Bendigo Cycling Classic

15 Mar 2022

The much anticipated return of the G.J. Gardner Homes Bendigo Cycling Classic is set to hit the streets of Bendigo on 19 & 20 March.

Committee chair, Geoff O’Sullivan said that after being rescheduled a number of times in 2021, it is exciting to see the event return for its fourth year, “This is Bendigo’s premier cycling event for all abilities whether you’re an experience cyclist or are new to cycling. “ Mr O’Sullivan said.

“The Bendigo Cycling Classic has always been about offering a great event to our cycling community and delivering much needed funds to local charities Bendigo Health Fundraising & Foundation and the Otis Foundation. We are thrilled to have proudly raised in excess of $150,000 over the last three Cycling Classic and look forward to delivering another significant donation to each charity after this year’s event.” Mr O’Sullivan added.

“The Bendigo Cycling Classic includes five ride options on offer to suit a variety of abilities, ranging in distance from 12km ride which is ideal for novice cyclists and families, right up to the 100km Gran Fondo Classic for those wanting more of a challenge.” Mr O’Sullivan commented.

Bendigo Health Board Director, Ewa Piejko said the Bendigo Cycling Classic helps provide specialised equipment that would not otherwise be available, “Support and funding from our community is vital to Bendigo Health, we are very grateful to the event organisers, volunteers and participants for their support. These funds will purchase priority specialised equipment to care for newborn and premature babies within our Special Care Nursery and, in many cases, minimise the need for patients to travel to Melbourne, reducing the stress on children and their families.” Ms Piejko said.

Local charity, The Otis Foundation will also benefit from funds raised. Claire Culley, Otis Foundation CEO is delighted that once again support from the BCC will provide more gifted retreat accommodation for anyone facing breast cancer. ”With two years of lockdowns the waiting list is longer than ever and every dollar raised will go towards providing time and space at no cost to our guests to reconnect with loved ones and make memories’.

This year for the first time the Bendigo Cycling Classic will also be offering a gravel ride. The 72km GOAT Gravel ride will take place on Saturday 19 March. Events on Sunday 20 March include:

  • 12km Triple M Fun ride - a flat, short pedal designed for beginner cyclists and families
  • 25km Social Classic - a flatter,- shorter route for relaxed riders and beginners
  • 35km Cruise Classic - a few challenging hills taking in Mandurang Valley and Bendigo surrounds
  • 60km Challenge Classic – an undulating with some challenging hills
  • 100km Gran Fondo Classic - a fantastic ride for enthusiastic cyclists

Details on the Bendigo Cycling Classic and online registration is available at

100% of all funds raised via entries to Bendigo Cycling Classic will be distributed evenly to Bendigo Health’s Special Care Nursery and the Otis Foundation.

Visit Cycling Classic website