The Launceston Cycling Classic came into existence on the back of two local Launceston riders who were out on a bike ride in 2002. In conversation, they thought "wouldn't it be good to get a whole bunch of pro's here for a crit around the city, and recreate the atmosphere of a European race right in the middle of town". Those two riders were Stan Siejka (a local neurologist) and Tom Sawyer (retired professional cyclist).
Stan sadly passed away after a skiing accident in New Zealand. The committee of the day (including Tom Sawyer) thought it was a fitting tribute to name the event after one of the founders and someone who had such passion for the sport and his city of Launceston. Stan's family continue to give great support to the event.
From those words an event was born and apart from a two year hiatus the race has been a highlight on the Launceston and Australian cycling calendar every year since. As a result of their vision and passion they managed to convince most of Australian cycling royalty to participate. Just to name a few; Tour de France and world champion Cadel Evans, three time green jersey winner at the Tour de France Robbie McEwen, Paris Roubaix winner Stuart O'Grady. Both Stan and Tom were tireless in their pursuit of a high quality event and a high quality field. This drive has been passed on to succeeding committees and the race has continued to grow on the back of that bike ride.