NEARLY 2000 riders took part in the new-look Bathurst Cycling Classic held recently.
Instead of a Blayney to Bathurst course, the classic featured a Bathurst to Bathurst course, taking riders through Perthville, Georges Plains and The Lagoon.
Bathurst cycling champion Mark Renshaw designed the long course.
Sam Hill was first across the line in the men's long course ahead of his brother Ben.
Sam represents the Hunter District Cycling Club, while Ben represents the Canberra Cycling Club.