AeroCare Paarl Boxing Day Track Challenge
THE WORLD’S MOST SPECTATED TRACK CYCLING MEETING
The Aerocare Paarl Boxing Day Track Meeting is the longest running cycling event in the world. 26 December 2020 will see the 123rd staging of the event, which has not skipped a year since its inception in 1897.
The meeting rests in the care of the Paarl Amateur Fietsry -en Atletiek-klub and is organised by Hectic Promotions (NPC).
Aerocare Paarl Boxing Day is a UCI accredited international track cycling meeting, which attracts South Africa’s top professionals as well as a host of international riders who tackle each other for a share of the R100 000 prize purse.
The Paarl Boxing Day Meeting is the most spectated in-stadium cycling event in the world.
A UCI TRACK EVENT
The meeting last year received the highest accolade in the sport when world cycling’s governing body announced that it is affording the event UCI status.
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the sport’s governing body globally and the event is now acknowledged and classified on the international track cycling calendar.
UCI classification means the event attracts a strong international field and significant international media exposure.
It means riders will now earn UCI points at the meeting, which enables their respective countries to qualify more riders to take part in the Olympic Games and World Championships.
Last year more than 35 quality black cyclists represented seven African countries at the meeting, which is presented in association with the City of Drakenstein.
BEST IN THE WORLD MEANS NOTHING IF YOU’RE 2ND BEST IN PAARL!
Boxing Day is renowned world-wide, courtesy of the huge spectator contingent annually at the Faure Street Stadium and the consistent quality field.
Among the African and European riders are some world-class juniors and the Boxing Day organisers have given the approval for these juniors to race against the elites and under 23s.
Paarl Boxing Day is revered worldwide in the sport of track cycling. There is a saying in Paarl that you might be the best track cyclist in the world, but it means nothing if you’re second best in Paarl.
Paarl is undoubtedly the cradle of track cycling in South-Africa and quite a few local track cyclists annually make it into the final 25 Mile event. Boxing Day attracts more than 5000 spectators to the Faure Street Stadium.
It is the oldest event in all forms of cycling in the world still in existence, having not skipped a year since its inception in 1897.
BRINGING CYCLING TO THE PEOPLE
Bringing cycling to the people is the motto of Paarl Boxing Day and it is part of Paarl folklore and of this Boland town’s heritage. The thousands of spectators represent three generations who have annually spent the day at the Faure Street Stadium.
The meeting concludes with the famous 25-Mile and the winner of the final event is regarded as the winner of the day. In addition to a generous prize purse, the floating Minnaar Trophy, which dates to 1908, is also up for grabs.
The 25- Mile hosts 45 riders who take part by invitation only. The 1-Mile is also an invitation-only event.
Cyclists with an international or domestic racing license are permitted to take part in the other events.
Event Duration: 12:30 – 18:00
Main event (25Mile) start 17:00
Prize money: R100 000
Spectator tickets will go on sale soon at iTickets.co.za. Tickets limited to 2500 seats on the main pavilion, 600 seats on the popular Northern Pavillion and 400 seats on the Southern Pavillion. The rest of the tickets are standing, and on the back-straight cement pavilion.