The 58th edition of Australia’s oldest stage cycling race, the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, kicks off on Sunday 11 October for seven days of action-packed and tactical racing.
2009 Tour de France fourth-place getter Bradley Wiggins and his Garmin Slipstream team will headline a high quality 15-team, 105-rider contingent from twelve countries, who will showcase provincial and metropolitan Victoria on their 700km journey.
Wiggins will be challenged by British road champion Kristian House and former Australian champion Darren Lapthorne from the Rapha Condor team, and the strong Australian riders from the Jayco Australian National team and Jayco AIS team including up-and-coming star, 2009 Australian under-23 road race and time trial champion Jack Bobridge.
The 2009 Jayco Herald Sun Tour will be held from Sunday 11 October to Saturday 17 October, and will travel through popular cycling towns Ballarat, Colac, Warrnambool, Apollo Bay, Anglesea, Barwon Heads and Geelong before the twilight final stage circuit race on Lygon Street in Melbourne.
For the first time, the Honda Civic Hybrid Women’s Tour will give Australia’s elite female cyclists a chance to shine with a three day tour running from Thursday 15 October to Saturday 17 October, in conjunction with the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.
The keen cyclists and fitness enthusiasts of Ballarat will also get the opportunity to test themselves on the same route as the stars in the Tour Challenge. The 2009 Tour Challenge, held on the first day of the Tour, will feature a full course option (150km) and a shorter course (90km *tbc) to enable as many people as possible to participate. The course itself follows Stage 1 of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.
Tour villages will also be set up in host towns with plenty of activities, expo’s and giveaways for families and bike enthusiasts alike. Visit www.heraldsuntour.com.au for operation times.
Ranked on the world calendar, and sanctioned by the world governing body for cycling, the Union Cycliste International (UCI), the Jayco Herald Sun Tour has captured the attention and hearts of sports fans for decades.
Network Ten's 24 hour sport channel, ONE will broadcast half hour highlights packages each weekday evening – check your local guides for times - as well as showing the final stage of the 2009 Jayco Herald Sun Tour live between 5:00pm and 7:00pm AEST on Saturday, 17 October.
2009 Jayco Herald Sun Tour – Tour Route - Sunday 11 October Preface – Ballarat – 2.2km circuit - Monday 12 October Stage One – Ballarat to Ballarat – 149km - Tuesday 13 October Stage Two – Colac to Warrnambool – 141km - Wednesday 14 October Stage Three – Warrnambool to Apollo Bay – 164km - Thursday 15 October Stage Four – Anglesea to Barwon Heads – 138km - Friday 16 October Stage Five – Individual time trial, Geelong – 10km - Saturday 17 October Stage Six – Circuit Race, Melbourne – 4.1km circuit
Full details of the course, along with Tour fact sheets, are available at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour website: www.jaycoheraldsuntour.com.au.