Workers put the finishing touches on the new Bundaberg Criterium
Workers put the finishing touches on the new Bundaberg Criterium

Cycling future sealed

WHEN the dust settles and the asphalt sets Bundaberg will be host to one of only three criterium tracks in Queensland.

The five-year, $160,000 project came to fruition yesterday amidst the groans of trucks as the track was sealed with bitumen.

Coral Isle Cycling president Bernie Kemp said it was a proud day for Bundaberg cyclists after a series of disappointing grant knock-backs.

“It’s taken an awful lot of effort from an awful lot of people to get the project to this stage so we’re very pleased,” he said.

Mr Kemp hopes the track will help attract young blood to cycling and plans to hold an inaugural Bundaberg International Classic later this year.

“It’s a top-notch facility and it’s going to be an asset to cyclists and an asset to the town,” he said.

Mr Kemp hopes it will help young cyclists reach the pinnacle of the sport and enjoy international success like his son Aaron as well as Allan and Scott Davis.

“It’s a world-class facility and we hope it will lead to more competitions being held in Bundaberg,” he said.



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