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De Bortoli Tour

3 stages in 2 days, July 17th - July 18th


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What is the De Bortoli Tour?

The De Bortoli Tour is relatively young - this is the second running. It is a 2 day, 3 stage race based in the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia - "wine country", hence the major sponsorship by De Bortoli wines.

Given the time of year, this will be a tough race - 171km of racing in just 2 days. The temperature in the Yarra Valley in July is in the  13'C to 17'C range and if it is windy, the wind is usually strong and cold........ 

The Tour takes in 2 major climbs - on Stages 1 and 3 (although the up and down profile of Stage 2's out-and-back time trial should not be underestimated). 

The women's race is run in conjunction with the 4 men's races. Distinct bunches will set off at 10 minute intervals onto the road for the massed-start stages. 

Looking at the field for the women's race, there should be a good battle for overall honours between last year's winner, Kathy Watt and riders who were strong in the local tours over the summer Jenny Macpherson and Zoe Southwell. The organisers also look to Christine Foster to do well on the climbs. 

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Race Programme

Stage 1  Saturday 17 July, 0:900hrs


Yarra Glen Road Stage - 72km

Start at Yarra Glen, out towards Healesville. Climb up the Chum Creek Rd to Toolangi. A U-turn at the top, down towards Healesville. Turn right at the Yarra Glen-Healesville Rd. Right at the Old Healesville Rd towards Melba Hwy. Left at Melba Hwy towards Yarra Glen. Left into Armstrong Gv, follow the road back to the Start/Finish area past the Yarra Glen Racecourse.


Stage 2   Saturday 27 July 2004,  afternoon


Individual Time Trial - 17.5km


The stage starts at the corner of Steels Creek Rd and Symonds St, and runs out for 8.5km, turns around and returns to the start.

Individual rider start times will be available prior to the start of Stage 1 (Yarra Glen) at De Bortoli winery

Stage 3    Sunday 18 July 2004, 10:00hrs


Pantons Gap Loop - 82km (2laps)

Start: Pine Avenue on the Woori Yallock-Healesville Rd. The race is under control from Healsville to Pine Avenue on the Woori Yallock-Healesville Rd. Left into Dalry Rd. Left into Don Rd. Climb up to Panton Gap before descending into Badger Creek. Left into Badger Creek Rd, left @ Badger Ave, right @ Toolebong Rd, then left into the Woori Yallock-Healesville Rd to commence the next lap.

On the last lap do not turn into Badger Creek Rd, but go straight ahead towards Healsville. The finish is 50m past the entrance to the Healsville Sporting Complex.


Start Sheet


Number Name Club / Team
W01  Kathryn  WATT Blackburn Cycling Club Inc
W02  Zoe  SOUTHWELL Parramatta CC
W03  Jenny  MACPHERSON Carnegie Caulfield CC
W04  Claire  BAXTER Hawthorn Citizens Youth Club
W05  Caitlin  FRASER Bendigo & District CC
W06  Kerryn  CHARMAN Geelong West Cycling Club Inc
W07  Linda  CAPPELLO Canberra Cycling Club
W08  Apryl  EPPINGER Carnegie Caulfield CC
W09  Cristine  FOSTER St Kilda Cycling Club Inc
W10  Carmen  GOULD Carnegie Caulfield CC
W11  Gemma  GOYNE Carnegie Caulfield CC
W12  Birthe  HANSEN Blackburn Cycling Club Inc
W13  Briana  JAMES St Kilda Cycling Club Inc
W14  Emma  MACKIE Albury-Wodonga CC
W15  Peta  MAHER Warrnambool Cycling Club Inc
W16  Judith  MAY Canberra Cycling Club
W17  Michelle  MURRELL Mornington Cycling Club
W18  Kym  PETERSEN Carnegie Caulfield CC
W19  Emily  PHILLIPS Blackburn Cycling Club Inc
W20  Audrey  QUICK Blackburn Cycling Club Inc
W21  Virginia  HAMILTON Hawthorn Citizens Youth Club
W22  Adrienne  LANG Blackburn Cycling Club Inc
W23  Elizabeth  RANDALL St Kilda Cycling Club Inc
W24  Rebecca   CRAYTHORN Blackburn Cycling Club Inc
W25  Tabatha   COLE Blackburn Cycling Club Inc
W26  Carley   McKAY Blackburn Cycling Club Inc



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