Classic cycling test
MORE than 350 cyclists will ride into Warwick this afternoon in one of Queensland’s most gruelling road races – the Cunningham Classic.
This annual one-day cycling event is the most anticipated and challenging circuit on the Queensland cycling calendar.
In its 28th year, the event will see cyclists, from across eight categories strive to conquer the undulating course as it winds its way from Gatton, up the Range to Warwick.
The elite A-grade field leaves Gatton at 9am, and will traverse the arduous 167-kilometre course through to Warwick via the winding Gatton-Clifton Road then out to Leyburn and on to Warwick via Allora. Gatton also serves as the starting point for all other divisions at 9.15am.
The 96-kilometre course for the junior under-19 riders, elite B and C-grades, and masters A to D-grades includes the prestigious “Medfin King of the Mountain” which is awarded to the first rider in each division to reach the summit along the Gatton to Clifton Road through Heifer Creek. Following the King of the Mountain sprint, riders make their way towards Allora and on to Warwick
The first of the riders from the shorter race are expected at the finish line in Victoria Street between the McMahon bridge and Warwick State High School after noon. The fastest of the elite riders will finish after 1pm.
The Cunningham Classic is presented by Queensland’s oldest club – Kangaroo Point Cycling Club established in Brisbane in 1905.
Kangaroo Point Club president Aaron Urquhart, said the Cunningham Classic was one of the most challenging races in Queensland.
“The club is proud to announce the involvement of two new sponsors for this iconic cycle race,” Mr Urquhart said.
With the support of the Brisbane Hand and Upper Limb Clinic and Medfin Finance, the club expects the 2010 event to be the best yet.