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Jayco Bay Cycling Classic

The Jayco Bay Cycling Classic is in its 23rd year and is one of the premier sporting events in the region over summer. The classic is known as the fastest criterium series in the world and attracts a world class field.

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This year’s event begins on the 1st of January and concludes on the 4rd of January 2012.The are three competition stages, with stage 1 being held around a circuit around Richie Boulevard at Eastern Beach. Stage 2 is held around Eastern Park and the third and final stage is on a brand new circuit at Portarlington. Williamstown hosts the last day on Wednesday January 4th.

The Richie Boulevard races start at 4PM on New Year’s Day and will run through to 7PM. The lush grassy slopes overlooking the 600 metre circuit will offer spectacular views of all the action, which is sure to attract thousands.

The Monday event on Eastern Park incorporates Amy’s Ride which this year celebrates its 7th running. This event attracts thousands participants and spectators and is one of the very few chances cyclists get to ride against some of the world’s best. The day is a fundraiser and awareness day for the Amy Gillett Foundation. Amy’s ride is not seen as a race, it is a fun ride and celebration with most of the major men’s and women’s teams taking part in the ride.

The new look Portarlington course will see competitors race around Newcombe Street, down Harding Street then along the Esplanade before turning into Fisher Street and back to Newcombe. Racing starts at midday there are four races during the afternoon.

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The parkland and shopping strip along Nelson Street in Williamstown will be the best vantage spots for spectators wishing to catch the action on the Wednesday. Racing begins at midday with four races during the afternoon. There are some great corners around Cecil and Cole street which should test the skills of all the cyclists.