Organisers of this year's Bicycling Australia Show are touting it as a festival of cycling not to be missed, and with a new location at The Dome, Sydney Olympic Park, more entertainment and more exhibitors than ever before it's expected to be the biggest yet. The show takes place on October 22 and 23 (plus a trade-only day on October 21), with racing, recreational events, and plenty of the latest cycling gear to keep patrons entertained.
There are seminars, exhibitors and test bikes available, plus the opportunity to meet top Australian riders such as Matt White, Simon Gerrans and MTB Downhill star Nathan Rennie, along with Olympic riders Anna and Kerrie Meares and Sara Carrigan. They'll be at the Cycling Australia/SBS Television stand to sign autographs and chat with fans before SBS presenter Mike Tomalaris conducts on-stage interviews with the riders each day.
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There are also on-bike events for riders, with a criterium on October 22 along the Olympic Boulevard starting at 11am, and the Portfolio Partners Sydney Spring Cycle, which starts at 7am October 23 at St Leonards Park and finishes at the doors of The Dome later that day. By joining the ride, visitors will receive a discount on entry to the show.
For fans of the dirt, the opening round of the 2005/06 National Mountain Cross Series will take place on Friday October 21 at 7pm, with a brand new purpose-built course the centerpiece of the event. A minimum of $5000 cash prizes are up for grabs courtesy of Bicycling Australia, with free admission for spectators and all competitors receiving two free passes to the Bicycling Australia Show. The NSW Wheelchair Sports Association will also be conducting Come 'N' Try hand cycling plus 5km and 20km races for the experts at Yulang, which is located in front of the Novotel Hotel.
Visitors have the chance to win either a Trek 2000 road bike or a Fuel EX7 dual suspension mountain bike, along with accessories to a total prize value of over $4,500 when they attend. For more information about the Bicycling Australia Show and related events, visit www.bicyclingaustralia.com.
Bicycling Australia Show dates
When: Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 October, 2005
Where: The Dome, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
Time: 10am - 5pm
Bicycling Australia Mountain Cross
When: Friday 21 October 2005
Where: Sydney Olympic Park (between P5 carpark and Haslam's Creek)
Time: Qualifying from 10am, Finals 7pm (under lights)
Portfolio Partners Sydney Spring Cycle
When: Sunday 23 October, 2005
Where: Start at St Leonards Park, finish on Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park
Time: All day (start from 7am)
Festival of Cycling
When: Sunday 23 October, 2005
Where: The Overflow, Sydney Olympic Park
Time: 11am - 3pm