HISTORY OF OUR CLUB
The club was formed in 1989, for the purpose of introducing riders to one of the safest forms of motorcycle sport – Trials. This is a test of balance and control rather than speed so injuries are rare. It is a real family sport with dads and mums bringing their sons (and daughters) to practice and ride in organised events.
The club was started by the founder Steve Burdett and a small committee, using land either side of the M69 with the permission of Calor Gas who owned the land at that time.
The club continued to grow and attract riders from all over Leicestershire and neighbouring counties. Over the past 15 years we have realised that the availability of land for motorcycle trials use is extremely limited and unless land is owned by the club itself then our continued use can never be guaranteed.
In 2005 we were able to purchase the piece of land on the Calor Gas site of the M69 tunnel with assistance from the ACU, the sport’s governing body, to whom we are affiliated. In addition we took out 3rd party liability insurance and were granted planning permission to use the land (including the piece on the Earl Shilton side of the M69) as a trials ground.
Over the years we have developed the ground we own using rocks to support the hill and combat erosion.
OUR CLUB TODAY
Our membership now consists of over 300 families. We run 11 events each year with a range of classes to suit all ages and abilities; from 5 year olds on electric bikes to riders in their 70’s on equally old bikes!
We regularly attract entries of between 60 and 100 riders. On this basis we are one of the largest and most successful trials club in the Midlands.
In 2010 we paid out over £6,000 in insurance, permit fees and affiliation. We also spent nearly £8,000 on land improvements including hardcore on tracks and repairs to eroded areas.
We carry out monthly training days for our youth riders (and some adults) using ACU accredited trainers.
The club provides a place where riders of all ages can learn to ride a trials motorcycle in a controlled environment and take part in a genuinely family sport.
We also cater for riders of older bikes with our, Pre 65 / Twin shock / Beginners trials.