Cash boost for young bikers

YOUNG bikers at a project in Ramsey received a cash boost of £250 from experienced motorcyclists on Saturday. The cash from Whittlesey Motorcycle Club will be used by the Gauntlet project in Ramsey to buy equipment, including helmets and boots. Gauntlet,

YOUNG bikers at a project in Ramsey received a cash boost of £250 from experienced motorcyclists on Saturday.

The cash from Whittlesey Motorcycle Club will be used by the Gauntlet project in Ramsey to buy equipment, including helmets and boots.

Gauntlet, a registered charity, was set up in 1995, to reduce the numbers of deaths among young motorcyclists. Groups meet on Saturday mornings to learn more about safe cycling and good motorcycle maintenance. The project has a seven-acre field, a workshop, mopeds, motorbikes, go-karts and quad bikes. The club has entered the national competition Youthbike for the past eight years and won several trophies.

It has a riding accreditation scheme, and runs camp-outs, holidays, outdoor activities and other events to build the young people's self-esteem and personal development.


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Wayne Arbon, who is both a member of Whittlesey Motorcycle Club and vice-chairman of the Gauntlet Project, said: "The courses are open to the general public, but also people in care or at-risk and disaffected young people. We see about 20-30 people on Saturdays and groups of 10-15 in the week. Gauntlet was set up by two businessmen in association with Cambridgeshire Police to reduce the number of bikes being stolen by young people who would then go on to kill themselves. It was intended to reduce motorcycle deaths among young people, and it has."

INFORMATION: Gauntlet is open on Saturday mornings for 11-16 year-olds from 10am to 12.30pm. Contact 01487 711161.

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