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Date set for 2019 Melbourne to Warrnambool

News Article Date: 
Friday, 10 August 2018

The Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic is set to return in 2019, with February 16 confirmed as race day.
 
At an announcement today, Minister for Sport John Eren confirmed Victorian Government support for the iconic cycling race for the next three years via the Significant Sporting Events Program.
 
First held in 1895, the Melbourne to Warrnambool is the world’s second-oldest cycling race and the longest in the southern hemisphere.
 
Warrnambool City Council Manager Visitor Economy David McMahon welcomed today’s news.
 
“The Melbourne to Warrnambool is an iconic event for not just for Warrnambool but for the world of cycling,” he said.
 
“Moving the event to February allows the race to slot in alongside other major cycling events held in the summer and will help attract the strongest possible field of competitors.
 
“The Classic has the potential to be a great drawcard for tourism as well as providing a real spectacle for locals.
 
“Council is happy to continue its support for the Melbourne to Warrnambool and we are looking forward to the big day.”
 
The race will begin at Avalon airport and finish at its traditional location on Raglan Parade, with an event village to offer live entertainment and activities.
 
The Classic will also incorporate Cycling Australia’s Let’s Ride Schools Program, and Mr Eren said that increasing participation in cycling could be a positive spin-off of the event.
 
“We’re encouraging all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle and seeing the best cyclists in the world competing in our own background will inspire many to give cycling a go,” he said.
 
“Shifting the classic to February adds to Victoria’s festival of cycling and cements our reputation as the powerhouse of Australian cycling.”
 
For more information visit www.melbournetowarrnambool.com.au.

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