Ex­cit­ing road ac­tion in quest for Cup

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph Sport - Gareth McKnight

State and in­ter­na­tional-level cy­clists will bat­tle it out for top hon­ours later this month in the in­au­gu­ral Rock­ing­ham Beach Cup Golden Cri­terium.

The event will co­in­cide with a week­end of fes­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing horse rac­ing on the beach, an arts fes­ti­val and a cor­po­rate golf day.

The 850m course will see rid­ers start at the fore­shore on Rock­ing­ham Beach Road, cy­cle up Rail­way Ter­race, along Kent Street, down Flin­ders Lane and back to the start­ing po­si­tion. Par­tic­i­pants will in­clude Theo Yates, Stephen Hall and Melissa Ro­bi­son, who have be­tween them dom­i­nated lo­cal, State, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions in their ca­reers.

Cri­terium or­gan­iser Peter Horn­berg said the event would be ea­gerly con­tested and a real spec­ta­cle for the pub­lic. “We have opened it up to A-grade rid­ers only, which in­cludes peo­ple that have been com­pet­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally over the win­ter sea­son,” he said.

“Be­cause it is such a tight cir- cuit, we want to make it a mar­quee race so we have capped it at 40 rid­ers per di­vi­sion.”

Mr Horn­berg said he ex­pected com­peti­tors to cy­cle at speeds be­tween 45-56km/h on the cir­cuit.

Rock­ing­ham Beach Cup or­gan­iser Michael McCaf­ferty said the cy­cling would be an­other string to the ma­jor event’s bow.

There will be four races, in­clud­ing girls and boys un­der-17s and elite women’s and men’s. The first race will start at 8.30am on Satur­day, Novem­ber 11. Visit rock­ing ham­beachcup.com.au.

The in­au­gu­ral Rock­ing­ham Beach Cup Golden Cri­terium will take place later this month.

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