McGrory aiming to restore Melbourne to Warrnambool's former glory

Through his various team, race and media roles in recent seasons, Scott McGrory has arguably seen more of the National Road Series (NRS) than most. With Cycling Victoria in need of a race director for the Melbourne to Warrnambool, it as no surprise that McGrory was approached to take on the role. The 102nd edition of the 277km race will be held October 14. A successful track and road cyclist during his career, McGrory explained to Cyclingnews that he jumped at the opportunity presented by Cycling Victoria.  "The fact that it is the Melbourne to Warrnambool, an event that obviously is historic on the Australian landscape for cycling and in my opinion, hasn't had the recognition that it globally, or even nationally, that it does deserve," McGrory said. "Anyway that I can do something to improve that, grow that and make the event as great as I think it should be, then I am quite happy to jump on board and help out in anyway I can."ADVERTISEMENT First held in 1895, the race's first edition saw the riders head west from Melbourne to Warrnambool before a reversal to the original route in 1939. While the start location and route has changed since, Warrnambool remains the finishing location. McGrory has initially been brought onboard for the 2017 edition with Cycling Victoria and Cycling Australia to conduct a "big review" of the race. The review will then determine McGrory's future role with the race. "There has only been discussion about this year so let's wait and see. The first thing was make sure we get a race director in, and make the race happen," McGrory said.
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