Women's Tour Down Under Coming to Flow Regions
Preparations for the 2018 Santos Women's Tour Down Under are well underway, with the world's best female cyclists set to race through 32 SA towns in January, including 2 Flow regions.
Competitors will travel a total of 386km over four days from January 11-14, with three road stages and one city circuit.
Anita had the story on the Country Viewpoint.
For the first time in the women’s race, Stage Two will feature a hill climb finish at Mengler’s Hill in Flow region the Barossa, expected to be particularly gruelling.
Riders and spectators will also be among the first to visit the new state-of-the-art Tailem Bend Motorsport complex, The Bend at Flow region 97.7fm, which will host the start of Stage Three.
The final list of women’s teams will be announced in December and is expected to top last year’s record of 17 teams.
The women's peloton will race across the following routes:
11 January - Stage 1, Gumeracha to Gumeracha, 115 km
12 January - Stage 2, Lyndoch to Menglers Hill, 102 km
13 January - Stage 3, The Bend Motorsport Park to Hahndorf, 123 km
14 January - Stage 4, Adelaide street circuit, 46 km
The State Government has invested $70 million in additional tourism funding to market South Australia nationally and internationally, with Tourism Minister Leon Bignell commenting on the benefit to the state.
"With the Women’s race now upgraded to a 2.1 classification, female riders from all over the world have even more reason to join us in January to improve their international ranking.
"The State Government is a huge supporter of women’s sport, from grassroots to the elite level, which is why we’re focusing on growing the Women’s Tour Down Under and working towards achieving WorldTour status for the race.
"We want as many cycling fans as possible to line the roads and cheer on these elite athletes as they race through the city and regions of South Australia."
Race Director Kimberley Conte also commented, saying: "We are really excited about the course we have developed for the 2018 Santos Women’s Tour Down Under and know that it will deliver extremely competitive racing.
"The new dynamic race format featuring three road stages and a circuit presents a longer and more challenging race.
"The teams are looking forward to getting back to South Australia to take to the regions not only for pre-event training but world class racing." For further event information visit tourdownunder.com.au.
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