Inverloch criterium for Tour of Gippsland
Iconic Australian cycling event the Tour of Gippsland will hit Bass Coast on Thursday, 19 October with a criterium race in Inverloch.
The criterium will follow a 900m circuit alongside the centre of town. Starting by the Inlet Hotel, the cyclists will turn right to travel north along William Street, then another right turn at Hoptoun Street heading down hill to The Esplanade where they’ll turn right back to the Inlet Hotel to complete the circuit.
The Tour will involve road closures in this area between the times of 9am and 3pm. Bass Coast Shire Council is working in partnership with GTR Events to contact all community members directly involved and ensure the road closures will have the least possible impact on the local community.
The Tour has been a part of Australia’s Subaru National Road Series (NRS) since 2005. This year men and women will compete in the Tour for the first time with the women’s race at approximately 12.00pm to 1.00pm and men’s race 1.30pm to 2.45pm.
There will also be a community ride and community activities on the day. Both GTR Events and Council encourage people to come out and take part in the event. Bass Coast Shire Acting Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, acknowledged the disturbance and expressed his confidence in the excitement the Tour will bring.
“I am often impressed by how generous and selfless our community are and these qualities are certainly tried during the peak season and during events where road closures cause inconveniences for businesses and residents,” Cr Tessari said.
“Events like the Tour of Gippsland bring with them an opportunity for us to showcase our area, and promote being active and bike safety. I hope that people embrace the opportunity to see these elite athletes racing around our familiar streets.”
Race Director, John Trevorrow, echoes Cr Tessari’s sentiments on the excitement and action the event will bring to Inverloch.
“We have heard that Inverloch Primary School has a majority of students who ride to school and that cycling and an active lifestyle is embraced in Inverloch. Hearing these things makes us extremely excited to bring this event to the town and work at involving the community as much as possible,” Mr Trevorrow said.
GTR Events are currently in the process of finalising the details for the Tour. The timing of the races, road closures, and community activities will be promoted locally and on the Tour of Gippsland webpage www.tourofgippsland.com