Monday, September 30, 2013

Tour of Tasmania in town today

NEARLY 120 riders will set off from New Norfolk on the second stage of the 2013 Tour of Tasmania at 10.30am today (Monday). The event has undergone some significant changes from past tours and is being managed by Cycling Australia for the first time.

The tour covers many parts of the state including the Derwent Valley, Mt Wellington, Meander Valley and Great Lake. The event also reaches Hobart, Launceston and Devonport as well as Ulverstone, Burnie and Penguin.

Today's section is a cracking 120km stage from New Norfolk to Strathgordon. The course begins by snaking its way along the river through Plenty, before leaving the river and travelling inland through the Bushy Park and Glenora. From there the course is relentless for the remaining 100 kilometres. This leg will prove a strong indicator as to who is in peak form and a true contender for tour honours at week’s end.

Stage three on Tuesday will ride deeper into the Derwent Valley, departing Hamilton for Lake St Clair at 10.30am. This road stage is new for 2013, utilising the Lyell Highway. It is another unyielding course that will provide a huge challenge to the riders and those looking to stay intact with the overall standings. Racing begins in the quiet but popular township of Hamilton on the banks of the River Clyde.

Today's Tour of Tasmania route. Click image to enlarge.

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