The Astley & Tyldesley club was formed in November 1989 and made their on track bow in April 1991, initially racing in the Manchester League. Improvements to the Gin Pit circuit, which was originally mainly funded and built by club members, have been made on an ongoing basis with the venue being afforded the status of the North's Regional Centre in 1997 and being a top graded facility, 'A' Grade International.

The club is an accredited British Cycling Go-Ride Club and the venue became British Cycling’s North West Cycle Speedway Academy during 2002. The A&T club boasts a proud record of recruiting and developing their own talent, with A&T riders having won one World Individual title and twenty six British Individual titles (23 home grown). A&T have won the North & Scotland League Division 1 three times, Division 2 twice, Division 3 seven times, Northern Fours League once, Northern Junior League eight times, Northern K.O. Cup once, Northern Junior K. O. Cup five times, Manchester League Division One five times, Manchester League Division Two thirteen times, as well as the 1997 British U-16 Team Championship. A&T are the only club ever to complete a clean sweep in a season, by winning all three divisions of the North & Scotland Regional League, as well as the Northern Regional Final in both 2017 and 2019.

In 2003 the club successfully promoted the World Team Cup. The club acquired the prestigious Sport England Clubmark accreditation early in 2005 - only the 2nd cycling club in the U.K. to do so. The club successfully promoted the 1996 and 2010 British Individual Finals , the 1998, 2000, 2001, 2011 and 2015 British Team Finals and the 2019 Cycle Speedway Cup Final. The club won the Wigan Sports Club of the Year Award in 2011, 2015 & 2018, whilst winning British Cycling's Go-Ride Club of the Year Award in 2017.

Since 2014 the club has expanded it's activities to incorporate an Off Road section and a Road section, resulting in the change of name to A&T Cycling Club. Major funding in 2016 resulted in the complete rebuilding of the Gin Pit race track to a new specification and professional construction standards.

Riders Racing Statistics


Record of Personal Best Times (original track 1991-2015)

Record of Personal Best Times (New Track 2016 onwards)
 

Steve Harris - 51 years old. Essex born, but raised in Swindon, Steve is an undoubted legend of the sport. He transferred to A&T for the 2018 season, having previously raced for Swindon, Bristol St. George, Heckmondwike, Horspath and Poole, as well as Bydgoszcz, Kalety and Swietochlowice in Poland. A former Gt. Britain team manager, Steve won the 1999 World Individual title in Poland. He is the current British Grand Veterans Individual Champion, six times British Veterans Champion, three times World Veteran Individual Champion, seven times British Indoor Individual Champion and five times British Indoor Veterans Individual Champion. Throw in several British Team Championship wins, both indoors and outdoors, and Premier/ Elite League title wins with Horspath, and Steve is the most decorated rider of all time. He holds the all time record for British Individual title wins at all levels, currently standing at 19, and has made an all time record number of 25 British Open Individual Final appearances.
 
Lee Phillips - age 50. Former Stockport, Manchester, Bury and Stoke rider, Lee has made a return to racing at 2nd team level this year. He began racing in 1984 and first joined A&T in 1995. The individual highlight of his racing career was an England international appearance in 1999. Lee took over as 1st team manager for the 2017 season and led the team to the Northern League Division 1 title in both 2017 and 2018.
Mick Knowles - age 49.  Sheffield based Mick has been racing cycle speedway since the mid 1980's. He raced for A&T for two seasons in 2008 and 2009, before moving back to Sheffield and then on to Heckmondwike. Mick rejoined A&T at the start of the 2017 season and was a member of the Division 1 and Division 2 title winning sides. Mick is also a British Cycling Level 2 Coach and a referee.
Paul Graham - 48 years old. Former Bury and Manchester rider who returned to the sport in 2013 after an absence of 19 years. He quickly returned to form and rode in the 2016 and 2017 British Veterans Individual Finals. Won the 2018 North & Scotland Veterans Individual title. Was A&T Team Manager for three seasons, before becoming Club Captain in 2017 and helping the team to win the Northern League Division 1 title.
Mark Grantham - Age 47. Started racing in 2015, after initially supporting daughter Lucy and obtaining a coaching qualification. Won the Rory Blackwell Cup as the Best Newcomer in 2015 and the Club Most Improved Rider award in 2017. Was a valuable member of both the Northern League Division 1 and 2 title winning sides.

Tomasz Wlodarczyk - 36 years old. Tomek is in his fourth spell with the club, having been with us since 2002, his only British club. Won the Ken Graham Memorial Trophy in 2004. Was a member of the Poland team that narrowly lost to England in the World Cup Final in Australia in 2005, but won the European Cup Final at Wednesfield in 2006 and the World Cup Final in Poland in 2007. Finished 6th in the World Individual Final, won both the Northern Individual Final and the Manchester League Individual Final in 2007. Was also a member of the Czestochowa team that finished second in the 2005 and 2012 European Club Championship Finals and won in 2018. Tomek captained the Poland team to victory in the International Federations Cup in Australia in 2017. He completed a degree in engineering management and production at Czestochowa University, despite living and working full-time in England. Tomek now has his own sportswear business in his native Czestochowa.
 

Przemek Binkowski - 35 years old Polish star from Torun. Rode in the 2000 European Junior Individual Final. Joined A & T in 2002 and had three successful seasons in our colours. Winner of the 2003 Manchester League Individual Final, Ken Graham Memorial Trophy and Club Individual Championship. Rode in the 2004 European Individual Final and was a member of the Poland team that won the European Cup Final at Wednesfield in 2006. Won the run-off to ensure that Torun won the 2008 European Club Championship Final. After a spell with Coventry, he returned to A & T for the 2008 season, but then transferred to Horspath in 2010, when we were unable to offer him senior racing. Raced in the 2009 World Individual Final in Australia and finished 5th in the 2011 World Individual Final in the U.S.A, before re-joining the A & T club in 2013. Was a member of the Poland team that won the World Pairs Final in 2013 and again in 2015. He reached the World Individual Final in Australia in 2013. Was unlucky to finish 3rd in the 2014 European Individual Final, after being excluded whilst leading a three rider run off for the title. Was a member of the Poland team which won the World Cup Final in 2015. Again finished 3rd in the 2016 European Individual Final and was a member of the Poland team which won the 2016 European Team Final. Is a corporal in the Polish Army.
 
Kamil Bielica - Age 33. Kamil is in his second season of racing in Britain, having joined the A&T squad for the 2018 season. A very experienced rider, who races for his home town team, Swietochlowice, in the Polish League. Finished in 6th place in the 2018 European Individual Final.
Remi Burchardt - 33 years old. Bydgoszcz native Remi has made a return to the A&T squad this year, after an absence of several years from British racing. He raced for us between 2005 and 2009 and has also had spells with Bury and Sheffield. He was the European Junior Individual Champion and a member of the Poland team that won the European Junior Team Cup in 2004. He finished 3rd in the European Individual Final and was a member of the Poland team that won the European Team Cup in 2018. Remi races for Torun in the Polish League.
Pawel Idziorek - Age 24. After a two years absence from the sport, Pawel transferred to A&T for the 2018 season, having previously raced for Heckmondwike and Sheffield. Manchester based Pawel is a regular member of the North & Scotland regional team and won the 2018 Northern Grand Prix series and the A&T Club Individual Championship.
Marcin Jakubiak - 23 years old. Marcin began racing for his hometown Rybnik club, in Poland. Switched to Czestochowa, following the demise of the Rybnik club. Qualified as reserve for the 2016 European Individual Final at Poole and the 2017 World Individual Final in Australia. Marcin joined A&T in 2017 and was a key member of the Northern League Division 1 winning squad.
Kyle Holland - Age 22. Sheffield based Kyle started racing as a 9 year old when the Cookson Park track opened. He has raced at international level for Scotland. He spent 2016 on loan at Heckmondwike for some events, before transferring to A&T at the start of the 2017 season. He was a valuable member of the Northern League Division 1 winning team and represented the North & Scotland regional team in 2017. Kyle is also a referee.
Reece Pollitt - 21 years old. Started racing in 2010. Won the Rory Blackwell Cup for the club's best newcomer in 2010 and Club Most Improved Rider Award in 2011. Reece won the Northern U-16 Grand Prix series in 2013 and 2014, the Manchester League U-16 Individual Final in 2013 and 2014 and the Manchester League U-16 Grand Prix series in 2013. He has also won the Club U-16 Individual Championship in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and Club Senior Individual Championship seven years running from 2011. Took 2nd place in the British U-16 Grand Prix series in 2014. Won the Northern u-19 Grand Prix series in 2015, raced for England juniors and captained Gt. Britain juniors, before finishing 6th in the World Junior Final and 3rd in the British u-17 Grand Prix series in 2015. 2016 saw Reece win the Northern U-19 Individual Final, the Manchester League U-19 Individual Final and both the Manchester League Senior and U-19 Grand Prix series, as well as again representing Gt. Britain and England junior teams. Reece won both the Manchester League U-19 Individual Final and the Manchester League U-19 Grand Prix series in 2017. Reece won both the Manchester League Individual Final and Grand Prix series in 2018, as well as making his British Individual Final debut. He was a valuable member of our Northern League Division 1 winning team and is a regular member of the North & Scotland regional team.
 
Ciaran Collins - Age 19. Started racing in the middle of the 2012 season and quickly impressed in U-13 events. Took 2nd place in the Club U-12 Individual and won the Rory Blackwell Cup for Best Newcomer in 2012. Took 2nd place in the Manchester League U-13 Individual in 2013. Finished in 3rd place in the Manchester League U-16 Grand Prix series in 2014 and was runner-up in 2015. Raced for the Ireland team at both junior and senior levels and won the Club's Most Improved Rider award in 2015. Won the 2016 Northern U-16 Grand Prix series and Club U-16 Individual. He was a member of our Northern League Division 1 winning team. Injuries and illness have hampered his progress during the past two seasons.
 
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