|Tour of Samuelonia|
|Region||St. Samuel and nearby countries|
|Type||Stage race (Grand Tour)|
|Organiser||Samuelonian Cycling Federation|
|Race Director||Freddy Di Ozzilburg|
The Tour of Samuelonia is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in St. Samuel, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries. The race was first organized in 213AP as a Samuelonian inter-service bicycle race, between the army, navy, airforce, police and fire service. It is organised and run by the Samuelonian Cycling Federation. The race has been held annually since its first edition in 213AP. As the Tour gained prominence and popularity the race was lengthened and its reach began to extend around Vexillium. In 246AP, the race was opened up to amateur cycling clubs to enter. The Tour of Samuelonia became a professional race in 285AP as sponsorship grew due to the popularity across Samuelonia.
The race is traditionally held during the month of March and lasts for four weeks. Whilst the route changes each year, the format of the race stays the same with the appearance of at least two time trials, the passage through the mountain chains of the Black Mountains and the finish on the Avenue of Hero's in Francisco. The current editions of the Tour of Samuelonia consist of 25 day-long segments (stages) over a 30-day period.
All of the stages are timed to the finish; after finishing the riders' times are compounded with their previous stage times. The rider with the lowest aggregate time is the leader of the race and gets to don the coveted burgundy jersey. While the general classification garners the most attention there are two other contests held within the Tour: 'the king of the mountains,' for the rider that performs the best overall in the mountain stages and the best under 23 cyclist.
The Tour of Samuelonia was first contested in 213AP and was initially a Samuelonian inter-service bicycle race, between the army, navy, airforce, police and fire service. Major Henry du Mont came up with the idea to stage an endurance bicycle race between all of the Samuelonian services and became the founder of the Tour.
The first Tour of Samuelonia was a five stage race from 31 March to 5 April, starting in Francisco and stopping in Lyonaisia, Mariamburg and Véoncy before returning to Francisco. Hampton was added later to bring the tour to Saint Sembus. Stages would go through the night and finish the next afternoon, with rest days before riders set off again.
The first prize was set at S£12,000 and the prize for each day's winner at S£3,000. The winner would thereby win six times what most workers earned in a year.
The race finished on the edge of Francisco at Malestwyn Abbey, before a ceremonial ride into central Francisco and several laps of the Park of Princes. Arthur Boltburg of the Royal Samuelonia Armed Forces dominated the race, winning the first and last two stages, at 25.68 km/h. The last rider, Albert Nurunborg, finished 64h 47m 22s behind him.
The Tour growsEdit
Such was the passion that the first Tour created, Henry du Mont increased the length of the Tour to 10 stages held over three weeks. Each year, the crowds grew larger and larger and the event became an annual spectacle closely followed by hundreds of thousands of Samuelonians.
In 220, King Louis III announced that he would be attending the Tour and for the first time, the Tour's final stage ended at the famous Avenue of Hero's in Francisco, where Lucifer Di Argyle of the Royal Samuelonian Police Force was the victor in front of the King and thousands of spectators.
In a further bid to test the endurance of competitors, du Mont announced a number of mountain stages and from 223, the Black Mountain ranges became a permanent fixture of the Tour.
After the death of Henry du Mont in 225, the running of the Tour was taken over by the newly founded Samuelonian Cycling Federation. The 226 Tour saw the organisers present the 'Henry du Mont Trophy' for the first time to Tour winner, Lucifer di Argyle.
The later ToursEdit
In 246AP, the race was opened up for amateur cycling clubs to enter, in a bid to bring greater interest and sponsorship to the event.
Five amateur cycling clubs joined the 246 Tour, which were Mariamburg Royals, Royal Cycling Club of Francisco, Charlemont Cavillers, Donaldheim Saints and Francguard Rifles. From 246 to 260, Donaldheim Saints and Francguard Rifles became formidable teams and dominated the annual event.
The new TourEdit
With interest in the sport at a new high, the organisers took the decision to make the Tour a professional event. Team riders were now full time cyclists and club sponsorship was huge with companies desperate to get advertising space on jerseys and team kit.
The format of the Tour changed to a 25 day-long segments (stages) over a 30-day period.
In 313 the Samuelonian Cycling Federation changed the rules to allow non-Samuelonian nationals to enter the event and a number of clubs were quick to sign foreign cyclists.
The following year the Federation announced for the first time that non-Samuleonian teams would be allowed to enter teams into the event, with Lysonian team, Sephak Cyclers, the first non-Samuelonian club to announce its intention to enter the prestigious event.
|313||Georgio Cruisdale||Team San Di Angelo|
|315||Franc Ordencourt||Red Buffalo Racing|
- 1st Place - S£1,000,000
- 2nd Place - S£500,000
- 3rd Place - S£250,000
- 4th Place - S£100,000
- 5th Place - S£90,000
- 6th Place - S£70,000
- 7th Place - S£50,000
- 8th Place - S£30,000
- 9th Place - S£20,000
- 10th Place - S£10,000
- King of the Mountains - S£500,000
- Best under 23 - S£150,000
- Individual Stage Winner - S£50,000
314 Tour of SamueloniaEdit
The route of the 314 Tour of Samuelonia was released in early February 314. The Samuelonian Cycling Federation announced that the Tour would see two stages held in Angliyaa and one stage in Solanchatka for the first time and will also pass through Trinia during stage 2.
|1||Gildenport - Oskalilly||Time Trial||193km|
|2||Vandenburg - Sancarin - Montmanuel||Mountain Stage||241km|
|3||Vulnabroëk - Viltensvlick||Flat Stage||236km|
|4||Avendorf - Skoldmark||Mountain Stage|
|5||Rohanheim - Calvona||Flat Stage|
|6||Ellihammer - Lyonsburg||Mountain Stage|
|7||Fort Scotia - Saint Ellys||Team Time Trial|
|8||Malstyn - Tolino||Flat Stage|
|9||Fort Jamestown - Omar Pines||Mountain Stage|
|10||Durenburg - Ingledorf||Flat Stage|
|11||Ibelin - Woodgate||Hill Stage|
|12||Somesta - San Mossia||Hill Stage|
|13||Hornguard - Lorsica||Flat Stage|
|14||Mariamburg - New Hastings||Flat Stage|
|15||Darwinsburg - Atlantica Heights||Time Trial|
|16||Dalmandy - Saint Ducreux||Flat Stage|
|17||Arbourne Wood - White Harbour||Flat Stage|
|18||Capri Dumont - Rockhampton||Hill Stage|
|19||Rockhampton - Villa Ardina||Mountain Stage|
|20||Zaloempoli - Emiliano||Mountain Stage|
|21||Unionburg - Fenchurch||Mountain Stage|
|22||Edbourne Vale - Sutton||Hill Stage|
|23||Richmond - Port Eden||Team Time Trial|
|24||Dominic Bay - Rossalyne||Flat Stage|
|25||Charlemont - Francisco||Flat Stage|
313 Tour of SamueloniaEdit
The route of the 313 Tour of Samuelonia was revealed in February 313, beginning in Altaria, Saint Lysander and finishing in Francisco, High Samuelonia. The route contains three time trials, thirteen flat stages and nine mountain stages.
The 313 Tour covers a total of 4,950 km over the 25 stages and passes through 22 of St. Samuel's provinces.
|1||Altaria - Ellacordoba||Time Trial||180km|
|2||Mytiania - Angliona||Mountain Stage||198km|
|3||Santa Marco - Karsten||Flat Stage||205km|
|4||Emiliano - Monte Sassario||Mountain Stage||188km|
|5||Eldinangelo - Kasselburn||Flat Stage||211km|
|6||Dagenhelm - Solina||Flat Stage||219km|
|7||Ewell - Augustenburg||Flat Stage||202km|
|8||Kingston - Zanobia||Flat Stage||225km|
|9||Majina - Naddia||Mountain Stage||197km|
|10||Dasyia - Isadora||Flat Stage||188km|
|11||Hassa Paqor - Helvannica||Mountain Stage||190km|
|12||Sarradina - Cala Issa||Mountain Stage||233km|
|13||Shinobi - Elyburg||Flat Stage||201km|
|14||Medina - Cabira||Flat Stage||187km|
|15||Brandenholm - Fort Scotia||Time Trial||196km|
|16||Fort Arnsborough - Saint Germanier||Mountain Stage||179km|
|17||Adelbrecht - Calvona||Flat Stage||205km|
|18||Falkenburg - Glenview||Flat Stage||194km|
|19||Linton - Montfort||Mountain Stage||191km|
|20||Velémont - Tommensburg||Mountain Stage||184km|
|21||Adrienople - Edmundrock||Flat Stage||194km|
|22||Avendorf - Litortorino||Mountain Stage||208km|
|23||Litortorino - Bretonium||Time Trial||160km|
|24||Windhelm - Gran Vittoria||Flat Stage||231km|
|25||Hamilton - Francisco||Flat Stage||184km|
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