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.
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.
The picturesque township of Balingup is the latest South West town to be incorporated into the 2015 tour. With its numerous Cafes and Galleries it will be the perfect place for spectators to sit back and watch as the tour makes its way into town. It will also be a great place to encourage your favourite riders who will have completed five categorised climbs before their arrival! Balingup is at its best in the Spring and when you combine its best with The Tour, you have the formula for a perfect day out.
One of the most prestigious prizes in Australian cycling? Well maybe not, but the two questions we are asked most are; “Where do you get the cows from?” and “Will you be having the cows again in 2014?” In short the answer is yes! For last year’s champion Theo Yates the 2014 tour will be an opportunity to add some more heifers to his little herd.
For teams travelling from interstate and overseas for TOMR we recommend the services of our official travel partner Total Travel WA. These guys know the intricacies of cyclo tourism and they know how to the stress out of your next cycling holiday. Who will take home the Total Travel WA Sprinters Jersey in 2014? We think that it will take some wrangling from last years winner Theo Yates.