Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

CycleFest to Pump $ 8.5m into Bundy; Bundaberg's Biggest Cycling Event to Get a Major Overhaul in 2019

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

CycleFest to Pump $ 8.5m into Bundy; Bundaberg's Biggest Cycling Event to Get a Major Overhaul in 2019

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Byline: Shane Jones shane.jones@news-mail.com.au

THE Bundaberg International Cycling Spectacular will be celebrating its 70th birthday in style early next year with a criterium race around the streets of the Rum City.

The NewsMail can exclusively reveal that is one of a number of changes to the event that has shaped cycling in the region for the past seven decades.

An announcement will be made today that will see the Spectacular expand from two days of racing to an eight-day event next year from February 10 to 17.

Among the events will be a criterium race on Bourbong St on February 14 (left) with an Olympic triathlon to be held on February 17, which will be run by Bargara Tri Club.

The two days of velodrome racing, which have always been part of the event, will be held on February 15 and 16.

The event will now be called the Auswide Bank Bundaberg CycleFest International, with Auswide Bank hosting the announcement this morning.

"This will be the biggest cycling event in Queensland in 2019," event executive director Jason Templeman said.

"You are looking at 50 of the best riders in the world you can get here. "This is a must-see event."

Templeman said the deal was for four years and has been approved by the Bundaberg Regional Council, the state government, Cycling Queensland and Cycling Australia.

"The conversation started a couple of years ago, was all geared around growing our event," he said.

"We wanted to produce an event that is attractive to not only riders but spectators.

"It's taken a couple of years to deliver."

Importantly, the new announcement eliminates the problems the previous Spectacular had.

The new date will be the only cycling event in Australia on during the week.

The CycleFest is now also national ranked by Cycling Australia, which allows state members to bring their best athletes to the region. …

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