Robins Wrap It Up For Christmas
Saturday 9th December saw the final round of our inddor Winter League season before we closed it all up until mid February when we entertain the Council's local Inclusion Department and kick off the Spring League. This one will continue until we have a decent outdoor surface to race on at the track. See Training Page for full details of the final conflict. East End Robins continued their dazzling form aided nicely by the return of JP Colback who hadn't raced in the league this series but sure went out with a bang on his first appearance.
Rounds Three, Four, Five and Six of our Local League went ahead as scheduled at Blyth Sports Centre, and we'd like to thank the superbly co-operative management and staff there for their assistance.
The surface provided amazing grip, at least as good as any outdoor track, possibly even better! Richie Smith put the Friday Bike Night returning youngsters through their paces for an hour before we got the chance to try it out.
See Training page (link above) for today's match details.
Keith Dyer has produced our Northern League Division One averages, please click this to view. Division Two also available here.
Poor turnout for LL2 but match goes ahead with missing rider rules ebhanced.
Quite a few missing riders for the second round of what we hope will remain the established format of three teams, allowing for expansion from the current 4-man sides to permit any number of additional riders if and when we recruit some!
The Holystone Hawks looked well up against it today, a cool, breezy but sunny Sunday 29th October, with only their skipper Jason Keith making an appearance. Rather than switch riders away from what we hope will be their permanent teams, some quick and decisive rider replacement rules were conjured up and the result was another extremely close encounter, even if the on-track competition wasn't quite as it should have been. See Training tag above for full details.
Another CYP visit on the cards
Yes, after a successful first visit by the Cramlington Youth Project last Wednesday (below) we are following up with a visit from their disabled group next week (1st November) at 5:30 pm for an hour. With Norman Carson, Terry Kirkup and possibly Shane Gray once again signed up for this one feel free to call in and lend your support.
COME AND TRY IT - FOR KIDS AND ADULTS
GREAT NIGHT WITH CRAMLINGTON YOUTH PROJECT AND BIKE4HEALTH
A smashing group of young people aged 12 to 16 at the track on Wednesday18th October to sample Short Track racing. Dr Bike was on site too from Bike4Health to give the once-over to any suspect machinery. All of the project members took to the bikes in a matter of minutes and enjoyed a series of races with one or two exceptional performances. We hope to expand our new tie-up with Cramlington Youth Project next year.
NEW LOCAL WINTER LEAGUE ANNOUNCED
Following recent talk-ins and several suggestions on where we go with the Club now, it was decided we should start a serious local league. Best suggestions came from Vikings new Team Manager Dan Wharrier and old timer Ashie Patterson so we're going to try out the following format due to decreased rider numbers for the foreseeable future:
The plan was to create FOUR league teams each with TWO riders, call them permanent members for now. Each team would have a reserve which could change as the season progresses to cope with rider availability. The reserves can take as many rides as the other team members but must ride at number three position in the programme. Likely team leaders would be Jason, Lee, Dan and Josh. They would each get a "B" grade rider as a permanent partner and another as reserve. After the short team match there could be a Grand Prix style individual where each rider's points earned in a series of semi-finals and a final (much like the Euro-Vets age category system) would also count towards his team's score that day. "A" grade riders would not race against reserves for GP/team points. Trophies will be awarded at the end of the league to the winners from each grade. Some of these rules may be subject to modification on testing out the new formula.
Sunday 15th October at 10:30 am saw the system tested for the first time. See Training page.
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!