President’s Annual Report

With the Sydney Uni Velo Club AGM only a week away I thought it a good time to reflect over the past year and the year ahead.

2016 finished in emphatic style with SUVelo being awarded the 2016 NSW Road Premiership by Cycling NSW.  That is back to back titles for SUVelo and shows that SUVelo is clearly the dominant road racing club in NSW.  These awards are a testament to the men and women who regularly pin on a number and compete for the club around NSW and Australia.  As an established and well recognised road cycling club, SUVelo enjoys a solid reputation as a safe, competitive, welcoming and developmental club, catering for the interests of road cyclists of all abilities.

There are some induvial achievements that need to be recognised and 2016 was a break out year for Jessie Coyle who only started racing in 2015.  Jesse achieved a silver medal at the NSW State title for the individual time trial.  Our men’s racing squad also achieved a hard-fought silver medal at the NSW Club Teams Time Trial at Nowra.  The men’s squad was expertly captained by Chris Miller who himself had a strong season with numerous top 30 results in the National Road Series including a very strong performance in the Grafton to Inverell and the Tour of Tasmania.  Chris recently won L’Étape Australia and the 2017 NSW Master’s Road Race and Individual Time Trial for his age category.  Other noticeable racing performances that cannot go unheralded include Jesse Morley’s NSW road race title, Moosh Brown Master’s criterium title and Nate Bonarius for like…everything.

Ella Scanlon-Boor showed why she is one of the brightest talents in women’s racing on the national scene at the moment with a strong win in the women’s road race at the Australian University Games in Perth.  Robert Carr was in the right place at the right time to take a well-deserved second place at the same games in the men’s road race.  This event remains one of the club’s key focal points and an important date on our competition calendar.

The club has refocussed its racing efforts this year with an emphasis on racing at a club level.  We have created the Racing@SUVelo program which aims to create a collaborative and supported program for our members to race, learn skills and come together.  This program has been expertly run by Nate Bonarius who has provided mentoring and skills support to allow people to become racers or grow in their racing pursuits.  Top end high level racing is still important to the club and whilst the club itself is no longer running a mens and women’s team this year, we have partnered with two great teams to provide a strong link to the highest level of domestic racing and to provide a pathway for club mates who wish to compete at these top levels.  On the men’s side we have partnered with NERO Racing in their inaugural year as an NRS team and on the women’s side we have partnered with the NSWIS Sydney University team who are competing at an NRS level and proudly flew the flag at the World Tour level at the Santos Tour Down Under this year.

SUVelo had the good fortune to maintain very strong sponsor support in 2016 and it is the generosity of these sponsors that underpins SUVelo’s ongoing development and success. Our sponsors Slater and Gordon Lawyers, The Malaya, Sports Focus Physiotherapy, Staminade, A’qto, Turbo Studio and Pave the Way have all made valuable contributions in 2016.  The role and support of the Sydney University Sports Federation cannot by understated, their commitment to the club is second to none and we are proud to wear the University lion on our jersey.

The club’s social side is just as important as the riding and the club organised a series of stellar event for its member and supporters.  The highlight of which was hosting Australian Olympians Rachel Neylan and Richie Porte at the SUVelo President’s dinner at the Malaya restaurant in November.

2016 was another successful year of growth for SUVelo, building upon its solid performance-based ethos of which SUVelo is proud and from which we can work to further enhance the reputation and rewards for our club.  I would like to thank the SUVelo committee for their efforts over the past year. Without them none of this would have been possible.  I am blessed to work with such a great group of people who sacrifice their time to make our sport and our club better.

Andrew Duggan
President

 

SUVelo wins second NSW Clubs’ Road Premiership title

Club of the Year 2016

SUVelo has won the NSW Club’s Road Premiership title for a second year running. The title recognises the club whose members amassed the most number of points across the combined Cycling NSW Road premierships (men, women, U23 and masters). This year The Club Premiership was won by taking the outright win on points over Canberra CC (which was the points leader in 2015).

The award was presented at Cycling NSW’s Clarence St Cup at Dunc Gray Velodrome. Club President Andrew Duggan, Club Captain Stuart Hamilton, Race Director Donncha Redmond and SUVelo NRS rider Daniel Van Der Laan were on hand to receive the award (and have a bit of fun on the podium).

Cycling NSW CEO Phil Ayres said the competition was much closer than 2015 with the margin of difference between the top four clubs being just over 100 points, “which when you consider is using the results of all a clubs riders, a very close finish.

“Although Canberra CC has immense strength in the elite men’s division (with four riders in the top 20), Sydney Uni Velo Club had much better spread of placing and participating riders across all competitions.”

The manner of the club’s win demonstrates its commitment to the development of its members at all levels of cycling.

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 😉

Calga

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!

Sydney Uni & NSWIS join to advance women’s cycling

NSWIS Sydney Uni

A new chapter in women’s cycling will begin in 2017 with Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness (SUSF) and the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) joining forces to advance elite opportunities for athletes.

The partnership will see the creation of the NSWIS Sydney Uni Women’s Road Cycling Team, which will compete in the 2017 National Road Series and other select events both nationally and abroad.

Established in order to create a sustainable race team that will advance female athlete development, and provide academic support to riders, NSWIS cycling coach Ben Kersten is confident that the team will lay strong groundwork for future success.

“Over the past year we have been in discussions with Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness about creating more opportunities for education and professional pathways for women,” Kersten said.

“Then we tried to come up with something that mirrored the American collegiate system. At the heart of our discussions was the need to help female athletes balance education and cycling.

“We (NSWIS and SUSF) quickly found ourselves on the same page as organisations and wanted to unite high performance and education for athletes. The long-term plan to bring athletics and academics in line with each other is good. Next year will be all about laying the foundations for a long-term partnership.”

While the team first raced together at the Australian Road National Championships in early January, the official launch of the team has arrived just ahead of the Santos Tour Down Under.

Now with just hours until the new team breaks cover, Sydney Uni Velo (SUVelo) Club founding President and now SUSF Vice President David Jordan declared the partnership with NSWIS as an important stepping stone for women’s sport.

“Sydney Uni Velo Club was formed in 2010 with the intent of creating a new “development” Club in the Sydney cycling scene. We wanted to particularly create a Club environment where male and female cyclists could grow in this sport,” Jordan said.

“We dreamt of having national prominence in cycling one day, and the formation of this partnership with NSWIS in the National Road Series is an obvious marker that we are on course in achieving that dream.

“That we have made that step with a women’s team is particularly significant as women’s sport has been very much the emphasis of Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness’s direction for some years now.”

Also pleased to see the merger come to fruition was SUSF Executive Director Rob Smithies.

“This merger brings together an array of talented riders and I look forward with excitement to seeing their combined growth,” Smithies said.

The NSWIS Sydney Uni Women’s Road Cycling Team first raced at the Australian Road National Championships between January 4-8 in Ballarat, before officially launching today January 12, 2017, ahead of the Santos Tour Down Under. See the NSWIS Sydney Uni start list here.

Additional quotes from Sydney Uni Velo Club President and SUSF President below

Andrew Duggan – President of the Velo Club said:

“This partnership has been the result not only of a lot of hard work by senior members of the Club, but also the work of many Club members over a number of years.”

“The SUSF partnership with NSWIS involves significant financial contribution by the Club too, and we are all looking forward to seeing our women achieve national recognition.”

“The Club already has women competing on the world stage – Sarah Roy and Rachel Neylan, both Club members, ride for Orica-Scott on the UCI Women’s World Tour. So in a sense, this is only the beginning.”

“At the Club we remain committed to continuing the development of the Club and individuals in it as part of our ‘Racing@SUVelo’ program. We want to be a stepping-stone, and what better way to achieve that than by being partnered with NSWIS in the National Road Series.”

“SUVelo has won back-to-back NSW Club Road premierships. Racing is at the heart of the club and the Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness lion on our cycling kit has become a familiar sight at races throughout Sydney, NSW and Australia over the past six years. We are all looking forward to seeing it further on the national stage and, hopefully, on podiums across the country.”

Bruce Ross – President of Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness

“Sydney Uni Velo Club has grown tremendously since its formation in 2010. We knew then that cycling was ‘the new golf,’ but we could not have imagined the growth that this new Club would have in just 6 years.”

It is now one of the bigger sporting Clubs on campus, and we are terrifically excited by the prospect of Sydney Uni’s name being out there on the national stage in yet another sport. We are especially proud of the fact that it is happening in women’s sport, as it vindicates the culture which exists across the entire sports organisation at Sydney Uni.”

SUVelo wins inaugural NSW Club’s Road Premiership

SUVelo wins the inaugural NSW Club's Road PremiershipSUVelo has been awarded the inaugural NSW Club’s Road Premiership! The award, part of Cycling NSW’s NSW Road Premiership, recognises our year of strong results and continued participation across Elite Men’s, Elite Women’s and Masters categories. The achievement reflects our commitment to development, the tireless efforts of our race team coordinators and team members and a passion for racing that pervades the club.

That passion was clearly reflected in the fact that SUVelo had twice as many members participate in events than other clubs. Sydney Uni Velo riders had more than 80 starts in premiership events against the ballpark 40 starts from Canberra CC, St George CC and Lidcombe Auburn CC which follows the trend of more starts leading to more likely success.

Canberra CC, Sydney Uni Velo Club and St George CC were the riders most seen on the Men’s start line. Sydney Uni Velo Club had an equally large presence on the Masters’ start line with Lidcombe Auburn CC and Penrith CC also showing in numbers. On the women’s line it was Canberra CC and Sydney Uni Velo Club colours that dominated and it has reflected in the placings.

SUVelo launches Friday Night Racing

Friday night racing comes to Heffron! SUVelo will host twilight Criterium races at Heffron Park on 13 November and 11 December. There will be A, B and C Graded scratch races with 2 prime sprints per grade.

The start time is 6pm for all grades. Sign on starts at 5:30pm. Entry costs $10 and you must have an Australian Standards compliant helmet and a Cycling Australia license.

These two evening races replace the regularly scheduled races held on Sunday mornings.

SUVelo’s Georgia Catterick chosen for NZ road team

Georgia CatterickGeorgia Catterick joined the SUVelo Women’s Racing Team this year to work with our NRS team in high-profile NRS races.  Announced in the last week, and as covered by New Zealand’s Marlborough Express, Georgia flies to Virginia in the United States with her countrymen to compete in the UCI Junior World Championships.  The upcoming Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley is one of Georgia’s last multi-stage races before the Worlds, and she joins Abby Sneddon, Steph Lord, Josephine Meldgaard and Gina Ricardo in the event.  Best of luck to the Women’s Race Team in the near future and Georgia at the Worlds!

SUVelo monthly race 16th August

Racing at Heffron

SUVelo Club criterium racing returns to Heffron on Sunday August 16th!

This race is not just limited to Sydney Uni Velo members. Everyone is welcome! So come along and have some fun!

Racing is only $10 for CA gold license members. Day license is available for CA silver license members.

We’ve got some great prizes courtesy of our club sponsors to entice you along:

Race time:

  • Sign on from 7AM
  • Women’s, C, and D Grades start at 7:30am
  • A and B Grades start at 8:30am.

Race format:

  • Women’s, C, and D grades: criterium with slight twist. Watch this space closer to the day for more information.
  • A and B grades: 55 mins – 1 hour criterium around heffron.

We are hoping for a huge turnout to challenge for an exclusive meal at our favourite restaurant – The Malaya.

See you there!