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Two new races to join Melbourne to Warrnambool in 2020

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 30 October 2019

The iconic Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic will expand in 2020, with two new races added to the program.

While the feature race will be held on Saturday February 15, a 1.2km criterium will be staged the following day along Viaduct Road.

The new 75km Port Campbell to Warrnambool Handicap will offer everyday cyclists the chance to experience the atmosphere and prestige of the “Warrny” in a more achievable format. Competitors will cross the finish line on Raglan Parade a few hours before riders in the main race.

Warrnambool Mayor Tony Herbert said that he hoped many of the riders and their support crews would spend the night in Warrnambool to compete in the criterium.

“The organising committee has done a great job in making the offering of the Melbourne to Warrnambool, which is already huge, that little bit more diverse with these new races,” he said.

“They have really taken the event by the horns and guided some significant transformations to make the Melbourne to Warrnambool better than ever.

“I would urge everyone in February to get on board and support it as much as they can.”

Warrnambool Road Race Committee Chair Shane Wilson said that the new races would help take the event to new heights.

“It’s fantastic to see the much loved “Warrny” become the crown jewel of an exciting weekend of cycling with the addition of these two new events – the Port Campbell to Warrnambool Handicap and the Warrnambool Criterium,” he said.

“This will be a great weekend of cycling and a great weekend for Warrnambool"

2020 will see the 104th edition of Australia’s oldest one-day cycling race.

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