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    [on 3Jun2020]

    Getting trials back in action

    The ACU has issued a press release on the plan to get trials running again which can be read here - it contains key dates for the resumption of events, please read it fully. Organisers have been sent documents on how to run events under the current restrictions, which are well worth a read too - The Restart of ACU Off Road Motorcycle Sport, Restricted Trials under COVID19, and COVID-19 Risk Assessment. It's important to remember that this is just a start, and permits for events will be issued centrally by the ACU. [on 29May2020]

    Wanted: Beta Techno

    1998 Beta Techno

    Classified advertisements are back!

    Andrew Luff is after a classic Beta: "Looking for a Beta Techno, 1996, 97, 98, anyone got one they want to sell?" says Andy.

    Anyone who wants to ship on a Beta like the 1998 model pictured here or similar can contact him on 07831 277055. [on 20May2020]

    ACU and AMCA plan return to motorcycle sport

    ACU Statement: The ACU Board of Directors met virtually on May 13 to discuss the phased return to motorcycle sport following the publication of the UK Government's COVID-19 recovery strategy.

    The ACU, in partnership with the AMCA, have decided that a phased return to sporting events will commence in parallel with the Government's Step Three. This coincides with the reopening of remaining business, public places and leisure facilities which have been required to close.

    As of 12th May, Step Three is due to begin from 4th July but this is under constant review. We will assess the situation again when the Government implements Step Two, envisaged to be the 1st June. In the coming weeks, the ACU and AMCA will publish guidance documents for organisers looking to run restricted events after this time. This will give organisers time to consider the implications of continued social distancing and prepare future events safely.

    In order to reflect the differences in devolved administrations, no British Championship Enduro, Motocross, Trials or Speedway will take place until travel restrictions between England/ Scotland/ Wales/ Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man have been lifted and other factors considered, in line with Government guidance.

    The ACU and AMCA would like to thank all our members for their patience during this difficult time, and we appreciate the steps taken by many individuals, clubs and organisations to support local communities during these unprecedented events. For further information, please see the ACU's Coronavirus Operational Plan. We would remind all members that these plans are subject to change, and will be taken in line with the latest UK Government guidance. [on 14May2020]

    Archive video footage

    Archive video footage of two ACU Western events has been brought up to date by one of our site sponsors BVM Moto. BVM's YouTube channel features 1987 video of a Cheltenham Home Guard MCC event at Upper Hill Farm and a Wye Valley AC event at Craswall (both link to YouTube). More archive video is on the way, and links to both these events and much more on ACU Western's past can be found on the ACU Western Archive [on 10May2020 22:09]

    ACU Directors to review suspension of events

    ACU Statement: The Prime Minister delivered an address to the nation on Sunday, 10th May in which he announced a 'conditional plan' to reopen society and unveiled a covid level alert system for England consisting of five levels as the coronavirus lockdown continues, then, on Monday, 11th May, ministers in Parliament will discuss the phased conditional plan in more detail.

    The ACU Board of Directors will be holding another remote conference meeting on Tuesday, 12th May to review the current suspension of permits for events up to 31st May 2020, having received the latest government advice and will provide an updated statement on Wednesday 13th May.

    Our intention is still to provide clear guidance to event organisers, clubs, venues, competitors and officials and we are conscious that organisations want to get events/competitions underway as soon as possible but these must be held in line with latest Government advice. [on 10May2020 22:09]

    Illegal Riding: Zero Tolerance

    ACU Statement: Despite the current lockdown, some people are choosing to flout the rules and risk the future of our sport by illegally utilising Forestry Commission land and private venues.

    Illegal activity on Forestry Commission land is a criminal offence and puts all legitimate events at risk.

    The ACU take a zero tolerance approach to this in partnership with the Forestry Commission, and local police. Anyone caught illegally riding on Forestry Commission Land can expect:

    - Your bike WILL be impounded under Section 59 by the Forestry Commission and Police.

    - You WILL be prosecuted for a criminal act by the police.

    - You WILL be reported to ACU/ AMCA Head Office for a termination of your competition licence. This will be shared with all authorising bodies.

    If you have any information, you are encouraged to contact the police through 101.

    Please share this post to ensure the message gets far and wide. [on 05May2020]

    Thank you to our sponsors - please support them

    Clearly these are tough times for business and we are right behind our valued website sponsors who are weathering this period. BVM Moto, Haines and Co, and Thunder Road's knowledgeable and committed staff are on the end of a phone line, email or message even though they cannot open their doors to the public. BVM and Haines are offering mail order currently too - please continue to support them if you can.

    We're lucky to have independent dealers in every trials manufacturer in BVM and Thunder Road in our patch. Haines has well over 30 years experience in enduro, trail riding and long distance trials is now dealing in the reborn Fantic marque, offering two stroke enduro, cross country and MX models, retro Caballero trailbikes and a new range of eMTBs, and of course an unrivalled range of CCM and Gas Gas parts.

    Between them the boys at BVM have three lifetimes' experience in trials - all three are Expert level riders who know their way around big events including the SSDT.

    Thunder Road stocks trial, trail and enduro machines, and is a Honda, Suzuki and Indian dealer. While we're unable to ride, check out BVM's YouTube channel for top quality video content - 'how to', keep fit and event coverage is second to none.

    And when all this is over, we hope to be handing out some trophies from Crystal Images. [on 13Apr2020]

    Statement on Covid-19 on behalf of ACU

    It is with regret that the ACU are suspending all competition and social activity until 30th April 2020, but this will be constantly reviewed. This is in response to the emerging guidance issued by HM UK Government in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

    All permits for events during this time will be cancelled and reimbursed in full to the organising club/ promoter. As the national governing body we would ask all ACU Members to act responsibly and follow Government guidance during this difficult time. We have a responsibility and duty of care to our staff who will be working from home, so please be patient with any queries you may have.

    As of writing (17th March 2020) HM Government has advised: - Persons to work from home where possible - People over the age of 70 to minimise social contact - Emergency services will not support mass gatherings - Stop non-essential travel - Avoid pubs, clubs, restaurants and cinemas This statement is supported in its entirety by AMCA

    Up-to-date information on COVID-19 can be found here

    Kind regards, Neil Doctor, ACU General Secretary

    What does this mean for motorcycle sport and activity in ACU Western?

    No events will take place, competitive or social during the period specified above - these are listed on the calendar. Zona 1 MCC does not permit practice at its training ground near Birdlip, and the Old Fogies reunion set for April 7 is also off. West Glos will return entry fees for the Wyegate Trial. Please stay safe, look after yourself and others, and we'll look forward to getting back on our bikes when the ACU gives the go-ahead.

    [on 17Mar2020]

    Ledbury Leader Grass Track Cancelled

    Sally Palmer, Ledbury MCC:It is with great regret, that today following discussions with our committee, we have made the decision to cancel the Leader.

    We feel that we need to be responsible to our very vunerable community, and do all that we can in these difficult times to help protect it as responsibly as we can, therefore we have made the difficult decision not to run our April 5th meeting.

    We understand how disappointing this is to everyone, and we hope that you respect the Club's decicision rightly or wrongly at this time, not to go ahead, but we feel this is the decision we have to make at this time to help protect the people of Herefordshire, whilst it is so vunerable.

    We have to date received in excess of 200 entries, add onto that figure the families, mechanics, and the Officials, and we would exceed the possible 500 plus figure that the Government is planning to implement in the next few days/weeks of being the maximum allowed at public events, and that is without spectator numbers.

    Also our hospitals are full, and cannot take any extra, so rider safety comes straight to the forefront, godforbid an accident that would require hospital treatment, where could our injured rider be taken for treatment at this time. We have looked at every angle and yes have considered that things could improve in the next few weeks, but also could get even worse!!, so we have taken the only responsible decision at this time, and that is to Cancel.

    Thank you everyone for the continued support of Ledbury MCC and we hope that this will remain, even though the decision we have taken may not be one you agree with at this time. We will try to contact all riders, sponsors and officials asap and all cheques for entries will be destroyed or returned if you wish. Hopefully the season will get underway soon. Thank you, Ledbury MCC

    [on 15Mar2020]

    April Board Meeting Cancelled

    Please note that the April Board Meeting due to be held on 20th April is cancelled. This is as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and the senior age group of most attending. Hopefully see you all in May. Jennie Jones, ACU Western Secretary. [on 15Mar2020]

    ACU Western Trials Championship Rounds confirmed

    All the dates are in place for a 12 round ACU Western Trials Championship this year. Check them here, the championship rules, and the standings for previous years.

    All the dates are also all on the Event Calendar [on 12Feb2020]

    Environmental Mats

    Competitors are reminded that whenever a machine is being refuelled at an ACU-authorised event, it must stand on an environmental mat. This is a rule of the ACU designed to protect our sport and the environment, Trials Standing Regulation 9: "ENVIRONMENTAL MATS - All machines and generators must stand on an Environmental mat whilst being refuelled."

    [on 19Jan2020]

    Ledbury Grass Tracks in 2020

    Ledbury MCC is very excited to announce that it will be running an extra meeting this season. The Ledbury MCC Halloween and Firework Spooktacular end of season meeting, will take place on Saturday 31st October 2020 (Weather permitting). More details to follow later on. Put it on your Calendar folks, and join Ledbury MCC to end the season with a BANG. [on 12Jan2020]

    The Biggest threat to UK Bikesport.

    If you haven't already read the Update on the VNUK threat to Off-Road events then click on the link to see what the ACU say. [on 7Jul2018]

    Defibrillator - the Yellow Bag at Trials

    You should all know what is in that Yellow Bag. If someone, anyone; You, A Rider, A Marshal or even a spectator has a medical emergency that could be heart stopping then watch the video of how the thing works. It may give you enough confidence to get on with saving a life! [on 05Jun2017]

    Gloucester and Cotswold MC ACU Benevolent Fund Donation

    The Gloucester & Cotswold Motor Club would like to thank all riders who opted not to receive awards at their trials. This has resulted in a donation of £500 being made to the ACU Benevolent Fund. Thank you, all of you. [on 26Feb2017]

    Stroud Valley MC Yercombe Lodge and ACU Benevolent Fund Donation

    Stroud Valley MC has donated £300 to two good causes - £150 each to Yercombe Lodge near Dursley, which brings the total it has given to 400 in two years, and the same amount to the ACU Benevolent Fund. The day centre and residential home provides valuable care to families who need it. [on 26Feb2017]

    Cub Help

    Antony Bowie would like to know more about a bike he's bought. He writes:

    "I have a 1963 Triumph TR20 Tiger Cub that according to a hand written note that came with the bike when I purchased it was owned or used by Jon Bliss in the 1960's:

    cub_bowie

    Purchased new in 1963 by the late John Husband. Ridden in 1964 Wye Valley Trial by Jon Bliss to win the Western Centre Championship. Numerous trial success over the years.

    This is a rare and original ex works trials bearing matching frame and engine numbers. Still has original high tensile Dunlop rims, original Energy Transfer Ignition Alpha big end fitted and Italian piston which need full engine temperature to eliminate exhaust smoke.

    I would be most interested to hear any history/information on the bike (registration number EAD 248A which may or may not have been with the bike from new) and even have a photograph of it in action if such exists that I can see and keep with the records."

    Contact Antony at Antonybowie@aol.com

    [on 8Jan2017]

    ACU Western - Name Change/Logo

    Did you notice our logo changing? That is because all the ACU's regions have dropped the 'Centre' and our re-branding means we are now 'ACU Western'. You will continue to see references to the Centre in some of our documents and web pages for a while, but they will be phased out as soon as practicable. We don't have to scrap any paperwork already printed, so the change will be as green as possible. If you don't already have the new logo for your documents then contact the ACU Western Secretary for the file. [on 31Dec2015]

    Stroud Valley MC Charity support

    Stroud Valley have recently paid a visit to Yercombe Lodge at Stinchcombe where they handed over a cheque for £250 to help fund the Day Centre and Residential home. Chairman Phil Marsh explained to them that SV are a not-for-profit club, so they like to put surplus money from organised events back into the community. The money will go towards activities in the Centre, like cooking or crafts, as well as their frequent day trips. The club have also been supporting the Alzheimer's Society recently. [on 17Sep2015 13:40]

    Photo Help - Geoff Gibbons

    Would any of our readers have, or know of, any photos of the late Geoff Gibbons who was a rider and supporter of events in the centre?

    His son, Bill, spotted this one on our site where he was handing over the keys to a Ford Transit to Malcolm Davis.

    He still has a cup, named after him, given in the CHG's British Championship Sphinx Trial. Bill hopes that 'some of the old hounds out there may have some kicking about (Jon Bliss has already sourced one, which was fab) It'd be great to see some more pics of him knee deep in the mud, scans and electronic copies would be great. I'm not expecting people to part with originals. Thanks ever so much in advance. Regards Bill (David) Gibbons.'

    We will pass any emails on to Bill if you send to editor@acuwesterncentre.org.uk [on 11Jul2015 22:30]