Bathurst Cycling Classic already has more entries than previous year

STRONG FIELD: There were 2040 riders competing in last year's Bathurst Cycling Classic and even more will take on the challenge this year. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK
STRONG FIELD: There were 2040 riders competing in last year's Bathurst Cycling Classic and even more will take on the challenge this year. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

ENTRIES are up significantly on last year for this month’s Bathurst Cycling Classic.

The event, renamed to avoid confusion between the overall cycling festival and the Blayney to Bathurst (B2B) itself, has 2150 riders registered already.

“This has already exceeded last year's final number of registrations, which was 2040,” mayor Graeme Hanger said. 

The Bathurst Cycling Classic will be held over two days and is comprised of several events.

Criterium racing, a style of road cycle racing conducted on circuits over one kilometre, will return to the central business district on day one.  

Riders will have a bigger circuit than last year to use. 

Also on the first day is the NSW Hill Climb Challenge for registered Cycling Australia ‘Race’ members only, and family fun in the afternoon. 

“Families will have the opportunity to experience the official criterium racing course from the elite riders view as the circuit is cleared for the kids to take a ride,” Cr Hanger said.

The final event of festival, the B2B, will take place on the second day.

Blayney 2 Bathurst consists of a 70km short course and a 110km long course.

The 110km is a challenging and scenic route, and one of the only fully closed road races in the state, while the shorter route takes riders through the villages of Newbridge, Georges Plains and Perthville.

Cr Hanger said the festival appeals to all different riders. 

“The Bathurst Cycling Classic has something for everyone from families with young children through to elite cyclists,” he said.

“Freedom Wheels will also have a display to showcase how all abilities can have the opportunity to ride.”

The cycling festival will be held across April 21 and 22. Registration is open until April 18.

To find out more, visit the festival’s website