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Thanks to the annual Cycling Australia Road National Championships, Ballarat is fast becoming known as the home of cycling in Australia. Boasting an array of tracks for road and race cycling, mountain biking and cyclocross, the city has an experience to suit all capabilities.

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Skipton Rail Trail #1: Smythesdale lunch via the Skipton Rail Trail

Looking for a change of scenery or a fun family ride, this is the perfect ride!

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Skipton Rail Trail #2: The full length!

Ready for an off road adventure?

Immerse yourself in the serenity of Australia’s native flora and fauna at the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail. Leave behind the stresses of your day as you meander through the wide open grasslands, eucalypt forests, historic bridges and quaint 19th century villages.

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Ballarat Parkland Ride

Ride along two of Ballarat’s most iconic outdoor spaces – Lake Wendouree and Victoria Park. Admire the glistening waters and natural surrounds and include a coffee pit-stop (or more) at one of the featured cafes. The total ride length including both parks and back again is around 18km – perfect for a Sunday afternoon!

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Ballarat Heritage Ride

Admire some of Ballarat’s most significant historical sites and heritage buildings. Delight in the charming streetscapes and buildings with their iconic facades, and soak up a city that is built on gold. The entire ride is approximately 9km in length.

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One Hour Coffee Ride

One hour ride that you can either challenge your mates for some of the most sought-after Strava segments in Ballarat, or take it at your own pace and and enjoy the scenery through the Creswick State Forrest.

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The 2h ride: Creswick Classic

Wanting a testing but fun 2 hour loop? This is the well known Creswick loop for both local racers and cycling enthusiast alike as it offers a bit of everything!

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The 4h ride: Daylesford with the Nationals Champions

If you are after a challenge and in for the long haul…. This is the loop for you!

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Tour, hire or repair

Bike hire, repairs, tours and accommodation – here’s all you need to know for a comfortable and satisfying getaway in Ballarat.

Cycling events

Cycling Australia Road National Championships


Ballarat is home to the Cycling Australia Road Nationals Championships. Taking place in January every year, the event attracts Australia’s most elite cyclists for a series of action-packed and crowd-friendly criterium races.

Fiona Elsey Ballarat Cycle Classic


February’s annual Ballarat Cycle Classic provides all cycling enthusiasts the opportunity to take part in an iconic community event. There is an event for all fitness levels and cycling abilities, with a 50km, 60km, 85km and 100km course, all of which take-in varying degrees of the RoadNats course including the infamous climbs surrounding Mount Buninyong.

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