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July 2015

Shannon’s Story

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Shannon Miraglia always led an active lifestyle until a back injury prevented her from exercising for 18 months. As a part of her recovery program and in an effort to get back to her “optimum weight” Shannon took up cycling with the Perth Integrated Health Cycling Group. Six months later, (and 14kg lost) Shannon participated in the Niche Living Women’s Training Program conducted by Hall Cycle Training and soon after completing the program decided to step up from participation events to racing. Shannon will come to the 2015 Tour as a part of the Next Vision Women’s Cycling Team, by her own admission she may not be a contender at the tour, but that’s not the point.

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Durbridge set to target Stage 1

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He thrilled us at the Giro d’Italia and he is currently stomping up the mountains of the Tour de France, but will Luke Durbridge be able to set the fastest time up Hill View Road in Stage 1 of ToMR?  It will be no easy task to win this stage though as several of the professional riders in the tour will view the 7.4km Time Trial as their chance to secure a ToMR Medal, (and a cow.) Luke will also be up against a host of local talent who will be looking to impress and put themselves into GC contention for the rest of the tour. A big thank you to Nicole, Andrew and Roger from Total Travel WA for bringing Luke to Margaret River and for stepping up to become major sponsors of the event.

Important change to Stage 4

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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.

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ACJ brings ART to up the ante

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Andrew Christie-Johnston is one of the most respected people in Australian Cycling and he is bringing the Avanti Racing Team across to WA to compete in this year’s Satalyst Tour of Maargaret River. Originally based in Tasmania the team is now officially registered as a UCI Continental Team from New Zealand. With names like Patrick Bevan, Neil Van der Ploeg, Joseph Cooper, Brenton Jones and current World Under 23 Time Trial Champion Campbell Falckmore in the squad we can expect them to have a very strong team at ToMR. After returning to some good form at the recent Tour of Korea, many locals will be hoping that West Australian sprinter AJ Giacoppo will also be in the final team and adding to his stage wins from the 2013 tour. Image: Battle on the Border


Merging Powers

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The OTOC Vault Racing Team arrived on the NRS scene this year in a way reminiscent of the Lothbroks going on a family holiday to the County of Wessex, pulling off a stunning victory at the Tour de Perth against quality opposition. Their recent merger with the GDT Flanders Team brings together master tacticians Brad Hall and Gordon Hindley in a formidable combination. With high calibre riders like Stephen Hall and Jai Hindley likely to return to Australia for the tour and the prodigious young talents of Michael Storer and Craig Wiggins at their disposal, this team will be looking to take home both the GC and Young Riders Jersey from Margaret River. Photo Credit: Tony Lendrum, Tom Lowry Memorial