Tour of Murray River Recap
Yesterday concluded the 14 stage Tour of Murray race that took place over the past eight day. Luke Davison from Budget Forklifts took his first NRS win over Malcolm Rudolph (Drapac Professional Cycling) and Aaron Donnelly (Jayco-Honey Shotz). Jay Bourke racing with Team Downunder gives us a short recap along with Mark Gunter’s photos.
The Tour of the Murray, or the Tour de Crits as it is affectionately known, is the longest tour on the calendar. For a skinny little hill-climber, I was definitely out of my comfort zone when on some days I was confronted with more than 100km of criterium racing! The pancake flat terrain suited powerful riders such as Luke Davison (Budget Forklifts) and Malcolm Rudolph (Drapac-Porsche,) who took the prize for largest calf muscles in the peloton.
The Murray Tour is also well known for its serious crashes due to the tight racing, however a relatively small field of 80 odd riders made for cleaner racing and as the tour wore on a clear pecking order was established. Having said that, I think the turning point of the tour was when Genesys’ leader-on-the-road, Pat Shaw, crashed out of the race on stage 8. It was from this point that Budget Forklifts really stepped up and controlled the peloton to deliver Luke Davison his first NRS Tour win. Without Shaw there as the captain on the road for Genesys who were no longer an organised train, while the majority of Drapac were strained and managing sickness. Alex Wohler of Team Downunder raised eyebrows, taking 3 podiums, including a win. I was lucky enough to camp out with Team Downunder during the tour and the thrill of beating the big budget teams was not only felt within the team, but by the travelling caravan of the tour who were glad to see “someone other than the big three” succeed.
For all you nerds, check out my Strava page for all race stats.
courtesy of Mark Gunter