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TV schedule unveiled for Isle of Man TT

ITV4 have released details of their planned coverage of this year's Isle of Man TT which includes an extra 1-hour show versus last year bringing the total up to 15 x 1-hour shows over the 14 days. 

So get your favourite chair sorted, TV planners fired up and attack that Series Link button with the following:

Mon 26th May 21:00 TT 2014: The Michael Dunlop Story
Tues 27th May 21:00 TT 2014: A Very British Challenge
Wed 28th May 21:00 TT: Class of 2014
Thurs 29th May 21:00 Preview Show
Fri 30th May 22:00 Qualifying
Sat 31st May 21:00 Dainese Superbike TT Race
Sun 1st  June 21:00 Sure Sidecar TT Race (1)
Mon 2nd June 21:00 Monster Energy Supersport TT Race (1)
Tues 3rd June 21:00 RL360 Superstock TT Race
Wed 4th June 22:00 Monster Energy Supersport TT Race (2)
Thurs 5th June 21:00 Sure Sidecar TT Race (2)
Fri 6th June 21:00 Pokerstars Senior TT
Sat 7th  June 21:00 Bikenation Lightweight TT
Mon 9th June 18:00 Review Show 1
Mon 9th June 19:00 Review Show 2

The presenting and commentary team of Craig Doyle, Steve Parrish, Steve Plater and Jamie Whittam remains unchanged whilst this schedule announcement comes off the back of a recent and brand new 5-year deal between ITV and the producers of the TT shows, North One Television.

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 30/5/2011: John McGuinness at Quarterbridge on the TT Legends Honda during the opening practice session for the Isle of Man TT.<br />

BBC NI has the 2014 North West 200 covered

NW200Tuesday/Thursday will be streamed live on BBC Sport NI and on Radio Ulster MW 1341

Saturday race day streamed lived on BBC Radio Ulster 10am - 1pm MW1341 and from 1pm 94.5FM


Friday 16th, Sunday 18th, Monday 19th at 10.35pm

For more info please visit the NW200 website :


Dave Coates set for a 19th BikeWise

Dave ‘wowing’ the crowds at last years BikeWise
DC New Bike
Yamaha MT-09 (New for 2014 season)

Once again our local Darlington based world record holder - Dave Coates will be performing at BikeWise 2014 on his Yamaha's.
This is Dave's 19th consecutive BikeWise - a fantastic achievement and we are now seeing second and third generations of families enjoying the skills that Dave shows on two wheels - long may it continue.

Dave will be performing a couple of shows during the day ( times to be finalized and published later on this site ) and he will be available at his van throughout the day for autograph's, photo's and any questions you might like to put to him...

Dave will be using his new Yamaha MT-09 at the show

To learn more about Dave, visit his website at :

Next Meeting of the BWMBC

MBCThe next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on  :
Sunday 18th May at Carrville Park & Ride, Durham.

Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.

We will be a bit short handed at this meeting so please if you can help to set up the track or take it down at the end it would be appreciated.

Any cancellation due to bad weather will only be notified via our Facebbook page for this meeting.

Scottish Mini Moto Championship : This Sunday at Karting NE

SMMRnd-2Hi everybody

Here are the instructions from Alan McIntosh for the Karting NE (Warden Law)  event, this Sunday (11th May 2014).

“If you need to know anything about the track here is their web site address.

Sign-on will be from 11am till 12.30. The riders briefing taking place at 12.30 in the signing on area with the first practice to start at 1pm on the dot. Please can you let me know if you’re not attending so I can use your allocated transponder. Thanks!

All the new 910s novices out there you will have to change your front sprocket from a 6 tooth to a 7 tooth. This track is longer you will need to do this to stop the bikes from over revving.

This weekend there will be only 2 Junior Groups as the track is so big it can accommodate this. All juniors who took part in a full seasons racing last year will start in group 1 all others will be in group 2. Again this will change after qualifying with the top 25 going in group 1.”

Format for QUALIFYING practice will be:
Open Class: 2 x 8 mins.
Junior Group 2: 2 x 10 mins.
Junior Group 1: 2 x 10 mins.
Production Light, Middle and Heavy: 2 x 10 mins.
Feathers: 2 x 10 mins.

Format for RACES will be:
Open Class: 4 x 6 lap races rotating grid.
Junior Group 2: 3 x 6 lap races.
Junior Group 1: 3 x 6 lap races.
Production Light, Middle and Heavy: 3 x 6 lap races.
Feathers: 3 x 6 lap races.
Weights for Classes :
Junior A :  7 to 9 years.
B and C split at 45 kilos.
Feathers up to 45
Lights 45 to 60.
Middle up to 75
Heavys 75 and over

Please try and support the event - McIntosh is having to travel a long way to put this event on and it benefits our riders of the BWMBC - giving them the chance to compete in a racing championship, which in later life I've no doubt will be the topic of conservation in many of our families homes.

If you have any queries about the championship and whether you or your equipment are suitable then please ring Alan McIntosh on 07801 822 845 or 0131 654 0786.  Alan is a real enthusiast and really wants our riders to have fun on their bikes.
Remember to bring your families & friends along to create a great atmosphere for our young riders.
In the event of a bad weather forecast, McIntosh will make a decision prior to the event with regards to any cancellation so please check our website or your emails.
Fingers crossed for a great weekend, hope to see you all on Sunday

6,000mile solo motorbike challenge to the Artic Circle for brain injury charity Cerebra

Arctic RideLocal rider Gordon Stuart, who promoted his charity ride at BikeWise 2013  will set off on Saturday the 24th May, from St Marys Lighthouse, Whitley Bay at 0900hrs on a 6000 mile charity motorcycle ride in aid of brain injury charity Cerebra.

Gordon said :

In May and June of 2014 I will ride my motorbike from my home town of Whitley Bay in the North of England 6,000 miles to Nordkapp in Norway, the most northerly point in Europe and deep inside the Arctic Circle, and back home in just 3 weeks. This will see me ride and average of nearly 300 miles every day for 21 days straight on some of the most challenging roads in Europe. Not only will this test my physical strength of riding a 250kg motorbike for 8 hours a day, but also my mental fortitude of riding solo in foreign countries for 3 weeks straight. I attempted this trip back in May 2011 but unfortunately was involved in an accident on day 8 of the trip in Sweden and fell short on the trip by 1,000 miles. This time I'm determined to make it all the way.
The reason I am taking on this challenge is to raise money for brain injury charity Cerebra. Cerebra have helped my little brother Robbie ever who suffered an acquired brain injury at the age of 9 months old which has left him with severe learning difficulties. They have also provided much needed assistance to my family, especially my mum who has dedicated her life to looking after Robbie.
Please take the time to follow my progress, share what I'm doing with others and if you can donate some money via my virgin money giving page you'll be doing a great thing for a great cause. If you need anymore motivation, please time the take to think how sore my backside is going to be after 21 days sitting in a motorbike.
Ride safe.

Gordon deserves all the support we can give him as this ride is a huge personal undertaking, 300miles a day for 21 days in some severe weather conditions all in aid of charity !!  Gordon is hoping to be at BikeWise 2014 on Sunday 20th July where you will be able to talk to him about his ride.

Good Luck & Safe Ride Gordon from the ‘BikeWise Team’

If you can help Gordon achieve his aim of raising £2500 for Cerebra please click on the link below which will take you to his Virgin money giving page : 

Gordon also has a Facebook page :

For more information on Arctic Ride 2014 visit

Follow Gordon on Twitter at @arcticride2014.


Photos online from Monday (5th May) at Karting North East


Photo’s are now online from Monday evenings meeting at Karting North East (5th May)

Some valuable practice on the big track in preparation for Sunday’s Scottish Mini Moto Championship.

To view the photos please click on the picture, which will take you to the photo gallery of the BikeWise MIni Bike Clubs website.

Please then click on the thumbnail icon for Monday 5th May and you will be taken into the album where you can view at full size or as a slideshow etc…

Looking forward to some close racing on Sunday.. Practice starts at 1pm with racing all afternoon. Entry to the circuit for spectators is free and there is ample tarmac parking, toilets & a cafe.

Todays meeting CANCELLED

Cancel-BWMBCToday’s meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club has had to be cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions.

Heavy rain fell overnight and is still falling this morning, leaving us no alternative than to cancel on safety grounds.

Karting NE is still scheduled to run tomorrow, Mon 5th and then the Scottish Championship is being held next Sunday (11th May) at Karting NE.

Next Meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

MBCThe next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on  :
Sunday 4th May at Carrville Park & Ride, Durham.

Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.
The forecast for the weekend is mixed so please check the website or Facebook/Twitter on Sunday before traveling if you have any doubts.
If we need to cancel due to adverse weather we will post on the above and also send out an email to members.
Scottish Mini Bike Championship is to be held at Karting North East (Warden Law) on Sunday 11th May.