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Big fall at national cycling championships

The race was neutralised and restarted about 20 minutes later with seven laps remaining after sponsors’ signage had been removed from the fence.

Dubbo’s Hayley Fuller eventually claimed the green and gold jersey, just a few weeks after her club was named Australia’s best at the national cycling awards.

Fuller, in her first year racing with the under-19s, said she had never been involved in a crash of that magnitude and described it as a scary experience.

“Around the halfway point I made an attack and there was five of us off the front,” Fuller said on Friday.

“Once we turned the corner a gust of wind knocked the barriers and two girls made it through. It hit me and the other two girls went over the fence.

“I saw it coming and there was nothing really you could do about it.”

Rain was still falling at the restart, but the wind had eased enough to convince officials it was safe to continue.

“At the start line they said there was only two girls that made it through the barriers that were starting,” Fuller said.

“And that got me a little bit nervous that I wasn’t going to get back up there, but we had a talk with the commissaire and it all worked out fine.

“You’ve just got to put it all aside and hope for the best really.

“It makes you mentally tougher and it was a good race in the end (with) lots of tough competition. It was hard racing.”

The temporary pause in the under-19 women’s criteriums meant the starts of the under-23 men’s and elite men’s events were delayed.

The combined elite and under-23 women’s race has been shortened by 10 laps in order to fit the full schedule in before light fades.


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