Wonthaggi and Inverloch,

Gippsland tour to conquer Bass Coast


After a hiatus in 2015, the Australian Paper Tour of Gippsland has returned to the National Road Series in 2016 and is shaping up to be the best edition in the event's acclaimed history.

Described as a 'Jewel in the Crown' of Australia's domestic road cycling calendar, the five day race will attract the best Australian teams and the cream of Australia's elite domestic male cyclists.

With a prestigious list of past winners, such as Will Walker and Nathan Haas, the Tour of Gippsland is a pinnacle steppingstone for those ambitious riders hoping to forge a career in the professional cycling arena.

Bass Coast will host the Paul the Pieman Stage 4 of the race on Saturday, 3 September, starting at Wonthaggi at 10.30am and finishing in Inverloch at 1.50pm.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said the scenery for this stage is like no other, and is some of the best in the Gippsland region.

“The final 40km includes two climbs over Mt Misery - a name which definitely lives up to its reputation!” Cr Crugnale said.

“This will be one of the most challenging days racing for the riders, and will really test who is up to the task of battling the mountainous terrain Gippsland is known for.”

The Australian Paper Tour of Gippsland will be starting in Traralgon on Wednesday, 31 August 2016 and conclude in Traralgon five days later.

The Bass Coast stage, after leaving Wonthaggi, will take in Loch-Wonthaggi Road, Archies Creek, Glen Forbes and Mt Misery, concluding in Inverloch at the finish line in A’Beckett Street beside The Inverloch Hub.

Cr Crugnale said Bass Coast prides itself on being a cycle friendly destination with fantastic coastal and rural opportunities for riders of all ages and skills.

“This event will help promote Bass Coast as a destination to visit and generate short and long term economic benefits for Inverloch and the region,” Cr Crugnale said.

Road Closures and Traffic for Saturday, 3 September

Wonthaggi: Mc Bride Ave will be closed between Graham Street and Watt Street from 8.00am until around 12.00pm

Inverloch: A’Beckett Street will be closed between Alma Street and Reilly Street from 11.00am until around 3.30pm

A rolling traffic management operation will accompany the riders at all times.