CLUB NEWS: “On your bike!” as Dirt Bike Club makes successful start

A brand new Saturday morning cycle attraction for young people in Rugby and East Warwickshire made a highly successful start last Saturday with over 20 riders turning out at the Brandon Bees track in Bretford Playing Fields.

The `Dirt Bike Club`, which aims to attract young people to have a go at the fast and exciting sport of Cycle Speedway has attracted backing from British Cycling and the Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull Sports Partnership.

Despite dark clouds and persistent rain falling before the scheduled 10am start time, organisers were delighted with the attendance – and they expect numbers to grow over the forthcoming next five Saturday staging’s.

The first event attracted youngsters from Rugby and the surrounding villages near the Bretford Playing Fields track such as Stretton, Brandon, Pailton, Monks Kirby, Brinklow and Wolston.

Aimed at 5 to 18 year olds, each session will give new and first time riders the basic skills of the sport of Cycle Speedway and a chance to take part in racing. Bikes and safety equipment will be provided. All sessions at the Dirt Bike Club are free.

The Brandon Bees track, previously the home of the Bretford Bulldogs team, has undergone complete refurbishment and has now been restored to its former glory after being taken over by the booming Coventry Cycle Speedway club.

Dirt Bike Club Flyer - 2016

Dirt Bike Club at Brandon


Official British Cycling coach Myke Grimes, who supervised last Saturday’s opening Dirt Bike Club, said: “We were dismayed to get to the track last Saturday to find rain falling and we feared for the attendance after all our hard work promoting the opening of the Dirt Bike Club.

“However, it was soon apparent it was going to be a fantastic success when lots of vehicles began arriving – filled with excited youngsters all keen to have a go at what is by far the most exciting cycle sport in the UK.

“They all had a great time and many parents thanked us for our hard work in bringing the track back into use and providing a much needed activity for young people in the area”

The Dirt Bike Club continues this Saturday (16th July) and on Saturday 23rd and 30th July. It then continues on Saturday 6th August and Saturday 13th August.

The full address of the Dirt Bike Club is: Brandon Bees Cycle Speedway club, Bretford Playing Fields, Brandon Road, Bretford, Rugby, Warwickshire. Post code is: CV23 0LA.