Monday, October 12, 2009

The Herald Sun Tour: From The Blog

Bissell Pro Cycling Team

The BISSELL Pro Cycling is down under for the next month of racing in Australia and New Zealand. Sunday was the opening criterium of the Sun Tour. Although it is not factored into the overall race standings, it was an opportunity for the riders to experience the action to come in front of the enthusiastic crowd in the city of Ballarat. The BISSELL riders on hand in Australia include Ben Jacques-Maynes, Frank Pipp, Jeremy Vennell, Pete Latham, Paul Mach, Omer Kem, and Cody OReilly. After some well attended community races in the early afternoon, the pros rolled out on the 2.2k course. As expected, a break got away early in the race. Most teams were represented in the break which contributed to its overall success for the day. BJM was BISSELL¹s man in the lead group. The riders shared the work which contributed to carrying the group to the finish. BJM ignited a good attack in the closing lap; however, Jonothan Cantwell of the Fly V Team came through for the victory on his home soil. The racing will continue tomorrow with stage 1 of the Sun Tour which is a 149k road race starting and finishing in Ballarat.

2009 marks the 58th edition of the Jayco Herald Sun tour, making it one of the world's oldest stage races. The 2009 course highlights some of the most stunning terrain and cities in the country. The tour starts in the celebrated goldfields town of Ballarat, a hotbed of cycling and also home to the national championships offer a full day festival of cycling with support races and the chance to ride the stage 1 course in the Go for your life Tour challenge.

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