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Stage 6, Salamander Shores - Bumble Hill, 156 km

Tuesday, November 7, 2000, 9:30 - 13:25

This will be the longest stage of the race and with the inclusion of Bumble Hill as the finish destination, could be a very telling aspect of the race.

The stage will be honouring Darren Smith with the race organiser deciding on a non commercial finish to best highlight Smithy's wonderful achievements in the sport.

After departing the beautiful Salamander Shores Resort, a highlight for the tour cyclists and personnel, the race heads through the majority of Port Stephens Shire and passes through Raymond terrace before heading to Maitland.

The first 40 kilometres is generally fast with once again the cross winds playing havoc with the field.

This stages has determined the overall result in previous years and most riders will be keeping a watchful eye on any early breakaway attempts.

The cyclists will continue through to Freemans Waterhole, the first major climb of the tour before heading though to Wyee and Hue Hue Road.

The final 16 kilometres along Yarramalong Valley will set up an exciting forerunner to the steep Bumble Hill that has ended the hopes of many cyclists over the years.

Max Van Heeswijk, winner of this stage last year following his fellow countryman Jans Koerts win in the previous year, has been very impressive on this particular stage and has won the King of the Mountain over Bumble Hill in previous years.

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