Iconic Australian cycling event the Tour of Gippsland will hit Bass Coast on Thursday, 19 October with a criterium race in Inverloch.
The criterium will follow a 900m circuit alongside the centre of town. Starting by the Inlet Hotel, the cyclists will turn right to travel north along William Street, then another right turn at Hoptoun Street heading down hill to The Esplanade where they’ll turn right back to the Inlet Hotel to complete the circuit.
The Tour will involve road closures in this area between the times of 9am and 3pm. Bass Coast Shire Council is working in partnership with GTR Events to contact all community members directly involved and ensure the road closures will have the least possible impact on the local community.
The Tour has been a part of Australia’s Subaru National Road Series (NRS) since 2005. This year men and women will compete in the Tour for the first time with the women’s race at approximately 12.00pm to 1.00pm and men’s race 1.30pm to 2.45pm.
There will also be a community ride and community activities on the day. Both GTR Events and Council encourage people to come out and take part in the event. Bass Coast Shire Acting Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, acknowledged the disturbance and expressed his confidence in the excitement the Tour will bring.
“I am often impressed by how generous and selfless our community are and these qualities are certainly tried during the peak season and during events where road closures cause inconveniences for businesses and residents,” Cr Tessari said.
“Events like the Tour of Gippsland bring with them an opportunity for us to showcase our area, and promote being active and bike safety. I hope that people embrace the opportunity to see these elite athletes racing around our familiar streets.”
Race Director, John Trevorrow, echoes Cr Tessari’s sentiments on the excitement and action the event will bring to Inverloch.
“We have heard that Inverloch Primary School has a majority of students who ride to school and that cycling and an active lifestyle is embraced in Inverloch. Hearing these things makes us extremely excited to bring this event to the town and work at involving the community as much as possible,” Mr Trevorrow said.
GTR Events are currently in the process of finalising the details for the Tour. The timing of the races, road closures, and community activities will be promoted locally and on the Tour of Gippsland webpage www.tourofgippsland.com
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Around 150 of Australia’s best cyclists are set to pedal their way through Gippsland for the iconic Tour of Gippsland Criterium Series, from 19-22 October.
For the first time, this year’s tour will feature an Elite Women’s Subaru National Road Series competition, with 60 to 70 female riders competing for equal prize-money with the men.
The tour will consist of four separate races, taking place in Inverloch (19 October), Sale (20 October), Bairnsdale (21 October) and Traralgon (22 October).
Moving away from a road-stage format will give more locals and businesses the opportunity to get involved in the action and benefit from the influx of visitors.
Thousands of people are expected to line local streets, giving communities across Gippsland the chance to see their cycling heroes in action.
Aside from the big race, cyclists will take part in a number of community activities, including school visits, clinics and rides, safety awareness training, club criterium races and free skills sessions for kids.
The Tour is proudly funded by the Andrews Labor Government through the Latrobe Valley Sports and Community Initiative – an $85 million investment in sports and community infrastructure, events and associated support programs being delivered by the Latrobe Valley Authority.
As well as significant upgrades to local sporting infrastructure, the initiative forges an alliance between the State Government and elite sports to bring more major events to Gippsland.
Each stage of the race will be streamed live and include a TV highlights package, to be broadcast after the event on the Nine Network and Fox.
Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing
“This is another big win for women’s cycling in Australia, and we’re proud to be bringing more of the world’s best female riders to Gippsland.”
“The Tour of Gippsland provides a massive boost to our local economy and gives tourists an opportunity to see all this region has to offer.”
Quotes attributable to Race Director John Trevorrow
“We are proud to be able to keep this crucial event in the Subaru National Road Series calendar and to race in the main towns of Gippsland. This beautiful region holds a special place in my heart as I grew up training and racing on these roads.”
“The course this year may be different, but I know the quality of racing will not disappoint. With top-class fields in both the men’s and women’s events, I am expecting two entertaining bike races that will produce very worthy winners.”
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