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Historic cycling event to
attract riders from far
Known as Australia’s oldest handicap open road race, more than 250 riders
from around the world are expected to take part in the 2011 Melbourne
to Ballarat Cycle Classic on Saturday 23 July.
The railway workers and gold miners who would ride to work in the early
1900s – starting in Brunswick and Melbourne and travelling to Ballarat via
Geelong – saw the commute as an opportunity to race. This historic cycling
event officially began in 1910.
Former Australian Road Champion and politician, Sir Hubert Opperman,
Olympian Russell Mockridge, and legendary Syd Patterson have all competed
in the race over its 101 year history.
Presented by Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club as an official Cycling Victoria
event with support from the City of Ballarat, the 2011 race will start at the
Rockbank McDonald’s at 11am and will finish at approximately 1.30pm
at Pipers by the Lake, Lake Wendouree.
The 98km route will proceed along the Western Highway, turn into Ballarat
on Learmonth Road and conclude at Lake Wendouree.
One of the toughest courses on the Australian cycling calendar, the race
includes Masters, U15s, U17s, U19s and women's categories.
Riders from all around the world come to Ballarat to compete. In 2010,
riders came from the UK, the Netherlands, New Zealand and all around
Increasingly known as the place for elite cycling, Ballarat will host the
Australian Open Road Cycling Championships until 2015.
MElBouRNE To BAllARAT CyClE ClASSIC 2011
Pipers by the Lake,
Gerard White, 5333 1775
NaIDOC Week to celebrate
aborigional history and
Held around Australia from 3 to 10 July 2011, NAIDOC Week 2011 will
celebrate the histor y, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people.
The week is celebrated not just in the Aboriginal community, but also
in increasing numbers of government agencies, schools, local councils,
community groups and workplaces.
Activities in Ballarat will include:
Youth Forum, town Hall –
Monday 4 July
Young Koorie people will discuss a range of issues
Flag Raising, Queen victoria Square – Monday 4 July (2pm)
A traditional flag-raising ceremony
Reception, town Hall – Monday 4 July (2.30pm)
The Mayor will acknowledge the Wathaurong people and
Connecting Culture, Ballarat Learning Exchange – thursday 7 July
A series of music, art and dance workshops for young people
The week is supported by the City of Ballarat and partners such as the
Koorie Engagement Action Group (KEAG), Local Indigenous Network (LIN)
and Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (LAECG).
Support for NAIDOC week activities will also be provided by the Ballarat
and District Aboriginal Cooperative, the Department of Education and Early
Childhood Development (DEECD), Department of Planning and Community
Development (DPCD), Highlands Local Learning and Employment Network
(LLEN), Victorian Aboriginal Community Ser vices Association (VACSAL) and
the Aboriginal Community Justice Panel.
For more information about the Koorie Youth Forum or ‘Connecting Culture’,
please contact Tony Lovett on 0402 655 983 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about NAIDOC visit www.naidoc.org.au
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