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City of Ballarat Community Magazine September 2009
Jayco Herald Sun Tour
Some of the world's best cyclists will compete in Ballarat next month as part
of the 57th Jayco Herald Sun Tour which is the oldest stage cycling race in
Australia. The event starts in Ballarat on Sunday 11 October, with 105
cyclists riding in 15 teams.
Ballarat residents will have two opportunities to see the cyclists in action.
A criterium will be staged in the Central Business District on Sunday 11
October, with riders completing loops of the 2.2 kilometre circuit. Tour
Director Michael Hands said the opening day is a chance to see who has
form for the tough week ahead.
The Tour Village will be set up providing plenty of entertainment for families
while cycling enthusiasts should pay a visit to the Bike Expo, these will be
located near the start line. In the lead up to the main race there will be a
series of curtain raiser rides including the Victorian School Zone Final,
Master's Criterium, Men's Amateur Teams Criterium and Hand
Cycles/Wheelchair Sports. Ballarat's cafés will also be put to the test in a
novelty cycling and coffee making competition.
Everyday riders will also be able to experience one of the key stages of the
Tour as part of the 'Tour Challenge', a feature event which is not unlike those
offered during the Tour de France.
The Tour Challenge will also be held on Sunday 11 October. The 90km and
150km rides are open to teams and individuals and give cyclists the
chance to test themselves on the Stage One course the day before the
elite riders tackle it. It begins at 7am and is a loop ride to and from
Ballarat via Creswick, Daylesford and Trentham. For further information
visit www.vic.cycling.org.au or call Cycle Sport Victoria on 8480 3000.
Stage One of the Tour will be held on Monday 12 October. The 150 km race
will start and finish at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. The elite riders will
depart at 10.30am, but the cycling action will continue at the Lake
Wendouree foreshore near the Botanical Gardens with races for primary and
secondary school students. There will also be live music and updates on the
main race on the big screen from the Race Director. Safe cycling education
programs have been organised on Sunday and Monday by the Go for your
Life program and the KIDS Foundation. The Tour competitors are expected
back at the Botanical Gardens around 2.30pm where the yellow jersey will
be presented to the winner of the first stage.
The riders will leave Ballarat on Tuesday, with the Tour travelling to Colac,
Warrnambool, Apollo Bay, Anglesea, Barwon Heads and Geelong before
finishing in Melbourne on Saturday 17 October. For further information
about the Jayco Herald Sun Tour visit www.heraldsuntour.com.au
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