Tour of the Great South Coast: Olympians set to compete

A thrilling cycling event featuring an international gold medal winning team is set to light up the streets of Naracoorte this month.

The 2019 Tour of the Great South Coast will come to Naracoorte for the first time, with two legs of the well-established event here on August 29.

The field of over 100 professional riders will tackle a spectacular "criterium" around the town's main streets in the morning, before taking to the open road in the afternoon for a teams time trial to the Naracoorte Caves.

The field will include the Australian world champion 4000m pursuit team, who won Commonwealth gold medals on the Gold Coast in 2018 and will be favourites for gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Organiser John Craven said having that team enter was a huge boost for the event.

"The best riders of South Australia will be here, and it's a huge coup for the tour having the team that won the teams pursuit at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. All five of them are coming to the tour.

"They are world record breakers and they will be red hot favourites for Tokyo."

Mr Craven said while the tour event was well established after being held in the South East and western Victoria for the past eight years, adding Naracoorte to the route was exciting for everyone.

The criterium around the main streets would be a particularly exciting event for spectators, while adding the teams pursuit event was a big factor in attracting the Olympians.

"It's a first class circuit and it really is a credit to the council to have the boldness to shut down some important roads to help stage a top class event," he said.

"This will be spectacular, it really will."

Mr Craven said the Naracoorte Lucindale Council had been very keen for some time to bring the tour to town, and it would have widespread benefits for the community.

He said with more than 100 riders, 100 officials and sponsors, 100 partners and families plus interested spectators, local businesses in accommodation and hospitality would be flat out on August 28-29.

The tour runs from August 27-September 1 and takes in Mount Gambier, Port MacDonnell, Naracoorte, Casterton, Heywood, Cape Bridgewater and Portland.