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Eh, what's Short Track Racing?

I've been asked so many times by people who've never heard of Cycle Speedway "What is it?", and decided it's best NOT to use the "Speedway on pushbikes" analogy we've used since World War 2, because an awful lot of folk have never seen Speedway either, but rather to call it "pedal bike racing on a short oval track". So that's what I'm calling it here, you may prefer "Short Oval Racing", I would certainly prefer a name change for a new era - shame on me!).

You won't find shorter than this!


So now, visitor, you know what Cycle Speedway is from the photographs above. Those of us (probably the vast majority) who have it in their blood will describe it as being similar to Roller Derby on bikes, others maybe suggest Destruction Derby is closer to the truth, as a googlie at some CS videos on YouTube may suggest. However savage some of the "friendly" on-track conflict may appear, we love it, get loads of fun and plenty of laughs from it, make new friends, travel quite a bit and stick with it for ages. It is, of course, a great way to stay mobile and reasonably fit if you'd otherwise be using only your elbows to support a glass or a PS4 controller.


Come and have a go!

So, reader, now you know. With 2 or 3 metric dozen clubs around the UK, you can find one close enough to go take a look. You'll be made very welcome, you'll be loaned a bike and helmet, and you'll be shown the ropes by a track expert wherever you land, it's that kind of setup. We are waiting for you at Northumbria STRC (oops, sorry - CSC) but your first visit will prove fruitful whichever club you aim for. Use the links above or below to get in touch, or just turn up at the track when we resume serious Northern League Racing activities on 22nd March at 2:00 pm. Come and watch free, come and ride free. It's your move!



Here we go again!

Absolutely ANYONE who can ride a bike, any flavour, is more than welcome to join the Vikings as they continue their 2015 season racing and training on Saturday afternoons from 2:00 pm for about an hour. We'll also be practising at regular Tuesday evening sessions from 6:30 pm. See our Forum or Facebook page for latest updates. There really is nothing to do but turn up and ask for a ride, it's as simple as that, and there are no charges at all for introductory sessions or until you become a full Club member. Get along to Cramlington Sporting Club and join us in the cheapest, most competitive and exciting cycle sport in the World! Our super new racetrack is between the tennis courts and 3G footie pitches and we are under floodlights throughout winter and evening training.


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Saturday 25th July, "Rock Up & Ride" Fun Club for Under-16s at 2:00 pm followed by Club practice for anyone.

Our Rock Up & Ride coaching sessions for children and young people resume on Saturday 18th April at the new time of 2pm. We have bikes, helmets and gloves and new riders are welcome. Rock Up & Ride coaching at new time of 2pm on alternate Saturdays from 18th April, 2,16, 30 May, 13 June (not 27 June due to Sky Ride) 11, 25 July, 8, 22 Aug, 5, 19 Sept, 3, 17 Oct. Each session only £2 per child, first one free.

Why not join the Vikings at their Tuesday evening sessions from 6:30?floodlightss

Sunday April 19th saw the season's second major local event, the Spring Best Pairs competition with Neil Magee and partner Dan Wharrier emerging victorious after taming the overall top-scoring veteran pair of Jim Graham and Terry Kirkup in the first Semi-Final. Scoring was 4-3--2-0 so team riding was prime in this one.

Photo shows (left to right) Dan Wharrier, Paul Thompson, Michael Parr, Neil Magee and Junior victor Lewis. Paul and Michael won the Consolation Final.


Our fortnightly Rock Up & Ride coaching sessions for children and young people resumed on Saturday 18th April at the new time of 2pm. We have bikes, helmets and gloves and new riders are always welcome. Rock Up & Ride coaching at new time of 2pm on alternate Saturdays from 18th April, 2,16, 30 May, 13 June (not 27 June due to Sky Ride) 11, 25 July, 8, 22 Aug, 5, 19 Sept, 3, 17 Oct. Each session only £2 per child, first one free.

We can also run taster sessions for accompanied groups of young people or adults on request.

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Your chance to join the Team! Here are our remaining fixtures:

7th - Over 40's World Final @ Leicester
8th - Federations Cup - @ East Park Wolverhampton 
9th - World Final @ Wednesfield, Wolverhampton
9th - H v GLASGOW (NL)
15th - Over 40 Club Championships @ Hull
16th - A v STOCKPORT (NL)
23rd - H The Olympique (Handicap Starts Individual)
29th-31st - British Finals Weekend @ Ipswich / 'Eastern tracks'
30th - Three Rivers League @ Edinburgh

5th - Eurovets @ Edinburgh
13th - A v ASTLEY & TYLDESLEY (Wigan) (NL)
20th - H Three Rivers League @ Northumbria
26th - Eurovets @ East Park, Wolverhampton
27th - H v HULL (NL)

3rd - H Autumn Grand Prix - Round 1 
10th - Eurovets @ Bury
11th - A v EDINBURGH (NL)
18th - H v SHEFFIELD (NL)
24th - H Autumn Grand Prix - Round 2
31st - H Autumn Grand Prix - Round 3

so why not come and see what our Sport is all about and maybe try a few laps when the meeting is finished? Practice and new rider trial sessions are all very laid back and informal, no need to race if you'd rather cruise and get used to having no brakes and not much of anything else! Plenty of bikes and helmets available for first timers, any age, so if you like a dash of speed on two wheels, come and sample Short Track Racing at the only track between Hull and Edinburgh. In this exciting minority Sport you could soon be representing your town and county.





Red Faces!
2005 and a very young Andy Angell of Hull CSC (gate 4, red helmet) makes primates out of veteran Vikings Jason Keith (gate 1) and Terry Kirkup under the Humber Bridge. This was a one-off Friendly to get a few legs rolling for the British Veterans Championship at Wednesfield the same year, and was actually Hull CSC versus Newcastle Mountain Bike Club, otherwise known as Midaircrisis. Current riders Gavin Parr, Dan Wharrier, John Wilson and Terry Kirkup are all members of the MTB club.

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Remaining Fixtures

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Main Dates remaining in 2015... 
19/7 @ Bury(NL), 
9/8 Home to glasgow (NL), 
15/8 Over 40's Bitish Team Final @ Hull, 
16/8 @ Stockport (NL), 
30/8 @ Edinburgh(3rivers), 
6/9 Northumbrian Riders Championship, 
13/9 @ Astley (NL), 
20/9 Home(3Rivers), 
27/9 Home to Hull(NL), 
11/10 @ Edinburgh(NL), 
18/10 Home to Sheffield (NL)




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


 The Season Takes Off

It was "Tapes up" time at the Sporting Club as the Northumbria Vikings began their 2015 Northern League home campaign with the visit of the very strong Bury club on Sunday 22nd March. See "About Us" above for full fixture list. With a great many rider transfers taking place over the winter across most of the English teams there was a feeling that the Vikings may be the only club not to have strengthened their side, so expectations started out pretty low, especially after the defeat in our first match at Heckmondwike in Yorkshire on 15th. You can read the results of these matches via the @Crammy and #Away links above but in reality until we see an influx of strong teenage talent from local bike clubs, schools and passers-by we've accepted that the wooden spoon is a distinct possibility this season. On the bright side of course, the spirit in the camp is perhaps stronger than ever as we continue to build 



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!
Keep watching here and our FaceBook page (see link below) for information on training, racing and coaching, and come see what our Sport can offer YOU!

you ride with the Vikings entirely at your own risk

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 Vikings Captain Gavin Parr (right) with Hull CSC supremo, British Champion Andy Angell