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Goulburn to Sydney on television

By:
Shane Stokes
Published:
August 22, 2005, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 21, 2009, 0:07 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for August 22, 2005

Australia's historic Goulburn to Sydney Cycle Race Classic (The Goulburn) will be broadcast on SBS...

Australia's historic Goulburn to Sydney Cycle Race Classic (The Goulburn) will be broadcast on SBS TV courtesy of the Campbelltown Catholic Club, the major sponsor of the race. 'The Goulburn' is one of Australia's oldest annual sporting events, having been first staged in 1902. It was last held in 1999 but stopped for financial reasons.

This year's race will run on September 25 over a 170 km course between Goulburn and Camden, in Sydney's southwest. Camden will be closing its streets for a day long festival to honour the riders as they arrive at around midday. Up to 200 riders are expected to take part, including Olympic gold medallist Stephen Wooldridge.

Former rugby great, and one of Goulburn's favourite sons, Simon Poidevin is this year's race ambassador. He thanked the Campbelltown Catholic Club for backing 'The Goulburn'. "It's fantastic support from a club that supports local area initiatives. This just shows what a great club they are," he said.

Poidevin also paid tribute to the event's organisers, including volunteers from the Macarthur Collegians, Southern Highlands and Goulburn cycling clubs, who spent more than a year and over 2,000 volunteer hours to rejuvenate the race.

Paul Hillbrick, from the Macarthur Collegians Cycle Club, said the race will be a wonderful spectacle where the infamous Razorback Range of Picton will shape the race finish in Camden. "I encourage everyone to come out on the morning of September 25 to cheer the riders on," he said.

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