NEWS ARTICLE 17 February 2021
Ex-professional cyclist Mark Renshaw expects unpredictable results, but breathtaking views, in this year’s B2B event at the Bathurst Cycling Classic.
A full lap of Mount Panorama and fully-closed roads feature in the Bathurst2Bathurst (B2B) 100km course, which was designed by Renshaw and debuted last year.
“It’s going to be amazing scenery once you get out on the course,” Renshaw said. “As in previous editions, the roads will be fully closed.”
The ride starts and finishes in the heart of the vibrant regional city. After lapping the legendary race circuit, riders will take in picturesque sights and the charming villages of Rockley and Perthville on a long loop through the countryside.
“Riders will meet in the Bathurst CBD and head directly up to Mount Panorama, where they’ll take on the climb within the first 8 kilometres. After getting over the top, the riders will head out to the rolling roads towards Rockley,” Renshaw said.
Cyclists can ride the B2B in one of five recreational waves. Although the fastest riders are expected to average over 40km/hr, the event caters for those who are just seeking to complete the challenge at cruising pace.
For competitive riders, the B2B will be the decisive road stage of the three-day Bathurst Tour, the first senior stage race in NSW since 2013. The Bathurst Tour prize pool is valued at $15,000 across three men’s and three women’s divisions.
The B2B course is expected to produce exciting results in the Tour’s overall classification.
“Wind could be a factor, and the heat in March. You never know here in the Bathurst region,” Renshaw said.
The B2B will take place on Sunday, 14 March, at the end of the Bathurst Cycling Classic weekend.
You can find out more about the B2B at https://www.bathurstcyclingclassic.com.au/event. View the route on Strava or Ride With GPS.