Atmosphere like a carnival after Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic

A HEAD shaving, a show ’n’ shine of classic vehicles and local musicians added to the carnival atmosphere at the finish line for this year’s Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic.

Committee secretary Val Bertrand said it was pleased that hundreds of people gathered to cheer the riders across the finish line on Raglan Parade after unfavourable weather during the morning.

“We were very happy with the overall atmosphere,” Mrs Bertrand said.

Koroit teenager Charlotte Cossens gained the crowd’s admiration when she lost the long locks she has grown over the past six years to raise money for the children’s cancer support foundation Redkite.

The annual “Show us Your Wheels” car show by the south-western branch of the Victorian Chevrolet Club on the Raglan Parade median strip drew hundreds of people to view Chevrolets and other classic cars.

Club spokeswoman Liz Bonzer said about 70 vehicles from throughout Victoria and South Australia were on display in the show that raises money for South West Healthcare.

Performances by a rockabilly band at the car show and by Emmanuel College music students on the main stage kept the entertainment going.

“We had lots of local stuff and community involvement happening,” Mrs Bertrand said.

She said good numbers of people had also attended the finish of the Shipwreck Coast Classic at Allansford yesterday. 

“People were lining the finish line to give riders a good welcome in.

“The excitement was there.”

ehimmelreich@standard.fairfax.com.au

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