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After three intense days of racing in the beautiful Shire of Kalamunda, nothing was going to put a stop to Cameron Meyer’s endeavour to take his first Tour de Perth win. After four years of placing second in Perth’s most prestigious road racing event, the 2011 Be Active Cycle Instead Tour de Perth proved to be the year for home grown local cycling hero Cameron Meyer (Helena Valley).
Meyer, reaching the top of the podium in all three stages of this year’s Tour de Perth, was not alone in his quest for gold. Anthony Giacoppo (Balcatta) put up a strong contest working with Cameron to gain a strong lead in the Friday evening Criterium event, but in a burst of power Cameron gained a lead on Giacoppo to take the win. Adam Semple (Bibra Lake) and Travis Meyer (Helena Valley) battled it out for third place with Semple taking the Bronze.
Stage two saw the Elite Men’s Road Race take place on the following morning of Saturday 26th November. With a strong field contesting the Elite Men’s category the Meyer gave it his all in the last few kilometre’s to break away taking the win, with Anthony Giacoppo, Stephen Hall (Bibra Lake) and Adam Semple chasing from behind. Giacoppo again took out second place with Hall in third in the punishing 104 km event.
The final day finished in Tour de France style with a Time Trial up the iconic Zig Zag circuit in Kalamunda. With the impressive views of Perth city from the hills, cyclists in all grades pushed hard to succeed and finish off the final stage of the Tour. 2011 National Time Trial Champion Cameron Meyer had some effort to put in to secure his first place position and that he did, finishing the 9.27km Time Trial in a time of 15 mins and 34 seconds. Younger brother Travis Meyer came close in the Time Trial with a time of 16mins 06 seconds to take the second place in this event.
In accepting the champions trophy Meyer paid tribute to the quality of the field and was clearly delighted with his first Tour de Perth victory in what was a demanding 3 days of racing. The General Classification saw Meyer take out first place, with Giacoppo second and Adam Semple narrowly edging out Travis Meyer to take 3rd place on the podium.
Cycling WA CEO Garry Chandler was delighted with the event, returning to the Hills in 2011 “we were blessed with such a strong field in this year’s race” he said “Having Cameron participate in his hometown tour is a tremendous bonus for us, and he showed why he is one of the world’s best in a dominating performance across all 3 stages of this year’s tour.”
Claiming Silver in all three stages of this year’s B Grade event proved to be enough for Luke Vitler (Mundaring) to claim the Men’s B Grade title. Local rider Robert Power (Gooseberry Hill) claimed the Gold in the B Grade Men’s Time Trial in a time of 16 mins 44 seconds bumping him to second place in the overall standings. Hilton McMurdo (Duncraig) put in a huge effort to take out the Gold in both the Criterium and Road Race for this category although not taking part in final stage. Third place was taken out by Brendon Meney (Scarborough) who maintained a consistent Bronze medal placing across all three stages.
Cycling WA young guns pedalled their way to a podium finish with 2011 Junior U15 National Criterium Champion Matthew Jackson (Landsdale) taking the win in the C Grade Men’s Category. Jackson claimed the Gold in both the Criterium and Road Race at this years Be Active Cycle Instead Tour de Perth. Reece Tucknott (Boya) pushed out some fantastic results across the Tour with podium finishes in all three stages and an overall Silver Medal. Jai Hindley (Mindarie) came through with the goods to win the final Time Trial stage with a time of 17 mins and 50 seconds, pushing him up to Bronze medal position overall.
There was also a great effort from the female entrants at this year’s Be Active Cycle Instead Tour de Perth. Racing with the C Grade Men, Bella King (Subiaco) claimed the title for first female over the line in the Criterium race. Liz Leyden (Scarborough) put in an amazing effort in the Saturday Road Race to finish near the front of the bunch in the Men’s C Grade ride, taking the overall Road Race title for the female category, with Tian Beckett (City Beach) in second and Dianne McAuliffe (East Fremantle) in third. Overall Time Trial results for the females saw Elissa Wundersitz (Bassendean) take the Gold with Beckett in Silver and McAuliffe in Bronze.
Full results here.