The new $100 million Bend Motorsport Park will see competitive action for the first time this weekend, hosting three major cycling events and adding to the excitement of the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under.

Revolve 24 will see hundreds of amateur riders participate in 24, 12 and 6-hour endurance relays starting on Saturday and continuing until Sunday afternoon.

This is the first time this international endurance cycling event has been staged in Australia.

Visitors to the Bend will also be able to watch the start of Stage 3 of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under on Saturday morning with the elite field of female cyclists riding two laps of the new motor racing circuit before heading off to Hahndorf.

Cycling South Australia’s Elite Criterium Championships, featuring 200 local male, female and junior riders will also be included as part of The Bend’s weekend of cycling action.

Background

The State Government is proud to support the $100 million Motorsport Park development at Tailem Bend.

Other events scheduled for the new racing complex this year include a round of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship in August and the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship in April.

The new development is expected to pump hundreds of millions of dollars into South Australia’s record $6.3 billion visitor economy.

For more information about Revolve 24 and the schedule of events visit www.revolve24.com.

Quotes attributable to Tourism Minister Leon Bignell

As major supporters of the Bend, the State Government is eager to see the new motorsport track in action as part of the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under.

Every year we aim to make the event bigger and better, so it’s fantastic to add an international endurance event like Revolve 24 to the Festival of Cycling program.

This is a brilliant opportunity to showcase both the Santos Tour Down Under and the Bend to a global audience, as professional and amateur cyclists take to the track for the first time.

The facilities at the Bend are world-class and I want to congratulate Dr Sam Shahin and the Peregrine Corporation for all their hard work on this phenomenal project.

We want to see a million spectators out and about at Santos Tour Down Under events this year and I hope many of them will head down to Tailem Bend on Saturday for this great day of cycling action.