No 2020 National Road Race series, says SACU

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SCOTTISH ACU officials have today announced the scrapping of this year’s National Road Racing championships as they reveal details of a phased return to action.

Riders north of the border have been on tenterhooks for weeks as they waited for news from SACU chiefs on when, and if, they would be allowed to return to the track this year.

And with Holyrood’s move to step into phase three of the easing of lockdown yesterday, directions on bike racing’s return are now in scope.

SACU Chairman Sandy Mack MBE announced earlier this afternoon that from July 13, all disciplines of two-wheeled competition will be allowed to conduct practice events in limited numbers, dictated by the venue size, with trials allowed to also run ‘closed to club’ events as well.

“The discipline Chairmans and the Board have been working hard to put the necessary procedures in place with Risk Assessments and Operating Procedures to allow us to return to our sport in a safe and controlled manner,” Mack said.

“The SACU will issue a set of Operating Procedures and a Risk Assessment for each discipline and the type of event they will run. These must be followed and in place before a permit will be issued. Clubs must ensure that they gain permission from the Land owners, Local Police and Local Authority to meet with the guidelines issued by the SACU Insurance Company.

“Not all disciplines will be able to return to competition straight away due to the numbers involved in their events, however, as we move forward and restriction are eased, we will assess the Government Guidelines and issue more guidance to those disciplines for the return to competition.”

While competitive action is set to return in the coming weeks, the SACU has announced that Road Racing, as well as Enduro and Trials, will not run national championships this season. Other disciplines such as Motocross and Quad racing may still crown SACU champs, however.

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