JUNIOR BRIGADE: The safest placefrom the rain was under the tents forGoulburn’s junior riders. (L-R): AlexWallace, Callum Emmerton, TassieDavies, Zac St Vincent, Sebastian Corht,Tamika Wallace and Dominic Corht.Photo: Chris ClarkeGOULBURN Cycling club president Adam Lambert said “it’s unfortunate but that’s life,” after heavy rain cancelled the senior racing at Saturday’s Trackpower event at Seiffert Oval.
“After it began to rain at 5pm we hung around until around 7pm, which at that point we made our final decision to cancel the rest of the carnival,” Lambert told the Post.
“The conditions were just too dangerous and the track wouldn’t have dried up enough in time. “That’s the chance you take when you ride outdoors.”
Only three scratch events for the seniors were completed before the downpour began.
The silver lining of the day was the junior component of the event successfully being completed before the track became too dangerous.
“A lot of people put in a lot of hard work to get this event going,” Lambert said of the event, which is one of the biggest track racing days in NSW.
“We’d like to reschedule for another date, but it’s hard to find a clear date. At the start of the racing year the dates are settled so it may be hard to find a time.”
Graeme Northey, who MC’d Saturday’s racing, said the feedback of the day was positive even though most of the racing was washed out.
“Once the track is wet you can’t race on it,” Northey said.
“The nature of the track and the fact the bikes have no brakes and are fixed gears makes it too dangerous.
It’s not like on the road, plus everyone is close together and going at high speeds.” Trackpower had attracted riders from different clubs across NSW.
In the junior racing, Goulburn’s 10 up and coming racers put in good performances against large contingents from Orange, Illawarra and Vikings Cycling Club in Canberra.
Goulburn’s Zac St Vincent was awarded the Sportspower award for best performed junior on the day after his racing in the men’s 15 years B.
“Our junior riders are going from strength to strength,” Lambert said.
“They train hard. All our riders give it their all. I’m a proud president because the current family feel of the club is brilliant.”
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