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Cycle Speedway – Charlie-Jane Herbert

Cycle Speedway - Charlie-Jane Herbert

Charlie-Jane Herbert’s interest started when she was seven. Her older brother had persuaded the family to watch him race. When the organisers told spectators that there were enough bikes for them to all have a go she found the sport for her. No plans though to emulate Nicole Cooke who was then making a name for herself in women’s road cycling, the sport that had caught Herbert’s eye was cycle speedway.

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Cycle Speedway – Josh Brooke

Cycle Speedway - Josh Brooke

“It did used to be a sport that people would turn up and just ride and have a few beers afterwards. Maybe even before and after,” says Great Britain and Ipswich rider Josh Brooke of cycle speedway. “A few years after I started riders took it a little more seriously, gym sessions, structured training etc. etc. You’ve got people now that are in the gym four or five times a week, getting sponsorship, stuff like that so I’d definitely say the sports got a lot faster and a lot more professional since I first started.

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Cycle Speedway – Graham Elliott, Chair of the Cycle Speedway Commission

Cycle Speedway - Graham Elliott, Chair of the Cycle Speedway Commission

“I reckon personally that if you’ve got a club that’s got less than thirty registered riders they’re on the knockings,” says Graham Elliott, Chair of the Cycle Speedway Commission as he discusses the state of the sport in Great Britain.

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Cycle Speedway – Bikes

Cycle Speedway - Bikes

“I just love purple. I don’t know what it is about the colour I just love it, and I am known for loving chocolate, so I really like Cadbury’s, so I just liked the idea of purple and gold. It just goes so well with me.”

Whilst the paint scheme for bikes is down to the individual, the official rules are very specific about what is permissible when riders are building a bike in order to avoid parts being included that may injure other riders or damage bikes during racing. The result is a very stripped back bike when compared to a modern road or even a track bike.

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Cycle Speedway – Jamie Goldsmith, Chairman

Cycle Speedway - Jamie Goldsmith, Chairman

Like most cycle speedway clubs, Ipswich has faced problems over the years, even folding for several. However since being reformed in 2002 it has slowly grown to now having over a hundred members and sixty plus riders of various ages. Now at the same time as the club is working to bring in more new members it is still struggling to attract the necessary funding to keep its track open.

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Cycle Speedway – Helen Clancy, Volunteer Co-ordinator

Cycle Speedway - Helen Clancy, Volunteer Co-ordinator

The energy and dedication of volunteers is crucial in making dreams become a reality for many people in sport; without those volunteers many sports clubs would not exist and the ambitions of competitors would go unfulfilled.

Helen Clancy is the volunteer co-ordinator at Ipswich Cycle Speedway Club

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Cycle Speedway – Les Fellgett, Coach

Cycle Speedway - Les Fellgett, Coach

“Sometimes I will turn them around on the track and let them know we are going the wrong way but its very surprising, the best ones at turning left cannot turn right for love nor money, they can’t do cycle speedway backwards” says Ipswich Cycle Speedway coach Les Fellgett.

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Cycle Speedway – Steve Rumbold, Flag Man

Cycle Speedway - Steve Rumbold, Flag Man

With so much happening on the track it is not unusual for passions to run high amongst the riders and spectators during a cycle speedway fixture. Officials however are expected to stay uninvolved emotionally which can be difficult in such a small community when they invariably have ties to clubs and riders.

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Cycle Speedway – Bryan Harvey, Track Manager

Cycle Speedway - Bryan Harvey, Track Manager

In the words of Bryan Harvey, the Track Manager at Ipswich Cycle Speedway Club : ‘They don’t like it dusty, they don’t like it too dry’. The role of a cycle speedway clubs track manager attempting to give their team the best surface to race on is not an easy one. In the early days of the sport track maintenance was simple; clear a space and race. The modern track requires more work.

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Cycle Speedway – Ashley Hill

Cycle Speedway - Ashley Hill

With the twisting and turning of their bodies and pedals, and the pulling and pushing on the handlebars from the start of a race, cycle speedway riders need to be in good physical condition to compete at the top level. Though amateurs, like professional sportsmen and women, many still supplement their on track training with gym work.

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Cycle Speedway – Tony Stant, Team Manager

Cycle Speedway - Tony Stant, Team Manager

To the unaccustomed spectator the initial impression of a team or pairs heat in cycle speedway may be of mayhem. Whilst some riders sprint to the first bend, others seem more intent on barging into each other than racing but continue watching and the tactics involved will start to become clear.

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Cycle Speedway – Adam Peck

Cycle Speedway - Adam Peck

There are four cycle speedway clubs clustered in and around Ipswich in Suffolk. Great Britain squad member Adam Peck currently rides for two of these, Ipswich in the Elite League and Great Blakenham in regional league matches.

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Cycle Speedway – Lauren Jacobs

Cycle Speedway - Lauren Jacobs

Selected to ride for Great Britain in cycle speedway’s 2013 World Championships in Australia, but unable to fly as she recovered from an arm injury, Lauren Jacobs call up to the British women’s squad for this years event has been most welcome. “For me its like I’ve been picked to ride in the Olympics so its a massive honour. Its just amazing.”

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Cycle Speedway – The Whats, Whys and Hows

Cycle Speedway - The Whats, Whys and Hows

With riders racing shoulder to shoulder, elbow to elbow, wheel to wheel, on bikes with a single gear and no brakes, and with hardly enough prize money if any at even the top level to cover the entry costs for an event, cycle speedway is a universe apart from the recently raced Tour de France.

So what attracts riders to a sport that most people have never heard of or confuse with motorcycle speedway ?

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2014-2015 UCI Track Cycling World Cup – London

2014-2015 UCI Track Cycling World Cup - London

The return to the scene of Britain’s track cycling success at the London 2012 Olympic Games for the second round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup saw the flu depleted home team win golds in the women’s omnium, the men’s and women’s team pursuits and the Madison, and a bronze in the women’s Points Race.

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2014-2015 UCI World Cup Cyclo-cross – Milton Keynes

2014-2015 UCI World Cup Cyclo-cross - Milton Keynes

Sanne Cant of Belgium takes the lead in the UCI World Cup Cyclo-cross series after a photofinish gives her victory in Milton Keynes, Great Britain over Katherine Compton. Kevin Pauwels extends his lead with his first win in the men’s series having taken second place in the two previous rounds.

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2014 British Open and Women’s Club Cycle Speedway Championships

2014 British Open and Women's Club Cycle Speedway Championships

Twice the bridesmaid but not quite the bride, hosts Ipswich came close to winning both titles but in the end were beaten by rivals with stronger finishes.

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European Cyclo-Cross Championships 2012

European Cyclo-Cross Championships 2012

Great Britain’s cycling success story continued with a win in the elite women’s European Cyclo-Cross Championships for Helen Wyman giving the country its first senior international championship gold medal.

Commanding performances from Mike Teunissen in the Under 23 Men’s race and Mathieu van der Poel in the Junior Men’s race gave the Dutch a double cause for celebration.

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London 2012 Olympic Games – Day 10 (Track Cycling) – 6th August 2012

London 2012 Olympic Games - Day 10 (Track Cycling) - 6th August 2012

Great Britain’s Jason Kenny wins Track Cycling’s Men’s Sprint title, beating Gregory Bauge of France in the first two races. Shane Perkins takes the bronze medal also beating his opponent Njisane Nicholas Phillip of Trinidad and Tobago with a straight two race win.

Great Britain’s Laura Trott and Sarah Hammer of the USA leads the standings at the end of the first day of the women’s Omnium with Annette Edmondson of Australia five points adrift.

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London 2012 Olympic Games – Day 7 (Track Cycling) – 3rd August 2012

London 2012 Olympic Games - Day 7 (Track Cycling) - 3rd August 2012

Great Britain’s Victoria Pendleton wins the women’s Keirin in her last Olympics and the men’s team post a new World Record time as they beat Australia to win the Men’s Team Pursuit.

Rounding off a good day for the hosts the British women’s Pursuit team break the World Record to take top place in qualifying.

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UCI Track Cycling World Cup – London

UCI Track Cycling World Cup - London

Victories for Hoy and the women’s sprint and pursuit teams gives the home crowd much to cheer about and a rising star wins fans with a gutsy performance at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup and London Prepares event.

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