After a sensational start to 2014 Julia Kalotas (pictured third from left) unfortunately suffered a fall in the Tour of Thailand and fractured her clavicle resulting in surgery and a long lay off from the sport. Now six months later Julia is looking forward to getting back into the race scene, starting with a defence of the Tour of Margaret River title that she won in 2014. Having had a solid build up and preparation towards the coming criterium season Julia should be right on form when the tour kicks off in less than two weeks time. This year Julia will be supported by the newly formed Riders Choice Women’s Cycling Team and with the imparted wisdom of coach Gary Suckling and the support of a dedicated team, we see Julia as a realistic proposition to win consecutive Pink jerseys.
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.
2014 will see Arbitrage Racing lining up for the first time in the Tour of Margaret River. After a strong NRS Season so far including several stage wins and consistent placing in Top 10 General Classifications, both the Men’s and Women’s teams are looking forward to a great 5 stage Tour in the South West this November. One of the Women’s Teams strongest riders Rebecca Mackey has this year gone from strength to strength. A silver medal at the Australian Road cycling championships Criterium set Rebecca on her way to a stellar 2014. Outright winner of the Goldfields Cyclassic in Kalgoorlie and Women’s winner of the recent Hell of the North race at Lancelin have shown Rebecca’s win at The international Tour of Bintan in 2013 was certainly no fluke. Taking home the Pink Jersey from ToMR would certainly cap a great year for Rebecca. Photo: Steve lloyd
The Shire of Augusta Margaret River recently granted ToMR Iconic Event status. As a result of this new status the tour now sits alongside other major events like the Leeuwin Concert, Cape to Cape and The Gourmet Escape as showcase events for the Margaret River Region. The agreement will result in more funding and support for the tour, but perhaps more importantly it is recognition of the contribution that Cyclo Tourism is now making to the region’s economy.
Most analysts would predict the NRS registered teams to dominate group one of the tour, however a few “guest riders” in non NRS teams will certainly have the potential to shake up the contest for the Green Jersey. Take the rider in this picture, Luke Durbridge of Orica GreenEdge for example who will guest ride for the Total Travel WA Team. This team made the elite category in 2013 and it’s hard to see them getting any slower in 2014 with a National Road and Individual Time Trial Champion in the mix. .
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Star Orica-GreenEdge rider Simon Clarke will ride the tour as a guest for the Punto Tours Italian Guides team. “We are very much looking forward to having Simon join our team at the Tour of Margaret River. Andrea, recent winner of the Haute Route Pyrenees can’t wait to have Simon help him compete at this unique event!” said team boss Vince Ulgiati. Punto Tours are specialists in European Cycling Holidays, visit Punto Tours to learn more about their tours.
Punto Tours will be the official sponsor of this year’s Blue Over 50’s jersey. We expect this jersey will be hotly contested with several teams structuring their entire campaigns around it’s procurement. Punto will have a marquee in the tour village where visitors can learn more about their tours and meet the Stars who will be riding for their ToMR team. By visiting the Punto Marquee you will also have the chance to win a place on one of their amazing cycling adventures. We suggest heading over to their website now and identifying your favourite tour, you just never know your luck. puntotours.com
It would have to be the worst kept secret in road cycling, but three times winner of the sprinter’s jersey at the Tour de France, Robbie McEwen will make a return to racing in November’s tour. McEwen will join ex national road champion Peter McDonald and national under 23 criterium champion Bradley Linfield in a powerful SWCC Racing team. Can Robbie win one more green jersey? We can’t say for sure, but we suspect he will have plenty of supporters on the finish line.
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!
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.