Stage 1 of the racing action will begin this Saturday at the Phillip Island racetrack. Photo courtesy of Con Chronis.

AUSTRALIA’S top young cyclists will return to the Phillip Island racetrack for Stage 1 of the Tour of Gippsland the first time since 2013.
Saturday, October 6 will see Stage 1 begin in a kermesse style race for both the male and female riders.
The 4.45km circuit will be completed 16 times (71.1km total distance) by the female racers and 23 times (102.2km total distance) by the male riders.
Bass Coast Shire Mayor Pamela Rothfield said she was thrilled to see the Tour of Gippsland return to Bass Coast this year.
“Events like the Tour of Gippsland bring with them an opportunity for us to showcase our beautiful region to people from all over the country, and the world.
“I hope people embrace the opportunity to see these elite athletes racing around our famous Grand Prix circuit,” she said.
The course is notorious for throwing up challenging conditions for the riders including strong coastal winds that are sure to make the opening stage of the Tour of Gippsland Powered by Warragul Toyota a test for all the riders.
This year’s race schedule will begin with a longer kermesse race around the world-famous Phillip Island motor racing circuit to start the Tour on Saturday from 11.30am and will finish with an extremely tough Individual Time Trial up the renowned Mt Baw Baw climb on Tuesday from 10.30am to 1.30pm.
The middle stages will return to two favourite criterium circuits in Traralgon on Sunday at 10.30am and Sale on Monday at 11am to make up the four-day event.
After the successful inclusion of women’s racing to the Tour of Gippsland last year, this year has seen an increase in women’s teams entered for the tour, making the racing on both the male and female side to be a very hotly contested affair.
The tour of Gippsland Powered by Warragul Toyota will be racing through Gippsland from October 6 to 9.
For full race details head to www.tourofgippsland.com