Floods hit worlds road race course in Australia

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Heavy rain has caused flooding on parts of the world championships road race route in Geelong, in southern Australia.

The temporary bridge that spans the Barwon river is almost underwater after a weekend of heavy rain in the region. The road that takes the riders away from the bridge is underwater as is another section of road on a different section of the route.

According to the Geelong Advertiser, Melbourne 2010 general manager Michael Palmer said that rising waters had never occurred to them and that an alternative route would have to be found if the floods happened again during the event.

The world championships start on September 29, just 21 days, with the men's under-23 time trial. The women's road race is on October 2, with the men's road race on October 3.

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The road coming off the temporary bridge is almost completely underwater.

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The Barwon river at a dangerously high levels.

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The temporary road bridge, along with rainbow stripes across the middle, is almost underwater. All pictures courtesy of Geelong Advertiser (www.geelongadvertiser.com.au)


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Simon Richardson
Simon Richardson

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 

Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!

Simon is currently riding

Road bike: Pinarello K8S with Shimano Dura Ace

TT bike: Specialized Venge road bike with FFWD wheels and Easton Attack TT bars

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Training bike: Rourke custom hand made with Reynolds 853 steel