He is the Captain of the Australian Team that will take on the world this Sunday and he could be the captain of your team in the Tour of Margaret River. After his stellar performance in the Vuelta and leading the Australian Road Team at the World Champs, Simon Clarke will be heading to Western Australia to participate in TOMR . Simon will be one of the featured riders in One More Ride’s TOMR campaign, along with OMR Co-Founder and retired professional Andrea Nicosia. The great news for punters is that if you don’t already have a team, OMR is offering the chance to race in a team with Simon! Like all of the pro riders in the Tour, Simon will be able to scale his output to match his team. We recommend leaving him on the front for slightly longer stints in the Team Time Trial.
The reigning champion of the Giro Rosa and La Course by Tour de France, Annemiek van Vleuten, will return to Western Australia in early November to race in the the 2018 Tour of Margaret River for Team EY. For most of the year Annemiek has been battling fellow countrywoman (and close friend) Marianne Vos to be the UCI Number 1 ranked rider of the World Tour. Her stunning victory at La Course was perhaps the most exciting race we have seen so far this year across both the men’s and women’s pelotons (watch the video if you would like to argue.) One of the finest female cyclists of all time, Annemiek has a happy go lucky and approachable personality that made her one of the most popular pro riders amongst the amateur riders competing in the 2017 TOMR. Stay tuned for a personal message from Annemiek as she looks to help us build the number of female riders participating in the Tour. EY is a major sponsor to the Tour and a company dedicated to providing equal opportunities for women, we think a perfect fit all round.
Photo: Beau Le Fort, 2018 Giro Rosa
The universe may have conspired to keep him away in 2017, but it’s official…Jens Voigt will be at the 2018 Tour of Margaret River!
Famous for being one of world’s most tenacious breakaway specialists, and admired for being one of cycling’s most genuine and amiable personalities, we believe Jens is the perfect fit for the Tour. We can’t wait for you to meet him!
Your first chance is at the Medio Fondo with Jens on Thursday November 8th. All teams registered in the 2018 Tour receive automatic entry to this pre-race ride. This is your ideal opportunity to meet and ride with Jens away from the pressure of racing, which starts the next day.
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The first stage of the 2018 Tour will will depart from the picturesque township of Balingup and wind its way along the river and through the serene Blackwood Valley to eventually deliver riders to the Event Village in Nannup. This 42km Stage will be conducted as a team time trial with results used to classify teams into racing divisions for the rest of The Tour. The road is constantly undulating, riders who participated in the 2017 Tour will remember this route from Stage Four. The overall 2018 Tour has race logistics similar to those of 2017 with a total of two transfers required. For teams that can not muster the required support crew to coordinate transfers we will be offering a return shuttle service that can be booked online as you register.
Photo: Beardy McBeard 2017 TOMR
It’s one thing to ride alongside of the world’s best riders…it’s quite another when you are able to have that image of yourself captured by one of the world’s best cycling photographers. This year Marcus Enno, aka Beardy McBeard will be joining us at the Tour to help us capture the best possible images of the race. Take a few moments to amble through Beardy’s images of this year’s Tour de France and Giro and you will see why we are so excited to have him as a part of our media team in 2017.
“Beardy’s Caravan captures the unique spirit of one of cycling’s true characters. Part adventurer, part cycling photographer, and part enigma, there is only one Beardy McBeard – and only one Beardy’s Caravan.”
Cove Legal Racing has selected Australian cricketing superstar Brad Hogg in their 2017 TOMR Team. With a mix of exuberance and extraordinary skills “Hoggy” has spun his way into Australian cricketing folklore by his virtue of being able to take wickets at crucial points in big games. How that athleticism and energy translates to cycling will be of great interest in November, we can almost hear the chants of “Hoggy, Hoggy” on The Mur de Hay. Brad was recently announced as an Ambassador for Lifeline and Cove Legal has supported Youth Focus for many years, so the CLR team will be also be riding this year to help increase awareness of mental health issues.
It’s probably the worst kept secret in cycling, but Marianne Vos is returning to the 2017 Tour of Margaret River with the whole of her WM3 Pro Cycling Team (previously Rabo-Liv). All eleven riders along with four staff will be heading down under in early November for a training camp and to participate in VOS MAX and TOMR. In addition to Marianne, the team includes several riders who are champions in their own right, Riejanne Markus, Anouska Koster, Lauren Kitchen, Kasia Niewiadoma and star of the 2016 Tour, Moniek Tenniglo. “We are hoping to establish The Margaret River Region as a training base for Pro Teams in the European Winter, so having one of the highest-profile women’s teams in the world coming to the region in 2017 is a huge step for us towards that objective,” said Event Director Rebecca Cotton. “Marianne is so much more than a great bike rider, her commitment to the development of cycling in general and women’s cycling specifically is the primary reason we have been able to secure the team for the 2017 Tour.”
Stay tuned for details of our VOS MAX Academy that will give young riders the opportunity to ride with the team in the lead-up to the Tour. Photo: Paul Foulonneau – GripGrab Media Crew
This year we are moving our headquarters and race village to Nannup for a special version of the Tour that we are calling “Tigerland”. The routes for the 2017 Tour will feature some of our absolute favourite roads in WA, all specially selected to be challenging, scenic and safe. The Tour begins with two days of riding commencing on Wednesday November 8th. These days will be an opportunity for participants to mix with our professional riders in a relaxed atmosphere and take in the scenery that is often missed in the hectic environment of racing. The three racing stages of the Tour will commence on Friday November 10th with a Team Time Trial that will classify teams into race groups for the rest of the Tour.
Numerous accommodation options exist in and around Nannup and we will be establishing our own camping village within the town. The townships of Margaret River, Busselton, Bridgetown, Balingup and Manjimup are all located within 40 minutes drive of race start lines and all have good options for accommodation as well. Book early though, as we anticipate the whole region being sold out for the duration of the Tour. To help with planning, teams still have the option to secure a place in the 2017 Tour via the payment of a $200 deposit. Registrations will officially open on June 1st 2017 and close on July 1st 2017, or when the race is full. Please follow this link to secure a place for your team in the 2017 Tour.
Mobius Future Racing is set to kick start their campaign for the Road National Championships in January by sending a strong team to Western Australia to compete in the 2016 Satalyst Tour of the Margaret River.
The team is only in their second year of racing at a national level, however they are quickly showing themselves as one of the top ranked National Road Series teams and as a hub for young riders to develop. Based in NSW, Sydney, General Manager Tom Petty was looking forward to getting back to WA.
With two sponsors in WA, MFR are looking forward to spending some time riding and dining, but Tom made it clear they were there to race and start the process for a strong Summer. “It’ll be our first time heading down to the Margaret River, I think it’s a great place for a bike race, we’re excited about the stages and we’ll be doing our best to make it hard, but we’re also looking forward to spending some time in the region and sampling what’s on offer.”
“We’re bringing a good all-round team, we want to send a message early in the team time trial, it’s not often you get to race this discipline, and it’s a really good way of working a few things out. Sam Burston will lead the guys, he’s had a strong NRS season already, and spent some time this season in France showing what he’s capable of, he’s got the attitude and ability to step up to the pro ranks in 2017, but for now we’re just focusing on one race at a time. Alex Nazarewicz (picture) will be another rider that should be capable of impacting the sprint finishes of the Tour.”
MFR’s two WA based partners, Geraldton Bikes and 2V Net will also be coming down for the event. Geraldton Bikes owner Leighton Thomas is hoping cycling can be a big part of regional WA’s future “With the cycling sphere in Australia taking a lot of criticism of late about the number of race days, it’s great to see some positive action, it would be great to see more of the top teams coming here to race and build this event, I’m not sure many teams realise the positive influence they have on the local kids and families watching. WA is a great place and we want to keep spreading the importance of getting kids active and back outdoors, exploring on their bikes”
For West Australian teams looking to win group one of the Tour, it could be a case of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Photo courtesy of The Daily Tour