The new Darebin International Sports Complex (DISC) in Melbourne, Australia, will host the Sid Patterson Grand Prix on Saturday, March 26. The race forms part of the Australian National Track Series, has been awarded the highest points ranking. This event promoted Cyclists International is held in honour of Sid Patterson, who was one of Australia's greatest ever cyclists. Traditionally held at Vodafone Arena, this year the event has been moved to DISC to celebrate the opening of the new facility.
Riders are excited at the prospect of competing on the new indoor board velodrome at the DISC facility which has been described as "lightning fast". At a recent masters event, a number of world best times were set in this new facility, but the Sid Patterson Grand Prix will be the first time that elite senior athletes have competed at the venue.
Recently crowned Australian Champion Joel Leonard will be competing, as will Junior World Championship medallist and multiple Australian Champion Daniel Thorsen. Over 100 male and female elite cyclists have entered.
The feature event of the night, the Sid Patterson Grand Prix Wheelrace, will be run over 2000 metres or 8 laps of the 250m DISC velodrome. Riders will qualify for this event by placing in their respective scratch races held earlier in the night. A full support program is also planned including scratch races, points races, keirins and eliminations.
Tickets are available through CycleSport Victoria on +61 (0)3 8480 3000, or at the door on the night. Tickets are $15 for seats, and $10 for standing room.