NEWS ARTICLE 25 November 2020
Cycling NSW

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: