Classic reach for cure in Ballarat Cycle Classic

SUPPORT: Long-time road rider Stephen Byrne, mountain bike ambassador Phillip Orr and Edward Berzins get ready to ride. Picture: Lachlan Bence

SUPPORT: Long-time road rider Stephen Byrne, mountain bike ambassador Phillip Orr and Edward Berzins get ready to ride. Picture: Lachlan Bence

MOUNTAIN Bike ambassador Phil Orr urges anyone still considering whether to walk, ride or run in the Cycle Classic to just get out, have a go and have fun.

Reach4Research Ballarat Cycle Classic is all about participating to boost the hunt for a cancer cure in Ballarat.

“There is an event for everyone. Just get out there and have a go,” Mr Orr said. “For those who have registered, and done the training, it is an exciting time, but even if you have not trained much, it’s all for a good cause.”

There is still plenty of time to sign up on site this weekend, with registrations open in the event village precinct on Saturay, 2-8pm, and on Sunday morning, 7-9am.

Events start with the 50-kilometre mountain bike fat tyre challenge from the Lake Wendouree gardens precinct at 8am with road rides on course from 8.30am and other mountain bike events to follow.

The new pet-friendly walk and run steps out from 9.15am from the lake, ahead of the 2.5 hour lake relay.

This is the 10th year anniversary year of the event, which started as an idea between three businessmen who wanted to honour a friend and support work in Ballarat that would directly affect people in their hometown.

The first event started with about 200 participants hitting the roads and has since raised more than $1.4 million for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.

It has since expanded to add a mountain biking course, laps of the lake relay ride and a pet walk and run.

Organisers are expecting more than 2000 participants with a flurry of sign-ups this weekend.

Finding Dory will launch the two-day festival, in a twilight picnic movie night by the lake on Saturday.

Free car parking will be available at the North Gardens (weather permitting).

ROAD CLOSURES ON SUNDAY

  • Inside lane of Wendouree Parade closed to all traffic, 7am–3.30pm.
  • Wendouree Parade (both lanes) from Carlton St to St Aidans Drive, 5am-4:30pm. 
  • Parking not permitted on inside lane of Wendouree Parade, 7am–3.30pm.