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MEDIA RELEASE - Countdown to cross border cycling event

15 August 2019

Australia’s top up-and-coming cyclists will return to the region for the iconic cross-border Visit Victoria-Campolina Tour of the Great South Coast later this month.

Launching the tour schedule yesterday, event coordinator John Craven said more than 100 cyclists would tackle the 500km event from 27 August to 1 September covering six stages.

Competitors will start in Mount Gambier, travelling to the coast of Port MacDonnell, heading inland for the inaugural Naracoorte criterium before crossing the border to tackle the rolling hinterland of Heywood and Casterton before returning to the picturesque Cape Bridgewater circuit and Portland for the final CBD waterfront criterium.

“The Tour of the Great South Coast is developing a strong reputation as a breeding ground for the future stars of Australian and New Zealand cycling and 2019 is no exception,” Mr Craven said.

“In this year’s race one Australia’s world record-breaking teams pursuit track cycling squad will use the Tour as a key strength-building event in its preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

“The five-member contingent of West Australian cyclists will be one to watch throughout the six day race as they attempt to further enhance their s status as the kings of global track cycling.”

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said council was pleased to partner with its cross border neighbours at the City of Mount Gambier and District Council of Grant to host the country’s best up and coming competitors.

“Cyclists love returning to the Green Triangle for this season launch event because of the challenging course which tests their endurance and strength in what is recognised as one of the most picturesque courses on the national tour,” Cr Rank said.

“This six stage event will provide national media attention to our region whilst further strengthening our visitor economy with the hundreds of support staff and families cheering-on the competitors.

“It is a wonderful spectacle and I strongly encourage the public to get track side during the festivities to see these world class competitors at their best.”

The Visit Victoria-Campolina will pass through Casterton and Heywood on Friday 30 August followed by the Cape Bridgewater Lakes circuit on Saturday 31 August.

A final street party celebration will be held on the final day, Sunday 1 September for the 48km Portland CBD criterium with racing on the foreshore waterfront.

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