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.
The Bathurst Tour will begin on Friday, 12 March with a new-look hill climb up the hallowed tarmac of Mount Panorama. Riders will compete to be fastest to the top of the Mount, starting from Pit Straight and finishing at Brock’s Skyline.
Saturday sees riders return to the Mount Panorama pit complex for a fast four-corner criterium, which should suit the sprinters.
Finally, the Bathurst Tour will conclude on Sunday with a 100-kilometre road race starting and finishing in Bathurst — the B2B. This lumpy stage will take in the climbs of Mount Panorama and Rockley Mount before looping around on country roads to return to Bathurst’s town centre.
Each rider’s overall result will be decided by a point score earned by placing highly in each stage. More than $15,000 in prizes will be awarded across the weekend.
With three men’s division and three women’s divisions, the inaugural Tour is expected to attract everyone from enthusiastic club racers up to NRS and UCI Continental teams.
“By having three different disciplines in one event, the Bathurst Tour will suit a wide range of riders,” said Cycling NSW CEO Graham Seers. “Climbers, sprinters and all-rounders will all have a shot at overall or stage success.”
“After everyone was starved of racing earlier in 2020, we’re glad to bring back stage racing to NSW with the support of Bathurst Regional Council,” Seers said.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, entries for the Bathurst Tour are strictly limited to 50 riders per division. Riders who register after capacity is reached will be put on a waitlist until a free slot opens up in their chosen division.
Register for the Bathurst Tour now: www.bathurstcyclingclassic.com.au/event/the-bathurst-tour