We will show you the beautiful surroundings of the Overland Event from a different angle – by taking you on and off the tarmac through Oxfordshire and the neighbouring counties.
Apart from exploring the countryside, you will also gain more confidence if you come to the end of the road on your travels and have to continue on unpaved tracks.
Please note that the lanes around Oxford are not exactly big trailie-friendly; we have miles of ruts, mud and chalk, and while we have tried to pick routes suitable for bigger bikes, you should at least have decent knobbly tyres.
• Please make sure that you are self-sufficient if you have a puncture and that you carry your own bike-specific tools and spares.
• Take lots of water and small energy-rich snacks – trail riding is a proper workout! Protective gear and sturdy boots are also essential.
• Please respect the countryside and other users we may meet on the trails.
• You are taking part in these rides at your own risk.
Please enter your name and your bike in one of the groups on the list at our stand at the Event and come to the meeting point by the exit of the camping field at the time you’re given by one of our team.
The Trail Riders Fellowship has a code of conduct that we follow on our ride-outs. If you plan to join one of our runs this weekend, please familiarise yourself with the guidelines below.
We look forward to riding with you!
Ela ‘Pumpernickel’ Beis
Oxford Trail Riders Fellowship
The TRF Code of Conduct
ONLY USE ROADS THAT THE PUBLIC ARE ENTITLED TO RIDE MOTORCYCLES ON
Trail riding is lawful on green roads which are commonly known as unclassified county roads, or which are classified as Byway Open to All Traffic. If in doubt, check with the Highway Authority or the TRF. Motorcycles and riders must be road-legal. Green roads are subject to the same laws as black roads.
KEEP TO THE DEFINED AREA OF THE GREEN ROAD
Endeavour to travel with least impact. Ride in the 4×4/tractor ruts and avoid creating a third rut, where safe, reasonably convenient, and possible to do so. Avoid straying from the road, especially onto moorland or farmland – doing so may be a criminal offence.
GIVE PLENTY OF SPACE TO WALKERS, HORSES AND CYCLISTS
As a courtesy, on narrow black roads or green roads, stop and switch off engines when sharing the road with ridden horses.
TRAVEL AT A SPEED WHICH IS SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE FOR THE ROAD SURFACE
Ride at an unobtrusive speed, taking regard of conditions and visibility. Be prepared to stop within a maximum of a third of the distance in which you can see the road ahead. Excessive speed increases wear on the road surface, avoid travelling at high impact speeds above the voluntary recommended maximum of 25mph.
RIDE QUIETLY AND UNOBTRUSIVELY
Machines must be effectively silenced. Use the throttle with discretion, as noise does offend. Green roads are subject to the same laws as black roads.
HONOUR THE COUNTRYSIDE CODE
Respect the countryside and those who live, work and play in it. Green roads can be valuable habitats for wildlife, take especial care in spring and early summer. Fasten gates to safeguard stock, except those tied open for land management purposes.
ENDEAVOUR TO BE A GOOD AMBASSADOR FOR MOTORCYCLING
Be courteous to other road users and respect their equal entitlement to use the road. Bear in mind the difficulties of others and try not to add to them. Acknowledge others with a friendly wave or other suitable gesture. Responsible trail riding is a form of quiet enjoyment of the countryside. Maintain the standard of a responsible trail rider, so as not to disturb the tranquillity of National Parks and peaceful areas of the countryside.