9th September 2020
For immediate release
600+ Cyclists to Descend on York This Sunday for the WestCycle Canola Classic and 2020 U19, Open and Masters Road State Championships
WestCycle are thrilled to be hosting the largest mass-participation cycling event of 2020 in Western Australia this Sunday morning – the very first Canola Classic recreational ride in the stunning Avon Valley region.
This event will be followed by an elite racing event for the State’s best cyclists in the afternoon – the annual Under 19, Open and Masters Road State Championships.
In total, over 600 riders from all over Western Australia will descend on the Shire of York for an action-packed day of riding and racing!
About the Canola Classic
The Canola Classic is the ultimate Avon Valley recreational cycling adventure. Suitable for riders on any kind of bike, and of all abilities and fitness levels, this recreational ride can be completed at a leisurely pace with friends and family, or as a personal challenge. Registered riders range in age from 10 years old right through to 80+ years of age.
Riders may choose from either a 52km or 93km distance option that will take them on a scenic journey from the heart of the Shire of York, through to the striking yellow canola fields of the Avon Valley Region. Participants can sign up as individuals or as part of a team riding for a collective team time.
Upon completion of the ride, riders will be invited to stay, socialise and enjoy festivities at the Event Village in York. There will be numerous event day activations available to enjoy, including an interactive display for the upcoming WA Bike Month in October, and spot prizes up for grabs across the morning from local WA businesses including Pedal Mafia and Vault Cycle Services.
General Manager of Road and Track, Mr Glenn Te Raki, said “The number of entries we have received so far for the first Canola Classic has been unprecedented. We were expecting a few hundred entries for this event as it’s our first year, but to be looking at potentially more than 500 entries is really exciting.”
“From our team’s perspective, this figure is representative of the enormous growth we have witnessed in recreational cycling over the COVID period. People can’t get enough of riding – our bike shop network are telling us that their stock is flying off the shelves because of the huge surge in people looking to take up cycling, whether that be as a way to get around town or for fun and fitness.”
“To be able to bring an event of this size to a regional area is a fantastic win for us. A huge focus for WestCycle during the COVID period was to encourage the cycling community to support local. There’s never been a more important time to support Western Australian tourism and we look forward to encouraging people to do this from a different perspective – by bike.”
About the Road State Championships
The Under 19, Open and Masters Road State Championships is the most prestigious event on the Western Australian road racing calendar. Thanks to the generous support of the Shire of York, WestCycle is able to host WA’s premier road racing event in stunning York.
The highly coveted State Championships jersey, previously worn by some of the fastest cyclists in the world past and present, including Sam Welsford (Member of the 2020/2021 Tokyo Olympic Cycling Team), Stephen Hall (Professional Track Cyclist), and Jade Haines (former Junior Track World Champion), has attracted one of the strongest start lists for a State Championship event in recent years. The challenging, undulating race course will test even the fittest riders over distances of up to 92km.
Mr Te Raki said “This year marks the largest field we have seen at a State Title in over five years. It’s great to have the support of the racing community for this event.”
“We’ve used this course previously as part of the 2019 Element Road Series, and the feedback from the riders was really positive. The great thing about the York course is that it has a little bit of everything. It suits all kinds of riders; whether that be the breakaway specialists, the fast-finishers or the opportunistic kind of racer.”
“There’s a lot of talent on this year’s start list – who will win will be anyone’s guess. It’s going to be an exciting day for racers and for spectators to see how it unfolds.”
Entries for each event close at Midnight on Wednesday the 9th of September.
For more details about the Canola Classic, please visit: https://westcycle.org.au/canola-classic-2020/
For more details about the U19, Open & Masters State Championships, please visit:
For racers and spectators planning on visiting the Shire of York for the day’s events, please visit https://visit.york.wa.gov.au/ to find out where to eat, where to stay, and what to do in this fantastic region.
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