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 home grown A&T riders having won eighteen British Individual titles. A&T have won the Manchester League Division One four times, the Northern K.O. Cup, the Northern Junior League six times, the Northern Junior K. O. Cup four times, the Manchester League Division Two eleven times, as well as the 1997 British U-16 Team Championship. In 2017 A&T became the first club ever to complete a clean sweep, by winning all three divisions of the North & Scotland Regional League, as well as the Northern Regional Final.

During the 2003 season 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 2010 British Individual Finals and the 2011 and 2015 British Team Finals. The club won the Wigan Sports Club of the Year Award in 2011 and 2015, 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 - 49 years old. Swindon born Steve is an undoubted legend of the sport. He has 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 Veterans Individual Champion, a title he has won six times, 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 with Horspath, both indoors and outdoors and Steve is one of the most decorated riders of all time. He has made an all time record number of 25 British Individual Final appearances.
 
Mick Knowles - age 48.  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 - 47 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. 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 45. 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 in 2017.
Mark Brundrett - 44 years old. Mark took up racing midway through the 2017 season after watching his son Fraser ride. Was a member of A&T's Northern League Division 2 title winning squad in 2017.

Tomasz Wlodarczyk - 35 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. 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 - 34 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 32. Kamil is making his first 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.
Pawel Idziorek - Age 23. After a two years absence from the sport, Pawel has transferred to A&T for the 2018 season, having previously raced for Heckmondwike and Sheffield in the Elite League. The Leeds based rider had a real turn of speed in his previous racing stint and is a fine addition to the A&T squad.
Marcin Jakubiak - 22 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 21. 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 - 20 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. He was a valuable member of our Northern League Division 1 winning team and represented the North & Scotland regional team in 2017.
 
Ciaran Collins - Age 18. 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 in 2017.
 
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