Event: The 2020 Westral Wheelrace Track Carnival
Hosted By: Track Cycling WA and WestCycle Road and Track
Time: Track open from 6pm. Racing commences 7pm sharp
Location: Midvale Speed Dome, Eddie Barron Drive, Middle Swan WA 6056
Categories: Junior Men, Junior Women, Open Men, Open Women
The Westral Wheelrace is BACK in 2020 as part of the Westral Wheelrace Track Carnival! Get ready for an action-packed night on the boards with Westral heats and finals, Teams Pursuit and Team Sprints as part of the National Virtual Track Event, food, drinks and much more!
This will be the first track racing event to return to WA post-lockdown, and it is going to be huge!
Provisional Event Program:
Team Pursuits & Team Sprint (as part of the National Virtual Track Event - make sure to enter separately using details below if you wish to participate in these events)
Full provision program available here: https://westcycle.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2020-Westral-Program.docx.
Events, grades and distances are subject to entries.
About the Westral:
The Westral Wheelrace is the second oldest Wheelrace in Australia, dating all the way back to 1897.
For the uninitiated, the Westral is a handicap race ran over 6 laps (1500m) where riders are assigned staggered starting positions around the track according to their previous race results. The fastest racers will be placed on the start/finish line ("scratch"), and will need to complete the full 6 laps. Less experienced riders will start further up the track, receiving a distance advantage over the scratch riders. This means that in order to win the race, the scratch riders must complete a further distance in a quicker time. Given the short distance of the race, this can be incredibly challenging as riders will need to accelerate hard immediately after the start gun is fired, and maintain a very high average speed (often 50km/hr+) for up to two minutes. If the handicappers place the riders well, the end of the race should come down to an exciting bunch kick, where all riders are in with a chance for the win!
With past winners including the likes of Sam Welsford, Stephen Hall, Darryn Hill, Steele Bishop, and many more, will your name join this list of champions in 2020?
The Westral Wheelrace will be run across Open Men, Open Women and Junior categories. If you wish to race the Westral you must enter by midnight on Tuesday the 29th of September so the handicappers can organise the riders' handicaps. Late entries will be accepted, but unfortunately you will not be eligible to race the Westral.
Spectators are welcome and encouraged at the Westral Wheelrace Track Carnival by gold coin entry to support WestCycle's Junior Development program. Fixed tiered seating is available for up to 1,500 spectators. Extensive free parking, including accessible parking, is available in the vicinity of the SpeedDome.
Food and drink will be available to purchase on the night.
Please note that if you wish to ride the National Virtual Track Challenge you will need to enter an additional event through Cycling Australia here: https://entryboss.cc/races/5336
Find out more about the National Virtual Track Challenge here: https://cycling.org.au/nat/virtual-track-national-challenge
Special rules will apply to Junior Riders on the night if they wish to participate in the Westral and the National Virtual Track Challenge. Junior riders changing age category in October may ride UP in the Westral but must ride DOWN in the National Virtual Track Challenge. Riding UP is not permitted in the National Virtual Track Challenge as it is a substitute event for the National Championships which were due to be held in early 2020.