• Cycling & Outdoor Events

Cycling and running events have been at the forefront of Bendigo life since the Bendigo International Madison was first held in 1972. Since then the hotly-contested event has been challenging local, national and international athletes with world-class competition and a passionate crowd of spectators. Be part of the action – on or off the Tom Flood Sports Centre track – during the long weekend in March.

Set your own rhythm on the O’Keefe Challenge. Run, walk, cycle or roll the historic O’Keefe Rail Trail between Bendigo and Heathcote in April. This 49-km journey celebrates fitness, nature and family fun, plus Heathcote’s infectious community spirit. The path of the original 1888 railway takes you through box ironbark bush, scenic farm land, over the Campaspe River and past Lake Eppalock. It’s a great way to see the region, plus sets the scene for this popular race across the goldfields.

The Bendigo Jockey Club is dedicated to offering the best country racing experience in Victoria. Situated around 150 kms from Melbourne, the Bendigo racecourse is one of the most picturesque racing venues in the state. The landscaping provides comfortable surroundings, while modern horse stalls and the large parade ring ensure ample opportunity for punters to study their favourites before race time. The club hosts around 25 racing meetings each year and has its very own spring carnival which culminates in the popular Jayco Bendigo Cup, an important Melbourne Cup lead-up race. Tenant clubs Marong and Elmore also host cup meeting at the course throughout the year. 

Plan to visit Bendigo during one of the city’s outdoor events.