16 June 2017
(Pictured above is the Old Coast Road, the venue for the time trial)
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If you love getting out for a spin and want to experience grassroots racing with the beautiful backdrop of Tasmania’s North West scenery then enter yourself in the Australian Masters Games.
The 16th edition of the Games, that runs from 21-28 October 2017, will feature road cycling and mountain biking events perfect for those wanting to test their form for their first race.
Below are five good reasons to sign up for the Games as a first-time racer:
1. Tasmania’s amazing scenery on and off the course should just about seal the deal for anyone who enjoys a ride on their bike. The views you will see in the time trial which goes along Old Coast Road will be simply amazing, as will the spectacular course for mountain biking, which even has a private event in the picturesque seaside town of Penguin.
2. This is your chance to put all those morning rides on the same old loops to good use and have a ride in a race at a major cycling event, maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity. It's not often that Tasmania's North West hosts a major cycling event.
3. It is an event for cyclists of all abilities, offering something for those who lead their local peloton loop on Sunday morning and also those who will be clipping in for their first race.
4. You’re on your bike in a beautiful place. Once in Tasmania’s North West everyone with a bike has an advantage and will be able to roam the region and experience what it has to offer on their own accord.
5. Take part in a fun multi-sport festival – the week-long Games not only includes competition in sport, but also a host of uniquely Tasmanian social events that participants will experience in the region with the locals every day.
The Advocate's Cameron Slessor recently caught up with Olympian Tim O'Shannessey who is urging all cyclists of all abilities to get on their bike for the Games and have a go.
“I just think there’s definitely plenty of people out there who ride and train a lot so why not have a go?,” O’Shannessey said.
“I think it’s a sport that you can still do well as you get older and you don’t really lose a lot," he continued.
Click here to read the full article from The Advocate.
A great place to stay for anyone participating in road cycling is the Burnie area. It is a cenralised location between all three events - the time trial in Ulverstone, the criterium in the Burnie CBD and the road race in Stowport.
Here are a couple places to check out when looking for accommodation:
To book, contact the hotel directly, or alternatively contact the Australian Masters Games Tourism Information Hotline on 1800 649 514.
The Hotel Colonial Launceston has put together a special deal for track cyclists participating in the Games. They are offering $120 per night with a free upgrade to a deluxe balcony room for the duration of the stay.
To book, call Hotel Colonial on (03) 6331 6588 or email email@example.com and use the code word "Masters."
More than 10,000 athletes and spectators will come together in Adelaide in 2019 for the 17th Australian Masters Games.
Tasmania’s North West has put on a show during eight days of memorable Australian Masters Games action, according to Games general manager Scott Wade.
It is impressive for anyone to take up a sport in their later years and compete as a Masters athlete, but starting out as a gymnast at the age of 60 is a remarkable achievement by Alexander Beernink.