Ballina MP Don Page welcomed the Indian Commonwealth Games Cycling Team to the local area, saying”: “I have had the pleasure of meeting the Indian cycling team and coaching staff who are here to train in our beautiful region.
“The team is preparing for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi in October this year.”
The Indian Team’s cycling road coach is Australian Olympian, Graham Seers, who competed in the Moscow Olympics.
“Mr Seers told me that the northern NSW area is an ideal training ground for his team. The team are riding in and around the Burringbar Ranges and the Tweed Valley area,” Mr Page said.
“They have chosen Brunswick Heads as their base and we are very pleased to have them here. We certainly hope they enjoy their time here as well as benefiting from the training regimen Mr Seers has planned for them.”
The team received invitations to race from many surrounding cycling clubs, including Murwillumbah and Byron Bay.
“There is limited opportunity for these riders to compete in India, so the racing in this area will be a great opportunity to experience what competition is about in a totally different environment,” Mr Seers said.
The team are also planning to travel to Sydney where they hope to have the opportunity of riding on the Duncan Gray Velodrome made famous during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
“The team consists of 12 male cyclists and six female cyclists. They are riding about 700km a week, and are enjoying their time in our region,” Mr Page said.
The cycling team has a busy schedule in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games with plans to compete in the Asian Cycling Championships in Shar Jar UAE in April, a test event in Delhi on the newly constructed velodrome in May and a planned altitude training and racing camp in Boulder USA with the Real Aussie Kids Cycling Team in June.
“On behalf of the Ballina Electorate I wish the Indian Commonwealth cycling team all the very best for a successful Commonwealth Games and I hope their time here in our region is both beneficial and enjoyable,” Mr Page said.