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HORSPATH HAMMERS

Cycle Speedway Club

The Village Recreation Ground - Horspath - Oxford - OX33 1RT

Founded 1954

About Cycle Speedway

Cycle speedway races consist of four riders, contesting four laps of the track from a standing start. The four riders usually consist of two pairs of riders from opposing teams. Points are awarded according to finishing positions. Matches last for 16 to 20 heats after which the totals are calculated and the winning team named. There are regional and national leagues, with points awarded for wins, losses or draws in a similar style to football, with national championships for clubs, individuals and all age categories.

Races are run on oval shaped shale tracks which are 70-90 metres in length, with enough width for four riders to race shoulder-to-shoulder.

Cycle speedway bikes are simple and robust. No brakes, no suspension, upright handlebars, a low, single gear with a freewheel and 26 inch wheels with heavily treaded tyres.

The best cycle speedway riders are explosive sprinters with great bike-handling skills, nerve and tactical awareness. With two riders from opposing teams riding each heat, team working is also an essential attribute. Although races are short, meetings are run over successive heats, so good endurance and recovery is essential too.

Want to give it a try?

We are always happy to welcome new riders, whatever your age or sex. If you fancy trying cycle speedway, go to our Training page to see when you can have a go.

Alternatively, if you want to watch a match before having a go, come and see – admittance is free. To see when the next match is on, check out our Fixtures page.

What do I need?

We have plenty of bikes for you to use free of charge. All you need to do is wear a long sleeved top, trousers, trainers and full fingered gloves and bring your cycle helmet with you if you have one.

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