Our final race night before Christmas saw another small turn out – with many riders already shipping out, and shutting it down for Christmas - but it was still an excellent night of racing and we finished off with a Christmas Special in the Motor-Paced “5 Miler.”
The stage was set for a fantastic show down on the final night in the Baxter & Neilson Junior Racing Series for 2013. The standings in three of the six divisions were so close going into the final round, that the winner would only be decided after this final evening of racing. So there was a lot on the line, and there were ‘game faces’ on all round!
Well, the final event of the year is officially done and dusted and what a relief it is to have successfully navigated our way through the last few months of busy action on both the road and the track!
Day three of Southland Track Champs provided a cocktail of sprint and endurance event, kicking off with a Standing Lap competition, followed by Individual Pursuit Qualifying and Keirins. The U13 riders also finally got their day of racing after watching the rest of the competition on the previous few days.
Day Two of Southland Champs was a big day for the sprinters, with sprint qualifying and sprint rounds for all grades. On the menu for the endurance riders were Points Races and also a Scratch Race for the Masters Women, along with some Para-Cycling Pursuits.
New Zealand sprinter Eddie Dawkins will have his fingers crossed that he will be able to compete in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Mexico starting on Friday after he crashed heavily in training today.
Listening to the rain and hail on the roof of the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome made us all very happy to be warm and comfortable inside, ready for a great day of inter-school’s racing at the annual South Island Secondary School Champs.