‘Mini Tour’ proposed to attract top riders

Cycling promoters are hoping to run a new race event in the Hills next May that will be a level below the Tour Down Under but will attract the nation’s top riders.

Riders compete in the 2012 Tour Down Under.

The Adelaide Tour 2013 will be part of the Subaru National Road Series (NRS) – a Cycling Australia competition that attracts professional, semi-professional and elite level amateur cyclists who are either aiming to join the professional ranks or who want to compete at a national level.
The new event will be run over three stages, two of them in the Hills, and it will be the first time an NRS content has been run in SA.
Race director Max Stevens outlined his plans for the tour at an Adelaide Hills Council meeting last week, seeking support for the routes through the district.
The second stage – the 150km Stuart O’Grady Road Race – will be run on Saturday, May 25 2013, in a circuit which starts at the Bird in Hand Winery and takes in Woodside, Oakbank, Balhannah, Verdun, Hahndorf, Littlehampton, Nairne and Inverbrackie.

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