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 racers.
Children aged 7 to 12 are able to rent one of nine BMRC Pitsterpro 90cc mini motorcycles during Clinics. Students will typically train in one gear (fourth gear) until they progress through the program.
Teenage riders aged 13 and over (or are over 130 lbs) are able to train on appropriately-sized motorcycles thanks to a new partnership between Spark and Oleander Cycles Ltd. We now offer three 50cc PGO Ligero scooters to students who need a larger, more suitable motorcycle to learn and develop their skills on. This program is available based on rider age/weight or through coach recommendation.
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 7 years or older and know how to ride a bicycle without training wheels to enter this program. Children aged 5 and 6 are also able to opt into the program if they have their own motorcycle for class that they can manage independently. Over the course of our 16-hour program, students build body awareness and begin to assess their own limits and capabilities on the track.
Riding 102: Intermediate
Riding Clinic 102 further aids riders in mastering the basics of motorcycle riding. Coaches will recommend students to either continue another term of Riding 101 or move to Riding 102 based on individual skill levels. Students will advance through a series of tiered drills and routines that strengthen their knowledge and reflexes on the track. This class will continue to build confidence in varied riding conditions and track layouts.
Riding 201: Advanced: Racing Fundamentals
Once students have successfully advanced through both Riding 101 and 102 AND plan to race in the BMRC race series, they are invited to enter Riding 201. Within this program, students 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 while gaining independence and responsibility. It is recommended that riders in the advanced clinic own their own motorcycles and safety gear. This program is structured to support riders who are now preparing to race either in the BMRC race series or internationally.
SPRING YOUTH RIDING CLINIC
RIDING 101: (WEEKLY) APRIL 6TH - JUNE 8TH 2019;
RIDING 201: (BI-WEEKLY) JANUARY 12TH - JUNE 1ST, 2019
Students must be between the ages of 7 - 16 and must be able to ride a bicycle without training wheels to register. Children aged 5 and 6 can register only if they will attend class on their own motorcycle.