The Southern Highlands is only a short drive from Sydney which makes it a popular weekend destination. You can now enjoy the relaxed country atmosphere, with some quality bike riding, with distances suitable for everyone. Start planning your weekend away with the Bowral Classic – October 23.
This new gran fondo event in the Southern Highlands, isn’t a race as such. Sure there will be those gunning for line honours, but this is also about the journey and the ride and is suitable for all levels of riders, with distances to match and the ability to make it an event for the whole family. For those who watched Matt Haymans victory in Paris Roubaix and want to experience something similar, this event also finishes with a lap of the local velodrome.
The route will take riders through the villages of Bowral, Berrima, Mittagong and Kangaloon. The routes will offer beautiful scenic back roads as well as tough challenges for the more proficient rider. There are three ride options for riders to choose from for the Bowral Classic. The Maxi Classic is 160k, during the ride around the beautiful Southern Highlands riders will face a variety of rollings hills, short steep climbs, beautiful descents, long flat sections and to finish off, a leg burning trip around Kangaloon. The elevation is ~ + 1900m and so perfect preparation will be MWCC Wall in early October which has the same amount of climbing in just 100km!
The 90km Midi Classic is the same as the Maxi Classic through the first 75km and riders will climb over 1,000m of ascent – it’s called the Southern Highlands for a reason.
The 25km Mini Classic will take in the local Bowral region and will be the perfect opportunity to get the kids out on their bikes for a morning ride or perhaps those riders who are just looking for a scenic ride before enjoying some of the other offerings of the Southern Highlands.
The great thing about this ride, is that it is such an easy weekend away for either the individual, those with a partner or someone bringing the whole entourage. There is accommodation for all budgets and just like our recent Velo D’Vino MWCC can also recommend some fine dining opportunities to our riders as well. But we will keep that to our members social page, to ensure you can get a booking.
Our local riding of West Head and Akuna Bay also makes for perfect training grounds for this ride regardless of your distance. All of the rides have rest stops and aid stations along the course, so everyone can challenge themselves no matter their ability, riders only need to average 20km/hr to make the cut off limits.
There looks to be a number of MWCC riders already booked in for the event and one of our riders, Tony Holland is an Event Ambassador for the ride and you can read his feature on the Bowral Classic site. The Club will also be featured in an upcoming edition of the ride newsletter. We would encourage all of our members whether they are racing or social riders to pick an option and get out of Sydney for the weekend.
Early bird prices finish May 20. So lock it in the calendar now.
If you choose to fundraise for a charity for this event, which is an option on the Bowral Classic entry form, we would encourage members to choose our club charity – TAD Freedom Wheels, which aims to give children with disabilities access to modified bikes, so that they can have the enjoyment of going for a ride and maybe even taking on the 25km Mini Classic.
For all of the ride details check the website – http://www.bowralclassic.com.au/