In a major piece of disappointing news, Wollongong City Council has closed Mt. Keira Rd for repairs due to concerns over public safety. The road is in danger of slipping off the edge of the mountain, and the cliff face above the road also needs to be stabilised in order to prevent rock falls. The required road works will not be completed in time for the 2013 Mt. Keira Challenge, and this means that the event will not take place in 2013.
This cancellation is not about the event - it's about the road being closed to the public for repairs. As soon as the road is repaired the event will return. Both ASRA and Wollongong City Council remain totally committed to the Mt. Keira Downhill Challenge.
ASRA has explored the possibility of alternative venues with Wollongong Council, and have concluded that the various options are either not of World Cup standard, or have too many logistical hurdles to be overcome in the short period of time remaining.
Our apologies go to anybody who has made arrangements for the 2013 event. We know this may mess with the plans of many people, and that the notice comes late.
The only positive in this news is that road works should leave Mt. Keira Rd smoother and wider than before. We'll see you there in 2014, and at Newton's Nation in May 2013.