Cycling South Australia is excited to be teaming up with Kilkenny Cycling Club and Port Adelaide Cycling Club to present the Return to Hanson Reserve, incorporating the official opening of the Velodrome.
The evening will be a mix of local heroes and world-class athletes, promising an exciting night for both spectators and racers alike. The night will be complemented by food trucks and a bar put on by the Port Adelaide Cycling Club. We are excited to be able to deliver a combined evening of racing featuring both track and CX
Event Name: Return to Hanson Reserve
Date: Saturday 9 November 2019
Entry Fee Track:
Please ensure you select from one of the following Track Grades when entering:
If you want to race the epic double and do cyclo-cross on the night as well, just enter your track grade select the tick box for a free CX entry, request your grade in the Handicapper's comments box!
Entries Close: Wednesday 6 November 11:59PM
Full Program to be released shortly. Program will include
The Port Adelaide-Enfield Wheelrace- Seniors 1600m, Juniors 1200m
Motor-Paced Elimination Scratch Race
Licencing Requirements - Track
Riders must have a valid CA race licence to take part in the racing!
Entry Fee CX
Seniors inc U17: $10
Juniors (U15 & Under): Free
Please ensure you select a Cyclocross Grade when entering:
If you want to race the epic double and do track on the night as well, please enter with your requested track grade, select the tick box for a free CX entry, and request your CX grade in the Handicapper's comments box!
The CX will feature a series of 20 min races, with fast velodrome sections and technical grassed features. The racing will be integrated into the program to make for an action-packed evening. Any bike type can be used as long as it had at least one working brake.
If you want to race both track and cyclocross, enter your track event, click the check box for both and put your requested CX grade in the form.
Licencing Requirements - CX ONLY
Note a current Cycling Australia RACE or MTBA COMPETITION membership is required to ride in these events (or 'Cycling Australia 'Kidz' or MTBA 'Dirtmaster' for Little Crossers), primarily for insurance purposes. Bring your license card or proof of membership with you to sign-on!
If this is your first try at CX racing you can get a FREE 2-month trial MTBA membership here (only for people who have not held any MTBA membership in the last 3 years).
No license, No Race - Riders need a current Cycling Australia or MTBA license. Licenses will be checked at registration, so please bring your license or proof of renewal on the day.
All riders must have signed on 1/2 hour before your allocated race start time. On the day entrants who haven't raced a PACC event before should allow time to complete their registration at sign on.
Announcements -- Keep your eye on Facebook and your email for any announcements ahead of race day.
Hanson Reserve is the spiritual home of South Australian Track Cycling. The 404m track has recently undergone a major renovation, which sees it return to action after a 13-year hiatus. The investment from the State Government and the Port Adelaide - Enfield Council has seen the track become one of the smoothest outdoor tracks in the world. The track is the home base of Kilkenny Cycling Club and Port Adelaide Cycling Club, who collaborate to run training and racing at the venue. The venue is shared with the Western Warriors Rugby Club over winter, and the track is open to the general public outside of bookings.
Before the establishment of the indoor velodromes around Australia, the Hanson track was a regular host of National titles, including in 1966, 1970 and 1990. The venue was also home to some of the best bike riders in the country. Riders such as John Law use the venue in their preparation for the Commonwealth Games in the 1950s, it witnessed the classic battles between Danny Clarke and John Nicholson in the 60's and Charlie Walsh using the venue in the 80's to launch the AIS cycling program. Although the high-performance track focus has moved inside, the outdoor velodromes themselves still remain a critical part of the sport, providing an accessible starting point to riders of all levels, and still provide an important roll in providing elite riders with development opportunities.
The opening ceremony is scheduled to start at 6:00 with a Welcome to Country, followed by an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Racing will start shortly afterwards with a spectator and racer friendly program.
Also lining up will the members of Australia Track Squad, with five members of both the Elite Men's and Women's' Endurance teams on the start line. They'll be showing off their speed in a series of exhibition events, along with getting stuck into some serious racing and getting involved with some special one-off events.
Racing for both senior and junior riders will feature scratch races, keirins, points races and wheel-races, ensuring that everyone will be entertained. The program will be finalised a week before the event!
Stay tuned as we count down to the event as we announce more of our special features for the evening.