About the Ballarat Cycle Classic
The 2014 Ballarat Cycle Classic on Sunday February 16, 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, with 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.
We are delighted to advised that long term Cycle Classic favorite Danny Frawley will continue 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 new start/finish area of Lake Wendouree between the Rotunda and the Adventure Playgrouns, 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, this will enhance the event as well as maximising safety for all.
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 seven year history of the Classic, the event has raised upwards of $876,000 for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.
It is envisaged that in 2014, the total funds raised for the event will surpass one million dollars. This is a phenomenal achievement and we look forward to sharing details about our "Million Dollar Year" with all supporters soon.
History of the Event
The Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute (FECRI), formerly the Ballarat Cancer Research Centre, aims to fight cancer through research. In collaboration with research centres worldwide, The Institute 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 $876,000 for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute - A magnificent result.
The Institute 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 2014. Join with us for a great day of cycling and entertainment and help us fight cancer through research.