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Cycle Speedway

AN INTRODUCTION TO CYCLE SPEEDWAY Cycle Speedway can be found spread across the length and breadth of Britain sited in large towns and cities as well as rural village settings. Many of today's tracks, which vary in length from 60 to 90 metres, are situated in public parks, sports complexes and recreation centres and come alive during the racing season which covers the months through from April to October. The sport was developed in the late Forties under the influence of motorised speedway. The ensueing years have seen the image of cycle speedway change almost out of recognition although similarities with the motorised version still exist in so much that races take place in an anti-clockwise direction from a standing start on an oval track. Four riders race four laps in a sprint to reach the chequered flag which rarely takes longer than 50 seconds. The basic formula is similar to speedway but places the emphasis on the fitness and skill of its riders, the amateur competition is governed by a comprehensive set of racing rules. Spectators are important to the sport. Administrators and clubs cater for the general public with facilities such as refreshments and programmes, with seating available at some race venues. The public address system puts the finishing touches to the promotion by providing a fully informed commentary of the proceedings. The promotional effort, together with free admission often pays dividends, as crowds have increasingly been attracted to big events in recent years. COMPETITIONS FOR ALL AGES Team Racing is the life blood of the sport and major leagues operate in regions of England, Wales and Scotland. Matches take place at weekends and in addition to regular team fixtures a number of club events such as four team tournaments, best pairs and individual competitions add variety to the racing calendar. Minor leagues at county and town level operate predominantly on a mid-week basis and often act as training grounds for major clubs. Bike handling, technical ability and physical fitness play an important part in the make up of a top rider. This can only be gained by experience and it is therefore not surprising that many of the top class competitors invited on the "open" circuit are in their late twenties or early thirties. However there is plenty of racing to be had for the younger riders. Most clubs promote under-13 Schoolboy/girl events and Junior competitions for the under nineteens. Senior members are always keen to assist with advice and often donate equipment to the younger riders. The British Championships take place each year, of which the senior individual championship is the blue ribbon event attracting a large number of entries from all corners of the country. A finals weekend which takes place during the late summer bank holiday period with riders doing battle in qualifying rounds on both the Saturday and Sunday with each rider having a total of ten races. The top sixteen scoring riders on aggregate, progress to the Grand Final on the Monday afternoon and the winner on the day emerges as the British Cycle Speedway Champion. Under-13, Schoolboy/girl(Under-16) and Junior(Under-19) championships also take place. The national team championships are divided into Schoolboy/girl, Junior and Senior categories and offer clubs the opportunity to participate in a truly nationwide competition. The Senior championship is run on a similar lines to the FA Challenge Cup - on a knockout tie basis culminating in a grand final which is promoted each September. From local mid-week competitions through to international championships, cycle speedway has much to offer the potential rider, official or spectator. If you would like to know more about this sport, please contact any of the clubs in your area. British Cycle Speedway Commission (BCSC) History:- Cycle Speedway has existed since 1946. The BCSC was founded in 1971. British competitions are run annually, World Championships biannually. There are approximately 40 clubs in Britain. There are also clubs in Australia, Poland, Holland, Sweden, Bulgaria and Ukraine. Objectives:- To maintain and develop the sport by encouraging participation, particularly in the youth and junior categories, by the promotion of equal competition. By the promotion at grass roots level of equal competition (based on either age or ability) through to national and international competition. Contact:- Central Office, Rectory Lane, Poringland, Norwich NR14 7SW ( 01508 493880 Phone and Fax )

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