Tasmania will host the penultimate event in the Subaru National Road Series calendar, the historic Spirit of Tasmania Tour of Tasmania, will be held on the Apple Isle from October 5-9...
Race Director John Trevorrow is pleased to once again be back in the picturesque region and was quick to praise the support from the region.
“Bikes races are increasingly hard to get on the calendar, and they just do not happen without serious support from sponsors, councils and the government," Trevorrow said. "The Spirit of Tasmania is one of Tasmania’s iconic companies, so it is great to have them as the naming rights sponsors for an iconic Tasmania event – it seems like a match made in heaven.
"Also, the Tasmanian state government, Events Tasmania and Tourism Northern Tasmania have all been incredibly helpful, as have the City of Launceston, Northern Midlands Council, West Tamar Council and the Devonport City Council.”
The 2016 Spirit of Tasmania Tour of Tasmania will begin with an afternoon prologue along the streets of Launceston on Wednesday 5 October. The climbers then get a chance to test their legs with a 115.9-kilometre stage one from George Town to Grindelwald on Thursday, before the infamous Gunns Plains ascent features on Friday’s second stage.
“This is one of my favourite stages anywhere in Australia, such spectacular beauty," said Trevorrow. "In the past it was always the toughest stage in the event, but the addition of the Poatina climb stage could change the dynamic.”
The battle for the prestigious yellow jersey might well be decided on the 103.8-kilometre stage three, with a gruelling category 1 climb to the Poatina finish-line sure to separate the contenders from the peloton.
"“It is hard to go past Avanti IsoWhey Sports Racing right now – at the Australian Paper Tour of Gippsland they went one, two, three and four on the podium!" Trevorrow remarked. "But having a mountain-finish as the penultimate stage throws a different angle in.
"A strong team could dominate the race, but if someone gets clear on the climb there is no time on the final day criterium to bring them back.”
The winner will then be crowned following a 30-lap criterium around the streets of Devonport on Sunday 9 October.
Avanti IsoWhey Sports Racing Team’s Joe Cooper enters the event as a hot favourite in the field of 100 riders from 13 teams, having recently collected three consecutive overall victories in the 2016 Subaru National Road Series.