Cyclists enjoy spectacular event
THE Bundaberg Cycling Spectacular event was halved last weekend due to bad weather but still managed to entertain a large crowd.
Friday night’s races at the Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome were meant to be the entree to Saturday’s races but ended up being the main course as the rain refused to go away.
Bundaberg Cycling Club’s Peter Rasmussen said authorities on Saturday had to cancel the Bundaberg Brewed Drinks-sponsored event, frustrating organisers, spectators and riders.
“We were all disappointed because this was the best line-up we’ve had to date,” he said. “We were in for some very close and exciting racing.”
The races that did take place lived up to the hype, with Josh Harrison taking out the 15-lap scratch race in the elite men’s.
In the elite women’s scratch race, former Bundaberg rider Quinn Cramer won in what she described as a tough field.
“One of the young riders from the Gold Coast hit out with about three laps to go,” she said.
“With about 2.5 laps to go, I went after her, caught her and managed to hold off the rest of the field.”
Cramer said many of the riders were disheartened day two was cancelled.
“The racing on Friday had been of such a high quality, everyone was keen to go out and do it all again,” she said.
GREAT START: Josh Harrison competes in the Bundaberg Cycling Spectacular at Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome.