Stage 3 – Velothon Sunshine Coast Preview
In July this year, Australia will host its first ever Velothon. Set on the Sunshine Coast, an hour north of Brisbane, riders will have the opportunity to tackle not just a 1 Day, but a 3 Day Velothon, covering some of the most challenging and truly stunning roads in Australia. Here’s what to expect on stage 3.
Photography: Marcus Enno (Beardy Mcbeard)
The aim of Velothon is to bring a stage-race environment to a grand fondo setting. It is a global series of events, that will span across Germany, Wales, Sweden, Canada and Australia in 2017. The Australian edition will not disappoint, with the home of the event set in the picturesque beach-side town of Mooloolaba.
The Velothon wants to challenge riders across the event, but above all, it is about riding with mates and enjoying the journey. That’s why the Velothon Sunshine Coast will set up a Velo Clubhouse, right on the beach in Mooloolaba. This will be the hub of the event, a place where riders can come have delicious coffee and beer, eat snacks and watch the highlights of the Tour de France – all on the big screen! It’s an exciting element to the event which we are sure will become a big highlight for the riders.
Stage 3 is the Queen Stage of Velothon, featuring the longest distance and the largest KOM. The Obi Obi, the main mountain climb of the day, will be the talking point of the whole day, reaching a scary 27% gradient. There will be carpet placed out on the road for those that have to walk to the summit. Yes, that’s how tough the Obi Obi is. Be prepared to push yourself on this monster of a climb!
The start of the stage follows the coastline north of Mooloolaba, up into Noosa before heading back inland. This stage offers some of the most stunning views of Velothon, so be sure to take a moment to soak it all in.
Key Details (Stage 3):
The final stage of Velothon is the most challenging. The hardest aspect of this stage is the fact riders will be tackling the course after two hard days. The Obi Obi will be a great spectacle and a defining feature of the stage.
Event date: Sunday, 16th of July, 2017
Location: Sunshine Coast, Australia
Start: Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast
Finish: Mooloolaba – Velo Clubhouse
For full event details and entry head to Velothon Sunshine Coast.
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