For historical list of Timed Lap Sessions click here.

Tuesday 29th May 2018

Six of us tonight, breezy but pretty mild, track still dry as a bone as it has been most of the year so very dusty. Little option but to have a competitive session with Keith returning to action, his new job shifts not doing him or us any favours! This one finished with all six riders in the final.

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Sunday 22nd April 2018

Seven riders again for this one on a lovely night, track a bit dry and loose but we're all used to it now.

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Tuesday 1st May 2018 had six riders present with Norman Carson as Starter and Terry Kirkup as flu-ridden spectator! (later proved to be a chest infection). No programme, timed laps and pyramids.).

Tuesday 24th April saw 7 of plus Norman Carson as Starter. We didn't stage a match this time but tried out a few pairings for our match at Hull on Sunday 29th.

Sunday 22nd April 2018

Wow, where did all these riders come from? Amazingly there were NINE of us present for this training session, even with Jason Keith and Dan Wharrier missing on duty for Edinburgh! The result was an entertaining afternoon with plenty of much-needed exercise gained by everyone. Once again Josh Herring and Andy Knowles made long trips from home to join in, many thanks to them both.

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Tuesday 17th April 2018

Wow! Eight people in attendance, almost unheard of! Although Norman Carson wasn't riding tonight due to his knee and heel problems he did help out as starter. And amazingly we had our biggest turnout of riders for a very long time. Welcome back JP Colback and Jordan Smith, neither of them expected tonight or any other time, in reality. A decent little session followed by a single timed lap for all. JP looked sharp while Jordan hasn't been too active for some months now but gave it his best shot.

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Sunday 15th April 2018

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Tuesday 3rd April 2018

Five of us for this one, pretty chilly with a few small puddles around the 1st and 2nd bends but easy enough to avoid. Track surface very good and quite grippy. Daniel Thompson's first rides since October.

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Afterwards we pulled some loose shale back over the pits bend dimples and put the little roller on it, Jason driving, Keith & Terry raking.

Sunday 1st April 2018

At last we get back to the reality of outdoor racing, track is good. Some timed laps followed the mini-match.

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Session #4.

Our final indoor session at Blyth Sports Centre took place on Saturday 17th March, a day before the "Beast from the East" Russian cold front swept more snow and blizzards back into the UK! Seven of us staged a short programme as in the first session and again there were some excellent tussles. 

EXCELLENT to see our Teeside based, 3-time Clubman of the Year Andy Knowles return to track action after that terrible hand injury he suffered while racing for us last year, and although he's even less match fit than the rest of us he soon adapted to the surface at Blyth and tucked away three wins from his four rides in the main programme.

We now return to normal outdoor activitiy whenever the weather may permit.

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Session #3.

Very disappointing turnout for this on Saturday 10th March, our lowest numbers so far. Just five of us made it to Blyth so we did some 16 lappers and general training runs rather than any formatted racing.

Session #2.

Wewere forced to cancel this one scheduled for 3rd March due to the weather making it impossible for everyone to travel to Blyth safely.

Session #1.

As is the norm the winter closed season seems to take an age to pass and we were keen to get the new year underway. The atrocious weather meant absolutely no chance of racing on the track for at least another month so we headed for our new indoor haunt of Blyth Sports Centre just up the coast from our Cramlington base. Just enough of us turned out to make any kind of contest interesting, special thanks going to Josh for digging himself out of snowdrifts in Durham to get here for this one while Paul made his first indoor appearance at Blyth.

Once again there were a good few races that made it all worthwhile, especially the titanic struggle between Jason and Josh when they met in heat 7, both taking out cones along the way and paying the ultimate price of exclusion! That left Terry as event winner after a few steady rides but the Skipper wasn't too happy about that so insisted on a run-off for first place! That saw yet another great scrap between him and Josh, but this time Jason managed to avoid cone-kicking while Josh couldn't resist attacking the defenceless little plastic people and collected another exclusion! 

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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.

Local Winter League off to a Flyer - see 2017 Training Page.
bike4healthDr Bike condemns our brakes!
Hethersett racer Josh Herring trains at Crammy!
Jason Keith gets Battle of Britain call-up at Hull.
Vikings AGM scheduled for Sunday 17th September
Knowles to have hand operation on Tuesday 29th August.
Smith in talks with Tour of Britain organisers.
Disaster strikes Skipper! - see Latest.
Vikings sign Polish duo - or not? See Latest.

Jason Keith forgets his shoes!

Jason Keith wins his first Euro-Vets "A" Final
Jason Keith gets SCOTLAND call-up!!!
Jason Keith gets England call-up
Jason Keith gets Battle of Britain call-up

Knowles Tri-umphs!

Andy Knowles was untouchable in the quest for our "Clubman of the Year" award for the third year running in 2017. After his nasty hand injury at the back end of the season his big brother, Euro-Vet regular Mick Knowles accepted the award on Andy's behalf in his absence. Here  receives his belated "Vikings Clubman of the Year 2016" award from Sheffield Team Manager Adrian Brownell. This was the second year running that our semi-detached (Middlesborough) Mister Dependable had 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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