100 cyclists hit velodrome
THE track cycling season is ready to start off with a big weekend of racing at Toormina Velodrome.
Coffs Harbour Cycle Club will host an open carnival this evening and the NSW Country Track Championships tomorrow morning.
Racing will be hotly contested, with more than 100 riders coming from the Central Coast, Illawarra, Sydney, Bathurst, Dubbo, Tamworth, Newcastle, Queensland, Armidale and North Coast clubs.
Today’s carnival, which starts at 4pm, will see riders contest a series of handicaps and scratch races with a Kierin series.
The feature race on the program is the Errol Ellis memorial wheel race, a six-lap handicap whose finalists come from a series of heats.
The Kierin series, a motor paced sprint event, will also feature heats and a final.
Armidale’s Mitch Bullen and former Northern Rivers rider Brenden Cole will be the top riders on the program.
Both have been in the state team and have had plenty of racing on this velodrome in the past few years.
Parramatta’s Chris Young and Sutherland’s Peter Spencer will also be in the mix with Queenslanders Scott Barnes and Brenden O’Connell.
Tomorrow’s championships will be contested in all divisions from under-9 to masters.
Each section will see three events contested, a 500-metre time trial, a sprint derby and a scratch race, with points awarded in each event to decide the gold, silver and bronze medallists.
Local riders contesting tomorrow’s championships will include Siobhan McCosker in the elite women, Numa and Liam Warbuton in the under-19 age group, Nathan Hardaker and Alex Beedie in under-17, Hugo Mayson and Troy Hardaker in under-15, Zoe McDonald and Alissa Saward in under-11, and Steve Sloan in the masters 3 division.