25 Aug Madison Cup/Air Products Finals, fireworks to cap off season
TREXLERTOWN, Pa. – It all comes down to Friday night. The 2016 World Series of Bicycling season wraps up on Friday night with the Madison Cup/Air Products Finals.
The action on the track, which features the 100-lap Madison Cup as the final race of the evening, is enough to draw a crowd, however, the fun off the track is just as exciting.
The night is highlighted by a post-race Fireworks Extravaganza presented by the Schmoyer Funeral Home, Trexler Funeral Home, and the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home. Additionally, the School’s Out Band is set to perform in the plaza during Happy Hour and throughout the night.
Additionally, Vince’s Cheesesteaks food truck is set to be in the plaza serving up its famous menu items.
Also, it is Legends Night as Bobby Phillips and Joe Sailing are set to be inducted into the T-Town Hall of Fame as the 2016 Induction Class. The induction ceremonies, featuring speeches from the two individuals, are set for intermissions throughout the racing on Friday night.
Other off-the-track ceremonies include the honoring of local junior riders and their performances at Junior Track National Championships as well as the final PeeWee Pedalers Exhibition Night of the year.
Additionally, during opening ceremonies cancer survivors from Spokes of Hope are set to take a lap around the track.
“Friday night is going to be a big night,” Marty Nothstein, VPCC Executive Director, said. “Last season we had an incredible finish to the year and we plan to do it even bigger and better this year.”
On the track, to coincide with Legends Night, there is racing for riders ages 45 years and older, which is the second time this summer masters riders were invited to race under the bright World Series of Bicycling lights. Also, there is racing for stagiaires as well.
The Madison Cup, the most historic event in T-Town, is poised to be a tightly contested Madison with riders from eight different nations competing. The U.S., Denmark, Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand, Trinidad, Netherlands, and Germany are set to be on the wall for the Madison.
The Univest Rider of the Year competition comes to a close this Friday night as well. The men’s battle is over with Great Britain’s Matthew Rotherham earning 34 points to date, giving him a 13 point advantage against the second place rider, Stephen Hall of Australia.
The women’s standings are a bit closer as Missy Erickson of Mertztown, Pennsylvania holds a seven point lead over Colleen Gulick.
Commemorative VeloMugs are on special for Friday night for $8 for the initial purchase. VeloMugs can be refilled with alcoholic beverages for $7 each time for the remainder of the season, including Fall VeloFest.
Tickets start as low as $5. Children 12 years old and younger receive free admission with an accompanying, paying adult. Gates open at 6 p.m. with racing starting at 7:30 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets in advance.