Tour Kicks Off In Rhyll


Rhyll and the Phillip Island GP Circuit will host the opening day of the ninth Tour of Gippsland when more than 175 competitors from Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines take on the 517 km, eight stage tour.

The tour starts with a 60 minute criterium around the streets of Rhyll on Wednesday, 31 July.

Bass Coast Shire Council’s Acting Community and Economic Development Director, Antoinette Mitchell, said the event provides significant economic benefits to Bass Coast and the wider Gippsland region.

“Events such as this are not only a great spectacle for locals and visitors, they also generate economic benefits,” said Ms Mitchell.

“Around 300 people will be staying in Bass Coast for up to two nights and the criterium is expected to attract several hundred spectators to the Rhyll Foreshore.

“One of the key objectives of Council’s events policy is to get a spread of events across the Shire across the year. A major event in July commencing in Rhyll is a Council initiative to help achieve that objective,” said Ms Mitchell.

The Rhyll criterium kicks off at 10.30am in Beach Road, near Jansson Road. It will continue for an hour around a circuit taking in Loch Road and Walton Street. The second stage of the Tour is Kermesse at the Grand Prix Circuit starting at 2.00pm.

“Spectators are welcome to come and watch the riders complete 15 laps of the 4.45km circuit,” said Ms Mitchell.

SBS Television films the event and screens a documentary of the Tour on its Cycling Central program which is due to screen in mid August 2013. Check your local guide for details.

More information regarding street closures and activities will be released closer to the event date.