Wirtgen Group - Centrals Junior Tour
49th Junior Tour of the Central Districts Cycling Club
Saturday April 23rd & Sunday April 24th 2016
Angaston, Barossa Valley, South Australia
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Paul Hockridge, Chief Executive Officer, Wirtgen Group, said ”We are very excited to be on board with the Centrals Club in sponsoring this event. It provides a fantastic opportunity for young cyclists from all over Australia to compete and sample the experiences of a real tour event. We wish all the riders the very best of luck over the two days of the Tour”.
The tour will be based in the heart of the Barossa, where the vineyards meet Angaston, at the South Australian Company Store. Angaston and the surrounding Barossa district have fantastic facilities and plenty for the supporting families to do before and after the racing. The courses remain the same as last year retaining the challenges, but most importantly they remain on the low traffic areas of the Barossa region for the conducting of a safe event.
This tour is the only junior Tour held in South Australia and has been a crucial stepping stone for many of this states junior cyclist. It is usually the first multi stage event they enter and gives them the opportunity to be competing in larger fields and against interstate riders.
This event, in its 49th year, has a strong history of seeing junior cyclists competing at the highest level in conditions and courses similar to that of the elite Pro-Tour cyclists. The Central Districts Cycling Club has modelled the event on the Classic Tours held both nationally and internationally and adapted it for the junior entrants with 3 road stages and a time trial for each age and gender group.
This Junior Tour has been a stepping stone for many cyclists whom have progressed to represent Australia at the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and World Championships. Some have joined an UCI World Tour Team and raced in The Tour de France. These riders form an impressive list of champions and include Alexandra Manley, Annette Edmondson, Alex Edmondson, Miles Scotson, Josh Harrison, Brett Aitken, Scott McPhee, Jack Bobridge, Stuart O’Grady and Callum Scotson to name a few.
The 2016 Tour again includes stages over Mengler Hill, which is a popular hill climb for cyclists and was a KOM stage for UCI Pro Tour competitors in the Tour Down Under this year. This stage is a great spectacle for cycling enthusiasts to come out to Angaston and see our young cyclists competing. The under 17 Males traditionally have strong fields and it should be exciting to see them battle it out up Menglers Hill.
This year promises to be another great event supported by Wirtgen Group.
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The Barossa Valley offers some of the best cycling in Australia and each January it is alive with spectators and the world’s best cyclists competing in the Tour Down Under. In a few short weeks the Barossa will see Australia’s best junior cyclists competing for honours in the Wirtgen Group – Centrals Junior Tour which is being held over the weekend of the 23rd & 24th of April.
The Central Districts Cycling Club president, Graeme Zucker said: “We are excited to announce, and have on board, Wirtgen Group as principle sponsor of our club’s Junior Tour. In having this support from Wirtgen Group we can ensure the ongoing running of the event to be of a high standard and in particular we can continue to provide the safest possible event for our young cyclists.”