Illawarra Junior Tour Report – Steve Dole

OK folks, that’s it! Run and done. Thank you for everyone who travelled to take part in the tour. We believe it was very successful weekend for our first time. A very big thanks to all our members and friends who rocked up over the weekend to help set up and pack up. Big thank you to the organising committee for getting it done in a such a short time frame, you all rock!
A big shout out to all our sponsors, without you we can’t do it. special thanks to Mike from Sturmans was not only the naming sponsor but was there all day today helping set up, pack up and present prizes. Crowy McStelf thanks mate for the jerseys and being there supporting the crew above and beyond. Catt and Jamie from Skin grows back making the trip up the coast today was much appreciated. All the rest of the sponsors a big thumbs up!
Congratulations to all the prize winners, position getters and competitors, you all rode amazingly and you all conducted yourselves like pro’s.
If there is any feed back on ways you think we could improve, well you all know Simon Britten and Steve Dole, let them know.

Race Report

2017 Sturmans Illawarra Junior Tour Report:
Fine, sunny and breezy conditions greeted the 175 riders at Marshall Mount on Saturday morning. With everything set up and ready to go the organisers were able to finally take a breath and let it all happen. Our first rider was Gabriel Jakobson in the U9 boys. Gabriel was able to get 2nd in the tt and the crit which secured him a fantastic 2nd place on GC, which he totally owns with his euro pro sunnys.
Our next rider Curtis Trkulja in the U13 boys rode a great tt to get third. He then managed to be in the breakaway in the road race and as the 3 man break headed for home Curtis was tailed off and came in a well deserved 3rd. He backed up again in the crit for 4th and managed 3rd on GC.
Things really hotted up in the U15 women with 3 Illawarra riders in the talent riddled field. Amelia Trkulja rode a great TT for 3rd and then the road race happened. On the climb to the first QOM Amelia and 2 other riders burst clear of the group including one who many would rate the best climber in the country. As they settled in and headed on to the second QOM many thought it was a forgone conclusion, but Amelia was having none of it, she powered to the second QOM and secured that jersey. They soon had the third rider in troubled and Amelia sprinted home for 2nd in her most outstanding race to date. Back in the pack Sarah and Emily eventually found each other and worked their way to a very respectable top 10 finish. After all finishing mid pack in the crit Amelia secured 2nd on GC, Sarah 8th and Emily 9th.
In the U15 boys Ryan and Tane in their first year battled on against the big boys and kept their position in all races around the 5th and 6th mark. Ryan set his sites on the young riders jersey which he was able to secure by the end of the tour.
In the U17 Women Shari and Tahlia knew they had to be on point with with talented riders from Vic and the ACT coming to town. In the TT Tahlia was 3rd and picked up the young riders jersey which she would hold for the tour. Shari rode to 5th and ensured our girls were the only NSW riders in the top 5 after the TT. In the road race it was a case of when not if the attack come and when it did it was devastating as the interstate riders and Tahlia dropped the field at the first QOM, which Tahlia got the points for. As they rounded for a second lap 1 rider attacked and 1 blew up leaving Tahlia to chase. She caught the break right on the QOM and took the points again. They were soon joined by the 3rd girl and they worked away to the third QOM which Tahlia again got and secured the jersey. They soon dropped the third rider again and Tahlia got 2nd in the race. Shari battled hard and finished in the top 10. In the crit Tahlia was 3rd in the bunch kick and secured 2nd place on GC with Shari and Crit only rider Jacinta Cliff in the top 10.
In the U17 Men Luke and Sam Battled hard all tour and both ended up in the top 10 on GC. The real story out of the U17 men is the KOM. With 4 times over the KOM point it was a matter of accumulation and that’s what Sam did. In the first 2 he gathered some points and then in the 3rd it happened, Sam got the max points and he knew he was in with a shot at the jersey. On the last KOM he was able to hold of the main rider and secure the jersey and the smile on his face when he crossed the line will be there for a week.

Closest finish we have ever seen. (17’s Crit for 1st place) The timing system gave the same time!(furthest wheel got the win)