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Race wins top honours
Race wins top honours

The region’s premier cycling event, the Goldfields Cyclassic, has taken out the Event of the Year for 2012 at the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Australia Day awards at the weekend.

Last year’s event, held over the June long weekend, attracted more than 300 riders to complete the journey from Kalgoorlie-Boulder to Menzies before finishing in Leonora.

Acknowledging a strong field of nominations, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder mayor Ron Yuryevich said the annual road-race took top honours due to its growth, prestige, national media coverage and the dedication of event organisers.

While the event attracts some of the best riders from across the nation, there is also a strong community flavour. The Cyclassic has enabled the Eastern Goldfields Cycle Club to involve locals through volunteering, participating in the event or Community Challenge – a four-rider relay aimed to encourage people to get involved in cycling and get fit.

Event director Rob Northcoat said receiving the award was due recognition for those who put on a memorable event.

“The Eastern Goldfields Cycle Club and the Goldfields Cyclassic committee have put countless hours into ensuring the event was professional, enjoyable and accessible,” Northcoat said. “The Cyclassic has a remarkable history and will continue this year as Australia’s richest handicap cycle race.