17 April 2015
Avantidrome introduces ‘New Zealand Track Cycling League’
Hot off the back of the recent announcement that the Avantidrome will host New Zealand’s first ever Track Cycling World Cup in December, the Home of Cycling Charitable Trust has today announced a new national series of racing which will showcase New Zealand’s top cycling talent.
The New Zealand Track Cycling League will be a series of competitions held from May to October at the Avantidrome, which will see up to 80 of New Zealand’s top track cyclists competing against one another.
This event will provide the public the opportunity to see World, Commonwealth and New Zealand Champion cyclists competing right in their own backyard.
The series will provide valuable training opportunities for those cyclists looking to be selected for the World Cup in December, to qualify for the World Championships in March 2016, and ultimately head to the Rio Olympics in August 2016. It will also provide Cycling New Zealand’s junior and development riders the chance to test their skills and prove their worth by competing against the elite riders, in the hope that they’ll catch the eye of selectors.
Avantidrome CEO Geoff Balme commented, “We’re proud to launch this first ever national series, happy to be offering riders a quality racing series, and are excited to be able to showcase New Zealand’s best track cyclists.”
“The league is also supported by Cycling New Zealand. They see it as a great opportunity for elite and pre-elite riders to compete in a high level of competition through the winter, and to race regularly in front of the national selectors, coaches and an enthusiastic crowd.”
One of the Home of Cycling’s key goals is to make track cycling more accessible to everyone. This world class racing series at the Avantidrome it’s sure to spark interest in the sport.
The Avantidrome regularly offers $15 Have a Go sessions, which provides the public an opportunity to ride the same track that many world champions and Olympians ride on. This is a totally unique and memorable experience which also identifies new cycling talent and fuels the New Zealand track cycling scene through introducing new riders.