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by Shane Stokes
August 11, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Theuns wins stage four of the BinckBank Tour; Teuns wins stage one of the Arctic Race of Norway; Bouhanni wins stage 2 of the Tour de l’Ain; Valente wins first stage of Inaugural Colorado Classic; Bound for Vuelta and bowled over by support, Hansen thanks fans; Formolo joins Bora-hansgrohe, team extends contracts of Bennett, Selig and others; Boswell becomes first American to sign for Katusha; Gila stage winner Narvaez joins QuickStep Floors, Serry extends; Greipel frustrated by lack of recent success: ‘I cannot even sprint’; Bay Crits cancelled for 2018; Video: Alberto Contador – The Legend; Video: Meet Rosella Bonfanti, UCI Commissaire – Women’s Cycling; Video: Cyclist gets physical with bike thief
Citing a change in date of the Australian road race nationals as the reason, Bay Crits race organiser John Trevorrow has said that next year’s race will not take place.
“I can assure you that the event will be back bigger and better than ever in 2019,” he promised. “With the Australian Road championships starting on January 3rd, it meant the Bay Crits either ran as a two-day series starting on Jan 1 or changed dates to late December or after the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in February. I don’t believe these dates suit the event and I do not want to impact on the Christmas track carnivals any more than we have had to in the past.”
The crits, known officially as the Bay Cycling Classic, has started the Australian cycling season for more than 26 years. According to Cycling Victoria, it was the only race Phil Anderson competed in in Australia after turning pro, and the first to offer equal prizemoney to men and women.
It has featured riders such as Anderson, Gary Sutton, Cadel Evans, Stuart O’Grady, Robbie McEwen, Brad McGee, Baden Cooke, Caleb Ewan, Brenton Jones, Kathy Watt, Anna Wilson, Oenone Wood, Rochelle Gilmore, Tracey Gaudry, Melissa Hoskins, Chloe Hosking, Gracie Elvin plus the Italian stars Giorgia Bronzini and Valentina Scandolara.
“We plan to bring the Bay Crits back to start the year in 2019,” vowed Trevorrow. “The racing has always been great, but we plan to bring in more razzamataz and entertainment plus more public involvement. I look forward to revealing some exciting announcements in the near future.”
Click through to read more at Cycling Victoria.