Saturday, September 29, 2012

Snow forces bike race change


Because of snow-covered roads in the Poatina region, the course for tomorrow’s Launceston to New Norfolk Classic has been modified substantially.

Road authorities today shut down the section of road to two-wheel drive vehicles from the Poatina Village to the Great Lake area because of hazardous conditions. Police advice tonight is that uncertain weather and thick snow would create a potentially dangerous surface for cyclists.

The race will now be conducted from Bothwell to New Norfolk, starting at the Bothwell Hotel at noon – a distance of 75km.

A meeting of all officials, team managers, etc will be held in the Bothwell Hotel at 11am.

Under 23 riders will be eligible for overall honours, in addition to contesting their special under 23 section.

The simplest way to travel to Bothwell is down the Launceston-Hobart main highway, turning right at Melton Mowbray and following the signs to Bothwell. A conservative drive of two hours and 30 minutes.

I am sorry for the 11th hour changes to this event but the weather, regrettably, is beyond Caribou’s control.

The enforced alterations will help honour our commitments to the riders, teams, sponsors, media and the general cycling fraternity.

Thank you and kind regards,

John Craven


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