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Thanks to some great work behind the scenes by Edinburgh's Stevie Gilroy and Glasgow's Andy Macdougall the Three Rivers League has been resurrected, or should I say saved, for this season. Dates for the rest of the matches (Northumbria have already raced Cramlington) are as below:

Edinburgh race day 8th Oct - Edin v Cram, Glas v North, North v Edin, Cram v Glas 

Glasgow race day 1st Oct - Glas v Edin, North v Cram, Edin v Cram, North v Glas 

Northumbria race day 24th Sept - Cram v North, Edin v Glas, Cram v Edin, Glas v North

Time may be tight on the final day (8th Oct) but if not we may stage an individual to wrap it all up.

Why not pop along and take a look? Northumbria Vikingsare always looking for new riders of any age but particularly teenage BMX riders with excellent bike handling skills. We have plenty of kit for anyone who'd like to try the sport for themselves, all completely free of charge and with expert supervision and coaching advice. All you have to do is ask!

Outdoor training started on Sunday 5th march, 2017. See 2017 Begins! Training reports and results here!

We Host the Big Ones

On Saturday May 6th at 1:00 pm the Vikings stage the opening round of the international Euro-Vets Grand Prix Series for Over 40, Over 50 and Over 60 Veteran racers. We are urgently seeking a sponsor for this meeting which is run in support of the Orchid Fighting Male Cancer charity, so if you can persuade someone to back it please get in touch with Jason or Terry. And of course we hope to see all of the Vikings Veterans racing in the event and other country-wide.

Following that we host the Northern League KO Cup on Sunday 4th June, the biggest event on our 2017 calendar, and we would also like to find a sponsor for this one so ears to the ground please folks. 

New Sponsor for Vikings

A plan to introduce a new sponsor initiated by Secretary Neil Magee has borne fruit at a time when good news is pretty thin on the ground. (And speaking of that, don't expect the Astrodrome track to be in very good condition for at least the first month of the new season!). But back to the news - building maintenance company Davison Solutions of Whickham, Newcastle, have stepped forward with some welcome cash which will enable us to buy a set of new race jerseys so we can appease those who insist our current ones are pink! Look out for these around mid April if all goes well with the production.

On behalf of the Club I would like to thank Davisons heartily, and also Neil who worked hard to secure a deal.

The misery continues - see 2017 matches above.

No joy for withdrawal plea

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Fixtures

2017 - FIXTURES

19th March - CRAMLINGTON CROWN (Individual)
26th March - H v EDINBURGH (NL)
2nd April - A v SHEFFIELD (NL)
9th April - H v FIFE (NL)
9th April - H v GLASGOW (NL)
23rd April - H v BURY (NL)
6th May - H Euro-Vets Round One
7th May - A v STOCKPORT (NL)
14th May - A v ASTLEY & TYLDESLEY (NL)
28th May - BC Club Championships @ Poole
4th June - KOC @ Northumbria
11th June - H v HULL (NL)
25th June - A v EDINBURGH (NL)
2nd July - Northern League Individuals @ Stockport
9th July - H v SHEFFIELD (NL)
23rd July - H Northumbria v Cramlington 3 Rivers 1.30pm
30th July - A v BURY (NL)
6th Aug - H v STOCKPORT (NL)
13th Aug - H v ASTLEY & TYLDESLEY (NL)
20th Aug - A v GLASGOW (NL)
20th Aug - A v FIFE (NL)
27th Aug - British Finals Weekend
3rd Sept - A v HULL (NL)
28th Oct - Northumbrian Riders Championship (date TBC)

PLEASE NOTE* There is a possibility that the Northumbrian Riders Championship will be brought forward into hopefully warmer times.

MEANTIME After a quick survey it looks like no change to our practice night from the current Tuesday (tk).

 

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Knowles Acknowledged

Andy Knowles receives his belated "Vikings Clubman of the Year 2016" award from Sheffield Team Manager Adrian Brownell. This is the second year running that our semi-detached (Middlesborough) Mister Dependable has 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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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!

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