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MEDIA RELEASE - Australia's top cyclists line-up for Tour of Great South Coast

29 July 2019

Tour Great South Coast

More than 100 of Australia’s leading cyclists will be joined by top international and New Zealand riders this winter for the return of the Visit Victoria Campolina - Tour of the Great South Coast.

Since launching eight years ago, the Green Triangle tour has grown to become one of the top professional races in Australia with this year’s six day event including the addition of a Naracoorte criterium.

The tour will start in Mt Gambier on Tuesday 27 August with the traditional 36km criterium at Vansittart Park, followed by an afternoon 65km Blue Lake circuit race.

The action will continue at Port MacDonnell on day two with a five lap circuit of the town beachfront and rural outskirts covering 128km.

Cyclists will embark on the inaugural Naracoorte criterium on day three on Thursday 29 August cycling from the town’s showgrounds to the World Heritage listed Naracoorte caves.

Cycling will cross the border to Victoria with the Casterton to Heywood 94km endurance race 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.

Mayor Cr Anita Rank said council was proud to continue its sponsorship of the race, which continued to attract national media exposure for the Green Triangle region.

“This is Australia’s version of the Tour de France and it is gaining credibility as one of the best professional races in the country. Cyclists return year after year because of the challenging 541km route, and the spectacular scenery they experience along the way,” Cr Rank said.

“The cyclists are also impressed by the welcoming celebration from our community. I strongly urge all business owners and community members to welcome the hundreds of visitors expected as a result of this event. The energy and intensity of the cyclists is a sight to behold.”

The final street party, including a community barbecue, will feature a celebrity scooter challenge with local identities taking on rivals from surrounding council’s and cycling teams

Cr Rank urged the community to show their support.

“If you have ever enjoyed watching the Tour de France on the television, this is the next best thing. Many of these cyclists use our event as a training ground to gain points and selection into this international team event,” she said.

“You could be watching the next Cadel Evans or Robbie McEwen. Importantly, it could be a top female cyclist in the future, as we work to recruit a female race on a future race card.”

To celebrate the race countdown, a launch party is planned for Wednesday 14 August at Casterton’s Albion Hotel at 12.30pm (Victorian time) with light lunch served.

To secure your place email event coordinator Michelle Mitchell at mmitchell@glenelg.vic.gov.au


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