These are the confirmed dates so far. We hope to arrange at least one more home and away friendly with another club.

19th August Edinburgh v Northumbria
23rd September Northumbria v Hull v Edinburgh
30th September - Northumbrian Riders Championship

Practice night is on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm and training day on Sundays from 12.30pm. All comers welcome.


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Eh, what's Short Track Racing?

I've been asked so many times by people who've never heard of Cycle Speedway "What is it?", and decided it's best NOT to use the "Speedway on pushbikes" analogy we've used since World War 2, because an awful lot of folk have never seen motorbike Speedway either, but rather to call it "pedal bike racing on a short oval track". So that's what I'm calling it here, you may prefer "Short Oval Racing", I would certainly prefer a name change for a new era - shame on me!).

You won't find shorter than this!


So now, visitor, you know what Cycle Speedway is from the photographs here. Those of us (probably the vast majority) who have it in their blood will describe it as being similar to Roller Derby on bikes, others maybe suggest Destruction Derby is closer to the truth, as a googlie at some CS videos on YouTube may suggest. However savage some of the "friendly" on-track conflict may appear, we love it, get loads of fun and plenty of laughs from it, make new friends, travel quite a bit and stick with it for ages. It is, of course, a great way to stay mobile and reasonably fit if you'd otherwise be using only your elbows to support a glass or a PS4 controller.


Come and have a go!

So, reader, now you know. With 2 or 3 metric dozen clubs around the UK, you can find one close enough to go take a look. You'll be made very welcome, you'll be loaned a bike and helmet, and you'll be shown the ropes by a track expert wherever you land, it's that kind of setup. We are waiting for you at Northumbria STRC (oops, sorry - CSC) but your first visit will prove fruitful whichever club you aim for. Use the links above or below to get in touch, or just turn up at the track when we resume serious Northern League Racing activities on 22nd March at 2:00 pm. Come and watch free, come and ride free. It's your move!




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Northumbria Vikings are pleased to announce that they have a new Welfare Officer as part of our ongoing committment to safeguarding all attendees. Welcome to the post to long-serving and one of our founding members Norman Carson. Norman lives virtually just behind the track and is also handily placed for track maintenance work!

Vikings take top prize

Northumbria Vikings completed a successful first season in the North & Scotland Fours League by winning the last of five rounds at the Sporting Club, Cramlington on Sunday 29th September, their third win in the series. The team, consisting of Jason Keith, Josh Herring, Shane Gray, Dean Douglas and the returning former British Champion Gavin Parr saw off the challenge of Leith, Fife, Edinburgh and Glasgow to take the overall title as well as the win on the day. Particular mention must be made of the latter two who have been away from the pedal version of Speedway riding motor speedway for a few years but gave their all for the Vikings in this match.

Vikings Pair in British Final

Jason Keith and Terry Kirkup represented Edinburgh in the British Veterans Club Championship at Leicester on Saturday 14th September finishing fourth to home side Leicester, Norwich and Exeter. With Edinburgh fielding just these two riders against the four man teams of the other clubs they were never going to improve on fourth position but amassed a surprising amount of points in their races.

Northumbria duo just miss out

Jason Keith and Terry Kirkup took part in the Will Burns Memorial Pairs event at Leicester on Saturday 31st August, just missing out on a place in the Final.

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Vikings win again at Leith

Northumbria climbed to equal 1st in the league table after a convincing win on Sunday 25th August.

Vikings win at Fife

The North & Scotland 4-a-side series resumed at Dunfermline on Sunday 14th July and saw Northumbria's quartet of Josh Herring, Shane Gray, Jason Keith and Terry Kirkup come away with the Round Three win to see them just two points adrift of Edinburgh Falcons with two rounds to come at Leith on Sunday 25th August and Cramlington on Sunday 29th September.


Vikings in 2019 England win

Jason Keith and Terry Kirkup rode for England at Ipswich on Saturday 6th July in the Home International against Scotland, Ireland and Wales. On a hot, sunny afternoon the 5-man Lions team romped to a well earned Gold medal in a fantastic victory and indeed a historic one for our Club.

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Northumbria win 2019 Fours

At Glasgow on Sunday 30th June Josh Herring, Jason Keith, Shane Gray and Terry Kirkup finished equal first with Leith in Round Two of the North & Scotland Four Man Team competition. Edinburgh were third followed by Fife and hosts Glasgow. 

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From now on it'll be Sundays from 11:00-12:00 for Under-16 riders then 4:00-5:00 seniors, and Tuesday night adults from 6:15. Sundays are dependent upon North & Scotland League fixtures which start when the Vikings are due to ride for their adopted side Edinburgh . PLEASE keep an eye on our Facebook page for the most recent updates.

Viking's skipper Jason Keith finished 3rd in Northern League Individuals in Wigan. Jason also currently runs in second place in the Euro-Vets Over 40 Grand Prix series with teammate Terry Kirkup third in the Over 60s.

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.

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




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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