Tour of Southland taking in town

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The SBS Bank Tour of Southland is coming this way on November 3.

Cycling Southland events manager Bruce Ross said the tour would be passing through Gore on the Friday as the aim was to spread the tour evenly throughout Southland.

“We spread it out so everybody can head down and watch it .. We want it to reach as many parts as it can.

“This stage, which is stage 5, is sponsored by the MLT and finishes on Hokonui Dr beside the Hokonui Bowling Club,” he said.

The stage, which is 151km, is due to start at 10am in Invercargill and end at 2pm in Hokonui Dr.

“If spectators wanted they could catch the Broughton St climb and sprint.”

Ross said the riders would head on to Robertson St past St Peter’s College and Gore High School, then on to Broughton St.

“I think about 1.45pm would be a good time to catch the riders on Broughton.”

Ross said this year’s field was “wide open” and there were no clear standouts.

“Dunedin man Brad Evans is a PowerNet rider. He won the 2015 tour and has been international since and now is returning to take part.”

No Gore riders had entered this year but there had been some in the past, he said.

“Southland man Matthew Zenovich has been racing very well in China recently.”

Ross said the SBS Bank Tour of Southland was internationally recognised and definitely worth getting out to watch.

“We have riders from Germany and England – really all over the world. It’s an international level on our back doorstep.”