Tamworth Cycling Festival
Held for the second year in 2019, the Tamworth Cycling Festival presented by Goodyear Autocare Tamworth celebrated cycling in the vibrant city of Tamworth, and featured a program of events to suit cyclists of every level.
The atmosphere of a European Cycling event was brought into your own 'backyard', and cyclists from across the State joined as they celebrated the sport of cycling with a full weekend of riding and racing.
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The festival includes a multi-discipline hill climb (mountain bike, road bike and running) at the scenic Oxley Lookout; a criterium event in the heart of the Tamworth CBD; the traditional 100km Nemingha to Nundle handicap race on the Sunday, and a 100km gran fondo and 35km community ride through the beautiful Dungowan Valley.
The Goodyear Autocare Hill Climb is a timed event, commencing from Treloar Park, up Hill Street to the top of the Oxley lookout. Participants start a few minutes apart, and are timed, with an outright winner for each discipline awarded, as well as fastest female and fastest junior.
The Tamworth City Criterium is held in the heart of the Tamworth CBD - using the loop of Peel, Hill, White and Kable Streets – with riders marshalled in the carpark opposite Goodyear Tamworth. The event is usually held in the afternoon, with Hopscotch Restaurant and Bar hosting a ‘pop-up bar’ and live entertainment as part of the event. Depending on entry numbers, the event includes up to four men’s divisions, a women’s division, and a junior handicap criterium.
The Nemingha to Nundle has always been an exhilarating morning of racing, and in 2019, the 100km race ran as per the original course, starting from Nemingha Hall with riders in the 100km event climbing to Nundle before a swift return finishing on Nundle Rd at Nemingha. Following the handicap race, The festival hosted a round of the NSW Elite Womens Road Premiership with a 100km Elite Womens Scratch race following the same course. The 100km gran fondo followed the course of the handicap and womens race, leaving fifteen minutes after the 'Elite Women' group of riders.
Leaving Nemingha Hall before the handicap race, the 35km community ride was a leisurely course for cyclists of all ability levels, meandering through the beautiful Dungowan Valley from Nemingha to Dungowan return.
From the recreational through to the elite cyclist, runners, mountain bikers and spectators as well, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.