RICH HISTORY - NEW ERA FOR CYCLING IN DUBBO

Cycling in Dubbo has entered an exciting new era with the official opening of the $5.8 million regional cycling facility.

The River Street facility has been funded by the NSW Government and Dubbo Regional Council.

Council has been working with Dubbo Cycling Club over recent months as it transitioned from the Victoria Park track to the new facility.

The club has produced world champions and national track and road stars over the past century and was last year named the winner of Cycling Australia’s Australian Club Premiership.

Dubbo’s most famous cycling name Bob Spears trained on the original Victoria Park track before winning the world sprint championship in the 1920s and claiming a string of European victories.

His feats have continued to inspire local champions including Megan Dunn who won two gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games after a stellar career as a junior track rider and Danny Barber, the current Under 19 Oceania Sprint Champion.

Now, Dubbo cyclists have a new 400-metre velodrome that includes a warm-up/cool down track in the centre and the 1km criterium circuit for road bike racing.

For the past five weeks, Dubbo Cycling Club has been using the new facility for training and competitions including the NSW Junior Championships in the build up to the opening by the Mayor of the Dubbo region, Councillor Ben Shields, and the Member for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders, at 5pm.

Councillor Shields said “The official opening of the new Dubbo Regional Cycling Facility recognises that the Dubbo Region has the best cycling club in Australia and now one of the best cycling facilities in regional Australia.

“The Dubbo Regional Cycling facility is a massive investment for the future of the sport in our region with state-of-the-art facilities for our local cyclists and showcasing facilities that Cycling Australia says are worthy of hosting many major state and national championships.

“The velodrome, criterium circuit and clubhouse facilities are a wonderful addition to our region’s sporting infrastructure,” Councillor Shields said.

A community open day will also be held at Dubbo Regional Cycling Facility on Sunday 15 March between 10am and 2pm with activities, displays and a sausage sizzle.

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Last Edited: 11 Mar 2020

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