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Bulwell Outlaws - BMX in Nottingham
What we get up to
We host lots of club racing in Bulwell, more than just about any other club in the country. We believe that club racing forms the foundations of the club, on which all the other success is built. Club races are the best place for new riders to learn the ropes because they are friendly and relaxed events and are less intimidating than regional and national events. We have also adopted a method of racing called the formula system. This is a league based system where riders get promoted or demoted, depending on their performance, resulting in racing that is performance based, rather than aged based. The resultant racing is close and exciting and different from one event to another. We have trophies and prizes for every race series and we celebrate the success of our riders at presentation events where we present all the trophies and prizes. We also travel to Regional races around the Midlands area and we try and provide assistance to riders who find it difficult to get to these races under their own steam. We also travel to National races, but these are usually weekends away. The riders who are keen to improve their skills, strength and fitness can attend regular weekend training sessions that are run by British Cycling qualified coaches. They are run over the winter with different sessions for beginners and intermediate riders with advanced riders taking advantage of the British Cycling Midlands Talent Team Coaching Sessions. The beginners sessions are run by club coach, Phil Gray-Blest and the intermediate sessions are run by Kelvin Batey, see www.route55.com. There is something for everyone, no matter what your age or skill level. See the club news and the events sections of this website for all the latest info.
An exciting development this year is the formation of the Bunney's Bikes Race Team. The team consists mainly of Nottingham Outlaws club members. It is unusual for a trade team to be so closely linked with one club because trade teams tend to pick and choose the best riders from around the country, but such is the strength of the club's top riders that the team is expected to be a force to be reckoned with in 2009.The 2008-09 Winter Race series starts in October and runs on into April. Registration is from 10.30 until 11.30 and racing starts at 12.15pm. Come and check it out...
Thinking About Having a Go?
There are 25 different race categories in BMX, so whatever your age or experience, there's something for everyone. BMX racing began twenty years ago in the USA, and after a lull, has regained it's popularity. In fact, BMX makes it's debut as an official Olympic sport at the 2008 Beijing games and again at the London Olympics in 2012 - so who knows - we might end up seeing you on the telly!
All you need is a BMX or Mountain Bike and some safety gear. Make sure you have gloves, long sleeves and a long top. Stunt pegs are not allowed. You can jump straight into racing or can styart with the Winter training sessions. Beginners sessions are held at 10.00am on Sunday mornings.
See the Race Meeting article for more details on what to expect at a race meeting. You will need to join the club but it only costs £3 for the whole of 2009.
There are lots of friendly and helpful riders and parents at the club who will be very happy to help with any queries you may have. Please also contact the club secretary if you have any questions. Contact Phil Gray-Blest at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2008-09 Winter Race series starts in October and runs on into April. Registration is from 10.30 untill 11.30 and racing starts at 12.15pm. Come and check it out...
If you need more information about BMX racing there is more information in our articles section, and much more can be found at www.bmxbasics.org
Club HistoryBulwell Outlaws is a BMX race club based at the re-vitalised Nottingham BMX track. Back in the 1980's, the track was known as "Bunny's". The name came from the sponsoring bike shop called "Bunny's" which still exists in Nottingham, near the central train station. Way back then, Bunny's was the home track of Dale Holmes. Here is picture of racing at Bunny's in 1984.
In the 90's the track fell into a state of disrepair and became little more than a bumpy singletrack. In 2004 the track was brought back to life thanks to funding from Bulwell Vision and a lot of hard work by Richard Camm from Urban Air. The Bulwell Outlaws BMX race club was formed and works closely with Bulwell Vision, aiming to provide a BMX facility and equipment for children and young adults from the surrounding area. In 2005 we held a Summer BMX and Mountain Bike Race Series on Tuesday evenings which worked well and grew in popularity. The success of this MTB and BMX race series encouraged us to provide a regular Summer and Winter race series which was even more successful and are now an established part of the BMX calendar. In 2009 we received great assistance from Nottingham City Council and the Youth Opportunity and Youth Capital Fund. Their funding has enabled us to transform the track again by extending the last two straights and tarmaccing all the berms. The changes bring the track up to modern standards with the length of the track being more in line with tracks elsewhere and a better range of jumps and technicality which will provide a facility with something for everyone. New riders will have a progression of larger and more difficult obstacles on which to practice different techniques while our growing ranks of top drawer riders who compete at a National, European, and even World level will also find aspects of the track which will challenge them and further develop their abilities.
Hello, and welcome to the Bulwell Outlaws BMX Race Club. This site brings you all the latest news on Nottingham's only BMX racing club.
The club is affiliated to the British Cycling Federation.
WANT TO HAVE A GO?
Anyone is welcome to come along and take part in club events. We recommend that you try riding around the track a few times before racing. The track is open all the time. Throughout the winter we also run beginners training sessions on a Sunday morning, starting at 10.00am. There are also intermediate and advanced coaching sessions on a Saturday morning with Kelvin Batey. 9.30am
In order to take part in an organised race event you need to be a member of a BMX race club. This is really easy because you can get a form off this site and it only costs £3 to join Bulwell Outlaws for the 2009 season.