Photo by Stu Baker
As the weather warms up, the Illawarra will ring in the summer with a weekend of cycling festivities anchored by state-level track and road racing.
The excitement begins on Saturday 28 November with the Illawarra Track Open, which will be the first state open country carnival this season. Held at the local club’s home velodrome in Unanderra, the day will feature a junior carnival in the afternoon followed by a senior carnival under lights.
Fan-favourite bunch events like scratch races, keirins, points races and wheel races are all on the program, with entries open for Under-9s all the way up to Masters.
Participation events for children under 8 will also be held, with entries to be taken on the day.
Riders can enter the Illawarra Track Open now: https://entryboss.cc/races/5811
The action continues on Sunday 29 November on spectacular Flagstaff Hill in Wollongong, home of the 2022 UCI Road World Championships.
The Wollongong Criteriums will return to the fantastic oceanfront course beneath the city’s iconic lighthouse. A jam-packed morning program is on the cards, with four senior men’s and women’s divisions, under-15 races and under-17 races all set to wrap up by midday.
The absence of NRS racers is expected to open up the $2,000 prize pool to the best and most aggressive solo riders in the area. It will be a rare opportunity to race in this unique and beautiful location.
Riders can enter the Wollongong Criteriums now via EntryBoss: https://entryboss.cc/races/5854
Coinciding with the Wollongong Criteriums will be a Wollongong Council pop-up cycling event in nearby Lang Park from 10:00AM to 12:00 noon, where participants can learn new tips and tricks for bike riding.
The pop-up event is free, with participants simply asked to BYO bike and helmet. Families are welcome, and children are asked to be accompanied by an adult.