Tuesday Night Racing!!
Every Tuesday night, May through September, racers from all over Wisconsin and Illinois converge on the track to compete in various sprint and endurance races.
Registration for Tuesday Night Races opens at 6:00pm, with racing starting at
7:00pm. Racing is held under USA Cycling Permit and a valid USA Cycling license is
required. Categories may be combined or canceled at promoter’s discretion. All
dates subject to change/ cancellation due to weather or rescheduling
The Keirin is a race where the racers draw numbers for placement on the track (on the pursuit line), with the racer drawing 1 placed next to the sprinter’s line with subsequent numbers placed in order up to the rail. Racers are held in place with holders and the race starts with the starting gun. At the start, riders shall take their positions determined by the draw, directly behind the pacer, for at least the first lap. The riders shall remain immediately behind the pacer until such time as the pacer leaves the track. Racers are ‘paced’ by a motorcycle for the first part of the race up to 31 mph (men) and 28 mph (women). After the ‘pacer’ exits the track (with 1.5 laps to go at Northbrook) the racers sprint the final distance to determine their placing. The Keirin is usually run in heats with the top finishers advancing to the final.
The unknown distance race is identical to the scratch race only run over an unknown distance, riders will hear the bell with one lap to go.
The scratch race is the simplest of all the endurance events; a bunch race over a set distance and the first across the line wins. Despite its simplicity, the scratch race can be an enthralling contest, with breakaways, lap gains, and bunch sprints.