The roads around Newbridge will be a great test for juniors competing in this Saturday’s start of the Bendigo and District Cycling Club’s two-day tour.
Cyclists from as far afield as Mildura, Wangaratta, Echuca, Castlemaine, Shepparton and various Melbourne clubs will contest the two-day tour which is backed by Hadden Farren Land Surveyors for the fifth consecutive year.
Racing begins at 10am on Saturday when the under 11-13 and under 15-17 fields contest time trials.
The fields will be divided into three grades per age division.
Distances will range from 6.2 Kms for the under 11-13s to 10km for the under 15-17s
Stage two will commence at 1.15pm at Newbridge and under 11-13 will race over a 12 km course on the Newbridge-Laanecoorie Road.
The under 15-17 A-grade field will race over two laps of a 25km course from Newbridge to Tarnagulla and return to Newbridge via Laanecoorie. The B and C grades will complete a 25km loop.
Riders then head to Emu Creek on Sunday morning for the third stage. Racing will start at 9am and range in distance from 13km to 50km.
A feature of stage three will be the under 15-17 A grade riders racing for the Merv Dean Memorial trophy presented to the winner of the King of the Mountain sprint series.
The tour finale will be the criterium on the Mayfair Park circuit at Piper Road, East Bendigo from 1.45 pm.
Presentations will be held in the Bendigo and District Cycling Clubrooms at the Tom Flood Sports Centre after stage four.