Tour of Margaret River 2016 – Calling for Expressions of Interest

The Tour of Margaret River is an annual, multi-stage road race put on by SWCC in the iconic Margaret River region. SPR has been represented at ToMR since…… forever. You’ve seen the photos, read the race reports, heard the anecdotes from other Club riders (and they are NEVER embellished….). But have you ever thought of racing the event yourself? Well, do you:

  • Hold a current SPR membership?
  • Ride with the SPR as a member on our Club Rides IN CLUB KIT and/or race in Club Kit already?
  • Hold a Cycling Australia Race licence with SPR?
Womens Start Bunch Nannup 2016
ToMR 2015 – Women’s start stage 3, Nannup. A few minutes before SPR exploded off the front to catch the first group ahead.

 ToMR is raced over three stages and three days, 11th to 13th November 2016, in a Pro Race-like environment through the rolling undulations and challenging hills of the South West region. This ain’t no Sportif – this is racing, baby.

The 40km Team Time Trial on Stage 1 sees the teams seeded for subsequent stages by times, recorded by the fifth team rider crossing the line – tactics count, as you cannot drop (or sacrifice) your team mates.

ToMR Mens TTT Stage 1 2015
ToMR Mens 1, 2015 – Just a coupla guys. Placing top 20 overall. Nothing to see here.

Stage 2 is a tough day –  where yesterday’s seeding sees the teams graded into fields of 10 teams in each grade. Contesting 100km of hills, starting and finishing in the picturesque village of Nannup, this is one for the climbers among us.

Stage 3 doesn’t let up. 60km of road race, incorporating a few punchy Caves Road climbs to keep the heat up until sprint to the finish line.

Stage and overall prizes are up for grabs in each grade.

Lorna ToMR 2015 and some FanBoy
Lorna Henson and just some Fan Boy

The Elite women and men (including NRS teams in previous years AND our own friends, the DOME Coffee team) ride the same course, on the same day under the same race conditions as those of us a little further down the seeding list. You wanna feel Pro? You wanna LOOK Pro – this is it Ladies and Gentlemen. Take a look for yourself….

Womens SPR Racers Witchcliffe 2016
ToMR 2015 – SPR Womens Combined power equated to 1,000,000 Watts.

It’s time to start thinking about this years’ ToMR teams. SPR has a number of team places allocated by the organisers this year in the Womens and Mens categories. We are now opening expressions of interest to Club Members. The staging over different locations and point to point races requires shuttle transportation to and from start/end points. So this year we will be running a package deal only arrangement for participants, inclusive of race registration, shared bus transportation and shared accommodation in “Team Houses”.

What’s needed?

  • Respond with a comment on this blog with your full name (We don’t know all your aliases here!), or email
  • Attend the post Saturday morning ride Q&A, at Dome Westralia Plaza – Saturday 25th June, after 08:30 am.

There are some expectations of expressing interest. We’ll cover all of this at the Q&A, but the “Disclaimer” stands: as always, selections and decisions are at the discretion of the All Powerful Race Committee (aka APRC).

ToMR Mens Stage 4 finish
ToMR 2014 Mens Stage 4- Close, but no cigar.


19 thoughts on “Tour of Margaret River 2016 – Calling for Expressions of Interest”

  1. Wes Gorman – been out of race & riding action for a while but getting back into it and interested the TOMR. Will be there Sat.

  2. I’ll chuck my name on the reserve list if you struggle to make up numbers?

    I don’t really meet the second point as I only get out to club rides very infrequently but have been racing under an SPR membership for a few years now.

    1. Hi Maddog, no costings as yet. After the Sat Q&A (small turnout, due to the poor weather for the rides that morning), we are exploring a few options for accommodation and transport. We’ll have an updated post this week, and hopefully a fully fledged ToMR 2016 page up shortly as well. Can you email so I have your email address and will table you for a supporter spot. Cheers, Greg.

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