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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. 

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Tags: mt keira downhill challenge, wollongong


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Comment by matti rae on January 6, 2013 at 20:59

and the residents there hate us... getting them on board would be near impossible


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Comment by David Penny on January 6, 2013 at 22:45

k-valley would be sick and benny's new hill is insane....... maybe too insane.


ASRA Admin
Comment by bernie on January 7, 2013 at 9:16

............. getting them on board would be near impossible

Right Now is the season to suggest a fund raiser for the local fire brigade!

You wont get too many residents objecting to that.....

Comment by Ben freifeld on January 7, 2013 at 10:13

True....But it never hurt to knock on some doors...It would be an awesome race though...

There are heaps of possible roads in the National park, from Otford it's down hill for about 5 km...

Comment by Ben freifeld on January 7, 2013 at 10:16

I think we shouldn't quit on Asquith just yet, Bernie makes a very good point..


ASRA Admin
Comment by Bugs on January 7, 2013 at 10:38

Asquith St isn't long enough for a World Cup race. Keira is 1.8km and Newton's is the shortest at 1.3km.

Comment by Ben freifeld on January 7, 2013 at 11:55

Yeah, it's only 1.2km when starting on buttenshaw and finishing on balfour, that's three roads closed for one event. I now see the point you've been stressing.

Macquarie Pass Anyone...(im only joking bugs).

Comment by Robbo on January 7, 2013 at 15:25

Keira is bang on 2km start line to finish line as measured by Furlong's GPS


ASRA Admin
Comment by bernie on January 7, 2013 at 17:37

Or  9.942  Furlongs!

Comment by Kurtis Nelson on January 8, 2013 at 16:04

I know it's not good enough for a world cup event but tip hill at woy woy is alright for a techy race. plus it's privately owned so it's probably easier to get shut down.

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