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.
Moving away from a road-stage format will give more locals and businesses the opportunity to get involved in the action and benefit from the influx of visitors.
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.
Each stage of the race will be streamed live and include a TV highlights package, to be broadcast after the event on the Nine Network.
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.”
Latrobe City Council’s contractors have begun construction of the first stage of the Morwell to Traralgon shared pathway.
Latrobe City Council’s mayor, Councillor Kellie O’Callaghan, said the $4.5 million project would eventually see the path link the two towns to improve connectivity and liveability.
“The community has been talking about this pathway for years and we’re pleased the project is underway. Stage one will be the construction of the 2.5 metre wide path from the Morwell Railway Station to McDonald Street in Morwell. The works for this phase are expected to take around six weeks.
“The section from McDonald Street to Kernot Hall will start in November and the further stages of the project, from Waterhole Creek to Alexanders Road to Old Melbourne Road and finally, to Coonoc Road, Traralgon will take place next year. The path, which is around ten kilometres long, is expected to be completed in June 2018,” Cr O’Callaghan said.
“Provision of a shared pathway that allows people to ride their bicycles or to walk or jog between two of the city’s major towns is not only about the physical link, it’s about encouraging exercise and promoting healthier lifestyles,” Cr O’Callaghan concluded.
Funding for this project is being provided by the Federal government ($1.6 million) and Victorian governments Safe System Road Infrastructure Program ($2.95 million).
The proposal for the bike park was put to council in 2016 by the Gippsland Mountain Bike Club (GMTB), with the council still to make a final decision.
GMTB member and local school teacher Nick King said the club was working on a business case with Destination Gippsland and that they planned to seek funding from local, state or federal sources.
Mr King also said the Latrobe shire was the only one in Gippsland without a mountain biking venue.
“Our [GMTB] main vision was to have Gippsland as a mountain biking mecca to develop tourism opportunities for healthy lifestyles in Latrobe Valley and Gippsland,” Mr King said.
In March 2017 Latrobe City Council endorsed the master plan and is seeking funding for this project from state and federal government. A good idea for the Latrobe Valley Authority community facility fund?
Mountain Biking in Latrobe Valley has a decent following and it would be great to see it become an attraction for the area.
The NBL has revealed its clubs will play eight games in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley ahead of the season opener on October 5.
Dubbed the ‘NBL Blitz’, the teams will also conduct basketball clinics and visit schools across the region between September 7-9 after partnering with the Victorian Government to promote the upcoming season.
Stars of Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) and Melbourne Stars Big Bash League Club will soon play and coach in the Latrobe Valley under new partnership agreement.
The excitement kicks off next month when all eight NBL teams play two games each at the Traralgon Sports Stadium. The three-day pre-season tournament runs from September 7 to 9.
The region will then be treated to world class cricket when the Melbourne Stars take on the Hobart Hurricanes in a men’s Big Bash pre-season match under lights in Traralgon on Friday 15 December.
Under the partnership, the Stars will bring some of the best T20 cricketers in Australia to the Latrobe Valley, including Glenn Maxwell and Meg Lanning, to help build upon an already strong cricket foundation in the region.