SUVelo Crits, April 30th

Great conditions for racing this morning at Heffron, apart from a very brief shower during the first round of races. We had good numbers across the grades, apart from Women’s A as they’re all down racing at the Canberra Women’s Tour.

We also had a few first-timers, with both of our Women’s C riders making their debuts after coming to our Come & Try Day last week, which was great to see. Both looked comfortable in a combined B & C bunch.

Thanks to Andrew Duggan as Commissaire, to Danny Roberts-Clarke and Yash Budhraja as marshals and to everyone else who came along to race. Hope you all enjoyed yourselves and we’ll see you again next month.

Next race: May 21st!

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Women’s C-Grade

  1. Fiona Bennett (Rapha CC)
  2. Amber Bidwell (Rapha CC)

 

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Women’s B-Grade

  1. Amanda Burdett (Cheeky Velosport) +prime
  2. Caitlin Wallis (Cheeky Velosport)
  3. Kelly Stanton (Cheeky Velosport)

 

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Men’s C-Grade

  1. Peter Cridland (Southern Cross CC) + prime
  2. Adnan Al Debet (Sydney Uni Velo)
  3. Paul Curjak (Sydney Uni Velo)

 

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Men’s B-Grade

  1. Jesse Morley (Sydney Uni Velo)
  2. Paraic Hogan (Sydney Uni Velo)
  3. Michael Elias (Parklife CC)

Prime: Mark Eedle (LACC)

 

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Men’s A-Grade

  1. Nash Kent (Parklife CC)
  2. Luke Cridland (St. George CC)
  3. Jonathan Cridland (St. George CC)

Prime: Jeremy Hopson (Bicisport)

SUVelo Crits – March 5th

After a week of pretty ordinary weather, it was touch and go as to whether we’d be able to race or not. Every other race around Sydney got rained out this weekend, but we got lucky. The track was dry and, after some hard work by Rob Even, Jane Ritchard, Darren Russell and Georg Bienert we had the green light to race.

Numbers were down across all grades, particularly the Women – no doubt partly due to the weather and clashes with the Orange Challenge and the Tolland Classic in Wagga Wagga. Men’s C, Women’s A & B had the best of the dry track, with light showers returning towards the end of their races. Men’s A & B had a damp track but further rain held off.

Thanks to all who took a gamble on the weather and came down to pin a number on, to Rob Even, Jane Ritchard and Georg Bienert for marshalling duties and to Nic Martin as Commissaire.

Next Race: March 26th. See you then, hopefully with blue skies!

Note: we’re going to change the race times again as we try to settle on a format that makes it easier for new riders to get started in the lower grades, so double-check the event details on Facebook in the week before the race!

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Women’s B-Grade

  1. Renee Simon (Parklife)
  2. Claire Carroll (Sydney Uni Velo)

 

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Women’s A-Grade

  1. Gina Ricardo (Sydney Uni Velo)

 

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Men’s C-Grade

  1. Jesse Morley (Sydney Uni Velo)
  2. Evan Stilwell (Sydney Uni Velo)
  3. Paul Curjak (Sydney Uni Velo)

 

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Men’s B-Grade

  1. Evan Haugh (Rapha
  2. Johnny Ryan (Sydney Uni)
  3. Dan d’Auvergne Massie (Rapha)

 

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Men’s A-Grade

  1. Nathan Bonarius (Sydney Uni Velo)
  2. Jeremy Hopson (Bicisport)
  3. Michael Brown (Sydney Uni Velo)

 

Just Another Race – Tour Down Under 2017

NSWIS-Sydney Uni is our Women’s NRS team run in partnership with the NSW Insitute of Sport. This is the first year of the partnership and we had an official team launch while down in Adelaide for the TDU. Three of our ladies are on the squad of 10; Gina Ricardo, Emma Coral Roberts and Holly Hawtin. We’ll hear from each of them throughout the season with looks inside the life of a racer at the top level in Australia. Gina is first up with her experiences riding the Tour Down Under. Over to you Gina! (DR)

Hey there, it’s Gina from the women’s race team recapping my experience at TDU. It was a bit of a whirlwind to get there, but we eventually did, on a new bike 3 days before racing – there’s no better way to test new wheels than in a world-class field!

TDU is always a highlight of the year for me, whether it’s racing or being a spectator/fan girl! It’s always amazing to see so many cyclists together for one big week of cycling and racing. I love how you can walk down the street and bump into someone that you know. There’s that real sense of community.

The women’s race has gotten bigger year-on-year. The first year I raced it in 2015 it was part of the NRS, with Wiggle and Orica the only international representing teams. Last year was the first year it was a UCI race with a good number of international teams, but this year the field was an even bigger step up with 10 international women’s teams lining up on the start line, and a few lucky domestic teams including our very own NSWIS-Sydney Uni.

Part of the reason we were able to get a start was because we had the likes of experienced pro and all-round legend Lauren Kitchen (WM3 Cycling – Marianna Vos’ team this year) and Ash Ankudinoff (Olympian & Team Pursuit world champ) riding with us. Lauren finished a definitive 4th overall on GC, so let’s just say we were very fortunate to have her and her experience for the race! It was unreal to have her around and hear her take on the race and tactics before/after stages. One of the great things about Aussie cycling is that our season is out of whack to the Euros – so we are fortunate that we get to have all the pros come back over summer and ride, train and race with us.

As for the race… In terms of the atmosphere, the amount of people cheering, the level of talent in the field, the organisation – there’s no better race throughout the year. In terms of the race course – for the punter like myself who’s trying to work & train – the shorter distances suit me – but for the international teams that fly out all the way to Australia – the stages are quite short with two, one hour criteriums counting as full stages… What it means is plenty of time for a coffee roll to the beach and relaxed day before those stages (my favourite part)… and some fast and hard racing! Our average speed for stage 2 was 44km/h and for stage 4, 42km/h. It felt as hectic as Tuesday night Heffron does when A/B/C all come together at once. Hectic! Packed in, shoulder to shoulder (or in my case as a short person head to shoulder) with the pros, just hanging on to maintain position… All we could really tell ourselves was that the rest of the year should be a breeze compared to the TDU criteriums! As for the two road races – it’s a shame that we don’t get to share some of the more iconic roads of Adelaide with our international visitors – like Gorge Rd, Norton Summit, Greenhill Rd. The course this year was more like a rolling West Head course with a few flat bits in between interspersed with a couple of longer drags. But no Willungas or Norton Summits. It was enough to weedle out the best and it was definitely hard racing (especially in 38 degrees!), but the course this year didn’t really meet up to 2015 where we raced up Corkscrew then down Gorge Rd. As horrible as ‘race’ and ‘corkscrew’ sound in the one sentence, it was an experience I’ll remember – whereas this year’s course won’t really have as many memorable moments, apart from almost being knocked off my bike by Kirsten Wild’s hips (they were level with my forearms) as she was making her way through the bunch. I don’t want to seem ungrateful, I just want to be realistic. I’m hoping (like we all are) that as the race develops it’ll grow bigger and better – hopefully not too big that our local teams won’t be able to have the opportunity to ride – but bigger to better mirror the men’s race. But just to have it is a massive win for women’s racing in Australia.

It was the first time our team had ridden together & for some of us, met each other. We had a great time and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. Being on the team is unreal. We had an amazing support crew that made us feel like we were pros – I guess for four days we were. Thanks to the team at NSWIS for making it happen and to SUVelo. I’m not sure what’s next yet. A few of us are racing Oceanias in Canberra in a week or so, and we then have a team camp hosted at Brad McGee’s Estate in the Kangaroo Valley late March – so looking forward to those two adventures for the near future! All the best, and looking forward to a ride or coffee soon.

SUVelo Crits – Feb 5th

Our first criterium of the 2017 season got underway this morning at Heffron Park with a few hot and sweaty races contested! Competition with other events kept the numbers down somewhat, but the racers were kept honest throughout. Thanks to all the riders who came along to race, to Nic Martin as Commissaire, to Dan Van Der Laan, Jesse Coyle, Evan Stilwell for marshalling and set-up and to Dee Vero and Danny Roberts-Clarke for sweeping up the glass that thoughtful locals had smashed on track the night before :)

On another note, this was our first time running a Men’s D-Grade and Women’s C-Grade and unfortunately we ended up with zero entries in each. For those of you who attended, please spread the word amongst your clubs that these grades can be a perfect gentle introduction for those who might be thinking of having a go but are not ready to jump straight into Women’s B or Men’s C.

Next Race: March 5th. See you then!

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Women’s B-Grade

  1. Lizanne Wilmot (St. George)
  2. Kim Taranto (Cheeky Velosport)
  3. Victoria McNeill (Sydney Uni)

 

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Women’s A-Grade

  1. Megan Scott (Giant)
  2. Fiona Morris (Peloton Sports)
  3. Lisa Antill (Sydney Uni Velo)

 

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Men’s C-Grade

  1. David Jordan (Sydney Uni Velo)
  2. Stephen Bennett (Sydney Uni Velo)
  3. Paul Curjak (Sydney Uni Velo)

 

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Men’s B-Grade

  1. Cameron Bowden (Australian Defence Force)
  2. Michael Gadiel (Giant)
  3. Darren Russell (Sydney Uni Velo)

 

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Men’s A-Grade

  1. Garry Millburn (Peloton Sports)
  2. Shaun MacWilliam (Sydney Uni Velo)
  3. Nathan Bonarius (Sydney Uni Velo)

 

Points Series Returns!

Welcome to the Points Series!

Last run by the venerable Neil Bradshaw back in 2014, we’re resurrecting The Points Series for 2017. We want you to get on your bike and start racing, TTing and climbing and this is a fun way for you to compete with your mates.

What is it?

Much like the pros, you’ll earn points for racing select events throughout the year.

When is it?

It starts on Feb 1st and Club Champs will be the final event.

OK, how does it work?

Club Crits

Earn 3pts for either racing or volunteering, e.g: Marshal or Sign-on.

Earn bonus points for reaching the podium in your Grade:

1st: 5pts

2nd: 3pts

3rd: 2pts

If no SUVelo rider is on the podium in a grade then first SUVelo rider across the line gets a bonus 2pts.

Example 1: I race C-Grade and come 2nd overall => I get 3pts for racing plus a bonus 3pts for placing 2nd. Total 6pts.

Example 2: I don’t race and volunteer to marshal => I get 3pts.

Example 3: I race B-Grade and am first SUVelo rider across the line, but don’t make the podium => 3pts for racing plus a bonus 2pts for best SUVelo rider. Total 5pts.

 

Battle of the Bridge

Same points as club crits. Applies to each round of BOTB, not just the SUVelo-hosted round.

Bonus 1pt if a SUVelo rider wins your grade.

 

Club Champs

Double points!

 

Amy’s and B2B

Racing: 5pts

Top 3 SUVelo in each Age Group get 5, 3 & 2pts respectively.

Bonus 5pts if you qualify for Worlds.

 

Fondo Worlds

Same rules as Amy’s/B2B, but double points.

 

What about Time Trials?

Yes, we’ve thought of those of you who still want to use your TT bike which has been in the shed since you gave up triathlons 😉

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We’ll take your fastest time for the first half of the season (Feb 1 to May 31) and your fastest time for the second half of the season (June 1 to Club Champs).

The Top 5 per grade (your club crit grade) in each TT type (see below) will win points: 8, 5, 3, 2, 1.

Bonus 5pts if your time is faster in second half of the year.

For the inevitable TT bike versus road bike question the following rules apply:

1. If you use ANY of TT bike, TT helmet (aka sperm lid), TT bars, disc wheel (or cover) or skin suit then you’re deemed to be in “Full TT” mode.

2. Anything else is “Road TT”. Aero road helmet, aero road wheels & aero road frame etc. allowed for “Road TT”

I will assume everyone is in “Full TT” mode unless you specifically claim to be riding “Road TT” mode.

I’m relying on your honesty here!

 

What about the Climbers?

We’ve thought of you skinny whippets too :)

There are three nominated climbs which will count for points.

Garie Hill

McCarrs Creek Road

Bobbin Head West

 

Ride them as often as you want.

Strava or it didn’t happen!

At the end of the year, the top 5 times per grade (your club crit grade) on each climb win points: 8, 5, 3, 2, 1pts respectively

Bonus 5pts if you’ve registered a time on all three climbs.

Example 1: You are 7th in your grade up Garie (0pts), 4th up McCarrs (2pts) and 3rd up Bobbin (3pts) = 5pts, plus bonus 5pts for recording a time on all three climbs = total 10pts.

Example 2: You are 1st in your grade up Bobbin (8pts), 3rd up McCarrs (3pts), but you didn’t ride Garie (no bonus) = total 11pts.

 

Right, that’s it. The idea is that this is a bit of fun and a way to encourage you to get out there and race (crits, fondos, TTs) or smash yourself up some climbs.

Have fun!

Club crits – Sunday 30th Oct

Our Summer of Racing kicks off with an open crit race this Sunday. Open to all CA race licence holders, we’re running Men’s A-D and Women’s A-B grades. Sign-on from 7am. Day race licences available at sign-on.

Details

Location: Heffron Park
Sign-on: 7am
Start times:

  • Women’s B, Men’s C/D starts at 7:30am
  • Women’s A, Men’s A/B starts at 8:30am

 

NRS National Capital Tour – Day 3

The final day was a billed as a double-header, with a 70km road stage in the morning and a 50km crit in the afternoon, so Pete, Jesse and Chris were in for a hard day. Canberra really turned on the style with a cold, wet day forecast, though we had clearish skies in the morning, so there was some hope. After reconfiguring the car to accommodate our newly promoted DS, Moosh, we headed off down to Manuka for some pre-race coffees. We were sure to do really well today with a 1:1 DS to rider ratio. I don’t think even Team SKY can boast that!

No sooner had we reached the café than it was straight into serious DS duty as *someone* left their gels at home. Dan volunteered to drive back to the house, though as the only non-coffee drinker (I know, right?!) there weren’t going to be any offers. The boys got their tyres pumped and headed off for the start at Stromlo, Dan picked up myself and Moosh and we drove over, quickly encountering the promised rain. Wet start, wet race.

Our car was relegated to position 15 in the convoy (position is based on your rider placings) so I updated the stickers and we were ready to roll out. The race itself was pretty uneventful for us. With no sharp turns we never saw the riders and only had intermittent, crackly commissaire announcements to keep us poorly informed of goings on up the front. Dan was driving, I was on comms & rider spotting duties and Moosh was Media Manager, gleefully sticking a GoPro in dropped riders’ faces and keeping his social media profile up to date.

The action down the back was pretty constant. Riders getting punctures in the wet, then coming back through the peloton. Riders getting dropped. Cars stopping to pick up kit dropped by riders. It was also cool looking back at times and seeing the fleet of flashing blue lights enforcing the rolling road closures. Given we were on some of Canberra’s bigger roads, the rolling closure was so tight that some punctured riders, whose team cars were towards the back of the convoy, found themselves outside the rolling closure and in regular traffic by the time their wheel had been changed. This required a call to the commissaires, followed by a police car dropping back to guide them back into the fold. That must have been a sight to behold for Little Johnny on his way to family breakfast – police car with lights flashing, being drafted by a team car, being drafted by some skinny, wet dude on a bike inches from the rear bumper :)

The stage finished in a sprint back at Stromlo, with stern warnings to the team cars not to follow the peloton onto the crit track. We had a couple of hours before the next stage, so the guys grabbed gilets and rode back to the house. Dan stayed to watch Ben & Grechy’s stage finish while myself and Moosh drove back, with a super slow section on the hard shoulder trying and failing to find Chris’ lost GoPro. The guys arrived back in the house cold, wet and wanting some hot food, so it was back out for some bacon & egg rolls followed by some cleaning of the house before checkout and packing the car ready for the drive back to Sydney after the final stage. Given it was a crit we didn’t need to worry about having to follow the peloton!

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We returned to Stromlo. The rain was still falling and it was still cold. Enthusiasm levels were low. No-one was looking forward to an NRS crit in the rain. Once coats/jerseys were collected on the start line, the DSes didn’t have much to do, so we hung around the infield. Dan and Moosh shouted encouragement from the sidelines, I took some photos. We grabbed some towels from the car to give the riders to dry off after the race.

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Jesse pulled the pin halfway through as expected. With the main event of his season the following weekend (2nd in NSW Elite U23 TT Champs as it happens, even with a puncture!!), it just wasn’t worth the risk of a crash in a wet crit with nothing at stake. The rain got worse shortly after and it was time to seek some cover. Chris and Peter soldiered on and finished in the bunch. Positive Pete seemed to have enjoyed himself a bit in the crappy conditions – closer to his native Dutch weather perhaps. Chris, however, was frozen solid – barely able to speak through chattering jaws. He grabbed a towel and headed straight for the showers to warm up. Final DS duties were to put the various bikes on the roof racks, remove and return the transponders and then bolt for the road back to Sydney. No-one was keen to hang around in the atrocious conditions.

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So, first NRS race done. It was good fun, though fairly busy. Dan’s clearly done sterling work earlier in the season as he’s usually the lone DS sorting out everything himself and also providing his physio skills and massages to the riders as required. Chris also put in a few hours a day after the stage collating and editing the various video footage into the daily vignettes. It was also nice seeing how well the team gel together, the joy when someone does well, the concern when Moosh had crashed and the disappointment and remorse when planned tactics didn’t work out. All sprinkled with liberal amounts of piss-taking of course!

Rookie DS, over and out 😀

NRS National Capital Tour – Day 2

Today was an early start, with the Men’s race scheduled for an 8.30am roll out. The 97km stage consisted of 14 laps of a circuit through the embassy district of Yarralumba before a jaunt across the Kings Avenue Bridge and a finish atop Black Mountain. The boys rode to the start so we drove down early to get the car prepared for convoy duties. We hadn’t been given our team car sticker yesterday, so we had to get that from the Commissaires and decorate the car. After a few attempts to get the sticker on straight and professional I gave up and accepted a little bit hanging over the edge of the screen :) Based on our results yesterday we’d been allocated position 12 of 19 in the convoy, so there were stickers to indicate that too.

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The morning had seemed quite chilly, but by the time the race started the sun was out and it had warmed up, so gilets got dumped before the flag waved for the start. The first third of the lap was flat with a hotdog turn, the middle third was rolling hills up to a KOM point and then final third was downhill, through a final roundabout and into the sprint line. The pace was on from the start with riders trying to get a breakaway established, but nothing stuck. Being at position 12 we only saw what was happening at the hotdog turn about 800m into the lap, so we were pleasantly surprised when we approached the turn and could see Jesse on the opposite side of the road, going solo off the front of the peloton. He managed to stay away for long enough to grab some sprint points, but the rest of the bunch shut it down shortly after that.

DS duties during the race amount to listening to race radio, hoping they don’t announce that one of your riders has a puncture. There were a handful of riders either getting punctures or getting dropped off the back of the bunch, so we also had to keep our eyes peeled for any riders coming back up through the convoy and either give them a short tow or get out of their way, depending on the situation. We also had to alert the cars in front of riders coming through by beeping the horn and deal with other team cars passing us either to get to a rider requiring a wheel change, returning to their spot in the convoy having looked after their rider or, in one case, towing back a rider who’d disappeared out the back – the classic sticky bottle!! All while accelerating and decelerating to keep up with the cars in front, who in turn are at the mercy of whatever speed the peloton decides to ride. You’ve got to have your wits about you at all times!

Dan dropped me off at the KOM point on Lap 10 so I could take a few photos of the peloton on the following laps, then picked me up again on Lap 12. By this stage Moosh was struggling a bit on the climb and the next time around he got dropped halfway up, but fought hard to go over the top still in the convoy. He got in behind our team car and got a short tow to the downhill section where he went around us and continued making his way back to the bunch. Unfortunately, at the final roundabout he got clipped by one of the other team cars and hit the deck hard. I saw it happen from our position and told Dan, “shit, Moosh is hit! Moosh is hit!” We pulled in behind the accident and ran to check on him, lying on his side and in quite a bit of pain.

Dan’s the physio and much better qualified than me to deal with accidents, so I turned traffic cop, waving the remaining cars in the convoy through until the race ambulance showed up. With the paramedic and Dan looking after Moosh, it fell to me to collect his bike, helmet etc. give it the once over and place it in the car, then stand around a bit uselessly hoping for the best. Putting my years of watching the Tour to good use, I recalled the heartlessness professionalism of some photographers and made sure to get some shots and do a quick piece to video in case Media Director Miller could use it in the day’s news report! After some thorough checks the paramedic was happy that Moosh didn’t need a hospital trip and could go home with us in the car.

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The race was over by this stage, so we drove to the top of Black Mountain to meet the guys and see how things had gone. Chris had been hoping for a decent result up Black Mountain, but the pace was super fast into the final, dodgy right-hander before the climb started and he ended up out of position, finishing in a bunch 1:30 down on the stage winner.

The guys rode back to the house as a warm-down and we drove back with Moosh. Once home Dan did a few more checks on Moosh’s hip and the decision was made to go to hospital to get it scanned as a precautionary measure, so they headed off with Pete to spend a few hours waiting in the emergency department. Myself, Jesse and Chris drove back into town get some lunch and then watch Ben and Grechy compete in the Open A race which was on the same course as the NRS race that morning, without the finish on Black Mountain. Both looked strong and Ben managed to get 9th in the sprint finish.

By this stage Moosh was back from hospital and had been given the all-clear – no hip fracture. Good news! With everyone back at the house and content to chill for a while, I headed off to catch up with a mate who lives in Canberra for a couple of hours. With the boys later deciding that pizza was the chosen dinner option, remaining DS duties for the day amounted to buying some more groceries to ensure we had food for breakfast, filling the car’s petrol tank for tomorrow’s stage and bringing home some well-deserved beer. Having one of your riders being hit by a car on Day 2 as a DS wasn’t ideal!

NRS National Capital Tour – Day 1

Squad

  • Jesse Coyle
  • Moosh Brown
  • Chris Miller
  • Peter Ritskes
  • DS1: Daniel Van Der Laan
  • DS2: Donncha Redmond

DS Report

This weekend was to be my first helping out the Men’s Team at a race since taking over as SUVelo’s Race Director, and doing so at an NRS-level race was a bit daunting. Qualifications for the role consisted of many years watching the Tour, the Giro and the Vuelta live, plus the Monuments, Pais Vasco, the Dauphiné, Romandie, Tour of Turkey and anything else Eurosport were happy to broadcast. Practical racing experience? The odd crit at Heffron! Thankfully I had Dan on hand to guide me tell me what to do. Dan had the slight advantage of

a) having done DS for a few races already,

b) having recently raced with the squad before an injury sidelined him,

c) being a qualified physio, and

d) being coach to most of the squad!

I was in good hands :-)

Friday morning saw me fire up the trusty Hyundai and swing by to pick up Moosh for the drive to Canberra. He was a bit concerned that there was no roof rack for his bike but there was plenty of room in the boot and I’d brought spare towels to keep it adequately swaddled. Traffic out of Sydney was surprisingly light and we made good time to the coffee rendezvous at Suttons Forest, where Moosh swapped with Dan who proceeded to fill me in on how stuff works in the NRS for the remainder of the journey.

Stage 1 was due to start at midday with a 7km ITT, so first DS duty of the weekend for myself and Dan was to meet the Chief Commissaire and get our team’s transponders and race numbers. That done, we had time for a quick bite to eat before returning to meet the guys at the TT course. Next step was to set up trainers for warm-up and fit transponders and race numbers to the bikes, followed by nabbing a spare front and rear wheel to go in the follow car and pumping them to correct pressure. Moosh was our first rider to start at 12:44 with Pete, Jesse and Chris following at roughly 20min intervals, which meant we’d be able to follow everyone with one car.

I brought the car up towards the start line and waited in line until Moosh reached the start ramp, then it was a case of watching the countdown and we were off. The course started flat, then long downhill, shorter uphill to the turnaround, then the same in reverse; short downhill, long uphill, into a headwind, then drag to the finish. Not sure of correct protocol I maintained a respectful distance, shouted the odd bit of encouragement out the window and completely forgot to switch on the GoPro. Moosh got caught by his minute man, so I had to pull over towards the end to get out of his way.

Pete didn’t want a follow car, so Jesse was up next. Dan joined me in the passenger seat and proceeded to show me the correct protocol by hanging out the window, constantly shouting encouragement and instructions along with grabbing some video footage for the evening’s stage report. While following Chris, we saw how it should be done, with the Avanti-Isowhey DS calmly sitting in the car issuing instructions to his rider over loudspeaker just like the pros :)

None of the riders were particularly happy with their efforts, with the headwind catching everyone out on pacing, it taking roughly 4:40 to get to the turnaround and 7:00 – 8:00 to get back. From a DS point of view, following a rider on a downhill with 100km/hr indicated on the speedo was a bit nerve-wracking!

Results

Jesse 11:41

Chris 12:11

Pete 12:32

Moosh 12:54

Race over, the riders headed back to our AirBnB while myself and Dan did the groceries, getting food to cook dinner, stuff for breakfast plus some mini-Cokes and water to have in the car in case the riders wanted them during the remaining stages. Dan cooked everyone dinner, I did the washing up, then it was early to bed ready for a 6am start the next day.

 

Cootamundra Classic

Squad

  • Sam Sautelle
  • Chris Miller
  • DS: Daniel Van Der Laan

A small team headed inland to Cootamundra for the annual Cootamundra Classic and the following day’s “Recovery” Ride. These state handicap weekends tend to attract a top class field and this year was no different with multiple NRS teams well represented, along with a mix of super strong regional riders.

Enjoy their video report!