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Launceston Cycling Festival kicks off

The Launceston Cycling Festival is fast becoming one of the highlights of the State’s sports calendar and this year’s event is shaping up as one of the best yet.

The Festival will once again showcase Tasmania’s outstanding natural beauty as participants race their way through road, track and charity cycling events, including headline events the Stan Siejka Classic and Sally’s Ride.

The Stan Siejka Classic is one of Australia’s premier cycling events, incorporating Australia’s most iconic criterium and the race is gaining attention from around the country and across the globe. The Hodgman Liberal Government, through Events Tasmania, is a proud supporter and sponsor of the Classic, providing $25,000 to help run the event.

The other headline event, Sally’s Ride, started in 2002 when Sally Fletcher rode solo around Tasmania to raise funds for mental health. In 2009, the project was expanded to a community bike ride through the Tamar Valley.

Sally’s Ride now consists of five rides of varying lengths for individual cyclists that commence in Launceston and travel through the Tamar Valley, as well as a corporate team challenge. The annual event is targeted towards professional and recreational bike riders, and aims to increase awareness of the importance of mental health issues within the Tasmanian community, raising funds for youth suicide prevention programs.

The Festival is truly a community event, which involves thousands of people from athletes and cycling enthusiasts through to an army of volunteers and spectators who make the weekend a success.

The Government encourages the community to once again throw their support behind the Festival and be part of an iconic Tasmanian event.
Peter Gutwein, Liberal Member for Bass

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