Australian race organisers John Scott and Phill Bates, AM have announced the first Cronulla International Criterium to be held on December 16, 2006, in Cronulla, NSW. The day will feature masters racing, graded men's racing, some of Australia’s top women cyclists, under 17 and under 15 races, culminating in an elite professional race featuring many of the Tour de France stars headed by Robbie McEwen. The 1.34 kilometre circuit is located between Wanda and Elouera, has the Ocean as a backdrop, and will offer a total of $10,000 in prizemoney for the cyclists.
Organisers are also working towards staging a charity bike ride from the AJC Centre at Randwick to Cronulla via La Perouse and Kurnell, to coincide with the day of cycling activities. Sutherland Shire Council are also keen to promote the region and the event will be staged one year after the riots that did so much damage to the image of Cronulla.