2000 Tour of Moray Cycle Race: News
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Stone Cutters help carve tour de force
The Tour of Moray Cycle Race on June 10 and 11 is on course for success in its third year, with several important sponsorship deals tied up.
The latest firm to come on board is Moray Stone Cutters which is sponsoring part of the race for the first time and will provide prizes for the Espoirs or Under 23 category.
This is an important part of the race which is seen as a development stage for up-and-coming riders, offering them good quality racing and standard of organisation normally associated with much bigger events.
Riders such as Irishman Mark Scanlon, who entered the first edition of the race and went on to become World Junior Champion and Scotland’s Martin Lonie, who figured prominently in last year's event, have now joined development teams of professional squads.
The organisers hope Moray Council will again support the overall individual placings and for the third year in a row the Irish will be bidding for victory with a strong team entry.
The third and fourth category riders have a separate prize list, which is another part of the race's appeal in giving opportunities for all riders to compete in a big event.
This section is being sponsored by Moray Badenoch and Strathspey Enterprise.
Stuarts Cycles of Forres are involved for a third year with their sponsorship of the sprints, which is one of the most exciting parts of the event.
Such a big event poses a huge logistical challenge and sponsors’ help is vital in that area. Alan Milne Ltd provide race vehicles and the Eight Acres Hotel is again acting as the race hotel and administration centre. The race HQ is Moray Leisure Centre.
Other smaller sponsors such as the Trophy Shop in Lossie contribute significantly to the event and race director Kevan Sturgeon would be delighted to hear from anyone wishing to get involved. He can be contacted on 01343 546348.
He has already begun to assemble a strong international field for this year’s race. Teams from Ireland and the home countries are confirmed and the RAF will again have their crack riders up for the race. Interest from top club teams has also increased and the strongest field ever is expected.
Realising the growth of the internet the race now has its web page at: www.delgin.demon.co.uk.

Germans target Moray

Tour of Moray organiser Kevan Sturgeon this week received a welcome piece of correspondence from Germany - a race entry from a four-man team from Landshut, Elgin's twin town.
The entry from the Radsportclub Landshut cycling team came via Manfred Wimmer, who had received an invitation from the race organisers and recalled his own racing experience in Britain in 1971 and 1972 on the Tour of Britain. This experience of the country's best ever amateur stage race prompted him to put together a team for Scotland's premier development stage race in June.
Herr Wimmer's experience and knowledge of the sport should ensure that he fields riders of an appropriate level, and as well as adding to the growing international flavour of the event they should provide an interesting challenge for the top teams already entered - Scotland, Wales, Ireland ( winners the past two years ) and the development squads of several major outfits.
An added bonus for Herr Wimmer is the opportunity to meet old acquaintances from the Tour of Britain who are involved in the Tour of Moray: John MacMillan from Inverness, the current Scottish Cyclists Union President, and Colin Horn from Grantown, formerly a top class rider and respected official.
Kevan Sturgeon said that he was delighted to receive the entry and added that it reflected the growing stature and widespread recognition of the event.

Northern Scot, April 7th, 2000

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