Organisers of this year’s Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic are hoping the event will have a long and prosperous future.
Pleased with the support shown by cycle enthusiasts throughout the ride, they’d like to one day build the event into an annual festival.
“Warrnambool has shown great support for the event and if we can keep that going for another 100 years it’d be great,” said GTR Events marketing manager Andrew Gooding.
“The race itself is great. It’s an iconic event and we’d love to transform it into a whole weekend festival and get people to stay here in Warrnambool over the weekend and attend associated events.”
Running free-entry events according to organisers, does have its disadvantages.
“There are big costs associated with closing roads, it’s challenging financially,” Mr Gooding said.
Cycling was not the only attraction at this year’s event.
Vintage cars, haircuts, live music, food, face-painting and coffee were on offer at Raglan Parade’s finish line
Kruzin Classics car display coordinator Mick Katsaros said this year’s display was one of the club’s best.
“We were really happy with numbers,” he said. “I would’ve guessed a couple of thousand came through since we set up at 7.30 this morning. We had 110 cars and we really couldn’t get many more in that space.”
Rockabilly Heads stylist Ellissa Cuolahan-Clarke said she was kept busy for the day.
“I did a few cuts for the day and some up-styles, it was just a good amount of people.”