Cyclist aims to repeat Tassie double

WEARY from a roller-coaster ride in the 11-day Tour of China, Tasmanian cyclist Bernard Sulzberger arrived home last Friday with two events in his sights: this weekend’s Launceston to New Norfolk Classic and next week’s Tour of Tasmania. For the 28-year-old former national champion, these are his home-state races and he knows them well. He won both in 2009.

The 208km Launceston to New Norfolk Classic will start at 9am on Sunday at the Country Club Casino, heading south via Longford, Cressy, Poatina, Pumphouse Bay, Arthurs Lake, St Patricks Plains, Steppes, Bothwell, Hollow Tree, Gretna, Rosegarland, and Hayes. Special sections for riders aged Under 23 and women will terminate after 143kms at Bothwell where the local tourism association has a program of festive activities.

The race will finish in Circle St, New Norfolk, around 2pm. Spectators should be in place early to avoid missing the finish in the event of a fast race. As of yesterday there were 70 confirmed starters including a Russian squad and riders from New Zealand and the UK.

The cyclists will return to New Norfolk on Wednesday for stage two of the Tour of Tasmania. The 61.4km stage will start at 11am, heading for Hamilton via Plenty, Bushy Park, Glenora, Fentonbury, Ellendale and Lake Meadowbank. The field is expected to arrive in Hamilton at 12.30pm, setting off again at 2pm in the direction of Bronte Park.

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