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SAM Weekly Newsletter – 2nd September 2022


As we move toward Autumn it’s time to get in as much riding as possible and prepare for riding in inclement weather. The SAM Club doesn’t stop riding because the weather is poor, but we do assess it every time we ride. Riding over the Winter months ensures that all our advanced riders can still ride when the conditions get more challenging. After all, if we don’t ride in poor weather we’ll never develop and maintain our riding skills to cope when it goes downhill; and, that could be any time of year in the UK!

Now to warn you that your Club’s newsletter will be missing for 3 weeks from the 13th September 2022. Janis and I are off riding. You might get a missive if I have a spare moment, but don’t count on it. Janis has a full itinerary planned!

In the SAM Club newsletter this week you can read about SYP Off-ROad Team’s report on the Doncaster Moto Park. It’s a great place to have a lot of biking fun, legally, off-road riding. There’s something for all the family, so you could spread the word. Perhaps it will get back to the usual quarry of the SYP Off-Road Team. We can only hope.

There is a last call for marshalls to volunteer for the Manx GP. A great way to watch some Isle of Man racing and help riders who misjudge the road layout too. Got some old leathers, track day or road-worn? Don’t think of throwing them away, read about how they can be brought back to life. You’ll be saving a few kangaroos, cows, etc.

The developments in electric bikes rumbles on. This week you can read about the continuing blurring of lines between ebikes and electric bicycles. So long as they have tax, insurance and training, then things can only improve for road users. What are the rules for riding anyway? Read one writer’s ideas about what to do and not do when riding a motorcycle.

There is some really good news. The price of fuel is coming down. If you live/ride in France, it’s even better. Fuel is up to 60p cheaper than in the UK, so I’ll be a very happy biker! Our star rider this week is Guliafshan Tariq. Never heard of her? Read her story about the fight for female riders rights to be recognised and supported. To finish, our history slot is the story of ‘Fast Eddie’. From the back roads of Oregon to flat track world champion, it’s quite a journey. Until next week, happy reading.

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