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A ‘recent’ record of 40 cyclists enjoyed warm weather and racing across various grades last Sunday at the Cavanbah Centre cycling track. Photo Shane Ryan

Boosted by increased women and young riders the Byron Bay Cycling Club (BBCC) hosted 40 participants at its elimination racing day held at the Cavanbah track last Sunday.

‘It was a fantastic day, the weather was great, and we had a lot of first time competitors,’ BBCC spokeswomen Rachel Pearson said.

‘We got in touch with our sister club, the Byron Tri Club, and a lot of their women athletes turned up.

‘We had 40 participants, the highest number in recent history. There were also young athletes, as well as veterans who have a lot of experience and valuable information,’ she said.

The Cavanbah track lends itself to race styles that are normally used on velodromes.

‘We tried to make the day more exciting with elimination racing. It involves the last rider on each lap having to retire, which means there is plenty of justling for position and excitement throughout the race’.

Next race day at the Cavanbah is morning racing on November 5. The last for the year is twilight racing on November 19, which will include a bicycle buy, swap and sell.

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