Hundreds of cyclists, their families and supporters will be descending on Molong on Saturday the 22nd of April 2017 for the NSW Masters Road Cycling Championships.
The event is returning to the region after a highly successful inaugural year in 2016 and is expected to bring in thousands of dollars of business across the local hospitality and tourism industries.
Mayor Ian Gosper said Cabonne extends a warm welcome to the master riders, their support crew and families. “It is a great thrill to host the State Road Cycling championship in Cabonne and we are very supportive of this valuable event.”
“I know the community of Molong is gearing up and will ensure their visit to the area is a memorable one where they can enjoy some of the diverse local produce, cellar doors and scenic landscapes.”
Cycling NSW CEO Phil Ayres said the riders would bring family members and others, who would be looking to dine in local restaurants and cafes, check out local attractions and stay in local accommodation. He said he was thankful to Cabonne Council for their tremendous support.
Mr Ayres believes even the record entries of last year will be surpassed in 2017.
“We have had 12 months for word to get around after the success of last year at the new location and believe even more of our masters riders will be keen to give it a go,’’ he said. “Riders will travel from throughout NSW and even interstate to race some of the events.”
“The masters group – which takes in riders from 30 years up to 80 and even higher competing in five year age divisions – is our largest membership group and feature many state, national and world champions in their numbers. Some are new to cycling, having entered as masters; while others have already featured on the national and world stage in their younger years, but are still fast and competitive.”
The event will test riders in three championship events: The road race, criteriums (or circuit races) and individual time trials.
“The Molong township is a perfect back drop for our road events around the fair but testing 25km loop, this year with a new finish area closer into town,’’ Mr Ayres said.
The expected 400 hundred cyclists will start in Molong at 7:30am on Saturday 22 April.