Aus­tralia’s best cy­clists to bat­tle it out on the Tweed

Tweed Daily News - - SPORT -

CY­CLING: Tweed Val­ley is set to once again wel­come Aus­tralia’s best do­mes­tic cy­clists for the Bat­tle Recharge rac­ing tour this weekend.

Tourism is also set for a ma­jor boost dur­ing the three-day event, with 10 di­vi­sions of Aus­tralia’s best cy­clists con­verg­ing to bat­tle it out in three dis­ci­plines over four stages.

The Bat­tle Recharge is the largest race of its type on the East Coast, and race di­rec­tor Mike Crawley said the for­mat en­cour­aged rid­ers and their sup­port­ers to make an ex­tended stay on the Tweed.

“Since the event started in 2009, we have en­joyed a strong part­ner­ship with the com­mu­ni­ties in the Tweed Val­ley,” Crawley said.

“We are look­ing for­ward to bring­ing cy­clists and ath­letes to the Tweed and show­cas­ing the re­gion as a premier sporting des­ti­na­tion.”

The pin­na­cle of rac­ing comes from the do­mes­tic Na­tional Road Se­ries Tour (NRS), which also de­vel­ops Aus­tralia’s fu­ture in­ter­na­tional stars.

The Isowhey Sports Swis­s­well­ness team comes in as the men’s NRS team tour leader fol­lowed by a pack of teams chas­ing over­all podium places.

On the women’s tour, com­pe­ti­tion for sec­ond and third over­all is tight, with teams hop­ing to take home valu­able NRS rank­ing points. Sev­eral wild card teams have also en­tered and or­gan­is­ers are ex­pect­ing a lively pelo­ton and fierce com­pe­ti­tion.

The tour be­gins from Mur­willum­bah Show­grounds with a stage one time trial on Satur­day, fol­lowed by the stage two, Stan Brims Cri­terium race, be­fore mov­ing to Tyal­gum on Sun­day for a gru­elling two-day road race lead­ing into Mon­day’s fi­nale.

Mi­nor im­pacts to lo­cal traf­fic and short de­lays are ex­pected. For more, Visit Bat­tlerecharge.org.

PHOTO: TIM BARDSLEY-SMITH

VAL­LEY RAC­ING: Com­peti­tors pass a cane field dur­ing the Bat­tle Recharge cy­cling tour.

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