One of the “Expected Target Events” for ToMR nominees to contest has just opened for registration – the stalwart of WA Cycling races, the Collie Donnybrook. Known formally as the 2017 Collie Community Bank Collie to Donnybrook and Return Cycling Classic, the race is a 104km Handicap format race (similar to our own Beverley Handicap Road Race, but way older) is in it’s 92nd year. The classic out and back course climbs the aptly named Heartbreak Hill twice. Although the second homeward bound cresting is always tougher!
Last year was won in a huge sprint by Guy Kalma from a barnstorming breakaway homewards over Heartbreak Hill with none other than Ben O’Connor – winner of Stage 5 in the Tour of Austria just last week, less than a year later!
For an idea of the race and a perspective of some SPR’s finest, you can read up some previous Race Reports here,
The SPR Race Committee will be organising support of this event day with volunteers in the SPR van, with tents and hands to help. We also be encourage anyone interested about the event to catch up for a chat – and a coffee! – at Dome after Saturday Main Rides with your Race Sub-Committee.
Event registration is now opened and is limited to 200 racers. Link to the entry portal is HERE. Get on it.