Friday, May 22, 2009

World titles clash with Delhi Games

AUSTRALIA'S high-performance program is already six months into planning for the October 2010 world road championships-Commonwealth Games double.
The scheduling looms as a nightmare for Australia's top road cyclists, with the road worlds ending on the same day as the opening ceremony for the New Delhi Games.
But Cycling Australia national performance director Shayne Bannan is confident of handling the busy period without significant trouble.
The world road championships are among cycling's biggest events and securing them is a massive coup for Australian cycling. It will be the first time a southern hemisphere country has hosted them, and they are scheduled for Melbourne and Geelong from September 29 to October 3 next year.
The godsend for Australia is that Games cycling starts on October 4 with the four-day track program. The road races are not until October 10 and the road time trials are on October 13, meaning the Australian road team members can realistically target the two major events.
"What we intend to do is hold the team back in Melbourne in a training camp after the world road championships and only bring them into the Commonwealth Games three days before," Bannan said.
"We're concerned about the ability to turn up in India, for the training."

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