Forestry and Land Scotland is advising visitors to find alternatives to Lossie Forest on 8 and 9 April when the John Little Memorial Enduro event will take place.
The event – the opening rounds of the ACU British Championship Enduro – will see approximately 160 riders compete in off-road, timed endurance motorcycle racing over a 20 mile course through the forest.
The event is closed to spectators and, for visitor and competitors safety, marshalls will be on hand to advise visitors expecting to enter the forest.
Event organiser, Jim Mair, of Highland Enduro Club Ltd, said:
“The 8th and 9th of April sees the start of the Scottish Enduro Season so it’ll be great for all the riders to have a chance to once again put their skills to the test and compete against each other in this beautiful part of the country.
“Although the event itself is only over two days, there will be some set up days prior to the forest closure for the race days, as well as some clear-up days afterwards.
“We’ll keep disruption to an absolute minimum and would like to thank Forestry and Land Scotland for working with us to make this event happen.”
Although unauthorised vehicular access to FLS–managed forests is illegal, formal sports organisations and professional bodies are welcome to make approaches to FLS for permission to stage formal events.
In this way, FLS can ensure that events are planned, organised and marshalled appropriately and that motorsport enthusiasts – whether on four wheels or two – can ride exhilarating and challenging terrain safely and legally, while building positive and productive relationships with land managers at the same time.
FLS Visitor Services Ranger, Neil Theodoreson, said:
“For most of the year Lossie Forest is a great place to go for a quiet wander in the woods but on this one weekend in April it’s going to be a bit busier and noisier than usual.
“Anyone looking for a quiet walk in the woods should maybe think about visiting the nearby Quarry Wood instead.