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THEY HAVE DONE IT! THIRD STAGE AT LE TOUR
Aussies Oorica-Greenedge to compete in French Cycle Classic
Aussie Greenedge Win Italian Cycle Classic
Lake Clifton Thrombolites Western Australia
A Visit to the Hunter Valley
Cadell Evans set to win le Tour de France
How Green The Nullabor!
The Sunlander
Massive Pelican Rookery at Kilcowera Station
The Big Wet Hits Kilcowera Station


THEY HAVE DONE IT! THIRD STAGE AT LE TOUR

July 1st 2013

This time last year the first Australian based and sponsored professional cycle team, Orica-Greenedge, were accepted into le Tour de France. They were dissapointed that tho they performed brilliantly they did not win a stage and this year were very keen to change that history.

Well the historic news this evening is that THEY HAVE!

Simon Gerrans had put in weeks of preparation for this stage on the beautiful island of Corsica which featured hilly climbs and undulating and spectacular clifftop scenery along the western side of the island.

The Orica-Greenedge team put together a strategy that almost pulled of two big wins on the day, with first time Tour rider Simon Clark almost pulling off the race for the King of the Mountains competition, only to be caught an agonising one kilometre short of the final summit.

Nevertheless the team regrouped and a great lead-out by South African Daryl Impey saw him put Simon Gerrans in the perfect place to race for the line and hold off hot favourite Peter Sagan to win by a mere 9 inches.

This will be footage seen on our sports reports and programmes for days, weeks and hopefully years, a very historic day.

Congratulations Matthew White (Team Director) Daryl Impey and Simon Clark, the WHOLE team and especially Simon Gerrans for another great win, his second personal win at le Tour.

      MEET THE TEAM AT GREENEDGE

Aussies Oorica-Greenedge to compete in French Cycle Classic

June 18th 2012

It is official that the new GreenEdge Professional Cycling team, Australia's first venture into Team Cycling in Europe, has been accepted as the first Australian based team to contest le Tour de France.

The organisers of Le Tour de France have completed selection of the teams for the next edition of the event, which will start from the Province of Liege on Saturday 30th June and finish in Paris Champs-Elysées on Sunday 22nd July.

In accordance with International Cycling Union rules, the eighteen “ProTeams” are systematically selected and this year includes the well-performed GreenEdge Team which includes the le Tours' mainstays of Stuart O'Grady, Robbie McEwan and Simmon Gerrens as well as the young Meyer brothers who may front up for their first le Tour.

Of course their main rival in the race will ironically be fellow Australian Cadell Evans after he famously won the 2011 Tour de France. Australian professional cycling takes a huge step forward with this news just ahead of the London Olympics where Australian cyclists will no doubt again be a force to be reckoned with.

      MEET THE TEAM AT GREENEDGE

Aussie Greenedge Win Italian Cycle Classic

March 18th 2012

The new GreenEdge Professional Cycling team, Australia's first venture into Team Cycling in Europe have pulled off a major win with Australian Champion Simon Gerrans winning the Milan-San Remo one day classic.

The 298 km ride was held in near perfect conditions with defending champion, another Aussie Matt Goss also lining up in the GreedEdge colours alongside veteran Stewart O'Grady.

Gerrans showed his class by sticking with champion Fadian Cancellara in a breakaway and as they got within a kilometre of the finishing line Matt White the team coach knew the 'motorcycle' of Cancellara would mean the paleton would now not catch the three and it was a matter of Gerrans finishing fastest. He did, outsprinting Cancellara to the line to the squeels of delight from the GreenEdge Team car and bus.

This must surely now place the new team in a position to believe they can be accepted as the first Australian based team to contest the Tour de France. With Gerrans now a winner of a stage in each of the Giro l'Italia, Tour de France and the Spanish Vuelta as well as the experience within the team made up mostly of Australian riders there are high hopes of taking further victories in the upcoming season. And tho not a member of the new team, the fact that the defending champion Cadel Evans is also from the land downunder it would be a great event for cycling if GreenEdge were to ride the famous race.

This historic win comes after Matt Goss won last years event and Evans' Tour de France victory so more history is being made in Australian professional cycling.

Lake Clifton Thrombolites Western Australia

Thrombolites and Stromatalites are both forms of living rock formed by living single-cell bacterial organisms some scientists say are millions of years old. The rock-like, or more mud-cake like, structures are between 18 to 36 inches (45 - 90 cms) round and up to 6 or 8 inches (15 - 20 cms) high. They have been formed by the layering of calcium and silt by the organisms.

They have formed along the edges of shallow lakes of salty marshes and are extremely rare. While you will need to drive north to Shark Bay to see the Stromatalites (and catch the dolphins of Monkey Mia while you are there) the Thrombolites of Lake Clifton are just a hundred kiloemtres south of Perth and easily accessible from the Old Coast Road running from Mandurah to Bunbury. Although best seen at low tides during summer and autumn they can generally be seen at all times from the boardwalk that reaches out over the lake and is a great viewing platform for photography and study of these fascinating 'rocks' and the birdlife as well.

  

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A Visit to the Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is situated about 2 hours drive north of the Sydney CBD in New South Wales

The district is most well known as the oldest wine region in Australia. Supporting many great Australian wine makers, like Tyrrell's Wines, wine maker of the year and Drayton's Family Wines, Tempus Two, Scarborough Wine Company and many, many more. The area and Wine Makers can trully boast about the hundreds of GOLD, Silver & Bronze Medals WON!

It should be said that there is a little more to do in the Hunter than enjoy the wines of the area. Food is plentyful, you will find dozens of first class reataurants and open cafes to stop at and enjoy. The area has abundent accommodation and is surounded by National Parks like the Yengo National Park, Werakata and Watagans National parks where you can spend time taking in the views or enjoing some of the great walks.

Unlike many other Australian disctricts that were named after the Aboriginals living in the area "Cessnock" the place were it all began. It is said that Mr. David Campbell named his estate "Cessnock" after a Castle in Ayrshire Scotland.

Put everything together the wines, great selection of wonderful fine dining restaurants, cafe's, intersting shops, museums, the small townships Natioanl Parks, Aboriginal rock art you have one very interesting place to spend a few days or a fabulous extended holiday

The local guide say experience the flavours of the wonderful wines, savour the foods, enjoy the adventure, take in the serenity, experience community, Discover The Hunter Valley

Cadell Evans set to win le Tour de France

After three weeks out on the roads of France and Italy and two incredible days racing over the last two stages in the Alps Cadell Evans is set to become the first Australian to win le Tour de France since it began in 1903. He will be flanked on the podium by the the Luxembourg brothers of Andy and Frank Schleck with whom he had a monumental tussle in the mountains.

The very likeable Andy Schleck wore the yellow jersey into the last stage before the road to Paris but the Time Trial has proved his downfall as Cadell Evans came in second on the stage, just seven seconds behind the stage winner Tony Martin from Germany.

Cadell's fast Time Trial has put him a minute and thirty-four seconds ahead of Andy before the traditional 'easy' ride into Paris where the Australian will, if he survives the ride, stand on the podium as winner of the 2011 le Tour de France.

Tradition of the tour is that effectively the yellow jersey rides into Paris as the winner with no attacks being made on the leader. It is still though a day for the sprinters with a race around the Champs-Elysees for final points to decide the Green Jersey - though Brit Mark Cavendish appears to have that won as well.

Congratulations from the Australia My Land Team to all the riders for a great show, to Richie Porte from Tasmania who put on a great ride to finish just fifth in the Time Trial and of course to Cadell.

      

Richie Porte finishes the Time Trial - Cadell Evans (left) leads the Schleck brothers (right) across the line at Alpe D-Huez at the end of stage 19 - Cadell Evans Time Trial

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SBS CYCLING CENTRAL

"How Green The Nullabor!"
by Lyle Stacpoole (April 2011)

On a recent drive across the famously 'dry and dusty' Nullabor Plain (Nullabor means 'no trees'} the scene was much more like 'Aunt Mollies' front garden. After four or five reasonably wet seasons and a particularly active cyclone season above the Tropic of Capricorn 'up north' the region east of Balladonia through to Port Augusta is as green as one might ever see it. The bushes and shrubs were a bright vibrant green and the saltbush a rich blue aqua color, not the usually dry looking dull blue/grey. Even in the most dry and remote parts of the plain the red colours of the soil only partly showed though the dense, often green ground cover. The down side was that there was not one kangaroo or emu to be seen - there is no need for them to wander close to the road when there is so much feed about. With the winter rainy seaon approaching the surroundings will remain nice and green for a while so now is definitely the time to venture across for that special drive.

 

"The Sunlander"
by Lyle Stacpoole (April 2008)

Railway stations seem to be the friendliest places because people are always pleased to meet other people. Laughter, presents and hugs seem to be the order of the day. Such is what it was in Rockhampton at midnight. However it is now nearly 5:40am and the train crew are working in the galley getting ready the first meal of the day. The light in the cloudless western sky reveals the last offerings of the moon, while in the east rain-clouds are hiding any effort the sun may be making to influence the new day. The famous Mackay sugar-cane farms are coming into view in the new days patchy light and now the Sunlander approaches a range and as the mountains climb steadily to the east of the track snakes its way through a cutting in the hills. The cane farms from the other side of the range have given way to forest here, albeit briefly as soon the cane farms reappear, now taking up the whole valley. Another mountain further to the east beyond the sugar cane fields is enshrouded in early morning cloud as the crops start to turn green with the gathering light. By the time the sun gets above the horizon the clouds have cleared as if by request of the new day. After sixteen hours from Brisbane it is now have just thirteen more hours to Cairns. But every minute is an awesome experience.

 

"Massive Pelican Rookery at Kilcowera Station"
by Toni Sherwin - Kilcowera Station (February 2008)

In the past the RAMSAR listed Lake Wyara has supported huge populations of pelicans, black swans, cormorants, terns, ducks and many other species and right now is no exception. Lake Wyara has been slowly filling over the last twelve months and while it is nowhere near full it has sufficient water in it to entice many thousands of pelicans back to breed. It provides truly memorable sights and sounds in this remote location on the eastern boundary of Kilcowera Station. Guided tours to view the rookery are available from Kilcowera Station. You can stay right here with us and enjoy life on the station for a few days while taking in the wonderful surroundings and wildife. Seasonal conditions have continued to improve on the station and the birds are making the most of it. Flocks of Major Mitchell cockatoos are regularly seen from the accommodation at the Shearers Quarters. See the avenue shaped bower of the spotted Bower bird. A hide has been erected near a tiny little water hole very close to the quarters. There are self guided tours around the property with maps and information provided, walking tracks and many little roads and tracks to various interesting birding hot spots.

 

"The Big Wet Hits Kilcowera Station"
by Toni Sherwin - Kilcowera Station (January 2008)

Kilcowera has been transformed from very dry, dusty and dead to a bird and photographers paradise again. After some rain in the last 2 months we received 97 mls on Christmas day! There are swamps and dams on the place that have not had significant water in them this decade but they are now full. The 2 creeks near the house and quarters have both run very big, one even has rapids in it that you can hear roaring in the quiet of the evening or morning. Frogs croaking all night and hopefully birds coming back in droves. This could be the start of a good breeding event for them. Lots of Budgerigars and Major Mitchells feeding on the ground, I also saw a Chestnut Quail Thrush and a Black Honeyeater this morning near the house. We are doing lots of walking as we certainly can't drive anywhere yet. I haven't gotten down to the lagoon yet but it will be magnificent when I do get there. Grass and herbage started to grow a few months ago and with this rain now the place is going to look great in the weeks to come. Am attaching a small image of the road between the house and the quarters, those who have been here might remember driving down to the quarters with dust billowing behind them. Not now!

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