Riders hunting for glory in Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic

Riders cross the finish line in the 2019 Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic. Picture: Christine Ansorge
Riders cross the finish line in the 2019 Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic. Picture: Christine Ansorge

THE Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic has always been a popular race for Australia's domestic cyclists and usually attracts the best in search of success.

This year will be no different as a number of the nation's best riders throw their hats in the ring to secure victory at the world's second oldest one-day race and Sunday's new criterium.

Here are riders to watch across this year's bumper weekend of cycling:

Nathan Elliot

The Melbourne-based rider is attempting to be the third competitor to win the race three times.

The 29-year-old will have his InForm TM Insight MAKE teammates around him as he attempts to equal Peter 'Bulldog' Besanko and David Allen for the most wins.

Brenton Jones 

The former Australian criterium champion will be a threat on both days of racing.

If he is in the lead group heading into the final stages on Saturday he has the capability to out-sprint anyone in the peloton. The case will be the same on Sunday with the criterium around Viaduct Road to suit his power.

Ben Hill

The breakaway specialist, who recently took out the sprint jersey at the Herald Sun Tour using the tactic, is one to watch when the riders start attacking off the front.

The 30-year-old Canberra product will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins for Team BridgeLane.

Kirsty Deacon

The Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club youngster showed her credentials as an up-and-coming rider by finishing fourth in last year's Warrny.

With a bit more experience under her belt, expect the 23-year-old to be in the hunt.

Taryn Heather 

A second-place finish behind Peta Mullens in an impressive ride where the leading females finished with the main men's peloton will spur her on in 2020.

The Albury-Wodonga Panthers Cycling Club will feel confident about her chances to go one better this year.

Kate Perry

After two misses in her previous two starts at the Warrny, this appears to be the year Perry can not only finish the iconic race but win it.

With a different approach to her preparation it is shaping up as the year she finally finishes the 'Warrny'.