Festival of Speed LogoFor the first time in New Zealand, a UCI Tier 1 track cycling event like nothing you have ever seen before is scheduled for SIT Zero Fees Velodrome in Invercargill.

Elite and Under 19 riders from New Zealand, Australia and Asia line up to chase crucial UCI qualification points and stamp their mark ahead of World Championship and Commonwealth Games selection. Two days of pulsating sprint and endurance track racing from the best in the business. Mark down November 16 and 17 and come along for what should be some ride!


Sunday 17 November - Session 2Kiwi cyclist Aaron Gate signalled he is on track to defend his world title after winning the omnium at the UCI Festival of Speed event at Invercargill today.

Sunday 17 November - Session 1Southland’s Eddie Dawkins set a new national record to top qualifiers for the men’s sprint on the second day of the UCI Festival of Speed at Invercargill this morning.

Saturday 16 November - Session 2Big Southland sprinter Eddie Dawkins brought the local crowd to their feet with a superb performance to win the keirin final at the UCI Festival of Speed event at Invercargill tonight.

Saturday 16 November - Session 1 - Kiwi sprinters Simon van Velthooven, Eddie Dawkins and Matt Archibald powered their way into the keirin semifinals on the opening morning of the UCI Festival of Speed track cycling event at Invercargill today.


Hear from omnium winner Aaron Gate, sprint champion Shane Perkins and keirin winner Eddie Dawkins



Saturday - Dianne Manson

Saturday - Robyn Jordan

Sunday - Dianne Manson

Sunday - Robyn Jordan



Saturday 16th November

Event Race  
1 Women Sprint Qualifying results
2 Men Keirin Qualifying results
3 Women Omnium Flying Lap results
4 Women Sprint Quarterfinals results
5 Men Omnium Flying Lap results
6 Men Keirin Repecharge results
7 Women Sprint 5th - 7th results
8 Women Sprint Semifinals results
9 Men Keirin Semifinals results
9A U19 Men Keirin Final results
10 U19 Women Points race results
11 Women Omnium Points Race results
12 Men Omnium Points Race results
13 Men Keirin 7-12 Final results
14 Men Keirin 1-6 Final results
15 Women Sprint Finals results
16 Women Omnium Elimination results | standings
17 Men Omnium Elimination results | standings
18 U19 Men Scratch race results

Sunday 17th November

Event Race  
19 Men Sprint Qualifying results
20 Women Omnium Individual Pursuit results
21 Men Sprint Quarter Finals results
22 Men Omnium Individual Pursuit results
23 Men Sprint 5th - 8th results
24 Men Sprint Semi Finals results
25 Women Omnium Scratch Race results
26 Men Omnium Scratch Race results
27 Women Keirin Qualifying results
28 U19 Women Scratch Race results
29 U19 Men Points Race results
30 Women Omnium Time Trial results | standings
31 Men Omnium Time Trial results | standings
32 Men Sprint Final results
33 Elite Women Scratch race results
34 UCI Men's Scratch Race results
35 Women Keirin Final 7 - 12 results
36 Women Keirin Final 1 - 6 results

Event Schedule

Saturday 16 November - SIT Zero Fees Velodrome

11:00 Team Manager's Meeting

Saturday 16 November

12:30 - Session 1

18:30 - Session 2

Sunday 17 November

10:30 - Session 3

1:30 - Session 4

Note: The 2014 Oceania Track Championships are to be held in Invercargill from Tuesday 19 November to Friday 22 November.


Download the Final Event Race Programme

Download the Team Training Times

Download the Rider Entry List

Spectator Information

Get the best seat in the house at Invercargill's newly-renamed SIT Zerofees Velodrome for an up close and personal look at some of the best value-for-money sporting action this year.

Tickets to the UCI Festival of Speed sessions are just $15 for adults and $10 for Students/Senior Citizens.

You can also purchase a Week Pass which gets you in to every Oceania Championships session, along with all three UCI Festival of Speed sessions for just $90 for adults and $45 for Students/Senior Citizens.

Tickets are available through Stadium Southland, Surrey Park Invercargill, or on +64 3 2171200.


Southland is set to stage New Zealand’s first UCI Tier One track cycling event which will carry vital world qualifying points.

The event will form part of a week-long festival of international cycling, with the Oceania Championships to follow at the SIT Zerofees Velodrome in Invercargill.

BikeNZ is partnering with Cycling Southland to stage the UCI Tier One event on 16-17 November with the Oceania Championships to follow on 19-22 November.

Both events are part of the new regulations brought in by the sport’s ruling body, the UCI, and carry points for the 2014-2015 World Cups, which provide qualification to the World Championships and ultimately the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Eddie Dawkins - Photo by Guy Swarbrick/BikeNZ“New Zealand must stage a UCI Tier One event each year,” said BikeNZ High Performance Director, Mark Elliott. “While this is an additional burden on our High Performance budget, on the plus side our riders will compete against for world class competition at home while cycling fans will see international track cycling every year.

“It is also an excellent development opportunity for our next tier of track cyclists to compete on a higher stage.”

While Australia has already hosted the 2014 Oceania Championships, ironically staged in December last year, the new regulations mean a further Oceania Championship is required this year.

“When the rules changed then the Oceania region had to change with it. Again it presents a good opportunity for racing at home and we are indebted to Cycling Southland for putting up their hands to host this and raise considerable funds to stage it.”

Cycling Southland has taken up the challenge to produce two world class events, having hosted the Oceania Championships two years ago and the 2012 UCI Juniors Track World Championships in Invercargill last year.

“After hosting the Junior Worlds last year, these events come at a great time for the sport and its fans across New Zealand and in the deep south,” said Cycling Southland Chief Executive Nick Jeffrey.

“We all hear about the outstanding results our riders deliver internationally year-after-year, so to be able to see the best in the country lining up against international competition in our own back yard is a rare treat. And with the revised international qualification period it means they are going to have to bring their A game, so we are going to see some outstanding racing.”

BikeNZ will select their team for the Tier One event later this month. It marks a busy time for track cycling with the first UCI World Cup in Manchester on 1-3 November, UCI Tier 1 on 16-17 November, Oceania Championships 19-22 November and a World Cup in Mexico on 5-7 December.



ILT Festival of Speed - Night 3

9/12/2010 - It’s the stuff folktales are derived from – a track cycling race which ends in a dead-heat between two of the sport’s superstar sprinters. Eddie Dawkins and Simon Van Velthooven earned legendary status when even sophisticated technology couldn’t separate their photo finish in the men’s sprint at the ILT Festival of Speed in Invercargill on Wednesday night.

“It’s probably the best race I have ever seen or been a part of on this velodrome,” Dawkins said. <click here>

Eddie and Simon Dead HeatILT Festival of Speed - Night 2

08/12/2010 - In the end they could not be separated. Remarkably, Night Two of Cycling Southland’s ILT Festival of Speed finished in the most dramatic circumstances possible with Eddie Dawkins and Simon van Velthooven being declared joint-winners of the Elite Men’s Sprint title following an unprecedented dead-heat.

A near capacity crowd at Invercargill’s ILT Velodrome was treated to high drama as two of New Zealand’s Commonwealth Games medallists squared off in the last race of an action-packed programme. <click here>

Cyrille Thiery Home PageILT Festival of Speed - Night 1

07/12/2010 - Domination – there’s no other way to describe Myron Simpson and Aaron Gate’s victory in the RaboDirect New Zealand Madison Championships at the ILT Velodrome.

The Auckland guns dominated the race from the outset, lapping the field in the opening third of the 160-lap stanza and securing the majority of points up for grabs.

And there were plenty of thrills off the track with New Zealand’s leading freestyle BMX rider Paul Langlands twisting through the air high above the enthralled spectators. <read more>

ILT Festival of Speed Video Highlights

Festival of Speed Details


Top International Riders compete with NZ's best, over three stunning nights in this ultimate high-speed spectator spectacular including the RaboDirect National Madison Championships on Tuesday 7th December.

New Zealand's medalists from the Commonwealth Games line up en masse for the first time in Invercargill since their record-breaking haul in Dehli.

A Track Cycling you've never seen it, featuring:

• Live Pre and Post Race entertainment
• Bar and refreshments available
• World class racing in a world class atmosphere
• The ultimate Xmas function for friends, colleagues and clients
• Awesome prizes to be won
• Wall to wall action on and off the track
• Corporate hosting options available

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Adult $10
Students $5
Concession discount for 10+ tickets  $7.50
Family Pass (2 Adults & 2 Children) $20
3 Day Pass: Adult $20, Students $10
Service fees apply

Doors open 5.30pm, pre-festival entertainment and racing from 6pm, festival programme starts 7pm

Tickets on sale from Stadium Southland's new reception in the ILT Velodrome, Ph 03 217 1200 or online at

Festival 001Event Highlights include:

December 7th

•    NZ Elite Madison Championships
•    NZ Record Breaker Night (Details below)
•    Womens Kierin Heats
•    U13 Racing

December 8th

•    Mens Kierin Heats
•    Womens Kierin Finals
•    Day 1 Elite Omnium Elite Men and Women
•    Womens Match Sprint Heats
•    U15 racing
•    Mens Sprint Exhibition Races

December  9th

•    Mens Kierin Finals
•    Day 2 Omnium Elite Men and Women
•    Womens Match Sprint Final
•    Celebrity Races
•    U 17 racing
•    Mens Sprint Exhibition Races 

Ali's Answers - School Quiz

Hedgehope School won a very special prize at Stadium Southland’s ILT Velodrome on Thursday 9th as part of Cycling Southland’s ILT International Festival of Speed. They successfully answered all of Ali's cycling questions and were drawn the winner to spend time with our Commonwealth Games Golden Girl.

Endurance Magazine

Read the feature on the ILT Festival of Speed from the latest Endurance Magazine by clicking here.

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