The Byron Bay Cycle Club is gearing up for another season of criterium racing at the Cavanbah track and will be introducing cash prizes for grade winners over the upcoming three-race series.
The criteriums will be held on Sunday mornings from this week October 16, then November 20 and December 11.
The three-race series with have points for podium finishes and participation in each of the four grades.
The overall points leaders drawn from any grade, after the three races, will win $300, $200 and $100 for first, second and third respectively.
‘Prize money is a novel idea for the club, but we wanted to encourage people to come and race,’ organiser Andrew Hoskins said.
The money will help to drive a regional overlap and attract riders from other clubs like Yamba and Grafton.
‘There is an entry fee to race, so we are just recycling the money. And it should make it more exciting,’ he said.
‘We know there are plenty of people looking to get back up and running so we are expecting a good turnout,’ he said.
Race contenders can register online or turn up early on the day. To race, cyclists need to be registered with Cycling Australia.
If numbers do come through the BBCC is looking to establish a Twilight Race series as well, in the later months of summer and autumn.
The Club also organises a social ride of 70–80 kilometres every Saturday, and also offers a shorter ride.