Riders will be out in full force this weekend at the inaugural Bowral Classic.
The ride will be held on Sunday right through the Southern Highlands.
More than 3000 riders have registered for the Gran Fondo style ride, which will stretch over 160km through the villages of Bowral, Berrima, Mittagong and Kangaloon. The race will also have two other distance variations to cater for all abilities. The Midi Classic will stretch over 90km and the Mini Classic will stretch over 25km.
The event has been organised by Yaffa Media and has been in the pipeline for more than two years.
One of the organisers, James Yaffa, said he wants to see the community enjoying the event, but also wants riders to be safe.
“We are encouraging people to try and stay off the roads to ensure the safety of all our riders,” he said.
“We have a map on our website that details the ride routes so we encourage everyone to take a look at that.”
To view the map visit http://www.bowralclassic.com.au/ride-information/.
There will also be a number of road closures to protect the safety of the riders.
Bong Bong Street will be closed from 4am until 9am. Range Road, Tourist Road and Eridge Park Road will also be closed to traffic except local residents from 9am to 3pm.
Among those saddling up for the full 160km ride through one of the most picturesque courses in Australia is local Federal MP Angus Taylor.
“This will be big, and I’m not just talking about the sheer numbers of participants or the money being raised for charity,” the Federal Member for Hume said.
“Think of the tourism dollars pouring in, the packed cafes and accommodation houses. Think of the invaluable exposure this will generate for the beautiful Southern Highlands and its villages. But also think of the tremendous health and environmental benefits.”
Riders and spectators will be able to have a glass of wine and a bite to eat after the event at ‘The Village’ in Eridge Park at the Bowral Velodrome.
The pop-up tent city will have various food and drink stations and number of children’s activities like face painting and a petting zoo.