Damien Parton from the Coral Isle Cycling Club and Glenn Cooper from the Bundaberg Cycling Club break in the newly surfaced track at Saltwater Creek.
Damien Parton from the Coral Isle Cycling Club and Glenn Cooper from the Bundaberg Cycling Club break in the newly surfaced track at Saltwater Creek. Max Fleet

Showcase for new facility

PREPARATIONS are under way to hold the first Bundaberg Criterium International Classic at the new Saltwater Creek facility.

The track opened to fanfare a fortnight ago after five years of planning and fundraising by the Coral Isle Cycling Club.

President Bernie Cooper is now back to the drawing board organising the Classic with a tentative date set for mid-December.

“We’d like to celebrate the facility with a marquee event and really showcase it,” he said.

“It’s an international standard track and we’d like to host an international standard event.”

With Bundaberg cycling stars Scott and Allan Davis and Aaron Kemps already signed up for the event, Cooper said spectators could be assured of plenty of international talent.

“I think we’ll field a pretty competitive field of riders but the event will be for everyone,” he said.

Cooper has given the track a few test rides since its opening and said the number of cyclists using it was growing by the day.

“To actually see people getting out there and giving it a go is fantastic,” he said.

“To see kids out there with a big smile on their face is just brilliant.”

The Coral Isle Cycling Club will raffle a signed and framed Lance Armstrong riding shirt at the event.



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