Worldwide racing is returning to Australia after the COVID-19 pandemic with the Santos Tour Down Underneath confirmed for January 2023. Nonetheless the Jayco Herald Solar Tour organisers confirmed on Monday that their race wouldn’t be held in 2023 as different elements hampered the return of the nation’s oldest stage race.
The lads’s race was first held in 1952 and a ladies’s version was additionally added in 2018, with the stage-races offering a possibility for native riders and groups to race towards WorldTour professionals who have been in Australian for the Santos Tour Down Underneath and Cadel Evans Nice Ocean Street Race.
Whereas different races are returning after the re-opening of borders this yr, the boys’s and ladies’s Herald Solar Tour – final received by Jai Hindley and Lucy Kennedy in 2020 – shall be absent for an additional yr.
The organisers mentioned in assertion that ongoing logistical, planning, timing, and workforce challenges had led to the choice.
“This has not been a simple resolution, or simple course of to reach at this level, and as custodians of this historic race we’re disillusioned that it’s going to not be continuing in 2023,” Jayco Herald Solar Tour Chairman, Tom Salom, mentioned.
The Jayco Herald Solar Tour usually has a stage in Victoria’s capital metropolis of Melbourne and winds its means via the state, not solely giving home riders a uncommon alternative to race towards high stage cyclists however many communities an opportunity to prove and watch excessive stage racing on their dwelling roads.
“We thank the federal government and trade stakeholders for his or her collective efforts, and we’re aware of the significance of this as an occasion throughout the state,” mentioned Salom.
“Our focus will now flip to the long run and planning for the 2024 version of Australia’s oldest stage race which proudly lists Olympians and Grand Tour winners amongst its honour roll.”
The Jayco Herald Solar Tour often rounds out the summer season of Australian racing in early February.
The 2023 Australian race calendar will start with the Bay Crits in Geelong from January 1 to three, persevering with with the Australian Nationwide Street Championships from January 7 to 10 after which heading over to South Australia for the males’s and ladies’s Tour Down Underneath from January 14 to 22.
The Cadel Evans Nice Ocean Street Race will now sign the tip of the Australian block of racing, with the Girls’s WorldTour race on January 28 and the boys’s WorldTour race on January 29.