Floods hit worlds road race course in Australia
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.
The road coming off the temporary bridge is almost completely underwater.
The Barwon river at a dangerously high levels.
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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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) 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 became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.
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