The velodrome will be brought to life with a full programme of serious racing and this will see range of international riders competing for a variety of prestigious prizes.
In addition to the serious racing, there will be an entertainment programme of on track demonstrations, celebrity rides and exhibition events – all making for a spectacle not to be missed.
More details will be released as we head towards the event, so please check back here regularly.
Japanese Keirin Trophy
The centrepiece of the racing programme will be a daily 5-race Japanese Keirin Trophy competition. Each day, this will culminate in a final at 6.30pm on Thursday and Friday and 7.30pm on the Saturday. Our patrons, in true Japanese style, will be able to participate in pool betting on each of the races, thanks to our friends at Fitzdares.
Condor Bicycles are building authentic steel-framed replica bikes similar to those used by Tom Simpson, Dave Bonner and Hugh Porter at Herne Hill Velodrome in the 1950s. These specifically designed flying machines are being built using authentic Japanese components and all competitors will race on the same bicycles.
A series of approximately eight vintage races will cover the various historic racing including Penny Farthing racing, Stayer racing, Derny racing and Tandem racing. This will feature a number of international, British national and leading club riders.
Madison and Elimination Races
There will be at least one feature lady’s competition each day which is likely to be either an elimination race or a Madison.
A number of unique and pulsating one-off events will take place on the track over the three days. The biggest of these will be the Brompton ’48 Invitational, led by David Millar and guests, in which the race’s winner will take home a mind-blowing £10,048 prize money.
Graeme Obree is celebrating the 25th anniversary of breaking the hour record on Old Faithful by building a new Faithful (the Bold Faithful) and having a tilt at the flying lap record. In addition, various world records, including the velodrome tandem speed record and the Penny Farthing one-hour record (last broken at Herne Hill in 1891) will provide an exhilarating sign-off to a wonderful three days of historical racing