Gearing Up For Tour Of Gippsland


With both international and local riders gearing up for the ninth Tour of Gippsland, kicking off in Bass Coast on 31 July, there are some big names in the race this year.

Highprofile teams and names include:

  • Huon-Genesys - Australia’s number one domestic cycling team. Team Sky (one of the biggest teams on the European Circuit) have signed Huon-Genesys team members Nathan Earle (TAS) and National Racing Series leader Jack Haig (VIC) for next year.
  • Budget Forklifts - includes Joshua Prete (QLD) who is currently racing in China at the Tour of Qinghai Lake with the Australian National Team.
  • CharterMason Drapac Development Team - includes former Australian Supersport Champion Shannon Johnson (VIC).
  • Kenyan Riders – the first African team to compete in the event.

International involvement in the race has increased this year and there are a number of New Zealand and Asian riders competing, with the rest coming from around Australia.

Wonthaggi local and former Australian Institute of Sport rider, Nick Aitkin, will also be competing with the Seight Test Team.

The Rhyll Criterium will showcase the beautiful Rhyll Foreshore, while the Kermesse at the GP Circuit, commencing at 2.00pm, will be open to the public. A criterium is a race around a 1-2km circuit while a Kermesse is a much longer circuit. A highlights package of the Tour will be aired on SBS1

A highlights package of The Tour will be aired on SBS1, on Sunday, 1 September from 4.00pm.

Road Closures for the Tour of Gippsland

Council will be managing some street closures during the event.

Acting Community and Economic Development Director, Antoinette Mitchell, said event organisers will be making every effort to minimise the impact to traffic and the community, with traffic marshalls controlling all intersections and approaches to the criterium circuit.

“Council asks all residents and motorists to observe road closures and changed traffic conditions in Rhyll before, during and after the event,” Ms Mitchell said.

“We also ask people to be patient on the roads and obey the directions of traffic marshals and police,” Ms Mitchell said.

Properties directly affected by the street closures will receive a letter to advise them of the changed conditions. These properties will also be door knocked in the period leading up to the event.

Closures in Rhyll – Wednesday, 31 July

Beach Road will be closed approximately 50 metres each side of Jansson Street between 8.30am and midday.

The Criterium Circuit – Beach Road between Walton Street and Lock Road, Lock Road between Beach Road and Walton Street, and Walton Street between Lock Road and Beach Road - will be closed to traffic between 10.00am and 11.30am. Cars cannot be parked on these streets during these times.

For any further information about the Tour of Gippsland, please contact Bass Coast Shire Council’s Acting Event Coordinator, Janine Temme, on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).