The courses are on a Tarmac surface varying from 400 to 2500 yards in length, usually rising steeply uphill with loads of bends.
Bikes, Sidecars and Three-Wheelers
The bikes are many and varied. The classes are 0-250cc, 250-350cc, 350-500cc, 500-750cc and 750-1300cc and a class for sidecars and three-wheelers. In addition to the capacity classes there is also the Classic class for pre-1965 bikes and the Road Legal class. This class is designed for the newcomers in mind and is a great way to get introduced to the sport. There are three main classes of bikes. Firstly the motocrossers-the most competitive machines. Then there are the specials-all sorts of beautifully put together purpose built machines. The vintage/classic bikes are great to listen to, and the road legal machines are the cheapest to put on the Hill. Click here for information on all the classes.
The rules are pretty simple:
•The bike must be safe, with good brakes etc
(So you can stop quickly if necessary)
•Oil drain plugs etc. must be wired up
(Dropping oil on the track makes you very unpopular)
•All glass must be taped over
(Broken glass on the track after you've fallen off on the oil is doubly unpopular)
•If the bike has a breather, the breather must exhaust into a catch container
•You must have an ACU gold stamped helmet
(See on the back)
•You must wear a set of one piece leathers
•You need to have either a day license or an ACU license to take part
We have venues in all parts of England but the majority of events are in the South. The North of the country still has a thriving scene with a good number of territorial clubs holding well attended and exciting events. In the past, competitions have been held in other areas such as the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and France.
The riders are as varied as the bikes. Young to old, big to small, fast to slow, all sorts of people. We welcome anyone who wants to try something new, no matter who they may be.
After the license there is a cost for competing in the event. This covers your insurance as well as the club's costs for running the event. The price for an individual event is usually £35-£50.