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Further Restrictions Delay Start of Racing in Victoria
It has been a tough week for Metro Melbourne and Mitchell Shire as they head into another six weeks of lockdown and further delay the start of state cycling events. The new restrictions bring increased uncertainty over when state competition and training can resume. The original mid-July start date for Adult (over 18 years of age) competition has been put on hold and will be reviewed by Sport and Recreation Victoria. Once this information is available Cycling Victoria will communicate new start dates with our members.
For those areas no in lockdown junior (18 years and under) competition may resume, however, members from the lockdown areas CANNOT travel to those events. The past couple of weekends we have seen Bendigo & District Cycling Club host criterium racing for members in their area.
The Rob Vernon Memorial Handicap scheduled to be held on August 16 has been postponed and Cycling Victoria is working with the Bendigo & District Cycling to arrange a new date later in the year.
Cycling Victoria reminds those in the impacted areas they can continue to cycle for exercise with their household or one other person, but they may not cycle outside of the restricted areas.
While racing may have stopped, for now, the staff at Cycling Victoria continue to work tirelessly to be prepared for when racing resumes again. While we are unsure what competition will look like at the conclusion of the next six weeks, we will continue to communicate with local councils, Victoria Police and our Member Clubs to provide racing opportunities once permitted.
Take care and stay safe.