This year The Tour heads back to its original home of Cowaramup for Stage 1 and already the locals are hard at work on all the small things that make an event special. Pictured are the bases for the 2016 Group Trophies that are currently being made at the Cowaramup Men’s Shed by local craftsmen Peter Clews. The selected wood is Marri and its trademark gum veins combined with hand carving will ensure that each trophy is a unique work of art. In the immortal words of Darryl Kerrigan “That’s going straight to the pool room”
Satalyst General Classification: Chris Hamilton (Avanti Racing)
Total Travel WA Sprint Jersey: Theo Yates (Navitas-Satalyst Racing)
John Smith Under 19 Jersey (sponsored by Ernst and Young): Michael Storer (Otoc Vault)
Margaret River Chocolate Factory KOM Jersey: Matthew Clarke (Avanti Racing)
Seight Pink Jersey: Andrea Coleman (Ascende Racing)
Masters 1: Luke Ellis (Dome Coffee Cycling Team)
Masters 2: James Ball (Dome Coffee Cycling Team)
Masters 3: Jon Gregg (Unicorn Specialized 2)
Masters 4: Sam Smith (Unicorn Specialized 2)
Masters 5: Thomas O’Neill (Squadra RTR 2)
Masters 6: Matt Davis (Boans Ride Team)
Masters 7+: Michael Morton (SWCC Racing Masters)
Satalyst General Classification: Sarah Duffield (Niche Living)
Total Travel WA Sprint Jersey: Erin Kinnealy (Sub Six)
Margaret River Chocolate Factory KOM Jersey: Sarah Duffield (Niche Living)
Masters 1: Sarah Duffield (Niche Living)
Masters 2: Elvira Stromback (Cycle 4 Life)
Masters 3: Clare Brockett (Sub Six)
Masters 4: Nathalie Laurendeau (Cycle 4 Life)
Masters 5: Liz Leyden (Niche Living)
Masters 6: Gloria Stewart (Lakes Ladies)
“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.
We would like to welcome Davide Marchegiano and the Punto Tours Italian Guides Team back to the 2015 tour. This team is full of great riders, but more importantly they know how to have fun off the bike as well. This team has will have a number of contenders for Green Jerseys and look for climbing specialist Andrea Nicosia to feature in the King of the Mountains contest.
Thanks to the support of City of Busselton we are now starting this stage from the spectacular coastal hamlet of Yallingup. This alteration to the start location makes the stage significantly more challenging with the incorporation of two categorised climbs, including the potentially decisive climb of Wildwood Road.
We have locked and loaded the stages for 2015 and it’s fair to say that this year’s tour will be very different to 2014. There is definitely more for the climbers and overall we think that we have met the challenge of constructing a more “epic” tour while at the same time managing to make the tour even safer. Perhaps the thing that stands out most about this year’s race is the breathtaking scenery we have been able to incorporate into the stages. The pictured view is from the early kilometres of Stage 2 that commences with a 420 metre ascent from the floor of the Blackwood Valley.
We are gathering the best people we can to help us make the largest sporting event in Western Australia. If you have a passion for Cycling, Media, Logistics, Photography or even Motorbikes, we could have a place for you on one of our crew or volunteer teams. If you would like to be a part of the tour please send a brief resumé outlining your experience and your particular field of interest or expertise to firstname.lastname@example.org Applicants from the Eastern States will be considered in addition to those from Western Australia.
The opening and closing ceremonies of the 2015 tour will be held at the most iconic of Margaret River venues in Leeuwin Estate. Expect the best of all the things that Leeuwin is famous for …. Art, Food, Wine, Music, and all with the addition of a Cycling Trade Expo. Make sure that you have a clean bike and matching socks for the team presentations and ensuing photographs.