It’s often said that cycling is not a spectator’s sport, but for those not committed enough to stand outside, rain, hail or shine, to watch a bunch of pro’s fly past you, why not get to a velodrome and watch the track specialists put things to work? Here in Victoria, as I’m sure in most other states, you can race just about every night on a Velodrome, either indoor or outdoor.
Must-watch track events I highly recommend going to spectate are:
Whether it be Junior or Senior state titles, everyone is fighting for a position. Whether it be a personal best time, a top 5 placing, or a position in a state team, everyone is there for a reason, and that’s to compete. Many of these athletes sacrifice a lot to be in the position to compete at titles like this, and it takes a lot of commitment from everyone, not just the single athlete you see out there.
There’s no better chance to watch Australia’s best in action than being at the National Titles. Four action-packed days with multiple national championships up for grabs. With the Commonwealth Games later this year, the elite riders will be fighting for positions to secure their name on a ticket to the Gold Coast to compete.
National Junior Track Series (NJTS)
Every athlete has to start somewhere. The NJTS completion is a series of races held in four different states, where the juniors battle it out to win the aggregate, as well as the club aggregate for the best placed team/combine. Although the series is coming to an end, it all kicks off again from October 2018.
Melbourne 6 Day
Six days full of thrills, spills and great racing. With international riders competing last year, this event is only going to get bigger and better as the word gets out. Get a chance to get in among the competitors and talk to some of the best in the world.
Every state has massive events and there are always great up-and-coming athletes. Don’t be shy to look through the calendar of any of the eight states/territories as well as the Cycling Australia website to keep up-to-date with where everyone’s competing. Tickets to big track events aren’t often expensive and are often even free of charge, so bring your family and friends and watch some great racing.
Here are some quick links to check out what’s happening in your region:
Victoria – www.vic.cycling.org.au
New South Wales – www.nsw.cycling.org.au
South Australia – www.sa.cycling.org.auwww.sa.cycling.org.au
Queensland – www.qld.cycling.org.au
Tasmania – www.tas.cycling.org.au
Western Australia – www.trackcyclingwa.com.au
ACT – www.act.cycling.org.au
Northern Territory – www.nt.cycling.org.au
Cycling Australia – www.cycling.org.au
By Alice Culling – Pushys Sponsored Athlete