CUMBRIA MOTOCROSS HOTBED …. THE PLACE TO RACE IN 2018.
Hidden in the far North West of England, Cumbria can often be forgotten as a place to head and race Motocross however, if you have not been or alternatively not been in a while well now is the time to check us out.
Report and Images by Peter Bell
Cumbria has always been a hotbed where the Motocross talent from the North Of England and Scotland not forgetting Northern Ireland and the Isle of man would travel long distances to race. To name drop a few of these: Adam Sterry, Nez Parker, Brad Anderson, Tony Craig, Shaun Simpson, Ross Rutherford, Mattius Karro this list goes on before we include our own Cumbria racers Jamie Law, Brad Todd et al.
With 3 fantastic venues hopefully in this article you can find out a little bit more about these tracks and what Mx in
Cumbria is about.
ECMX East Cumbria Mx Low Gelt Farm Brampton CA8 1SY (ACU)
The sandy hills of Brampton plays host to the East Cumbria Club Championship as well as the Acerbis Nationals in 2018. Located only 8miles from the M6 just off the A69 and within sight of the new Lake district airport access could not be easier. Due to the quarry taking more land the circuit has recently undergone a total re-vamp, new jumps, deep sand sections as well as the tough elevation changes that you would expect from a Brampton track. Previously a British Championship track, and more recently British Youth National there is no doubt this new layout will be equally as good. Defiantly a track to try in 2018, you will struggle to find a track better prepared, the club now run transponders, provide marshals and run Autos to Adult A’s. Most race meetings this year are also Saturday and Sunday so more bike time for your travelling.
14th 15th April Acerbis National.
Club Rounds; 23rd/24th June…4th/5th September…1st/2nd September..30th September
WCMX West Cumbria Mx Dean Moor Motocross Park CA14 4RH (ACU)
Host to many major event over the past few years including British masters and BYMX motocross and Maxxis British Quad and sidecar championships, the Hard park track at Dean Moor is a hidden gem. For those who have never been this hillside track has without doubt the best view of any Motocross track in Britain. To the north and west a view out over Workington the Solway and into Scotland and to the south and East the beautiful Lake District fells. If that has not sold you for a trip, the track last year received the full works, Track direction turned the other way, new jumps new soil and many many hours TLC by the club. To make it a weekend visit, why not try the speedway at Workington (15min drive) which runs most Saturdays March-September, where the club run 5 weekends per year again Autos- Adult A.
Club Rounds 2018;
28th/29th April.. 12th/13th May.. 16th/17th June.. 21st/22nd July.. 11th/12th August
Cumbria Mx Route 44 Haverigg LA14 4NA (MCF)
You want a family weekend by the beach with Motocross mixed in, well this is your place. Set on an old air field
within a dunne walk away from miles of sandy beaches to explore after racing this sand track has only last year had a total re-vamp. As a lasting legacy to Thomas Brown, his family and friends called on the services of Alfie Smith and a team of volunteers to re-design the track. The scene of Thomas’s last race win he would have loved the new layout. Jumps, waves, split sections all in deep sand, the track has received some very positive feedback so far from all standards of rider. A huge open paddock with hard standing the club run Auto to Adult A including Under and Over 30s groups.
7th/8th April..26th/27th May..9th/10th June..7th/8th July
We asked a couple of riders and parents for their thoughts on these tracks and what experiences they get from racing motocross in Cumbira.
IFLY JK Yamaha Racing’s Brad Todd is full of praise for our area. “Cumbria motocross tracks have led me to where I am now, doing it full time as my job. Such awesome tracks and awesome locations, its a shame it goes unnoticed. I’d love to see it as busy as it was 10/15 years ago, a lot of people would enjoy spectating or even trying the races”
Many people already travel long distances to race in Cumbria, the Peel family from North East England are prime examples and its easy to see why. Dad Kevin goes on to say “ We have raced here for the last 6years, thers’s a good family atmosphere, good community. The tracks get updated regularly. Kyle and myself have made some good friends and met some lovely people. We feel very welcomed and don’t mind mucking in with lap-scoring/ marshalling…we are happy to help and that’s why we travel to Cumbria”
If you would like to know any more please don’t hesitate to contact any of the clubs, all have their own Facebook pages. If you have not been up here before or its been a while gives us a try. Check out photos from all the tracks to see for yourself s on my facebook page (pbell83photography) or alternatively Twisted Photography (Eddie Pullin), www.Johnnmiller.org or Derek Blake on Facebook.