Cycle Speedway – Adam Peck

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Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain

10 MAY 2015 - GREAT BLAKENHAM, GBR - Adam Peck racing for Great Blakenham Cycle Speedway Club leads Ashley Hill of Ipswich Eagles down the back straight during the South East 2 league fixture at Great Blakenham, Suffolk, Great Britain. Peck races for Great Blakenham for their regional matches, along side fellow Great Britain Test squad member Lewis Osborne, to help ensure they have a team but for the Eagles in their Elite League matches to give him experience racing at a higher level (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2015 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2015 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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10 MAY 2015 – GREAT BLAKENHAM, GBR – GREAT Adam Peck racing for Great Blakenham Cycle Speedway Club leads Ashley Hill of Ipswich Eagles down the back straight during the South East 2 league fixture at Great Blakenham, Suffolk, Great Britain

There are four cycle speedway clubs clustered in and around Ipswich in Suffolk. Great Britain squad member Adam Peck currently rides for two of these, Ipswich in the Elite League and Great Blakenham in regional league matches.

Having started as a junior at Ipswich, when the club folded in the 90′s he moved to Somersham before changing to Great Blakenham a few years later. “I was asked to ride for Blakenham. They were the better team at the time and I thought if I go that will better me as a rider.”

With Great Blakenham reaching the point where they were unable to provide a team for national leagues Peck also raced for a number of other clubs, including as part of the 2010 British Team Cup winning Leicester Monarchs, as he pursued success at British events.

Ipswich had reformed in the middle of 2002. With his first club finally again offering racing nationally rejoining them would provide the challenge he wanted but with a locally based team. However changes to race licensing rules required Peck to sign for a single club but Great Blakenham was now struggling to put out any team and it was realised that his leaving could lead to the club folding because it would no longer have enough riders to compete.

12 JUL 2015 - IPSWICH, GBR - Adam Peck (right) of Ipswich Eagles attempts to hold off Chris Jewkes (left) of Wednesfield Aces as they race to the first bend during their Elite League cycle speedway fixture at Whitton Sports and Community Centre in Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2015 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2015 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

12 JUL 2015 - Adam Peck (right) of Ipswich Eagles attempts to hold off Chris Jewkes (left) of Wednesfield Aces during their Elite League cycle speedway fixture at Whitton Sports and Community Centre in Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2015 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

The solution was for Great Blakenham to be classed as an ailing club and Peck to be granted dispensation to race for both so giving him the chance to race at the highest level with Ipswich whilst at the same time helping the struggling club to survive.

The club is now growing again. Since the 2011 census which gave the village’s population as 1235, new houses have been built. “Training nights now are getting better,” says Peck. “We’ve got a lot more youngsters down there because of the new housing estate that has gone up I think, maybe some of the kids have come off there.

“The trouble with Blakenham is its so out of the way. I know people that have been to the village hall for a function and they are like ‘I didn’t even know the track is here’ and I say ‘all you’ve got to do is look out of the window’ and they’ll say ‘yeah, I didn’t really see it.’

“Blakenham surviving, and any club surviving, really goes down to the background staff and the people willing to organise stuff and organising the club. We’ve got Terry Ashford who puts a lot of time into the club and the parents aswell for the younger kids, its stuff like that really.”


The importance of ensuring he was able to continue racing in the elite league with Ipswich was illustrated in May of this year when the Great Britain team for the Ashes Series against Australia was announced. Initially Peck had found himself on the possibles list rather than in the main 24 man squad under consideration when they had been published.

“I was absolutely gutted when I saw the draft list and I think that ‘s what gave me a kick up the backside. Not wanting to sound big headed but I felt I should have been higher up that list. I got my head into it, I just knuckled down and thought I’ll show them and luckily it made Dave Murphy the team manager take notice and I got a call up. I was chuffed to bits.

“In his write up when he named the team he said hats off to me and Lewis Osborne (a Great Blakenham rider who races for Horspath Hammers in the Elite League) for pushing our way into the team rather than just expecting it. It was definitely the kick up the backside I needed and since then things have been going well.

“I’ve always sort of classed myself as more of a team man because I’m happy to help out my team mate, block the man on three, get the man, get your team mate round. I enjoy the buzz of a team match more and cheering my team mates on,” says Peck who raced for Great Britain when they beat Australia in the 2005 Test Series in Salisbury, South Australia.

14 JUN 2015 - IPSWICH, GBR - Pierce Bacon (left) of Ipswich Eagles breaks away as his team mate Adam Peck (right) holds off Dean Hook and Pete Chant of Poole Comets as they enter the first bend during their Elite League cycle speedway fixture at Whitton Sports and Community Centre in Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2015 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2015 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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14 JUN 2015 – IPSWICH, GBR – Adam Peck (right) of Ipswich Eagles holds off Dean Hook and Pete Chant of Poole Comets to allow his team mate Pierce Bacon (left) establish a lead during the Elite League cycle speedway fixture at Whitton Sports and Community Centre in Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain

“Team wise I’ve been much more successful. I probably shouldn’t admit it but probably the nerves get to me a bit in the individual match. I’d rather be surrounded by people that all want you to win.

“I am entering the worlds individuals. To win that would be mind blowing to be honest. That is obviously what I am after. I haven’t entered it just to turn up and ride round. That would be by far the toughest test there is in cycle speedway because that final is 16 of the top riders in the world.”

12 JUL 2015 - IPSWICH, GBR - Adam Peck (right) of Ipswich Eagles leads team mate Lewis Roberts (left) and Bobby McMillan (centre) of Wednesfield Aces during their Elite League cycle speedway fixture at Whitton Sports and Community Centre in Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2015 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2015 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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12 JUL 2015 – IPSWICH, GBR – Adam Peck (right) of Ipswich Eagles leads team mate Lewis Roberts (left) and Bobby McMillan (centre) of Wednesfield Aces during their Elite League cycle speedway fixture at Whitton Sports and Community Centre in Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain



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