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2020 B2B Long Course Entries maybe slighty up on last year.
« on: March 11, 2020, 05:35:12 AM »
With a few days to go - 2020 B2B Long Course Entries similar to last year.
The Support events are another story...

Good News is the entries for the Sunday’s Feature event at the Bathurst Cycling Classic – “The Long Course Event” are very similar to last year – in fact if anything slightly higher.

However sadly the support events have suffered with a big drop in Short Course entries. It is a simlar trent in the Hill Climb where the Junior Titles have suffered greatly with the event clashing with the National Track Titles in Brisbane.
There is virtually no junior women in the 2020 Hill Climbs, which is very sad considering the future champion cyclist that have raced the championship in the past.

Sadly the loss of the juniors impacts the B2B short course race which has suffered greatly over the last 2 years with the field only approx a third of the 2018 field. This is a shame as many future champions raced the Short Course (and Support events). Looking at the results of these support races you will find top class internationals like Amanda Spratt, Tiffany Cromwell, Megan Dunn and Gracie Elvin in the female events and Male World tour riders such as Lachlan Morton, Michael Matthews current even superstar Caleb Ewan who made the top 10 in the 2009 Short Course. Obviously then the big drop in field size in the short course is very concerning.

Sadly Bathurst Cycling Club who instigated the B2B event, doesn't have some of its own juniors at the 2020 Bathurst Cycling Classic due to clashes with the Brisbane races after more events have been added to the Brisbane cycling calendar in 2020. This comes after the Bathurst weekend was forced to moved last year to make way for the Brisbane cycling events even though the Bathurst Race had already scheduled their event.

See More on that Here -- http://www.nswcycling.com/forum/index.php?topic=222.0

It should be noted that interstate entries are down for the Bathurst B2B UCI Age World Qualifier this year with the obvious problem being the clash with the National Masters in Brisbane. The Bathurst council pays a lot of money to have the Bathurst Cycling Classic as a UCI Qualifier - This clash has to be reviewed.
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