Join Us At Bay 13 On Arthurs Seat

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As part of my position with Rapha I'm holding the biggest party Australia has ever seen on "Alp d'Arthurs" this Saturday, Oct 15 to cheer on the riders of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. As readers of CyclingTips, I invite every single one of you to come along to enjoy the race and create an atmosphere here in our backyard that rivals anything you've ever seen in Europe.

This will be a massive spectacle. Bigger and rowdier than Dutch Corner. We’re bringing Bay 13 from the MGC to Arthurs Seat (only the good things of course). There will be food vendors, coffee, music, and a sea of pink so you cannot miss it. We’ll award everyone who wears something pink with a Rapha prize (until we run out). Bring your flags, noisemakers, BYOB (to keep hydrated of course) and whatever else you need to be seen and heard. This will be broadcast live on SBS2 and we don’t want it to look like the Tour of Beijing, do we?

I’ve reserved Franklin Point, or Bay 13 as we’re calling it, which sits a couple kilometers up the road. It features an amazing view of Mornington Peninsula and is the steepest part of Arthurs Seat (16%). When the riders attack, this is the place they’ll be launching their fireworks. This is the place the Sun Tour will be won or lost. Matty Lloyd wants this one bad and we can give him the roar he needs to take victory and show Omega Pharma Lotto what they missed out on.

Times

The Women’s Race begins from Sorrento at 10:30am and they’ll hit Alp d’Arthurs at about 11:30 (finishing at about 12pm).

The Men’s Race begins from Sorrento at 1pm and ends at approximately 5pm (doing 3 laps around Arthurs Seat and finishing at the summit).

BunchRide

I’ll be meeting a couple mates at Cafe Racer and riding out to Arthurs at 8:30am (Saturday, Oct 15). We’ll arrive on the hill just before 11:00am to see the Women come past. I welcome you to join us. It would be great to meet many of you face to face and this’ll give us a solid couple hours of riding together. Bring a warm jacket because it’s spring in Melbourne you never know what’ll happen.

If you want to drive down to Arthurs Seat, the road up the hill will be closed to cars but there will be shuttle busses brining people up from the base. It’s not that far of a walk up to Bay 13, so bring your running shoes and come on up.

Announced Teams

This is the biggest Sun Tour we’ve ever seen. Check out the teams:

ProTeams

Saxobank-Sunguard (Denmark)
Omega Pharma – Lotto (BEL)
Garmin-Cervelo (USA)
Katusha (Russia)

Pro-Continental

Skil-Shimano (Dutch)
Team Type 1 (USA)
United Healthcare (USA)

Continental

Genesys Wealth Advisers (Aus)
Drapac (Aus)
PureBlack Racing (NZL)
Budget Forklifts (Aus)
Russian National Team (Russia)
Australian National Team (Aus)

and more to be announced this week…

I hope to see you there to welcome our Aussie professionals home and cheer on some of the best riders in the world!


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  • http://9monthstonewyork.blogspot.com/ Grace Mimmo Fitzpatrick

    Bummer! I’ve got a market stall that day – will be there in spirit ;-)

  • http://9monthstonewyork.blogspot.com/ Grace Mimmo Fitzpatrick

    … what? 

    I’m FIRST! 

    That’s history making ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Brilliant stuff CT. You’ll be looking at the Bay from Bay13 ;-)

  • MK

    Who’s Matty Lloyd riding for??

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Chadwick/604555001 Tim Chadwick

    Aussie Jayco team.

  • guest

    Aus national team

  • guest

    Aus national team

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Chadwick/604555001 Tim Chadwick

    Hell yeah this is a great idea :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Chadwick/604555001 Tim Chadwick

    Hell yeah this is a great idea :D

  • Craig

    Awesome!!! cant wait to get pissed and throw empty cans and stubbies at the riders.

  • Craig

    Just kidding

  • Jii

    CT I have a wedding that night, so what time does the race finish? E.g. what time will I be able to sneak away?

  • Michael

    Will finish around 4.30-5′ish. Stage starts at 1.30. is 132km long. so averaging ~40kph. should finish 4.40′ish with the riders going past twice in the final hour of racing. The riders climb Arthurs seat at km 37, 112 and 132

    This is going to be massive!!

  • Hodgey

    Been looking forward to this race for a while, and even more now that I know we’ll have a heap of atmosphere!
    What’s the chance of Richie stopping and doing some stretches, Big Merv style?

  • Hodgey

    Been looking forward to this race for a while, and even more now that I know we’ll have a heap of atmosphere!
    What’s the chance of Richie stopping and doing some stretches, Big Merv style?

  • Hodgey

    Been looking forward to this race for a while, and even more now that I know we’ll have a heap of atmosphere!
    What’s the chance of Richie stopping and doing some stretches, Big Merv style?

  • Michael

    Actually, the official course mocka says finish will be between 4:52 and 5:14 approximating 36-40kph for the stage as it is quite hilly.

  • Michael

    Actually, the official course mocka says finish will be between 4:52 and 5:14 approximating 36-40kph for the stage as it is quite hilly.

  • Michael

    Actually, the official course mocka says finish will be between 4:52 and 5:14 approximating 36-40kph for the stage as it is quite hilly.

  • IN!

    IN!

  • Anonymous

    We’ll be there Wade, top idea mate.

  • http://www.cyclingTipsBlog.com cyclingTips

    Minus all that type of stuff that goes on in Bay 13

  • http://www.cyclingTipsBlog.com cyclingTips

    I think we should be getting back to St Kilda area by 7-7:30 if riding back. 

  • norbs

    Will try and get out to say gday. Can you walk up there from somewhere down the bottom?

    Also, will I be able to pick up my Boras?

  • http://www.cyclingTipsBlog.com cyclingTips

    There will be shuttle busses from the bottom, but it’s really not that far to where we’ll be. Probably 2kms or so, but there are trails that are much more direct.  It’s not a big mountain, but the race will definitely split after the second time.

    Guys like me get to the top of Alp d’Arthurs in about 10mins. I’m guessing the pros will get up there in 8.

  • http://www.cyclingTipsBlog.com cyclingTips

    There will be shuttle busses from the bottom, but it’s really not that far to where we’ll be. Probably 2kms or so, but there are trails that are much more direct.  It’s not a big mountain, but the race will definitely split after the second time.

    Guys like me get to the top of Alp d’Arthurs in about 10mins. I’m guessing the pros will get up there in 8.

  • norbs

    Thanks.

    I am trying to limit my walking up hills as I am attempting the 210km Bay ride the day after.   :)

  • Brit_in_oz

    what sort of pace are we thinking of on the trip down, with ATB the next day dont wanna kill myself the day before, but LOVE the idea :)

  • Notso Swift

     I do it in 7, oh wait you are talking about a bike not a car… that being the case I usually start on the bike and end up walking anyway!

  • Notso Swift

     maybe get the train back from Frankston?

  • Notso Swift

     maybe get the train back from Frankston?

  • Notso Swift

     maybe get the train back from Frankston?

  • http://www.cyclingTipsBlog.com cyclingTips

    I don’t think we’ll go that fast. We should have a big group so you’ll be able to sit in and hide from the wind. I’ll do all the work up front!

  • http://twitter.com/james_foran James Foran

    TIPS. OUT. for the Boys, Tips out for the boys!

  • http://twitter.com/james_foran James Foran

    TIPS. OUT. for the Boys, Tips out for the boys!

  • http://facebook.com/brad.priest1 Priestie

    There with (cow) bells on!

  • Brenton Kaitler

    For sure Wade, should be an awesome day!  And with ATB on the Sunday what a huuuuge weekend of riding.  Hope Mother Nature shines down on us this weekend!  Wonder how much atmosphere we can gather compared to TDU.

    I wonder if painting on the road will be frowned upon…!!!

  • Brenton Kaitler

    For sure Wade, should be an awesome day!  And with ATB on the Sunday what a huuuuge weekend of riding.  Hope Mother Nature shines down on us this weekend!  Wonder how much atmosphere we can gather compared to TDU.

    I wonder if painting on the road will be frowned upon…!!!

  • Brenton Kaitler

    For sure Wade, should be an awesome day!  And with ATB on the Sunday what a huuuuge weekend of riding.  Hope Mother Nature shines down on us this weekend!  Wonder how much atmosphere we can gather compared to TDU.

    I wonder if painting on the road will be frowned upon…!!!

  • http://www.cashcrate.us Adam7one

    Damn that thing called work I have to do on Saturday morning, guess I’ll have to watch it on TV, but have fun all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pmark1bike pmark1bike

    I hope “The Boss” will give me the day off to ride down. :-)  See ya there.

  • http://twitter.com/Tinea_Pedis Nick

    Should have at least one snake ready by the time the men roll by

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0YF2v8xjGs

    I’m keen on heading around from my neck of the woods, complete with my Pink Panther 

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/baumcycles/6194296700/in/photostream/lightbox/

  • Paul

    What a great idea. Hope to see you all while watching on SBS. CT needs to arrange the same deal for every KOM at TDU.

  • Anonymous

    I only just worked out why the image at the top is upside-down. Haha!

  • Abdu

    Yeh right, standing at Frankistan station in your lycra with an expensive bike?…

    Frankston train station is ranked higher on the worlds most dangerous places than Kandahar right now, I heard David Hicks felt safer at the Al Quaeda training camp in Afghanistan.

  • Abdu

    Nope, but you’d want to be quick. The corners coming down could be unsighted. I’ve got a couple of nephews living right near there who can lend you their spray cans…

  • Abdu

    Want to start taking tips here. Who is your top 5 and best time?

  • Abdu

    Want to start taking tips here. Who is your top 5 and best time?

  • Cliveseppanen

    Bummer would def be there but have to work.. Make sure you shout for me !

  • Abdu

    Us.

    That is, all of us fans who just want to see him back out there racing as a Pro!

  • Abdu

    Us.

    That is, all of us fans who just want to see him back out there racing as a Pro!

  • http://facebook.com/brad.priest1 Priestie

    Yup, I’m with Abdu, do it a day before … don’t want paint splash on my bike when I’m riding up.

  • Benfrom SA

    Bugger, ill be stuck at work in Adelaide.
    Wade can you do anther on of these for the 2012 TDU. I will be there with Bells on.!

    P.S. are you going to do any more tshirts like the “SHUT UP LEGS”

  • GFC Domestique

    Get there even earlier and cheer us peasants on doing the MS REDRIDE.  We cover the same ground and suffer just that little bit more.    http://www.msredride.org.au/

  • GFC Domestique

    Get there even earlier and cheer us peasants on doing the MS REDRIDE.  We cover the same ground and suffer just that little bit more.    http://www.msredride.org.au/

  • GFC Domestique

    Get there even earlier and cheer us peasants on doing the MS REDRIDE.  We cover the same ground and suffer just that little bit more.    http://www.msredride.org.au/

  • eatmorelard

    I may have to drag myself out of the Ranges and down to the flat lands for this one. Sounds awesome!

  • TLOT Trike

    Dooh had me going for a second there. I thought you meant Arthur’s Seat Edinburgh Scotland! 

    Have a blast

  • FlyingDutchman

    Hey folks, if you have to include the Lion of Flanders, please use the correct one with red claws and not the all black version. that is a nationalistic symbol against Belgium

  • FlyingDutchman

    Hey folks, if you have to include the Lion of Flanders, please use the correct one with red claws and not the all black version. that is a nationalistic symbol against Belgium

  • Steve

    You get a prize for wearing something pink…..what if you arrive on a pink bike?

  • http://www.cyclingTipsBlog.com cyclingTips

    Work with me here. I’m trying to create a sea of pink!

  • Steve

    I wonder if anyone turns up in a hot pink mankini……

  • Steve

    I wonder if anyone turns up in a hot pink mankini……

  • Abdu

    $20 to the first person (male or female) who rides down in their pink Aussie Morph Suit…

    http://www.morphsuits.com.au/morphsuits/original-morphsuit

  • http://twitter.com/dan__wilkins Dan Wilkins

    heres something Pink from Rapha…. get it from Bike Gallery… (So many plugs!) haha

    http://www.rapha.cc/brevet-jersey/

  • http://twitter.com/dan__wilkins Dan Wilkins

    heres something Pink from Rapha…. get it from Bike Gallery… (So many plugs!) haha

    http://www.rapha.cc/brevet-jersey/

  • norbs

    Jesus! 155 quid!

  • http://facebook.com/brad.priest1 Priestie

    Thanks Dan, I was really begrudging the Lampre purchase from Le Knicks! :)

  • http://facebook.com/brad.priest1 Priestie

    Thanks Dan, I was really begrudging the Lampre purchase from Le Knicks! :)

  • Pete

    Most important question that we all missed – Will we have a screen to watch the race on at Bay 13 when the race isn’t directly in front of us?

  • Pete

    Most important question that we all missed – Will we have a screen to watch the race on at Bay 13 when the race isn’t directly in front of us?

  • http://www.cyclingTipsBlog.com cyclingTips

    I did look into that, however since the Caufield Cup is on they’ve booked out nearly every screen in the country. The cheapest thing I could find was $10,000 for the day to hire. Not to mention power, satellite feed, set-up, etc.

    Twitter will have to do…

  • Pete

    I guess it was wishful thinking! As long as i remember my cowbell all will be fine!

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