Just one more sleep until Adelaide Track League rolls into the Adelaide Superdrome! We’re well underway getting prepared with a late night last night putting up signage and making the ‘Drome our own, ready for all of you to come out and enjoy Adelaide Track League Rd I!
We’re excited by the start lists in all of the grades of racing, but the Elite fields are truly spectacular! While it’s no Tokyo, we’re proud to have a large contingent of the Australian Olympic Team taking part as well as some of our favourite up-and-coming athletes who will be hungry to prove themselves after they were unable to represent South Australia at the Australian Track Championships that were scheduled for earlier this year. A full list of riders is available for download here.
In the Elite grades it is a truly world-class field in both the Men’s and Women’s grades, highlighted by multiple current or former World Champions in Sam Welsford, Alex Porter, Georgia Baker, Alex Manly and Ella Sibley, and in a remarkable show of the depth of this Women’s Elite field more than half of the riders have won at least one Australian National Championship! Up-and-comers Carlos Carismo, Lara Tucker and Chloe Moran will be keen to make a show of their talent and our very-own Six Day guru and Caleb Ewan’s Madison partner Josh Harrison will certainly be one to watch – it’s not often you get to see a rider so capable of winning a race in so many ways, and he’s always got something up his sleeve.
Big B grade fields in Men’s and Women’s alike look like they could be anyone’s game as the long break in track competition will have seen some take seriously to the trainer and some not, but all will be revealed when Friday night rolls around!
We’re sure of some exciting finishes in both Junior Men’s and Junior Women’s grades with a little redemption for those Juniors who were keen to represent SA at the cancelled Junior Track Nationals, including Max Liebeknecht, Jamie Anderson, Leo Zimmerman, Dylan Stanton, Willis Lienert, Tess Wight, Meg Marker, Jacqui Voltz, and Anna Rose Gray, among plenty of other up and coming South Australians!
Plenty of food to keep you from going hungry will be available, with Sookii La La and Nugg Lyf parked just outside the doors, slinging Southeast Asian street food and nugg-forward eats respectively – both have options for full-size meals or snacks for all dietary requirements! We’ve just got Pangkarra on board to make sure that if you’re peckish at the bar you can still grab something salty or sweet – we’ll have their POD range available from the ATL Bar.
Big Shed Brewing Co have brought 4 of their favourite cans down to the ‘Drome which are currently waiting in the coolroom to be cracked open for you, with their Jetty Jumper IPA, Straight-Up Cider, Royal Park Lager and F-Yeah American Pale Ale all available for $8.
Alpha Box & Dice have the vino covered with four options from their Tarot range, a Pinot Grigio, a Rose, a Grenache and a Prosecco all available at $8/glass.
Our friends at Squatters Collective have come to the party to cover the non-alcoholic options, with our favourite of their Juice Quest juice offerings from last year’s Super Series round at Unley, the Fruit Tingle on offer alongside their all-natural Lemonade and Ginger Beer. An intriguing Spiced Blonde All Natural Cola from Mischief Brew (who we already know to make a great drop of cold-brew coffee) will be on tap, too.
We’re excited to have NELYA DJ taking to the decks in the track centre to keep the vibes high and the energy a-flowin’ while the racing goes on! Race commentary will be flowing thick and fast from the familiar voices of John Kelly and Graeme Zucker, and if you’re watching live on the broadcast you’ll catch Carlee Taylor, our roving reporter, covering all the action from the infield.
A lot of you are going to be new to the Superdrome, and we love that! It does mean there are a few things to go through with you before you get here, though.
A handful of people have asked about tickets at the door, and while we can sell tickets at the door it will be a much quicker process if you can purchase your tickets online. Because we need to keep contact records for contact tracing, if you purchase a ticket at the door we will require each ticket holder to fill in their contact details on a contact tracing form at the ticket office. By contrast, if you’re able to purchase your tickets online all you’ll need to do is scan your ticket code and walk straight in the door! We strongly encourage anyone who knows they’re coming tomorrow night to purchase their tickets through Eventbrite here.
If you’re arriving by public transport, the easiest way to get here is on a bus that heads up Main North Rd (there’s a stop right outside the State Sports Park, just after Grand Junction Rd if you’re coming from the city), the 222, 224, 228, 229, 949 or N224. Adelaide Metro is integrated with Google Maps now, so go ahead and get directions by public transport from wherever you’re coming from!
If you’re riding out to the ‘Drome, the best way to get here is via the Levels-City Bikeway through Broadview. To work out how to get onto it, or the best way from wherever you might be riding from, head to http://m.maps.sa.gov.au/cycleinstead/ and pop in “Adelaide Superdrome” – that’ll get you there!
For those who can’t avoid driving out to Adelaide Track League Rd I, we’ll have overflow parking on the front lawn and the hockey centre lawn if we need it. There will be parking marshals out and about to direct you to the next available park, so just follow their lead and they’ll get you sorted. Drivers, please be patient when entering the venue – everyone is trying to get in just like you and there’s plenty of racing to catch throughout the evening!
Because there’s alcohol available at this event, it’s important that you designate a driver who’s not drinking for the evening – there’s plenty of variety in non-alcoholic beverages, so you’ll still be able to keep your tastebuds interested without getting into the beers and wines! Organise your carpooling now so you can plan around that and not end up with everyone turning up in single-occupant cars!
With social distancing still in effect and COVID-19 still at the front of everyone’s minds, it’s important we do everything we can to be responsible about possible transmission of the virus. There are 3 seats in the venue for every ticket we’ve sold, so please don’t feel like you need to all bunch up next to each other! We ask that you leave a seat or two between your family/home group and any other spectators, and stay 1.5m away from others you’re not currently living with at all times. The floor around the bar, door and ticket office are all marked at 1.5m intervals, so please use them to queue up if you need to.
We ask that you regularly wash or sanitise your hands, if you must cough or sneeze to please do it into your elbow rather than into your hands or uncovered, and please don’t share any eating utensils or cans/cups with others during the event.
We know it’s hard, but we need to ask you to refrain from getting your boogie on during the night. Because we’re serving alcohol, you’re not allowed to dance – we don’t make the rules! Maybe we should swap it around for ATL Rd II, turn it into an alcohol-free Blue Light Disco?
If you or anyone in your family is unwell, has had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, or is otherwise in the high-risk categories identified by SA Health, don’t feel like you need to come! We will be issuing no-questions-asked refunds all the way through until the end of the night, so all you need to do is email email@example.com and we’ll sort you out.
We have extended the venue’s existing disabled parking allotments at the Eastern side of the primary carpark so there will be more priority car parks available. From the carpark there’s a ramp up to the front doors with a double handrail, and there is a wheelchair-accessible viewing bay up at the top of Turn 1 (towards the Southern end of the venue when you enter from the front doors). If you have any questions about accessibility to the venue or this event in particular, get in touch with us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jake on 0434 499 963.
If you’re a person with hearing loss and you’d like to get access to the live broadcast so that you can plug into a device and get the commentary through the night, you can do so by heading to XENSports.com.au – if you’ve already purchased a ticket to the event get in touch with Jake at email@example.com and you’ll be provided with a code for free access to the broadcast!
If you can't make it down to the Adelaide Superdrome, you can still catch all the action on XENSports.com.au live on your screen!