It is doubtful whether there is a family in South Holland who knows more about motorbikes and the sport of motocross than the Rudds of Holbeach.
Dad Terry, renowned for his business Terry Rudd Motorcycles in Holbeach St Johns, competed in sidecar racing for ten years and twice raced in the legendary Isle of Man TT Races.
Terry’s son Lee (38) is the reigning British Supermoto champion (Open National Class) after nine rounds and despite being less than fully fit.
Lee’s nephews Ryan (18), Ashley (15) and Kieran (nine) race in the Schoolboy (14 to 18-year-olds) and Junior (nine to 11-year-olds) respectively, with Ryan and Ashley having come first and second in the 2010 British championships.
Ryan said: “We all ride at the same events, but in different classes.
“Myself and Ashley do a practice, then have three different races which normally last about 15 to 20 minutes at a short track where we’ll get more laps in than at a longer track.
“It’s basically mountain biking with an engine and we didn’t need any permission to start because our grandad has been involved with bikes for years so this is what we’ve always done.”
Terry said: “My interest in bikes started with my father who was a despatch rider in the Second World War.
“He always had a motorbike and by the time I came along, there was a very strong motorcycle club in Holbeach.
“I soon became connected with it and through a lot of people who did road racing, I was able to compete for ten years.
“The first two years were as a passenger with a side car outfit and then I spent eight years with my own motorbike team.”
But for the whole family, nothing has so far topped the celebrations that came when Lee was crowned as a British Supermoto champion in Greater Manchester last October.
Lee said: “I was absolutely over the moon because the season started really well, with me winning the first couple of rounds fairly comfortably.
“Then everybody else upped their game as tends to happen in any kind of sport.
“I still controlled a lot of the season but with three rounds to go, I had a crash at a race in Teesside where I injured my ankle. I had to miss the next round and the consultants told me not to race for six months.
“But I raced in the last round, two months after the original accident, where I just needed to finish mid-pack to sew up the championship.
“I literally just did what I had to do on what was a very tough weekend for me because my ankle was in pain.”
It was inevitable that the exploits of Lee, Ryan and Ashley would appeal to Kieran who has won a handful of races in the Junior 65cc class.
Kieran said: “I first rode a bike when I was four and I did my first race when I was six.
“I was jealous of my brothers, so I said that I wanted a go as well.
“My friends at school know what I do and that I want to go as far as I can, maybe to become British champion.
“You try your best and if you like the adrenelin rush of winning, motocross is the sport for you.”
Lee, Ryan and Ashley all admit there are several ingredients that go into being a successful motocross and supercross rider, including the latest technology and mental strength.
Ryan said: “There are about 40 people in our Schoolboy class which is generally the maximum for a race.
“There are no team rules which makes it great to watch and a great family out.
“Both boys and girls will race, especially if dad has raced, but you have to be smart enough to do it.
“The mental side of the sport is massive and you can win a race before you get on the track.
“I like to turn up with things looking the best they can and if the bike can look a certain way, you can put other people off their game.”
Ryan and Ashley have a tough training regime of three or four nights a week, including circuit classs, weightlifting to build up stamina and badminton to help with reflexes and reactions.
Terry said: “If you train hard enough and work hard enough, you can do whatever you want provided you put your mind to it. There are marvellous opportunities for my son and grandsons and what drives them forward is keeping up with what they’ve achieved so far.”