The ILT junior track cycling carnival kicks off at the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome tonight.
The Yunca Junior Tour of Southland drew to an end on Sunday and riders now switch from the road to the track to compete in the annual event.
The tour features 140 riders from New Zealand and Australia, with 19 internationally rated riders taking on the countries' rising stars.
Cycling Southland chief executive Nick Jeffrey said: "It's always great for us to see kids coming through the ranks."
The carnival was viewed as a big event on the cycling schedule and a great stepping stone for riders to the national level, he said.
Jeffrey said Cycling Southland tied the event in with the Yunca Junior Tour of Southland as it provided a solid week of riding.
"The great thing is they [the riders] can have three good days on the road and then follow on the track," Jeffrey said.
Riders in the carnival were competing in categories ranging from under-13 to under-19 and travelling from as far as New South Wales, including Sydney.
With such a huge rivalry between the countries, the carnival would feature the ILT trans-Tasman junior challenge.
Jeffrey said previous competitors who had gone on to represent New Zealand at the junior world championships would be riding.
A BikeNZ development camp featuring a contingent of Southland riders would follow the carnival, he said.
The carnival runs over tonight and tomorrow night and starts at 6.30pm, with tickets available at the door on the night.
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