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2017 Tour of Bright cancelled due to extreme weather forecast

by Shane Stokes

Organisers of the 2017 Bright Brewery Tour of Bright have confirmed that this year’s race, scheduled to begin tomorrow, has been cancelled.

“The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the coming weekend with predicted heavy rain, flash flooding and thunderstorms with predicted rainfall exceeding 350mm,” race organisers said via a statement. “The conditions building have not been experienced in this region for many years and represent a significant risk to the riders and volunteers.

“Safety of riders & volunteers is paramount, and therefore with the information provided we have no other reasonable course of action to take other than to cancel the race. This view has been supported by Cycling Victoria, our partner in the event with rider safety the primary consideration.”

Race director Aaron Smith said organisers had looked at shortening the race but “logistics and permit conditions” made this impossible.

“On behalf of the committee we apologise for any inconvenience caused and appreciate the many positive comments we have already received,” the statement continued. “Riders will be advised shortly regarding event refunds.”

Follow the link to read the full statement about the Tour of Bright cancellation.

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