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Tour of Southland

Excitement is growing for this year’s edition of the SBS Bank Tour of Southland cycle race, with a refreshed route set to deliver exciting and unpredictable racing over the course of the week-long event.

A number of high-profile New Zealand riders, including past winners of the race, have already indicated that they will be lining up when the tour kicks off in Invercargill on 31 October 2021. 

The tour will start with the traditional Riverside Rentals team time trial around Queens Park on Sunday 31 October, but this will take place in the morning, to be followed by a new street race of 42km, comprising ten laps of Queens Park. This will bring more racing into the heart of Invercargill, promising a great spectacle for spectators, should alert levels allow.

Although the Southland District Council second stage will have its traditional start in Invercargill and finish in Lumsden, what comes in between is anything but traditional, as the route takes riders over a couple of gravel sections, including a challenging gravel climb. This marks the first foray onto gravel roads for the tour.

The third stage which is proudly sponsored by Distinction Hotels will depart from Riverton as riders make their way to Te Anau, before the decisive fourth stage from Mossburn to the Remarkables. The fifth stage will start from Invercargill and finish on the fearsome slopes of Bluff Hill, while the sixth stage will take riders from Invercargill to Gore. The final day features two stages, starting with the seventh stage individual time trial in Winton in the morning, before the eigth and final stage from Winton to Invercargill, where the winner of the 2021 edition of the SBS Bank Tour of Southland will be crowned on Gala Street.

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