Heavy rain has caused flooding on parts of the world championships road race route in Geelong, in southern Australia.



The temporary bridge that spans the Barwon river is almost underwater after a weekend of heavy rain in the region. The road that takes the riders away from the bridge is underwater as is another section of road on a different section of the route.



According to the Geelong Advertiser, Melbourne 2010 general manager Michael Palmer said that rising waters had never occurred to them and that an alternative route would have to be found if the floods happened again during the event.



The world championships start on September 29, just 21 days, with the men’s under-23 time trial. The women’s road race is on October 2, with the men’s road race on October 3.





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The road coming off the temporary bridge is almost completely underwater.




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The Barwon river at a dangerously high levels.



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The temporary road bridge, along with rainbow stripes across the middle, is almost underwater. All pictures courtesy of Geelong Advertiser (www.geelongadvertiser.com.au)

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Official site for the world championships

  • Geelong Rider

    Alright guys the closest croc is 1000 miles away from Geelong, but every Aussie cyclist knows that floods bring out snakes – I’ve given way to them on the road around the Barwon in spring (try googling Tiger snake). Perhaps the Cavinator should stay home where it’s safe (okay that’s just to increase our odd)

  • old hedgy

    shades of the famous Blagnac stage in the 1987 Tour Glug!!! Glug!!!

  • Ken Evans

    A great triathlon course !