Richie rolls up for Stan Siejka Classic
TASMANIAN cycling star Richie Porte will be in attendance at the Stan Siejka Cycling Classic in Launceston this Sunday — but he won’t be jumping in the saddle.
A crowd in excess of 8000 is expected to attend the one-day University of Tasmania Launceston Cycling Festival, with Porte to provide special comments during the Stan Siejka criterium. He will be joined by SBS Australia host Mike Tomalaris and pro rider-turned-commentator Pat Shaw on stage.
“We’re really excited to have Richie,” event director Rick Fontyn said.
“He’s been a great supporter of the event and it’s just worked out really well that he’s coming back home and he’ll join us as a special guest in commentary.”
Tasmanian Cam Wurf will be among those taking part in the classic. Wurf recently broke the course record in the 180km bike leg at the Hawaii Ironman, and is also a former Under-23 world rowing champion.
James Whelan, who finished fourth in 2017, German Raphael Freienstein, and Tasmania’s Nathan Earle will be among the other competitors.
The Stan Siejka Cycling Classic will be preceded by a 5km running challenge featuring 15 of the state’s best runners competing in a handicap race.
“It brings together a lot of really talented, elite riders, but also the crowd and the atmosphere is always fantastic,” Mr Fontyn said. “It’s a great tight circuit, it’s only 1.1km, and it’s a day that caters not only for the elites but also for the juniors … and also masters.”
Entry to the festival is free. Racing commences at 12.30pm.