Bathurst 2 Bathurst? New start location for race after Blayney dumped from event

THEY'RE OFF: The Blayney start has been dumped from both the 100km and 50km B2B courses from next year.
THEY'RE OFF: The Blayney start has been dumped from both the 100km and 50km B2B courses from next year.

A LAP of Mount Panorama to start the 100km long course event and a finish line in the CBD are the main features of the new Bathurst Cycling Classic routes to be introduced next year.

Bathurst cycling champion Mark Renshaw has designed the new 100km Bathurst 2 Bathurst (B2B) course in the first major change in the event's 15-year history.

All previous B2Bs have started in Blayney and ended in Bathurst.

The 2020 Bathurst Cycling Classic will be held over the weekend of March 14-15 with criterium and hill climb events at Mount Panorama on the Saturday and short (50km) and long (100km) course B2B road events on the Sunday.

The B2B is a popular attraction on the cycling calendar and we are confident the changes being introduced for 2020 will encourage ... cyclists to sign up for next year's event.

Bathurst mayor Graeme Hanger

"The B2B remains a UCI-accredited event and both the short (50km) and long (100km) course events will start in William Street in the CBD," mayor Graeme Hanger said.

"Long course participants will complete a lap of Mount Panorama before heading to Rockley via Lagoon. Cyclists will then cross to Trunkey Creek Road and return to Bathurst via Georges Plains and Perthville.

"The short course participants will head up William Street and then onto Lloyds Road and out to Lagoon before heading back into Bathurst via Ryans Road, Cow Flat Road, Georges Plains and Perthville."

Cr Hanger said an event village would be set up in the CBD featuring food and beverages for cyclists and supporters to enjoy on the Sunday.

"The B2B is a popular attraction on the cycling calendar and we are confident the changes being introduced for 2020 will encourage both returning and new cyclists to sign up for next year's event," he said.

"The 100km long course will also be a UCI qualifier for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships to be held in Whistler, Canada in September 2020."

Entries for the 50km and 100km events are now open. For more information and to register visit www.bathurstcyclingclassic.com.au.

Information sessions

BATHURST Regional Council will hold two community information sessions to provide residents with further details about the new course and ways to become involved in the event.

They will be held on:

  • Tuesday, October 22: Council chambers, 6pm.
  • Thursday, October 24: Rockley School of Arts Hall, 6pm.