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MEDIA RELEASE - Plans to grow Tour of the Great South Coast

1 August 2017

The Tour of the Great South Coast has been positioned as one of regional Australia’s best road races after another successful five day series, with plans to further build its national profile for 2018.

New Zealand rider Brad Evans yesterday claimed the series for a second time with a 16 second victory over Queensland cyclists Ryan Thomas with Victorian rider Liam White claiming third.

The victory has positioned Evans, who last won the race in 2015, in the lead of the Australian Cycling National Road series as he prepares to embark on a number of international races over the coming months.

The shire hosted three stages of the 500km tour including a 93km trek from Heywood to Casterton and 121km punishing journey across Cape Bridgewater’s imposing coastline.

The series concluded yesterday with a 30 lap tussle on 1.6km trek around the Portland foreshore which finished with an exciting sprint finish.

Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the unique cross border event, which included three stages across Mount Gambier and Port MacDonnell, had received national media attention.

“This sporting marvel is quickly growing as one of the most exciting races on the Australian road series and is assisting to give our shire national media exposure,” Cr Rank said.

“The cyclists have rated this six stage series as one of the most challenging, testing not only their endurance but their mental toughness as they have to tackle the steepest of hills and gruelling sprint challenges.

“Every night national media channels were crossing to this event, showcasing beautiful imagery of our region and highlighting the quality of the event. Furthermore, the 135 entrants and their support crews all stayed in our region, eating in our restaurants and spending their leisure time exploring our great shire providing significant economic benefits.”

Plans are now being formulated for the 2018 event which Cr Rank said would “continue to grow.”

“We are focused on making this event one of national significance. The feedback from the cyclists and race organisers is that this course is world class and it is clear we are on the right track to achieve this goal,” Cr Rank said.

“Our efforts over the next 12 months, with support from our cross border neighbours, will be focused on helping to further build this events profile in an effort to attract more support, whether it be from government or the business sector, for the 2018 event.

“We are also working on adding a community cycle next year, led by a school program, with the local cycling club to host a larger amateur showcase to provide greater public support and participation into the future.”

A full list of race results is available at http://my2.raceresult.com/g2468/?lang=en


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