Riders hit the road for fun, fitness and fame B2B

WHEELS IN MOTION: This year’s B2B has attracted some of the country’s top riders, but also has families in mind with a fun cycle challenge on Sunday.AROUND 1300 of the best cyclists in the country are heading to the region this weekend for the annual nab B2B Blayney to Bathurst Cyclo Sportif Challenge.

Cyclists can compete in the Sunday’s 110-kilometre long course, 70km short course or the 11km Family Fun Challenge.

B2B planning committee chair Irene Jones has encouraged more people to take part, with on-the-day registrations available.

“We’re on par with last year and we’re hoping to meet that target or exceed it,” she said.

Mrs Jones said the Gold Race Wave for the county’s elite cyclists was already full with 120 riders to tackle the 110km course from Blayney via Trunkey Creek and Rockley Mount to Bathurst.

The 2014 short course winner Ryan O’Donnell has set his sights higher this year and is set to tackle the 110km event.

Also back to compete this year is the 2014 long course winner Josh Berry and runner-up Ayden Toovey. Local woman, and second-place female in the 2014 long course, Kirsten Howard will also be back to compete on Sunday.

For those with fun on their mind rather than tough competition, the Family Fun Challenge is expected to be a hit.

Kicking off at 9.15am from the Pits at Mount Panorama, the challenge gives an opportunity for mums, dads and children to participate and enjoy the cycling experience as a family.

Now in its sixth year, Mrs Jones said the challenge winds around the Pit Complex and roads within Charles Sturt University.

“It’s a celebration of cycling and it’s to involve the locals and families and kids,” she said. “It’s getting stronger each year as cycling gets stronger.”

The Family Fun Challenge is not timed, but all participants are eligible for spot prizes and lucky draws.

Once again all funds raised through registration fees will be donated to charity, with headspace Bathurst to be the major recipient.

Mrs Jones said for the second year running all roads for the entire Blayney to Bathurst course will be closed.

“It’s because of numbers in the race and we want to give the riders, especially the elite riders, the chance to compete in a road race,” she said.

“It’s safer for competitors and also safer for motorists.”

Mrs Jones said all residents in the areas affected by road closures had already been notified via a letterbox drop as well as advertising via local media outlets.

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