Be part of the Bannockburn Mountain Bike Classic for a great day out!

Over 500 riders set out last year on this popular event.
Over 500 riders set out last year on this popular event.

The first Bannockburn Mountain Bike Classic attracted a total of 144 riders in 1996. It has grown since then, so much that in the past five years over 500 riders - and up to 723 in 2008 - have participated.

The much anticipated 16th event to be held on Friday, December 30 has once again been organised by the Cromwell and Districts Promotion Group as part of the Cromwell Summer Series. The race starts at the Bannockburn Hotel on Bannockburn Rd at 4.30pm. Registration is from 10am but participants are asked to register before 3.30pm. Briefing will be at 4pm next to the hotel.

The event is comprised of three simultaneous sections to allow for all ages and stages of rider. They are:

CLASSIC RIDE: about 35km of great mountain terrain, including metal roads and undulating 4WD tracks with a climb of about 600m. Estimated ride time 1.5-3hrs.

SPORT RIDE: about 22km of great mountain biking including metal roads and 4WD tracks with a climb of some 350m. Estimated ride time .75-1.75hrs.

RECREATIONAL RIDE: about 10km of gravel road/farm tracks. Ideal for first-timers or families with children over 10 years of age. Estimated time 0.5-1hr.

Those who do not sign the entry form or attend the race briefing will not be allowed to enter the race. Parking, refreshments and social facilities are available at the Bannockburn Hotel.

Members of the public are asked not to bring their own liquor into the hotel.

NB: The event involves riding on metal and sealed roads and tracks. Riders are to keep as far to the left side of the road as possible and normal road rules apply! No roads have been closed for the event

For more info check out the website