No, I’m not riding in a motorcade for some visiting dignitary.
It’s the third annual RCMP Motorcycle Safety Skills Challenge, hosted by the Burnaby, BC detachment.
They’re inviting you to ride through a maze of densely-packed traffic cones at the crawling speed of a baby sloth.
So they can laugh if you fall off.
Okay: they won’t laugh. I made that up. They’re actually good coaches, helping you ride your motorcycle through the torturous obstacle courses they’ve created in an empty parking lot. (Not so helpful when you’re feeling smug after you squeak through the maze at walking pace on your little 400cc bike — and then they do it at three times the speed on a Harley that’s bigger than a Honda Civic. Perhaps I digress…)
You can ride the course once, or keep getting in line and doing it all day long; last year, we were there for a couple hours, riding and watching. Got ourselves a spiffy badge and pin, too.
The Officer-in-Charge of the Burnaby Detachment, Chief Superintendent Stephan Drolet, says, “It will be a unique opportunity for the public to train like we train, and I encourage motorcyclists to take the challenge.”
Anyone with a Class 6 licence is invited to come ride the course and learn from some seriously skilled motorcyclists. It’s also a great chance to blow out the winter cobwebs and prepare for riding season in a safe, non-intimidating setting.
Saturday May 13, 2017
8:30 – 10:00 am ~ women riders only
10:00 am – 4:00 pm ~ all riders: male, female and anything else you like
3760 Sperling Avenue, Burnaby, BC (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club parking lot)