Bicycling Australia’s 2020 Bowral Classic Cancelled Due To COVID-19

Organisers of the Bowral Classic, Bicycling Australia’s signature annual Gran Fondo event, are truly saddened to announce the 2020 event has been cancelled.

The event was due to be held on Sunday, October 18 in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. 

This decision has not been made lightly and the event is another casualty of the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Organisers 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, offer as much notice as possible, and advise the 2020 event will not proceed. 

The 2021 Bowral Classic will be held on October 17, 2021. All riders are in the process of being advised and their registration will automatically transfer to the new date. Riders are also able to request a full refund thanks to Bowral Classic’s rock-solid COVID-19 policy. Further information on this is available on the Bowral Classic website- 

Event founder James Yaffa said the cancellation was particularly upsetting given it was the event’s fifth year. 

“Set to be the biggest and best Bowral Classic to date, our signature event has evolved to be so much more than a ride,” Mr Yaffa said. 

“It’s a celebration of cycling and a huge annual boost for the wonderful Southern Highlands community. Our strong ties and deep respect for this community reinforce the difficult decision – they have already been through an enormous amount this year with drought, bushfires then the pandemic.” 

Back Bigger & Better In ’21

The Member for Wollondilly, Nathaniel Smith MP, added how he was disappointed to learn of the cancellation of the Bowral Classic event for this year.

“This is a wonderful event that contributes to the local economy and this year was experiencing record numbers. I congratulate the organisers of the Bowral Classic, they have added so much to the community and riders from all over Australia have experienced the wonderful Southern Highlands,” Mr Smith said. 

“I am sure that in 2021 the Bowral Classic will be back bigger and better than ever and I encourage all riders to get involved. The Southern Highlands will welcome you back with open arms.”

For further details contact James Yaffa at or Jasmine Gale at


Bicycling Australia is the nation’s most established and respected cycling platform, in print and online for over 25 years and 230+ issues. The Bowral Classic is one of four cycling Gran Fondo events for the media brand, others including the Mudgee Classic, Noosa Classic and Clare Classic, making it the largest platform of Gran Fondo cycling events in Australia.



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