STAWELL - With Victoria gaining a reputation as a world class cycling event destination, opportunities to showcase the region for novice and amateur cyclists are incredibly important.
Riders from across the state are gearing up for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute-2014 Cycle Classic Ballarat, an event that caters for every cyclist.
Stawell resident, Gerard McAloon, is a regular participant and is looking forward to the 2014 ride.
"This is my third year riding the Cycle Classic. I look forward to the ride as an opportunity to ride around the Ballarat area and the ride up Mt Buninyong, the same route as the recent national championships.
"The ride caters for all bike riders and all abilities. Come along and enjoy a great day out starting and finishing around Lake Wendouree. The ride organisers offer great support and encouragement and after the ride you can relax with a quite drink an soak up the atmosphere with a local band.
"Come and join me in Ballarat and support the Cancer Research Institute. The Cycle Classic committee have been great supporters of our local Grampians Wildflower Ride."
In its seven year history, the Cycle Classic has raised in excess of $876,000 to support the work of the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute. This year, it is hoped that the total funds raised by the event will exceed one million dollars.
The 2014 Cycle Classic will take place on Sunday, February 16 and has events to cater for all fitness levels and cycling abilities. In addition to the popular 100km and 85km rides that take in the infamous Mount Buninyong climb from the Australian National Road Cycling Course Championship, there are also 50km and 60km courses, two Mountain Bike Challenges and a 2.5 hour relay around Lake Wendouree.
It is expected that more than 2000 riders will participate in the event, which also includes a Family Fun Day for spectators and residents.
Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute Director, Professor George Kannourakis has been touched by the growth of the Cycle Classic.
"The Cycle Classic is a tremendous example of how the support of many individuals can create enormous impact," he said.
"The funds raised by the Cycle Classic are integral to ensuring that our important research into cancer continues and I encourage everyone in the community to join us for this wonderful event."
Registrations are now open. Please visit website www.ballaratcycleclassic.com.au for further information.