Sixty cyclists heading our way tomorrow

SIXTY cyclists including teams from New Zealand and Malaysia will tackle the 208km Launceston to New Norfolk Classic tomorrow (Tuesday). There will be 20 Tasmanians in the field, along with riders from Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia.

A repeat of last year’s dismal weather will not worry Ballarat cyclist Patrick Shaw: “If it’s filthy, dirty weather, I am used to it,” Shaw, 24, said. He continued: “Launceston to New Norfolk is an exciting race, very tough, but a few of those young fellows from New Zealand can really climb,” he said. “They won’t be bothered by cold and rainy weather either.”

Shaw predicts his team-mate Ben Dyball, of NSW, may cause an upset. “Ben will go up over Poatina a minute-and-a-half faster than anybody in Australia,” he said. “If he can find his climbing legs he’ll be tough to beat.”

The Launceston to New Norfolk Classic will set off at 9am tomorrow from the Country Club Casino in Prospect, finishing at the Derwent Valley Council offices around 2.30 to 3pm. The race is sponsored by the Derwent Valley Council and the New Norfolk Business Alliance among others.

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