The Powercor Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic is the longest race in the southern hemisphere and kicks off the 2019 National Road Series.
It’s an event riders dream of winning, and for winner Nick White, it was a dream start to his season.
Starting in Avalon for the first time, 144 riders took to the 262.2-kilometre road race that has been won by legends of the sport dating back to the early 20th Century. An animated start saw plenty of attacks off the front, but with a competitive and watchful field, it took some time for anything to stick.
At around the 70-kilometre mark, things started to shake up, with a breakaway group of 13 that ultimately decided the placings of the race.
With plenty of teams represented in the front bunch, the peloton appeared to be setting a relaxed pace, with time gaps blowing out to 14 minutes at the largest time check. Once the front bunch knew they were a safe distance from the peloton, so it came down to a game of cat and mouse that saw Nick victorious.