Like Formula One this year’s tour uses a time trial (Stage 2) to determine starting positions on a grid for the real racing and just like F1 it will be advantageous to be at the front of the grid. Grid position will be important, but that does not mean that the race can not been won from further back. Our advice is to conserve your rubber in the early part of the race and look to get in behind a fast set of wheels to conserve fuel when possible. On stage 3 we have even introduced a “Pit Stop” in case you need to fill up on some high octane water.
We are very pleased to announce that the 2015 Tour has been granted Iconic Event Status from the Shire of Augusta Margaret River. The associated grant will help us to build a better tour in 2015 and in the years beyond. This year we have deliberately created some space around the racing so that participants will get more time to enjoy all of the good things that the region has to offer. Bring your bathers, it looks like Summer is coming early this year.
Pat Shaw will head a star studded line up from the Avanti Racing Team to tackle the 2015 tour. The New Zealand registered team is currently leading the Australian National Road Series and Shaw himself sits fifth overall on the individual standings, not bad for a rider who so often puts aside his own ambitions to support team mates. Shaw has promised that Avanti will go “all out” in Margaret River and that could spell bad news for the other contenders at the front of the race. If you are heading down early for the tour you can join Pat and the rest of the team to watch the Melbourne Cup at Olio Bello on November 3rd.
“I never thought in a million years that I would be racing at 50 years old, but age is just a number.” At just 4ft 7inches Zoe Stolton is one of the easiest riders to pick out in the peloton, but what Zoe lacks in height she makes up for in courage, passion and determination. Zoe was a late starter to cycling and a serious accident in only her second race could well have ended her career before it really began, but despite this setback (and others) she has become a popular and iconic figure at PDCC earning the nickname “Heart of a Lion” as she continues to defy her age and adversity to win races and progress up through grades. In 2014 Zoe completed her first ToMR in a team with five men, but this year she is back with her own all female team the “Lakes Ladies.” Don’t expect her to just be making up numbers either as she has learnt a few tricks in her brief racing career and we expect her to be having a red hot go in any sprint finish.