Under 16? LOOK!
We have all the gear you need FREE OF CHARGE to get you started in the most exciting of bike sports, together with expert tuition from British Cycling coaches. It’s a great hobby with the chance to enter several British Championships at all age groups and travel to other tracks all over the country.
Junior training sessions start at 5:30 pm on Tuesday evenings where our own British Champion will be coaching you! All welcome, boys and girls, together with your parent or guardian. Track is just behind the tennis courts at Cramlington Learning Village. Come and Try It!
Vikings gain Status
Photographed at Tuesday evening training on 31st May 2016, Terry Kirkup (left) receives Northumbria CSC’s Clubmark Certificate from British Cycling’s Northern Representative Lorna Bennett at the Cramlington track. Also shown are Club Coach Richie Smith and Captain Gavin Parr with some of Gavin’s regular young trainees. On a bitterly cold night Lorna not only waited around to watch some of the senior squad training afterwards but also had a couple of laps herself, taking some words of advice from our British Champion Gavin and soon getting up to speed out of the saddle. This award really means a great deal to us but of course there’s still plenty of work to do to earn and maintain this enviable status.
The Compass points to Magnetic North(umbria) as the Stars gather
The 2016 season got underway with a very early friendly against the superstar Wednesfield Aces side on Sunday 28th February. Very early to start a season but the track delivered at least a rideable surface after much hard work and preparation had gone into it over the preceding three weeks, battling against adverse weather and ground conditions. The Aces actually started their campaign the day before with another friendly at Edinburgh before dropping down to Cramlington on their way back to the Midlands.
The Vikings, without star rider, Captain and club talisman Gavin Parr for this one managed to enlist a little help in his absence so as to try and prevent a total rout by the current Elite League Champions. That help arrived at the Sporting Club in the shape of Scotland and Edinburgh number one, Mikey Hewitson and his teammate the effervescent Neil "Swanny" Swanson. And to further bolster the homesters a late and extremely welcome offer by Australia's top racer, Bobby McMillan was snapped up by the Vikings late on the Saturday but unfortunately he could not make the trip. So the Northern League minnows Northumbria got a very early glimpse of some of the top riders in the world, most of whom had not ridden the Crammy circuit before.
Vikings Captain undergoes surgery
Northumbria skipper Gavin Parr has undergone a successful back operation just prior to Christmas to cure a long term problem. It remains to be seen whether he can emerge even stronger and faster than the out-and-out racer and top performer he was in 2015, but surely not!
Vikings sign Top Scots
Following the surprise announcement that we are due to host the all-powerful Wednesfield (West Midlands) team WITHOUT our talisman, Vikings Captain and British Champion Gavin Parr, in a season-opening friendly match I can now reveal that we have made two extremely useful signings!
Unfortunately Edinburgh Falcons skipper and Scotland international star Mikey Hewitson (left) and fellow heat leader Neil “Swanny” Swanson will only be wearing the purple of the Vikings for one day, but the news comes as a very welcome Christmas present to the home club who had feared a whitewash by the Midlanders on February 28th! (photo courtesy Swanny).