Classic cycle launches Cycle Classic

Jonah Kennedy of New Lambton display riding a penny farthing bicycle at the waterfront at the launch of the ORICA Newcastle Cycle Classic, at the Crowne Plaza in Honeysuckle on Tuesday. Picture: Max Mason-HubersIT is a sight more suited to a 19th century English countryside.
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Coasting along the Honeysuckle boardwalk on Tuesday morning, whizzing past the mothers pushing prams and those out for a run, was Hunter District Cycle Club member Jonah Kennedy atop a penny-farthing.

Jonah Kennedy of New Lambton display riding a penny farthing bicycle at the waterfront at the launch of the ORICA Newcastle Cycle Classic, at the Crowne Plaza in Honeysuckle on Tuesday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The old school two-wheeler was there as a reminder of where bicycle racing began at the launch of Orica Newcastle Cycle Classic. The event, in its fourth year, is a highlight on the racing circuit and is expected to attract 150 athletes and 5000 spectators on October 25.

The day includes the Mick Chapman Memorial Criterium, a community ride, market stalls and entertainment.

‘‘The cycle classic is another example of Newcastle’s ability to host a large-scale events,’’ NRMA President and cycle classic ambassador Kyle Loades said.

‘‘I encourage Novocastrians to come down to Honeysuckle for a great day of racing action and to get involved in the community ride.’’

There will be prizes for the best dressed male, female, child and bike and all proceeds will go to Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance and Procare.

Jonah Kennedy of New Lambton display riding a penny farthing bicycle at the waterfront at the launch of the ORICA Newcastle Cycle Classic, at the Crowne Plaza in Honeysuckle on Tuesday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers