Tour de Ten Lives: Stage 20

Saturday, 19th September

Sponsored by:

12noon Start: Orford Time Trial (36kms)

No. of Cats surrendered from suburbs on route: 61
No. of Cats adopted to suburbs on route: 15

Riders start at 3-minute intervals from opposite the Orford Road House (across the bridge just near Alma Road), and out on the Tasman Highway past the golf course and out to Triabunna.
Upon arriving at Triabunna, turn right down Vicary Street past the RSL Club and through the town, across the bridge over Vicary Rivulet where the road turns into Boyle Street. Continue up and over the hill to the T-junction at Freestone Point Road. Turn left and you have some lovely country riding, back to the Tasman Highway, and left again at the Tasman Highway passing the service station and back to turn left at Vicary Street again. Do 4 laps of this course, with the last lap continuing back to Orford on the Tasman Highway rather than turning left at Vicary Street. Once in Orford go past the IGA supermarket and the police station and up Charles Street, turning left on Walpole Street and another 200 metres your finish off Macca’s house for a cold beer.
This is exactly the same length as the Tour de France time trial, so you can compare your times.

DID YOU KNOW: The town of Orford was named by Edward Walpole, who was granted 1,000 acres in the area in 1831. He named his grant “Strawberry Hill”, after the London residence of his relative Horace Walpole who was the Third Earl of Orford. The town was first established as a mainland port for the convict settlement on Maria Island. However, the marine infrastructure never consisted of more than a few short jetties which still remain today.
Orford has several picturesque beaches – including Raspins, Millingons, Spring and Rheban. Nearby is the well-regarded 9-hole Orford Golf Course and the Darlington Vineyard. (Wikipedia)

Stage 20 Gallery

David’s Day 20 debrief: Stage 20 – Orford – Triabunna- 4 Laps & back to Orford (36km Tme Trial).
Stage 20 was the first and only time trial of the Tour. 6 Riders and 2 runners have completed the time trial, with Rowan Demmer leading with a very fast 1 hour 7 minutes, just 2 minutes slower than Caleb Ewan in the real tour.
It was pretty windy, and a long hard slog to Triabunna into the wind, but a very fast trip home with the wind. About another 1/2 dozen riders will complete the time trial tomorrow.
It’s feeling weird almost finishing the tour. I was really happy with my ride averaging over 30kph and finishing just 4 minutes behind Rowan. I must be getting fit!
Big thank you to Don Macleod and the Bank of Queensland for sponsoring the stage. The beers on his deck were a treat.
The cat of the day was Speedy Cat, and the taste of the tour was the Fish and Chips from Triabunna. See you there tomorrow!