2018 Santos Tour Down Under
The Bupa Challenge Ride was a major feat of organising for the tandem project as we were hosting guest tandems from QLD. The project was happy to provide a loan tandem to one pairing, while we provided a number of pilots to another stoker who arrived with his own equipment. Unfortunately, the event itself was cancelled due to very extreme heat, but that didn’t stop our guests from enjoying an amazing week of riding.
Australian Road Race Championships
The hot weather certainly didn’t get young hot shot Kieran Murphy off the hook during the January heat wave. Following his gold medal rides in the Australian Road Race and Time Trial Championships, Kieran returned for a three-week intensive training block with the Tandem Project. On the back of his Australian Championships performance, Kieran was selected for the Australian Team heading to Belgium for a World Cup Championship. Kieran’s results at the World Track and World Cup Road Races will be in our next project update.
The Project Takes a Hit
Two years ago, Tandem Captain Mike Hoile was out of action with a broken collar bone – sustained during a tandem criterium. This time, Mike fell victim to completely benign set of circumstances when his front wheel slipped out during a simple u-turn. There was no speed involved – just the very unlucky presence of a cat’s eye, and down he went. Mike broke his neck of femur right below the ball of the hip, and was taken into surgery that day. Mike is currently back on the trainer, and will begin pool rehabilitation now that he can drive. We hope to have him back and faster than ever for the spring racing season.