Al Harvey with John Abbott
Richard Huish College is promoting safe motorcycling amongst its students through the continued sponsorship of a staff motorbike racer.
Al Harvey, a member of the College estates team, has just completed his fifth season of racing, finishing 2nd in the 250cc class at the National Hill Climbing Championships. In partnership with Somerset Road Safety, the College hopes that promoting safe motorcycling will encourage its students to make safer choices on the roads - an issue they take very seriously as many students commute to the College on motorcycles.
Al took up Hill Speed Climbing after becoming frustrated with getting stuck in traffic and not being safely or legally able to ride his bike as he wished. It involves riding up a tarmac hill as fast as possible, racing against yourself within stringent safety parameters. Helmets have to meet racing standards, full leathers must be worn and the motorbikes are thoroughly checked.
Al said: “Huish students are old enough to compete in Hill Speed Climbing events and despite racing carrying certain risks, it is a safer and legal alternative to racing on the roads. It allows the option to ride fast in controlled conditions while wearing the correct safety gear".
Principal John Abbott said: “We are really proud to sponsor Al in his pursuits and are using him and his motorbike as a way of encouraging our students to be safer on the roads”. Huish works closely with Somerset Road Safety to educate students about bike maintenance and riding safely through regular visits to the College.