Drive carefully around challenge cyclists please
HUNDREDS of cyclists are expected to hit the high country roads on the weekend of March 21 to 23 for the annual Scody High Country Cycle Challenge (SHCCC) as part of the Tour de Flavour weekend.
Mansfield police will be out in force for this whole weekend keeping an eye on traffic, cyclists and pedestrians.
Acting Senior Sergeant Ash Mason said as an expected 600 cyclists are due to hit the roads, drivers should take extra care when out and about in the district.
“The main events will be bike rides to Jamieson and Mt Buller with a criterium on the Saturday afternoon, and the Mt Buller Road Race on the Sunday morning,” Sen Sgt Mason said.
“Although we will have officers out on patrol we cannot be everywhere and expect motorists to be extra careful and patient while cyclists are on the road.”
Sen Sgt Mason has also asked residents not to be stupid by putting tacks on the road as has occurred on previous events.
“This kind of action can bring criminal charges against those found to be putting tacks out,” he said.
“Charges could include reckless conduct likely to endanger lives.”
Sen Sgt Mason said all reports of tacks on roads will be fully investigated.
Traffic conditions will change for motorists for part of the weekend including road closures for the Saturday afternoon criterium, and the south side of High Street and Highett Street (east side) during the start only of challenge rides on the Saturday and Sunday, and the commencement of the Mt Buller Bike Race on Sunday morning.
The High and Highett Street closure for the Sunday morning road race is expected to be completed by 9am.
Mt Buller Road between Mirimbah and the Mt Buller Village will be closed to traffic between 8am and noon on the Sunday.