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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 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!

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So now, visitor, you know what Cycle Speedway is from the photographs above. 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.

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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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Here we go again!

Absolutely ANYONE who can ride a bike, any flavour, is more than welcome to join the Vikings as they continue their 2015 season racing and training on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 pm for about an hour and a half. We'll also be practising at regular Tuesday evening sessions from 6:30 pm. See our Forum or Facebook page for latest updates. There really is nothing to do but turn up and ask for a ride, it's as simple as that, and there are no charges at all for introductory sessions or until you become a full Club member. Get along to Cramlington Sporting Club and join us in the cheapest, most competitive and exciting cycle sport in the World! Our super new racetrack is between the tennis courts and 3G footie pitches and we are under floodlights throughout winter and evening training.

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British Cycling Under 16 Go-Ride

We have our first beginners Go Ride Cycle Speedway Race this Saturday 28th March at Sporting Club Cramlington at 2pm. Only £2 for riders aged under 16.

Our fortnightly Rock Up & Ride coaching sessions for children and young people resume on Saturday 18th April at the new time of 2pm. We have bikes, helmets and gloves and new riders are welcome. Rock Up & Ride coaching at new time of 2pm on alternate Saturdays from 18th April, 2,16, 30 May, 13 June (not 27 June due to Sky Ride) 11, 25 July, 8, 22 Aug, 5, 19 Sept, 3, 17 Oct. Each session only £2 per child, first one free.

We can also run taster sessions for accompanied groups of young people or adults on request.

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Your chance to join the Team!

Sunday, 29th March at 2:00 pm sees current Northern League Champions for the past few seasons, Stockport, hit Cramlington Sporting Club with the sole aim of retaining their title by winning everywhere, so why not come and see what our Sport is all about and maybe try a few laps when the meeting is finished? Practice and new rider trial sessions are all very laid back and informal, no need to race if you'd rather cruise and get used to having no brakes and not much of anything else! Plenty of bikes and helmets available for first timers, any age, so if you like a dash of speed on two wheels, come and sample Short Track Racing at the only track between Hull and Edinburgh. In this exciting minority Sport you could soon be representing your town and county.

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Red Faces!
2005 and a very young Andy Angell of Hull CSC (gate 4, red helmet) makes primates out of veteran Vikings Jason Keith (gate 1) and Terry Kirkup under the Humber Bridge. This was a one-off Friendly to get a few legs rolling for the British Veterans Championship at Wednesfield the same year, and was actually Hull CSC versus Newcastle Mountain Bike Club, otherwise known as Midaircrisis. Current riders Gavin Parr, Dan Wharrier, John Wilson and Terry Kirkup are all members of the MTB club.

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All About the Vikings

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 The Season Takes Off

It was "Tapes up" time at the Sporting Club as the Northumbria Vikings began their 2015 Northern League home campaign with the visit of the very strong Bury club on Sunday 22nd March. See "About Us" above for full fixture list. With a great many rider transfers taking place over the winter across most of the English teams there was a feeling that the Vikings may be the only club not to have strengthened their side, so expectations started out pretty low, especially after the defeat in our first match at Heckmondwike in Yorkshire on 15th. You can read the results of these matches via the @Crammy and #Away links above but in reality until we see an influx of strong teenage talent from local bike clubs, schools and passers-by we've accepted that the wooden spoon is a distinct possibility this season. On the bright side of course, the spirit in the camp is perhaps stronger than ever as we continue to build and improve both the track and facilities in readiness for World Domination!

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED

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!
Keep watching here and our FaceBook page (see link below) for information on training, racing and coaching, and come see what our Sport can offer YOU!

Prediction time

And although we've been out of action now for a wee while I can't resist making a long-term prediction based on the evidence I've collected over the 2014 season. And what pearl of wisdom does TK wish to impart before the new season gets underway? Well, little has changed since we took the bold step of rejoining CS on a national league basis, we are still little more than a Veteran outfit with only half a handful of youngsters, not quite what we expected. We did nevertheless see some magic performances by a couple of schoolboy racers last year so there's a clue for you. The answer? If he continues to progress like in the last six months I have a strong fancy that we may have unearthed the next Gavin Parr in the shape of "little" Lee Redshaw. No pressure!

you ride with the Vikings entirely at your own risk

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 Vikings Captain Gavin Parr (right) with Hull CSC supremo, British Champion Andy Angell

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