Cycling roadtrain back in Leongatha
LEONGATHA returns to the iconic national road series event, the Tour of Gippsland, part of the Subaru National Road Series, in September.
Stage two, Leongatha to Yinnar, sets off from the velodrome at 10.30am on Thursday, September 4.
Leongatha rider Stuart Smith says that starting a stage in your home town is a lot more exciting than people appreciate.
Twenty three year old Smith, a member of the Leongatha Cycling Club for 11 years, rides for Health.co.au.search2retain and says the team is the strongest it has been for the season.
“This is my fourth race for the year but it is my target race.
“I know the terrain. I couldn’t ask for a more home course.”
The team is currently fourth on the team classifications and will include the New Zealand Commonwealth Games rider Patrick Bevan.
For the first time in its nine year history the tour will feature the seaside town of Port Albert.
Gippsland’s oldest port, Port Albert, will see the finish of stage four’s 124 kilometre road race which begins in Sale on Friday September 5.
Wellington Shire Council, Mayor, Cr Scott Rossetti is thrilled that Port Albert is included for the first time in the Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland.
“Our community warmly welcomes the Tour of Gippsland participants to Wellington,” said Cr Rossetti. “This year’s participants will cycle from Sale, Gippsland’s first city, to Port Albert, one of Victoria’s first seaports.
“Port Albert is a beautiful coastal town steeped in rich history dating back to the 1840’s.
“Cyclists will travel through spectacular scenic farmland en route with views from the Strzelecki Ranges to Wilsons Promontory, arriving at the Port Albert Wharf with its outlook over the Nooramunga Outlet and its plethora of fishing boats.
“No doubt everyone will enjoy the town’s visual appeal as much as they will enjoy dining on fresh locally caught fish at one of the town’s great eateries. “I highly recommend a look round the Maritime Museum to learn more about the region’s prestigious history.
“We hope to see participants inspired to return to the region and experience everything wonderful on offer in Wellington,” said Cr Rossetti.
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