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A fresh face for Gippsland's historic race

Cycling Australia, Tuesday, 25 June 2013

The ninth edition of one of Australia’s iconic cycling tours, the Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland, will reign in a new era in the sport in Australia.


Bolstered by the commitment from local oil & gas exploration company Lakes Oil as naming rights partner, the sixth event in Cycling Australia’s Subaru National Road Series (NRS) will mark a new era as the inaugural event operated by Cycling Australia’s very-own events team.


Held in the traditional Victorian heartland of cycling, the eight-stage Tour will begin in scenic Phillip Island on July 31, with riders to cover 517 kilometres across five days through the picturesque region. 


The Tour will then travel south to Leongatha and stretch east as far as Lakes Entrance before culminating with a criterium in Traralgon on August 4.


Two new stages highlight a number of changes made by Cycling Australia, with the Sale to Licola road race set to support bush fire ravaged areas, while the Leongatha to Yinnar stage will showcase Gippsland’s scenic rolling hills and great roads for cycling, which is sure to be a highlight of the SBS coverage.


President of Cycling Australia Mr Klaus Mueller is excited that the Cycling Australia events team will be bringing the Tour into the region, the first in a suite of Subaru NRS events managed by the team in 2013. 


“This race is critical for profile of the sport in Gippsland and we are looking forward to delivering another quality event into such a tremendous cycling region,” Mr Mueller said. 


“On this note, we would like to thank the tremendous work done by John Craven at Caribou over the years establishing relationships within the area.


“Also importantly from a commercial perspective, we welcome the ongoing support from Lakes Oil as naming rights partner.”


The Chairman of Lakes Oil Mr Rob Annells echoed Mr Mueller’s sentiments. 


“We’re delighted to be in a position to support the Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland for the seventh consecutive year,” Mr Annells remarked. “This race is close to our hearts at Lakes Oil and we look forward another spectacular event.”


Likewise, Deputy Chair Committee for Gippsland Mr Jon McNaught is eagerly anticipating another great year for the Tour and the region.


“The Tour of Gippsland is a marquee event for the region. The economic benefits are significant and we look forward to the race capturing the imagination of the community over five exciting days of racing,” Mr McNaught said.   


The Tour is backed by the shire councils of Bass Coast, Wellington, LaTrobe City and East Gippsland, with support from South Gippsland.


Previous winners include current and former road professionals Will Walker, Nathan Haas, Leigh Howard and Bernard and Wesley Sulzberger.


The 2013 Subaru NRS features 17 individual events across Australia and includes over 75 days of racing.


For official 2013 Subaru NRS and Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland information including daily highlights packages, visit


The Tour will feature on SBS1 at 4pm on Sunday 1 September and again at 5pm Monday 2 September.



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