With less than two weeks until the 3rd annual Bowral Classic – and with registrations closing off at noon this Friday October 12 – our junior correspondent Maizy Evans has penned her latest column from Bowral.
By Maizy Evans
With less than two weeks to go it’s time to put away the indoor trainer and get out and about on the roads of the Southern Highlands
With entries still open in the Rouleurs Classic (90km) , the Challenge Classic (120km) and limited places in the newest addition Velodrome Team time trial event, head over to the Bowral Classic website and get your entries in! But be quick … online registrations close at noon this Friday.
Why Not Be Extra Prepared?
With bunch rides for men and women leaving the local coffee shop on both Saturday and Sunday why not also head down to the Southern Highlands this weekend. It’s a great chance to witness the course and snap some killer views with the locals. Or, grab a few friends together and set out on the stunning course yourself!
Is Your Bike Ready?
Make sure to get your bike checked over by the team at The Fixed Wheel bike shop Bowral before heading out.
After grabbing your morning coffee at the local ‘Mezza Bar’ you can head out of Bowral passing through the wineries on Centennial Road, you then climb up a short pinch to the left before reaching the all famous Bendooley Hill.
After heading down in to the historic town of Berrima you can either make the right hand turn to loop around Greenhill’s and up Mount Misery for the 175km Maxi-Classic and climb the annual KOM/QOM Oxley Hill or continue towards New Berrima for the other routes. Or, why not stop at one of the many Berrima cafes on your way through.
Riding The Highlands
After travelling towards New Berrima and heading in to Moss Vale, for the 35km Social Classic you can turn left and pick up a coffee at Moss Vale’s ‘Highland Merchant before cruising back along the family friendly cycle path to Bowral.
Alternatively you might want to tough it out and continue for the longer courses. You then come to an intersection, as part of the 120km course you can take a sharp right turn and head out through Werai to Exeter and loop to Bundanoon and back or make a left turn to continue on the Rouleurs 90km course.
After about 6km travelling along the rolling hills of the Illawarra highway you make a sharp left turn on to the beautiful Sheepwash Road towards Kangaloon, you then make your way through Glenquarry and in to the small town of Wildes Meadow.
Now here comes the challenge. Factory Hill is approximately 150m with a steep incline. After conquering Factory Hill and rolling over range road, you travel along the stunning roads of the Old South and make your way back in to Bowral.
Cycling Options Abound
As you can see there is a wide variety of challenges and stunning views to see whilst enjoying your ride and training for the Bowral Classic.
For full route details, maps, registration and any other information check out the Bowral Classic Website and Social Media Pages.
The event is on Sunday October 21. See you here!