A MAJOR new summer Saturday morning free cycling attraction aimed at young people is being launched at Bretford Cycle Speedway near Rugby next weekend.
Entitled the ‘Dirt Bike Club’, the sessions will run from 10am until 11.30am each Saturday morning and will enjoy a six week run.
The first event of the new club will take place on Saturday (July 9) at the Brandon Bees Cycle Speedway track in Bretford Playing Fields, which has been completely restored in the past 18 months.
The new club is expected to attract dozens of excited youngsters weekly from Rugby and the surrounding East Warwickshire villages, such as Ryton, Brandon, Pailton, Monks Kirby and Wolston.
Aimed at eight to 18-year-olds, each session will give 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 and all sessions at the Dirt Bike Club are free.
Backed by the Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull Sports Partnership, and supported by British Cycling, the Dirt Bike Club will enable youngsters to use the safe off-road Brandon Bees track – Warwickshire’s only cycling facility.
Former 1960s Cycle Speedway star Rob Hardie, from Coventry, has led a team of volunteers to get the track and surrounds into tip-top condition ready for the new Saturday morning `Dirt Bike Club` sessions.
Hardie said: “We have worked really hard to get the facility back into top class condition ready to regular activity and racing.
“The aim is to attempt to establish a separate and independent Cycle Speedway club in East Warwickshire.
“All youngsters have to do is to turn-up on any of the next six Saturdays from July 9 at 10am for an action packed introduction to a wonderful sport.
“We will even loan you a bike at each of the sessions to have your first go.
“Cycle Speedway is a really great sport for young people and is by far the cheapest entry-level cycle sport in the UK.
“It gets youngsters into an extremely healthy activity and being off-road, is free of the dangers of traffic.”
For more information on Brandon Bees Cycle Speedway club and the Dirt Bike Club, call 07400 993999.
The full address of the Dirt Bike Club is: Brandon Bees Cycle Speedway club, Bretford Playing Fields, Brandon Road, Bretford, Rugby, CV23 0LA.