Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club welcomes review into Cycling Australia governance

An independent review into Cycling Australia’s governance and administration has been welcomed by the Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club. 

The review by former NSW judge James Wood was commissioned by sports minister Kate Lundy after allegations of doping by seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and top Cycling Australia officials.

The report, which outlines 16 recommendations to be implemented by the end of 2013, are yet to be introduced by Lundy. Among the recommendations of the review was a suggestion to extend the reach of testing to a club and masters level. 

Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club president Phillip Orr said the extension of drug testing to club level wouldn’t affect them greatly and would be welcomed by the club. 

“There is a reason why performance enhancing drugs are banned,” Mr Orr said.

“I don’t have a problem with it reaching down to a club level but I do wonder about the costs involved and how that may be factored into it.”

The recommendation doesn’t state how much money would be available but does suggest “modest funding provided by CA (Cycling Australia).” 

Mr Orr said while there are no current drug testing procedures at the Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club it occurs at higher levels.

“Our riders are exposed to drug testing if they go away to race at a state and national level but not at a grass roots club level,” Mr Orr said.

The review coincided with speculation surrounding Armstrong’s extended interview he conducted with Oprah Winfrey.

While he feels the Armstrong allegations have affected the reputation of cycling as a whole Orr believes it hasn’t affected the interest in cycling at a local level.

“You only have to look at the numbers out at the national champs in Buninyong to see the popularity hasn’t been affected,” Orr said.

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