Barwon Heads - the place of classic cyclingTHE one-day cycling classic the Sunicrust Tour of the Bellarine Peninsula ended in a thrilling finish in Hitchcock Avenue, Barwon Heads last month. The road cycling classic was the first in a series of five one day events making up the Tattersalls Cup. Total prize money for the Tattersalls Cup is $23,000 and each of the five one day events offers $4000 prize money.
Now in its third year the Tattersalls Cup is the first selection trial for Australia's premier cycling event, the Vic Health Herald Sun Tour which will be staged from October 8 to 18.
The Bellarine Tour began in the Market Square Mall at 1am and the 138 kilometer course took cyclists to Portarlington. St. Leonards, Queenscliff, Ocean Grove, Torquay, finishing in Barwon Heads.
Glen Stojanow from Newcastle narrowly beat Jerome Walter from Lakes Entrance and Chris White of Bendigo, to win the Bellarine Tour.
Blustery conditions and strong cross winds hampered riders and according to organizers, out of a field of 100 cyclists, less than half failed to complete the course. A large crowd gathered in Hitchcock Avenue, Barwon Heads to watch the final sprint to the finish line, outside the Barwon Heads post office.
Spectators had gathered at various points around the course, but one of the most spectacular highlights of the Bellarine Tour was seeing the big bunch of riders race across the Barwon Bridge. This is the second time this year Barwon Heads has been the focal point of professional cycling. In early January about 2000 people gathered to watch the Skilled Bay Cycling Classic where riders raced around a 1.4 kilometer course including Hitchcock Avenue This event attracted cyclists from Europe, the United States and New Zealand.
The Tattersalls Cup is organized and managed by local cycling event identity John Craven and his firm Caribou Publications. John has also been the director of the Herald Sun Tour since 1989. He said Tattersalls and Caribou are committed to assisting young Australian cyclists in their international sporting careers, and view the Cup series as a vital component of Australia's cycling future.