Summer of Cycling

Fab 4 made it on to the podium at Go Ride race summer series race 2 in the Cramlington sunshine. Great efforts from all riders. Next Go Ride races 22 Sept with trophies and special goodies to win.

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We're hosting beginners Cycle Speedway Races for under 16s at our track at Sporting Club Cramlington on Sunday 21 July and Sunday 18 August at 11am. No experience is required as coaching is provided.

£3 per rider
Bikes & helmets are provided for age 8+.  Younger riders can bring their own bikes.
Please wear long sleeves & trousers/leggings

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GREAT DAY AT CLV SCHOOL GAMES

Thursday 28th June 2019 saw the Learning Village hosting Northumberland School Games, and thanks to help from British Cycling North East representatives Melissa and Adam we were able to put on a great show which attracted a fair number of the competing schools to call in and try a track session led by our own coach Richie Smith and BC's Adam. We also had an unexpected but extremely welcome visit from six CLV Year 9 pupils who looked very good considering they'd never been on track before today. This could be the start of exciting times for the Vikings, with the prospect now of a ready-made Under16 "Cramlington Crusaders" team!

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NEXT TRACK SESSION

OnTuesday night 25th June from 6:30pm we welcome Tyneside Outdoors to Cramlington Sporting Club for their first taste of Short Track Racing. Anyone over 16 is welcome to join in, 14-16s also welcome with an adult. Bikes, helmets and gloves provided free or bring your own protective gear, long sleeves and trousers please. British Cycling coaching session will precede racing.

 

To celebrate National Bike Week and the Big Bike Revival we're offering free coaching for under 16s in June.
Freewheeling fun every Sunday in June 11am-12pm at Sporting Club Cramlington. 

Free coaching for under 16s on the traffic free circuit. 
Bikes (for ages 8+), helmets and gloves provided. Wear long sleeves and trousers/leggings.

June sessions

Below: Vikings Coach Richie Smith organises our final Summer Series Go-Ride Races of 2018.

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Start your weekend with an hour of cycling fun on our traffic free circuit. Bikes and all equipment provided. Sessions dependent upon the weather.

Want a fresh look for you bike? This is the place to go!

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Training and Racing

We are a friendly, family club and welcome riders of all abilities to ride on our purpose built outdoor track at Sporting Club Cramlington.

When can you have a try?

Come along for a free taster at our training on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm and Sunday afternoons from 12:30pm

For under 16s we run a beginners Friday Bike Night from 6.30pm

What are the bikes like?

The club has bikes for you to use. They are easy to ride as there are no brakes or gears to worry about.  Just pedal on the straights & freewheel round the bends.

What do I need to wear?

A long sleeved top, trousers and trainers. We have gloves and helmets for you to use but use your own if you have them.

What kind of track is it?

It's oval like a velodrome with banked bends and a soft red shale surface.

What are the races like?

Short sprints. It's 4 laps with 4 riders, usually 2 from each team per race. Four points for the first over the line, then 3,2,1.

When do we race?

We have fun races as part of training, organise friendlies with other clubs and also host Go Ride beginners races for under 16s at weekends

It's a great time to get into the sport as we are planning to race in the North & Scotland League in 2019.

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Vikings win at Fife

The North & Scotland 4-a-side series resumed at Dunfermline on Sunday 14th July saw Northumbria's quartet of Josh Herring, Shane Gray, Jason Keith and Terry Kirkup come away with the Round Three win to see them just two points adrift of Edinburgh Falcons with two rounds to come at Leith on Sunday 25th August and Cramlington on Sunday 29th September.

South Shields Returns!

Not permanently (or maybe?) but as part of local community group Tyneside Outdoors' Big Bike Week celebrations, Vikings will provide bikes and equipment for a "come and try it" session on the site of the 1960s Trow Lea Mariners track at Temple Memorial Park on the John Reid Road around 50 years since the last two-wheeled action there. Free entry to all, come and have a go!

Vikings in England win

Jason Keith and Terry Kirkup rode for England at Ipswich on Saturday 6th July in the Home International against Scotland, Ireland and Wales. On a hot, sunny afternoon the 5-man Lions team romped to a well earned Gold medal in a fantastic victory and indeed a historic one for our Club.

Northumbria win Fours

At Glasgow on Sunday 30th June Josh Herring, Jason Keith, Shane Gray and Terry Kirkup finished equal first with Leith in Round Two of the North & Scotland Four Man Team competition with Leith. Edinburgh were third followed by Fife and hosts Glasgow. 

Vikings trio at Oxford

Horspath (Oxford) club founder Geoff Gamage invited Jason Keith, Ashie Patterson and Terry Kirkup to take part in his 50th year at Horspath celebration meeting. Jason rode in the England Veterans team against the Euro-Vets and was on the winning side, while his companions raced in the Peter White Memorial Trophy also with some success.

Shanklea Junior School Rocks Up to CS@CLV

Friday 14th June saw the start of our track sessions for Cramlington Learning Village's feeder primary schools. First off the mark was Shanklea school and the sixteen girls and boys showed an immediate liking for the track and the bikes. Fortunately, as vociferously pronounced with great relief after the session by one of the four Shanklea staff in attendance, there were NO falls or injuries of any kind! Vikings Head Coach Richie Smith was well pleased with the turnout and performance of the youngsters on their first ever short track laps.

JUNIOR TRAINING RESUMES

From now on it'll be Sundays from 11:00-12:00 for Under-16 riders then 4:00-5:00 seniors, and Tuesday night adults from 6:15. Sundays are dependent upon North & Scotland League fixtures which start when the Vikings are due to ride for their adopted sides in Hull and Edinburgh on 7th April . PLEASE keep an eye on our Facebook page for the most recent updates.

Viking's skipper Jason Keith finished 3rd in Northern League Individuals in Wigan. Jason also currently runs in second place in the Euro-Vets Over 40 Grand Prix series with teammate Terry Kirkup third in the Over 60s.

Moving Forward

On Tuesday 12th February, Richie Smith and Terry Kirkup met Seat Valley and Cramlington's School Sports Co-ordinator to discuss possible school sessions on the track this season. Lets hope we can start to emulate the amazing Queen Anne High School in Fife and get a massive betch of youngsters into the Sport. This is all schedules for May and June.

Parr to Return?

Viking's long-time Number One, ex-British Over 40s Champion Gavin Parr has signed for Hull CSC for the 2019 season. This follows the cessation of Northern League racing here at Northumbria following a disappointing few years where we failed to attract any new riders to boost our numbers and ensure a healthy future for the team. With a few of the remaining regulars off to Edinburgh for 2019, Gavin has taken advantage of the chance to link up with his good friend, 3-time British Champion Andy Angell at the Humberside club and we wish him all the very best for his coming season.

Vikings Look Forward

2018 sees us embark on a team rebuilding programme with a serious search for junior talent led by Coach Richie Smith.

Senior Training 2018 link here.
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TK made some changes to the track floodlights on 23rd October while the School was on half term break. We now have much better coverage with some tweaks to the aiming angle of each lamp.

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!
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!

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