THE Melbourne to Warrnambool cycling classic has achieved a record entry of 238 for this Saturday's race.
It's a gruelling 256km showdown from Werribee Park's National Equestrian Centre to Raglan Parade.
Bendigo's Jack Haig has regained the lead in the Subaru national road series following his success in the Tour of Tasmania.
Haig will be one of many contenders in the prestigious event.
The young gun from Bendigo will be aiming to add his name to the honour board, which includes Bendigo greats such as Zak Dempster, 2008; Tim Decker, '07; Chris White, '96; Andy Stirling, '91.
Haig leads Huon-Genesys team-mate Nathan Earle by two points in the race for the national road series title.
The field for the 98th Melbourne to Warrnambool includes reigning champion Floris Goesinnen, London Olympics track representative Alex Edmondson, Jack Anderson, and world mountain bike champion Paul van der Ploeg.
Now playing a key role as Cycling Australia's team pursuit coach, Decker will race to the 'Bool once again.
Sprints in Saturday's race will be at Shelford and Cobden, with the king of the mountain climb near Camperdown.
Saturday's race starts at 7.30am and is tipped to finish between 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Raglan Parade.