This is a new venue for us and has the makings of a great track. There are some steep woodland single tracks, jumps, fields to blast around, hard and easy route choices, stream runs and hard standing parking. We hope to create a fast fun lap with challenging bits for those that want them.
In addition, it will be our first event that will incorporate 2 enduro training courses run by Alex Snow from the Dave Thorpe Honda Offroad Training Centre. They will take a maximum of 8 riders from 10.00 until 1.00 and then another 8 from 1.00 until 4.00. The cost is only £50.00 per rider for three hours expert tuition and then three hours free riding on the track. Plus the opportunity to have a ride on the new Honda CRF 450 RX enduro weapon.
The DTHORC stand will be on site all day with the opportunity to chat to Alex and the gang and to book onto a future course if you wish. They will attend all of our Day in the Dirt events during 2018
We have had an increasing number of new, branded helmets, failing scrutineering for our events because they do not have the gold ACU sticker on them. You know they are good quality safe helmets, as do we, but without the stricker we cannot let you ride. The reason being that if you then had a bad accident resulting in a head injury, and your “no win no fee” solicitor then tries to get you some “free money” by saying we are to blame for your accident, we would not have a leg to stand on in a court room. We don’t want to stop anyone from riding our events, but in these days of everyone trying to always hold someone responsible when an “accident” occurs, we have to cover ourselves.
This should actually be the case at any commercially run event that you enter.
The problem is only going to get worse as we all look around for cheap deals on helmets. The gold stickers are applied by the UK importer/distributor and not by the helmet manufacturer. Therefore if you purchase your helmet from a non UK website there is a good chance it will arrive without the relevant sticker applied. Your options then are to either send your helmet to the ACU with £15.00 and they will then apply the sticker and return it to you (pretty quick turnaround when I had to do it a couple of years back), or the sticker can be obtained from and applied by an FIM certified technical official.
So be aware you must have the gold ACU sticker on your helmet to pass through scrutineering at any of our race or practice days.