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Thumbs up for cycling circuit

india Updated: Aug 04, 2010 22:38 IST
Siddhanth Aney
Siddhanth Aney
Hindustan Times
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Much has been said of the circuit to be used for the road cycling events of the Games, and its test event, the Tour de Delhi, scheduled for August 29.

Race director David McQuaid, a former international cyclist, said everything was under control. “I arrived yesterday and inspected the circuit. It's very picturesque, challenging, and will be ready in time for the event,” he said.

“August 20 is the date of completion, which is tight. We would have liked it to be done earlier, but it will not be a problem,” he reiterated.

McQuaid denied suggestions that organisers were settling for less. “We have a reputation as organisers, and will not settle for anything less than 100 percent,” he said. “UCI (International Cycling Union) will be sending a jury to evaluate the event, because it is ranked.”

Final infrastructure, such as equipment for the photo finish, and work rooms for the judges are still to be put in place.

On the question of course safety, he said, “Cycling is a sport where crashes are an occupational hazard. There will be 120 cyclists on a tight track, so it will be a challenge for the riders, but one that they will enjoy.”