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Southland Tour expects strong line-up

Avoiding any clash with other races on around the same time, this year's PowerNet Tour of Southland looks likely to attract a strong contingent of world-class riders. Entering its 49th year, the UCI category 2.2 race offers $50,000 in cash prizes, and with the Herald Sun Tour and the Tour of Queensland raced shortly beforehand, a number of international riders have already indicated their interest in competing.

Raced in the southern region of New Zealand, the six-day race covers over 900kms of testing terrain, ranging from the rugged beauty of the southern coast, zig-zagging across the fertile farming plains of the inner province, to the spectacular scenery of the lakes district, including the resort destinations of Queenstown and Te Anau.

"In recent years, there has been a continuing growth in international riders coming to New Zealand, and without fail, all have enjoyed the experience," said race organiser Bruce Ross. "This year's race will be conducted from the 7th-12th of November and will be limited to 20 five-man teams, with individual entries permitted and placed in composite teams at race management's discretion."

Inquiries can be made to Tour Manager Bruce Ross at: bruce.cycling.southland@xtra.co.nz or visit the website: www.tourofsouthland.com.

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