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Thrills and spills in the BBCC criterium

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The peleton negotiates various dangers during the BBCC’s criterium last weeked in Byron Bay.

More than 20 riders competed in the Byron Bay Cycling Club criterium racing held at the Arts and Industry Estate last weekend.

Local riders were supplemented with cyclists from Murwillumbah and Ballina.

Despite starting with a one-lap handicap against the B grade racers the BBCC’s two A graders, Matt Slee and junior Conner Gibney, were able to take the top two places in the main event of the day.

The eight B grade riders encountered an incident at the corner of Wollongbar Street and Centennial Circuit that resulted in three riders coming down on the track.

The race was immediately neutralised and the riders were cleared off the track until everybody was safe. Fortunately the incident did not result in serious injuries.

The riders decided not to restart the race.

C Grade was hotly contested at the end by Rory Curtis from Murwillumbah CC in first place, followed by Ben Hogan from Ballina CC and Matt Bone from Byron CC coming in third.

Pothole risk

The road condition on Centennial Circuit was extremely dangerous with massive crater-size potholes.   The Byron CC setup crew spent a great deal of time from well before dawn until the start of the race painting the danger areas and placing cones to alert riders.

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