After the devastation of the towns and areas surrounding Marysville and Whittlesea during recent bushfires, CycleSport Victoria announced the postponement of two cycling events: the Lake Mountain Challenge, the Marysville Twilight Criterium and the Murrindindi Road Classic on May 2-3.
"We will liaise with the Murrindindi Shire Council and the Marysville community in the coming weeks with the aim of continuing with plans to hold the event," read a statement by Cyclesport Victoria. "We believe that events such as this play an integral to the rebuilding of communities and we will investigate the use of this event as a fundraiser for the victims of the bushfires."
In addition, many towns that served as part of the Whittlesea Challenge, including Kinglake West, Flowerdale and Wandong have also been badly affected by the bushfires. This year's event will likely act as a fundraiser for victims of these communities.
(Additional editorial assistance provided by Susan Westemeyer.)