Nicky Whitehead appeals

Right something I have been working on for a little while now is the Will Burns memorial vets pairs meeting which will be held at Leicester on August 31st with two semi finals and a final. We are hoping to run the event with some of the best vets riders around at this time which will include a very special pairing who have a very close bond to Mr Will Burns himself. Will was the heart beat of the Leicester club winning multiple british team and premier league titles. Will not only got the best talented riders to join Leicester he also managed to bring the youngsters through the ranks and into the first team. In my opinion this event needs to go ahead to remember a well respected club member and most importantly a friend of us all at LCSC and a friend to the CS world.

will burns trophy

The event will be run under the Euro-Vets insurance so I thank Fred Rothwell for allowing this. Euro-Vets supports Orchid and so do all us vets riders so on the day a match day program will be on sale for £1, all sales will go to a 50/50 raffle draw with half the funds going to orchid. I would like to thank our sponsors for the event two ex Leicester riders Mark Newey and Dave Hemsley, two riders who rode many years for Will Burns and I'm sure he will be looking diwn on us on 31st August. From me and the Leicester club I hope you can share this post far and wide and hopefully on the day we can have a big crowd to remember Will who put so much into the sport. I will be adding the names of the pairs invited to the event and if all riders can let me know on this post if they are available ASAP it will help me get the admin completed. Hope to see as many of the CS world on the day.

Oh no, not again!

No sooner do we get our super Ambassador Craig Marchant off the injured list than another one bites the dust! This time it's Newport's Mr Nice Guy, poor Stephen Clark. Just a day after very nearly winning the Peter White Memorial at Horspath, unlucky Steve came a cropper on the same track while racing for his club against the Hammers. A nasty face plant meant a gashed forehead and also a badly damaged elbow which may well see him sidelined for the rest of the season. I'm sure I can vouch for everyone in the E-V fraternity in saying we all wish him a full and speedy recovery.

A VERY long wait now until Round 5! Usual 1:00pm start at Dunfermline (Fife).

To anyone over 34 - why not dip your toe in the water if you haven't tried out the GP series yet?

Hot Stuff for Geoff's 50th at Horspath

England Vets made light work of a somewhat weakened Euro-Vets side under the Oxfordshire sun on Saturday 22nd June, followed by two mixed individuals for the Wally Grant and Peter White Trophies. Here's a nice tribute to the event and Geoff himself by Jason Ashford:

Newport photographer tops us up!

Ex-newport racer Nick Davies has given us access to a whole heap of brilliant images from the 2018 and 2019 rounds. Over the next week or so I'll try and post a good selection on here. See Newport round.

Great News

After 10 days in plaster, E-V 's supreme enthusiast and ex-Champ Craig Marchant is now free of his cast and on the road to recovery, let's hope it is quick and complete.

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.

2019 Dates:

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.

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

Meeting Format 

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: fredsemail or the Editor here: terrysemail

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