GEOFF GAMAGE NEW MANAGER – posted 4 March 2014
Geoff Gamage is the new Elite League manager.
The experienced Oxford-based official was appointed at by the Cycle Speedway Commission at its meeting in Manchester yesterday. It is believed Gamage was the only applicant for the high profile but often demanding role which automatically qualifies the postholder to sit on the Cycle Speedway Commission.
Making his pitch for the difficult and at times challenging job, Gamage outlined how he would run cycle speedway’s showpiece competition, placing emphasis on inclusion, criteria and publicity.
To aid inclusion and buy-in, Gamage proposes holding a general meeting of all Elite League clubs in August where clubs can discuss issues and put proposals to the Commission for ratification.
Gamage would also review the often criticised EL criteria which sets out the hoops clubs most go through before they are eligible for EL membership. He would like to see membership based on core elite criteria like ClubMark accreditation, match presentation, facility excellence and team strengths in preference to some of the supplementary, less relevant requirements such as a club’s ability to enter teams in the age-related British club championships.
But perhaps the most exciting proposal is his suggestion to set up an Elite League website under the British Cycling banner. The specially designed website would feature fixtures, results, league tables, averages, club information and a news page.
On a personal basis, Gamage does not see his close links to Horspath CSC as a disadvantage. Rather than putting the emphasis of having a ‘neutral’ manager, Gamage thought the main qualification should be dedication and the ability to develop the league’s true potential.
Certainly the popular 62-year-old who runs his own courier business has the experience to take on this challenging role. He has had many years experience at the top level at British Cycling’s international cycle speedway competition manager and Team GB women’s manager. Geoff has also been associated with the regional league for many years and is, of course, a mainstay of the Horspath club who he joined in 1969 and is now in his 45th consecutive year with the club.
ELITE LEAGUE LICENCES APPROVED – posted 5 February 2014
With the transfer window now closed, British Cycling has today released details of those riders who have been granted an Elite League licence to compete in this year’s competiton as follows;
Daniel Harper - Swindon & Horspath
Scott Millward - Birmingham & Horspath
Chris Osborne - Great Blakenham & Horspath
Lewis Osborne - Great Blakenham & Horspath
Danielle Riley - Hethersett & Horspath
Oliver Riley - Hethersett & Horspath
Chris Timms - Birmingham & Horspath
Oliver Buxton - Hethersett & Ipswich
Leigh Cossey - Hethersett & Ipswich
David Ball - East Park & Newport
Jamie Ball - East Park & Newport
Will Cartwright - East Park & Newport
Nathan Groves - Birmingham & Newport
Aaron Herbert - Exeter & Newport
Jack Hibberd - East Park & Newport
Craig Nethercott - Exeter & Newport
Steve Harris - Swindon & Poole
Dave Murphy - Exeter & Poole
Thomas Reed - Exeter & Poole
Andy Angell - Hull & Sheffield
Dan Chambers - Hethersett & Sheffield
Bartosz Giemza - Hull & Sheffield
Myke Grimes - Coventry & Sheffield
Mikey Hewitson - Edinburgh & Sheffield
Pawel Idziorek - Heckmondwike & Sheffield
Gavin Parr - Northumbria & Sheffield
Mason Phillips - Coventry & Sheffield
Jake Read - Stockport & Sheffield
Adam Stephenson - Hull & Sheffield
Przemyslaw Binkowski - Astley & Tyldesley & Wednesfield
Lee Kemp - East Park & Wednesfield
Craig Marchant - Leicester & Wednesfield
Konrad Pietak - Coventry & Wednesfield
Dominik Rycharski - Coventry & Wednesfield
Lee Smith - East Park & Wednesfield
Matthew Smith - East Park & Wednesfield
Marcus Wadhams - Birmingham & Wednesfield
Mark Winwood - Birmingham & Wednesfield
AGREEMENT OVER RIDER LISTING – posted 3 February 2014