The original course was called ‘RideSafe’ launched in 2010 with Notts CC support based on a RoSPA presentation. This was replaced in 2012 by SharpRider™ which was developed with Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership and based on the DVSA’s Enhanced Rider Scheme. SharpRider used to be heavily subsidised, and has been promoted by both Leicestershire and South Yorkshire Road Safety Partnerships, and had been delivered through the East Midlands for the last 8 years, and is now a scheme delivered nationally by DVSA Post-Test Trainers.
SharpRider was further developed with the help of Dave Bryant a DVSA Trainer turned DVSA Examiner, a qualified teacher automotive engineer, the former owner of The Retford College of Vehicle Technology.
Mike Abbott the founder of Advanced Rider Coaching was an apprentice trained Automotive Engineer, spending time in the Ford Competitions Department at Boreham and AVO, and is a nationally qualified teacher and trainer. He was the Forgotten Racing Club’s ‘Novice of the Season’ in 1989, riding an ex-Neal Tuxworth Yamaha TZ350H.
In 2009 Mike qualified as a RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle Instructor, and as a Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) approved Post-Test Motorcycle Trainer the following year. Mike is now a qualified ACU track coach with the British Superbike School, who run on-track training courses for both road and track riders with a group of qualified road trainers and ACU Coaches.
Mike and Dave train the local Blood Bike Riders, the South Yorkshire Fire Bike riders, and in the past the Notts Police Off-Road Team.
The British Superbike School operates from the new Blyton Park Test Track in NW Lincs, and runs 7 on-track training days/year with separate courses for Road or Track rider.