Sun Tour takes a shine to Mt Buller
WHEN the Jayco Herald Sun Tour hits the North East in February it will be the first time that Falls Creek and Mt Buller will be raced in the same edition of the tour.
Tour organisers yesterday confirmed the tour is continuing as scheduled at this stage, but they will continue to monitoring bushfire activities and act if required.
Mt Buller last featured in 2008 when the stage was won by now multiple time Australian cycle-cross champion, Chris Jongerwaard, ahead of now four-time Tour de France-winner Chris Froome.
Stuart O’Grady won the race overall that year.
In 2020, stage four of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour finishes atop of a gruelling climb up Mt Buller.
A lap of a small flat circuit out to Barwite will ease the riders into the stage before the challenge begins.
A longer lap heading uphill to Tolmie is on the menu prior to the peloton hitting the base of Mt Buller, meaning this stage is sure to have riders on their hands and knees by the finish.
Dubbed as the queen stage of the tour, stage four (Mansfield to Mt Buller via Tolmie and Merrijig) will cover a distance of 106.6km with an approximate elevation gain of 2.3km.
In the past Mansfield’s cycling professional Simon Gerrans has won the tour twice, in 2005 and again in 2006.
Jayco Herald Sun Tour race director, Scott McGrory, has watched the event unfold in previous years, and is excited to hold it in Mansfield Shire.
“Mansfield and Mt Buller have seen the tour many times in the past and it’s great to come back in 2020,” McGrory said.
Mansfield is the home of former tour winner Simon Gerrans, and Jamieson is the former home of Aussie cycling legend Phil Anderson just down the road; this area is made for tough riders.
“This year though, with a sprint stage in Melbourne to finish the tour it will be mighty Mt Buller that is the final battle ground for the overall contenders,” McGregory said.