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 MY LUCKY LIFE BEHIND THE BINOCULARS                

 

Luminaries from the horse racing world gathered at Melbourne’s Mail Exchange Hotel last October for the launch of race commentator Greg Miles’ much-anticipated book: My Lucky Life Behind The Binoculars.

Caribou’s managing director John Craven collaborated with the record-breaking caller on the book. Miles described an amazing 40,000 races, including 36 Melbourne Cups, before taking early retirement in 2017.

In his thought-provoking Foreword in the 230-page memoir, the iconic multi-sports commentator Bruce McAvaney wrote: “In this country, we pride ourselves on having the best race callers in the world and many believe Greg Miles sits alongside Bill Collins as our finest.”

The race calling fraternity was well-represented at the launch. Tasmania’s premier commentator Colin McNiff, a long-time mate of Greg’s, flew in from Hobart for the occasion. Gerard Whateley, Bryan Martin and Ray Benson were also there. So was Peter Booth, a mentor of Greg’s when he started out at the ABC in the early 1980s.

Former Racing Victoria chairman Michael Duffy, ex-Warrnambool Racing Club presidents Margaret Lucas and Des Roberts, Briseis Club boss Benn Ward, VRC Melbourne Cup tour organiser Joe McGrath, the “Punting Priest” Fr. Joe Giacobbe, and popular retired jockeys Peter Hutchinson and Alf Matthews joined dozens of Greg’s family, friends and media representatives at the function.

The book was launched by Greg’s protégé Matthew Hill who conducted a wonderfully entertaining interview with his mentor. Matthew, a Melbourne Western suburbs boy just like his early adviser, has slipped neatly into Greg’s shoes as the voice of Victorian racing on Racing.Com, RSN, Sky Channel and Channel 7.

 


 

 

GREAT SOUTH COAST TOUR UPGRADED TO SIX DAYS

 

 

   The Tour of the Great South Coast, one of Australia’s most respected and hotly-contested road cycling classics, will take another giant leap in 2019 with expansion to six days.

 

   Founded by Caribou Publications & Events in 2012, the gruelling tour is now a genuine cross-border race – with the opening three days in the beautiful Limestone Coast region of South Australia, followed by the final three in  Victoria’s spectacular Glenelg Shire.

 

   The eight-stage tour will be raced over 541 kilometres of visually-splendid countryside, starting with a traditional criterium at Mount Gambier’s Vansittart Park on Tuesday, August 27, and ending with another crit on Portland’s waterfront on Sunday, September 1.

 

   Backed by joint major sponsors Visit Victoria and Campolina Racing Syndicates, the multi-sponsored event will embrace four municipalities – the City of Mount Gambier, the District Council of Grant and Naracoorte Lucindale Council in South Australia, plus Glenelg across the border which has hosted the tour since its inception.

 

   Originally a five-day event, the tour’s 2019 upgrade will see two stages conducted in the charming South Australian town of Naracoorte on Thursday, October 29. Spectators will be treated to a 30-lap morning criterium around the central business district before the cyclists then take-off on a unique 16-kilometre teams time trial to Naracoorte Caves – South Australia’s only world-listed heritage site.

 

   South Australia’s other stage – a challenging five-lap 128-kilometre road race on a town and rural circuit at the quaintly-attractive Port MacDonnell – will be held on Wednesday, August 28.

 

   After three diverse days of the racing in South Australia, the anticipated 100-rider field will face a testing time in Glenelg with a re-constituted, twisting 95km stage from Casterton to Heywood on Friday, August 30, then the popular  121km four-lapper at  stunning Cape Bridgewater on the Saturday, climaxed by Portland’s decisive grand finale criterium on Sunday.

 

   Caribou’s managing director John Craven, who worked closely with representatives of the four municipalities on shaping the course, said he was enthralled by the sheer beauty of the overall route and the challenges it posed for the cyclists.

 

   “It will take a rider of genuine class to win this race,” he said. “The Great South Coast region of Victoria and South Australia is a cycling paradise.”

 

           


COURSE OUTLINE


 

 TOUR OF THE GREAT SOUTH COAST

August 27-September 1, 2019

                                                             

                                                                       (As at April 7, 2019)

 

     TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, Stage 1:

     MOUNT GAMBIER

     Criterium – 30 laps of a 1.2km CBD circuit at Vansittart Park.

     Distance: 36kms.

     Intermediate Sprints: 11

     Hill Climbs: 0

     Start: 10.45 a.m.

     Finish: 11.30 a.m. (approx).

 

     TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, Stage 2:

     MOUNT GAMBIER

     Road Race – 10 laps of a 6.5km Blue Lake and Reidy Park primary school circuit.

     Distance – 65kms.

     Intermediate Sprints: 4

     Hill Climbs: 4

     Start: 1.30 p.m.

     Finish: 3 p.m. (approx).

 

     WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, Stage 3:

     PORT MACDONNELL

     Road Race – Five laps of a town and rural circuit, starting and finishing in

     Port Macdonnell

     Distance: 128.5kms.

     Intermediate Sprints: 9

     Hill Climbs: 3

     Start: 11 a.m.

     Finish: 2.10 p.m. (approx).

 

     THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, Stage 4:

     NARACOORTE

     Criterium – 30 laps of a 1.05km town circuit.

     Distance: 31.5kms.

     Intermediate Sprints: 11

     Hill Climbs: 0

     Start: 11 a.m.

     Finish: 11.40 a.m. (approx).

 

      

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, Stage 5:

     NARACOORTE to NARACOORTE CAVES

     Teams Time Trial, starting at Naracoorte Showgrounds.

     Distance: 16.1kms.

     Intermediate Sprints: 0

     Hill Climbs: 0

     Start: 2 p.m.

     Finish: 3 p.m. (approx).

 

     FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, Stage 6:

     CASTERTON to HEYWOOD

     Road Race – Via Sandford, Henty, Paschendale, Merino, Digby, Hotspur.

     Distance: 94.7kms.

     Intermediate Sprints: 5

     Hill Climbs: 3

     Start: 12 noon.

     Finish: 2.25 (approx).

 

     SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, Stage 7:

     CAPE BRIDGEWATER

     Road Race – four laps of a bushland-lakes circuit,

                            incorporating Bridgewater Lakes, Portland Airport and Cashmore,

                            with start-finish line at Portland Surf Lifesaving Club

     Distance: 121.4kms.

     Intermediate Sprints: 7

     Hill Climbs: 8

     Start: 12 noon.

     Finish: 3 p.m. (approx).

 

     SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, Stage 8:

     PORTLAND

     Criterium – 30 laps of a 1.6km town and waterfront circuit.

     Distance: 48kms.

     Intermediate Sprints: 11

     Hill Climbs: 0

     Start: 12 noon.

     Finish: 1.15 p.m. (approx).

 

   

     TOTAL DISTANCE: 541.2kms.

     TOTAL NUMBER OF INTERMEDIATE SPRINTS: 58

     TOTAL NUMBER OF HILL CLIMBS: 18

 

     HOST MUNICIPALITIES:

     City of Mount Gambier (SA)

     District Council of Grant (SA)

     Naracoorte Lucindale Council (SA)

     Glenelg Shire (Vic)

 

    

    

 

 

 

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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TRADE ORDERS:

GREG MILES: MY LUCKY LIFE BEHIND THE BINOCULARS.

By Greg Miles and John Craven.

RRP: $39.95.

Wilkinson Publishing,

Level 4, 2 Collins St.,

Melbourne. Vic. 3000.

P: 03-96545446.

www.wilkinsonpublishing.com.au

 

 

              


 

 

Peleton on waterfront: Portland

Pelton climbing out of Cape Bridgewater