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by Shane Stokes
December 8, 2017
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The organisers of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour have announced two important develops in relation to the race, with backing being secured for the next three years and a new women’s race being added from 2018. The Victorian Government has signed up for both of these, as has Australian sports benefactor Gerry Ryan.
“We’ve signed up because it’s such a great event and has been going on since 1952,” said Minster for Tourism and Events John Fren MP. “Next year will be the most exciting and I am very excited about it being the first time that we will have female racing involved.
“The Jayco Herald Sun Tour is an ideal chance for our regional centres, rural towns and for all corners of Victoria to demonstrate the best of everything they have to offer on the national stage. Sporting events like these aren’t just great spectacles, they’re a big driver of our visitor economy – and they offer up big opportunities for local businesses and local families.”
The women’s race will start with a two-day event. Oceania Cycling Confederation President and UCI Mangement Committee member Tracy Gaudry hailed the news. “It’s great to be celebrating alongside all of you the progression of the Jayco Herald Sun tour to stage both a men’s race and a women’s race. It’s been talked about for a number of years. Both events have the sanctioning of the UCI, and we anticipate it will be star-studded roster.”
One of those who has confirmed is Orica-Scott’s Esteban Chaves. “It’s important to feel excited to get back on the bike and enjoy again. I’m in full-training now and happy to see every week the fitness and body returning step by step to what it can do. I’m excited, as always, to go back to Australia.”