Course Overview

Date Thursday 31 January 2019
Location Wonthaggi to Churchill
Format Road Race
Course Distance 127 km
Start Time  McBride Ave, Wonthaggi – 10am
Estimated Finish Gaskin Park, Manning Dve, Churchill 1:15pm
Categories Elite Men


This first road stage for the tour sees a flat start as riders head away from the coast, however this will soon be forgotten as the race heads deep into the hills of South Gippsland.

A short relief as the riders drop into the edge of the Latrobe Valley before heading towards the Category 1 climb of the day.

Only 12 kilometres from the finish and finishing along a 1.8-kilometre gravel section, this steep climb will definitely bring the best climbers out to play.

However, the race isn’t over here: a winding 7-kilometre descent followed by a relatively flat 4 kilometre run into the finish will see the race come right to the wire and make for an extremely exciting finish.


Download the course map and mocka

Men’s Stage 2 course map

Men’s Stage 2 course mocka



The Word from the Race Director – Scott McGrory

“The oldest stage race in Australia has seen so many roads along its journey to 2019, but this stage will instantly become known as a classic. The flat early kilometres will allow the riders to ease into the day, and they’ll need to as the second half is equally spectacular and brutal. The Peloton will wind its way through the Strzelecki Ranges on what will seem like a cycling rollercoaster, nothing too steep, but the winding and weaving nature of the roads will be enjoyable for the strongest riders. The final climb is as unknown as it is surprisingly steep and will be the first proving ground for the riders with ambitions of overall victory.”


Stage Profile

Race Schedule

Please note: Times are subject to change
Event Time
Race Start 10am
Anticipated Race Finish 1.15pm
Jayco Herald Sun Tour Presentations 1.30pm

Viewing Points

Key viewing points include:

  • Wonthaggi (Start) – McBride Ave: 9:00am to 10:00am
  • Inverloch – Bass Hwy & Inverloch-Venus Bay Rd: 10:10am to 10:40am
  • Meeniyan – Geale St, Whitelaw St/South Gippsland Hwy & Meeniyan-Mirboo North Rd: 11:10am to 11:35am
  • Dumbalk (Sprint #1) – Meeniyan-Mirboo North Rd: 11:15am to 11:40am
  • Mirboo (KOM #1 Finish) – Mirboo Rd (Corner of Grand Ridge Rd [Boolarra South-Mirboo North Rd]): 11:45am to 12:05pm
  • Boolarra (Sprint #2) – Limonite Rd & Tarwin St: 12:00pm to 12:25pm
  • Jeeralang (KOM #2 / Gravel Section) – Lindners Rd & Dobbins Rd: 12:40pm to 1:10pm
  • Churchill (Finish) – Manning Drive: From 1:00pm


Please Note: The above times are based on an estimated average speed across the whole race. The average speed could be different dependant on a number of factors such as weather, so be sure to not miss out by getting into position early to see the riders race through.


Start Location and activities

Location:          McBride Ave, Wonthaggi

Times:                   9:00 am to 10:00 am

Experience the excitement of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour Village.

Activities include –

  • Rider interviews
  • Sponsor activations & displays
  • Family entertainment
  • Live commentary
  • Schools activations
  • Post race presentations

Finish Location and activities

Location:              Gaskin Park, Manning Drive, Churchill

Times:                   12:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Experience the excitement of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour Village.

Activities include –

  • Rider interviews
  • Sponsor activations & displays
  • Family entertainment
  • Live commentary
  • Schools activations
  • Post race presentations

Traffic Information

The Jayco Herald Sun Tour aims to minimise the impact on local communities.  However, some road closures will apply.

Residents and business directly impacted by the road closures will receive written notification prior to the event.



Road closures will be implemented:

Location:             McBride Ave, Wonthaggi

Date:                     Thursday 31st January

Time:                     5:30 am to 12:30 pm

Details:                 Closed between Graham St & Baillieu St


Location:             Watt St, Wonthaggi

Date:                     Thursday 31st January

Time:                     7:00 am to 11:00 am

Details:                 Closed between Bilson St & McKenzie St



A road closure will be implemented:

Location:             Manning Dr, Churchill

Date:                     Thursday 31st January

Time:                     8:30 am to 9:00 pm

Details:                 Closed between Switchback Rd & McDonald Way


Rolling Road Closures

The Jayco Herald Sun Tour operates under a rolling road closure implemented by Victoria Police.  As the race travels along the course the roads will be temporarily closed for the race to pass through safely.

Motorists will be stopped by Victoria Police and asked to pull over to the side of the road until the race passes.  Delays of up to 20 minutes may be experienced.  If travelling on roads used by the race please allow extra time to complete your journey.


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