Riders on course during the 2022 Bowral Classic Criterium. Image: Bicycling Australia

Final Countdown: Top Reasons To Ride The 2023 Bowral Classic

With a week to go until the 7th annual Bowral Classic, now’s the time to be out on the bike preparing for one of the cycling events of the year – a dream day enjoying the stunning roads and breathtaking scenery of the Southern Highlands.

The good news is there are still limited spaces in the 85km Rouleurs, 120km, Challenge and 150km Maxi Classic! Not many of us need an extra incentive to ride but for those who still haven’t signed up here are our top reasons to register.

1:  The Challenge & Achievement

Whether it’s the Rouleurs, Challenge or Maxi ride, one thing’s for sure and that’s the sense of achievement you’ll enjoy during, at the end and weeks after the ride. Maybe you want to tick off your first-ever 100km or improve a previous PB. Doing your best and getting fitter, faster and stronger year after year is one of cycling’s great challenges and pleasures.

2: The Cycling

It’s not often we get the chance to ride on quiet country roads, away from city traffic, roads that are marshalled for our safety! Ask anyone who has ridden a previous Bowral Classic or Crit and they’ll tell you how good it felt to enjoy the freedom and camaraderie this unique experience offers.

Back for its third year, the Bowral Crit will take place on the Saturday before the main event.

3: 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 perfect for a weekend getaway.

Add to that the brilliant cycling over rolling hills and on smooth, car-free roads and high-speed crit over the closed street circuit, and you’ll feel a world away from the daily grind.

Whether it’s Saturday’s fast-paced Bowral Crit, or Sunday’s Bowral Classic, the weekend of October 21 /22 will offer some of the year’s best cycling.

4: The Camaraderie

After the Crit and the Classic, the Event Village will be filled with people just like you – new and old friends comparing bikes, telling tall tales, discussing recent trips and enjoying the afternoon.

Imagine relaxing on a beanbag, a chair or the soft grass, reliving your ride with friends as you tuck into a variety of the fine food, beers and other refreshments on offer.

5: Your Health & Happiness

Cycling is the best way to improve your general fitness and most importantly, the health of your heart and cardiovascular system.

It also makes you happy! Ever seen a miserable cyclist? Well maybe for a short time on the more gruelling Southern Highlands hills … but after the ride and particularly at the Event Village it’s smiles all ‘round.

The Classics are super social with many regular riders catching up with close friends – here’s Julie-Anne Hazlett at the startline in Mudgee.

6: For The Thrill Of It

It’s 9pm on Sunday October 22. You’ve completed the Bowral Classic and back at home or resting in your hotel room. You’re reflecting upon a standout day on the bike and, despite your stinging legs, dreaming of doing it again. You’ll rest well knowing you’ve completed the challenge of the year and had a great day in the Highlands.

Riders departing Bowral’s Bong Bong St during the 2022 Bowral Classic. Registrations are still open for this year’s two-day major event. Lock in your place on the startline at www.bowralclassic.com.au

With less than two weeks to go until this year’s event on October 21/22, now’s the time to sign up, get some pre-ride kilometres into the legs and prepare for the 2023 Bowral Classic.

Keen to join us? Visit www.bowralclassic.com.au and register today!


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