Cycling: Tough circuit to test riders

CHALLENGE: About 50 participants are expected to take on the difficult ride.

CHALLENGE: About 50 participants are expected to take on the difficult ride.

Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club will host the Chris Cashin Memorial Handicap, a 69-kilometre road race that starts and ends at Burrumbeet Hall, on Saturday.

Ballarat Sebastopol’s Tim Canny said the race was open to all riders and the handicap could result in an exciting sprint finish, especially in the absence of national road series riders Liam and Nicholas White. 

Canny said the club expected about 50 participants, but numbers could be impacted by the weather. 

“The race has a bit of significance because a lot of the riders used to ride with Chris Cashin who was killed riding his bike,” Canny said. 

“The  weather isn’t looking great but someone who can battle the challenging course and also the inclement weather will be a more well deserving winner.”

Canny said the tough ride was good preparation for next week’s Victorian Road Series Fred Icke Road Race in Creswick.

Entries for the Cashin close on Friday at 4pm.