mr Mike from the gathering place at Caltex Waterfront to the training venue at Simon van der Stel Primary School in Wynberg. We ranged from riders with many years of experience to Carminda with her 5-day old licence. But we all need to keep learning and refreshing our skills. After warming up with a hot cuppa, Mike took us through the theory of motorbike skills and pack riding.

The marshals laid out a course on the playground for us to test our practical skills. Starting from parking our bikes, we proceded to weaving in and out of cones, then to full circles and finally figure-of-eight patterns, the marshals provided patient instruction and encouragement. Bruce and Bernie kindly provided some welcome hotdogs and we were able to complete this session of training leaving as much more confident bikers.

Thanks again to Mike and all our marshals for your dedication and commitment to our safety.

Free Chapter Skills Training - 6th April

Rider skills are an important safety factor. With this in mind the Marshals put together a skills training day. The iffy weather did not deter a bunch of members eager to improve their skills. After meeting at the usual mustering point, we rode to van der Stel Primary School in Wynberg. First we covered the theory part of training including video footage. Then we proceeded to the school grounds for the practical tests. The focus was on bike handling making use of traffic cones to test our skills with a series of slalom, circles and figure-eights. Needless to say, testing skills to the limit resulted in some meeting of chrome and tar but without any injury. The hot dogs and refreshments provided were appreciated as well. A BIG thanks to the marshals for giving their time to provide this valuable training.