The 3rd of May see’s the start of the 2012 Brooks Cycles Track League at the Lyme Valley Velodrome based at the Aspire Stadium, Newcastle- under-Lyme, Staffordshire.
The League is again sponsored by long time supporter Tony Brooks whose valuable support is much appreciated. After a successful 2011 where attendances were up in all categories it has been decided to stick with the same format as last year. The A Class riders will have a choice of either riding three Sprint or Endurance races as well as contesting the popular 10 miles scratch event at the end of the night.
In the Sprint events there will be on one week the 500m Handicap League, which this year is again being sponsored by Neil Potter who has kindly provided cash prices for the overall competition and on the other week there will be a Keiren Competition. As well as these events alternating each week the sprinters will also ride individual sprint races, team sprints and other sprint type events.
The endurance riders will have the usual mix of scratch races, devils and points races throughout the season. New to this season is additional sponsorship by Swinnerton Cyles who will award £15 and £10 to the first two riders in a designated sprint event each week and also the same prize money to the first two riders in the 10 miles scratch. However in order to collect this money a rider must compete in at least 9 track league events throughout the 19 event season.
Each night will start with the usual Freewheelers League which this year will start at an earlier 6.10pm. This is to ensure their racing is finished by 7pm for the main leagues warm up. This league is again sponsored by Lyme RC. Last year saw a massive increase in participation in this league from 34 rider registered in 2010 to 64 riders in 2011.
The promoting Newcastle Track Cycling Association would like to thank all its sponsors and helpers for their continued support and let’s hope this year is even better than last year. Entry for each race is on the night and your club does not have to be registered with the Association to compete.