Iconic Victorian tourism destination Phillip Island will host the opening day of the 2012 Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland.
The five-day tour, now in its eighth year, will feature a stage on the world-renowned Phillip Island Grand Prix motorcycle racing circuit.
The 490.45 km nine-stage tour will start on Wednesday, August 1, with a 40 km waterfront criterium at the idyllic fishing village of San Remo.
It will conclude on Sunday, August 5, with the tour’s traditional grand finale criterium at Paynesville on the beautiful Gippsland Lakes.
The tour will be backed by the State Government and four municipal councils – Bass Coast, Wellington, Latrobe and East Gippsland.
Melbourne-based Lakes Oil, Australia’s oldest oil and gas exploration company, founded in 1946, will be the tour’s major sponsor for the fifth straight year.
Tour director John Craven described Lakes Oil as a tremendous contributor to Australian cycling and an outstanding corporate citizen.
“The Tour of Gippsland really started to take off when Lakes Oil became involved in 2008,” Craven said. “Lakes Oil’s support goes beyond the bike race – it’s also about involving lots of communities along the tour route.”
Lakes Oil chairman Rob Annells said his company viewed the Tour of Gippsland as one of the company’s most important sponsorships.
“It’s a wonderful version of Gippsland’s own Tour de France, displaying to the world all the visual splendor of this magnificent region of Victoria,” Mr. Annells said.
“The tour is also a proven breeding ground for the future stars of Australian cycling and is a superb community event, involving thousands of people from a large cross-section of not only Gippsland, but Australia-wide and internationally.”
Visit www.caribou.net.au for full program details and information on where to stay throughout the tour. See our full report on pages 20-21.