There's another big gap between GPs following the successful Fife round, next outing being Saturday 12th October at Wednesfield (EVGP Round 6 at 1:00pm).
However, breaking it up for some Over 40 riders is the British Veterans Club Championship at Leicester on Saturday 14th September at 2:00pm.
To anyone over 34 - why not dip your toe in the water if you haven't tried out the GP series yet?
Soft, Strong and Very Long…
No, not the old Andrex® toilet paper advert but the Will Burns Testimonial Pairs event at Leicester on Saturday 31st August!
Soft because it was all so very warm and cuddly amongst the gathered Cycle Speedway fraternity, but only until the whistle blew for heat one.
Strong because that was the nature of the competition throughout the day (and night!) whenever the fast lads met each other.
And Very Long because – it was!
Two semi-finals, the first kicking off around 1:30pm and the second around 5:00pm or later with 8 pairs having 7 rides each followed by the Final with the same requirements. So 14 rides each for the lucky ones, certainly better value than normal for the travelling time. That's 81 heats plus a few re-runs!
The competition was fierce with plenty strong moves and a substantial number of falls throughout due partly to the dry and clean but still slippery surface and the sheer determination and speed of the riders, some of them straight out of retirement to honour Kev’s dad Will Burns, instrumental in Leicester’s enviable success story. It was manifestly staggering to see the ensemble of past and present Leicester riders gather for a group photo before the Final started, all of them or the vast majority being Champions of our Sport at some level. Photo Les Brewin
Ultimately though, while a Leicester victory may have looked odds-on pre-meeting, it was the Horspath pairing of Daniel Harper and Lukasz Nowacki who claimed top spot ahead of favourites Kev Burns and Craig Marchant with Norman Venson and Dave Frith completing the podium.
Some excellent racing amongst the Elder Statesmen of short track racing and I’m sure they’d all like to do it again if it becomes a fixture at Slater Street but maybe over a much shorter timetable?
I’ll put the programmes on here when I come across them, if someone would be so kind as to post them on Facebook or whatever.
E & O E
Congratulations to Kev Burns, 2019 British Over 40s Champion
Congratulations to Steve Harris on adding yet another title to his fair old collection,
BUT MOST OF ALL!
Congratulations to my good friend Dave Murphy, one of the "new breed" of Over 60s (ie babies) and currently showing the rest the way home in our GP series. Dave is the 2019 British Over 60s Champion in a year which should see him add a few more honours to his collection.
The older you get the harder it gets so this one is surely the most commendable!
Many congratulations to Norwich CSC's Paddy Wenn on his win in the World Grand Veterans Final in Poland on 11th August
Congrats also to Norman Venson who finished runner up after a run-off with Australian Paul White and Steve Harris in a pretty poor turnout with only a nine man field.
Polish riders dominated the Veteran (Over 40) event with Steve Harris the best British rider in 6th place.
Congratulations also to our two British trios (!) who finished 2nd and third in the Veterans Best Pairs:
England: Jason Ashford, Steve Harris and Craig Marchant
Wales: Dave Murphy, Mark Winwood and Phil Clarke
And again to our England Vets in the Veterans World Cup:
Steve Harris, Dave Hemsley, Norman Venson, Craig Marchant (c) and Jason Ashford
Our Great Britain squad won the Veterans Federation Cup:
Paddy Wenn, Norman Venson, Craig Marchant, Steve Harris and Mark Winwood
And Team GB beat Poland in the Test Match at Świętochłowice
Jason Ashword, Steve Harris, Paddy Wenn, Normann Venson, Craig Marchant, Mark Winwood, Dave Murphy and Gary Colby
Grand Prize Draw!
Quality cycle speedway bike, draw tickets to be sold and winning ticket drawn at EV Rd 7 Leicester. There will also be a few Cycle Speedway specific prize packs up for grabs.
Many thanks to Blackley rider, circa 1970s, Dave Wilson who has put this bike together as extra support for Orchid.
All proceeds to ORCHID. (fr)
Based on a GT Zaskar MTB with a few mods, adult size. (tk)
Euro-Vets Age Ranges:
This season sees the introduction of our revised age groupings, although it only applies to younger riders.
Starting with Round One at Birmingham we will now have an extra 35 to 40 age category with its own semis and final. And as is the case currently in the other classes, any 40-plus rider can also qualify for the 35-40 finals. So if you are 35 THIS YEAR you can now take part in the Euro-Vets Grand Prix Series. We hope that will tempt a few more of you to join the fun and help support the Orchid Fighting Male Cancer charity.
IMPORTANT! To 2019 hosting clubs
Please don't feel the need to provide massive trophies, or indeed trophies at all. In the past there have been some stunning examples provided but as nice as they can be there really is no need to go overboard. Medals or any other suitable award will do quite nicely, and considering we now require FOUR sets of four after including the 35 to 40s this should be good news for clubs hard pressed for funds or unable to find sponsors.
At last, after much debate and deliberation, we have this year's dates. It's a very full season for Veteran racing and there were the anticipated clashes with other competitions to try and avoid, so Fred's job was even harder than usual this time around.
Your top six scores ONLY count towards the final Grand Prix positions.
Thanks to the clubs who offered to stage a round this year and commiserations to any who wanted to but for one reason or another didn't get one awarded. There'll likely be a lot of changes next year for some sort of equalisation.
Saturday 20-Apr Dash Vets Wednesfield
Saturday 04-May Euro-Vets 1 Birmingham
Saturday 18-May Euro-Vets 2 Hull
Saturday 01-Jun Euro-Vets 3 Norwich
Saturday 15-Jun Euro-Vets 4 Newport
Saturday 22-Jun Geoff Gamages 50th Celebs Horspath
Saturday 06-Jul Home Internationals Ipswich
10-Jul Worlds Poland
24-Jul Worlds Poland
27-Jul Worlds Poland
03-Aug Worlds Poland
Saturday 07-Sep Euro-Vets 5 Fife
Saturday 14-Sep National vets team champs Leicester
Saturday 12-Oct Euro-Vets 6 Wednesfield
Saturday 19-Oct Euro-Vets 7 Leicester
Leicester girls raise fabulous contribution to Orchid.
See Facebook for the story. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1306729969480236&set=gm.2683074415066702&type=3&theater&ifg=1
Calling all Over 34s - let's see you all here!
Welcome to the Euro-Vets web site, we hope it has become the definitive guide to charitable Short Track Racing for the Over 40's. For new, "mature" riders just coming into the Sport, this is the best introduction you could get. See our minimal rules and requirements further down this page.
On behalf of all of us I must offer a huge vote of thanks to the indomitable Fred Rothwell who continues to deliver the goods and enable the whole thing for all of us to enjoy, including from 2017 a much better insurance deal. Fred doesn’t work in solitary though, he has the ever-willing Norman Venson and Geoff Gamage to back him up when required and they do a great job in support.
More thanks are due to the clubs who put us on their fixture list, their hard working secretaries and ground crews and anyone who chipped in along the way. While 2018 was great, roll on 2019 for even more, BE THERE!
I'd also like to give a shout out for 2015/2017 World Veterans Champion Craig Marchant who's never off Facebook trying to lever some other ex-rider out of retirement or promoting the next event for us, a real credit to the cause.
yes - YOU!
If you are reading this then you must still have some sort of attachment to Short Tracking (OK then if you must, Cycle Speedway!) whether you'd like to admit it or not. Therefore, if you've never turned a wheel in our fantastic Grand Prix series or you have but not too many times, then why not take the plunge this year by entering at least one round, maybe your local one to start with? You'll be doing the Sport a great favour, having a really enjoyable few laps amongst our much travelled troupe of regulars, get a laugh or two, maybe do some catching up with old friends and/or adversaries and just have a great day out. It doesn't matter what your current ability is, middle-age is the only qualification required and you'll be welcomed wholeheartedly.
If you are over 34 before New Year's Eve 2019 then we'd love to see you on track this year at one of our Grand Prix events.
New, current or ex-rider - you are all most welcome to join our friendly Racing for Grown-Ups circuit. Over 35s race 35 to 40 year olds and ditto the other age groups although you are allowed to compete against younger opposition unless there are no spaces in the day's programme. We'd love to see some new or old faces taking part this year, and in doing so you are not only helping prolong the life of the Sport but also helping boost its media coverage which is no bad thing these days. There's absolutely no pressure and a genuine air of calm in the pits. And of course there's the feelgood factor of supporting our chosen charities which we've been quite successful at. We'd really appreciate your presence at at least one round, but if you could manage a couple or more that would be fantastic, so take a look at our fixtures (link above) and start planning a ride or nine! We are not governed by British Cycling so you don't need one of their expensive race licences but there is the inevitable insurance cover which costs just a few quid - much more palatable. *AGE LIMIT IS UNDER REVIEW AT OCTOBER 2018.
If you're old enough you're good enough!
We run a series of events annually taking in all regions of the UK and generally, but not strictly, rotating the venues year-on-year. The series provides an opportunity for all Over-40 racers to continue enjoying the Sport under friendly, hospitable and generally more level conditions when they otherwise may be starved out of regular competition by the Little Ones (under 40s!!!). The overriding theme is one of enjoyment and Gentlemanly conduct but rest assured there are no easy races with the spirit of rivalry fully maintained and openly displayed. We do, however, take pride in the somewhat lower rate of attrition suffered through on-track incidents than in most or all other levels of the Sport.
Who does What?
As from the end of 2018 there are now FOUR age categories to keep the racing as fair as possible while providing superb entertainment within a spirit of friendly competitiveness not generally associated with regular Short Track events:
- Over 35
- Over 40
- Over 50
- Over 60
All categories are for riders either AT the magic age or reaching it in the year of competition.
Because of the nation-wide nature of our Sport and it's widely distributed venues, it can never be known exactly how many competitors may turn up at any single event. It is therefore not uncommon to find that we have to integrate one or more age groups in order to produce a workable race meeting. Given such adverse conditions it is a regular feature for the Over 50 and Over 60 riders to be grouped together in a single match, and it has even been known for the whole of those present to compete against each other whichever group they belong in, but hopefully this will remain a rarity. Conversely, we've had to suffer the odd series of repêchage races where there have been too many contestants for the normal formulae to work properly and some dilution was required!
When the event is run along these now familiar lines, the two matches are run independently but intertwined, so Over 40s Heat One is followed by Over 50s (/60s) Heat One, etc, etc.
Even so, the format retains a full set of Semi-Finals and Finals ("A" and "B") for each of the four age groups no matter how many riders turn up on the day with awardss normally presented to the four "A" Finalists and the Referee, usually provided by the staging Club as their contribution to ease the burden on the Orchid Fund.
Series points are collected and the Champion of each class is the highest scorer overall after the final round. Points are awarded as below:
"A" Final 1st: 25, 2nd: 23, 3rd: 22, 4th: 21
"B" Final 1st: 20, 2nd: 18, 3rd: 17, 4th: 16
*note you may drop your lowest score, or in other words only your top n-1 scores count towards the Championship!
You can contact our Main Man Fred Rothwell here: or the Editor here:
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