Saddle up for StreetVelodrome
If you’re a keen cyclist who has never tried speeding around a velodrome before, then the StreetVelodrome Series could be just the chance you’ve been waiting for.
The StreetVelodrome Series is the world’s only pop-up velodrome event. Within hours, any high street or public space is turned into a track cycling arena offering a new level of spectator involvement and creating a completely new competition for both professional and amateur riders.
Sir Chris Hoy launched this year’s schedule at the London Bike Show last month – one that includes six rounds of racing before culminating in a grand finale in Broadgate, London.
The televised StreetVelodrome Series 2015 will take teams of pro riders around the country and teams will be joined by locally qualifying amateur riders helping them compete for the top slot on the series medal table.
All riders compete on identically-prepared single speed race bikes so wannabe Wigginses’ better get prepared to do battle. The tour aims to bring the excitement and drama of close action track cycling to the people using an innovative pop up track complete with banked corners.
Entry to the event for participants and spectators is completely free.
The 2015 UK StreetVelodrome Series Tour dates/venues…
Round 1 Paisley – County Square, May 30
Round 2 Stevenage – King George Rec, June 14
Round 3 Stockton on Tees – Riverside, July 12
Round 4 Lowestoft – London Road North, July 18 & 19
Round 5 Worthing – Beach House Grounds, August 1 & 2
Round 6 Ealing – Ealing Green, August 8
SuperFinal Broadgate, City of London – Exchange Square, August 12 & 13
The action is set to start on May 30 in the Renfrewshire town of Paisley. The competition will then tour across the UK, visiting six venues, before eventually reaching central London for the thrilling series finale, known as the SuperFinal.
All the events in the UK are filmed for the StreetVelodrome television series shown on UK TV and in over 180 countries worldwide.
The Series showcases the positive impact sport can have on individuals and communities by providing opportunities in town and city centres for local amateurs to participate alongside Olympic and elite level riders.
Spectators will be able to enjoy the action for free too while watching the top riders compete at close quarters in high energy race action.
During the racing, both pro and amateur riders compete to avoid elimination in thrilling head-to-head pursuit races, each taking less than a minute. The top riders on the day then battle for the gold, silver and bronze medals on offer.
The racing is fast and furious with crashes and photo finishes often deciding the final outcome. Both male and female categories have equal status on the day. So spectators will enjoy fantastic race entertainment which ever rider or team they choose to support.
Teams entering the Series are mixed gender and made up of pro riders plus the local amateurs.
Each team will be battling to top the Olympic-style medal table and claim the overall Series title at the SuperFinals on the evening of August 13.
Adding to the excitement on SuperFinals night will be the very best of the amateurs selected from the regional rounds to compete for the best amateur rider title.
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