Herald Sun Tour in Churchill

Manning Drive Churchill was transformed for the finish of Stage 2 of the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour and Lexus of Blackburn Women’s Herald Sun Tour, when the men’s and women’s pelotons sped into town late January.
Locals turned out to see the event, but they were there to support the organisers too.
Churchill Lions provided traffic control within the town, while local motor cycle riders acted as scouts. Their job was to escort the riders from one destination to another, making sure that intersections were patrolled so accidents didn’t happen. Churchill, Yinnar South and Hazelwood North CFA brigade members formed the tail end Charlie.
Part of the escort vehicle contingent was an ambulance, a St. John’s Ambulance, police and the team cars with spare wheels and parts if they should be needed.
It was quite a spectacular sight.
The men began to arrive shortly after 1pm. The riders being applauded as they flew through the finishing gate. Then when the majority of riders had finished, the special race jerseys were presented to the successful riders by Councillor Sharon Gibson.
Important guests were Richie Bates, Race Organiser and Commissar from Cairns Council, and Greg Griffiths International Commissar, Sharon Gibson and Darrell White OAM.

It is good to note that John Trevorrow, Darren Spiteri and Geoff Fletcher, all from this area have been past participants.
Churchill Primary School senior students paid a visit and were invited to take a piece of chalk and draw an encouraging message for the women riders who would leave at 2.30pm.
Women’s Race Director and event General Manager John Trevorrow, rated the Churchill stage the toughest for both the men and the women competing in Australia’s oldest stage race - the 66th - with 22 nations competing.
The same exciting but extremely tough finish climb and descent as the men had raced earlier in the day, would be almost the same for the women.
The ride involved the hills of the Jeeralangs with their steepness with pinches up to 20% gradient on gravel surfaces, with sharp corners to negotiate and concluding with a downhill dash to the finish.
Churchill Primary School children held the ribbon for the start and cheered the women off as they were led out by John Trevorrow in the red car.
It was an amazing event and a sight to see with all the retinue associated with this world class race.