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Cyclists from all over the country are preparing for one of the hardest challenges on the Australian cycling calendar, the Baw Baw Classic on Sunday April 9, 2017.

The gruelling 103 kilometre event forms part of the 2017 Towards Zero Victorian Road Series and is notorious for the final 6km climb at an amazing gradient of approximately 13 per cent to the Mt Baw Baw Village.

While discussion often revolves around the final 6km ascent, it is also well worth highlighting the beautiful terrain that riders will encounter in the first 97km.  The roads through Noojee, Icy Creek and Tanjil Bren are perfect cycling country and offer a variety of challenges ranging from steep descents to short punchy climbs.

2015 and 2016 Women’s winner Justine Barrow wrote a great blog of her 2016 experience that you can read HERE. Justine doesn’t shy away from the fact that Baw Baw “is a beast – IT HURTS!”

Nevertheless, she was certainly upbeat about how it feels to conquer the mountain.

“I encourage everyone, especially women, who are considering racing the Baw Baw Classic to do so this year. Yeah, it is hard, but the sense of accomplishment is amazing. Not to mention the chocolate waffle cone after….”

Justine will no doubt be back to defend her title and make it three Baw Baw victories in a row.

As per all Victorian Road Series events, racing will be conducted across nine grades:

Women’s A (Teams), B and C grades.

Men’s A (Teams), B and C.

Masters A (teams), B and C.

Prize money goes to the top three in each category as well as the fastest course time. Put your racing shoes on and come along to see what all the hype is about, it’ll have you sweating.

Entries will close at midnight on Sunday April 2nd