Pro-Am Stage Race, November 6-9 2014

Assemble your team and get ready to live the dream

The Tour of Margaret River cuts it's way through one of the most renown and scenic areas of Australia. The unique Pro-Am format means that amateur cyclists and their teams can compete with and against some the very best riders and teams in the country.

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Welcome to our new VWC

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Volunteering for a four day tour can be a particularly challenging experience but hopefully somewhat less demanding for our Vollies this year with the appointment of Melissa Mumme from the Collie Cycle Club as our Volunteer Welfare Co-ordinator. Melissa will be responsible for health, safety, communication, knowledge and scheduling of people and resources during the Tour. Please join us in welcoming Melissa to our team and in expressing our sincerest gratitude to the CCC for their continued and integral support of the tour.

 

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Margaret River’s finest

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It has taken a few years, but finally Margaret River has it’s very own team to cheer for in November. Team Arimia has assembled the best riders from Margaret River into one well organised team. This team has a powerful line up of riders capable of winning stages, but will likely focus on supporting the GC ambitions of star recruit Luke-James Sleegers. Internal sources tell us than we can also expect an Arimia Women’s team on the road in the near future.

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Sign of things to come

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It has generally been regarded as one of the most picturesque roads in WA and with the recent sealing of Mowen Road it is now only 40 minutes drive from Margaret River. At a distance of 85km and with constant undulations, Nannup to Balingup return has to come under serious consideration as we begin to map stages for an expanded tour in 2015. A stage for the climbers? Not necessarily, but then we wouldn’t be expecting the entire peloton to arrive back in Nannup together either.

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Your chance to ride a stage of the tour

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If your team missed out on securing a place in the 2014 ToMR you still have the chance to ride two of the same stages as the tour on the same day by entering the Tour de Gracetown.  TdG is one of two organised rides happening around the tour, the other is SWCC’s “intimate” Wednesday Ride with the Pros from the Margaret River Chocolate Factory.  Check out both of these events if you can’t stand the thought of coming to the tour and not bringing your bike!

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WA comes together

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All across Western Australia in the early hours of the morning teams are out racking up the kilometres in preparation for ToMR. When the tour kicks off in November almost every region of the state will be represented on the start line. We welcome back teams from Albany (pictured), Kalgoorlie, Denmark, Manjimup and Esperance and we welcome new teams from Karratha, Joondalup, Champion Lakes and from Broome. Regional team lists are filled with ex champions, potential new champions and overly large personalities, all of whom will help contribute to a great tour. Photo: Tony Lendrum

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Arimia to host Legend’s Night

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As the 2014 Tour kicks off there will be the opportuntiy to wine and dine with some of the stars of Australian cycling in the intimate environment of Arimia Estate.  Head Chef, Evan Hayter has designed a menu that abounds in tasty treats and features some of the regions best wines and produce.  Book your place by clicking on the following link: Arimia Legend’s Night Numbers are strictly limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. A full list of guests will be released closer to the date.

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The cows are back

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One of the most prestigious prizes in Australian cycling?  Well maybe not, but the two questions we are asked most are; “Where do you get the cows from?” and “Will you be having the cows again in 2014?”  In short the answer is yes! For last year’s champion Theo Yates the 2014 tour will be an opportunity to add some more heifers to his little herd.

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Tiny Tour

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One of the great ideas “borrowed” from the Tour Down Under. Okay, so it’s just a few bales of hay and a couple of speed humps, but if you are only five and you have just taken the trainer wheels off your bike the Tiny Tour can be every bit a nerve racking as the tour itself. Dad’s about to finish his race? Who cares we are having too much fun on the Tiny Tour!

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Power to Burn

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Which rider in the peloton is putting out the most power? This year with the help of Verve Cycling and their Infocrank we will be holding a Wattage Competition in the tour village to see who is actually dropping the biggest “Watt bombs”. This competition should be a great spectacle as well as creating the opportunity for participating riders to win some really great prizes.

Spectate and Participate

The tour is designed with spectators in mind and with six sprint finishes per stage there is sure to be plenty of action. If you are not racing but would like to be a part of the tour why not sign up for SWCC's Ride with the Pros or book a place at the Legends Night at Arimia? Just make sure that you have your accommodation booked, it's going to be a huge week in Margaret River!

Pro-register

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be in the lead out train for Robbie McEwen as he powers to a stage victory in the Tour de France? Or did you ever wonder what it would be like in the middle of ORICA-GreenEDGE pace-line as they try to win a time trial in the Giro d'italia? The TOMR Pro-register provides you with a unique opportunity to get a real insight into what it is like to ride in a professional team.

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