This page provides information about how to get started in motorcycle racing in Ireland generally but provides specific information for potential new competitors who would apply to become a member of an Ulster Centre Club.
You will already have found that the world of motorcycling is a very friendly place and while Ireland is not unique in this it is certainly true that it is one of the best places in the world to enter and enjoy this wonderful sport.
It’s not something we would think about very often but motorcycling as a sport is over 100 years old ! In 1902 the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (MCUI) was formed in Dublin and can proudly boast being the oldest National governing body of motorcycle sport in the world.
This historical fact is an important one because it introduces the existence of the MCUI – of which Article 2 of it’s Constitution states that it shall:
- Make and administer rules to govern and control the sport and pastime of motorcycling;
- Promote motorcycling in its different forms:
– protect and safe-guard members of the Union as far as possible in the exercise of all their legal rights as motorists;
- Protect the interests of Irish Motorcyclists by entering into relations with the governing bodies of motorcycling.
This is the foundation of the rules and regulations which govern the sport in Ireland. There are two further documents, the MCUI General Competition Rules and the MCUI Standing Regulations (for Road Races and Short Circuits and Pre 1973 Classic Racing). Together these documents provide all of the essential information that a competitor must know to ensure that he or she is able to gain the most from each competition they choose to enter.
The first step
The first step is to make contact with a Club or body which is affiliated to the MCUI (Usually this would be a Club which is involved with hosting motorcycle events). Hopefully, you will find one such Club quite close to where you live.
Club secretaries will always be a good first point of contact. You can be assured of a warm welcome and an immediate offer of assistance and guidance on how to become involved in the sport as a competitor. This would usually commence with an invitation to attend the next Club meeting where you will have the opportunity to discuss your plans with people who will be able to give you the advice you need.
Joining a Club affiliated to the MCUI:
If you decide you would like to proceed, once you become a member of a Club you will be able to apply for an MCUI competition licence.
Competition Licence Application:
Club members will be able to provide advise about the various classes and types of licence that you would be best suited to. (This may be age related). In parallel they will also provide assistance in regard to arranging a medical examination to be carried out. On successful completion of these steps your application with appropriate fee will be sent to the MCUI Licence Registrar. Once approved – the Licence Registrar will reply returning a Competition Licence which will identify the Competition Classes you are eligible to enter.
Advice about Machinery:
The information available from the members within the Clubs is incalculable – after your licence application has been progressed, should you wish, you will find that there is an abundance of willing help and advice available to you on every imaginable aspect of the sport.
Before the commencement of each racing season the MCUI(UC) organises two or thee novice training days at a short circuit track. In Northern Ireland these are hosted by the MCUI(UC) and are usually held at Kirkistown and Bishopscourt. At each session a number of training professionals are on hand to provide help, advice and instruction both on and off the track. For more information about these events please see the relevant event information section of this website.
For more information visit www.mcui-uc.org.uk