Organisers of the Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic are currently planning a second cycling event to run in conjunction with the classic, the Warrnambool Standard reports. Details are limited on the tourism-focused event expected to take place between Warrnambool and Apollo Bay next year. "It's creating opportunities for more local riders in the region to go on a little less arduous ride," said organising committee chairman Geoff Rollinson. The announcement comes off the back of Victorian State Government pledging 30,000AU$ in funding for the event, which takes place this weekend.
While details on the new component to the event will take "some months to develop," Victorian State and Regional Development Minister John Brumby revealed it will go some way to "help improve the sustainability of the [Melbourne to Warrnambool] Classic." Just yesterday, Classic organisers announced the largest ever field for the 111-year-old event.