The biggest race of the season for the Oliver’s Racing team will get underway on Wednesday the 30th. The 588km 2019 edition of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour will be the second participation at the event for the #GREENTEAM since stepping up to be a UCI Continental registered team in 2018.
Startlist: Can be found here.
Phillip Island Racing Circuit: 97.8km (22 x 4.45 km)
A kermesse stage. The course – better known for motor racing events – recently featured as part of last years Tour of Gippsland. Wind can be a major issue along the exposed south coast of Victoria, but it’s hard to see it being a big factor on the wide, regularly turning roads of the race circuit. An ironed-on sprint finish.
Wonthaggi to Churchill – 127km
The finish is where the action will be for this stage, on the steep ascent for the Jeeralang climb, which rates at 2.3 km of ascending at a leg-sapping 10.6 per cent gradient. Add in the fact that the majority of the climb is on gravel roads will make for an exciting finish to the stage. The climb summits with 11.6 km to go and there is a technical descent from there before a final four kilometre flat run to the finish.
Sale to Warragul – 161.3km
The longest stage of the race is pancake flat in the first half, but it could lend itself to crosswinds on what is some very open terrain in the region. The course changes to a rolling stage in the back half of the race, but should result in a bunch sprint finish/
Cape Schanck to Arthur’s Seat – 112.9km
The Queen stage of the race with the summit finish that will likely see the winner locked in for the Jayco Herald Sun Tour overall win. It really is hard to see the winner of this stage not being the overall winner of the race, the climb is hard enough for the top climbers to make up time. Three kilometres long at 8.1 per cent, the climb is consistently hard enough for the top climbers to stamp their authority upon the race and you would expect that the climber’s teams will be keeping their mountain goats in contention so they can take the win here.
Melbourne – 89.1km (22 x 4.05km)
A loop around the parks and Royal Botanic Gardens in inner Melbourne. Not a hard four-kilometre course, but it contains a short climb on each lap. That will build up the lactic in the riders’ legs over the course of the race. It will be quite a pretty course, with the riders riding adjacent to the Yarra and the parklands along long, straight boulevards that will make it hard for a breakaway to escape the peloton.