Date: Friday, 27 May 2011
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Bruce Ross with Greg Henderson in 201027/05/2011 - There have been several course changes made to this year’s PowerNet Tour of Southland, in what Tour Manager Bruce Ross said is to refresh the event and to avoid familiarity among those competing.

“The previous course used had been in place for three years and we felt it was an appropriate time to make some necessary changes.  It has always been the Tour’s philosophy to take this iconic event to as much of the Southland region as possible and give our residents an opportunity to see what is regarded as the showcase of New Zealand cycling,  up close and personal”, Ross said.

Length of stages and places within the region that have the facilities to accommodate the Tour, determine the route and with the Tour being such an important promotion and window of opportunity for Southland, it is imperative that the event involves the communities throughout the region.

This year’s course features the introduction of new stages and the reshuffle of previously used stages in what Ross predicts will provide a stern challenge for all involved.  The introduction of the Te Anau to Crown Range stage will certainly be a highlight with the 180km section likely to be a defining stage to the event’s overall outcome. 

The Tour commences with a short prologue team’s time trial on Sunday afternoon around Invercargill’s Queens Park which will give the public an opportunity to see the teams in action plus establishing a Tour leader for the six days of racing proper which will commence on Monday 31st October and conclude back in Invercargill on Saturday 5th November. 

Several of the traditional sections of the Tour have been retained, including the notorious Bluff Hill, the demanding Blackmount section through to Te Anau and the Eastern Southland stage finish into Gore, but the route taken to these destinations has been altered.

The introduction of a 13km individual time trial as the penultimate stage at Winton will certainly add a new dimension to the Tour.  This is in line with other major Tours throughout the world and is designed to assist in keeping the Tour result alive until the end as events have been often won and lost on such a stage.  

Ross believes overall that the new Tour route is challenging with the emphasis on introducing single stage days wherever possible.  It is also a challenge to the Tour organisers to attempt to retain the traditions of the Tour and at the same time, respect the intentions of the events’ forefathers who introduced the Tour 55 years ago, when establishing a cycling event for the people of Southland to enjoy.  

2011 PowerNet Tour of Southland Course Summary

(maps will be posted in the near future)

Prologue

Teams Time Trial - 4.2kms

Sunday 30th October 2011 

Queens Park, Invercargill

STAGE 1 

Monday 31st October 2011 - 160kms       

Invercargill – Lumsden       

Starts Town Hall, Tay Street, Invercargill at 10.00am   

Invercargill, Wallacetown, Wrights Bush, Thornbury, Otautau, Orawia, Ohai, Nightcaps, Mossburn, Lumsden

Finishes at the Southland District Council, Diana Street, Lumsden at approximately 2.00pm

STAGE 2 

Tuesday 1st November 2011 - 138kms

Invercargill – Bluff        

Starts ILT Velodrome, Invercargill at 10.00am    

Invercargill, Makarewa, Lochiel, Winton, Oreti, Drummond, Waianiwa, Wallacetown, Otatara, Bluff

Finishes at the top of Bluff Hill at approximately 1.30pm

STAGE 3 

Wednesday 2nd November 2011 - 48kms

Riverton – Tuatapere       

Starts Palmerston Street, Riverton at 10.00am    

Riverton, Colac Bay, Orepuki, Tuatapere

Finishes at the Waiau Hotel, Tuatapere at approximately 11.30am

STAGE 4 

Wednesday 2nd November 2011- 100kms

Tuatapere – Te Anau       

Starts Main Street, Tuatapere at 1.00pm       

Clifden, Blackmount, Manapouri, Te Anau

Finishes in the Town Centre, Te Anau at approximately 3.30pm     

STAGE 5 

Thursday 3rd November 2011 - 179kms

Te Anau – Crown Range        

Starts at Te Anau Community Centre, Luxmore Drive, Te Anau at 10.00am

Te Anau, Mossburn, Five Rivers, Athol, Garston, Kingston, Frankton,

Crown Range

Finishing at the Lookout Point, Crown Range at approximately 2.45pm

STAGE 6

Friday 4th November 2011 - 167kms

Invercargill – Gore

Starts at the ILT Velodrome, Invercargill at 10.00am

Invercargill, Rimu, Woodlands, Seaward Downs, Edendale, Wyndham, Mataura, Waimumu, West Gore, Croydon, Hokonui Drive, East Gore, Knapdale, Otama, Riversdale, Mandeville, Gore

Finishing on Hokonui Drive, Gore at approximately 2.30pm

STAGE 7

Saturday 5th November 2011 - 12.8kms

Winton Individual Time Trial

Starts and finishes opposite the Winton Hotel, Main Street, Winton at 10.00am

STAGE 8

Saturday 5th November 2011 - 83kms

Winton - Invercargill

Starts at the Central Southland Lodge, Main Street, Winton at 1.30pm

Winton, Centre Bush, Otapiri, Browns, Spring Hills, Grove Bush, Myross Bush, Invercargill

Finishing in Gala Street, Invercargill at approximately 3.30pm

 

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