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Says Naomi SmithIt is all too possible to round a corner on horseback and come upon a group of cattle with no prior warning -this WILL result in a horse being badly spooked at best, bolting at worst -it is only a matter of time ........... read more

Government gives go-ahead for even bigger cycle road races

Government gives go-ahead for even bigger cycle road races New proposals to make it easier to host Tour de France stages or other elite cycling events in the UK have been published by the Department for Transport (DfT), writes Patrick McDonnell.

The regulations will be amended to remove size limits of the field though race promoters will be required to provide a risk assessment. This will cover factors such as the route, field size and the safety of participants, race officials, spectators and other road users. The authorizing police officer may impose conditions on the promoter to ensure the race is run in a safe way.

Under the proposals the field limit of 100, set out in the Cycle Racing on the Highways Regulations 1960, would be scrapped.

Cycling minister Robert Goodwill said: "As last year's stages of the Tour de France in England has shown there is a great appetite for cycle racing in this country.

"We want to help inspire a new generation of cyclists, rather than act as a headwind. That way we can make sure there's always a Brit in the yellow jersey.

"These common sense reforms will simplify the process for the holding of races and will make it easier for the best riders in the world to race in England."

The new rule proposals are part of the Red Tape Challenge, designed to cut unnecessary regulatory burdens and have been developed with the British Cycling and the National Police Chief's Council.

The new regulations will make it easier for organisers to bring such races to local communities by modernising outdated rules on the total number of participants allowed. The minimum permitted circuit distance will also be reduced from 10 miles to 5 miles.

Says Linda Wright

Says Linda WrightWe moved to a Shropshire location a year ago having surveyed the local OS map and noted the significant number of bridleways around the property. Sadly the map appears a total fiction. Scarce any of the bridleways are usable ........... read more

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