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ANOTHER BIG YEAR FOR L’ÉTAPE AUSTRALIA
Domestic and international visitors have converged on the Snowy Mountains, for the world-class cycling event L’Étape Australia by Tour de France.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro today joined pro cyclists, competitors, event organisers and the local community for the official opening in Jindabyne.
Mr Barilaro said more than 5,000 riders and supporters will take part in the event this weekend, with the Snowy Mountains terrain and scenery a major drawcard.
“There is no better landscape in Australia than the Snowy Mountains and this amazing event offers amateur riders with their closet experience to the Tour de France,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Riders get to enjoy the challenge of navigating our region’s tough terrain, while taking in the most breathtaking views available.”
This is the fourth year the Snowy Mountains has hosted L’Étape Australia, with the event growing each thanks to the support of the local community.
“L’Étape Australia is a world-class event and it has been great to see the positive impact this race has brought to our region over the last three years,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This cycling event has been welcomed with open-arms by the Snowy Mountains community, who have helped make L’Étape Australia what it is today.”
Next year will see the event moved north to the coastal region of Kiama, after a very successful stint in the Snowy Mountains.
“Let’s give this amazing event a big send off and make it the most memorable one yet,” Mr Barilaro said.
To date, L’Étape Australia has generated more than $6.5 million to the State’s visitor economy.
Ultimately, this contributes to the NSW Government’s ambitious goal of reaching $20 billion in regional NSW visitor expenditure by 2025.