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.
Sunday 22nd October heralds the final round of the Three Rivers League. Glasgow host this one. Start time is 11:30 am. Please do your best to make this trip and LET TERRY KNOW YOU'RE GOING BEFORE SATURDAY NIGHT PLEASE.
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:
There will be FOUR league teams each with TWO riders, call them permanent members for now. Each team will 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 will be Jason, Lee, Dan and Josh. They will each get a "B" grade rider as a permanent partner and another as reserve. After the short team match there will 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) will also count towards his team's score that day. "A" grade riders will 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 will see the system tested for the first time.
Vikings Grand Finale delivers the Goods
Yes indeed, the Three Rivers encounter (see below), our final home meeting of the season, was a huge success with all four competing teams enjoying at least a modicum of success, although Northumbria missed their big hitter Jason Keith who was on international duty at Hull. With greatly reduced squad numbers available late season there had been some deliberation between Edinburgh's Stevie Gilroy, Glasgow's Andy MacDougall and Cramlington's Terry Kirkup regarding the best format for the meeting. Ultimately they chose Stevie's 24 heat, 4-man team option, a single match with all four sides taking part, team pairs racing in every heat. This proved more than satisfactory and on a glorious afternoon more than satisfied all who took part. Full report and pictures from the lens maestro George Swanson coming soon.
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 24th Sept, Match 2: Edinburgh 8th Oct, Match 3: Glasgow 22nd Oct.
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 'til 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
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.
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:
Northumbria race day 24th Sept - Cram v North, Edin v Glas, Cram v Edin, Glas v North
Edinburgh race day 8th Oct - Edin v Cram, Glas v North, North v Edin, Cram v Glas
Glasgow race day 22nd Oct - Glas v Edin, North v Cram, Edin v Cram, North v Glas
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.
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!