Australia’s best cyclists to battle it out on the Tweed
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.
VALLEY RACING: Competitors pass a cane field during the Battle Recharge cycling tour.