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Tigerland takes shape

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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.

Welcome to our new Race Director

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Very few Australians have had more experience on the World Tour than Scott Sunderland. As a Pro Rider, Director Sportif and Race Director, Scott has seen it all, including masterminding victories in The Tour de France, Pari-Roubaix and helping to establish Team Sky. In 2015 Scott came to ToMR in the capacity of an observer and could quite often be seen riding his bike leisurely around stages in the company of Matt Keenan. In 2016 Scott will return to Margaret River as Race Director.This is a huge step forward for the Tour and for everyone on our crew it represents an opportunity to learn from one of the best in the business.

Our Dream Team

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Generally regarded as one of the best Strategists in the state we are proud to announce the signing of Rebecca Cotton to our team to help implement and develop the Tour. With the addition of Rebecca’s experience and expertise we are now actively looking at the challenges and logistics around creating an event that embraces more of Regional WA and potentially has a position on the Women’s World Tour calendar. To all of the teams who have traditionally participated in the Tour we would like to again express our sincere thanks for your support and we would like to invite you to come with us on the journey we are undertaking…..even if we are not quite sure of the final destination!

Learning to Fly

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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

Cycle City

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Tour week this year kicks off in Albany with the Albany Cycling Club hosting a Team Time Trial on Nov 5th and The Amazing Albany Bike Ride (TAABR) on the following day. Join us and some special guests in Albany and in the week that follows as we take the long (and leisurely) way to Margaret River where the race itself will begin on Nov 11th. Sincere thanks to the City of Albany for it’s support of TAABR and Breakaway WA, we can’t wait to visit Cycle City!  Register to ride TAABR or Breakaway WA.

Carving a piece of tour history

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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”

Takeoffs and landings at Leeuwin.

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Flights into Leeuwin Estate will be diverted for a day in November when their airfield plays host to the final stage of the tour. Riders will leave from the airfield and complete a 60km loop before returning for a series of spectacular sprint finishes that will likely determine the overall outcomes of the tour.  Points from the stage will be determined by the first rider to cross the line from each team only, so make sure that you have a sprinter in your line up. Our sincere thanks to everyone at Leeuwin Estate for again hosting the tour and for allowing us to utilise one of the most iconic venues in Margaret River.  Photo: Tim Bardsley Smith – 2015 ToMR

The long way to Margaret River

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If you can get the whole week off from work we have daily rides happening across the Great Southern and South West in the lead up to this year’s tour. The week commences with the Amazing Albany Bike Ride on November 6th. All rides will start and finish in the same location each day with routes specially designed to showcase the hidden and iconic attractions of each region.  Our crew supporting these rides will be based at the Ocean Beach Holiday Park in Denmark, (Nov 6 and 7th) before transferring to Fonty’s Pool (pictured) near Manjimup, (Nov 8 and 9th.) Both locations have chalets and great facilities for caravanning and camping, throw in a couple of well known cycling identities and you have the formula for a memorable week before the tour even begins.

2015 Open Jersey Winners

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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)