Last chance before Winter Recess!

Our next junior session will be indoors, so it's nice and cosy and clean! A British Cycling Go-Ride Race event for Under 16s ONLY! at 3pm on Sunday 2 December with medals and trophies to win. If your kids and friends would like to come please RSVP by Saturday 1 December so we can bring the right bikes to Blyth Sports Centre. Entries to coach @

All at Blyth Sports Centre from 3-5pm (3-4 for Under 16s), 4-5pm adults.

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


Start your weekend with an hour of cycling fun on our traffic free circuit. Bikes and all equipment provided. We restart after winter, around March depending upon the weather.


Champ repeats training camp

Tuesday 14th August had the incredible Andy Angell once again visiting our Cramlington home for another of his tough training runs. We can only pity the poor souls down at his home club Hull CSC if he does the same to them! Once again I must express our sincere thanks to Andy for these magnificent gestures.

Not only were we treat to Mr Angell's masterful riding technique but we also welcomed back an old teammate from the late 1960s, Andy's fellow Yorkshireman Frank Auffret and his buddy and another Middlesbrough CSC rider Robert Atkinson. It's been 50 years since these two rode Cycle Speedway bikes but they're making a very welcome comeback, hopefully to be seen in the Euro-Vets Grand Prix series before too long. (see and ).

Triple British Champion at Cramlington!

Tuesday 7th August saw Hull's Andy Angell appear at the Sporting Club to put nine Vikings through a punishing training session. Really hard work for everyone trying to match Andy's work rate but at the end of the evening we were all, to a man, truly grateful for his input and effort. The biggest turnout for quite some time ensured his visit was worthwhile. See timed laps on the Training page for the resulting performances. Andy proved that his incredible track record at Cramlington set 3 or 4 years ago was no fluke by blasting around the loose, dusty circuit a full 2 seconds faster than any of the Vikings could manage!

Even better news is that Andy has promised to return for another training stint on Tuesday 15th August, commencing around 6:30 pm. 


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.













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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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 @




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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