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The heat is on, and it is on the track

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January 05, 2018

HOT weather won’t stop a massive weekend of action at the Moama Velodrome with the running of the Moama Bowling Club Junior Track Carnival.

HOT weather won’t stop a massive weekend of action at the Moama Velodrome with the running of the Moama Bowling Club Junior Track Carnival.

It’s the Echuca-Moama Cycling Club’s biggest event of the year with riders from around the country heading down in search of success, the main races of the carnival Cycling Victoria’s under 15 and under 17 Point Score titles.

A high of 43 degrees is forecast for Saturday but organiser Edie Haley said the show would go on.

‘‘Cycling Victoria does have a heat policy, which the commissaires in attendance will abide by, but with an early race start time we should have most of the program completed before it’s too hot,’’ she said.

‘‘Track cyclists are tough athletes, and the advantage of a warm day is faster times are recorded.

‘‘EMCC also has the advantage that we can always shift any events not completed to later in the evening under lights.’’

Riders range from five years old up to the under 17 class, with novice events starting at 9am and junior racing from 11am.

With traditionally a strong turnout from local riders as well as from New South Wales and South Australia, Haley said this year’s carnival would be as big as ever.

‘‘The buzz is starting to build around the club with riders coming from as far as South Australia, and we also have a German rider in attendance,’’ she said.

‘‘We also have great numbers with 80-plus riders registered for the two-day event from five years of age.’’

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