Cycling classic to roll out again

02:01, Jan 17 2014
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Cyclists finish the Gore to Invercargill Cycle Classic last year.

Gore will be overtaken with cyclists on Monday as the Gore to Invercargill Cycling Classic rolls around for another year.

The annual event involves cyclists biking around 70km from Gore to Invercargill and is the last event in Cycling Southland's New Year Cycling Carnival.

Cycling Southland event manager Bruce Ross said between 40 and 50 riders were expected to enter the event, which is handicapped on ability. Entries close today.

Cyclists would gather at the Gore Town and Country Club for the start at 6pm and would finish in Invercargill about 8.30pm.

Other events that will feature in the Carnival included cycling at the SIT Zerofees Velodrome and criterium cycling at Ascot Park Hotel. "It is a very prestigious event to be a part of, riders take huge honour in getting their name on the honour board," he said.

The event is one of the oldest road cycling classics in the country and prizes were awarded to the place getters including fastest female, male and junior. Mr Ross said there would be no major disruption to traffic, although they asked that drivers be patient around the start line.