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March has arrived and with it some brighter weather. It’s still cold, so take care to ride within your abilities. It was with some alarm that I read this week that the Snake Pass has closed for at least four weeks. It wasn’t the fact that three landslides had caused the road closure, but a report that cyclists were now claiming it as a ‘cycling only road’. They obviously don’t understand the meaning of the term ‘Road Closed’! Everything seems to be settling down to a new normal with lots of events planned. One of note is the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre. They will be taxying the Avro Lancaster NX611 and the show is extended to two nights this year. One of our favourite haunts has had a makeover. The Yonderman Cafe has new extended, covered seating areas, just the thing hot bikers on a Summer’s day and protection from the wind on a cold one. After pressure from many road safety groups, the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner is supporting SYRP’s road safety initiatives.  Speaking of safety, the BikeSafe calendar is now published and there are still places available for bikers who want to develop/update their first aid and incident management knowledge and skills. Finally, we know that bikers are generally up for a challenge, so Steve Bennett (SAM Observer) is doing a 3-wheel 24-hour dash from Lands End to John O’Groats on a retored, 14-year-old Piaggio MP3 400. The challenge is raising money for cancer research and you part with a chunk of your cash here! I’m sure that we wish Steve the best of luck and advise extra seat padding. There is plenty more to read this week, so enjoy and share.

Whilst you are all out and about, have some fun, just stop and take a snap to upload or send in for the SAM Annual Photo Competition. The entry form is set up on the website. You can upload up to 10 images, in either *.jpg or *.png format. Don’t forget to give a number and label to each photo in the text box. Our security ensures that only suitable images are uploaded and will rename the file to prevent any subsequent access to it.  You can upload your entries here, or send them to The winner will be announced at the SAM AGM in April.

Anyone interested in SAM activities can find them, including the SAM and Survival Skills newsletters, on the SAM website. SAM Club members can find all the latest Club events on the website’s Calendar. Read, enjoy and share your Club’s newsletter with ALL your friends and family. Until next week stay healthy and ride safely.

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