2013 Caterpillar Tour of Tasmania | 29 Sep - 6 Oct
Arguably the ‘marquee’ Subaru National Road Series event, the 2013 Caterpillar Tour of Tasmania has undergone some significant changes from past tours, in its first year being managed by the Cycling Australia Commercial and Events team.
The Caterpillar Tour of Tasmania boasts eight gruelling stages over eight days through some of the most picturesque countryside in the world.
The tour covers all parts of the Apple Isle including the iconic Derwent Valley, Mt Wellington, the Meander Valley, and Great Lake. The event also touches the metropolitan cities of Hobart, Launceston and Devonport as well as the picturesque seaside towns of Ulverstone, Burnie and Penguin.
Tasmania is true cycling territory with no where to hide in this race. With the race covering so much of the Apple Isle, mixed with some potentially unpredictable weather, it's sure to be one of the absolute highlights of the 2013 Subaru National Road Series.
Over many years, road tours in Tasmania have acted as an important breeding ground for future champions, with victory here paving the way for successful European careers.
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Karin Jones, Cycling Australia
About the Region
Tasmania is located 240 kilometres to the south of the Australian mainland and is separated by the Bass Strait. The state has a population of approximately 515,000 people with almost half of the Tasmanian population residing in the greater Hobart precinct.
The first stage of the tour is a Team Time Trial and will start from the iconic Cascade Brewery and finish at Mt Wellington in Hobart.
Launceston is in the north of Tasmania and will host stage four of the tour. The City oozes modern refinement and easy charm. Immerse yourself in the city's rich cultural heritage and enjoy a thriving food and wine scene amongst the backdrop of vibrant Georgian streetscapes. The boutique riverside City is located at the head of the picturesque Tamar Valley and boasts magnificent natural attractions including the spectacular Cataract Gorge and beautiful parks and gardens. Everything you need to have an amazing Tasmanian experience is right on Launceston's doorstep: Australia's coolest wine trail, gourmet food, history, wilderness and adventure.
Burnie with a population of approximately 20,000 people isn’t the biggest destination on the tour but it is still a must see. Like almost every road stage on the Caterpillar Tour of Tasmania, stage seven offers amazing variety and is open to an approach from the riders to make it as active or passive as they choose. The event’s final road race will be the last opportunity to secure overall honours. The peloton is sure to receive a warm welcome as it presents itself at the start line in North Terrace in the cycling heartland town of Burnie. After a short neutral section through town and along the Bass Highway, the race turns right onto Old Surrey Road and then onto Fernglade, where the contest will begin in earnest along the banks of the Emu River.
Devonport is located in the north western part of Tasmania and is host to the eighth and final stage of the tour which will be a criterium on the Devonport waterfront. Devonport is the port of call for the Spirit of Tasmania which provides access from the mainland of Australia if you want to have another option when travelling from mainland Australia.
Situated on the banks of the picturesque Derwent River, New Norfolk is one of Tasmania’s oldest towns and will feature in stage two of the Tour. With friendly people, it is a great place to base yourself away from the hustle and bustle of Hobart, a leisurely 35 minute drive away. There are welcoming pubs and motels that offer excellent food and service, numerous antique and other specialty shops. The Derwent Valley is known for its stunning and challenging cycling routes, taking you through lush agricultural country and into gateway for the South West World Heritage Area.
Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, a division of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, is responsible for managing around 37% of Tasmania’s land mass as parks and reserves, including the internationally renowned Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Its work includes providing opportunities for sustainable use and economic activities while conserving the natural and cultural values that attract visitors to the parks and reserves in the first place. The Parks and Wildlife Service website offers information on some of the features of these special places, but there’s no substitute for getting out there and seeing for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. To find out more visit: www.parks.tas.gov.au
- Visit Port Arthur
- Visit the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart
- Visit Cradle Mountain National Park
- Cataract Gorge
- Launceston Aquatic
- Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery
- Tamar River Cruises
- National Automobile Museum
- Boags Brewery Tours
- Hollybank Tree Top Adventures
- Tamar Valley Wine Route
- Mountain Bike Tasmania
- Accommodation can be sourced throughout Tasmania by contacting one of the local information centres in the area of where you plan to stay during the event.
- You can also visit click here for online bookings and accommodation information.
- Tasmanian Travel and Tourist Information Centre Hobart- Ph: 1800 990 440
- Devonport Visitor Centre- Ph: 1800 649 514
- Visitor Information Centre Burnie- Ph: (03) 6430 5831
- Launceston Travel and Information Centre- Ph: (03) 6336 3133
- Derwent Valley Visitor Information Centre-New Norfolk Ph: (03) 6261 3700
- Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre- Westbury Ph: (03) 6362 5280
- Ulverstone Visitor Information Centre Ph: (03) 6425 2839
- Haig in Tasmania history books; Grenda grabs final stage
- Huon Happiness as Cooper triumphs in Burnie
- Haig holds on to yellow; Sulzberger surges to home town victory
- Gillett Glides to Great Lake victory
- Tour of Tasmania - Stage four cancelled
- Bendigo bags Tasmanian trifecta
- Edmondson sprints to victory in Tasmania
- Huon-Genesys conquers climb to claim opening stage of Caterpillar Tour of Tasmania
- Earle looking for ‘dream’ finish to Subaru NRS season
- Driving opportunities available for Subaru National Road Series
- Scott Sunderland announced as Cycling Australia’s Race Director for top tier Subaru NRS events
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