17th June Grand Re-Opening of Forest Town Track
On Monday 17th June 2013, Forest Town Aces celebrated the completion renovation works at Forest Town Track with a Grand Re-opening.
In March 2013, Nottinghamshire County Council awarded Forest Town Aces a grant from their Game Changer Fund. The grant paid for new track perimeter fencing, repaint the track markings and repair the track lights.
With a record attendance - 74 riders, the event saw young local rider Amelie Wayte of Matlock CC cut the ribbon with Team GB’s Matt Rotherham. The official opening continued with ceremonial laps of the track by the riding groups, including the track officials.
The evening then turned to the serious stuff of racing with the free wheel group racing a 4-lap handicap won by Taylor Carr of Heanor Clarion CC. The Youth boys were up next, for an 8-lap points race won by Max Williamson of Lincs Squad with 20pts. The women and girls had a closely fought 6-lap handicap race won by Poppy Wildman of Nottingham Clarion CC. The senior and junior men contested an elimination race won by Will Perrett of Heanor Clarion CC. The traditional track racing concluded with an invitation keirin, unsurprisingly won by Team GB’s Matt Rotherham!
Matt Rotherham also made an attempt on the track “Lap record” (27.7 secs) narrowly missing out with a time of 28.07 secs.
Graeme Waters, Jim Crew and Richard Thoday, track officials, then raced a demonstration team sprint on penny-farthing cycles recording a time of 2.10.02.
Next Monday 24th June will see a return to a regular race programme with new riders welcome. The club also offers coaching sessions at the track – please check the website for details: foresttowntrack.co.uk.
For more pics from the night please see our official photographer for the night Sally Maier's Album Here on FB