WHEN the Young Riders Fund first started thinking about forming the YRF Junior scheme, we had contacted Bob Brown of BWMBC (Bikewise Mini Bike Club) about a possible candidate that would benefit from what we had to offer in the North East. And from this James Alderson joined the YRF Junior scheme.
Since then we have learned a lot more about the BWMBC, attending some of the events that they have organised and speaking to the parents of the youngsters that attend them.
BWMBC started in 2007 after a partnership was formed between Durham Police Motorcycle Section and Durham County Council. The club officials received training from the ACU Local Authority Support Unit, to ensure all its members were safe to ride and understand track safety. Club members are eligible to ride from the young age of six, and remain ACU licensed member of the club up until they are seventeen.
Stephen and Michelle Alderson, the parents of James explained what BWMBC has meant to them over the years. “We first heard about Bikewise mini bike club when a local paper landed through our door and there was an advert about the club, we thought this would be perfect for James as he and us were bike daft. After a few phone calls we went along to their indoor venue to have a look. It looked really good and well organised, James was smitten and it was then we got our first bike. After a few practise sessions we ready for our first time.
We went along, first of all James had to be able to show Bikewise he could ride a bike before he was allowed to go out onto the track with the other riders. We were really impressed by how well organised and the time all the Bikewise team spent with the kids, also how friendly everyone was and how parents/grandparents were all helping to run the day.
The kids are put into groups of ability and have 10 minute sessions. The first time James went out he took the horrors when the other riders were going past him, and it was through Bob’s determination to get him back on the track by working with James over the lunchtime to gain his confidence. This is now a story that is told time and time again about how James was close to tears with Bob running around the track with him and missing his lunch.
From then on James was off, but no one could believe that anyone could ride so slow and not put his feet down his balance was brilliant. James has now gone on to race and his ability has gone far beyond our expectations.
This was us now spending our weekends with James down at the Bikewise events in the winter they had a track indoors and in the summer an outside venue which we really enjoyed, as we were all involved as a family with marshalling, signing on the kids and a bit of bike maintenance on the Bikewise bikes which they use for new starters.
We have also had some amazing opportunities where we have been invited down to croft racing circuit to meet BSB riders and get the chance to talk to them, ride at the Bikewise show and again meet and show off their skills to the public and riders. James has also met his hero John McGuiness, what more could they ask for.
It is a thoroughly enjoyable day watching the kids have so much fun, and we really enjoy watching the kids out in the groups and seeing how well and how much they progress from each time we see them, there are several now racing. We have celebrated many kids’ birthdays and have enjoyed great Christmas party’s with best fancy dressed bikes and raffles, James has made some great friends and we have too.”
The club runs events at various venues throughout the Durham area, all are welcome to go along and spectate or join in. For more information visit their website http://www.bikewiseminibikeclub.org.uk/
This weekend (09/09/12) Round five of the Scottish Minimoto Championship will be brought to you by Bikewise and the Durham Agency against Crime at Karting North East Warden Law, Sunderland. Two of our YRF Juniors James Alderson and Charlie Atkins will be competing at the event, come along and show your support to a fantastic organisation.