Monday, 29 March 2010


On Saturday we took delivery of some new equipment for the club, courtesy of the Manx Radio Dream Catcher Appeal.The application was made to the charity to increase participation at the club, to give new riders a chance of having a go on a race bike and to give current riders the option to try out a size up before buying. We were given a DK expert race bike, as well as 2 intense junior bikes and an intense mini xl.We also collected 6 full face helmets and 6 pairs of gloves to make sure riders coming along to try out the sport are well protected.For more pictures check out our facebook page.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

The seasons getting started

All the pro's are heading to Madrid this weekend, where will you be?

Friday, 12 March 2010

Ramsey Isle of Man BMX Club AGM


Present: Mickey Cain (Chairman)
Sue Gibson (Secretary)
Juan Watney (Official Coach/Development)
Andrew Dowson (Sponsor)
Paul Crook (Chief Groundsman)
Neil Gibson (Assisstant Groundsman)
Dawn McCann (First Aid)

Apologies: Gary Mazzone (Club President), Dave Black, Rob Kinrade, Jayne Simpson, Rosie Hawes, Ian Clague, Marianne Clague, Brian Murray, David Kissack

Meeting Open 19:10

Introduction From Our Chairman – Mickey Cain

This is the first AGM in 5 years and now that we have a formal Committee we will be holding committee meetings monthly as well as Annual General Meetings.

Introduction To BMX Isle of Man Committee Members

Committee members present were introduced and their roles highlighted. All members that were not present were also mentioned and their roles explained. There will be a list drawn up with contact numbers which will then be laminated and displayed on ‘The Hut’ at Ramsey Track.

Registration Forms/Fees

New style registration forms will be available to download via the webpage and at the start of the racing season.

It was agreed that the annual membership fee would be set at £10, and £50 for 13 races (or £5 per individual race).

Proposed Race Dates

A 13 race series has been provisionally drawn up (with racing on a Sunday). Sign on from 10.30am (duration of 45mins) racing to start prompt at 11.15am.

It was discussed that ALL parents would be encouraged to help out with pre-race track maintenance.

*(Please note that if any off island races clash with Ramsey Isle of Man Bmx Club dates then we could arrange to race on a Saturday instead).

British Cycling software has now been purchased and Juan Watney is to set up our scoring system. The scoring system will be clearly displayed at ‘The Hut’ to avoid any confusion.

Off Island Racing

The dates and venues for all of the Regional and National events are now confirmed. We discussed organising a day trip (open to all members) – Preston on 30th May 2010 was mentioned as an option.

Club Coaching

Juan Watney and Dave Black to organise a coaching session during the school holidays. To possibly include the British Cycling coach who will be on Island for the Manx Youth Tour.

Bike Maintenance Session

Dave Black and Dibble to organise a Bike Maintenance Workshop – to teach club members basic maintenance/puncture repairs etc.

Douglas Track

There are ongoing problems with costing/weather/digger driver’s etc. The track layout is in place – however, it would appear that the late Spring target completion date will not be met.

Future Fund Raising Events

Open to Committee members to come up with some new and interesting suggestions how the club can raise some funds. Dawn McCann suggested a ‘pig racing’ night (!?) so watch this space!!


We have 3 new sponsors this season: Expol, SVA and Manx Telecom. The club kit will be printed to highlight their company logos. Many thanks to all of our sponsors.

Any Other Business

All agreed that we should spend as much money as necessary to bring the track up to a reasonable standard and to fund digger hire rather than rely on small labour work parties. Also, agreed to the purchase of a small wacker plate.

The meeting closed.

For a printable copy of the minutes feel free to download the word version here.

Friday, 5 March 2010

Summer Series 2010

Here it is guys, what you've all been waiting for, details of the 13 round Summer Series 2010.

The poster for the series can be downloaded HERE. Please feel free to print it off and advertise the series.

The first date of the series will be SUNDAY 18th APRIL. Signing on from 1030 - 1100. Racing hopefully from 1200 (to give time to input rider data into the new race software).

Following events will take place 9th & 23rd May, 20th* & 27th* June, 11th*, 18th & 25th July, 1st, 15th & 22nd August and 11th & 12th September.

Entry into the series can be paid for as a one off payment of £50, giving you 3 free races, or you can pay £5 per round at each event.

Ramsey BMX Club is registered to British Cycling, and racing will follow their BMX specific regulations.

* Due to a clash with North Region BMX's Summer Series the dates for rounds 4, 5 and / or 6 may be subject to change. Information regarding this will be posted here.