2013 Tour of the Murray River | 3 Sep - 8 Sep
The Tour of the Murray River is a 6 day 7 stage road tour which starts in the North Western Victorian town of Mildura for a tough 163km road race, the tour then heads to Swan Hill for a criterium and road race. Stage 3 through to Stage 6 are all road races varying in distance. Stage 7 sees the tour finish off in Yarrawonga with a criterium overlooking the scenic Lake Mulwala.
*Please note: the below course outline is provisional and is subject to change pending approval from relevant authorities*
Team/ rider permanence/registration will be between 4:30pm and 6:30pm in the Donata’s Room, Quality Hotel Mildura Grand, Seventh Street, Mildura, followed by a compulsory Team Managers meeting at 7:00pm on Monday September 2
Karin Jones, Cycling Australia
About the Region
The Murray River is Australia's longest river and forms most of the state border between Victoria and New South Wales. The Murray region follows much of the river's journey through a diverse range of landscapes, encompassing cities, towns and communities located on the river itself and further inland.
In the north-west of the state, the river flows through arid and dry land, with the irrigated vineyards and fruit growing farms around Mildura and Swan Hill providing a welcome oasis. South of Mildura and away from the river, desert bushes, isolated national parks and semi-dry lakes are all part of the landscape.
The central part of the Murray region includes the riverfront towns of Yarrawonga, Cobram and Echuca. The historic river port of Echuca was once Australia's busiest inland port during the days of steamboat transport in the mid 1800s. Today, many of the towns along the Murray River in this area are holiday destinations due to the stable climate and water activities including river cruises, boating, fishing and swimming.
The city of Shepparton is located in the southern part of the central Murray region, in the rich Goulburn Valley. This area is known as the "Food Bowl of Australia" and features dairying, fruit growing and agricultural farms which produce around 25 percent of the state's rural output.
The eastern section of the Murray region includes Wodonga which is situated on the southern banks of the river, and is the gateway to its twin city of Albury and the many water activities on nearby Lake Hume. Further east, the region extends into the highlands of the Great Dividing Range, meeting the Kosciuszko National Park where the source of the Murray River can be found. Near Dartmouth is Victoria's largest capacity reservoir, the Dartmouth Dam.
- Accommodation can be sourced throughout the Murray region by contacting one of the local information centres in the area of where you plan to stay during the event.
- Yarrawonga Visitor Info Centre 1800 062 260
- Echuca/Moama Visitor Centre 1800 804 446
- Swan Hill Visitor Info Centre 1800 625 373
- Balranald Visitor Info Centre 1800 444 043
- Palmer and Garfoot crowned Murray champions
- Palmer primed for Murray title
- JOHNSON’S ECHUCA BIRTHDAY BONUS
- KERRISON THE KING OF BIG COHUNA FINISH
- Drapac’s double deal; Betts opens Tour with victory
- MURRAY OPENER OFFERS MAIDEN WIN FOR JOHNSON
- In-form Giacoppo welcomes Murray challenge
- Driving opportunities available for Subaru National Road Series
- Scott Sunderland announced as Cycling Australia’s Race Director for top tier Subaru NRS events
6 Dec 2013, 2:30pm
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6 Dec 2013, 12:18pm
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6 Dec 2013, 10:46am
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6 Dec 2013, 10:40am
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