The iconic Subaru NRS Battle on the Border has been postponed until later in the year after concerns for rider safety and community welfare in light of the devastation and damage caused to the area by Cyclone Debbie.
Cycling Australia supports the event promoter’s decision to postpone the event. A risk assessment of all roads was completed, and with advice from local stakeholders and contractors, QSM Sports have decided to not run the Battle on the Border and its associated events.
The area that the race would have run through was heavily affected by Cyclone Debbie with a high amount of erosion in places and large sections of debris across vast areas. While these sections are accessible by cars, they are not up to racing standard.
Cycling Australia commends the event promoter for exploring a variety of alternative venues and modified routes to race, however, it was discovered they weren’t up to standard or not feasible within the time frame.
“While we are disappointed that the event can’t go ahead as planned, we place a high emphasis on rider safety and welfare and respect for the communities in which we run these events,” said Nick Green OAM
“We are committed seeing this event run later in the year as it is an iconic tour and we urge riders, team owners and spectators to return.”
Cycling Australia along with Cycling Queensland and the event promoter, QSM Sports, are working with key stakeholders and the local community to determine a suitable date to be announced in the near future.
Cycling Australia and the racing community extends their thoughts to the individuals and, families and organisations affected by Cyclone Debbie. There are many ways that you can assist those in need.