ACU image boost for off roaders

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The ACU has teamed up with conservationists to promote responsible off road riding with an event at Butter Hill, between Bracknell and Farnborough.

The event saw 205 riders turn up on the day to try a Trials course, a Trail/Enduro course and a training track. You didn’t even need to take a bike, with bikes, tuition, safety equipment and medical cover all available.

The venue was chosen to encourage local riders to keep away from the Thames Basin Heath Special Protection Area, an internationally important site for nesting birds. Damage to the site can result in a fine of £20,000, but riders have complained there is no alternative place to ride.

The ACU’s Colin Boniface was pleased with the day. " The day has been a great opportunity to show that off road riding is possible near to these sensitive areas provided that it is carried out in a safe, controlled and regulated manner " , he said. " We can only go forward from here, and I sincerely hope this pilot event is the first of many to come. "

If you’re interested in a similar event, or need to find a local club, you can contact the ACU by phoning 01788 566400

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