Once again Weymouth beach was transformed from a flat expanse of award-winning sandy beach into a twisting, turning mound of intimidating humps and jumps for the 2021 Motocross event. Huge crowds turned out to see the riders negotiate the track on a warm and sunny Sunday 10th October. Weymouth Town Deputy Mayor, Cllr Ann Weaving, turned out and, as is the tradition, was the official starter for the first race of the day.

The event has been organised by Weymouth & Portland Lions Club and Purbeck Motocross Club since 1984. Last year was the first time the event had been cancelled (due of course to the Covid-19 pandemic).  However, the break didn’t appear to affect the riders as the standard of competition was as strong as in previous years.

Riders are graded into three categories according to their level of expertise and experience and they are then able to progress through the different levels from junior to senior, finally reaching the level of    expert at their own pace.

Lion Mark Lockie from Weymouth & Portland Lions Club, who has attended every event since 1988, said, “This is the best motocross ever!”

Motocross event organiser Lion Ryan Hope said, “Income from trade and food stalls, trackside advertising   programme advertising and sales were all up this year compared to previous years”.

Weymouth & Portland Lions Club would like to thank the local Weymouth Scouts and the six members of   Dorchester Lions Club who ventured over the hill to volunteer for the day and who then proved to be experts at selling programmes.

And finally. At the end of a very tiring day, after all the sand has been knocked off the bikes, the track has been packed away and the beach has been restored back to an award-winning beach once more. There is the prize giving ceremony for the riders in the Ocean room, Weymouth Pavilion. Purbeck Motocross very kindly donated Weymouth & Portland Lions Club with a cheque for £1,800 from Purbeck Motocross Club.

Thanks Alf let’s do it all again next year.