No trials until at least the 31st May

Covid-19 Update – 24th March

Monday March 30, 2020 at 11:08am

In light of recent developments in the COVID-19 crisis, and following the address to the nation by the Prime Minister on the evening of 23rd March, the Auto-Cycle Union has today extended its suspension of all organising permits for motorcycle events until at least 31st May but will be constantly reviewed.

This move provides clear guidance to event organisers, clubs, venues, competitors, officials of the role that the Auto-Cycle Union must play in supporting the broader UK public health agenda.

Auto-Cycle Union Chairman, Roy Humphrey explained, “The government have required that we effectively lock-down for a period of three weeks, however given that the most vulnerable in our society are required to isolate for three months, we feel it only sensible to propose a longer suspension for all motorcycle sport.  This is a time of national unity and we need to come together with the broader public community to do all we can to support this battle and ultimately save lives.

This evening, Health Secretary, Matt Hancock said the Government is launching a new scheme to recruit 250,000 volunteers to support the NHS through the coronavirus pandemic.  A quarter of a million volunteers, people in good health to help the NHS, for shopping, for the delivery of medicines and to support those who are shielding to protect their own health. We may not be involved in any sporting activities, but, we could help support the NHS through this pandemic!” More information can be found here –

Auto-Cycle Union will continue to monitor the prevailing advice from the UK Government in respect of the COVID-19 international pandemic and will update the motorcycle community accordingly.No


MESSAGE FROM HEATHER KYNASTON, NANT UCHA – Please everyone, DO NOT come here practicing, or for eggs.
We are having absolutely no visitors to the farm from now on.
I’m worried sick about my Dad’s safety and that of any other elderly or vulnerable people.
I’m still in remission from cancer with other health issues and need to be well to look after my Dad.
We look forward to seeing you when this country is free of this horrible thing.
Please keep yourselves & especially others safe xx

Message from the ACU Chairman – 19th March

Thursday March 19, 2020 at 8:50am

Dear Members, Officials and Staff

For over a hundred years the ACU, it’s committee’s and staff have served it’s members whether they be riders, passengers, support crew and families, it’s supported it’s clubs and members, event officials and their families, we’ve worked with event promotors, medical support teams, sponsors, journalists, manufacturers and the motorcycle sporting industry, insurers and legal companies, rights of way representatives and politicians and we’ve always managed to keep motorcycle sport running in the most challenging circumstances.

At the time of writing and as you know the virus is spreading across the country and as seen across the World with devastating consequences, we share the families afflicted sorrow and as thousands of people suffer it’s not a time to be organising sporting events and as seen by our World representative for motor cycle sport the Federation Of International Motorcyclists FIM they have postponed all World and Continental Championship events.

As we wait for better times you may have questions for the ACU team at Rugby who are there to help and will answer your questions if possible but to make it a bit easier for them you will find most information on the ACU web site  then when we return to racing or trials the ACU staff and the many thousands of officials that organise and run the events will be ready to get your season started.

I need to say that myself and the ACU Board appeal to members to not ride their competition motorcycles in any circumstances during this period because to ride a competition motorcycle you know there are risks to yourself and others. Please think that if your seriously injured riding a competition motorcycle you will use valuable medical resources which may result in you being ultimately responsible for somebody else’s failure to receive the appropriate life saving treatment.

Through the coming weeks please think of others and help us all get through these unprecedented times.

Take care

Roy Humphrey

Chairman ACU Ltd

ACU statement

April 19th trial cancelled

Coronavirus (Covid-19) – ACU Statement Update 17/03/20

Tuesday March 17, 2020 at 10:46am


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 would ask all ACU Members to act responsibly and follow the Government’s 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 have 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:

Ken Eyre trophy trial update

Macctrials Ken Eyre trophy trial including round 4 of the team 6t9 winter championship 15th March

5 routes from Expert to Easy start time 10:30

venue Rough Heys Quarry Bosley Nr Macclesfield SK11 0NJ

Here is a map with the sections that went in on Friday the rest will have gone into day , plenty of parking , see you there .

Observers Required don’t forget you get a free ride if you bring a observer and their will also be a observers draw

Staffmoorlands trial 29th March

“Sunday 29 March – Manor Farm, Quarnford, SK17 0SU. 4 laps of 10 sections for riders with a choice of 3 routes – Hard (Red & Blue), Medium (Yellow) and Easy (White) with a 50/50 option between Hard & Medium.

Entries accepted up to the 11am start from all Adult riders (£15) and Youth A&B class riders (£14).

Signs will be out from 9am to bring you in from the A53 Leek to Buxton road.

Any queries to Pat Trafford on 01538 386451 or

Thanks gents – don’t THINK I’ve forgotten anything!!


Secretary, Staffs Moorlands MCC

Funeral details for John Critchlow

John’s funeral arrangements:

Thursday 5th March 2020
1:45 pm
at Stockport Crematorium – Rowan Chapel – SK2 6LS
and afterwards
at New Mills Golf Club – SK22 4QE
Family flowers only. Donations if preferred,
to North West Air Ambulance – John’s choice

Sad news about a club stalwart and ex club Chairman

Before our trial this Sunday the 2nd of Feb, there will be a minutes silence for our former Club Chairman John Critchlow who sadly passed away earlier this week . John and his wife Gail worked tirelessly to organise trials and other events for many years, before retiring from the club at the end of 2018  . John was also a keen rider on the blue route and at vintage trials with his pre65 bikes and twinshocks . He will be sadly missed by all of us in the club and the trialing world in general , as he was a truly lovely bloke and a gentleman.  Our thoughts are with Gail and family.

Details of Johns funeral will be posted on here when they have been finalised.