Young road cycling talents racing towards Tweedo Cycling

By TANIA PHILLIPS

THE Tweed is set to become a major training ground for Aust- ralian road cyclists with the an- nouncement that the region will host the Under-19 National World Cup Road Racing Trials for the next few years.

The announcement follows a successful Under-19 National World Cup Road Racing trial at Mooball in June.

Murwillumbah Cycle Club president Denis Burger said the area had impressed Cycling Australia and Cycling Queens- land.

"They like the look of the terrain and thought it was per- fect for preparing the cyclists for Europe," he said.

"So it looks like we may have it (the junior trials) for a while."

He said this year's event had been combined with a round of the Velo Tour, one of Queens- land's major senior road racing tours.

However in the future the three-day event would be aimed mainly at junior riders with plans to add under-15 and un- der-13 races to next year's pro- gram.

He said next year's carnival was tentatively being set down for mid-May.

Burger said the events would feature the cream of Australia's young road races including plenty of future Olympic repre- sentatives.

Athens Olympic gold medal- ist, Gold Coaster Sarah Carrigan honed her road racing skills competing on Tweed roads in the Murwillumbah club's Satur- day afternoon competitions.

The opening of the bypass has been a major bonus to cy- clists, opening up the Burring- bar Range for competitions.

Next year's event will once again feature the Range as well as taking in roads around the Tyalgum area for the first time.



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