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The pelaton cycles past Fletcher Jones in the 2013 race

2015 Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic

News Article Date: 
Monday, 12 October 2015
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The Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic is set to roll into town on Saturday October 17.

This year will be the 100th time the race has been held, with a bumper field of 300 riders, including a record 26 women, accepting the challenge.

Australian cycling legend and three-time Melbourne to Warrnambool winner Peter Besanko will wave the chequered flag in Warrnambool.

“I am proud and honoured to be asked by the Warrnambool Citizens’ Road Race Committee to perform the ceremonial waving of the flag,” Besanko said.

“I was supposed to have an operation to fuse my right ankle around that time, but I’ve put it off.

“I hope it’s not a big bunch screaming across the finish line – I’ll be hobbling out of the way very quickly.”

The Melbourne to Warrnambool is the world’s second-oldest cycling race and the Southern Hemisphere’s longest one-day classic.

The race is a significant event on Warrnambool’s sporting calendar and creates wide interest in the local community and the region.

The action concludes in the heart of the city centre with plenty of great vantage points to see the triumphant (and very tired!) riders cross the finish line.

A final sprint along Raglan Parade to the finish line at Liebig Street usually makes for a very exciting finish.

The race will be staged by the Melbourne to Warrnambool Citizens' Road Race Committee and Cycling Victoria.

It will be the biggest field since Coburg’s Iddo “Snowy” Munro clocked the fastest time and beat the steam train from Warrnambool to Melbourne in 1909.

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Road closures

Approximately 12pm until 4pm

Raglan Parade (westbound) closed between Simpson Street and Kepler Street

Gateway Road (southbound) closed between the highway and the roundabout

Traffic marshals will allow highway crossings at Kelp, Japan, Foster and Bell streets where safe.

Detour signs will be in place.

Darling Street closed for race duration.

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