More Than 3000 Ride The Bowral Classic And Raise Over $100,000 For Charity
Over 3,000 riders took part in the inaugural ride with over $105,000 raises for various charities. The Bowral ride proved itself an instant classic
Thousands of cyclists took off on predominantly closed roads out of Bowral early on Sunday morning. Cyclists enjoyed super-fast hotmix of bitumen, rolling country roads and stunningly beautiful countryside topped off with friendly and encouraging marshals on all corners and rest and drink stations strategically placed along the way.
A challenging headwind and the long and the final climb of Range Road made for a tough challkenge which no doubt was most remembered by those who rode. Riders were met with cheering supporters and the clang of cowbells after the final fast descent towards the finsh in the velodrome to compete the challenge.
Riders enjoyed post-ride drinks, food and entertainment, lcal beers and live music at the post ride festival.
Organiser James Yaffa of Yaffa Media commented “Cycling can be quite a selfish sport so we tried to make this a community event where people could just have fun together,” he said. "I think the charity aspect was a standout quality for some people. They could raise money for something they were passionate about. We’ve now raised more than $100,000 for charity."
Mr Yaffa said he believed the Bowral Classic has the potential to become a million dollar plus charity event within three to five years.
By way of definition, any cycling event described as a ‘classic’ has generally earned that title over time.
“To have this much support in the first year is a reflection of the Southern Highlands and how much people want to come and visit the area,” James Yaffa said. “The Bowral Classic is here to stay and it can only get bigger and better from here,” he added.
2016 photos are now available at http://www.bowralclassic.com.au/2016-bowral-classic-photos/