In other race cancellation news, organisers of the Tour of Toowoomba have confirmed that this year’s edition of the National Road Series (NRS) race will not take place, creating further uncertainty about the health and future of Australia’s highest level of domestic racing.
The Tour of Toowoomba was set to open the 2016 men’s NRS season, from April 28 to May 1, but according to Mac Stirling, the president of Toowoomba Cycling Development — the organisation behind the Tour of Toowoomba — the race won’t be run in 2016 due to financial troubles.
“We’re a little bit of a victim of our own success,” Stirling told CyclingTips. “The race has certainly grown quickly and the cost of running the event in terms of compliance and police and crowd control … has grown.
“You mix that in with the sponsorship being difficult to get, and a couple of key [sponsors] … saying ‘We’re experience difficulty for 2016 – do you mind if we pull back?’ … What do you say to that?”
The plan is for the Southern Queensland race to return in 2017 with the possible addition of a women’s race and a date change.
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