Tour duel starts on roads at Woodstock

BIG WEEKEND: Paul Hadden from Hadden Farren Land Surveyors, cyclists Jagan Woods, Olivia Sens, Darien McDowell and Sam Crome, and Peter Sens from Precision Formworking. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

BIG WEEKEND: Paul Hadden from Hadden Farren Land Surveyors, cyclists Jagan Woods, Olivia Sens, Darien McDowell and Sam Crome, and Peter Sens from Precision Formworking. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

WOODSTOCK'S windswept roads will provide a testing start in Saturday's first stage of the Merv Dean Memorial three-day tour run by Bendigo and District Cycling Club.

The first of five stages will be a 101km trek starting from the Central Victorian Veterans Cycling Clubrooms at 1pm.

The Precision Formworks-backed senior tour will be contested across three grades.

A quality A-grade field includes Bendigo DCC clubmates Brendan Schultz, Luke Knox and Sam Crome.

Racing on Sunday begins with a 12km time trial at Bagshot Hall from 9.30am.

The afternoon's 74km stage begins on Bendigo-Tennyson Road about 1pm.

Monday's finale is at Emu Creek and will be 52km and 65km legs.

Meanwhile, the two-day junior tour has drawn cyclists from as far away as Mt Gambier, Wangaratta, Shepparton and various Melbourne clubs.

Hadden Farren Land Surveyors is tour sponsor for the sixth consecutive year.

Racing for the under 11-13 and under 15-17 fields starts at 10am on Saturday at Newbridge.

Stage two will start at 1.15pm from Newbridge.

Sunday's racing starts at Harcourt at 9.30am. Tour finale is a criterium at Harcourt from 12.30pm.

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