Racers begin to form a line during the Mayor's Cup Race, a 75-mile lap race, at the Washington Park Velodrome on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

Even if the weather feels far from summer-like, a Kenosha summer institution will begin again.

Tonight marks the first Tuesday Night Racing session of the season at the Washington Park Velodrome, with high-level racing taking place each Tuesday night from now until Aug. 28.

Racing begins at 7 p.m. each Tuesday, and all races are free for spectators. Once again, a pop-up biergarten will be on location to serve spectators each Tuesday.

“It’s always exciting to get a new season underway,” Tuesday Night Racing director Chris Riva said. “It is good to see the racers that have been around for numerous years and to welcome new competitors.

“In all, we expect to average 50 racers per night.”

The racers cover a number of demographics, from Category 1 through 5 riders, both men and women, along with Juniors and Masters riders.

There are also a wide variety of races each night. Tonight’s schedule features scratch, miss and out and points races.

Tuesday night also features the three “crown jewel” races of the summer.

The Mayor’s Cup is scheduled for July 16, followed by the Schulte Junior Points Race on July 23 and the grueling, 150-lap Bob Pfarr Classic on Aug. 13.

Additionally, the velodrome will offer several “track 101 clinics” during the season to help new riders learn how to ride and race at the velodrome, one of the most unique sporting venues of its kind.

Mike Johnson