Peloton toughs it out in tour

TAMWORTH Cycle Club held its eighth Two Day Tour for junior riders.

Mitchell Wright from Illawarra and Julian Raubenheimer from North Sydney lead out the U17s on their 53km stage.  Photo: Christopher Bath 260714CBA01

Mitchell Wright from Illawarra and Julian Raubenheimer from North Sydney lead out the U17s on their 53km stage. Photo: Christopher Bath 260714CBA01

The quiet roads of Loomberah proved the perfect spot as the tour is ridden in four stages, three road stages and an individual time trial.

The oldest group, the U17s longest ride is 53 km, which they completed well under an hour and a half.

The U11s have been added this year in the hope of boosting numbers, although Tamworth Cycle Club president John Saunders said they were a bit low this year.

“There are 87 riders this year with the U11s,” Saunders said.

The terrible conditions on Saturday morning didn’t stop the peloton cruising the roads.

It did stop one rider who was flown to Sydney after a crash broke his hip and did some damage to his face near the clay target club.

“It is part of the sport sometimes,” Saunders said.

Tamworth had seven entries with the Saunders sisters favourites in their ages.

It was the first tour for Emily and Luke Deasey, as well as Fletcher Partlin.

“They only started racing this year,” Saunders said.

“It is good to have some locals in their first tour here.” 

Although it is in it’s eighth year, this is the first time that the Two Day Tour was used as a selection event.

“Winners of the final stage in each age group get automatic selection in the NSW Road Team,” Saunders said.

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