Saxo Bank-Sungard's Richie Porte has been announced as an ambassador for the Launceston Pro-Ex cycling week, a new and unique event offering amateur cyclists from across the globe a chance to immerse themselves in a professional cycling experience.
Running from November 20 to 27, the Pro-Ex will be the first training camp of the Australian season.
"I am thrilled with the opportunity to share my passion for cycling with participants at the Launceston Pro-Ex," Porte said. "Being part of the Launceston Pro-Ex allows me to give something back to my hometown, where the scenic terrain helped shape my interest in cycling and inspired my career."
Registrations are now open for the week-long event which will provide an exclusive opportunity for more than 200 recreational cyclists to join some of Australia's top professionals, including Porte, on a training camp and participate in the 160-kilometre Opperman Gran Fondo mass participation ride in and around the cycling mecca of Launceston, Tasmania.
Keen cyclists will pursue their passion at a new level with the experience of living, training, eating and riding like a professional as they develop their knowledge of the intricacies of the sport in one of the world's cycling hot spots.
The Launceston Criterium will fall within the Pro-Ex schedule, which traditionally attracts some of the country's best cyclists.
The event also comprises a three-day Tassie Trail mountain bike challenge for charity which can be tackled by teams of four riders.