Colin has been riding motorbikes for many years, and has been teaching off-road motorbike riding for twenty years. In the past he has competed in roadracing, motocross and enduros, and assisted at the Hafren Dirt Bike Club events. He has worked for the Yamaha Off Road Experience and E T James, the KTM dealer in Rhayader. He enjoys track days on his Benelli Tornado Tre, and touring on his Moto Guzzi Stelvio. He is restoring a Morini Kanguro and an Alfa Romeo GTV1750, so you can gather he likes Italian!
Marianne has also been riding motorbikes for many years, both solos and sidecars, and has been teaching beginners and improvers since 1993. She is an active member of the Mid Wales TRF group, and used to compete as an enduro sidecar driver, mainly with Gerwyn Davies passengering. Their best result was third place in the Clubman Class of the British Sidecar Enduro Association's Championship in 2002. She competed in Weston Beach Race a few times with her oldest daughter Barbara passengering, and their best result was twenty second out of sixty six sidecar competitors. In 2012 she teamed up with Claire Duplock to race a twenty year old Formula 2 sidecar, a 1996 Baker Thundercat. Due to Claire having other commitments, in 2015 Kerry Hughes teamed up with Marianne to compete in the FSRA Post Classic Championship, ending the season with fourth place. They retained their fourth place in the 2016 Championship, which finished at Mallory Park in September.
"Thanks for the chance to have a go as a passenger on your outfit! I'm hooked, and hope to get a permanent ride next season."
Julie from Solihull
Lucie, aged 22, has been riding for 10 years and rides on road and trail. She rides a Suzuki V-Strom on the road. While still on a restricted licence, she accompanied Colin touring France and Italy on a Honda CBF250 in 2013 and 2014. She graduated in History in 2015, writing her dissertation on Women in the Interwar years: Motorcycle Racing and the Media. She has just finished a Masters Degree in History and Heritage, with her dissertation being "Byways: on the road to lost heritage?"