The BMRC's Spark Program offers an array of programs targeted at developing local youth through the sport of motorcycle riding and racing. School outreach tours, public events including the annual Marketplace Santa Claus Parade and the Bermuda Day Parade, designated Youth Open Track Days, the BMRC summer race series, Youth Riding Clinics, and overseas training opportunities are all avenues where talented young riders and potential racers are able to develop their skills and expand their learning through our club.
Year round Youth Riding Clinics are offered for young riders interested in the sport and skill of motorcycle racing. Whether your child wants to become the next MotoGP champion, is looking for a little fun on the weekends, or is interested in gaining an early foundation in the basics of motorcycle riding prior to their 16th birthday, our clinics can help. Structured lessons are based at the RUBiS Southside Raceway in the island’s east end and include two-hour sessions led by our team of Bermudian ex-pro racers.
Riding 101: Beginners
Students gain an introduction to the skills necessary to safely ride a motorcycle in Riding Clinic 101, including balance, throttle control, concentration, and learning bike parts and functions. Children must be aged 5 years or older and know how to ride a bicycle without training wheels to enter this program. Over the course of our 8 to 10-week program, students build body awareness and begin to assess their own limits and capabilities on the track.
Riding 102: Intermediate
Riding Clinic 102 continues on helping students to master the basics of motorcycle riding that they worked through during Riding 101. Students advance through a series of tiered drills and routines that strengthen their knowledge and reflexes on the track. Students in this class will continue to build confidence in varied riding conditions and track layouts. Teenage student riders are now able to participate on more appropriately-sized motorcycles in our Intermediate and Advanced Clinics. Spark has partnered with Oleander Cycles to offer several PGO Ligero scooters to students who need a larger, more suitable motorcycle to learn and develop their skills on. This program is available by special request only so please contact us for more details if you have a teen interested in taking advantage of our Oleander Scooter Program.
Riding 201: Advanced: Racing Fundamentals
Once students have successfully advanced through both Riding 101 and 102, they are invited to enter into our Riding 201: Racing Fundamentals. Within this program, students will already have a good understanding of the skill and knowledge necessary to ride a motorcycle. Students will be guided in simple mechanics to assess and maintain their own motorcycles while gaining insight into proper technique and confidence needed to begin a career in the sport of motorcycle racing. Students in this program continuously build onto their unique skill sets.
Registration is now open for the WINTER youth Riding CLINic
STARTING JANUARY 20th - RUNNING FOR 8 - 10 WEEKS
Students must be between the ages of 5 - 18 and must be able to ride a bicycle without training wheels to register.
Further Development: M1GP Training Weekend 2018
SPARK is excited to announce the upcoming overseas M1GP training weekend at California's Willow Springs Raceway for BMRC's youth racers. This is the club's first youth race team to be sent overseas in the last 10 years! A group of talented young riders attended a similar training workshop with M1GP in 2008. These riders returned to Bermuda with a new level of skill and experience that helped them achieve new goals within the sport. This year, Spark is sending 9 youth racers to California in April to participate in the training which will include a two-day training weekend followed by the group's first international race competition.
The group of local riders includes children ages 8 to 17. The all-male group of racers have progressed through each level of the BMRC Youth Riding Clinics and have successfully raced in the Circuit Racing Championship Series. Several fundraisers will be held over the upcoming months to support the training weekend. The next fundraiser will be a car wash held on January 27th (location to be determined) from 11am-5pm and January 28th at the RUBiS Southside Raceway from 12pm-5pm. The group will also have a concession stand at the BMRC Drag Races on January 21st. We invite the public to come out and show your support!
Sponsorship packages are also available for potential corporate or individual donors interested in supporting the group: registration #T2008. The fundraising goal is $20,000.