FUTURE2 WHEEL CLASSIC 2024

Location: Tasmania (riding with some of Australia’s best ex-pros!)

Dates: 15-20 October 2024

Cost to participate: $2,500 (incl. accommodation, all meals, professional ride leaders & pro-level support)

Fundraising Target: $2,500pp

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In 2010, Ray Griffin challenged fellow Future2 trustee Peter Bobbin, to join him on a ride from Bourke to Sydney to raise funds for Future2. Peter was up for the challenge (and may have regretted it ever since!) and hence, the Wheel Classic was born.

This year, keen cyclists are hitting the road again – this time, riding some of the most iconic (and beautiful!) routes that Tasmania has to offer.

In 2024, the Wheel Classic route may be different, but the philosophy is still the same as it was in 2010 – hop on your bike, ride with mates, enjoy the great outdoors and raise some funds to help make a difference to the lives of Australians in need.

The Wheel Classic will be held from 15-20 October 2024, an overview of the itinerary is listed below. To ensure this ride is one to remember, in 2024 we are excited to welcome three ex-pros along for the ride – Beardy McBeard, Ritchie Porte & Will Clarke. An unmissable cycling tour!

To stay up to date with the latest Wheel Classic information and to receive priority access to register, please submit your interest here.

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A MESSAGE FROM TWOWHEELTOURS

Bring on Tasmania. Such an iconic location and birth place of some famous Australian cyclists, including Ritchie Porte (but more on him later).

We will be starting and finishing this cycling adventure in Launceston from Tuesday 15 October to Sunday 20 October 2024.

We, twowheeltours, will be managing this event and we are looking forward to meeting you. You will experience six fantastic rides as we explore the Northern area of Tasmania. To ensure this tour is truly memorable, we have assembled a support team comprising the world renown cycling phenomenon Beardy McBeard who will be photographing you on the bike as well as support and guiding from two  local legends, both ex-professional riders. Ritchie Porte, who needs no introduction will be joining you for 2 days and the other ex-pro, Will Clarke, will share their local knowledge and tales throughout the entire tour.

From the first day through to the last we will be there to offer you a fully supported tour, with all meals, on course nutrition, refreshments and two support vehicles.

We want this tour to be enjoyable, yes, there will be chances to open your legs and lungs but we will regroup at the top of climbs and at cafes along the way so you can get the most of out the tour, riding with your crew.

Your preparation is important and you should come into the tour with some decent km’s in your legs. This is not the place to be doing your first 100km ride or first back-to-back rides for the year. Please come with a decent level of fitness and having had experience riding in a bunch.

In the weeks before the tour, riders will receive GPX and Strava maps, so you will be able to preview the rides and also be able to follow the course on your Garmin (or similar). You will also receive a packing list, e-waiver and more details including an itinerary.

We are also happy to answer any questions which you may have via email: [email protected]

Cheers for now and see you in October – Will Levy

ROUTE

DAY 1 | WELCOME RIDE | WHITE HILLS LOOP | LAUNCESTON

KM: 33

ALT: 527

STRAVA ROUTE: https://www.strava.com/routes/3210559030773656978  

A classic Launceston Ride – once out of town you will soon be climbing along Glenwood Rd up to Relbia. White Hills Rd offers more climbing, including sections of +10% before you descend to the suburb of White Hills @ ~20km. From there it is predominately descending all the way back to the hotel in Launceston. 

DAY 2 | SCOTTSDALE LOOP | LAUNCESTON

KM: 132

ALT: 2,248 

STRAVA ROUTE: https://www.strava.com/routes/3210553890395784872 

The iconic Scottsdale Loop is waiting for you today. The first ~10km is uphill so settle in as this is a big day in the saddle. Further along, as you skirt Lilydale, there is a sharp ~2.5km climb with sections of +10%. Once you reach the top of this section ~36km you then enjoy some great descending, with a few shorter climbs, for the next ~30km. From ~65km to ~85km there is some more climbing on the cards. The first section is a ‘gentle’ ~5km climb up to Scottsdale then there is a plateau of ~10km once you leave Scottsdale. Then the major climb of the day is waiting for you, expect a climb of ~7km averaging 6% on the curved Tasman Hwy. Once you have reached ~92km it is then predominately down hill all the way back to Launceston. 

DAY 3 | TRANSFER FLAT TO HOLWELL | LAUNCESTON > DEVONPORT

KM: 125

ALT: 1,683 

STRAVA ROUTE: https://www.strava.com/routes/3215280362611865726 

Riding out of Launceston enjoy the scenic pedalling alongside the River Tamar as you pass through Rosevears and Gravelly Beach before heading inland to Beaconsfield and the major climb of the day awaits. Coming up is the ‘Howell Climb’ which is a ~5km climb averaging 5.5% and finishes at ~61km. Then it continues to climb with the finish at ~65km. Then if you look at the profile you see there are a few minor climbs over the next 60km but you are predominately heading in a downward direction all the way to Devonport. 

DAY 4 | DID I SEE A PENGUIN?! | DEVONPORT

KM: 125

ALT: 2,012

STRAVA ROUTE: https://www.strava.com/routes/3214752899633008802 

125km with over 2,000m ascent, another big day and we hope that you will see a Penguin today — at ~30km you will ride through the town of Penguin. Leaving Devonport there are two small climbs leaving town but the first ~36km of today’s ride is ‘flat’. Once you have passed through Penguin you leave the coast and begin a ~20km climb along Pine Road up to South Riana. At the crest and once you descent from ~60 to ~64km you have a very fast and steep section so please pay attention! Then comes your second major climb of the day, ~17km in length with an average of ~4.5%. Once you get to ~83km you are heading down along some great roads through Sprent and Forth before arriving back in to Devonport. 

DAY 5 | TRANSFER VIA MOLE CREEK | DEVONPORT > LAUNCESTON

KM: 136

ALT: 1,558 

STRAVA ROUTE: https://www.strava.com/routes/3214754659746895514 

Some more fantastic Tasmanian roads are waiting for you today. This transfer ride has a bit of everything. A nice ‘gentle’ warm up as you leave Devonport and ride through Latrobe before the first real climb starts near the town of Railton at ~23km. You then wind your way up Sheffield Rd where you reach a plateau at ~30km. Then there is another ~3km climb with sections of +10% as you pass through the town of Paradise before the classic Union Bridge Rd climb. This is a ~4.6km climb which averages ~5.3%. What goes up, must come down. Use caution as you descend down this ~3km section on Union Bridge Rd with sections of -10%. Soon you will be on another plateau and riding through the town of Mole Creek. Then you will pass through the towns of Chudleigh, Needles and Deloraine before reaching Prospect Vale at ~130km. Once there, you will then descend down to Launceston. 

DAY 6 | ROSEVALE LOOP | LAUNCESTON

KM: 50

ALT: 720

STRAVA ROUTE: https://www.strava.com/routes/3210557726789585576 

The final day of this tour. Enjoy the first ~6km warm up as you head out from Launceston along the Tamar Hwy. Once you turn off the Hwy, if you have anything left, feel free to give the the Ecclestone Rd Climb, ~2.82km in length and a average of ~6.4%. The crest of the first climb is at ~8km but Ecclestone Rd continues and does not officially finish until ~14km. You then stay on Ecclestone Rd until ~19km before turning on Bridgenorth Rd which takes you into the town of Rosevale. Soon after, one of the final climbs of the tour called ‘Col de la Rosevale’ ~1.77km average ~4.1% will be waiting for you. Then once you reach ~30km, you are heading down and will pass through the town of Bridgenorth and all the way down to the Tamar Hwy which will take you back into Launceston. 

If you would like to stay up to date with the latest Wheel Classic information and receive priority access to register, please submit your interest here.

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