All Included with Your Show Ticket
All free, just turn up and join in! We expect some of our workshops to be super popular so it’s first come, first served. Timetables will be available closer to the event date and in our show guides (free at the entrance).
Alice Lewis of Bridgestone
Tyre Safety, in partnership with Bridgestone Tyres
A special tyre safety workshop will be organised by Bridgestone to demonstrate how its portfolio of products perform for different bikes in different conditions – and the technology that goes into each tyre compound.
The tyre safety workshops will include a talk from Alice Lewis, the Motorcycle Marketing Coordinator for Bridgestone, about the importance of checking your tyres and using the correct tyres for your riding application. Followed by a Q&A and she will provide each attendee a tyre safety booklet to take away.
Beginner & Intermediate Motorcycle Maintenance
Ellie Garner of Ducati Worcester will be hosting both beginner and intermediate motorcycle maintenance workshops. After gaining her full bike license in 2016 and managing the brave feat of a 3000+ mile tour around Europe solo, Ellie got a part time job in a garage in Bristol in the hopes of learning a new trade. In 2017 she took her level 2 and 3 Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair qualifications and found a job in a motorcycle dealership in Sutton Coldfield. In 2019 she worked one weekend a month for Wigley racing touring with British Super Bikes to Donnington, Assen, Knockhill, Snetterton, Silverstone and Oulton Park before moving to Ducati Worcester.
“As a woman into motorcycling and being a part of the motorcycle world, I am proud to say that it was my mum that sparked my interest in motorbikes, I was only young so a Yamaha YZ125 looked very mean to me! As I grew up I was always interested but my love and passion for biking didn’t ignite until I was 23; I was travelling in Sri Lanka and the only real sensible mode of transport was two wheels, as I moved onto New Zealand I found myself working on farms and using quads and dirt bikes, extremely fun times had!
Once my travels were over, I found myself at a bit of a loss as to where to go with my life. I tried a variety of jobs in pubs and construction, all valuable lessons learned along the way but the spark wasn’t there… until I went for my full bike licence at the age of 26 and realised that I had found my joy in life so I took my new “big bike” my 1998 FZS600 Fazer who I’ve named Freddy on a tour around Europe all because I wanted to ride and gain confidence in this new found love. From the ride I then wanted to be able to fix and maintain Freddy, so on I went to become a mechanic…”
Workshops – Beginners – In this workshop she will be going through the very basic maintenance techniques you can use to make sure you feel safe on your ride knowing you have performed the basic but essential checks.
• Lights and bulbs• Handlebars fouling on tank• Brake lever travel• Chain tension• Throttle and clutch cable free play• Oil and fluid level checks• Suspension checks• Head stock and wheel bearing checks• Checking fairing and other bodywork isn’t loose• Lubricating levers, foot pegs, stands and check free play• Check for damage to brake lines, fuel and coolant hoses• Brake pad wear
Intermediate – In this workshop she will show you how to make adjustments once you have performed the basic checks.• Changing bulbs• Adjusting throttle and clutch cables• Handlebar adjustments• Adjusting chain tension• Oil and filter replacements• Torquing up crucial nuts and bolts; caliper, wheel nuts, pinch bolts, handlebars etc.• Brake disk wear• Possible idle adjustment
Judy Richter @TrainAidInc – Making First Aid, Second Nature.
Judy Richter is a mum of 4 who, as an Advanced IAM Rider, currently rides her own Aprilia Shiver 750 and also a variety of bikes for Derbyshire Blood Bikers.
Having trained Emergency Life Support Skills in a global setting within aviation, FE Colleges and latterly with St John Ambulance, Judy set up her own first aid training company 8 years ago…delivering Workplace and Community First Aid across the UK. As a returning biker after 30 years away from biking, Judy recognised a need to educate people away from some of the old myths that seemed to have stuck. “Never move your casualty and never take their helmet off” were words of wisdom that I cringed at says Judy. So she came up with her FAB First Aid for Bikers Courses offering biker specific information on how to manage an incident, deal with immediate life threatening injuries, who to call (its different abroad), offer basic first aid and how/what to monitor until the emergency services turn up.
During the exhibition Judy will be delivering 2 sessions to give you a flavour of how her workshops run.
Casualty Response and the ‘B’ Words/The Window of Opportunity
How do you assess your casualty and their injuries and what is the most important injury to deal with first? How fast do the Emergency Services manage to get to casualties and can a first aider really make a difference before they get there?
A non-breathing casualty can suffer from brain damage or death within 4-5minutes. The Emergency Services can’t always get there that fast. Could YOU save your biking buddy’s life?
A look at why, when and how a helmet should be removed from a biking casualty with a demonstration and a quick overview of different types of helmets and their effectiveness.
We aren’t expecting you to balance on your bike precariously whilst doing a downward dog (though if you CAN do that then we would certainly like to see!). Kate Harrington specialises in yoga techniques and stretches specific to where bikers have the biggest problems.
As an accomplished motorcyclist herself, Kate first discovered the benefits of yoga as an international road racer competing at the Isle of Man TT races. She has always taken a pride in keeping fit, particularly aerobic and endurance training to help her with the racing. In 1997 whilst in the Paddock an older lady came up to her and said “young lady, you really should learn how to breathe properly!” She was staggered; she was the fittest person she knew! BUT being curious, she went along to a class…
Kate then practised mostly Hatha for a few years, and mostly for the physical aspects, in 2005 Kate decided to learn more and took the Yoga for Health Foundation General Teaching Training wanting to learn more of the spiritual and the Anatomy & Physiology. Teachers from this school include Fiona Agombar and Bill Feeny. This course was over 200 hours, 2 years with 8 intensive weekends, in between residential weekends there were essays and assignments to complete.
It was never Kate’s real intention to teach, but in Oct 2009 she was asked by the Studio Manager at Fitness First to take on a new class, as they hadn’t had yoga there before. Kate found she thoroughly loved sharing her passion for yoga, and soon was asked to take on more classes.
In 2015 Kate built her own studio to teach 1:1 classes, small group classes, and host various workshops and other Teacher Trainings.
Through learning, going on to teach and then running her own workshops, Kate will bring a refreshing take to all those who would like to learn how to use yoga to help them as bikers.
We will be running 4 x 30 minute sessions throughout the show, all included with your ticket. Most of the sessions will be standing, but feel free to bring your own mat for the sit-down bits! There will be a special session on Sunday morning for all those happy campers to help get you back on the road!
The Drawn Studio
Small Tastes of Drawing
The Drawn Studio, who’s resident artist Lou Sprocket is exhibiting at the show will be providing 2 workshops on the day, ‘Small Tasters of Drawing’.
A chance to have a go at drawing, she’ll show and teach the basic elements of drawing technique so others can have a go at drawing small parts of motorbikes.
The small tasters of drawing are designed for all levels of skill and are short sessions of 30 minutes, so they fit into the live drawing and exhibiting of her original photorealistic drawings.
Kerry the Adventurer
How to Set Up a Bike For Off-Road Adventure (& Picking Up a Fallen Bike)
We’re so pleased to link in with Kerry the Adventurer for a workshop with a difference! Kerry will be hosting How to Set up a Bike for Off-Roading Adventure, and will be using her knowledge to teach skills for safe riding on the road and off-road. As part of this she will be demonstrating a safe way to pick up a fallen bike, with less effort.
Kerry is an adventure motorbiker living in Scotland. After a big motorbike crash that led to depression, one life-changing moment she decided not to give up and opted to ride a KTM Adventure 1190. She was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 27, and is using her bike to spread awareness about mental health and how travelling helped her to overcome every obstacle in her life.
Sarah Rudder leads Mental Toughness for Motorbike Women (Men also welcome!).
Whether you’re new to biking, returning to it after a break or simply wanting to build confidence on a new bike this workshop is for you. In 45 minutes she’ll cover:
Fear, nerve and anxiety – get to know your enemy and what it does to your brain.
Dealing with failure.
How the stories we tell ourselves can either sabotage or support us.
She’ll be using the 4 Cs model of mental toughness to explore how we can develop these skills as bikers.
Please note this workshop is about brain power not horsepower – it won’t be covering specific riding skills but developing our mental ability to ride more confidently, manage test nerves and enjoy the ride more.
Sarah Rudder is an expert coach and facilitator in the area of mental toughness. She started riding in 2018 and found it terrifying. But she also discovered that there is joy on the other side of that fear. In this workshop she’ll share some of her story and give you a selection of techniques to help you on your own journey.