The Jayco Herald Sun Tour is Australia’s oldest stage race celebrating its 64th year. If you want a chance to get up close with the professionals. The prologue stage in the heart of Melbourne is the perfect opportunity. This is a 2.1 km individual time trial through the heart of Melbourne, covering a variety of surfaces including cobbled paths, footpaths and roads. The prologue starts from Federation Square. Before a flat and fast finish along Southbank promenade. The time trial finishes at Queens Bride on the Southbank promenade.
The course is quite narrow and cornering is incredibly challenging as well as dangerous. The riders have very little room to maneuver. With the technical nature of the course a number of riders will take it easier into the corners in order to stay safe for the stages ahead. Unlike normal time trials or prologues. The riders are not allowed to use a proper time trial bike. And have to use a normal road bike.
The Jayco Herald Sun tour prologue
The Jayco Herald Sun Tour attracts some of the world’s best riders, two of the world’s best world Tour teams. Orica-Scott and Team Sky, who were last year’s winners. Chris Froome who won the 2016 edition, is also a three time winner of the Tour de France. Having Chirs Froome race at the Jayco Herald Sun tour has helped greatly to bring international attention to this race.
Wednesday February 1st 2017
Start: 6:15 pm at Federation Square, Melbourne
Finish: 7:30 pm at Queensbridge Square, Melbourne
If you want to use public transport to get to the event. Head to Public Transport Victoria for timetables to get to the event www.ptv.vic.gov.au
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
Why you should go
We all love our cycling. The Jayco Herald Sun tour prologue is held in the heart of Melbourne and offers a great excuse to go into one of Melbourne’s most iconic locations. It’s the right price (free) and you get a chance to be part of the excitement, and support Australian cycling. Getting a chance to see the skills and speed of all of the riders up close and personal may help to inspire you to get out and ride. All reasons to go and see the prologue at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.
Chris Froome will be racing again this year. The opportunity to see a three time Tour de France winner should not be passed up.