The cream of local and national race riders gathered at the National Convention Centre last week for the ACT leg of the National Road Series cycling event.
Team riders and managers packed the venue to be formally presented and hear Shane Rattenbury MLA welcome the major cycling event to Canberra for the National Capital Tour. He said: “The National Capital Tour is a central cog in Capital Cycling’s inaugural ‘Festival of Cycling’ in the region. Capital Cycling has been a project proudly supported by the ACT Government, with its aims to further unite the ACT cycling communities – to share expertise, resources and a common goal to improve cycling in the Capital.
“Using these resources, Capital Cycling has been able to establish Canberra’s Festival of Cycling, which seeks to showcase the wide and varied major cycling events during the spring season with something for everyone – from the novice rider through to the challenge cyclist, across all cycling disciplines.”
John Armstrong, Executive Office of Pedal Power ACT and Executive Director of Capital Cycling added: “The National Capital Tour represents everything that Capital Cycling stands for – highlighting the importance of the ACT as the nation’s capital of cycling, as well as the fact that cycling is an activity that everyone can get involved in – from elite athletes to club riders to commuters and spectators”.
The race itself took place over the weekend from 19 – 21 September around the Parliamentary zone, The National Museum, The National Library, The National Arboretum and Lake Burley Griffin. There was also the chance for grade B and C cyclists to take part in shorter rides on the Sunday. SBS covered the event and spectators were treated to a fantastic day of cycling in the Capital, which also took in the inaugural Ronald McDonald House Charity Cycle Challenge. Our congratulations go out to local riders Alex Nicholls, Kimberley Wells, Alison Rice and Mitch Lovelock-Fay who provided strong performances throughout the weekend with podium finishes in different stages of the tour.
There is more information on Capital Cycling and upcoming ‘Festival of Cycling’ events at www.capitalcycling.org.au.