WHEN you think of cycling and Ballarat, hi-tech bikes and lycra suits are possibly the first things that spring to mind.
But Creswick will host a bike race with a difference this weekend, as the 25th annual Brackenbury festival comes to town.
Two action-packed days featuring bikes of all shapes and sizes will hit the town on Saturday and Sunday.
From pennyfarthings to the latest mountain bikes, even velocipedes (recreations of the first bikes ever made), the races will cater to people of all ages and fitness levels.
Event organiser Ray Martin said the event was almost lost forever after floods tore through the town three years ago, but now it was stronger than ever.
The 50-kilometre Brackenbury Mountain Bike Challenge on Saturday and the half-marathon running race on Sunday stand out as the feature events of the festival, but there are many others to keep the masses entertained.
“For the last few years we thought ‘why have just one event?’,” Mr Martin said.
“People come from across the state to take part so it’s usually a great event.”
Also included will be a handicapped pennyfarthing versus mountain bike race, as well as the new velocipede stampede and many others.
The Brackenbury began in 1988 as a running meet to raise funds for restoring the Creswick Town Hall.
Events have been added to build interest and family participation, highlighting parts of the Creswick community.
Entries for events can still be taken at Hammond Park at 8am on Saturday for the mountain bike challenge and at 8am Sunday for the half marathon.