Jindabyne and the Snowy Mountains roared into life on Saturday as the 1200 riders of the the inaugural Snowy Classic rode the stunning alpine region.
The fifth of Bicycling Australia’s Classics series Gran Fondos, the weather could not have been any better for cycling, with participants from all around Australia enjoying the action.
Two closed road course options were on offer, the 110 Challenge and 170km Maxi Classic, with a range of riders from top National Road Series semi-professionals chasing line honours through to keen amateurs keen to complete a maiden 100km.
It was a sea of smiles at the event village as riders returned home, enjoying the warm afternoon sun and a cold refreshment Steve Jaensch from Renmark in South Australia explained his 170km ride.
“They were beautiful roads, it was well organised, no accidents, no chaos, great marshalls and volunteers – it was awesome,” he told us.
“That Beloka climb was pretty tough,” he continued. “ Then the climb up to Perisher and that descent .. I loved that descent on the way back,” he said.
Driving 1000km to Jindabyne for the event, Steve said he was now looking forward to spending four more days cycling and exploring the Snowy Mountain region.
Top 3 Riders 110km Challenge Classic
Top 3 Riders 170km Maxi Classic