Bury Cycle Speedway was formed in 1974 by the original club secretary, Tony Mann. From the mid-70s until the early 90s the club was based at Chesham, a small district of the town. Indeed the club was originally named Chesham Comets; a combination of the track’s location and Tony’s favourite band (Bill Haley and His Comets). For many years the Mann family were at the centre of all of the team’s activities, creating a high profile for the club in and around Bury. The move to Goshen Sports Centre in 1993 brought greater opportunities for development and expansion, particularly in terms of facilities. Club Chairman, Stuart Howarth, has taken the lead in this area and Bury’s circuit is now one of the best in the country, winning praise from many of the world’s best riders. The club has always had a strong administration, with many of the membership serving on Regional and National bodies within the sport over the years. In early 2013, John Whiting took over as secretary, from the aforementioned Tony Mann, who was elected as the club’s first President. Everyone involved with the club was deeply saddened when John Whiting passed away in early 2015. Chris Parish became the club’s secretary in 2016, followed by Dave Sillett in 2017 and Clair Dunphy in 2020.
Continuous development of the club’s facilities has enabled Bury Cycle Speedway to stage some of the sport’s biggest events in recent years, including the 2001, 2006 and 2014 British Individual Finals as well as the 2003 World Individual Championships. In recent times the club has also staged the 2009 British Grand and Super Veterans’ (Over 50s and Over 60s) Championships, 2010 European Club Championships and part of the 2010 British Finals’ Weekend.
Perhaps most importantly, Bury Cycle Speedway has always been well known for its recruitment and training of young riders. Cycle Speedway’s incorporation into British Cycling has only strengthened this policy, with the club achieving Go Ride status early in the new millennium, before receiving Clubmark accreditation in 2010. Our award winning coaching team, led by club coach John Burston, take regular sessions for riders at all levels. Training and recruitment takes place on Wednesdays and Thursdays (from 6pm), March to September, at our Goshen circuit. Why not join us?