Riders are looking forward to the Bay Renaissance Criterium that will take place on New Years Eve along North Terrance in Burnie. Although it will test some riders endurance after they have had a heavy schedule by competing at Rosebery, Latrobe, Launceston and Devonport Carnivals.
Some of the big names in cycling will compe with Ben Kersten, Jame Carney and local hero Nathan Clarke among others. However, they may not have it all their own way with 2005 winners Bernard and Wes Sulzberger making a start and as they have not been competing in the Carnivals they should be relatively fresh.
Sister Grace Sulzberger should also start as a favourite in the women's event but the form of Liz Williams and Belinda Goss should make it a great race. Kirsty Broun is sure to make an impact as her return to cycling after ten years off the bike has been impressive, considering she broke her arm in September she has managed to turn a few of the women's heads to ask who is this new talent?
Check back on Cyclingnews for complete action from the Burnie Bay Criterium. Also see our complete Tasmanian Carnivals 2006 coverage.