The Tour of the North was first run in 2016 as the Great Northern Tour to fill the hole left in the North Queensland road racing calendar by the the Gold Fever le Tour, which was last run in 2014.
From humble beginnings starting off as a two-stage event between Townsville and Charters Towers, the 2021 edition will hold four stages across four, unique to Townsville, locations. To reflect a new age in Townsville cycling, in 2021 the tour has adopted the new name as the Tour of the North and we welcome aboard Tiny Mountain Brewery as principal sponsor.
Our 2021 Grades are as follows:
|B Grade||Elite Women (A & B level) will compete in the the B Grade event and are eligible for ‘First Woman’ honours. Elite women will receive their own competition at 10 registrants and race alongside B Grade Men. Elite Women will compete in their own race at 15 registrants.|
|C Grade||C Grade Women will compete in the C Grade event and are eligible for ‘First Woman’ honours. C Grade women will receive their own competition at 10 registrants and race alongside C Grade Men. C Grade Women will compete in their own race at 15 registrants.|
|Women’s Grade||The Women’s Grade will compete alongside the D Grade men, however will have their own competition. This grade is for entry level women, and is expected to be our highest fielded women’s grade. These women are eligible for a discount upon entry, thanks to our generous sponsors.|
The Sprint champion will be decided over stages 1 and 2, with points up for grabs in intermediate sprints and at the finish line.
The General Classification will be a heated contest, with the Prologue set to establish the initial time gaps before the start of the Stage 1 road race.
Time bonuses are on offer for the first five place getters on stages 1, 2 and 3. Time bonuses are also awarded at intermediate sprint and KOM locations.
The KOM champion will be decided over stages 1 and 3, with points up for grabs at KOM locations, for the fastest first and second half splits on the Castle Hill ITT as well as the stage place getters.
Stay with our accomodation partners, Mercure Hotels Townsville!
Our out of town competitors can receive discounted accomodation thanks to the generosity of Mercure Hotels Townsville.
Visiting riders must be quick, as rooms are limited and won’t take long to sell out.
For booking options, call (07) 47 594 900 and quote Tour of the North.