THE new route for the 2020 B2B could be the best or worst thing to have happened to Blayney in recent times.
Bathurst international cycling champion Mark Renshaw has designed the new 100km and 50km courses in the greatest change for the B2B in the past 15 years.
The event will now start and end in Bathurst, wiping Blayney completely from an event it has been associated with from the beginning. However, that may be no bad thing for the town.
As whispers emerged earlier this year that future B2Bs would begin in Bathurst instead of Blayney the conventional wisdom was that the town did not actually gain much benefit from the event.
Residents had to endure the disruption of thousands of cyclists descending on their streets for the start of the race but few, it seems, had stayed there the previous night to eat in Blayney restaurants or sleep in Blayney hotels.
Bathurst was getting most of the economic benefit and so Blayney may not be sorry to say goodbye to the disruption.
The other great feature of the new 100km course is the inclusion of a lap of Mount Panorama.
It won't be the first time the Mount has featured in the race but previously the exhausting lap was at the end of the course rather than the beginning.
From next year, long course competitors will start the race in William Street before heading straight to the Mount for a lap of the iconic circuit.
Visitors to the region, in particular, will love the chance to race at speed on one of the great road circuits in the world and the lure of the Mount can only boost participant numbers going forward.
In 15 years the B2B has grown more than the early organisers could ever have imagined. The changes for 2020 have the race set to grow even more.