One of the most dynamic UCI Continental Teams in Asian, the Terengganu Cycling Team will be heading down under to compete in the 2015 ToMR. TCT is based in the beautiful and resource rich Terengganu region of Malaysia and since its establishment in 2011 the team has become accustomed to successful results racing in Asian Tours. We don’t have a final team selection yet, but with riders of the calibre of Annuar Mannan, Mohd Nor Umardi Rosdi, Maarten de Jonge and the Salleh brothers in the squad, TCT will have the firepower to have a real impact in November.
After the recent controversy at the Giro d’Italia surrounding the use of motorhomes and the exchanging of wheels between riders from differing teams, we thought that it would be prudent to write to the UCI and seek clarification on both issues in relation to our tour. Although it could be open to other interpretations, we are taking the ensuing response of “Where the hell is Margaret River?” as confirmation that it will be ok to sleep in a motorhome at ToMR and that it will be acceptable to lend a wheel to a mate without the risk of incurring a time penalty.
Thanks to Ash and the team at Seight Custom Cycling Wear for designing and producing our 2015 Satalyst Leader’s Jerseys. It is important to note that in addition to awarding these jerseys to our GC Leaders at the end of each stage we will also be awarding Masters versions (pictured M1) at the conclusion of the tour. If you are older than thirty you may like to rethink your training program?
M1 and MW1 30-34 years
M2 and MW2 35-39
M3 and MW3 40-44
M4 and MW4 45-49
M5 and MW5 50-54
M6 and MW6 55-59
M7+ and MW7+ 60 plus
In March of 2015 Lee Scurlock set a new distance benchmark for West Australian riders of 695.6km in cold and wet conditions to win the Delirium 24 Hour Road Race. An absolute Superstar of endurance racing, Scurlock will lead an impressive Fat Duck Cycles team at the 2015 tour as they shoot for a top ten position on GC or better. Scurlock himself may not quite have the bike speed to win the tour, but one thing is for sure; he will get to the final kilometres of each stage with plenty left in the tank. Photo: Georgie Riley – Vineyards 101.
On paper Stage 1 looks little more than a prologue at just 7.5km, however when you add in some serious gradients this stage will be a lot more challenging than it appears on paper. To add to the intrigue each team will commence the stage together, however every rider will be given their own individual time at the finish line. It raises the question; Will your team work together or will you race each other to the top to establish your GC rider for the rest of the tour? This ascent will not decide the tour, but with a number of categorised climbs to come in the following days it will show us who the real contenders are.