Cy­cle Club’s first view of new track

Dust and drought could harm readi­ness­for ma­jor cycling event

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By YVETTE AUBUS­SON-FO­LEY

FOR the very first time, a large con­tin­gent of Dubbo Cy­cle Club mem­bers this week toured the city’s new cycling fa­cil­ity un­der con­struc­tion in North Dubbo.

The velo­drome and cri­terium tracks are laid down, while the club house and sur­rounds are ex­pected to be com­pleted be­fore Christ­mas.

Dust may prove to be an is­sue at the fa­cil­ity how­ever, un­til turf can be laid. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Cycling Aus­tralia will make a safety as­sess­ment in com­ing weeks and club mem­bers will be­gin test rides from the end of the month.

“We’ve got Peter Tom­lin­son com­ing up from Cycling Aus­tralia. We’ll go around with a mo­tor­bike with a cou­ple of the boys and see what it’s like at speed, make sure it’s right,” cycling coach Vaughn Eather said.

Club pres­i­dent Matthew Gil­bert said dust is a prob­lem be­cause of the speed the cy­clists travel.

“The main is­sue at the mo­ment is the ir­ri­ga­tion and turf. We’re con­sid­er­ing the min­i­mum amount un­til the drought breaks,” he said.

Multi-world cham­pion cy­clist and Dubbo Cy­cle Club mem­ber Dar­ryl Wheeler said the sur­face of the tracks have to per­fect.

“That finer form dust can be very dan­ger­ous and slip­pery. The sur­face has got to be per­fect other­wise you can have ac­ci­dents. We’ve got to main­tain the grass when it even­tu­ally gets grow­ing, other­wise we’ll have dust,” he said.

De­spite con­cerns, club mem­bers were ex­cit­edly talk­ing dur­ing the visit to the site about mak­ing plans for an open­ing event.

“I came out here about a month ago be­fore they put any of the sur­fac­ing down and it was look­ing good then, but this is great,” Mr Eather said this week.

The ad­di­tion of a cri­terium track will also al­low the club to host ju­nior road-style races in safety and re­duce de­mand on vol­un­teers.

“These days you’ve got to have staff of about 12 to run a road race. Here you could probably run it with two of­fi­cials. It will be a lot eas­ier,” Mr Wheeler said.

Mayor Ben Shields re­cently said the track would en­able the club to hold ma­jor state and na­tional events and will help the lo­cal ju­niors to reach their full po­ten­tial. There is reign­ing world, na­tional and state cham­pi­ons cur­rently in the club.

How­ever, dust could put their an­nual host­ing of the NSW Un­der-9 to Un­der-13 Ju­nior Track Cham­pi­onships in Fe­bru­ary in doubt. The event at­tracts ju­nior cy­clists and sup­port teams from across the state, as well as en­tries from Elite and Mas­ter rid­ers who com­pete in the sig­na­ture Dubbo Track Open race.

The new fa­cil­ity’s readi­ness could de­ter­mine if this ma­jor cycling event stays with the city.

Mem­bers of the Dubbo Cy­cle Club took their first tour of the new cy­cle fa­cil­ity un­der con­struc­tion in north Dubbo on Mon­day. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS

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