Whether it is a five-year-old child attempting a bush track for the first time or a world champion navigating tough terrain, this year’s Ballarat Cycle Classic has something to offer everyone.
Ambassador and mountain biking champion Phil Orr said the mountain bike courses covered a wide variety of terrain, with the track taking riders out of town and towards Gong Gong reserve.
“I ride these tracks regularly and still find it challenging,” Orr said.
Meanwhile, course coordinator Antanas Spokevicius, who volunteers for the event every year, said there was plenty of support on the day.
“The event is great because there are marshals at check points across the route, making it incredibly safe, as well as rest stops with water, cake and lollies to boost your energy,” he said.
In 2018 the event aims to significantly increase numbers and community awareness of the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute’s local cancer research programs.
Mountain biking options include 25km, 33km, 40km and 50km courses, while road rides vary in distance from 50-100km.
Returning this year will also be the PETstock Family Lake Walk.