RIDER INFORMATION / FAQs

We answer some commonly asked questions below.
For further enquiries, please email [email protected].

BOWRAL CLASSIC 2020 CANCELLATION INFORMATION

Organisers of the Bowral Classic are truly saddened to announce the 2020 event has been cancelled.

This decision has not been made lightly and the event is another casualty of the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We have followed the advice of NSW Health and the Australian Government and feel it is only fair to their loyal rider community to act decisively and offer as much notice as possible.

All riders will automatically be transferred to next year’s Bowral Classic to be held on Sunday, 17 October 2021. No further action is required. If riders cannot make the new date, they are able to request a refund. Please visit the Cancellation FAQs page for more information.

Registration kit collection & Merchandise swaps

If you registered on or before 29 August 2021 your rider kit, including any ordered merchandise, will be mailed to your nominated address in mid-September.

If you registered after 29 August 2021, you can collect your registration kit, and any ordered merchandise, on Saturday 16 October 1– 4pm or Sunday 17 October 5am – 7am at the Event Village (Eridge Park- Wirreanda Rd, Burradoo).

If there is a problem with your registration kit, or you wish to transfer ride categories, please come to the Event Village on Saturday afternoon (1pm-4pm) or Sunday morning (5am-7am).

If you wish to swap your jersey for a different size, please bring your jersey in its original packaging to the Event Village on Saturday (1pm-4pm). Please note: jersey sizes are limited and we may not be able to accommodate all sizing requests.

Exclusive fourth year RidePac and fifth year Bike Tool are only available to riders who register during the Early Bird period.

What is included in your registration kit?

The following will be included in your registration kit:

  • A Rider Front Plate, including your seat post number and timing chip (timing chip excluded for 35km Social riders). Please attach this to your bike’s front plate with the cable ties included in your registration kit. It is forbidden to alter, cut or fold your stickers.
    Note: Do not attach prior to transporting the bike on the exterior of a vehicle. High-speed travel is likely to cause the sticker to fray and tear, which may make it unusable.
  • Maps of the course, Start and Finish lines and Event Village.
  • Drink token for a free beer or wine at the Event Village
  • Any merchandise you have ordered (Excluding Champion System merchandise which will be delivered separately).

Cancellations, Refunds & Category Transfers

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS

Cancellations that are received by 29 August 2021 will be refunded 50% of the entry fee.

No refunds or deferrals will be offered for cancellations received after 29 August 2021.

Should the Event Organisers cancel the event due to adverse weather conditions, all riders will be given a 50% refund.

Should the Event organisers cancel the event due to COVID-19, all riders will receive the option of a full refund or deferral to Bowral Classic 2022.

TRANSFERS

We will consider transferring a registration to another person if a rider is injured and provides a medical certificate at least 7 days prior to the event.

If you wish to transfer ride categories, please email [email protected].
No refunds are made when transferring from a category of a higher value to a category of a lesser value.

Safety Briefing Videos

The Safety Briefing Videos contain important event information relevant to your course. Please ensure you view your course briefing before the event day.

2021 Safety Briefing Videos to come.

Download Rider Guidebook & Course Information Booklet

2021 Rider Guidebook and Course Information Booklet to come in September 2021.

eBikes, TT Bars & other bike restrictions

eBikes and Time Trial (TT) bars are not permitted in the Bowral Classic.

We understand eBikes are a growing market and are working towards introducing an eBike category in future years. 

If your chosen bike is anything other than a road bike, please email [email protected] to request approval for its use in the Bowral Classic. 

Parking

We encourage cyclists to ride to the Start Line.
Alternatively we recommend cyclists park near the Event Village at Chevalier College for easy access to their vehicles at the end of the ride.

Chevalier College
Enter the College from Moss Vale Road opposite Riversdale Ave. Parking areas will be signposted.

THERE IS NO PARKING WITHIN ERIDGE PARK.

Start Line & Start Times

Cheer on cyclists as they depart Bong Bong St, Bowral between 6.30am and 8am.
All riders will head off in 75 second intervals, and head North-West towards Berrima.

6.30am:                Highlanders

6.35am-6.55am: 90KM Rouleurs Classic riders 

7.00am-7.25am: 160KM Maxi Classic riders 

7.30am-7.55am: 125KM Challenge Classic riders 

8.00am-8.15am: 35KM Social Classic riders 

PARKING: Bowral Swimming Centre on Oxley Drive and Bowral Train Station on Station Street.

Start Line

Start Line

Eridge Park Event Village & Finish Line

The Bowral Classic Event Village at Eridge Park, Burradoo is the adjacent to the Finish Line and the perfect place to hang out post-ride. Kick back and relax on our comfy bean bags, whilst enjoying live music from local artists and sampling the locally produced food, wine and beer.

There will also be the opportunity to ride in the velodrome after the event.

Saturday, 16 October 2021 | 1pm–4pm

Registration collection for riders who registered after 31 August, 2020.
Exhibitor stalls will be open along with a coffee van.

Sunday, 17 October 2021 | 10am–4pm

The village area will offer:

  Locally produced food, coffee, beer and wine
  Live music
  Cycling exhibitor stalls
  Merchandise for sale
  Children’s entertainment
  First Aid

PARKING:

Parking will be available at Chevalier College, Burradoo. This is a short walk to the Event Village at Eridge Park. Marshalls will direct motorists to parking spaces.

There is no parking available within Eridge Park.

On Course Rest Stops

Subject to change.

Bundanoon Oval (160 & 125km riders)
Erith St, Bundanoon
First riders:  8:00am

Last riders: 10:00am

Fitzroy Falls Sailing Club (Highlanders, 160, 125 & 90km riders)
Nowra Rd, Fitzroy Falls
First riders:  7:40am

Last riders: 12:55pm

Tourist Road Oval (160, 125 & 90km riders)
Tourist Rd, Glenquarry
First riders:  8:25am

Last riders: 2:25pm

35km Social Classic riders will receive a token for a free coffee & cake which they can redeem at participating cafes in Berrima.

Bag drop options

At Start Line 
On Sunday morning, on the corner of Bong Bong and Boolwey Streets there will be a Bag Drop car.

Pack to many clothes or too warm? Use the Bag Drop to place any extra/unwanted clothes. They will be transported to the Event Village at Eridge Park where you can pick up from the Bicycling Australia tent.

At Rest Stop 1  Bundanoon Oval (160km & 125km riders)
There will also be a Bag Drop station at Rest Stop 1. Riders can drop off any extra/unwanted clothes which will then be transported to the Event Village at Eridge Park.

At Rest Stop 2  Fitzroy Falls Sailing Club (90km riders & Highlanders bags)
There will also be a Bag Drop station at Rest Stop 2. Riders can drop off any extra/unwanted clothes which will then be transported to the Event Village at Eridge Park.

NOTE: Bags MUST be labelled with Full Name and Rider Number. 

Rules & rider behaviour

The Bowral Classic is held on open roads. All road rules apply.
If a cyclist is found to be in breach of road rules organisers will disqualify and remove cyclist from event.

•  No more than two riders side-by-side unless overtaking.

• Please ensure you have reviewed the following NSW Road Rules.

• Obey all road rules and directions from Police and Traffic Controllers.

• On narrow country roads bicycle riders must avoid being a hazard to traffic.

• Ride on the left hand side of the road.

• Respect signs which have been put in place by the event organiser.

• Wear an Australian approved helmet at all times: no helmet = no ride.

• Any person participating in the event, must obey directions given by a member of the NSW Police Force or Ride Referee

• At the Ride Referees discretion, riders may be withdrawn from the event if they are outside the designated cut-off times and their safety cannot be reasonably ensured.

• While every effort has been made to mark out and officiate the course route, it remains the riders responsibility to be conversant with the ride route. Cyclists are reminded that road cycling can be considered a dangerous sport and whilst all reasonable care is taken by organisers and officials when organising an event, all participants have an equal responsibility to ensure they take all reasonable care by adhering to the road rules and other conditions imposed by ride officials, ensuring a safe ride environment for all concerned.

Emergency & Event Contacts

Ambulance, Police, Fire:  000

Emergency Hotline: TBC
Event Hotline: TBC

Please note the Emergency and Event hotlines will not be turned on until the weekend of the Bowral Classic. These numbers are also listed on your rider identification front plate.

There will be an ambulance on course along with a designated first aid response team with two vehicles on course.

Emergency medical staff will be clearly identified with high-vis vests and name tags.

Bike preparation

Come prepared, get your bike serviced before the event, put on new tires, check your brakes, cables, chain, lube etc. Please do not arrive to the start with a bike that needs a full service.

Saturday 16 Oct- there will be mechanics at Registration at Eridge Park from 1pm – 4pm.

Sunday 17 Oct- there will be mechanics at the Start area on Bong Bong Street. There will also be a mechanics roaming on course.

What else to carry

Riders are to be self-reliant. Riders should carry:

•  2x water biddons
  Some nutrition, e.g. banana, muesli bar

•  2 x tubes
  C02 head unit and canisters
•  Puncture kit
  Front and rear lights
  Mobile phone
  Glasses
  Appropriate cycle related clothing
  Some money

Wear an Australian approved helmet at all times: no helmet = no ride.

Nutrition and hydration

This is a Sunday ride but not like your usual hit out. Two factors cannot be underestimated:
Even at 30km/h riders will be out for 5-plus hours on the bike.
Riders should consume one gram of carbohydrate per kilogram of body weight per hour.

Eating and drinking by the time you feel hungry or thirsty will be too late.

Please note that local cafes will be open from 6am but there will be other cyclists with the same idea and you do not want to miss your start time.

GU electrolyte tabs and gels will be supplied at rest stops.

Every rider should carry some nutrition e.g. gels, bananas, muesli bars. Also riders are encouraged to carry two 750 ml water biddons.

Plan to drink all your fluids by the time you get to the next station. Do not wait to feel thirsty before you drink, by then it will be too late.

Riders on the Social loop will have vouchers which they will exchange for cake and coffee at a selection of cafes in Berrima.

Remember to slip,slop, slap!
At the Rest Stops there will be a water station, food and First Aid kits.

Cut-off times

Cut-off times will be released closer to the event date and included in the Rider Guidebook.

As a reference, the cut-off times are based on a last rider average speed of 20km/hour.

Weather

BOWRAL DURING OCTOBER:

Mean maximum temperature: 19.1°C
Mean minumum temperature: 7.7°C
Mean rainfall: 71.6mm

Sunrise: 6:09am
Sunset: 7:22pm

Please be prepared! It is your responsibility to carry what you may need during the ride.

Security

The Event Management takes no responsibility for any valuables lost before / during or after the event.

Cyclists and insurance

Insurance is compulsory. During the registration process, you will be asked to note your current insurance cover and insurance number. Your current insurance will need to cover you for the Bowral Classic day event. If you do not have the appropriate insurance, you will be asked to take out day insurance, Personal Accident Cover.

The cost of this cover is $10 per rider. Please click here for the Insurance FAQs.

Team Rankings

Team rankings will be based in the Top Four times of each team. If only three cross the line, that team will not receive a team result.

Age restrictions

The minimum age for the 160km Maxi, 125km Challenge and 90km Rouleurs rides is 12 years old. Riders aged 12-16 must hold a Cycling Australia Race Licence.

The minimum age for the 35km Social Classic is 10 years old. Please note that any riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult if they do not hold a Cycling Australia Race Licence.

Protest

Any rider wishing to protest his/her timing or report an infringement by another rider should visit the Tomato Timing tent at the Event Village or email [email protected] post-event.

Please note – the Bowral Classic is a ride not a race.