Tour of Margaret River attracts eight Albany riders headlined by a Passmore Cycles men’s team

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The Passmore Cycles men's team five kilometres into the team time trial on stage five.
Camera IconThe Passmore Cycles men's team five kilometres into the team time trial on stage five. Credit: PB Photography

Albany were represented by eight riders across two teams at the Tour of Margaret River this month, returning with mixed results.

The tour was run over three days from November 6-8 with 780 riders from 130 teams competing in five stages around Nannup, Manjimup and Balingup.

Passmore Cycles entered a men’s team consisting of Craig Wiggins, Beau LeFort, Riley Heslop, Courtland Wood, Sebastian Barrett, and Conor Shirwin.

Sisters Danica and Emily Wiggins took part in the event as guest riders for the VeloFit women’s team.

Craig Wiggins receives his jersey for winning stage two.
Camera IconCraig Wiggins receives his jersey for winning stage two. Credit: PB Photography

Where respective teams finish in the first stages determines which grade they race in for the rest of the weekend.

The men’s team were able to finish second in stage one, putting them in A-grade against nine other teams.

The Wiggins girls, along with their team, finished in third place to also be in A-grade.

Craig Wiggins performed brilliantly in stage two to walk away victorious, while Danica Wiggins also impressed to place second in a sprint finish.

Passmore team (black) get ready to start stage four road race.
Camera IconPassmore team (black) get ready to start stage four road race. Credit: PB Photography

The men’s team finished third on the last day in the team time trial despite being a rider down.

Due to mechanical issues in one of the time trials, the Passmore team had to wait and eventually finished 10th overall for the tour.

The VeloFit team containing the Wiggins sisters finished strongly to grab second in the team time trial.

VeloFit women took out the top four spots in the under-21 division for the entire tour, with Danica finishing third and Emily fourth.

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