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ACU Training Course for Road Race Licence Applicants at Darley Moor

Darley MoorAs part of the ACU’s ongoing policy of rider development and education, and in line with requirements as laid down in the 2014 ACU Handbook, all first time applicants for Road Race Licences must undergo a classroom training course and a basic riding ability test.

The purpose of the classroom course is to ensure that you understand the basic safety and organisational requirements to participate in road racing. Before any new licence can be issued, you must satisfactorily attend the course and pass the multiple-choice test.

In addition to this course all applicants for a Road Race Licence must undergo a Basic Rider Assessment Course to show you have the ability to rider a mototorcycle. To take part in this course you must have the use of a motorcycle, but not necessarily a racing mototorcycle, and a full set of protective clothing. You can ride any motorcycle for the Basic Riding Ability Test it does not have to be a Racing Motorcycle. The motorcycle should not have any race numbers showing during the test.

The ACU Training Course and Basic Rider Assessment course will be held on a Friday at Darley Moor Sports Centre Ashbourne, organised by the Darley Moor Club. The classroom course will start at either 10.00am or 2.00pm and with Basic Rider Assessment test taking place immediately before or after the classroom course. . Course dates are listed on the booking form.

To book a place on the course please complete the attached form. The fee for the course includes the course notes and the test itself. The cost of the two part course will be £120.00. Please note if you are under 17 on the day of the course then the cost of the course will be £90.00.

If you are under 17 on the day of the course then your Parents or Legal Guardian must accompany you to both the Classroom Course and the Basic Riding Ability Course. If you are under 18 on the day of the course your Parent or Legal Guardian must accompany you for the Basic Riding Ability Course.

Course dates for 2014 are:

Friday 28th February
Friday 4th April
Friday 7th March

Further dates to be added



Download Competitor Training Application

Download Competitor Training Application (Sidecar)

Please complete and return the Booking Form to:

Darley Moor MCRRC Ltd
Anvil House
Derby Road
Old Tupton
S42 6LA

Ben Hur Rally 2014

Ben Hur Rally

Lanchester Centurions Motorcycle Club present the 19th Ben Hur Rally on the 9th –11th May 2014 at Newbiggin Farm, Lanchester, County Durham DH7 0RF

The Ben Hur Rally has, for many many years, been a favourite & core weekend for bikers on the rally calendar. Due to licensing restrictions, there is a strict 499 limit to ticket sales.

Now in our 22nd  year on the road in 2014, the Lanchester Centurions are proud to have hosted our 18th rally on the 10th -12th May 2013.  It was a massive success (and the weather was kind...thankfully).  The club would like to thank all the bikers who came along and helped make it the hoot that it was. 

Many thanks also go to; the bands & DJ Bob Rock who gave it their all, to FX Productions for a stonking PA & to the traders.  To Farmer Pete we simply extend our ongoing gratitude for his  work on & preparation of the site this year.  You all help keep The Great North Air Ambulance Service in the Northeastern & Cumbrian skies.

Bands for 2014 have been sorted, the best PA is sorted, the village is on standby for the onslaught & the finer details (like bogs n bins n badges n minibuses n tees n traders n food n .....) are being worked on to make sure you have a blast.  LCMCC hope to see you at The Ben Hur ... and in many fields through the season & beyond.


Please visit the Centurions website for further details :

World Superbike Season starts this weekend

world-superbike-logoTom Sykes starts the defence of his WSB title this weekend at Phillip Island in Australia.

Lots of team changes and livery changes will make the start of the racing season spectacular to say the least.

Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes start team up with Voltcom Suzuki, whilst Johnathan Rea & Leon Haslam remain with PATA Honda.

Chaz Davies is now on the factory Ducati 1199 Panigale R, whilst Christian Iddon moves up into superbikes on the Bimota BB3 Evo.

Checkout the coverage on Eurosport this weekend : Season Preview, Superpole and then the two superbike races and the supersport race.

MCN Fantasy Racing has not started yet although MCN assure us it will be available before the first Moto GP, which is at Qatar on the 23rd March and we will notify you of the BikeWise League Pin Number as soon as its launched.

Enjoy the racing season Smile

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Congratulations to BWMBC members

TrophiesWhat a great weekend for members of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club (BWMBC).

Members and their families travelled up to Scotland to receive their awards at a presentation evening for the Scottish Championship from Niall & Tarran Mackenzie.

Five of the eight classes were won by BWMBC members and on the night Franco Bourne won the Best Newcomer of the Year award and James Alderson was awarded the Craig Jones Trophy.

A good portion of the trophies on the table headed South over the border and back to Durham Smile

Polini UK and Scottish Championship organizer Alan McIntosh said

“ that was some result for you against the auld enemy”

BWMBC with assistance from the DAAC, will once again be hosting a round of the Scottish Championship at Karting North East (Warden Law) on Sunday 11th May 2014.

To see the final standings for the Scottish Championship  : PLEASE CLICK HERE

“Well done”  from the BikeWise ‘team’, to all the riders and their families, for all the commitment you have shown throughout last year and to the fantastic results that you have achieved, .

Looking forward to some more great results in 2014.

John McGuinness inducted into the Motor Sport Hall of Fame

John McGuinness - Hall of FameBikeWise supporter and TT legend John McGuinness has received a top award.

Twenty-time Isle of Man TT winner McGuinness, has been inducted into the Motor Sport Hall of Fame after attending a ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden last week.

McGuinness joins 28 other automotive legends in the Hall of Fame which includes Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher,Enzo Ferrari & Niki Lauda  but the Honda UK rider is only the third motorcycle racer to achieve this accolade following Giacomo Agostini and John Surtees.

“I can’t believe it, it’s been an amazing journey. I was first put on a motorbike when I was three-years-old by my dad, and I’ve come a long way since then. To see my name up there with so many greats of our sport is just a massive honour," said McGuinness.

McGuinness continued: "I never honestly thought I would be standing here with 20 wins; if I get one or two more, that would obviously be fantastic, but if I don’t then I’ve still had a great career, and it certainly won’t be through any lack of trying!”

"I’m nearly 42 and I look pretty average, but in my head I feel pretty good. I’ll carry on for one or two more years yet. I felt a bit nervous to be honest, there are so many champions on four wheels and two, but to see my name up there with the greats is a massive honour.”

“If I were to be honest, I was at this event a bit nervous to stand with so many world champions on two and four wheels on the stage. It is a great honour to see my name with all these sizes on this list, " as he reeived the prestigious award from the hands of John Surtees”

The 41-year-old was inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside Formula One driver Alain Prost, motorsport engineer Ross Brawn and 1976 F1 Champion the late James Hunt and received his award from motorsport legend John Surtees

Congratulations for a well deserved award  John, from the BikeWise ‘team’

Northumbria Blood Bikes goes live!

NBBOfficial start of the Northumbria Blood Bikes service begins today,  with their first agreement signed at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead.

Regular service starts today and continues every day, 7pm-7am, and throughout the weekends.

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