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Building on the success of last year’s Launceston Criterium, which boasted Tour de France champion Chris Froome and Tasmanian wingman Richie Porte on the start line, the event team have announced $5,000 in prize money for the Masters race.
Cycling Central

29 Sep 2015 - 12:12 PM  UPDATED 29 Sep 2015 - 12:15 PM

Due to the success of the headline event, the Launceston Cycling Festival is recognised as the best criterium weekend in Australia. The action takes place again over December 5 and 6.

The Masters Classic will light up the streets on Sunday 6 December with a new course flanking the beautiful City Park of Launceston. A boost in prize money is set to attract Masters racers from all around the country.

“We have decided to move the course to the City Park precinct to enable a more family friendly atmosphere and to make the course a little more challenging for the riders,” said Race Director Nigel Baker.

“The increase in Masters racing around the country has prompted us to increase our prize pool to more than $5,000 for Sunday’s Masters race with the view of attracting some of the best Masters in Australia to come to Tasmania for a great weekend of racing.”

The weekend’s events will start on Saturday at 11am with racing around the iconic township of Longford.

“We are very happy the Northern Midlands Council have come on board and supported this great weekend of cycling,” said Baker. “We have purposely delayed the start time until 11am on the Saturday to enable athletes to travel on Saturday morning if need be.”

The relaxed start time ensures that families travelling to Tasmania for the festival can enjoy some of the other riding, dining and sightseeing that has catapulted Tasmania into one of the major holiday hot spots for cyclists.