A field bike and a patch of grass was many a teenage new rider's introduction to bikes, but these days there are a few schemes dotted around the country, many run by local authorities that give youngsters a taste of two wheels.
The Auto Cycle Union has a list of national schemes. Contact Debbie Walmsley: 01788-540519.
The best way to build up your skills from an early age is to enter competitive events, and ACU-run off-road events are open to boys and girls from six years old when they can enter the 50cc Auto Class.
Off-road schools also include Geoff Mayes‚ MX try-out (01986-788791) and the MCN CAS Honda experience, where XR70s are used (01536-373906).
Kids can also start junior road racing at 11 in the ACU Novice class.
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