Information for new and novice riders Everything you need to know 

If you are not sure which bikes race in which class, or perhaps you are looking for inspiration to buy a bike to race, our classes directory should help you. All the current CRMC Race Classes are shown, giving you lots of useful information.  
But before that, lets look at what you'll need to start racing. Read on... 

Get Racing with the CRMC - The Friendly Club! 

Okay, you want to come racing. Well if you want to be part of the friendliest, happy, helpful, most sociable and relaxed motorcycle club, then you’ve come to the right place. It may seem like a hugely daunting task, and yes there is a lot to learn and get your head around, but no matter where you find yourself in the paddock, everyone you ask will guide you and point you in the right direction. 
Launched in 2021 and available once again for 2024 - CRMC New Rider Programme - Your first 4 races can be FREE 
Read more information below and then take a look at the CRMC New Rider Programme here when you are ready. 
Getting a Competition Licence to Race Motorcycles 
You will have to attend a one-day Competitor Training Course (CTC). This is a pretty basic course, which covers safety, flags, track etiquette, the way a race day runs, and some of the requirements that are a must. At the end of the day, you have to sit an exam, but as long as you’ve paid attention, you’d be pushed to fail. Some may feel that it’s a waste of time, but at least it means that everyone on the grid has at least a basic level of knowledge. 
Satisfactorily completing a Basic Riding Assessment 
These are run by a number of different clubs, who each have qualified ACU Instructors who are all experienced riders and capable of deciding if you are safe to race. You are expected to be able to demonstrate that you can control your machine, use the gears, brakes & controls. Whilst on track you will have to demonstrate that you can ride at a sensible competition pace, use the track safely – joining, leaving, following more or less correct safe racing lines, awareness of other riders, flags and riding to the conditions. 
It’s not too onerous – you are not expected to go at the same speed as Messer’s Rossi or Marquez, but to be able to ride in a safe manner. You also have to complete a practice start. You’ll do this in a group with others who are doing the same assessment, and you have to demonstrate that you can follow instructions and get away cleanly. 
Completing a Medical Declaration 
You will need to sign a declaration stating that you are medically fit; if you have suffered from certain conditions or have a disability, the ACU may require further information or require you to attend their medical panel, who will decide if they can issue a licence. 
Passing an Eyesight test 
You have to have a satisfactory eyesight report from an optician. This is more or less the same as a normal eyesight test, but does include a field of vision test. If you are lucky, you may be able to get your optician to fill out the form as part of your normal test, otherwise you’ll have to pay extra for this. 
Complete Packages 
There are quite few clubs and organisations with whom you can complete the CTC (including the on-track assessment and eye-sight test in one day). Otherwise, on most Mondays throughout the year the ACU run the CTC course at their HQ in Rugby. Any optician can undertake an eye sight test, you can then attend a riding assessment to suit yourself. Click here for a list of clubs & venues from the ACU website.  
Right, at last you’re ready to make your application to join an affiliated club. Its easiest to join the CRMC online, or you can download a form and send it to: 
Anji Yardley 
Main Road 
Hawthorn Cottage 
LN9 6JQ 
Telephone 01507 568573 (Please do not call after 9pm) 
She will organise your CRMC membership on our system, which will automatically confirm you are a member of CRMC to the ACU so you can apply for your ACU Licence. Full details are available from the ACU website and again, it is easiest if you apply online.  
Race bike 
Now this can be one of the most difficult decisions you have to make. Don’t rush into buying the first thing you see - ask and talk to lots of people (everyone will probably say that the bike they have is the one to have!). Do you prefer two or four stroke? Do you want a pukka race bike, a classic bike, or a post-classic bike? Or maybe one that’s based on a production machine? 
The CRMC classes can be a little baffling at first, but once you have an idea of the sort of bike you want, there is a list of helpful Class Representatives on the CRMC website who can talk to you in more detail about the specific bike. 
Many of our newcomers have started with the production class route. It is probably the cheapest way to wet your racing feet. Beware though the ‘Ebay special’ route. What may seem a complete bargain at £500, will often cost at least another £1000 to be race ready, even though there are strict rules on what you can change on a production bike. Sometimes it is cheaper to buy a bike that has already been raced. 
Eligibility Certificate 
Every bike that races with the CRMC must have an Eligibility Certificate, which is issued by the club. This certificate indicates which race class the bike is eligible to enter. You'll find more information about all the classes and eligibility nby clicking the links below. And if you need any help, please contact the eligibility officer, their details are on the Contacts page. 
Novice Rider Programme - Race for FREE!! 
This is an exciting new incentive for novice or lapsed licence holders to race with the CRMC. It will mean the rider is entitled to one FREE set of 4 races at one race event. APPLY NOW! Click here for more information and an application form

Which Class? 

Get CRMC Eligibility 

Classic Eligibility Officer: 

John Davidson Tel: 07771 177788 

CRMC Eligibility Rules Booklet 

Post-Classic Eligibility Officer: 

Andy Pike Tel: 07717 573433 
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