Richie & Froomey fish for Flatties at Freycinet

The old adage ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’ rings true no matter what your trade.
Fortunately in Tassie, the choices for relaxation and recreation are endless.
After a couple of hard days of training across northern Tasmania and the East Coast, ProTour cyclists and Team Sky members Richie Porte and Chris Froome arrived at Coles Bay and the Freycinet National Park.

Photography by Heath Holden

Richie was keen to unwind and share with Chris and the training group one of Tassie’s favourite pastimes — fishing for Flathead, or ‘Flatties’.
Saffire Tasmania’s custom vessel — the Saffire — was the perfect way
to explore the waters off Coles Bay and the
world-famous Freycinet Peninsula.
We’re on location and it’s time to drop the lines.
Despite some friendly banter between the boys, fishing pride was at stake. The question on everyone’s mind was — will Richie’s local knowledge and experience carry him to victory?…
Flatties are renown by Tassie locals as a great eating fish and an exciting sport fish — for the young and the young-at-heart!
There’s nothing like fresh Flathead fillets in a light beer batter (made with a fine Tassie ale, of course) and a hearty serving of chunky chips made from fresh Tassie spuds…
Competitive fishing can be a lonely sport. For the dedicated and patient, there’s plenty of time for reflection.
After some early action, 2013 Tour de France champion Chris Froome pulled away from the pack to emerge victorious.
Time for the spoils of taking the winner’s jersey.
After some quick filleting it’s Bon Appetite gents!
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