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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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Comment by Jake Burke on January 21, 2013 at 12:31

What about an outlaw race on McKell Avenue, Waterfall.  The race could end where the road joins up with Lady Wakehurst Drive and start 1.8 km before that.  there are a couple of good turns and its got a good gradient so the competitors would go pretty fast.  look it up on google maps. thats if you like the idea.

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Comment by Bugs on January 21, 2013 at 13:41

I think an outlaw there would get shut down pretty quickly.

Comment by Jake Burke on January 21, 2013 at 19:02

Maybe we could try and get the local council onboard and supporting?

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Comment by Maga McWhinnie on January 21, 2013 at 21:08

maybe you could try jake. but the run is too long to shut down, 1st to make people wait at the bottom and 2nd for people to drive back up and theres no safe turn around at the top ( outlaw conditions) if you want to hit up councils then expect a lengthy fight to get it up and going. (rob) OUTLAWS rule, keep an eye out we have one being organised to replace keira.

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Comment by Bugs on January 21, 2013 at 22:30

We could and try and get the council interested, but there's no way there's time to get it done for 2013 - these things move slowly. And cos it's not as good a hill as Keira, it makes more sense to simply wait for the Keira Rd to be fixed.

Roads that are:

  1. World Cup quality,
  2. Can be blocked off without causing traffic chaos, and 
  3. Have a supportive council

are very rare. If they're close to a major city (like Keira is), that's even rarer.

Comment by Jake Burke on January 22, 2013 at 6:48

I understand where you guys are coming from and it makes sense.  I'll leave it to you guys to make the decisions. Has anyone thought about a china bomb?

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