We have not been able to talk with Tinker since the day before the Tour de Timor began in Dili, Timor-Lest in Indonesia but we have been able to keep track on the race website: www.tourdetimor.com, where they've been posting daily race reports.
Tinker earned the King of the Mountain jersey (and $1,000 USD) and 4th place during the first stage from Dili to Laclubar, with 6:42 behind the winner Adrian Jackson. Tinker had a strong third place finish on Day 2 with third overall; and another strong 4th place finish on Day 3, with 4th overall.
The field of racers is very impressive, and the $100,450 USD prize purse has attracted strong racers from 12 countries. The majority are top road, cyclocross, and mtb competitors from Australia, including U23 World Champion and Australian National Champion Paul van der Ploeg along with teammate and U23 National Champion Luke Fetch. Also from Australia, the top finishers included World MTB Orienteering Champion Adrian Jackson, National Marathon Champion Ben Mather, and veteran Australian National MTB Chamion Rohin Adams, among many other notable athletes.
So that purse is not coming easy to any of the racers, who are spending at least 4 nights of the 6 stage race in tents along the route. It looks like the entire country of Timor-Lest is cheering them on, and enjoying the festivities of the annual visit from the racers.
Results after Stage 3:
|Stage 3||13/9/2011||7||Paul van der Ploeg||Overall||1||02:33:34||2:33:34||00:00:00|
|Stage 3||13/9/2011||19||Luke Fetch||Overall||2||02:33:35||2:33:35||00:00:01||0:01|
|Stage 3||13/9/2011||1||Adrian Jackson||Overall||3||02:35:02||2:35:02||00:01:28||1:28|
|Stage 3||13/9/2011||4||Tinker Juarez||Overall||4||02:36:28||2:36:28||00:02:54||2:54|
|Stage 3||13/9/2011||13||Ben Mather||Overall||5||02:36:44||2:36:44||00:03:10||3:10|
|Stage 3||13/9/2011||124||Rohin Adams||Overall||6||02:40:20||2:40:20||00:06:46||6:46|
|Stage 3||13/9/2011||6||Scott Liston||Overall||7||02:41:17||2:41:17||00:07:43||7:43|
|Stage 3||13/9/2011||246||Christopher Hanson||Overall||8||02:42:59||2:42:59||00:09:25||9:25|
|Stage 3||13/9/2011||169||Alex Denham||Overall||9||02:43:02||2:43:02||00:09:28||9:28|
|Stage 3||13/9/2011||338||Matt King||Overall||10||02:43:08||2:43:08||00:09:34||9:34|
|Stage 3||13/9/2011||278||Kel Boers||Overall||11||02:43:21||2:43:21||00:09:47||9:47|
Paul van der Ploeg chats with Tinker Juarez after stage 2.
Tinker is currently in 4th place overall.
Check out the Race Route:
Famed for its smooth seaside rides, gruelling climbs, spectacular mountain views and unprecedented crowd support, riders will be treated to a rare and special insight into Timor's unique geography, environment, people and culture.
2011 Tour de Timor in a larger map
Stages for this year's Tour de Timor will range between 60km and 136km per day.
|Stage 1||Sun 11 Sep||Dili to Laclubar|| |
|View Stage 1 map|
|Stage 2||Mon 12 Sep||Laclubar to Beacu|| |
|View Stage 2 map|
|Stage 3||Tue 13 Sep||Beacu to Illiamar|| |
|View Stage 3 map|
|Stage 4||Wed 14 Sep||Illiamar to Com|| |
|View Stage 4 map|
|Stage 5||Thu 15 Sep||Com to Manatuto|| |
|View Stage 5 map|
|Stage 6||Fri 16 Sep||Manatuto to Dili|| |
|View Stage 6 map|
View the combined Course Profile for all sixstages.
Good luck for the rest of the journey Tinker!
Photo and info credits to Tour de Timor
Event website: tourdetimor.com