The basics of CS competition

For a full run-down on Cycle Speedway rules, please see British Cycling’s “Cycle Speedway Specific Regulations”


Riders are covered from the neck down, including long fingered gloves..
Protective headgear must be worn.  Helmets must not have a peak.

British and Regional competition age categories

Category Eligibility
Under 8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, ….. up to 31st Dec on the year of that birthday.
If you were 13 on Jan 1st this year, you are an Under 13 this year – and so is your friend who will be 13 on Dec 31st.
Youth 13-18 years, from 1st Jan to 31st Dec of birthday years
Senior open age group
Women open age group
40+, 50+, 60+ from Jan 1st on year of 40/50/60th birthday

Riders generally have 4 races per meeting. Races are 3 laps up to Under 10s, 4 laps otherwise.

British Elite League, Regional leagues – league, 2 clubs per match, 6-8 riders per team + reserves
British Club championships – team knockout competition, U10, U13, U16, U19, Open, Women and Veterans categories, 4 riders per team + reserve
British Team championships – knockout, 2 clubs per match, 8 riders per team
British Individual championships – knockout

Regional Leagues and Competitions

Ipswich Eagles CSC is in the South East region – Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, North London.  Teams race in the South East 1 and South East 2 leagues, the South East Grand Prix series, and the South East Youth league.

There are Suffolk competitions, and Norfolk & Suffolk competitions also.

British Youth and Junior League

The British Youth & Junior leagues are intended to encourage youngsters on to bikes. Therefore there are no limits on team sizes, every rider scores for their team.

U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, U18, Youth girls, girls U14/16/18
No limits on team sizes

Meetings start with heat races
– Points scored in heat races count towards club totals
Individuals’ scores towards their team total then determine their place in the finals for the meeting
– Points from finals will count towards individual “Grand Prix” points

The Regional winning clubs after 4 rounds are invited to National rounds
High-scoring individuals in teams that don’t qualify for National rounds may be invited to National rounds to compete for Individual honours