Classic riders to hit streets of Coral Cove
By VINCE HABERMANN
THE Jayco Tour of Queensland may have been cancelled for this year at least, but Bundaberg is still set for a feast of top cycling next month at the Coral Cove Cycling Classic criterium.
Coral Cove Seaside Village and Resort will host the second annual Coral Isles Cyclists (CIC) club event on Sunday, November 27.
It will be a rare chance for Bundaberg to watch CIC's three professionals in action - dual Tour de France rider Allan Davis and his elder brother Scott who are not due back from their European seasons until the week before the event, and Aaron Kemps, who arrived home yesterday.
They will be part of a class Elite A field, but the classic will not be just for the stars.
Other categories include Juniors, Senior B and Masters B and C, Elite B and Masters A, all under Cycling Queensland gradings.
District competitors will also be catered for with the inclusion of two supporting events.
Up to 200 riders are expected to take part in the four events, with CIC president Alan Devery hoping for 30-plus in the Elite A category, with about the same number from the host club, including C grade trio Guy McNicol, 37, Andrew Steel, 40, and Stan Aylett, 42, who have each only started cycling in the past two years.
Although they will have no great expectations, each is looking forward to the experience.
"We'll just keep churning out a couple of hundred kilometres a week and see how we go,'' McNicol said.
Devery said it was "fantastic'' for the Davis brothers and Kemps to compete in front of their home own and that it would also help encourage juniors into the sport.
The day will be run in a carnival atmosphere with a total program time of around five and a half hours.