Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th December.
There was this old saying that the late Kevin (Bear) Brogden (President) use to say, always treat them well and they will always come back. Many people might think what in the hell has this got to do with the Bundaberg Cycling Club. I would say many things as the bear was very much the driving force and for most parts the Mainstay behind The Bundaberg Cycling Club’s annual 4BU Cycling Spectacular.
It was fitting in many parts that the Velodrome was renamed shortly after his passing in his Honour, becoming the Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome. I’m sure he wouldn’t have like the fuss, but all the same knowing Kev he would have felt proud and honoured all the same.
Just on 12 months ago, Bundaberg Cycling Club President met with a few people to discuss some things, the issue of Track racing and the track carnival was a major focus point. It was from not only this discussion but a few preceding this one that the rebirth of an Icon began to come to life.
The Planning and execution of many and various tasks began, A Track Carnival Committee was formed, Sponsors were sort and ideas was sourced and taken on board. A working name for the event was created in the Bundy Cup on Wheels; this was given the approval to run with as a working name, but it was always the desire of the committee to eventually revert back to the heritage name of the 4BU cycling spectacular, this meant negotiation would need to be opened up with Local radio Station Bundaberg Broadcasters who are the owner of the 4BU station. This happen without any trouble and the 4BU Cycling Spectacular was returned and signed off on. The Bundaberg Cycling Club’s relationship with 4BU was set to saw again.
It was only a few short weeks Later that yet another magical Moment in the rebirth of this Icon Sporting Event when Local and National Business Giant in Bundaberg Sugar, via their GM of Marketing picked up the phone and called the Bundaberg Cycling Club, this is a moment when a lot of the planning started to pay off, This phone call was Bundaberg Sugar signing on as Co-naming Rights sponsor, This is when the 4BU Cycling Spectacular “Bundaberg Sugar Cup on Wheels” took some real shape.
These couple of moments really helped shape the return of this well known and loved event. Weeks and months have flown by since those early days, The Wonderful local support of the many local business, Families and Supporters has been over whelming. Joining the event sponsorship ranks have been business’s like Bundaberg Sugar, Boylans, Bed r Us, Brumby’s Uptown, A 2 Z 4 X 4, NQX, News-Mail, Morrison Sport, Coca Cola, 4BU, Bundaberg Christian College, Tyrepower, Allan Zunker, Keyworth Family, Mal McDougall, Peter Davis Construction, Robbie Moodie Electrical, Specialized, Incitec, Sunfam AWD, J & R McCracken, Coral Cove Resort and many more.
On spreading the word on the return to the cycling calendar of the 4BU Cycling Spectacular “Bundaberg Sugar Cup on Wheels” it became quite clear of the great love people have and have had for this event over the years past, People spoke with great conviction and passion about the great times they had traveling to Bundaberg and competing in this event. They also spoke of the absolute joy that it was returning after 8 years to the QLD cycling Calender.
Many aspects of the carnival have remained the same from the old days, along with some new focus and direction, The Howard Hill has undergone redevelopment to provide greater area and comfort for the Howard Clan to enjoy the racing, it would be hoped that the Spiritual leader on the hill will be there in full force, I’m sure the Riders will love passing by Howard Hill coming off the main straight with the Men on the Hill Cheering them on, while they enjoy the odd icy Cold XXXX.
So here we are today, just under 3 week left until the 4BU Cycling Spectacular “Bundy Sugar Cup on Wheels” returns to the Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome, bringing with it the best in cycling action there is to be seen today, Local Hero current Commonwealth Games Champion, International Superstar of Cycling Allan Davis will for the first time in many years take to the track to compete against some wonderful cycling talent, headline by his Brother Scott who is also an International star and Former World Champion and Home town hero himself, Joining the boys will be some of the current stars of the sport in Michael Hepburn, Casey Munro, Glen Chadwick, James Glasspool, World Champion Ashley Hutchinson to name a few.
Add to this outstand numbers of junior competitors and some great masters and women competitor as well and it is all shaping up well for a huge successful return of this Cycling Icon. There will be Kids as young as 4 out there riding there bike for you all to see.
It’s time for the Bundaberg Public to stand up and cheer, it’s time to stand up and get your backside track side as the hottest and classiest elite men’s field to ever grace a Cycling Spectacular will be arriving in just under 3 week’s time.
2 days racing, Over 80 events, World Champions, World Medallists, Commonwealth Champions, Oceania Champions, State Champions, National Champions, New Zealand Champions and Tour De France riders, they are all going to be here.
Bring your mum, Bring your Brother, bring your family, come and enjoy this life changing experience as the Bundaberg cycling club bring you the 2010 4BU Cycling Spectacular Bundy Sugar Cup on Wheels.
Riders your time to register is fast closing, Midnight the 29 of November 2010. So log onto the Cycling Qld Website and Sign on for the Event today, You will never regret it .