Better Riding Days at Cadwell Park
Maximum Track Time
7×30-minute sessions on track. 4 in the morning, and 3 in the afternoon. That’s three and a half hours of uninterrupted track-time!!
Working in groups of 5 or 6 bikes per instructor you stay with the same Instructor all day and can work one to one in the afternoon’s free lapping sessions.
We believe that to ride safely you need to train at speeds above the Speed Limit. How else can you get that essential safety margin?
We don’t do crashes at HRT. In fact, we hold the Cadwell Park record for the most track time achieved in a day because we’re not having to stop for red flags.
Real bikes with mirrors, headlights and indicators. We don’t do slick tyres or track bikes. This isn’t a cheap race practice day, it’s a quality training day for real riders who want to become safer, smoother and more progressive motorcyclists.
Everyone rides to our days, and they usually all ride home too! Practice your cornering skills in the safe environment of a one-way road with no junctions, lamp-posts, bollards. Also known as Cadwell Park Race Circuit.
Who’s it for?
What's the day like?
Your morning will be spent learning the circuit in a mini-group of 6 bikes with your own instructor. Each of your 4 sessions is themed to a particular skill and you will be briefed by your Instructor before each session, and debriefed by him after each session.
In the afternoon you will have 3 more 30-minute sessions for free lapping but with your group Instructor standing by to help you at no extra charge – just ask!
What happens on the day?
Who’s it for?
Which group should I choose?
There are 2 main groups A, and B, each main group assembles in 5 mini-groups of 5 or 6 bikes. Each mini-group lines up behind a numbered cone 1-5 and we try to get them in speed order (1 being the fastest/ more experienced). Each mini-group is allocated one of our 10 instructors for the whole day..
Group A (Green) is split between fast regulars and others, so that’s A+ and A. You need to have been assessed and passed to hold the coveted A+sticker.
Group B (Amber) is for riders who may not know Cadwell Park circuit very well but describe themselves as ‘progressive’ on the road. In mini-groups 4 and 5 of Group B we have the less experienced and more nervous riders. These lovely people take away most skills improvement from the day.
In the end, our main concern is that NO-ONE is frustrated or frightened! And that NO-ONE crashes! We engender friendliness throughout, and we don’t tolerate bullies. We must also limit the mini-groups to 6 bikes in order that everyone gets their turn with their instructor.
It’s ALL about cornering!
What should I bring with me?
You’ll need your full driving licence, the paperwork from your joining pack, your group sticker on the front of your bike and a road legal bike. A little cash for lunch and possibly some petrol in the afternoon is also good.
Cadwell Park enforce a noise limit of 105DB and your bike will be tested before the day starts. We’ve never had a factory exhaust fail this test, but some after market cans can be loud. If you have a removable baffle in your can make sure you have it in, or at least bring it with you just in case!
We ask that headlights be switched off on the day to allow instructors to easily identify each other in their mirrors. If your bike doesn’t allow you to switch your lights off, please use some gaffa tape or similar to cover them or maybe pull the headlight fuse out.
What kit do I need?
Because of our safety record we have special permission from MSV, the owners of Cadwell Park, to allow the use of textiles on our Better Riding Days. So good quality zip together textiles are allowed. We’d also recommend a back protector if your kit doesn’t have one built in.
Leathers are also great, either two piece or all in one.
Whatever you wear the top must connect to the trouser, either with an all round zip or at the very least a zippable flap. If you do happen to come off and slide along the ground a jacket that rides up and exposes bare skin is no use at all!
If you’re towards the top of group A or A+ we really do recommend leathers and a back protector.
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WHO WE ARE
A LITTLE HISTORY
We are an advanced training company for motorcyclists – formed in 2001. Since 1988 we have taken our motorcycling very seriously indeed. As former Nurburgring Instructors we brought some of the crazy German ideas over to Blighty and adapted them over time into what is now our Better Riding Day.
We now have 12 to 15 Qualified Instructors on our team who have embraced our systems and teach the HRT Method with complete confidence. We trust these guys implicitly, and you can too – we have invested a lot of time making sure they are the best!
We have 12 to 15 HRT Qualified Instructors who all look very dapper in our HRT instructor bibs!
You will find a wealth of knowledge on our team, with IAM Senior Observers, RoSPA Tutors and Instructors, flat track racers, road racers, motocrossers, endurance racers, trials riders, national and international champions and even an HMRC tax inspector… You name it!
Our Better Riding Days have such a good reputation in the community that the Lincolnshire Police Road Safety Partnership choose to use HRT to run their Performance Plus days at Cadwell Park. You can find out more about those days, which are a great taster of the full Better Riding Day, on the LRSP website.
As well as track work HRT runs Advanced Machine Skills days where we look in serious detail at life saving skills like swerving and braking. We have been chosen by Essex Fire Brigade to run these days under their banner providing life saving skills to motorcyclists. For more details have a look at the Fire Bike Advanced Machine Skills website.
“Had an excellent day 21/05/15, great way to experience riding on a track. All of the instructors are dedicated motorcyclists and very good at tailoring the training to the groups requirements. Safety is a priority on the course for the all of the HRT team. A big thank you to the whole team.”
– Mick taylor
“A very well organised and enjoyable day. I was quite nervous to begin with never having been on a track before, but this quickly disappeared and pure enjoyment replaced it. I would like to thank Mel for his expertise and fantastic tuition especially taking me on the track during the afternoon session. Overall I felt at ease, there was no pressure to prove yourself and health and safety was paramount. I would definitely recommend this day to all riders from novice up to experienced. Looking forward to next year. ”
– Rachel Griffiths
“2 better riding days under my belt and another 1 booked. Top quality instruction which has made my riding safer and faster, the instructors tailor the training to your needs and its definitely the best way to experience a track. Thanks to all”
– steve morris
“Thanks to the Team for the day spent at Cadwell on 18th September 2013. fantastic day, learn’t lots more than I thought I would, even learnt after sitting at home looking at the photos. Well recommended even for RoSPA Gold and IAM F1RST Members. Thanks. Neil”
– Neil Wallis-Tennant
“The quality and quantity of instruction from the HRT team is fantastic and the safety record speaks for its self. The training is a must for all riders new to biking and even those that have ridden for years. On track their is no pressure to ride quick beyond your ability as riders are grouped together on ability and during the day you may be either moved up or down a group, so your riding with others who are at your level … This is not a track day so don’t be put off by worrying about quick bikes etc as Martin and his team have strict rules and the grouping system works really well. You can even ride one to one with an instructor. Just ask and the reply will be “No problem”. … Thanks to all the team at HRT. See you all soon. Regards Adam”
– Adam Hannay
“This was the BEST day I have EVER had on a motorcycle! I cannot praise it enough, the standard of the instruction, the organisation, the friendliness of the instructors, the facilities at Cadwell, it was amazing! I learnt so much in one day it has completely changed my riding style / technique. If you have worries about corners you must do this! A week ago I spent 5 days on the Isle of Man doing the TT circuit and thought I could never top that, well this did! Thanks to the Hopp Rider team! You are Fantastic.”
– Gary Cattermole