Future cycle stars visit Goombungee

22 May 2014

Goombungee State School students had the chance to meet the Australian cycle stars of the future when a team of riders competing in the Tour of Toowoomba visited the school recently.

Tour of Toowoomba event director John Osborne said the visit would provide a unique opportunity for the students to learn more about cycling.

“We always get a great response from the kids,” he said.

“The cyclists will bring along their wind trainers so they can give the students a demonstration of the different pedalling styles and the speeds they can reach while riding.

“It’s also a chance for the kids to ask about life as a cyclist, and quiz the riders about nutrition and career paths and who knows – they may even meet a future Tour de France competitor!

“Last year’s Tour of Toowoomba winner Nathan Earle has now signed with the European-based Team Sky.”

Mr Osborne said the cyclists would pass through Goombungee on Thursday 22 May during the New Hope Group-sponsored stage one of the tour.

New Hope Group Chief Operating Officer Bruce Denney will join Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Cr Paul Antonio at the starting line of the important first stage.

The 118 kilometre road race will start in Toowoomba and travel under red flag and police escort through the CBD and onto Old Goombungee Road, Harlaxton, where the race proper will start.

The stage passes through Gowrie Junction, Meringandan West and Goombungee.

"Sprinters will have the chance to gain points and fight for the highly coveted Mavic sprinter’s jersey during one of the sprint sections in Goombungee,” Mr Osborne said.

The stage finishes at Highfields.