A landscape like no other
NATIONAL ANZAC CENTRE, MOUNT CLARENCE, ALBANY
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5TH
Registration: 7am Start: 8:00am. Distance: 82 kms full route, 47.5km half route
The Amazing Albany Bike Ride (TAABR) is the curtain raiser participation event of the Tour of Margaret River Pro Am for 2017. The Tour is Australia’s largest road race and the only cycling pro-am in the country.
TAABR is an 82km course that directs riders to local attractions and tourist destinations. Based on the Amazing Albany Frenchman Bay locals favourite ride, the route features what is arguably the most spectacular scenic road ride in the state. Setting out from the National ANZAC Centre on the majestic Mount Clarence and proceeding around Princess Royal Drive, the full TAABR route swings riders around Frenchman Bay with out and back legs taking them to stunning scenic attractions such as Salmon Holes, The Gap, Stony Hill and the Albany Wind Farm.
Cyclists of all types, ages, backgrounds and skill levels will be encouraged to ride. A 47.5km short route has been included within the longer course to cater for riders of various levels of ability. This ride E-bikes are welcome and encouraged, and will be promoted as a great way for cycling enthusiasts to maintain their contact with ride groups. Forward and rear ride guides will chaperone, support and coach the riders who choose to ride the shorter course. The rider field will be separated into four groups according to estimated riding speed (30km/h, 28km/h, 26km/h, 24km/h). Regrouping will occur at each check point.
Last year TAABR was lead out by Dutch cycling superstar Marianne Vos and Australian cycling legend Robbie McEwen. Marianne is the most decorated professional cyclist of the modern era…in short, there is no professional cyclist more complete or accomplished than Marianne. This year Marianne is back with her entire WM3 Pro Cycling Team, including her Directeur Sportif, Jeroen Blijlevens, who is one of only a handful of cyclists to have won stages in all three Grand Tours in Europe. Marianne and her team members will ride with TAABR, working up and down the peloton, speaking with riders, offering advice and giving the occasional push to those who need it.
A pro team like no other
WM3 Pro Cycling
Joining us on The Amazing Albany Bike Ride will be Marianne Vos and her WM3 Pro Cycling Team. Marianne was with us for the 2016 ride, and those who had the privilege to ride with her have made memories to last a lifetime. There’s nothing quite like feeling the hand of a 13-times World Champion and Olympic gold medallist on your back, giving you an energy-recharging push as you crest the steep slope of Stony Hill!
Register to ride for just $90
Ticket price includes:
- Lead motoscouts and support vehicles from the Tour of Margaret Pro Am
- Refreshment stops along the route
- Experienced ride guides and “tail-end-Charlies”
- Guaranteed ride time with a WM3 pro rider
- Post-ride light lunch at Garrison Restaurant with Marianne Vos and the WM3 Pro Cycling Team
Please note riders will need a Cycling Australia Ride or Race membership or temporary CA Day License to participate.