Dirty Clare: 2020 Clare Classic To Feature A Gravel Fondo

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Gravel ... it's one of the fastest growing and most exciting aspects of the sport plus a wonderful diversion for us pure roadies.

In an exciting development for the Clare Classic, Bicycling Australia's Gran Fondo for South Australia, a gravel event to be known as 'the Dirty Clare' will make its debut on Saturday 4 April, 2020.

Classics Series Evolving

A strong indication of the growth in not only the Classics series events but popularity of gravel cycling in Australia, James Yaffa, Publisher of Bicycling Australia, said the Classics series would continue to evolve.

"The Dirty Clare is just the beginning," he said. "We have some big plans in place for our other Classics series events - Bowral, Noosa and of course Mudgee. It's exciting and rewarding to be delivering new options to our growing base of participants, event partners and supporters."

Praise From Pat Jonker

The inclusion of a gravel fondo - the first for Bicycling Australia's popular Classics series events - has come as welcome news with event Ride Director Pat Jonker describing the course as "sensational and truly epic cycling."

Starting from Clare Town Oval in Clare, South Australia, the 80km gravel course will showcase Clare’s scenic Spring Gully Conservation Park.

Road or gravel or both! The 2020 Clare Classic will feature a gravel fondo - the first for Bicycling Australia's popular Classics series events.

The overall distance is 80km and with over 1000m of gravel climbing the course is a serious challenge and sure to be a memorable day on the dirt. Jonker said he's ridden the course on 28mm tyres and says that's his suggested minimum width for those keen to sign up.

Date: Saturday 4 April, 2020
Price: $85- save $10 when also registering for the Maxi, Challenge or Social Classic rides on Sunday 5 April*.
Distance: 80km gravel course
Start Time: 07:00am
Start Location: Clare Town Oval, Main North Road, Clare.
Registration/kit collection: Riders who register on or before February 23, 2020 will be sent their registration kits in the mail. Riders who register after this date will need to collect their registration kits prior to the ride on Saturday 4 April at Clare Town Oval.

The course maps are expected to be released shortly.

Further details are available at www.clareclassic.com.au 

* Riders must register for both events at once to receive the discount. Discount cannot be applied retrospectively. Early Bird offer only applies to Maxi and Challenge rides.

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