Ride & Skid It 06 May 17

20th May 2017
Event 06 May 2017

Summary of the Day

A great day for everyone from the complete beginner to accomplished motorcyclists wanting to have a speedway experience! Purely as an observer when it comes to it who is experienced and who isn’t, during certain parts of the day it’s difficult to tell who are and who aren’t!

All the bikes are Honda 125cc speedway bikes to give you an experience of how to power-slide a speedway bike in the correct and safe way, whilst having fun.
All the instructors make this look easy but as an observer/photographer not many can emulate them although occasionally some do come close.

It's all done at your own pace with full tuition from Les Collins, a former world ranked number two speedway rider; Adam Allott ex professional speedway rider and world U21 rider ; Les’ son Aidan, who is a five times British Flattrack Champion, currently leading the 2017 championship and also a former speedway rider.

Les Collins

Adam Allot

Aidan Collins

The day is split into four sessions

1. Familiarization: How to ride, operate and control the bike and some steady laps around the track.

Session 1 - Getting familiar with the bikes and track

2. The Mini-Track or around the cones: Probably the most difficult and interesting part of the day and an equalizer as not many can do it although it is made to look extremely easy by the instructors.

Giving the slide a go

3. Follow the Leader: Aidan leads a group of usually four riders around the track and shows them the right lines to take and hopefully avoid becoming a casualty; not seen any real injuries up to now, more wounded pride than anything!

Aidan Collins being the Leader

4. Put into practice the learning for the day: I think everyone enjoys this and most riders apart from the complete beginners do get a bit of speed up. Having said that purely as an observer and complete non bike rider the correct sitting position appears to disappear!

Ddn't quite grasp the lessons of the day!

Some of the riders in Action:

Some of the private riders:

A couple of the younger private riders

Probably my favourite image from the day

I'd love to have a go but I think I'll leave it to the younger, fitter and adrenalin junkies of this world! A great day had by everyone, even the fallers. An experience not to be missed, I wish I was younger!

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