Beers, beats and eats will accompany the debut of the Adelaide Track League, with Cycling South Australia (CSA) promising a more accessible and fun night of racing than a night at a criterium track.
The Adelaide Track League was originally scheduled for its debut back in April, but COVID-19 restrictions came into place and meant that the event got pushed back.
CSA will be running the event for a reduced season of two Friday nights in 2020: July 31 and September 4. The idea is for a fun night out at the Superdrome, bringing together food trucks, DJs and some of South Australia’s wine and beer producers for a balance of racing and fun accompanying sideshows to attract casual fans and families.
The 2020 Adelaide Track League season will act as a proving ground for a longer fixture in years to come, with the potential for interstate and international competitions and competitors to be part of the event in the future.
The event schedule is promised to be ‘a program of high-energy track events’ with ‘a rolling roster of future stars looking to make a name for themselves’. Perhaps the biggest drawcards will be the Olympic track athletes form the Australian Cycling Team, with the likelihood of some big names forming part of the bunch with the lack of alternative racing at the moment.
A roster of guest race directors will take charge of each round of the Adelaide Track League beginning with former World Champion Rohan Wight, who’s excited at the prospect of making his mark on the ATL.
“I’ve been lucky enough to race around the world on the track and on the road, and to see all the best parts of that repackaged for an Adelaide crowd is something I’m really looking forward to being involved with.”
CSA CEO Lachlan Ambrose is enthusiastic about the potential the Adelaide Track League holds, saying; “CSA has been committed to breaking the mold when it comes to staging cycling events. We want to do for track cycling what the Big Bash has done for cricket. Make it fun, make it exciting, and make it something that everyone wants to be part of.”
With cycling events, particularly winter ones, rarely drawing big crowds, the success of the Adelaide Track League will be an important indicator for the direction and style of future events.
By Jamie Finch-Penninger from Cycling South Australia source