About the Ballarat Cycle Classic
The 2013 Ballarat Cycle Classic, held on Sunday February 10 provides all cyclist enthusiasts the opportunity to take part in an iconic community event along the much-vaunted Australian National Road Cycling course. Riders from all across Victoria, and even interstate, make a beeline for Lake Wendouree for the time-honoured event which sees all funds raised donated to the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.
There is an event for all fitness levels and cycling abilities, there is a 50km, 60km, 85km and 100km event, all of which take-in varying degrees of the Nationals course including the infamous climbs surrounding Mount Buninyong. The 6km relay ride around Lake Wendouree is a favorite amongst the family and social riders alike, you can do as many laps or as few as you wish within the two and half hour time limit.
The Institute has announced Jared Tallent, two-time Olympic silver medallist in race walking and a Ballarat local, as the ambassador for the 2013 event along with Cycle Classic favorite Danny Frawley as event Patron.
In recognition of the event, a cycling jersey has been sponsored and designed. This jersey is included in the entry fee for the first 1,200 full priced entrants.
At the start/finish area of Lake Wendouree a Family Fun Day has been organised, featuring free kids entertainment and quality food and beverages available. Sponsors have the opportunity to promote their product or service. The inside lane of Wendouree Parade will be closed to traffic and the section of the parade between Mair Street and Pleasant Street North will be closed completely. This will enhance the event as well as maximising safety for all. Parking is provided at the City Oval in Mair Street. Bathroom and change facilities are also be available.
Again, the event has been well supported by local businesses as well as City of Ballarat. The Council's support has ensured the longevity of the event which continues to support the valued work into cancer research. In the six year history of the Classic the event has raised upwards of $630,000 for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.
In 2013 we have joined forces with the Amy Gillett Foundation - giving you the opportunity to support two great causes. Register to ride the 2013 Ballarat Cycle Classic and Amy's Ride Vic 2013 at the discounted rate of $70 each. (saving $20). - Select this option when registering to ride.
Amy's Ride provides the Amy Gillett Foundation with an opportunity to proliferate key messages of safe and responsible road use, increase awareness to the need for more shared respect, raise much needed funds and honor the memory of Amy. http://amysridevic.gofundraise.com.au/
History of the Event
Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute (FECRI), formerly the Ballarat Cancer Research Centre, aims to fight cancer through research. In collaboration with research centres worldwide, FECRI is at the forefront of working to unlock the cancer riddle by attracting the best minds in cancer research to work in Ballarat. This is opening doors to offer the most advanced approaches to cancer research here in our regional community.
In February 2008 the then BCRC ran the inaugural Come to Life Cycle Classic. Over 720 cyclists of all levels participated in the event and with strong sponsorship and participant support over $75,000 profit was raised - Since 2008 the Classic has raised over $630,000 for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute - A magnificent result.
FECRI has a very low operating costs to financial support ratio. All sponsors and supporters can therefore be assured that a large percentage of their contribution will go to supporting our goal of unlocking the riddle of cancer. The inaugural event proved to be a premier road ride and both sponsors and supporters obtained optimum value from their association with the event. Extremely positive feedback was received from both sponsors and riders.
The City of Ballarat is supporting this event again in 2013. Join with us for a great day of cycling and entertainment and give those with cancer a reason to hope for the brightest future.
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