Riders dazzle in shortened event
THE Bundaberg Cycling Spectacular event was halved over the weekend due to bad weather but still managed to entertain a large crowd.
Friday night's races at the Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome were meant to be the entree to Saturday's races but ended up being the main course as the rain refused to go away.
Bundaberg Cycling Club secretary Peter Rasmussen said at about 3pm Saturday, racing authorities were forced to call off the Bundaberg Brewed Drinks sponsored event, leaving organisers, spectators and riders frustrated.
"We were all disappointed because this was the best line-up we've had to date," he said.
"We were in for some very close and exciting racing."
The races that did take place lived up to the hype with Josh Harrison taking out the 15-lap scratch race in the elite men's.
In the elite women's scratch race, former Bundaberg rider Quinn Cramer, won in what she described as a tough field.
"One of the young riders from the Gold Coast hit out with about three laps to go," she said.
"With about 2.5laps to go, I went after her, caught her and managed to hold off the rest of the field."
Cramer said many of the riders were disheartened when day two was cancelled.
"The racing on Friday had been of such a high quality, everyone was keen to go out and do it all again," he said.
Rasmussen said the highlight of the night was the 16km 40-lap men's madison race won by Nick Yallouris and Jackson Law.
Finishing in fourth sport was veteran and five-time world champion Danny Clark who teamed up with Ben Price.
"That was the same field that would have been in the 100-lap madison on Saturday night," he said.
"He (Clark) couldn't wait for Saturday night because it was a longer event and that would have suited him."