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MEDIA RELEASE - Countdown to iconic cross border cycling event

14 July 2017

Tour of the Great South Coast 2017 Sponsors and Cyclists

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

Launching the tour schedule today, event coordinator John Craven said a field of about 100 cyclists would tackle the 500km event from July 26-30 covering six stages.

The competitors will start in Mount Gambier travelling to the coast at Port MacDonnell 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 a highlight on Cycling Australia’s Suburu National Road series calendar.

Mr Craven said it was well-recognised as a challenging season launch because of its difficult mix of terrain with criteriums, multiple sprints and hill climbs which provide some of the tightest and hard fought racing contests on the national circuit.

He said the cyclists enjoyed the “world class” scenery.

“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,” Mr Craven said.

“It is exciting that the winner of the 2015 tour, New Zealand cyclist Patrick Bevin from the Avanti Racing Team, is currently riding in Tour de France and is in impressive form.”

This year’s field will include the return of 2012 race winner Anthony Giacoppo, a race favourite who will compete in the seven-man Isowhey Sports Swiss Wellness Team. He will compete alongside local cyclists in the Anchor Point team including Portland riders Lachlan Nolte and Dylan Lindsey and up-and-coming Warrnambool talent Sam Lane.

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.”

Added to the race calendar this year is a Portland Cycling Club three race curtain raiser across four senior grades and a junior class.

The event is expected to attract amateur cyclists from across the south west zone and South Australia taking on the same route as the professional teams.

The amateur race will start at 10.30am with the Tour of the Great South Coast from 12.30pm

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