Cycling Spectacular gets a revival
BUNDABERG'S own Commonwealth Games gold medallist Allan Davis will co-head a world-class field when the 4BU Cycling Spectacular is revived by the Bundaberg Cycling Club (BCC) on December 10 and 11, after a number of years in limbo.
The Spectacular had been a stepping stone for many stars of Australian cycling, including Davis, until its demise early in the new millennium.
But the Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome will roar back to life with two nights and an afternoon of white-hot wheel action.
More than $30,000 in sponsorship has been received for the carnival, which will begin at 6pm on the Friday and resume at 2pm on the Saturday, running into the night.
Hard-working BCC secretary Jason Templeman, who has been a driving force in putting it together, said there would be a minimum of eight events in each age division – the kierin, 1600m handicap, derby, 24km teams points score, 1000m handicap, elimination, 2000m Bundaberg Sugar Wheel Race and 16km Kevin Brogden Memorial Scratch Race.
He also said Davis would compete in each, and he has implored the sporting public of the district to come along and watch their hero in action.
“It will be their first opportunity to see Alby (Davis) in his last event for the year,” Templeman said.
Davis' elder brother Scott, also a successful international cyclist, will also compete.
However the other biggest attraction will be Australian cycling legend and Olympic medallist, Shane Kelly.
“But included in the Elite men's field of 25 are Keon de Cort, who rode in the Tour De France and for the Dutch at the world's, Glen Chadwick who was part of the New Zealand team at the Beijing Olympics, Casey Munro from Melbourne who rides for United States team Jelly Belly, and former world champion Ashley Hutchinson,” Templeman said.
“There's also dual junior world champion Jordan Kerby, AIS rider Mal Rudolph of the Jaco team, Cameron Jennings, former junior world champion Miles Oldman and current New South Wales Institute of Sport Track Champion Mitch Bullen, who is absolutely quick.”
There will be a total of 86 events over the two days with more than 150 riders expected across the divisions. The riders will arrive in Bundaberg on the Thursday before making a number of public promotional appearances.
Further information can be obtained from www.bundabergcyclingclub.com.au or phone Templeman on 0419715757.