COMPETITIVE track cycling’s 30-year absence from Colac is set to end tomorrow in a groundbreaking move for the sport’s future in the city.
Cyclists from across the state will compete in the Colac Cycling Club’s 2016 Track Combine at the Elliminyt-based track.
Club official Darren Allan said tomorrow’s meet was an historic event for the club, following a long-absence of track racing in Colac.
Colac cyclists train at the track on Tuesday nights and the club hosts road events, but Allan said officials were determined to host track-racing events again.
Tomorrow’s meet will include handicap and scratch races for junior and senior divisions.
“We run a couple of road events out at Beeac through winter, but this is our first track one for a long time,” Allan said.
“Because the club’s got itself up-and-running the last couple of years, this is the first big track event we’ve hosted in about 30 years.
“I think I was a junior rider when we had our last combine event.
“We’ve invited other clubs and there are riders coming from Bendigo, Castlemaine, Hamilton, Geelong and Ararat, I think there might be even a few riders coming from Melbourne.”
Allan said club officials were hopeful tomorrow’s event could revitalise track cycling in Colac.
“We’ve held some working bees at the track, so it’s starting to look good,” he said.
“It’s something new for the current members to host an event, so we’re hoping this will be a learning curve that we can build on and make a better event, with more riders coming next year.
“We’re one of the few tracks that still remain in the country, and we think it’s worth building up and keeping it going.”
The event starts at 11am tomorrow at the Elliminyt Recreation Reserve.