Recap was first posted on thevelodrome.com on Aug. 28, 2015.
The 2015 World Series of Bicycling season, the 40th anniversary year, was a storybook summer in T-town.
Its final chapter was written Friday night.
Valley Preferred Cycling Center sent the season out in style with the most historic event at the Concrete Crater, the Madison Cup. Of course that was the highlight of the night on the track, but droves of T-town faithful packed VPCC for the post-race 40th Anniversary Celebration Fireworks Extravaganza, presented by the Schmoyer Family of Funeral Homes, that ended the evening’s festivities.
There was more action off the track as well as Allen Bell was inducted into VPCC’s Hall of Fame in the first intermission and there was a Spokes of Hope Survivor Lap with 12 cancer survivors taking a ride around the track.
The 40th Madison Cup was essentially a one-team show as the German pair of Marcel Kalz and Achim Burkart overpowered the field from the start. Kalz/Burkart finished all 100 laps and tallied 28 points. Their countrymates, Martin Reinert and Johannes Meier, captured second place.
A pro men’s 12 lap scratch race kicked off the evening with Zachary Kovalcik taking the win. Achim Burkart took second.
The first event of the evening for the women was a 15 lap points race, which was won by Madison Farrant of New Zealand, with 13 points. Colleen Hayduk took second with 11 points.
Before the race, Hayduk was honored for winning the 2015 Rider of the Year competition for the women, defending her crown from last year. Jeremy Presbury won the men’s competition.
John Levkulic won the men’s SuperSprint Elimination with Hayduk winning the women’s Elimination event.
One of the fan’s favorite events, the 3 Km Motor Scratch, was on tap for both the men and women. Stephen Hall won the men’s event with Mandy Marquardt, who won the women’s UCI Keirin Revenge last week, took the women’s race.
Kovalcik won the men’s omnium tallying 13 points. Hayduk topped the women’s omnium standings with 13 points.
Junior riders got a lot of time to shine under the bright Friday night lights with four events for the future stars of tomorrow. Logan Reider, Parker Chea and Brad Green earned victories with Reider notching two wins.
Service Electric’s broadcast of the 40th Madison Cup will be replayed at 4 p.m. on Saturday and at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.