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Illawarra Cycle Club is calling on motorists to consider how much "a metre matters" when approaching cyclists on the road after three members were hit and run down by a car driven by a P plate driver while on a bunch ride on the Princes Highway Unanderra early this morning.
The three A grade riders - Nick Burke, Dave Manton and Scott Brodie received bruising and soft tissue damage in the accident which occurred when the driver suddenly changed lanes to turn into a service station.
Two bikes were severely damaged. Police were called and the driver charged.
The accident comes just weeks after six cyclists were mowed down by a car on Southern Cross Drive in Sydney with serious injuries. Club vice president Simon Britten has urged people to sign the AGF petition to improve safety laws for cyclists in NSW. that can be done here: http://www.amygillett.org.au/a-metre-matters
Governing body of road and track cycling in NSW, Cycling NSW, has also called for riders and supporters to sign the petition, with CEO Phil Ayres likening the Sydney incident to that in Germany which brought down a number of Australian female riders including Amy Gillett, who lost her life.
For more on CNSW's status, visit http://www.nsw.cycling.org.au/News/All-News/ArtMID/3367/ArticleID/6938/SIX-RIDERS-DOWN-CNSW-reconfirms-commitment-to-making-cycling-safer
Illawarra riders rode to three gold, two silver and three bronze medals at the Southern Division Road Cycling Championships at Goulburn.
Peter Kreilis stormed home for a gold medal in Masters A grade, while Nicholas Burke won the silver and Matthew Pandelus then bronze in Masters B grade.
The juniors also performed well in some tough company.
Ryan Britten continued his form from the track season with gold and Curtis Trulkja took bronze in u11 boys, while Curtis' sister Amelia Trulkja won bronze in the u13 girls.
It was gold for Zach Marshall and silver for Luke Britten in u15 boys and Chloe Heffernan took gold for the girls in the u17girls division.
Illawarra rider Kirk Cleaven was crowned champion of champions in a hot competition with clubmate Ryan Britten, Bathurst rider Tyler Puzicha and Lidcombe Auburn's Maximus Lemoto - all of whom won all three of their events - at the NSW Junior Track Cycling Championships in Dubbo.
The champion BMX rider won gold in his under 13 boys scratch, sprint derby and time trial so definitively that judges decided the award him the prize in honour of a young Dubbo rider who lost his life in a tragic car accident.
Raced over two days in conjunction with the Dubbo Open Track Carnival , the event attracted talented young riders from throughout the state, with competition of such quality it was evident that NSW will continue to be a force to be reckoned with in the future.
Illawarra club mate Gabi Thornton, 8 from Figtree, became the NSW under nine girls time trial champion with a speedy individual time trial effort and William Hernandez , 8, from Corrimal picked up a bronze medal in his sprint derby for under nine boys.
Entries for the iconic Ken Dinnerville Memorial Handicap hosted by the Illawarra Cycle Club at Dapto on Sunday May 25, will open on Tuesday March 25 at 9am.
With the event selling out in a record seven minutes via the Cycling NSW website last year, CNSW and ICC are urging riders hoping to do the now 102km event to get in quick.
“Entry is open to all riders with gold Cycling Australia licences but is limited to 170 participants,” a spokesman said.
“Last year all those positions were taken up on the online system in just seven minutes, which has never occurred in CNSW history and many riders travelled from interstate to take part.
“It’s a popular event because of its considerable history, plus it is one of the few long handicap road races left in Australia. Issues with police and council permits to race on public roads have mean that many cycling clubs have not been able to host road racing events, so we appreciate the support of the Wollongong City Council and the NSW Police in allowing the Dinnerville to go ahead.”
2013 winner Brad Martin from ICC is hoping to at the least be able to help some of his club mates to the win this year, but admits that another win would be “brilliant”.
Martin’s 2013 win broke a 29 year drought for the host club to win the Dinnerville and also represented the club’s first- ever trifecta.
Joel Walsh and Steve Bisceski finished in second and third positions behind Martin, whose name has gone on the honour role as one of only eight local riders to win the race. Others including Sid Connelly – 1959; Alf Overton – 1963; Clive Jones – 1965; Stephen Rudd – 1979; Lionel Covington – 1980; Carlo Paiola – 1983; and Roger Crocker – 1984.
Starting and finishing at the Illawarra Christian School’s Albion Park campus for the first time, the 2014 edition of the Dinnerville will be 12km longer than in past years and is expected to test participants, who will start in no less than 10 groups and ride four laps of the course around West Dapto.
The race is held each year in memory of Ken Dinnerville who was tragically killed in 1954 while out riding.
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