NEWS ARTICLE 8 January 2021
The criteriums at Mount Panorama Pit Complex will be a key stage of the Bathurst Tour, says Cycling NSW CEO Graham Seers.
Since placings on each stage — not time gaps — will decide the overall winners, the close finishes expected for Stage 2 will likely be crucial for sorting out the pecking order.
The 2021 Bathurst Cycling Classic Criteriums will be held on Saturday, 13 March as part of the inaugural three-day Bathurst Tour.
The famous Mount will feature prominently in all three stages. Stage 1 will be a hill climb from bottom to top, while the 100km B2B Road Race will include a full loop of the motor racing circuit.
For the criteriums, organisers have designed a rectangular circuit using pit lane and circling the garages. The four turns, plus a chicane at the pit entrance, mean cornering and positioning skills will be valuable in the hunt for success.
“The criteriums will be fast and exciting to watch — and to race,” Seers said. “Every point will be important to overall victory, and places could be decided in a sprint by less than a tyre-width.”
Seers says the points format will keep the overall result unpredictable until the very end.
"Rather than running it like the Tour de France which runs on time for each stage, the Bathurst Tour will be run on a points system,” Seers said. "If it was done on time, the hill climb could mean the gaps started early, but by having it as a points set-up, it will stay competitive right through until the end of Sunday."
Bathurst Cycling Classic ambassador and local sprinting legend Mark Renshaw, who helped design the weekend’s courses, says he expects a “fast-paced criterium in the pit complex”.
You can enter the 2021 Bathurst Tour, including the criteriums, at www.bathurstcyclingclassic.com.au.
NEWS ARTICLE 25 November 2020
Your opportunity to race up Bathurst 1000 circuit
For the first time, the hill climb at the Bathurst Cycling Classic will be contested on the famous motor racing track of Mount Panorama.
The brand-new course for March 2021 will ascend the first 3.2 kilometres of tarmac from Pit Straight to Brock’s Skyline.
Previous editions of the event used a service road adjacent to the race track. Next year, however, riders will start on Pit Straight itself before turning left into Hell Corner and heading directly up the climb, just like the cars in the 1,000-kilometre motor race.
Mountain Straight is a steady 4% rise, but the toughest challenge will come through the twists and turns of Griffins Bend and The Cutting. At over 8%, the average gradient there makes for a leg-sapping stomp to the top of the Mount.
Once through the bends, the final 750 metres is a flat dash to the line, finishing right above the Hollywood-esque “Mount Panorama” sign.
Competitors will ascend a total of 170 vertical metres and will be rewarded with breathtaking views over the Bathurst region — plus a thrilling descent down the mountain to cool down.
The hill climb, sponsored by local bike shop Renshaw’s Pedal Project, will be Stage 1 of the new Bathurst Tour stage race. The overall classification will be decided on points earned by placing in each of the three stages, including the Stage 2 criterium and Stage 3 road race.
"Rather than running it like the Tour de France which runs on time for each stage, it will be run on a points system,” said Graham Seers, Cycling NSW CEO. "If it was done on time, the hill climb would mean the gaps started early and people might stop racing, but by having it as a points set-up, it will stay competitive right through until the end of the Sunday."
The Bathurst Tour will be contested across three men’s and three women’s divisions on 12–14 March 2021. Non-Tour participants can also ride in the hill climb as standalone recreational time trial.
Register now for the 2021 Bathurst Cycling Classic: www.bathurstcyclingclassic.com.au
NEWS ARTICLE 25 November 2020
Bathurst Tour will be the first multi-stage race in NSW since 2013.
A new stage race is expected to attract the state’s keenest bike racers for three days of competition in Bathurst.
For the first time, the 2021 Bathurst Cycling Classic will bring together a hill climb, criterium and road race into a multi-day event called the “Bathurst Tour”, making it the first stage race in NSW since the 2013 North Western Tour.
Although the three disciplines have long been featured in the marquee event, this will be the first time they are run together as a single tour, with overall winners awarded at the end of the weekend.
MEDIA RELEASE 12 September 2019
The Bathurst Cycling Classic, to be held on 14 & 15 March 2020 will feature a new course, with the feature event, the B2B now starting and finishing in the Bathurst CBD.
Mayor of Bathurst Cr Graeme Hanger OAM said the Bathurst Cycling Classic includes two days of cycling action, with the criterium and hill climb events on Saturday 14 March both being held at Mount Panorama; while the B2B (or Bathurst 2 Bathurst) on Sunday 15 March features an exciting and challenging new course with fully closed road conditions.