This weekend’s 3 Ring Circus mountain biking event will see the first impact of the Carbon Tax on the sport of cycling. Event organiser Wild Horizons announced recently just what the implications of the tax would mean to their upcoming event with the following statement:
In line with the imposed Carbon Tax, any of the 700 riders who turn up to the event on Carbon frame bikes will be taxed. Carbon Tax Collectors will be present in Wingello State Forest over the weekend checking compliance. Were certainly concerned that one group of riders will potentially have their race spoiled in this way. We understand the purpose of the Carbon Tax was to target higher income Australians and for sure carbon bikes tend to be pricier but really, punishing people for their sport seems extreme.
What would Opposition Leader and keen cyclist, Tony Abbot say? His previous comments seem appropriate: As we have always indicated, this toxic tax will impact on working Australians in ways the government never considered. No doubt if he has to give up his carbon frame road bike he might consider taking the fight even further. Cadel Evans was unavailable for comment but is believed to be hiding in a European (carbon) tax haven.
(PS – Proceeds from the Carbon Tax at the 3 Ring Circus will go towards Dry July, benefitting adults living with cancer.)
The 3 Ring Circus takes place in the Southern Highlands of NSW on 21-22 July. To find out more about the 3 Ring Circus visit www.wildhorizons.com.au/3-ring-circus or www.facebook.com/wildhorizons