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A thrilling end to a previous Melbourne to Warrnambool

2021 Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic

News Article Date: 
Friday, 12 February 2021

How to Watch

The 2021 Powercor Melbourne to Warrnambool will be run on Saturday February 13, starting from Avalon Airport in the morning and finishing on Raglan Parade near Liebig Street with an expected finish of 2.30pm - 3pm. Riders taking part in the Port Campbell to Warrnambool Handicap are expected to arrive about noon.

The final 100km of the race (from approximately 11.30am) will be streamed live on the SBS Cycling Central's Facebook page with the audio commentary on 3YB/Coast FM. The race will also be shown on a big screen near the finishing line. If attending the race in-person, please maintain good COVID-safe habits.

About the Race

The 2021 Powercor Melbourne to Warrnambool is set to be one of the best ever editions of the event, with the many of the best Australian riders on the startlist, a course designed to display attacking racing and strong support from major partners.

Current Australian road race champion Cameron Meyer of WorldTour squad Team BikeExchange is heading the list in a very high-quality men's field that also contains reigning time trial champion Luke Plapp and Under 23 men's champion Tom Benton. 

Meyer secured the national title victory in a thrilling race last weekend and will bring that hot form to the Melbourne to Warrnambool. Both Plapp and Benton ride for the aptly named Inform TMX MAKE, with the domestic team coming off an exceptional set of performances at the recent Australian road championships. 

The women's field will be led by reigning Australian criterium champion Annette Edmondson, with defending champion Matilda Raynolds of Specialized and former professional Carlee Taylor of Roxsolt Liv SRAM the other top riders.

An impressive array of top-tier stars wasn't a guarantee for the race just two weeks ago, with uncertainty of COVID restrictions on travel for interstate riders and a lack of other competition depressing registrations for the race.

"It's been a challenging preparation due to the uncertainty around COVID," said Powercor Melbourne to Warrnambool race director Karin Jones, "however, I'm thrilled to be delivering the 105th edition of the event. 

"I'm overwhelmed at the quality of the field we've assembled, especially given two weeks ago we had 30 entries and we weren't sure if the event would event go ahead. To turn that around to be one of the best fields ever assembled is incredible."

The 267-kilometre race is the oldest and longest road race in Australia, with the legend of past winners and the challenge of even completing the race building a persistent theme of the 'Warrny' as a race every Australian rider wants to win.

Picturesque Warrnambool will play host to the finish, the traditional home of the race since the first edition back in 1895.

“The Melbourne to Warrnambool is without doubt one of the biggest days on the Warrnambool sporting calendar, and it is an event that holds a special place in the hearts of so many people,” Warrnambool Mayor Cr Vicki Jellie said.
 
“AusCycling and the Warrnambool Citizens’ Road Race Committee have done an outstanding job to not only organise such a complex event amidst the potential disruptions of COVID-19, but to attract an incredibly strong field of competitors.
 
“Having the final 100km of the race broadcast on the SBS Cycling Central Facebook Page, which has more than 125,000 followers, is a terrific way for cycling fans all over Australia and the world to follow the race while taking in some of the stunning scenery that south-west Victoria is famous for.”

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