Cycle Speedway - Battle of Britain

The second Battle of Britain series starts this Sunday (22nd April). The 
North & Scotland teams will be making the long journey to Poole, to take 
on the South & South Wales teams.

New junior team manager Alisdair Foxley, of Edinburgh, takes charge of 
the team, in the first match at 1 pm. Sheffield's Ed Morton is the new 
junior captain for the season. The North & Scotland juniors finished 2nd 
in last year's junior table and the region are fielding another strong 
squad this year, with riders from five clubs turning out on Sunday. 
Lining up for the North & Scotland on Sunday, along with Ed Morton will 
be Astley & Tyldesley's Max Evans, Bury trio Kaysar Mohammadi, Adam 
Turnbull and Adam Taylor, Edinburgh's Lewis Foxley, along with Stockport 
duo Michael Preston and Devon Campbell. The race format has changed this 
year, as the juniors will be using the senior formula of eight rider 
teams, with 18 heats, plus 2 nominated heats.

The seniors will take to the track at 2.30 pm. Team manager, Mike Hack, 
of Astley & Tyldesley, is still recovering from surgery, so Sheffield's 
Luke Morton takes on the team manager's role at Poole. The Captain Ben 
Higham, of Stockport, is also missing, so Astley & Tyldesley's new 
signing from Swindon, Steve Harris, steps up to be the captain on the 
day. Ironically, Steve was last year's South & South Wales captain. 
Three other Astley & Tyldesley riders are competing on Sunday - Reece 
Pollitt, Pawel Idziorek and Kyle Holland. Stockport's Jake Read will be 
the vice captain on the day, with Bury's Kris Ramsden and Sheffield pair 
Adam Watson and Ed Morton making up a stronger team than last year.
The Women's League commences on 13th May.
Good luck to the North Team on Sunday! 

Regional MTB sessions restarting at Hamsterley Forest

MTB Club Cluster of Training (CCT) restarts this Wednesday 18th April.

Sessions are for boys & girls aged 14-16 years

Hamsterley Forest, DL13 3NL. Starts from the Visitor Centre.

Every Wednesday from 18th April until 18th July.

7pm till 8:30pm

Fee £5 online, £7.50 on the night.

First three bookings are live, and all others will be showing from Wednesday;


Entry closes at 1600 on the day of the session.

Programme involves: skills to help develop riders prepare for racing. A combination of coaching specific techniques followed by effort based training finishing with a competitive element.

Skills will be based around manuals, wheelies, bunny hops, endos, jumping and other skills to enhance core MTB skills

Please bring;

  • Mountain bike
  • Helmet
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather conditions (sessions will be cancelled if there is ice or snow)
  • Pump and spare inner tube
  • Drinks and healthy snacks
  • Lights

North East & Yorkshire Track Clusters

As you may be aware, the indoor Velodrome at Manchester is now undergoing track relaying and as such the usual Regional Track Clusters cannot take place there in the summer of 2018.

With this in mind, the North East region have teamed up with the Yorkshire region and planned a similar format of Track Coaching to take place at Middlesbrough & York Outdoor Velodromes so that riders can continue with their development regularly and locally.

Careful consideration has been paid to minimise clashes with Coaching & Competition calendars across both regions, and multiple disciplines, however, as is increasingly the case, we have had to schedule dates that the majority of volunteers are available to coach.

Some key information is summarised below, however full details are contained within each link;

- Middlesbrough session prices are £7.00 plus £1.00 booking fee

- York session prices are £10.00 plus £1.00 booking fee

- Sessions will be structured Novice, Intermediate and Advanced

- Sessions will be for one hour each per group e.g Novice 13.30 -14.30 / Intermediate 14.30-15.30 / Advanced 15.30 -16.30

- All sessions will be open to riders from all Go-Ride clubs in both regions, riders do not need to be from Club mark accredited clubs to attend

- Sessions will form part of the pathway for progressing onto Accreditation once the NCC is back open in September time, with a view to increase the number of riders elegible to race regionally & nationally.

The dates are as follows:



Booking Link

Saturday 5th May 2018

York,  YO10 5FG


Saturday 26th May 2018

Middlesbrough, TS4 3AE


Saturday 2nd June 2018

York, YO10 5FG


Sunday 17th June 2018

Middlesbrough, TS4 3AE


Saturday 30th June 2018

York,  YO10 5FG


Saturday 14th July2018

York, YO10 5FG


Friday 27th July 2018

Middlesbrough, TS4 3AE


Saturday 18th August 2018

Middlesbrough, TS4 3AE


Saturday 1st September 2018

York,  YO10 5FG


Sunday 16th September 2018

Middlesbrough, TS4 3AE


Sessions do need volunteer coach support to run so if your club has qualified track coaches who are willing to support delivery, then please contact:

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stating the date and session level you are available to coach.


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