FIVE Reasons To Invest In Youth Motorcycle Riding Clinics

A Solid Foundation

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When you sign your child up for our Clinics, you are investing in a future of road safety and the development of correct riding techniques and habits that will give your child an early advantage for handling Bermuda's roads.


A Unique Sports Opportunity

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As an unconventional sport, children and youth explore an alternative activity that promotes teamwork while catering to individual growth and advancement. 


Life Skills

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Our Clinics compliment our island's expansive bike culture. Children learn simple motorcycle mechanics, develop responsibility, build safe habits, and increase their ability to handle unpredictable challenges. 

Experienced and Dedicated Coaches

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All program staff are CPR, First Aid, and SCARS-certified. Coaches have professional race experience and are determined to provide the best support for young riders interested in enjoying the thrill of riding either at a recreational level or with the goal of going pro.

International Exposure

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BMRC's Spark program supports young racers that want to take their involvement in the sport to the next level. When riders begin racing within our local series, they will be eligible to participate in advanced international training and racing with their peers. The most recent group of young riders visited California earlier this month and are already planning their next big adventure with the Club. 
 

Overseas Racing Spotlight: Sheun Simmons

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Our final racer spotlight is on Sheun Simmons. He's a big personality in the group and a  student from Whitney Institute Middle School

Sheun has always had a passion for bikes. "He used to ride around on his Sesame Street Slimey the Worm push along as if he was in a speed race until he got his first, second-hand BMX bike from his cousin," his father, Shannon Simmons, recalls. You couldn’t find a smile bigger than his when he hopped on that bike. 

At the tender age of 2 years old, Sheun was zooming around on his tiny BMX with no training wheels doing "poppa wheelies", skeeting and lapping in circles at full speed all day, every day with a serious face and focused as if he knew one day he would be on a bigger, faster and more professional looking bike.

"I remember we held a family function at the house and Sheun was riding his bike, and his toe got caught in the spokes, causing an injury" Shannon went on to explain. "Upon rushing him to the hospital and receiving treatment for the serious injury, he came back home and hopped right back on his bike as if nothing happened. That was determination and commitment right there."

One sunny Saturday years later, Sheun and his dad took a ride to Clearwater to visit the track where Sheun spotted bikes racing for the first time. He was excited and eager to ride. Needless to say, he was signed up that day and has been a part of the BMRC since then, at the age of 9 years old.

Sheun now loves to start his dad’s bike in the morning and ride around the yard on it, just to prove that he is a skilled and professional rider and can ride any bike set in front of him. 

"At 5’3 he has a big ego for bikes, and we love it! As a father, watching my son doing what he loves, it’s good to know that he is gaining the experience, discipline and learning the correct ways to handle a bike. Once he is of legal age, he will know how to ride on our roads and to avoid situations on them. There is no greater joy than seeing your child do what they love and the happiness it brings to them.”

We are seeking sponsorship to bring the group cost down for the training expenses - every donation helps. If you are interested in supporting the group by making a financial contribution, please visit their GoFundMe Page at https://www.gofundme.com/bermudakidsvisitm1gp

Thank you for taking the time to read this. For an insight into Spark, the youth arm of the Bermuda Motorcycle Racing Club visit www.bmrc.bm/spark.

Overseas Racing Spotlight: Aiden Lopes

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Meet Aiden Lopes, an S1 student at the Berkeley Institute, a sailing enthusiast and a great role model for other youth in the group. 

He has a strong passion for sailing and has developed a great interest in motorcycle racing, spurring from a very young age. 

His father, Carlos Lopes, found out about the BMRC through one of his friends and immediately signed Aiden up for the beginner summer clinic in 2016. By winter of 2016/2017, his riding skills had flourished and he moved up to the advanced clinic. 

Aiden decided to race during the 2017 race season in hopes of gaining more experience. He is proud to admit that "my coaches say that I have lots of talent and see potential for growth in this sport." Keeping his passions in mind, Aiden is considering a career in mechanics or something in the sailing industry.

We are seeking sponsorship to bring the group cost down for the training expenses - every donation helps. If you are interested in supporting the group by making a financial contribution, please visit their GoFundMe Page at https://www.gofundme.com/bermudakidsvisitm1gp

Thank you for taking the time to read this. For an insight into Spark, the youth arm of the Bermuda Motorcycle Racing Club visit www.bmrc.bm/spark.

Overseas Racing Spotlight: Keimari Burchall

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Keimari Burchall

It is a pleasure to introduce you to Keimari Burchall, a 17 years old student from Cedarbridge Academy. He has always had a passion for racing. 

Throughout childhood, he spent a lot of time riding bikes. "I would get excited whenever I heard a bike starting up or if I saw someone going fast", he recalls.  

Watching races on television has inspired Keimari to race: "It seemed so fun to me that I wanted to try it and so far I have been doing really good." In 2017, he secured the second place title in the Minibike Senior class, regularly battling his competitors for the top position until the very last corner. Spectators are always sure to enjoy some fierce racing when he is on the track. 

We are keeping our eyes on this young athlete to see where his racing career will take him next.

We are seeking sponsorship to bring the group cost down for the training expenses - every donation helps. If you are interested in supporting the group by making a financial contribution, please visit their GoFundMe Page at https://www.gofundme.com/bermudakidsvisitm1gp

Thank you for taking the time to read this. For an insight into Spark, the youth arm of the Bermuda Motorcycle Racing Club visit www.bmrc.bm/spark.

Overseas Youth Racing Spotlight: Kymaree Pitt

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Kymaree Pitt, a ten-year-old St David's Primary School student, enjoys playing outside with his friends, playing football, spending time with his family and riding motorcycles. 

In 2015 Kymaree received an electric motorcycle for Christmas. "He rode that bike like he was a professional rider" his mother, Samantha, recalls. He quickly mastered the bike and neighbors would ask if he rode at the race track, though he had not yet received any formal training. Kymaree was a true natural when it came to riding, and eventually racing. 

In November of 2016, Kymaree tragically lost his father to a sudden death. His mother remembers that "this made him very sad. In February of 2017, his Godpa [Shannon Simmons] signed him up with the BMRC which made him happy." His newfound sport brought a level of joy back into his life. As a talented rider, Kymaree skipped the beginner class and joined the advanced group, progressing with ease. His determination led him to place third in the Minibike Junior class in his debut race season.

Kymaree has been racing for just over a year now. "He can also ride a 50cc rental, only on the tracks of course" jokes Samantha. He is one of several students now mastering the club's newest fleet of Oleander Cycles sponsored Youth Riding Clinic scooters. Kymaree's passion for training and racing is undeniable, and he is looking forward to the next level of development with his peers in California next weekend.

We are seeking sponsorship to bring the group cost down for the training expenses - every donation helps. If you are interested in supporting the group by making a financial contribution, please visit their GoFundMe Page at https://www.gofundme.com/bermudakidsvisitm1gp

Thank you for taking the time to read this. For an insight into Spark, the youth arm of the Bermuda Motorcycle Racing Club visit www.bmrc.bm/spark.