The Herald Sun Tour is a professional race for cyclists and the oldest of its kind in Australia. As one of the most popular sporting events in Melbourne, the tour is an integral part of Melbourne’s culture.
The Herald Sun Tour commenced in 1952 and today is now cemented as a significant Victorian sporting event with thousands of participants each year.
Herald Sun Tour Dates 2018 – Melbourne Prologue Race & Cycle Stages
The Tour is now a major international race and generates significant economic impact and media exposure for the towns involved. Australia is also one of the world’s foremost cycling nations and has produced many world class cyclists who have gone on to win many other prestigious cycling events.
Running over 5 days, there are a number of cycling events scheduled. Many spectators love to come to the Prologue Race which is held in the Melbourne CBD where they can come and cheer the athletes as they complete a challenging time trial with challenging turns and short climbs. The races include the following events:
Prologue: A 2.1km spectator friendly stage through the heart of Melbourne. Starting at Federation Square and finishing along the Southbank promenade.
Stage 1: 126km – Healesville to Healesville.
Stage 2: 144km – Yarra Glen to Moe.
Stage 3: 146km – Traralgon to Inverloch.
Stage 4: 122km – Arthurs Seat to Mornington.
Visitors can be a part of the experience by taking up a vantage spot along the planned rout for the tour, check out the maps below for the riding locations.
In preparation for attending this event, visitors should check out the many road closures along the planned routes which will bring significant disruption to vehicular traffic. Public transport options are available and spectators are advised to check the official website for road closure advice.