Dempster pedals into the big time

Those with an acute cycling knowledge will know the enormity of this moment in Zak Dempster's life.

BENDIGO'S Zak Dempster has pedalled his way into the biggest cycling event on Earth.

A place in the famous Tour de France is a staggering achievement for the Bendigo sportsman who spent the early years of his life in Castlemaine.

Those with an acute cycling knowledge will know the enormity of this moment in Zak Dempster's life.

Those who don't follow the sport will perhaps be a little unaware of the magnitude of what he is about to do.

Simply, this is the holy grail for road cyclists - there is no bigger event than the Tour de France.

To win a place in this elite field of the world's best road cyclists is a truly incredible effort.

It's a huge reward for all the effort and sacrifice Zak Dempster has put into a cycling career that has taken him from the backroads of Bendigo to the hallowed cobble stones of the Champs Elysees in Paris on the famous final day of the tour.

Family, friends and all those who have supported Zak through his career will be enormously proud when the tour kicks off on July 5.

Fair bet while the Tour de France will be one tough gig, Zak Dempster will savour every one of the 3664 kilometres that lie ahead.

Good luck Zak - you've done Bendigo and Castlemaine proud.

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