CLUB NEWS: Birmingham set for busy weekend

Birmingham Monarchs Cycle Speedway Club are preparing for a weekend of action with racing on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will see a class field assembled for an England versus Rest of the World challenge fixture followed on Sunday by a visit from Midland Champions Wednesfield in Gold Cup action.

On Sunday the Gold Cup meeting at East Park was called off due to a waterlogged track so no racing for the team. Both teams were heavily weakened which may have meant a much more closer meeting could have been in prospect. Restaging date is a Thursday 25th October.

Saturdays British Cycling meeting will see a host of top class English and international riders. Polish international Pawel Idziorek will lead the visitors and there will also be plenty of home rider favourites completing the line up.

British Cycling HSBC Elite GP winner and former World number 2 Chris Timms leads the England side on his home track which will also include team mate Ricki Johnson who himself is a former Junior European champion.

Also included is current Midland Champion and Scotland international Nathan Groves. Wales is represented by former British Champion Ben Mould of Newport whilst the next generation of riders making their way in the sport is represented by U18 YJL Champion Fraser Garnett of Poole. With more star riders expected to be racing its likely to be a superb day of racing.
Action gets underway at 2pm which will also include live music from Louie Forde, the Birmingham Belles Grid girls from Birmingham Speedway with a Speedway bike also on display. Entry is free.

On Sunday it’s back to Gold Cup action as the Monarchs hope to end their losing streak so it’s hoped that a full strength senior and junior side are able to take on the might of the Aces.

The Aces are packed with power and include former Birmingham riders Paul Heard and Matt Smith whilst captain Chris Jewkes is always a solid and strong scorer.

Training continues on a a Tuesday and a Thursday from 6PM until end of October. Newcomers of all ages and abilities are welcome to come and have a go.

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Photo by Andy Whitehouse