After finishing the recent Tour de Timor I have been giving my bike a post stage race overhaul. Going through my bike and all my personal equipment after many of these ‘adventure style’ stage races over the years has given me a deeper insight into appropriate equipment selection than I had before. By ‘adventure style’ […]
Tour de Timor stage 5: Vaz and Ricardo wrap up emphatic GC victories
The final stage of the Tour de Timor finished on the tropical shores of the beautiful Timor Sea after another tough and elevation heavy 90km stage from the mid week camp in mountain village of Aileu. Now riders can relax in the comfort of their accommodation in the capital city Dili after a week of […]
Tour de Timor stage 4: Dramas for Vaz as Arnott takes stage!
Stage 4 lived up to its expectations as one of the toughest stages of this year’s tour. Without 1 significant, defining climb on the stage it was numerous climbs coupled with gnarly descents that tested all riders today. Overall race leader David Vaz was one rider who succumbed to troubles on one of the many […]
Tour de Timor Day 3: The majestic mountains take their bite!
Justifiably many competitors for Tour de Timor woke this morning a little lack lustre in energy level for the 70km stage and 2100m of elevation scheduled for today’s stage. Although the distances of stages here are short in comparison to other MTB stage races of similar difficulty regard such as the Mongolia Bike Challenge, what […]
Tour de Timor stage 2: Riders get wet on tour’s shortest stage.
Tour de Timor stage 2 greeted riders with another early morning wake up call. Early starts are a trend in this race predominantly to allow riders to complete the bulk of racing before the brutal heat of the afternoon sun here. So the 7am start had some riders reaching for the arm warmers and undershirts […]
Tour de Timor stage1: Vaz and Ricardo take race lead!
The Tour de Timor got underway through the streets of Dili this morning. A neutral 20km section through the neighourhoods of Dili showcased the event to the locals whom all seeming get behind this race. Thousands of screaming fans cheered the riders more or less from start to finish of today’s 83km stage. Another example […]
Stage set for 10th anniversary Tour de Timor
Timor Leste in the Timor Sea north of Darwin, Australia lays claim to being one of the youngest country’s on the planet. Hence, hosting the 10th anniversary edition of the ‘Tour de Timor’ international MTB stage race is even more remarkable. Riders are now congregating in the nations capital Dili ready to start 5 days […]