BATTLE ON THE BORDER DRAWS CYCLISTS AROUND
THE NATION TO THE NORTH COAST OF NSW
Murwillumbah, NSW, 23 May 2016
The Battle on the Border Cycling Festival will return for its 8th instalment from 3 – 5 June 2016, offering hundreds of recreational and seasoned competitive cyclists a wide range of courses from 200 kilometres to 300 kilometres.
The highly competitive Battle Racing Tour will see cyclists from across Australia and New Zealand travel to the Tweed Valley to challenge unique courses and experience the magnificent Mt Warning caldera environment.
Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said Battle on the Border is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
“As a key event on the annual cycling calendar, the Battle on the Border offers a multi-stage, multi-division race held over four days, with cyclists taking on the challenging hills and valleys in the spectacular setting of the Tweed region,” Mr Provest said.
“I encourage all cyclists and visitors to get familiar with everything about the wonderful NSW North Coast – from the beautiful beaches, national parks to the great shopping, restaurants and beachfront accommodation.”
The Battle will be highlighted by the Women’s National Road Series – Australia’s premier domestic road racing series and birthplace of Australia’s future cycling stars.
2015 NRS Women’s Champion Tessa Fabry will be returning to defend her title and her High5 Dream Team will be defending their team title.
Race Director Michael Crawley said: “Showcasing the Tweed and developing Australian cyclists is in our DNA. We are proud to support women’s racing and excited to welcome a large field to the 2016 Battle. The NRS Women’s title at the Battle is a badge of honour and it will be competitive again this year.”
Amongst the other eight divisions racing is local Murwillumbah Cycle Club member Daniel Mena in Masters Division 4. Mena is returning after winning the first stage of the tour last year and finishing third overall. He is part of a core group of local participants that have supported the Battle since it first hit the bitumen in 2009.
“No matter the age, from NRS and Masters to Junior and Elite, the Battle is a race for anyone,” added Crawley.
The Battle will also feature Gran Fondo long distance social rides. These rides are a fun way to explore the spectacular Tweed Coast with cyclists able to participate in rides over three distances from 50km to 150km.
Crawley adds, “We encourage anyone up for a peddle to join the Fondo and experience the atmosphere of the Battle.”
More information at www.battleontheborder.com.au
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