Goulburn to Sidney Cycle Race Classic

On September 23, 2007 the Goulburn to Sidney will take place, covering 170 kilometres. It is the...

On September 23, 2007 the Goulburn to Sidney will take place, covering 170 kilometres. It is the oldest race in New South Wales, with the first edition run on August 9, 1902 - one year before the first Tour de France took place. The race, which is always run in a handicap format, was held every year except during the wars. This year it will be conducted as a scratch race.

There are 2 sprints and 3 King of the Mountains along the race route including one lap of the infamous Razorback range which is intended to split up the bunch for a better finish into the Camden, where the race will end amidst the the two week annual Camden Festival.

Quadruple world champion and Olympic gold medallist Stephen Wooldridge will start in this years event as well as professional rider Trent Wilson, who hopes to better his third place from last year.

The running of the race is a joint effort between the Goulburn, Southern Highlands and Macarthur Cycling Clubs and the New South Wales police has been helpful as well. 400 people was the most participants ever. The first winning mark of just under eight hours has been cut in half by 1992, though on a slightly shorter course, finishing at El Toro Liverpool.

Goulburn produced Australia's first cycling Olympic gold medallist with Dunc Gray and the Goulburn cycling club will celebrate its 100th birthday.

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