ABOVE: Our tribute to 2015's four Veterans Champions!

Mark Winwood (Euro-Vets Champion),
Steve Harris (TLI British Veterans Champion),
Craig Marchant (World Veterans Champion)
and our very own
Gavin Parr (BC British Veterans Champion).

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 total rout by the Midlanders on February 28th! (photo courtesy Swanny).

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2016 - FIXTURES

13/3 - A - EDINBURGH
13/3 - A - GLASGOW *
20/3 - H - SHEFFIELD
10/4 - A - HECKMONDWIKE
24/4 - H - BURY
8/5 - H - STOCKPORT
22/5 - H - ASTLEY
5/6 - A - KOC @ STOCKPORT
19/6 - A - HULL
25/6 - H - EURO-VETS@NORTHUMBRIA
3/7 - H - EDINBURGH
3/7 - H - GLASGOW *
17/7 - NORTHERN LEAGUE INDIVIDUALS @ BURY
14/8 - A - SHEFFIELD
4/9 - H - HECKMONDWIKE
18/9 - A - BURY
2/10 - A - STOCKPORT
16/10 - A - ASTLEY
23/10 - H - HULL

* note - double header and will move Glasgow dates

OFFICIAL FREE CALENDAR DATES:
27/3
3/4
26/6
24/7
9/10

CHAMPIONSHIP DATES (WHICH WE WILL NOT BE TAKING PART IN)
1/5
29/6
1/8
28/8
11/9

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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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From mid-2015 we have another Major Sponsor!

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MASSIVE BOOST FOR VIKINGS

In a surprise move, we learned very recently that superstar Midlands outfit WEDNESFIELD ACES are set to visit the AstroDrome to kick off our 2016 season on Sunday February 28th! This is nothing short of incredible and a real boost for our little Club which could never have expected such giants of our Sport to request a friendly match at minnows Northumbria CSC. We must keep our fingers crossed that next year's weather is a bit kinder than in recent weeks and that our new track surface has bedded in properly by then. This is HUGE!

Track to be relaid

Saturday 5th December saw Michael and Gavin Parr, Jim Smith, Norman Carson. John Stansfield and Terry Kirkup turn out in a gale force wind to clear out the drains, drag all the shale back into the few hollows that were created last year going into the first and third bends and get it ready for scarification by our friendly local Groundsmen and their little tractor. No more track activity until mid to late February at the earliest.

Catch up with Gavin Parr's latest adventure here. cancerresearchlogo shaffield hospitals charity logo

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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!

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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Yes indeed, or fabulous Number One, Captain Fantastic Gavin Parr has won the British Over 40s Championship at Kesgrave, East Anglia on Sunday 30th August 2015, reversing his defeat at the hands of Leicester's Craig Marchant in the World Veterans Final this time. This is proper reward for the dedication and extremely savage training regime Gavin has embarked upon this year culminating in the best ever result for a Northumbria (and Newcastle!) rider in any national competition since the Sport started up in the North East.

Picture above (credit to the photograph's owner) shows left to right current World Champion Craig Marchant, new British Champion Gavin Parr and last year's World Champion Steve Harris (Poole).

READ GAVIN'S BRITISH FINAL STORY HERE

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(but he's the Best Over 40 in the World!)

For full details see Skippers Blog.

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Vikings make history as they capture Bronze in British Veterans Club Championship!

See #AWAY tab for the full, enthralling story!

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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 and Terry Kirkup are all members of the MTB club.