Pencil the weekend of the 25th and 26th of August into your diary.Thats when the Sam Miranda Road Race,Gran Fondo and Handicap will be held. What promises to be a fantastic weekend in beautiful North East Victoria with plenty to keep non cyclists entertained as well.The area is full of excellent wineries,wonderful restaurants and is also just a stones throw away from most of Victoria's Ski fields.Sam Miranda owns one of the areas best known wineries
. The Sam Miranda cellar door is open 7 days from 10am - 5pm with lunch available 12pm - 3pm.
A special thank you to Marty Tobin for providing most of the information and photographs.
I was quite interested Sam Miranda's interest in cycling and Marty provided me with the following.
Sam has been a cycling tragic for quite a while, long before he moved to North East Victoria from Griffith.
He still has his classic custom made 1990’s Zanella Road bike that he got made when on a trip to Italy, sitting in the shed.
Sam’s involvement with cycling in the north east came after a chance meeting with some local club members at the winery in about 2005.He then started donating a few bottles of wine to the Wang CC for the Club tour, then it grew. The next year Sam was the Sponsor of the Wangaratta Cycling Club tour.In 2007 Sam became the major sponsor of the Wangaratta CC.
Also in 2007 Sam became the major sponsor of the High Country Road Race (Mansfiled to Oxley) a joint club run event with Mansfield CC, in 2008 the race became bigger with a criterium added to make it a weekend.
2010 saw Sam Miranda King Valley take over management of the event.
Sam Miranda on the Col du Galibier,one of the classic "Tour de France" climbs in the Alps.
Some of the racing from last years criterium
There have been some big changes made to the format of the event from previous years with some very exciting additions.A Road Race and Gran Fondo will be held on Saturday with a Handicap Road Race held on Sunday.
"The ROAD RACE has been changed from the point to point circuit to one big loop(See map below). We feel the circuit is just as challenging as the old course. We have kept the distance to 100km, like previous editions, and have incorporated some fantastic roads not previously used."
"This year we have two KOM’s. The first as riders come into Myrrhee (km 50) and the second is the infamous ‘Strade Nero’ which will take riders from Myrrhee up towards Whitlands (km 60) is sure to test and some have said “this will make the race”. Just like the Italian classic ‘Strade Bianche’ this climb is on dirt! The surface is in really good condition so you don’t need your Paris – Roubaix wheels!"
There will be an intermediate Sprint and a teams category has been introduced for A Grade Men.
Minimum of 3, maximum of 5 riders per team.
Riders who are not part of a team, who wish to ride A Grade will be placed into a composite team by Cycling Victoria.
The Teams Classification winning team will be taken on the combined times of the first 3 riders in each team.Champion Systems
are on board again to provide Race Winners and KOM Jerseys for all grades.
Another first this year is the Sam Miranda ‘Grand Fondo’ over 100km to be ridden over the same circuit(see map below) before the Road Race.
The Grand Fondo
is a participation ride and will start at 11:00am one hour before the first riders set off in the 2012 Sam Miranda Road Race
In true ‘Grand Fondo’
style this ride has full event timing and is a mass participation ride preceding the Sam Miranda Road Race. The circuit is a mix of quiet country roads, unique climbs including the famed ‘Strade Nero’ to Whitlands, a great descent into Whitfield and rolling country side and vineyards.SATURDAY 25th AUGUST
SAM MIRANDA ROAD RACE:DISTANCE:
A, B, C MEN
A, B WOMEN
(A GRADE MEN – TEAMS CATEGORY)START TIME:
11:00 AM ‘GRAND FONDO’
12:00 PM C GRADE
12:10 PM WOMEN B
12:20 PM WOMEN A
12:45 PM B GRADE
1:00 PM A GRADEKOM:
2 PER GRADE
50KM MYRRHEE SCHOOL
60KM ‘STRADE NERO’SPRINT:
15 MILE CREEK 35KMPRIZEMONEY:
MINIMUM $5,000 CASH & PRIZESWINNERS / KOM JERSEYS ALL GRADESENTRY FEE:
$60.00 – INCLUDES DINNER SATURDAY NIGHT AFTER PRESENTATIONS.
EXTRA TICKETS FOR THE DINNER ARE AVAILABLE FOR $25.00
On Sunday the 26th the inaugural SAM MIRANDA HANDICAP will be held.DISTANCE:
Open to all riders U19 and aboveSTART TIME:
Oxley, Moyhu, Greta, 15 Mile Creek, Myrrhee, Moyhu, Oxley(See map below)PRIZEMONEY:
PRIZEMONEY for the weekend exceeds $6,000 in cash and prizes
Prizes for 1st Unplaced U19, Woman, Fastest TimeENTRY FEE:
AT CONCLUSION OF RACING
AT SAM MIRANDA CELLAR DOOR
Should you require any further information a race website has been set up www.sammirandaroadrace.wordpress.com
Follow on Twitter - Sam Miranda RoadRace
Cycling Victoria’s race listing http://vic.cycling.org.au/?ID=46867