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WAM-backed global road race gives back to the Gong

WAM-backed global road race gives back to the Gong

WAM founder Geoff Wilson and Wollongong 2022 chair Dean Dalla Valle. UCI Road World Championships will come to Wollongong (known by locals as ‘the Gong’)…

Tuesday, Apr 26

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WAM founder Geoff Wilson and Wollongong 2022 chair Dean Dalla Valle. UCI Road World Championships will come to Wollongong (known by locals as ‘the Gong’) for a week from September 18, showcasing the South Coast’s beautiful coastal and mountain scenery, and putting the city on the map for a global audience of 300 million plus TV viewers.

The event – 11 races over eight days – will involve more than 1000 cyclists from 70 countries and include the Women Elite Road Race at 164.3 kilometres and the Men Elite Road Race at 266.9kms on the final weekend.

The route through Wollongong and the surrounding areas will include loops of picturesque Mt Keira.

It is estimated the event will be worth $95 million to the local economy, with around 300,000 spectators, and a global TV audience of 300 million viewers.

WAM will join as the foundation partner and will join with the local organising committee. The sponsorship is made by the investment manager, not the retail investors for whom he manages money.

“This is a significant event from an Australian context, a global cycling event that’s going to be held in Wollongong. This was an opportunity to be involved,” Mr Wilson said.

Former BHP Billiton executive and ex-Pacific National chief executive Dean Dalla Valle is Wollongong 2022’s chairman.“To be tied up to something so large and international, I think, will be an opportunity for WAM to showcase the event to their clients as well,” Mr Dalla Valle said.“I imagine many of their clients would be cyclists, […]

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