This weekend, the newly minted Tour de Tweed will continue the Battle on the Border legacy in near-perfect conditions in New South Wales.
With InForm TM Insight MAKE trailing just 28 points behind Team BridgeLane in the teams’ classification, and Jarrad Drizners leading both the individual and U21 classification, there’s a lot to race for.
The four-stage tour begins with a Road Race on Friday in Tyalgum, followed by another Road Race from the Madura Tea Estate on Saturday. An action-packed Sunday in Murwillumbah will feature a time trial course on Tumbulgum Rd and the event wraps up with the Stan Brims Criterium within the industrial estate.
Below, we dive into the tour and how you can watch it, stage-by-stage.
The Challenge Ahead: Stage-by-Stage
For the tech guide and full course descriptions, visit www.tourdetweed.org
DAY ONE – FRIDAY
Stage 1: Friday Tyalgum & Stokers Road Race
Rolling out from the country village of Tyalgum, Friday’s course is centred on a diverse loop under Mt Warning near Stokers Siding. With numerous hills to get riders out of the saddle, the course showcases a backdrop of beautiful country, farm lands, rivers and mountains.
DAY TWO – SATURDAY
Stage 2: Saturday Madura Tea Estate Road Race
Rolling out from the Madura Tea Estate, Saturday’s course is a tough course characterised by a number of pointed climbs on classic Tweed Valley country laneways.
DAY THREE – SUNDAY
Stage 3: Individual Time Trial
The course will be held on a Y-shape course based from Wharf Street in Murwillumbah’s CBD. Spectator-friendly, the course is close to plenty of cafes and good vantage points at the start-finish along the Tweed River.
Stage 4: Stan Brims Criterium
Distance: 30 laps x 1.4km circuit (42km)
Elevation: flat and fast
Sunday’s tour grand final features a pesky new course in the industrial estate south-east of the CBD. With no climb to upset the bunch this year, the peloton will be challenged to pick a strong line and accelerate quickly out of corners to make push to the front of the pack.
Further reading: Read the NRS tour preview here.