This cyclo sportif is one of the biggest on the NSW calendar and it open to all riders – you do not need a racing licence to compete in this weekend of festivities. This is a great weekend of riding with various distances suitable for all riders.

Being located close to Sydney, you can drive down on the Saturday morning, enjoy the day around Bathurst before sweating it out on Sunday 6 April and then having a casual ride home. The whole family can ride their bikes with the distances varying from 11km, 70km and 110km. This is a sportif – that means that it isn’t a race as such – more of a social ride while challenging – so don’t think this is just for the warriors. Everyone can set their own challenges and there are always plenty of smiles around the finish line when riders cross the finish line.

The family fun ride which has a distance of 11km is suitable for all children. They may be keen to give the ride a crack, after attending our training workshop on 22 March. You can also promise the kids a visit to the Little Hartley Lolly Shop if they are well behaved on the drive up and back.

On Saturday 5 April riders can  enter the NSW Hill Climb Championships which send you up Mount Panorama and in the afternoon there are also some criterium races around the pit lanes of Mount Panorama. We have had good success in previous years on both the Saturday and Sunday. These are entered via the Cycling NSW website.

There are also some good wineries and cheese shops within a short distance of the race start/finish for those that are looking to fill in some time.

The Cyclo Sportif component of the event is structured as follows:

The 110 km Challenge

These are timed events which may mean that the first rider across the finish may not necessarily be the fastest.

Gold Wave

  • The Gold Wave will be limited to 120 riders;
  • The Gold 12 month race licence required;
  • The Gold Wave riders will be selected by Cycling NSW based on their records of your  previous performances;
  • The Gold Wave runs under closed road conditions;
  • No Team Vehicles will be permitted in this  event  under any circumstances;
  • Neutral support will be provided by up 3 vehicles and
  • The Gold Wave will be the first group to be flagged off at 8:30 approx.
  • 40km / hour plus;
  • 35 -40km / hour plus;
  • 30-35 km / hour plus;
  • 25 -30 km / hour plus and
  • 20 – 25 km / hour plus

Other Wave Classification

NB: Riders for all waves other than the Gold wave will be started in groups of average of 100 riders and will leave at 8:45 and thereafter at 2min intervals.

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The 70km Challenge

These are timed events which may mean that the first rider across the finish may not necessarily be the fastest.

The 40km /hour plus wave will be the first group to be flagged off at 10:15 approx. Riders for all waves will be started in groups of average of 100 riders leaving at 10:15 and thereafter at 2min intervals thereafter.

Wave Classification

  • 40km / hour plus- approx.
  • 35 -40km / hour plus
  • 30-35 km / hour plus
  • 25 -30 km / hour plus
  • 20 – 25 km / hour plus

Riders for all waves other than the Gold wave (long course) will be started in groups of an average of 100 riders.

Riders should have an honest ‘no ego aligned’ assessment of their ability when choosing their wave to ride in. Choosing a faster wave than your ability makes it dangerous not only for yourself but the other riders around you. By riding above your ability you are endangering other riders who are wanting to enjoy the event. Start in the wave you can finish in, not the one you plan on getting dropped from and then going back to your proper wave.

There is normally a large contingent of MWCC riders heading along to this weekend, so it isn’t too late to get your accommodation or entry sorted.

There is lots of information over on the official website – www.b2b.asn.au

Entries close Sunday 23 March.

Be warned there can often be big queues at Lithgow McDonalds on the drive home on Sunday afternoon.