The Jayco Herald Sun Tour is Australia’s oldest stage race celebrating its 63rd year. I had the opportunity to attend the prologue stage which is a 2.1 km individual time trial through the heart of Melbourne.
The course is quite technical with riders having to negotiate a challenging route.
And starts from Federation Square and finishes along Southbank promenade. The draw card to the 2016 Jayco Herald Sun Tour is the inclusion of two time Tour de France winner Chris Froome. Who will be riding the event for the first time.
It was staggering to see the speeds that the riders were hitting on such narrow confines. And really good to see so many great international riders coming down for an event like this.
Drapacs Will Clarke won the prologue setting a record 2:34, averaging 49 km/h. With OGE’s Caleb Ewan falling short by a second.
It was great to get into the city to watch the cycling. Its sad to say that South Australians have much more passion to support international cycling than Melbourne does. Hopefully this will change over time. Who will win the Jayco Herald Sun Tour?
My moneys on Froomey.
Where to watch the race:
- Federation Square – watch as the riders start on the Federation Square stage. Where they will fly past Flinders Street Station and across the Yarra River. You can also watch the race unfold on the big screen at Federation Square
- Alexandra Gardens – situated on the Yarra River. This is the relaxed way to watch the race as it travels along Boathouse Drive
- Southbank – you can enjoy the race from the many bars and restaurants along Southbank. Whilst enjoying the views of the Yarra River
- Queensbridge Square – watch from the finish line. Enjoy the excitement of the crowd as they cheer the riders over the line. There is also a big screen to watch the action as the race unfolds. Live commentary and post-race presentations will be held here