Road racing banned in NSW

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by VeloFlash, Jun 25, 2003.

  1. VeloFlash

    VeloFlash New Member

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    The police in New South Wales, Australia's most populous State, have announced that permits for cycle races on public roads will not be granted unless the course can be made totally free of motor vehicles and barricaded. (25 June 2003)

    All clubs (and Cycling NSW with some exceptions) that use public roads have conceded that all future road races have been cancelled until further notice.

    Watch for NSW producing future time trial champions! (Reference back to the dark ages when road races were banned in UK and secret TT's were held in substitution)
     
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  2. mnetherc

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    So effectively 99% of upcoming road races in NSW have been cancelled, only 5 or 6 are still permitted to run.

    If you would like to read more go to:
    http://www.nsw.cycling.org.au/files/cycling_approvals.htm

    The most interesting sentence is on the FAQ page:
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    I hope this clarifies how your Club can still maintain activities on the Road and therefore, in the interim, requires a mind shift as to how you can safely work within the gambit of the Law. In doing so you will not be contravening Police instructions or Council requirements.
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    Hmmmmm read into that what you will!
     
  3. steve

    steve Administrator
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    There is a great article on cyclingnews.com:

    You can read more about this issue at cyclingnews.com

    I also recommend filling out the survey which can be found here which may be sent to the government of New South Wales?

    cheers
     
  4. Brizza

    Brizza New Member

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    Damm.

    The focus appears to be on rolling and full closures.
    Newcastle will have a new Crit circuit this year as Steel River Estate has no traffic.
    I could be doing more XC this season.

    I'll pass the news on.

    Brian
     
  5. mnetherc

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    Get yourself out to the Killingworth XC course for some races, the course there is a lot of fun!
     
  6. steve

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    This is a handy link for all of you who want to write to your local gov contact. CLICK HERE

    cheers
     
  7. Sprinter_989

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    Does any1 know if Grafton- Inverell is on?
     
  8. mnetherc

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    Cycling NSW <[email protected]>
    wrote:Cycling NSW meets with the Minister of Police, Hon. John Watkins, MP

    At 5:30pm on the 30th June, representatives from Cycling, Triathlon, NSW Police and Ministerial Staff met with Minister Watkins to resolve the issue of Road Racing and Triathlons taking place on NSW Roads.

    The Minister had been well prepared on the subject and immediately expressed the wish to reach a speedy solution.

    His hope was that Cycling and Triathlons continue in NSW and that every avenue be exhausted to see them take place as they have up until now.

    Several options were suggested and all through the meeting there was unified agreement.Both Cycling and Triathlon presented their legal opinions which were sought to reinforce our arguments.

    At the conclusion of the meeting Minister Watkins gave the assurance that his department would seek urgent legal advice on the options discussed.

    At this point there is little doubt that Road Cycling will be continuing in NSW. The time scale in which this takes place and under what circumstances will evolve shortly. It was the Minister's view that this may be possible before the coming weekend and that it could be under conditions that we have all become familiar with.

    Those attending the meeting on behalf of Cycling were, Ray Godkin, OBE (UCI), Tony Cook (Patron CNSW, VP Cycling Australia), Robert Bates (President CNSW), Tom Skulander (State Manager CNSW). CNSW would like to acknowledge the wonderful support of the former Minister for Sport Gabriel Harrison, who also attended.

    The CNSW Office has received many many emails on this subject since sending out the notice on the matter last week. We thank those who have offered their support and helped to provide that extra bit of determination. We are not home and hosed yet but we feel that members should be more comfortable about the future.

    Finally thank you to Minister Watkins and his staff for the speedy manner in which they have sought a resolution thus far.

    Robert Bates, President Cycling NSW
     
  9. steve

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    Some good news at last!

     
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