Goulburn to Citi Cycle Classic
Venue : From Goulburn through Berrima, Mittagong, Bargo, Tahmoor, Picton, Razorback and finish in Camden
Date : 20th September 2009
Time : TBA
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Goulburn to Citi
New South Wales' oldest bike race, the Goulburn to Sydney Cycle Classic (est. 1902) entered a new era today with the announcement that Citi will be the naming rights sponsor for the 2007 Goulburn to Citi to be held on Sunday, September 23.
David Macefield, President of the Macarthur Collegians Cycling Club and Citi's CEO, Stephen Roberts were delighted to jointly announce the sponsorship agreement at the official launch in Sydney today. Guests at the Citi hosted function included; Ryan Bayley, Olympic dual gold medallist; Stephen Woolridge, Olympic and four time world champion; Ray Godkin, Vice President - Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI); representatives of Cycling Australia, Cycling NSW along with leading business community representatives and media.
"The Citi sponsorship deal is a huge boost for cycling in New South Wales" , Mr Macefield said. "It's now up to our clubs with the support of Cycling New South Wales, the NSW Police Force and NSW Roads and Traffic Authority to step up and challenge other states for cycling supremacy."
"We have some of the greatest road riders in the world and we live in one of the greatest cities of world, now we need a road race to match and it's our undertaking to Citi to achieve nothing less over the next two years." Mr Macefield said.
This year's event will also include a corporate charity ride led by Race Ambassador, Simon Poidevin where corporate Australia will swap golf clubs for the bicycle. The race and charity ride will follow similar routes from Goulburn through Berrima, Mittagong, Bargo, Tahmoor, Picton, Razorback and finish in Camden. Camden's main street will be closed for the day where the Plus Fitness Lifestyle Expo will be in full swing to greet the riders' home.
Citi aims to deliver in conjunction with charity team sponsors a major financial windfall to a number of charities which will include major beneficiary Odyssey House.
The race will again be televised on SBS TV and will highlight Australia's elite cyclists as they fight for victory in the 170km race which will include a team's classification, similar to the style of event seen in the Tour De France. The Goulburn to Citi, which is one year older than the Tour de France, is currently applying for UCI ranking.
Over 100 volunteers from Goulburn, Southern Highlands and Macarthur Cycling Clubs will work with NSW Police and RTA to ensure the success of this year's event.
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