THE longest stage of the Tour of the Goldfields will take Australia’s best women’s domestic road cyclists to Dunnstown next month.
A 100-kilometre stage around Dunnstown will be the finale to the three-day tour - the last event of the National Road Series.
Like the inaugural Tour of the Goldfields in the Ballarat district last year, Victoria Park will be the setting for the opening stage on Friday, October 25.
Stage one: Victoria Park criterium (1.2km) course, 2pm
Stage two (Saturday, October 26): Burrumbeet 20km team time-trial, 9am
Stage three (Saturday, October 26): Burrumbeet 50km road race, 2.30pm
Stage four (Sunday, October 27): Dunnstown 100km road race, 11am
Last year’s tour also featured the time-trials and a road race at Burrumbeet, before concluding with a road race at Snake Valley.
London Olympic bronze medallist Nettie Edmondson from South Australia took out the 2012 Tour of the Goldfields.
However, veteran Queenslander Ruth Corset was crowed the NRS champion.
Katrin Garfoot leads the NRS standings after six events, with the National Capital Tour in Canberra the next leg on September 20-22.
Garfoot took out the latest event, the Tour of the Murray River, from Felicity Wardlaw, with Corset third.
NRS top 10 on points: Katrin Garfoot 84, Ruth Corset 81, Felicity Wardlaw 33, Rebecca Wiasak 31, Miranda Griffiths 26, Grace Sulzberger 25, Amy Cure 19, Jenelle Crooke 17, Taryn Heather 16, Judith Betts 14, Lisa Keeling 14.
Ballarat Regional Tourism chair Stuart Benjamin said it was great to have the Tour of the Goldfields back in Ballarat for a second year.
“Ballarat is the home of road cycling and what better place to end a hard fought road series than on the streets of the most cycling friendly region in Australia.
“The tour will also provide a fantastic opportunity for female competitors to train and prepare in Ballarat ahead of the Cycling Australia Road National Championships on January 8-12 next year,” Benjamin said.
Cycling Victoria general manager Kipp Kaufmann said the Tour of the Goldfields would be a fitting and grand finale to the women’s road series.
“We could not be happier with the venue for this last crucial leg of the series,” he said.
“Ballarat has clearly demonstrated its ability to host and grow cycling events.”