The Bowral Classic is Bicycling Australia’s original Gran Fondo cycling event and 2022 marks its seventh year.
It will be held this weekend, October 15/16, and registration will be possible at the Event Village in Bowral over the event weekend – see the event website for further details.
The good news is there are still limited spaces in the Social, Rouleurs, Challenge and Maxi-Classic rides.
Synonymous with the sport, and among friends and fans who have been informed and educated by him for more than three decades, Mike Tomalaris was at last year’s event and will again be there on Saturday.
“The vibe was unbelievable,” he said of the 2021 Bowral Classic. “On Sunday morning the main street was a sea of people, of colour, of jerseys. “I hadn’t been to a Classic before,” he continued. “This was my first one. People were in such a buoyant mood, despite the early start everyone was buzzing. And that’s what cycling does, it creates joy and fulfilment – it brings everyone together.”
Enthused about the Classics, Tomalaris said “I had so many people come up and say how much they were enjoying the weekend.”
“I think what James Yaffa is doing is terrific,” he continued. “Europe has its Spring Classics and I really do think the five-event series that you have now has the potential to be Australia’s Classics series.”
A Major Gran Fondo Event
Since the inaugural event in 2016, the Bowral Classic has become a staple fixture in the cycling calendar. Now with five rides to choose from, all showcasing the most beautiful scenery you can experience on two wheels, there is a course to suit everyone’s ability.
This year their is also the Bowral Criterium – a series of thrilling Saturday afternoon AusCycling sanctioned crit races and you can register to ride here.
Keen to ride the 2022 Bowral Classic? Here are 7 good reasons to register for the www.bowralclassic.com.au on site on Saturday!
1: The Challenge
Whatever ride you decide to do, one thing’s for sure and that’s the sense of achievement you’ll enjoy during, upon completion and long after the ride.
2: The Sense of Accomplishment
Maybe you want to complete your first-ever 100km + ride or improve upon the time you set last year – personal challenge is a big part of the Bowral Classic experience. Spending time at last year’s finish area there was celebration, jubilation and even tears from those who’d finally accomplished a major life goal.
3: The Cycling
It’s not often we cyclists get the chance to ride predominately on quiet country back roads, away from city traffic, and marshalled for your safety. Ask anyone who rode the inaugural Bowral Classic and they’ll tell you how good it felt to enjoy the freedom this unique cycling experience offers.
4: The Location
The Southern Highlands has been described as ‘a small slice of Europe just 90 minutes from Sydney.’ With its relaxed and quaint village atmosphere, fine food, fantastic coffee, unique antique shops and stunning parks and gardens, the region is a memorable destination in itself.
Add to that the brilliant cycling over rolling hills and on smooth, car-free roads and you’ll feel a world away from the daily grind.
5: For Charity
The Bowral Classic is a lot of fun but there’s a serious side to the event. Each year riders raise money for various charity and over the past 6 years countless thousands of dollars have been raised for those who need our help.
6: The Camaraderie
More than just a one-day event, the Southern Highlands region is brimming with keen and passionate cyclists during the entire weekend of the Bowral Classic. People just like you – old and new friends comparing bikes, telling tall tales and true, discussing recent rides and maybe even comparing Strava times and records.
The atmosphere is warm, exciting and electric … some even said the first Bowral Classic had a similar atmosphere to a Tour de France stage!
7: For Freedom
Let’s face it, none of us get as much precious bike time as we’d like. Cycling the wide open spaces of Southern Highlands offers an incredible sense of freedom. It’s big sky country – breathtaking views, distant hills and clean, clear fresh air. No wonder ‘Feel The Freedom’ is the event motto.
Enter now at www.bowralclassic.com.au and we’ll see you on October 15 / 16.