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Final Home meeting - Three Rivers League

Sunday 24th September sees Glasgow and Edinburgh join the fray for the Three Rivers League. With Cramlington having already beaten Northumbria at "home" they now have to face the Scottish sides home and away. All three clubs (and all four teams!) are finding it hard to put out full squads this late in the season so we may see a few strays creeping into the line-ups. Racing starts at 1:00pm and if there's anyone out there who fancies trying our Sport then Sunday could be a great opportunity to experience real match atmosphere. All welcome, no age barrier, females and males race against each other. Current age ranges from 10 to 70.

Provisional Schedule for Sunday is now: Match 1: Cramlington v Edinburgh, Match 2: Edinburgh v Glasgow, Match 3: Glasgow v Northumbria.

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Jason and Lee win Northumbrian Riders Finals

On Sunday 17th September we staged the Club Championship in reasonable weather and on a nicely dampened, very grippy track. Vikings Captain Jason Keith took his second NRC/TKT title but only after a hard first turn saw him escape the challenge of Lee Redshaw after both had stayed unbeaten until they clashed in heat 17. Daniel Wharrier finished third after a firm but fair display of power. Lee also claimed the Division Two title ahead of a quick Shane Gray, JeanPaul Colback and Keith Oldham, the latter three needing a run-off for the minor podium places. Full report coming soon.

Family Bike Night on Track

Northumbria Vikings Cycle Speedway Club is celebrating the Tour of Britain's visit to Northumberland by launching a new family bike night at their track at Sporting Club Cramlington this Friday 8 September at 6.30pm.
Friday Bike Night offers riders of all ages the chance to have fun on their bikes on the purpose built traffic free circuit. The first hour long session is free and is being run by NVCSC who have bikes and helmets for riders to borrow. Sessions continue every Friday till 13 October and cost £2 each. Riders need to wear long sleeved top and trousers.

Northumbria Vikings Coach Richie Smith said:
"Friday bike night is a great way for families to have fun on their bikes together. We had great feedback from parents and children at a taster event at the Tour of Britain in Blyth and we look forward to welcoming riders to our Cramlington Track."

For more information visit Northumbria Vikings Cycle Speedway Club online www.northumbriacsc.org or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NomadsCSC or Twitter https://twitter.com/GoRideSpeedway

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A busy weekend looming for a couple of Vikings as first Jason Keith and Terry Kirkup head north o' the border to Glasgow for the sixth round of the Euro-Vets Grand Prix series, both in with a shout of a podium place come the last round at Leicester in October. Next day the Vikings visit our good friends Hull CSC for our final away Northern League match of 2017 and indeed our final Northern League match full stop after we took the decision to concentrate on rebuilding the Club in 2018 without the hassle of NL racing.

And finally, Richie Smith and Terry Kirkup will be manning the Club stall at the finish of the Northumberland stage of the Tour of Britain in Blyth Market Place on Monday, a long day expected from setup at around 9am. They will have a couple of bikes sat on turbo trainers to offer a lightweight distraction to any visitors they may get.

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Thanks to some great work behind the scenes by Edinburgh's Stevie Gilroy and Glasgow's Andy Macdougall the Three Rivers League has been resurrected, or should I say saved, for this season. Dates for the rest of the matches (Northumbria have already raced Cramlington) are as below:

Edinburgh race day 8th Oct - Edin v Cram, Glas v North, North v Edin, Cram v Glas
Glasgow race day 1st Oct - Glas v Edin, North v Cram, Edin v Cram, North v Glas 
Northumbria race day 24th Sept - Cram v North, Edin v Glas, Cram v Edin, Glas v North

With the agreement of Edinburgh and Glasgow we may drop the Cramlington v Northumbria match set for 24th as we've already done that one. That will make it either a shorter day for everyone or we can run the reverse fixture, cancel the one due at Glasgow and make that one a shorter day! Keep watching.

Time may be tight on the final day (8th Oct) but if not we may stage an individual to wrap it all up.

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Why not pop along and take a look? Northumbria Vikings are always looking for new riders of any age but particularly teenage BMX riders with excellent bike handling skills. We have plenty of kit for anyone who'd like to try the sport for themselves, all completely free of charge and with expert supervision and coaching advice. All you have to do is ask!

Outdoor training started on Sunday 5th march, 2017. See 2017 Begins! Training reports and results here!

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Fixtures

2017 - FIXTURES

19th March - CRAMLINGTON CROWN (Individual)
26th March - H v EDINBURGH (NL)
2nd April - A v SHEFFIELD (NL)
9th April - H v FIFE (NL)
9th April - H v GLASGOW (NL)
23rd April - H v BURY (NL)
6th May - H Euro-Vets Round One
7th May - A v STOCKPORT (NL)
14th May - A v ASTLEY & TYLDESLEY (NL)
28th May - BC Club Championships @ Poole
4th June - KOC @ Northumbria
11th June - H v HULL (NL)
25th June - A v EDINBURGH (NL)
2nd July - Northern League Individuals @ Stockport
9th July - H v SHEFFIELD (NL)
23rd July - H Northumbria v Cramlington 3 Rivers 1.30pm
30th July - A v BURY (NL)
6th Aug - H v STOCKPORT (NL)
13th Aug - H v ASTLEY & TYLDESLEY (NL)
20th Aug - A v GLASGOW (NL)
20th Aug - A v FIFE (NL)
27th Aug - British Finals Weekend
3rd Sept - A v HULL (NL)
17th Sept - Northumbrian Riders Championship
24th Sept - 3 Rivers at Northumbria
1st Oct - 3 Rivers at Glasgow
8th Oct - 3 Rivers Finale at Edinburgh

After a quick survey it looks like no change to our practice night from the current Tuesday (tk).

 

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Jason Keith wins his first Euro-Vets "A" Final
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Knowles Acknowledged

Andy Knowles receives his belated "Vikings Clubman of the Year 2016" award from Sheffield Team Manager Adrian Brownell. This is the second year running that our semi-detached (Middlesborough) Mister Dependable has won this award in recognition of not only his fabulous support in travelling with a home team 30 miles distant, but also his totally unselfish on-track performances which have also made him our Bonus Point King.

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Club Coach to Luxury Coach!


Saturday 29th October 2016 and our British Cycling Head Coach, Richie Smith joins a very select band of fully-qualified Cycle Speedway Coaches at Wednesfield, elevating himself from Lord to God at the Vikings lair. Not sitting on his newly-won laurels, Richie immediately sizes up some opportunities for winter indoor racing at several venues on Tyneside should the desire to race be strong enough. Some interest has already been shown by several of Terry Kirkup's Team Midaircrisis mountain bike club colleagues so we may see some fresh talent if this comes off.

Richie Takes First Prize!

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VOLUNTEERS WANTED

We are always looking for extra help on match days and all such offers would be gratefully accepted and really appreciated. Like most other amateur sports clubs we do depend heavily upon parents and relatives, so if you think you could offer to help out in even the smallest way then just ask any club member for further information. You can also e-mail our Volunteer Co-ordinator through our inbox at vikings @ northumbriacsc.org

 

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CALLING ALL UNDER 16 RIDERS AND POTENTIAL RIDERS! (and your folks!)

and of course anyone else over 16, both ladies and gentlemen - there is NO UPPER AGE LIMIT and this year we have riders in their early-20's and early 40s making their debuts! Come along on Saturday and show us what you can do!
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