The peleton passes acr0ss the stop-finish line as part of the 144km Tour de Kingaroy
Jake Kaufmann, from the Budget Forklifts team, rides to victory in the Tour de Kingaroy on Sunday afternoon

July 30, 2013

A little taste of Europe came to the South Burnett at the weekend with the running of the “Tour de Kumbia” and the “Tour de Kingaroy” cycle races.

The races were actually Stage I and Stage II of Round 4 of the 2013 Queensland Road Team Series, organised by Cycling Queensland.

Stage 1 was a 112km road race which began and ended in Kumbia on Saturday.

Local residents turned out in force to watch the start of the race, and enjoy a “decorated bike” competition and vintage car parade organised to coincide with the event.

On Sunday, the focus shifted to Kingaroy.

First up in the morning was a “community ride” organised as a fundraiser for the Mayor’s Charity Trust.

About 130 riders riders completed either a 6km, 13km or 25km course.

After the community ride finished, the real racing began with Stage II of the QRT series, a 144km road race which climbed into the Booie Range north of Kingaroy.

As the racers wound their way to the chequered flag, spectators along Somerset Street greeted the triumphant cyclists with the traditional sound of rattles urging them to the finish line.

South Burnett Mayor Kratzmann congratulated the winners after the event and thanked the volunteers who had made the racing possible.

“Over the next 12 months Council will work with Cycling Queensland to make it even bigger and better,” he said.


Stage I – Tour de Kumbia

1. Alex Wohler – Team Budget Forklifts
2. Jayden Copp – Pro TDU / Sandsky Developments
3. Daniel Bonello – GPM Data #3

Stage II – Tour de Kingaroy

1. Jake Kauffmann – Team Budget Forklifts
2. Jack Anderson – Team Budget Forklifts
3. Correy Edmed – Pensar SPM Racing

2013 Queensland Road Team Series (after Round 4)

1. Jack Anderson – Team Budget Forklifts
2. Correy Edmed – Pensar SPM Racing
3. Jesse Kerrison – Team Budget Forklifts

Cycling Queensland president Mike Victor, centre, with Kingaroy Lions Club members Max Lehmann and president Graham Wilson … Lions was manning a barbecue as a fundraiser for the Mayor’s Charity Trust and about $200 was raised
It’s all downhill from here … the peleton enters the Bunya Highway from Booie-Crawford Road during the Tour de Kingaroy on Sunday

South Burnett Mayor Wayne Kratzmann congratulates the Stage 2 winners, Jake Kauffmann (1st, centre); Jack Anderson (2nd, left); and Correy Edmed (3rd, right)

Correy Edmed (2nd), Jack Anderson (1st) and Jesse Kerrison (3rd) are leading the Qld Road Team Series after the two-stage Round 4 held in Kumbia and Kingaroy  
The Downer EDI Mining team before the start at Kumbia … from left, Ben Carman, Jason Portas, Griff Moore and Dylan Nankivell   
Robert Deards, 5, and James Whiteman, 5, from Kumbia were enjoying the sausage sizzle at the start of the Tour de Kumbia

A parade of vintage cars – including this Mercedes owned by Ralph Magnussen – led out the cyclists onto the course at Kumbia

Mitchell Howlett, 7, and Stuart Howlett, 4, from Kumbia, took part in the decorated pushbike competition 
And they’re off … the start of the Tour de Kumbia on Saturday afternoon

[UPDATED July 30, 2013]

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August 19, 2013 – the South Burnett Regional Council says the three rides were a great success, bringing more than 200 extra people to the region for the weekend.

“It brought over 200 extra people into the region that needed accommodation and meals, a great immediate boost to the region’s economy,” Mayor Wayne Kratzmann said.

“The effects didn’t just extend to our South Burnett economy but also to our local sportspeople who in their own region could watch a professional cycling race and then join in for their own ‘Tour’.

“These are the types of events Council wants to see more of in the South Burnett. Bringing Cycling Queensland into the Region was proof of the benefits we can receive from sporting events such as these.”

South Burnett Regional Council’s Healthy Communities Program was heavily involved throughout the organisation of the event. The South Burnett Community Ride was sponsored by the ‘Discover the Benefits of Healthy Communities’ Program, a Council initiative to promote health and well-being for adults who are not in full-time work, funded through the Australian Government’s Healthy Communities Initiative.

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