The picturesque backdrop of Gippsland’s Bass Coast will again be on show when the acclaimed ‘Tour of Gippsland’ returns this weekend, August 25 to 27.

The Phillip Island town of Rhyll plays host again for an exciting opening criterium before the racing moves to stages on the famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

Cyclists from around the country and New Zealand will compete in the three-day event, which forms part of AusCycling’s premier National Road Series.

The Tour will consist of four stages over three days, from Friday, August 25, until Sunday, August 27, and host the Men’s and Women’s National Road Series teams.

This event is also one of just three in the country to have a U19 development category, where the finest of cycling’s developing talent will be showcased.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor Michael Whelan said the Bass Coast Shire Council is excited to welcome back the Tour of Gippsland to Phillip Island this August.

“We proudly look forward to sharing our stunning home and world-class views with riders, from rolling hills to striking cliffs to powerful waves and marine parks,” Cr Whelan said.

“Events like the Tour of Gippsland are vital to Bass Coast, driving tourism in our off-season, as we’re the second most dependent shire on tourism in Australia, after only Uluru. Winter is a perfect time to explore Rhyll, Cowes, Newhaven, San Remo, Wonthaggi and more. Our restaurants and cafes are just as delicious, our reserves and beaches are just as impressive, but without the crowds’ visitors can enjoy more space as well as time.

“I look forward to seeing guests and locals alike at the Tour of Gippsland, a brilliant challenge for all cycling lovers.”

Tour of Gippsland is supported by the Victorian Government, Bass Coast Shire Council, and Destination Gippsland. It will showcase the Bass Coast to the many interstate and overseas visitors and the viewers watching the daily highlights package through the SBS On Demand platform.

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