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Grip : GRIP December 2012
SPORT GRIP SUBARU’S SUMMER OF CYCLING SUMMER is the high season for cycling in this country, and Subaru will have a high profile at events right across the coming months. In early January, Geelong will play host to a number of big events, starting with the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic from January 1 to 3. It’s three days of criteriums - fast and furious – at Geelong, Portarlington and Williamstown. When it finishes on the streets of Williamstown, the iconic 60th edition of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour begins, which finishes in Melbourne on January 6. Founded in 1952, the Jayco Herald Sun Tour is Australia’s oldest cycling stage race. The race is owned and backed by the Herald Sun newspaper and is a major professional teams-based event. Ballarat is the traditional home of the Mars National Road Championship, which will once again be powered by Subaru, starting on January 9 with the finals action on January 13. A huge crowd traditionally turns up for this championship and, with a new course for 2013, it is again expected that the cream of the country’s cyclists will turn up looking for national honours. The final day of the championships will also coincide with the Amy Gillett Foundation’s Amy’s Ride, giving cycling enthusiasts of all levels and ages the chance to get involved. As Subaru partner both the Australian Cycling Federation and the Amy Gillett Foundation, the company will have a very high profile at these events. Mt Buller plays hosts to all sorts of events – snowspor ts in winter, of course, and Targa High Country in November (where Ben Newman and Crichton Lewis from Neil Buckby Motors finished on the 4WD Showroom podium). But from January 16 to 20 the Victorian Mountain resort will come alive with pedal power, with round one of the Mountain Bike Australia national series. The biggest event on the cycling calendar is the Tour Downunder in Adelaide, 1-3 Jan Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, Geelong 3-6 Jan Jayco Herald Sun Tour Geelong and Melbourne 9-13 Jan Road National Championships, Ballarat 13 Jan AGF’s Amy’s ride, Ballarat 16-20 Jan Mountain Bike Australia series Round 1, Mt Buller 20-27 Jan Orica GreenEDGE at Tour Downunder, Adelaide 30-2 Feb Australian Track Championships, Sydney 6-10 Feb Mountain Bike Australia series Round 2, Thredbo, NSW 8-10 Feb USM Triathlon, Geelong 20-24 Feb Australian Mountain Bike Championships, Canberra Championships from January 30 to February 2. From the city it is back to the mountains, with the NSW resort of Thredbo the location for round two of the MTBA national series from February 6 to 10. For those that like to swim, run and cycle, the USM Geelong Triathlon will be held from February 8 to 10, and Subaru will again be proud suppor ters. The summer of cycling concludes with the Mountain Bike National Championships in Canberra from February 20 to 24, followed by more events – particularly Triathlon – to finish off the season. We’ll keep you posted. Summer of cycling and the biggest news at that event will be the appearance of the Subaru supported Orica GreenEDGE cycling team. They have come a long way since debuting in Adelaide in 2012 and will be out for victory at home in 2013. Having made a big impact in Victoria and South Australia, the cycling circus moves to New South Wales when Sydney hosts the National Track INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE FROM THE MD NEW FORESTER IN THE PRESS BRZ NEWS AFTERSALES PASSENGER VEHICLES TRENDS DEALER STATS NPS SCORES SPORT
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