2017 will see the Tour of Gippsland return as one of the premier races on the Subaru National Road Series calendar. The competition is an Australia-wide series that is raced across all states, featuring the country’s top individual and team cyclists.
Held from Thursday, 19 October 2017 until Sunday, 22 October 2017 the Tour of Gippsland provides the perfect opportunity for Australia’s up and coming cyclists to race, this year’s Tour of Gippsland will comprise of four criterium races hosted in four different shires across Gippsland.
Thousands of people are expected to line local streets, giving communities across Gippsland the chance to see their cycling heroes in action.
Aside from the big race, cyclists will take part in a number of community activities, including school visits, clinics and rides, safety awareness training, club criterium races and free skills sessions for kids.
The Tour is funded by the Andrews Labor Government through the Latrobe Valley Sports and Community Initiative – an $85 million investment in sports and community infrastructure, events and associated support programs being delivered by the Latrobe Valley Authority.
As well as significant upgrades to local sporting infrastructure, the initiative forges an alliance between the State Government and elite sports to bring more major events to Gippsland.
Race Director John Trevorrow said “We are proud to be able to keep this crucial event in the Subaru National Road Series calendar and to race in the main towns of Gippsland. This beautiful region holds a special place in my heart as I grew up training and racing on these roads.”
“The course this year may be different, but I know the quality of racing will not disappoint. With top-class fields in both the men’s and women’s events, I am expecting two entertaining bike races that will produce very worthy winners.”