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Sun Tour challenge issued to municipalities

Latrobe City has once again issued a challenge to the four other municipal sponsored cycling teams competing in the Herald Sun Tour

By Latrobe City Council - 8th August 2001 - Back to News

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Latrobe City has once again issued a challenge to the four other municipal sponsored cycling teams competing in the Herald Sun Tour, and with the throwing down of the gauntlet comes a new name for the challenge, the ‘Don Porter Trophy’.

Councillor Graeme Bond who was present at the issuing of the challenge, said Don Porter had been part of the Herald Sun Tour for 27 years and was well respected by riders and organisers.

"Don has donated his time and enthusiasm and has a made a genuine commitment to promoting the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland to the rest of Victoria. Don Porter is a fantastic ambassador for Latrobe and a worthy namesake for this trophy," Cr Bond said.

The teams accepting Latrobe’s cycling challenge are - last years winners in the Latrobe Regional Challenge, the Echuca- Moama team from the Shire of Campaspe; the Ballarat Eureka team from the City of Ballarat; the Hamilton team from the South Grampians Shire, and the City of Melbourne team. The competition winner will be the first municipal team to be ranked in the overall Herald Sun Tour competition.

Cr Bond said the Don Porter Trophy was designed to highlight the initiative and sponsorship local government contributed to promoting regional and rural Victoria.

"By competing for the Don Porter Trophy we promote and build networks and unity between the participating regional local governments, stimulating tourism and business opportunities. By working together we are highlighting a recognition of the assets each region has to offer as the Herald Sun Tour travels across the State," Cr Bond said.

"The Herald Sun Tour is the largest and most prestigious professional cycling classic in the Southern Hemisphere, which incidentally will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary this year. Over eighty of the world’s best cyclists, racing in sixteen five-man sponsored teams will be seen as it travels 1300km throughout Victoria. Competitors include Tour de France stars, world champions, and Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallists," Cr Bond added.

"The 2001 Herald Sun Tour is being conducted over 11 days, starting in Melbourne on 18 October and concluding on 28 October at Geelong. Cyclists will stay overnight in Morwell after what’s bound to be an exciting stage three ride from Gembrook to Morwell via Pakenham Upper, Pakenham, Nar Nar Goon, Tynong, Garfield, Bunyip, Longwarry, Drouin South, Ellinbank, Yarragon, Trafalgar and Moe," Cr Bond concluded.


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