Currumbin’s Tour de Valley a huge success

11 Sep 2012 11:02 AMJann Stuckey

Jann with event organisers Chris Van Hoof and Chris Thompson

10th September 2012

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP has congratulated event organisers for the huge success of the inaugural Tour de Valley time trial cycling event held in Currumbin Valley on Saturday.

“The Tour de Valley 2012 was a fantastic event and organisers Chris Thompson and Chris Van Hoof are to be commended for initiating this sporting challenge,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Judging from the level of interest for the inaugural event I have no doubt it will claim a permanent place on the cycling calendar in years ahead.

“With around 240 competitors, both local and state wide, it was a perfect opportunity for cycling enthusiasts to participate in an important event, and what better backdrop for such an event than the picturesque valleys of the Southern Gold Coast.

“I wish to acknowledge all those involved in what was clearly a fiercely competitive time trial and offer my sincere congratulations to the Open State Champions, who I was able to present with medallions after the event.

Event manager Chris Thompson said it was a fantastic day in a beautiful location and riders enjoyed a course worthy of high quality events.

“The only dampener on an otherwise great day was individuals scattering tacks on the course affecting many riders, resulting in a premature end to their day, which was extremely disappointing to see,” Mr Thompson said.

Also present on the day was Mike Victor OAM, a seven time Commonwealth Games officiator for cycling and member of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Board who said the course was an ideal time trial circuit for riders.

“As the Gold Coast begins preparations for the 2018 Commonwealth Games it is exciting that the event used the proposed Games cycling course,” Ms Stuckey said.

“It was extremely encouraging to see the festive atmosphere present on Saturday, with the mini-expo providing a great opportunity for community involvement with local businesses and event sponsors,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Newman Government has made a commitment to growing our events tourism industry and it is vitally important that the community support home grown events such as the Tour de Valley.

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