Inaugural cycling event ready to roll

As Adelaide gears up for its annual festival of cycling, the Santos Tour Down Under, final plans are underway for a major addition to the Clare Valley’s calendar of events, the Clare Classic.

Organised and promoted by national cycling magazine Bicycling Australia, the Clare Classic is expected to draw more than 1000 passionate enthusiasts to the region over the weekend of April 7 and 8.

Riders from right around Australia have registered for the event, a mass participation ride with course options of 50, 110 and 160km.

Organiser James Yaffa said the Clare Classic would showcase the Clare Valley to the wider cycling community, generate priceless exposure for the region, be a major boost for the local economy and raise much needed funds for charity via the event’s unique ‘Choose your Charity’ scheme.

It’s not just organisers and cyclists excited about the event – locals are lapping it up as well. 

Raphael Sabu from Kilikanoon Wines, a member of event partner Clare Valley Winemakers, is keenly anticipating the April 8 event.

“Kilikanoon Wines is firmly supportive of the Clare Classic,” he said.

“We are passionate about the Clare Valley region and our local economy.

“The news of the Clare Classic coming to the region is very exciting – it gives the Clare Valley an opportunity to showcase all that things the region has to offer.

“We don’t just make great wine here, there are excellent restaurants, accommodation, historical sites and cycling trails all within reach of Adelaide.”

The Clare Classic is on April 8, 2018, and Northern Argus is the event’s exclusive local media partner.

Registrations are open now – visit the website for further details.