Organisers of the world's longest one day bike race, the Melbourne to Warrnambool, have announced this year's event will play host to a record number of riders. The classic will be contested by some 192 competitors - the largest field since the race's inception in 1895.
Among the riders contesting this weekend's event is Chris Jongewaard, who just last weekend finished a close second to Simon Gerrens in the Sun Herald Tour. Also tackling the grueling course will be women riders Stephanie Frawley and Kate Nichols."I think the Warrnambool is one of the best run and safest bike races I have ever done and I think that it should be recognised for that," explained Nichols who is competing for the second time with her father Kevin.