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Light at the end of the tunnel?

As we reported yesterday, blanket access restrictions are now being lifted in some areas. So have a look and see if you’re one of the lucky ones with a rideable area near you.

The Forestry Commission have set up an opened areas site which is being constantly updated, though they were all in Scotland when we last looked.

The BIKEmagic forum is also doing a roaring trade in local updates on rideable tracks, so check out the local situation or add your own tips there.

Meanwhile the BCF have a whole selection of official news, and not all of it is bad. So if you’re after racing whether it’s track or trail based, head over to

The ever optimistic Dan Cook of the OTC (Offroad Training Consultancy) has also got in touch with a selection of F+M beating options;
A.. Get your bike sorted, and get rid of those hefty bike shop bills on a maintenance day.

B.. Get up to speed on your first aid knowledge. OTC’s REC first aid courses are designed specifically for mountain bikers and they can also be used with virtually any other activity.

C.. Go to and click on ‘news’.

Want to ride your bike? OTC has three options for you:

A.. Several courses based on large enclosed sites are being opened on specific days, for general riding and specific skill development.

B.. Find out where you can and can’t ride in England and Wales with OTC’s guide, powered by the Countryside department.

C.. Try a mountain bike holiday or even an OTC course in Les Gets in the French Alps!

D.. Click on and click on ‘news’.

Calling all OTC trained and qualified leaders and instructors. Add yourself to the OTC web database for immediate access from those wanting to go mountain biking. Simply click on and click on ‘news’.

We hope you find something in that lot to keep you occupied.


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