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
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