Since making contact with you in January, a fair bit has happened so I thought it was timely to send you an update on our thinking to date for the 2020 SBS Bank Tour of Southland.
At this stage we are still planning to hold the 64th edition of the SBS Bank Tour of Southland from Sunday 1 November to Saturday 7 November, 2020 with Cycling Southland closely monitoring the situation on a regular basis.
Whilst we are excited about delivering the event in November we are also very mindful of the long term implications of COVID-19 and the potential impact it could have on mass participation events in the future.
At this stage we have delayed the opening of online entries to Monday 13 July. This will allow us to be in a better position to confirm what we intend to deliver in November prior to teams committing to the event.
We are still working behind the scenes on our planning and preparation and look forward to delivering a world class event experience in November.
Cantabrian Michael Vink has won back-to-back SBS Bank Tour of Southland titles. The first rider to successfully defend his title since Hayden Roulston in 2008, Vink (Placemakers) finished third in this morning’s individual time trial and controlled the front of the race over the final 77km stage from Winton to Invercargill to win by 2min 38sec from PowerNet rider Alex Heaney, with Hamish Schreurs third overall at 4min 23sec.
Stage 6 - Vink leads Tour into final stage
Defending champion Michael Vink will take a handy lead into the final stage of the 2019 SBS Bank Tour of Southland.
Defending champion Michael Vink has put himself within grasp of a second SBS Bank Tour of Southland title after a stunning ride by his Placemakers team on the penultimate day of the race’s 63rd edition.
Mexcican rider Eder Frayre has produced a second impressive climbing performance as the 2019 SBS Bank Tour of Southland’s yellow jersey settles a little more securely onto his shoulders.
The 2019 SBS Bank Tour of Southland’s first Mexican rider has made an emphatic statement at the midway point of this year’s race. Kia Motors-Ascot Park Hotel rider Eder Frayre holds a 28sec lead over Southland’s Corbin Strong, with defending champion Michael Vink trailing by 33sec after today’s Queen stage, the 138km beat from Mossburn to the top of Coronet Peak, near Queenstown.
World omnium champion Cambell Stewart has sprinted his way into the yellow jersey in his debut SBS Bank Tour of Southland.
The 2019 SBS Bank Tour of Southland’s opening road stage has provided a genuine test for the 108-rider field. Australian teenager Jensen Plowright eventually took stage honours in a select sprint down the main street of Lumsden after a challenging 170km stage, the longest of this year’s race.
Defending champion Michael Vink’s Placemakers team has put the rest of the SBS Bank Tour of Southland peloton on notice with a confident display in today’s prologue in stunning conditions in Invercargill.
In the lexicon of cycling, Bruce Ross will do one final ‘lap on the front’ as race director for the 2019 SBS Bank Tour of Southland before sitting in the back of the bunch for future races.