427 Australian cyclists dodged ominous weather on Sunday morning, but still got soaked, dirty and gritty on wet, windswept roads at the Bathurst Cycling Classic B2B gran fondo.
The challenging 100 kilometre undulating course designed by former professional Mark Renshaw starts and finishes in Bathurst and features fully closed roads, plus a lap of the world famous Mount Panorama motor racing track.
Riders used the event as a final tune-up for the Tour of Brisbane UCI Gran Fondo World Championship qualifying race taking place in four weeks. Previously, the Bathurst B2B gran fondo was also a world championship qualifying race.
Andrew Hellmich eked out a win by 8 seconds in the Men’s race, completing the 100 kilometre course in 2:43:38.
Megan Scott won the Women’s race decisively, crossing the finish line in 2:58:38 with almost a one minute lead.