Bicycling Australia is delighted to announce the official launch of the 2019 Bowral Classic, Australasia’s premier Gran Fondo ride, which will take place on the weekend of the 19th and 20th of October.
2019 will mark the 4th edition of the Bowral Classic, which is set to be bigger and better than ever this year, with an expected 3,500 riders rolling through uniquely picturesque Southern Highlands towns like Robertson, Fitzroy Falls and Berrima.
The ride has grown exponentially since 2016, when 3,000 intrepid cyclists lined up for the first running of the event on Bong Bong Street, and has since become a major fixture on the Australian cycling calendar.
The Bowral Classic offers four course options to suit every kind of rider – the 35km Social Classic, 90km Rouleurs Classic, 120km Challenge Classic and ‘the beast’, the 175km Maxi Classic.
The Southern Highlands has been known for generations as a haven for cyclists. Quality roads, endless route options and a picture-postcard backdrop of lush green rolling hills make riding the Bowral Classic a uniquely special experience.
James Yaffa, event organiser and passionate cyclist, said Bowral is hard to beat. Having grown up in the region, he knows how special it is. “We are just as excited in our 4th year as we were in our first. Bowral and the surrounding towns are simply the ultimate escape. Our loyal riders keep coming back to enjoy all the delights that are on offer, the Bowral Classic is much more than just the ride!
The Bowral Classic is now a leading Gran Fondo Event for the Southern Highlands region and Australia, we are extremely proud of the event that it has become and thank our riders, partners and key stakeholders for making it such a great weekend!”
Destination New South Wales
The Bowral Classic is thrilled to again be partnering with Destination New South Wales, the State’s tourism and major events agency.
With colourful tulips, culinary experiences and creative flair, the charming town of Bowral in the Southern Highlands is the perfect country escape. Discover delicious restaurants and wineries, splendid gardens and cricket legends, all only 90 minutes’ drive, or a two-hour train journey, from Sydney. There’s a number of great things to do in Bowral, beyond the Bowral Classic, including bushwalking and fly fishing. Go to visitnsw.com to plan your Southern Highlands adventure.
The Bowral Classic is also thrilled to announce partnerships with industry giants such as Bianchi and Shimano to help boost the event.
Early Bird Registrations Open Now
Registrations for the 2019 Bowral Classic are open now. The Early Bird period will run until Sunday, 14th April, so get in early to save and also receive a free jersey worth $115 if you register to ride the Rouleurs Classic, Challenge Classic or Maxi Classic. What’s more, during Early Bird, riders doing their third Bowral Classic will receive a special Third Year Rider Jersey, and riders doing their fourth will get a Bowral Classic & Velopac branded RidePac worth $50.
Aside from being an unrivalled festival of cycling, the Bowral Classic also allows riders to give back to those less fortunate than themselves. So far across its three years, the event has raised over $300,000 for good causes across Australia.
Riders can either choose to raise money for a charity of their choice, or they can add to the coffers of these six official Bowral Classic Charity Partners:
Black Dog Institute
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse
Rare Cancers Australia
The 2019 Bowral Classic will be Bicycling Australia’s biggest and best Gran Fondo event yet, and we can’t wait to see you down there.
For event information or to register, visit www.bowralclassic.com.au