Norwich Battle a triumph for all our Vets!
Some words, pictures and videos now available via links above, but what a fantastic advert for the Sport this was, and what a gritty display by the best bunch of "mature" racers in the World! Thanks to all at Norwich CSC for hosting such a successful event and well done to both teams for providing such a nailbiting atmosphere in tricky and tiring conditions. Congratulations to the British Lions on their narrow victory, kept seriously honest by the Orchid Euro-Vets team.
Next Stop Hellingly on 30th September - calling all Over 40s - let's see you all there!
Well done Glasgow - a great meeting and DRY!
Pretty good turnout for this one, well done to all who mostly had a fair old trek to get there, but the winner was Orchid Fighting Male Cancer after a super raffle at the end of proceedings. In particular I'd like to thank Chic Mackie, that almost goes without saying, but more especially the ladies again whose catering was superb and very much appreciated by all the lads. With any luck there may be a short report on the proceedings coming along soon.
CONGRATULATIONS! Euro-Vets regulars storm the Brits!
Euro-Vets title favourite Paul Timms of Birmingham CSC has won the British Over 60s Championship at his first attempt, at East Park (Wolverhampton, Sunday 27th August). Runner-up was fellow E-V contender Phil Hemming of Wednesfield. Both riders scored 15 with Paul winning the run-off. Well done indeed lads. Poole's Rob Haywood who made an appearance at his home GP in 2015 finished third while home favourite and ex-champ Bob Prince took fourth place.
In the over 50s it was a perfect day for Maximum Man, Leciester's Norman Venson while Norfolk's favourite son, E-V joker-in-chief Paddy Wenn took second and another Northerner, Sheffield's Luke Morton was third.
The white-hot Over 40s saw a win for multiple Champion, the unbeaten Steve Harris who shared the rostrum with E-V regulars, Leicester pair Kev Burns and Mark Whitehead, those two also needing a run-off for podium slots. Bury's Paul Graham finished a superb fourth keeping the North's flag flying high, and we hope to see more of him in the GPs.
Hemsley is the Master in the Mud!
Birmingham's Orchid Masters is a wet winner for the Euro-Vets with an unexpected guest. Details above.
Big Change for Euro-Vets Insurance Cover
After a couple of years with insurance support from TLI, 2017 sees a switch to Pro-Cycle Insurance based in Salisbury, Wiltshire. This follows a winter of searching around for a better deal for those taking part in the Euro-Vets competition, eventually resulting in a deal which will see an increasingly hefty behind-the-scenes paperwork overhead dramatically reduced from the burden it's become for Fred Rothwell over a full season. We look forward to a long and happy relationship with our new backers.
CONFIRMED FIXTURE LIST 2017.
ALL SATURDAYS as usual. ALL 1:00 PM STARTS.
6th May Northumbria
20th May Stoke
10th June Coventry
1st July East London
22nd July Newport
5th August Birmingham - Orchid Masters Individual Knockout Competition (Age Group one-off Champions on the day - No GP points awarded)
2nd September Glasgow
16th September Norwich – Wizards of Oz v Stay-at-Home Vets team challenge (not part of GP points series)
30th September Hellingly – PLUS! Womens Meeting
14th October Leicester - GRAND FINALE
Remember, the plan is to stage 8 GP rounds where you drop your lowest score (so only 7 counting), plus the Knockout Individual and Inter-Regional meetings.
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 for 2017 a much better insurance deal. I wish I could find the words to make him cringe with embarrassment because he so very much deserves the highest praise, sickly or not!
Fred doesn’t work in solitary though, he has the ever-willing Norman Venson and Mick Knowles 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 2017 looks great, roll on 2018 for even more, BE THERE!
I'd also like to give a shout out for our current (2015/17) 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 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 40 before New Year's Eve 2017 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 40s race 39 to 49 year olds and ditto the other two 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 2016 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.
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.
Welcome to the Euro-Vets web site, destined we hope to become the definitive guide to charitable Short Track Racing (sorry, can't break the habit - Ed) I mean Cycle Speedway for the Over 40's.
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.
The series is governed by TLI Cycling, an organisation catering for age related bike racing, whereas most other UK Cycle Speedway is ruled by British Cycling. Therefore all meetings are staged under The Rules And Regulations Of TLI Cycling.
Who does What?
There are three 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 cycle speedway events:
- Over 40
- Over 50
- Over 60
The Over 40 category is for riders already aged 40 or to be so in the year of competition. The Over 50 and Over 60 categories follow this same rule.
Membership of TLI is required, for which you receive a credit card type race licence and in 2015 this costs just £10 for the full season. If you turn up on the day there is a £5 fee to pay for a day licence, so it's well worrth jumping over to TLI's web site and registering online if you intend to do a couple of meetings.
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 three age groups no matter how many riders turn up on the day with trophies normally awarded to the four "A" Finalists and 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!
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