A stacked field of top riders will be lining up with the Element Road Series returning this Saturday, August 19 for the Collie Community Bank Collie to Donnybrook and Return Cycling Classic.
The Collie to Donnybrook and Return is one of the feature races of the Element Series, and a highlight for racers in WA.
The event is being run by the Collie Cycling Club, who have a rich history dating back 100 years.
The club also run the Tom Lowry Memorial Cycle Race, which is also part of the Element Road Series.
Last year’s winner Guy Kalma is expected to feature heavily again in this race and will go in as one of the favourites with 200 riders set to hit the start line.
He is expected to face a serious challenge from some of WA’s top riders including Theo Yates and Michael Freiberg, who are both currently sitting in the top five overall for the Element Road Series in A-grade.
The race will also see 2017 under 19 Australian National Criterium Champion Bryce Lanigan line up, with top female cyclists Mel Robinson and Erin Kinnealy set to hit the start line.
The Collie to Donnyrbook and Return will start outside the Crown Hotel and head towards Donnybrook and return back.
It is one of Australia’s cycling classics and the handicap format gives everyone a chance to win this race, which will see 150 points given to toward the Element road Series leader board in each grade.
This race will also be the last hitout for the under 15 and 17s before they head to the national Junior Road championship in Tasmania on September 2.
The Collie to Donnybrook is the fifth instalment of the Element Road Series, with the inaugural York Cycling Festival to run next on September 2 and 3.
The York Cycling Festival promises to be an exciting race with three stages and double the amount of the points towards the Element Road Series, making it a must-race for anyone who has participated in the series, as riders have the chance to move high up the standings with 200 points for a win.
For the Collie Donnybrook rider guide, click HERE.