28 October 2022

AusCycling Postpones XCO National Cup at Wagga

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Local cycling enthusiast Josef Winkler, who was eagerly looking forward to the weekend event, says he is now in low spirits after hearing the news of it being postponed. Photo: Supplied.

AusCycling has regretfully decided to postpone the XCO National Cup round scheduled for this weekend in Wagga.

AusCycling said in a statement the decision to postpone was owing to the continued impact the current weather conditions across the Riverina were having on travel arrangements.

“Clearly, this is a regretful outcome for all stakeholders, as MTB Wagga has created two fantastic XCO courses at Pomingalarna reserve, and Wagga Wagga City Council has created a first-class venue to support two-wheel activity of all kinds,” AusCycling said in the statement.

“AusCycling is working with both parties to reschedule the event for next year.”

AusCycling said all riders would be fully refunded from Thursday (27 October) with entry fees expected to be processed by financial institutions from early next week.

AusCycling said it sincerely apologised for any inconvenience caused to riders, volunteers, spectators, and stakeholders.

Local cycling enthusiast Josef Winkler, who was eagerly looking forward to the weekend event, said he was in low spirits after hearing the news of it being postponed.

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“I’m feeling pretty bummed right now,” Josef said. “I was training for it and even had a situation occur with my bike so I’ve had to try and sort it out within the week.

“Now hearing it’s been cancelled is quite upsetting and annoying.”

The only sense of relief for Josef was that being a local he did not have to spend money on accommodation and travel to the region for the event.

Josef said despite the race being postponed he would continue with his training.

“Race may be cancelled but training never stops,” he said.

Josef said he had been training whenever he could after work.

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“I went for a ride a couple of days ago and got absolutely hammered by the rain and had to call it quits midway through,” he said.

Even though Josef was disappointed that he wouldn’t be able to compete in this weekend’s event he said there were other options around the region to race.

“We need more involvement from the community so that MTB Wagga can get more members for the club which will make running these events much easier and more accessible,” he said.

AusCycling said anyone with any questions or concerns should contact them at [email protected].

The AusCycling Mountain Bike National Cup is designed to encourage participation and recognises individual rider achievements across a range of disciplines.

Riders earn points at platinum, gold, and silver level events throughout the season which runs from 1 January to 31 December, with riders adding their best results from up to 12 races towards their MTB National Cup points tally.

For more information about the AusCycling Mountain Bike National Cup, please click here.

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