GUN cyclists from near and far will be heading to Bendigo in November to contest the Victorian Open road cycling championships.
Racing will also double as the Bendigo Grand Prix.
A time trial, road race and criterium will be contested across three days to determine the male and female winners.
The three-day championships start with the time trials on Friday, November 8 at Emu Creek.
Road racing is the next day on the Spring Gully circuit.
The championships finale on November 10 will be the criterium on the street circuit near the heart of the city.
The grand prix is being backed by City of Greater Bendigo, Hume & Iser, and Andy's Earthmovers.
City of Greater Bendigo Mayor, Cr Lisa Ruffell said Bendigo was fast becoming a preferred regional centre for elite cycling.
"The City of Greater Bendigo is delighted to welcome the Victorina Open road cycling championships back for another year," Cr Ruffell said.
Time trial distances will be 24.6km for women, and 30km for the men.
"The time trials will be followed by the gruelling road race around the Diamond Hill circuit in Spring Gully and Mandurang.
"Sunday's finale is the fast and furious criteium in central Bendigo," said Cr Ruffell.
A big crowd witnessed a fast-paced race at the inaugural GP.
"It will be exciting racing and I encourage cycling enthusiasts to witness top-level racing at its best," said Cr Ruffell.
Winners in the inaugural Bendigo Grand Prix road races last January were Will Walker and Jo Hogan.
Distances for the November races are 79km for women and 142.2km for men.
Bendigo Grand Prix director John Craven believes this year's titles will have a greater response from riders and spectators.
"The 2012 event was originally scheduled for November, but was postponed to January, adding to a jam-packed month of Australian cycling," Craven said.
"The grand prix in November is an ideal slot to attract many of the country's best as they prepare for the Australian Road Championships."
He also applauded prominent businessmen Stephen Iser and Andy Hoare for backing the titles.
Craven said Bendigo and its suburbs provided fantastic terrain for cycling.
"It has it all - flat and fast circuits, and plenty of rolling hills."
Craven said the three-day spectacular would test the versatility of all riders.
Bendigo cycling's stars will be aiming to capitalise on home-road advantage.
Entries for the Victorian Open Road Championships can be submitted online via the Cycling Victoria website.