PCutter wrote:I know the last time it was up for grabs the Gold Coast bid (as did others I believe), however the funding from Ballarat/Victorian regional tourism is enough to keep them in front. I also believe the fact that Jayco being a major sponsor and being a Victorian based concern also helps keep it in state.
Personally, I'd love to see them run the finish circuit around Bathurst race track, a good loop finishing on the track finish line and would give the wider non-cycling public a reference point. Whilst Renshaw still wouldn't be happy with the hill at least he wouldn't have to travel far.
I like the race being here in Victoria and Ballarat and the organisers can probably take some credit in raising the profile of the National Championships BUT I do like your idea of Bathurst. For those of us who have watched the car racing over the years, it would be fascinating to hear Keenan call of Gerrans leading into Conrad Straight and Porte and Sutton chasing him down :-) We see the V8's roar up the hill there but how difficult would the Bathurst climb be to pro's doing it a number of times?
Would be interesting to see a market framed for Sunday's RR. Would the top 5 look like this;
Others who might be up in the market could include Sutton, Durbridge, Clarke, Clarke, Dennis.....who else?
Haven't got a start list in front of me, so might be missing a few who should be obvious.