Story: Cycle racing

Caledonian Ground track

Caledonian Ground track

Crowds at Dunedin's Caledonian Ground watch riders warm up before the running of a cash race during a festival tattoo in 1961. During the 1950s and 1960s early evening cycling events could attract huge crowds as they provided a form of entertainment after pubs closed at 6 p.m. The arrival of television in the early 1960s changed this, with people staying at home to watch 'the box' instead.  

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Simon Kennett, 'Cycle racing - Road and track racing: early to mid-20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 October 2021)

Story by Simon Kennett, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Oct 2015