I've posted this in General, because the topic represents the insipient dismantling of our society as we know it through fear of litigation, the fudging off of responsibility, and just plain stupid red tape.
Anyway, I received an email this morning that says the government in New South Wales has, on the advice of the Crown Solicitor, banned club-level road racing because (and get this) bikes are classified as vehicles. Vehicles are banned from racing on open public roads under a law that may also have application right across the country.
Cycling New South Wales is working on the case. This webpage provides more details:
Cyclingnews.com is supposed to have an article, a copy of which was sent to me, but I am unable to confirm this with the link that was supplied. I also won't post the cyclingnews.com text because of copyright implications.
However, the article indicates that the only circumstances where a road race can be held, under the advice given, is if the roads to be used are "sterile'', that is, closed to all other users.
It means that club-level racing is out. It may also have implications for randonees, and for competition riders in other States as well.
The article makes the point that the interpretation was given on request from the NSW Police, which referred to the Crown Solicitor a standard application for police permission to run a race. It apparently was not generated out of public angst in regard competition cyclists on the road or any injuries, etc. However, police concern about insurance risk has been cited as a reason for seeking the ruling.
'Tis indeed a sad day for cycling, whether you're a competitor or not.