A new addition to the Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals, the long-running track racing series currently underway on Australia's 'Apple Isle', is a community ride that will take place at the civilised time of 10am on New Year's Day, perfect for shaking off the effects of over-indulging the previous evening.
The "New Year's Resolution Ride" will feature some of the star riders of the Christmas Carnivals, such as Australian sprinter, Ben Kersten, and American, Jame Carney, as well as Tasmanian and Six Day cycling legend Danny Clarke. The length is in keeping with the likely state of many participants - a gentle 14km - but it is also designed to allow families to get out on their bikes and ride together in a safe, police-supported environment.
It is being organised by the Burnie Athletic Club, which later that day will host the Burnie Carnival, one of the 'Christmas Carnivals' that feature excellent prize-money and high standards of outdoor fixed-gear track racing. Mike McKenna, president of the Burnie Athletic Club, said the ride is "about highlighting road safety for cyclists, getting some exercise and having some fun along the way. To encourage families to join the ride we are providing free entry to the New Year's Day Carnival for all who participate in the ride". The ride is also fully supported by Tasmanian Police, who will have a presence on the day.
Grant Atkins, president of SCAT, said that it is great to see clubs trying new things. "The Burnie Athletic Club need to be congratulated on adding a new dimension to their day, I am sure that the ride will be well supported".