ACU NEWSLETTER 14 JANUARY
ACU Motorcycle Sport and Travel
Following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on 4th January, it is important to emphasise the clear message by the UK Government that we must all Stay At Home.
The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
ACU members should be aware that current UK Government advice states that we should all minimise the time spent outside our homes, but we can leave our homes to exercise. This should be limited to once per day, and we should not travel outside the locality of where we live. Exercise can be taken in a public outdoor place:
with the people you live with
with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
or, when on your own, with one person from another household
For elite and amateur sports people, individuals and their Coaches can work together on a one-to-one basis for physical training following social distancing rules and staying in the locality of where they live but travelling long distances to meet up and train is not permitted. The government and devolved administration guidelines have made it clear that all UK sports venues inside and outdoors must remain closed until further notice.
ACU Chairman Roy Humphrey commented, “These are hard times for all, a third national lockdown is tough, but as we have all seen from the news, very necessary to try and minimise the pressure on the NHS which as we know is currently at critical levels all over the country as more and more people are getting infected by coronavirus.
"The message is clear, stay at home, minimise your travel and by all means train within the guidelines, that means physical training with the people you live with or with one other person. Most importantly, ACU members should not be out and about using a motorbike for recreational or training purposes, that goes completely against the UK Government guidelines.
"We are all part of and represent the ACU, either as competitors, Officials or Members. We are the governing body, as recognised by the UK Government and many other organisations and as such we all need to act responsibly. There is light at the end of the tunnel, we just need to be patient, adhere to the rules and support the NHS”.
There should be no organised motorcycle sport activity in any form (i.e. training, practice or competition) until UK Government restrictions are reviewed. The ACU will monitor all government announcements and adjust ACU rules accordingly.
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM WITLEY AND DISTRICT MOTOR CYCLE CLUB
2020 was an interesting year for sure, but we've been incredibly lucky to host many of our events as planned with the support of our dedicated Committee, along with a small army of volunteers.
We ran the first round of the British Enduro Championship in a hurricane (thanks Normandy MCC), a Long Distance Trial in glorious sunshine, took part in the National Road Rally, hosted a Stubble Field Practice during the pandemic, held our first ever Motoduro in partnership with Michelin and finished the year with a fantastic Reg Bowker Memorial Trial including the Southern Experts Trial.
Thanks to all the riders for supporting our events, it doesn't take long for a Witley event to sell out these days! We've already got some exciting events in the pipeline for 2021, and hope to reschedule BXDE for sometime in the New Year (conditions permitting).
Don't forget to join us for just £20 at www.ride-acu.uk!
Wishing all our members, supporters, volunteers, sponsors and families a very Happy New Year – we are looking forward to a better 2021!
BXDE 2020 - Cancelled
It is with regret that Witley and District Motor Cycle Club confirm that the Boxing Day Enduro is cancelled for 2020.
This is due to the further restrictions announced by the Government this week, namely the moving of a number of areas into Tier 3.
While the event itself is just within a Tier 2 area, the vast majority of riders (and all our key organisers) are located in Tier 3 areas (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, South Hampshire and Surrey less Waverley) who would be unable to attend the event.
The Government's official guidance for residents of Tier 3 areas says: "Avoid travelling out of the area, other than where necessary such as for work, education, youth services, medical attention or because of caring responsibilities... People in tiers 1 and 2... must only go to tier 3 locations for essential reasons."
The Committee had hoped to get the event off the ground to end 2020 with our landmark enduro for our members, but unfortunately this now is simply not possible. All riders will receive a refund in the coming days.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and look forward to a positive New Year.
... to all Witley members, and others, who have enabled the Club to successfully run four out of the six superb events originally planned for Autumn 2020.
Huge thanks and congratulations to you all for this considerable achievement in unprecedented circumstances.
Please check back here at witleymcc.org for details of our 2021 programme.
In the meantime, the Committee wish all our members and their families a safe and very Happy Christmas and New Year.