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After what seems a very long time since we started our initial enquiry to British Cycling we have finally had confirmation that our application has been successful, and we are now officially a Clubmark club! It's been quite a slog to put our case together with everything else that's been going on, quite apart from the racing. General Manager Terry Kirkup was almost tempted to raise a glass when he heard the fantastic news yesterday from BC's Go-Ride team at its headquarters in Manchester! 

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Northumbria CSC Celebrate Achieving Go-Ride Clubmark Status

23/03/2016

Joining a select group of cycling clubs across the country, Northumbria CSC has fulfilled the necessary criteria to achieve British Cycling’s Go-Ride Clubmark status and now holds this prestigious accreditation. Clubmark is a universally acknowledged cross sport scheme introduced by Sport England for community sports clubs which recognises high standards in welfare, equity, coaching and club management.

Clubs are required to submit a portfolio of evidence to show that they meet the relevant criteria, including suitably qualified volunteers, regular coaching sessions and club development plans. Throughout the application process, Northumbria CSC demonstrated an environment that ensures member welfare and promotes cycling as a lifelong sport.

First launched in 2011 Northumbria CSC now has a thriving membership of twenty five. Coaches hold sessions at Cramlington Sporting Club  which offers young riders an ideal traffic free cycling venue, an opportunity to improve bike handling skills and a pathway into cycle sport.

Lorna Bennett, British Cycling Regional Development Manager for the North East said of the achievement:

“My congratulations go out to Northumbria CSC on achieving Go-Ride Clubmark status. The coaches and volunteers work extremely hard to provide opportunities for young people to get involved in cycling, and I look forward to continue supporting them in the future as I’m sure that the club will go on to do great things."

Sessions at Northumbria CSC run every Tuesday evening from 6:30 pm plus most Saturday afternoons from 1:00 pm and new riders are more than welcome to turn up and have a go. For further information please visit the club’s website:  northumbriacsc.org .

For more information on British Cycling’s Clubmark accreditation process, visit: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/clubmark

Wotz Hot?

Northern AGM at Cramlington leaves Northumbria in a quandary.

The North & Scotland AGM was attended by Chairman/Secretary Keith Dyer and Treasurer Jim Smith at Cramlington Sporting Club, the venue conveniently placed to make access by English and Scottish clubs as easy as possible. By all accounts the outcome pleased all clubs present but when word got back to base there was some headscratching done and our future remains as uncertain as it was before the meeting. This follows a unanimous decision at our own AGM a few days earlier to embark on a somewhat different path to the one that seems to have been agreed and as a result another Northumbria meeting has been called for Wednesday 21st November.

THE INCREDIBLES?

With an average age of 52.5 compared to their oppositions' of around 18, Northumbria's Old Vikings pulled off a stupendous second place in the Grand Finale of the Northern Fours at Astley & Tyldesley (Wigan) on Sunday 11th November. Details above.

MORE SUCCESS!!!

Round 3 of the Northern Fours at a dry, cool Bury saw us gain promotion for the final round - report link above.

AND FAILURE!

We weren't so lucky in the second round at Stockport - report link above.

VIKINGS SUCCESS

Northumbria win promotion in Northern Fours at Hull. See full story above.

Vikings on the podium 

Skipper Jason Keith secured overall third place in this year's Over 40 Euro-Vets Grand Prix at Leicester on 6th October with a 4th place finish on the day, while Over 60 team-mate Terry Kirkup won the final round to finish second overall.

NRC/TKTrophy

The 2018 Northumbria Riders Championship/TK Trophy was held on Sunday 23rd September at 11am and was followed by a series of Challenge matches between Northumbria, Edinburgh and Hull. See report link above.

Sunday 19th August saw the Vikings travelling to near neighbours Edinburgh Falcons for a challenge match, only the second time we've raced as a team this year following our disappointing but enforced withdrawal from the North & Scotland League at the end of 2017 due to rider shortages. A wet and cool afternoon was livened up by some great action on track with Edinburgh comfortably claiming victory.

On Wednesday, 15th August Vikings elders Norman Carson and Terry Kirkup hosted their third group of youngsters from Active Northumberland's Inclusion Department, another exciting on-track session with one of the girls leading the way on this occasion. Well done to everyone who took part. 
Three Vikings make the longest road trip in the Club's history on Saturday 4th August when skipper Jason Keith, Ashie Patterson and Terry Kirkup head south to Exeter for the fourth round of 2018's Euro-Vets Grand Prix series.
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.
Can you shed any light on this?

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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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!
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