The Wosskow Brown/Sheffield Stars have had one of those ‘good news/bad news’ weeks.
The good news came when Sheffield International Venues were able to offer the club two more indoor training sessions at the English Institute of Sport.
The very wet and frosty winter has turned both of Sheffield’s outdoor tracks into unsuitable quagmires.
With the indoor athletics season in full swing track availability has been at a premium so the chance of some more indoor training was quickly snapped up.
The dates February 1 and 16 will be aimed mainly at the riders who will be competing in the Northern and Elite League competitions.
The emphasis on the 16th will be an Elite League team building day, giving new loan signings Gavin Parr (Northumbria) and Myke Grimes/Mason Phillips (Coventry) the opportunity to meet their 2014 colleagues.
The bad news came with the announcement of the draw for the first round of the British Team Cup, cycle speedway’s equivalent to Football’s FA Cup.
For the fourth season in a row the Stars have been given the very difficult task of trying to topple the Wednesfield Aces.
The West Midland giants, who won the Cup for a record 11th time in 2013 and have finished runners up on 11 other occasions, will start as clear favourites.
The Aces strong squad includes four GB internationals and will also feature the Smith brothers (Lee and Matt) who have recently left the Sheffield club following three very successful seasons in the Stars’ orange and black colours.