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 eight British Individual titles (25 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 - 52 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. Steve was a member of both the England team which won the Veterans World Cup and the Gt. Britain team which won the Veterans Federations Cup, in Poland in 2019.
Paul Graham - 50 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 North & Scotland League Division 1 title three years in succession.
Mark Grantham - Age 48. 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 between 2017 and 2019.

Tomasz Wlodarczyk - 38 years old. Tomek has 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. Tomak was also a member of the Czestochowa team that finished second in the 2005 and 2012 European Club Championship Finals and won in 2018. He captained the Poland team to victory in the International Federations Cup in Australia in 2017. Tomek is a director of an international sportswear business.

Radek Handke - Age 36. Wigan based Radek has made a welcome return to the club, after racing for us in 2015 and helping us to win the Northern K.O. Cup. Hails from Wroclaw, Poland and has represented his country at full international level, as well as finishing 3rd in the 2007 World Individual Final, whilst racing for Leszno. He has previously raced for Sheffield in the UK.
Reece Pollitt - 22 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 eight times. 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. He rode in the 2018 and 2019 British Individual Finals and won the 2019 Northern Grand Prix series. He was a valuable member of our North & Scotland League Division 1 winning teams and is a regular member of the North & Scotland regional team.
Matt Snell - Age 17. Matt started racing at A&T as a six year old, in 2010. His impressive speed and technique has always more than made up for him being smaller than most riders in his own age group. He was the Club's Most Improved Rider in 2012, and won the Club u-10 Individual, Young Rider of the Year award and Northern u-10 Individual in 2013. He won the Manchester League u-13 Individual title in 2016. Matt has raced for the North & Scotland Junior team, appeared in the 1st team's North & Scotland League title winning matches in 2019, as well as being the top scorer for the Division 2 team that won the North & Scotland League Division 2 title in 2019.
Emily Burgess - 16 years old. Emily started racing at A&T as an eight year old in 2012. She is the current World u-16 Girls Champion, a title she won in Poland in 2019, before finishing 2nd in the World Women's Final. Emily won the Northern Women's Grand Prix series and both the British u-14 and u-16 Girls titles in 2018. In 2019, she won the Manchester League Women's Individual and Women's GP series, the North & Scotland Women's Individual title and the British Girls Grand Prix series. Emily raced unbeaten for both the Women's World Cup winning England team and the Women's Federations Cup winning Gt. Britain team in 2019. She has also showed her ability by beating boys in mixed gender competition, by winning the Manchester League u-10 GP series in 2014, the North & Scotland u-13 Individual and Manchester League u-13 Individual and GP series in 2017, and the Manchester League u-16 Individual title in 2019. Emily collected a silver medal as a member of the England team in the 2018 European Junior Nations Cup. Emily has been a regular member of the A&T teams which have won North & Scotland League Division 2 and 3 titles in recent years, as well as appearances for the Division 1 title winning 1st team. Winner of the Club Young Rider of the Year award in 2016 and 2018, and the Club Rider of the Year award in 2017 and 2019.
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