A NEW era of Cycle Speedway begins next Tuesday at the Warwickshire village circuit of Bretford when the Brandon Bees entertain Coventry in the Midlands League Division 2.
The match goes ahead at Brandon Road Playing Fields (7.15pm) with the new Brandon Bees team taking to the track for the first time.
The new team has taken over from Bretford Bulldogs who pulled out of racing in the close season.
A new group of administrators will be managing the exciting new Brandon project, including Mark Phillips from Rugby and local Bretford resident Mark Roberts.
They will be joined by experienced officials Rob Hardie (chairman), Jez Hughes (treasurer) and Lee Marsh (team manager).
Club coaches will include local enthusiast Kevin Perrott and world class Australian rider Bobby McMillan, who lives near the track in Brandon Road.
Officials are shortly to launch a weekly `Club night` to encourage newcomers and local youngsters to take part and until then the Brandon Bees will be staffed by Coventry signed riders after being given special dispensation from the league’s management committee.
Chairman Rob Hardie explained: “There is a national boom in cycling, as demonstrated by marvellous Olympic success, Tour De France victories and more people cycling everyday.
“It’s important therefore that all cycling facilities, like the Cycle Speedway track in Bretford, are kept operative and are ready for use by local people.
“Our initiative, by using local people like Mark Phillips and Mark Roberts, together with others from the booming Coventry club, will allow this to happen.”
For more information on Brandon Bees Cycle Speedway club call 07899 793532.