WAGGA Cycling Club secretary Fiona Fahy's hopes of creating an expanded cycling series next year has won initial support at local level as the sport looks to spread its wings.
After two years heavily impacted by COVID-19, the state cycling bodies have disbanded with Auscycling taking control.
But it could open the door for the Tour de Riverina to morph into a larger ten-race series which could include the likes of Echuca, Goulburn and a Canberra club.
Fahy was a race director of Cycling NSW events for some time and although talks are only in the initial stages, feels the time is right to make the most of the new landscape.
"When AusCycling took over we thought we get to play with things a bit at a local level, we can try and make cycling big at regional level again," she said.
"That's what we hope to do by encouraging people to participate and not saying no.
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"I've rung around the clubs already in the Riverina series, two of whom I still have to contact, but so far everyone has jumped on board.
"What I want to do is give everyone a chance to host an event, which makes ten events. It's really important we don't go into competition into the state and national races, so we'll wait until their calendar comes out."
Regulations restricting cyclists able to compete in Riverina events from other regions have also been scrapped, which poses another opportunity for local clubs.
Auscycling have deregulated things and there's no limits to who you can invite," Fahy said.
"It would be a good way to help out our sponsors as well. The last two years have been really tough with COVID.
"We'd look to get it up and running first and won't be asking for money in the near future like next year, but hopefully someone might eventually come on board as a naming rights sponsor."
Last year's Tour de Riverina was abandoned midway through the schedule last year.
This year's final round, the Geoff Dixon Memorial, was scheduled to be hosted by Albury-Wodonga Cycling Club this Sunday, but is has been postponed.
Tour organisers are expected to make a decision soon on whether the leg will be run later this year.
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