GREAT SOUTH COAST TOUR A CARIBOU CLASSIC
Caribou will again link with Cycling Victoria to organise and promote the fifth Lakes Oil-Fulton Hogan Tour of the Great South Coast, to be raced in South Australia and Victoria from August 10-14.
Founded by Caribou in 2012, the five-day seven-stage tour will cover 511.2 kilometres of stunning terrain in a unique geographical location of Australia.
Four municipalities will back the event – the City of Mount Gambier, District Council of Grant and Wattle Range Shire in South Australia – and the Glenelg Shire in Victoria.
The tour, programmed to start with a traditional criterium at Mount Gambier’s Vansittart Park on Wednesday, August 10, has rapidly developed into one of the signature races on Cycling Australia’s Subaru National Road Series calendar.
The four previous winners are cyclists of outstanding quality - the West Australian Anthony Giacoppo (2012), New Zealanders Samuel Horgan (2013) and Patrick Bevin (2015), and Victoria’s top-quality road speedster Brenton Jones whose sprinting duels with the Queenslander Jesse Kerrison in 2014 had spectators gasping in awe.
Substantial changes have been made to this year’s course, with the opening two-and-half-days to be raced in South Australia and the last half of the tour to be conducted exclusively in Glenelg Shire. (See course outline on this website).
The City of Mount Gambier will host the tour’s opening day for the fourth straight year, commencing with the 36-kilometre criterium at beautiful Vansittart Park, followed by the classic 65km road stage over 10 laps of a testing Blue Lake circuit.
The tour’s longest stage – an upgraded 136.7km trek starting and finishing in the quaint coastal fishing village of Port MacDonnell – will be raced through District Council of Grant territory on the second day, Thursday, August 11.
Tour action will move inland to the Wattle Range municipality on the third day, with a morning criterium at Penola Primary School in the famed Coonawarra wine region, followed by a 64.2km dash over the border to the renowned rural cycling town of Casterton in the Glenelg Shire.
Glenelg, a Great South Coast Tour sponsor since the event’s inception, will host the final two stages on magnificent courses – a ground-breaking 121.4km road race at Cape Bridgewater on Saturday, August 13, and the grand finale criterium on Portland’s scenic waterfront on the Sunday. (See Cape Bridgewater media release on this website).
Caribou’s John Craven, the company’s managing director since its foundation in 1980, said he was tremendously excited by the challenges and spectacular variations that the 2016 course offered for the competing cyclists, sponsors, spectators and the media.
“This is a truly brilliant course,” Craven enthused. “It’s one of the most diverse and challenging of any race Caribou has organised since getting into cycling promotion 28 years ago.”
Craven said Caribou was pleased to be working alongside Cycling Victoria in organising and developing the tour.
“Given the growth and popularity of the event, our working relationship is obviously very effective,” he said.
Craven added that he was thrilled that long-standing commercial sponsors Lakes Oil, Fulton Hogan, Scody, Campolina, Westvic Resource Management, the CFMEU, and Portland’s Gordon Hotel continued to back the tour.
“The Tour of the Great South Coast is blessed to be enthusiastically supported by four great municipalities and a terrific range of companies from the commercial sector,” he said.
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