Long day in the saddle awaits record field for Warrnambool

The penultimate event on the National Road Series, the Melbourne to Warrnambool is Australia's oldest event, and the longest in the Southern Hemisphere (second only to Milan-San Remo). A 200-strong field will have to contend not only with the 262 kilometre distance, but also the blustery conditions, that are synonomous with this part of Victoria.

Nathan Haas (Genesys) and Steele Von Hoff (Genesys), fresh off success at the 1.HC Japan Cup, headline the start list, and both will be looking to return Genesys to winning ways in Australia when they line-up for the roll-out on Saturday. The list of contenders is long though with Sam Rutherford and Chris Jory (BikeBug.com), Chris Jongewaard and Luke Davison (Budget Forklifts) along with Matthew Lloyd and last week's Grafton animator Mark O'Brien all potential victors.

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