Inverloch a hub of activity for World Class cycling event
Bass Coast will host the third stage of Australia’s oldest stage race as it celebrates 63 years of world class cycling.
Starting in Melbourne on Wednesday, 3 February, the Jayco Herald Sun Tour will conclude at Arthur’s Seat five days later.
On Saturday, 6 February, the tour leaves Traralgon at 10.30am and will tour through Leongatha, Inverloch, Wonthaggi and Cape Paterson before concluding in Inverloch around 2.00pm, with the finish line in Ramsay Boulevard beside Rainbow Park.
Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Jordan 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.
“World-class racing with teams and riders from all over Australia and the world will be competing.
“The 2016 event is expected to be the biggest and most exciting in the Tour’s prestigious history with the announcement that reigning Tour de France champion, Chris Froome and team Sky will be competing and challenging for the title.
There will be plenty of events happening around the area in conjunction with the Tour.
Cycling Victoria is piloting a new cycling event called LifeCycle at the 2016 Jayco Herald Sun Tour and is designed to get more mature aged adults (55+) involved in cycling.
Around 90 riders have registered for the ride, which will start and finish at the Ramsay Boulevard finish line. The ride will commence 11.00am and do a return loop to Cape Paterson along the Bunurong Coast Road.
Rainbow Park adjacent to the finish line will also become activity hub designed to engage the community, sponsors, riders and all those associated with the Tour and encourage people to come along and experience the event.
This area will be active from 1.00pm until 3.00pm.
Groups and organisations that will have a presence at the site include;
- Local radio station, 3mFM, hosting an outside broadcast
- The Bass Coast Barracudas and Leongatha Cycling Club promoting their clubs and activities
- The Inverloch Lions Club Charity BBQ, operating from 1.30pm until 3.00pm
- Organisers of the Keeping Kids on Track Fun Run holding a short kids fun run. Starting and finishing from Rainbow Park it will begin at 1.00pm and take in the adjacent foreshore paths. They will also coordinate some children’s bike activities.
- Sponsor marquees with a range of activities
The cycling teams from the Tour will also be set at this location and there will be some opportunity to interact with the public.
Road Closures and Traffic
Ramsay Boulevard will be closed between Venus Street and the Esplanade on the Saturday from 9.30am until around 5.00pm.
There will be changed traffic conditions in the Esplanade between Williams and Bay Street between these times, and it will operate in a one way direction only. A rolling traffic management operation will accompany the riders at all times.