Known to many people as the 'home' of Australian motor racing, Bathurst is preparing to host plenty of strong riders during the Subaru Bathurst to Blayney Classic. MG-XPower riders Robert McLachlan and Shaun Higgerson will be contesting the 94km road race, along with NSWIS riders Richard Moffatt and Sam Lee.
"We couldn't ask for a better field in both the A Grade Men's and Women's races" said Bathurst Club President Mark Windsor. "We had planned on developing the race into a major event over the next few years, but it seems we're pretty close to getting it to a national level cycling classic straight off."
With plenty of challenging hills in the district, it's likely to be climbers such as Higgerson that will make the decisive moves, but in these type of races it always comes down to who has the legs on the day.
The Bathurst Subaru Women on Wheels event will also be hotly contested, with talented Australian representative rider Amanda Spratt making an appearance to take on last year's winner, former national junior representative Kate Nichols. Local Paralympian Janelle Lindsay will also be among the challengers, with fast Victorian Emma Richards and young NSW track rider Skye-Lee Armstrong adding plenty of class to the field.