Club Criterium Champions!

After a week spent watching the weather forecast chopping and changing, and making contingency plans in case we had to postpone, we awoke this morning to blue skies and damp, but drying ground. Club Champs were ON!

With the absence of red-hot favourites Jesse Coyle and Georgia Whitehouse, the A grades were wide open. Men’s A proved to be a race of attrition with Aaron Bicknell, Moosh Brown, Simon Thomson and Ben Wray setting a solid pace, resulting in riders gradually getting dropped. Once Simon popped a spoke in yet another set of wheels (32-spoke box sections only for you!) the pace settled down a bit as the remaining three started foxing for the finish. Moosh went for the long sprint whereas Ben played it cool and came around him with 50m to go to claim the title.

Women’s A was similar with riders getting popped until a solid group of four remained. Gina Ricardo, Emily Watts, Jen Darmody and Lisa Antill rolled turns together until the final straight when the sprint opened up. It was action packed right to the line, with Gina’s NRS legs enough to take the win from track star Emily and Jen close behind for third.

Men’s C saw a few breakaway attempts with Nelson Aston and Stephen Bennett off the front for a good portion of the race. Ultimately they got shut down and the resulting sprint saw Tom Pritchard make the win stick this week after getting caught near the line at West Head last week. Baz Doosey got up for second with Nelson Aston still having enough in the legs to round out the podium.

Low numbers in Women’s B meant the bunch stayed together throughout and opted to sprint it out for the win. Claire Carroll put her training to good use and took the win from Jen Bullock, with Jane Richards in third.

Finally, Men’s B was always going to end in a sprint. With everyone closely matched no-one was going to get away, though Jesse Morley gave it a good go and Emlyn Simpson tried stringing things out too. The sprinters were having none of it and when the time came to kick, Dan Van Der Laan put his recent track training to good use, going the full World Tour victory salute across the line, with Darren Russell taking second from Matt Hale by the width of a tyre. If iPhones didn’t do 240fps slo-mo we’d never have separated them!

 

Thanks to Andrew Duggan as Commissaire and to Keith Jones, Victoria McNeill and Shannon Beneforti as marshals. That’s it for this season. Time to put your feet up and get stuck into the mince pies 😉

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Women’s B-Grade

  1. Claire Carroll
  2. Jen Bullock
  3. Jane Ritchard

 

 

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Women’s A-Grade

  1. Gina Ricardo
  2. Emily Watts
  3. Jennifer Darmody

 

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Men’s C-Grade

  1. Tom Pritchard
  2. Baz Doosey
  3. Nelson Aston

 

2017ClubMenBMen’s B-Grade

  1. Dan Van Der Laan
  2. Darren Russell (able represented by Jen Darmody!)
  3. Matt Hale

 

2017ClubMenAMen’s A-Grade

  1. Ben Wray
  2. Moosh Brown
  3. Aaron Bicknell

October Club Crit Results

 

Perfect weather for racing at Heffron this morning, starting out with a bit of cloud cover and zero wind. Quite the novelty when compared to Tuesday nights! With Masters Nationals on the Gold Coast this weekend numbers were notably down in both A-Grade Men and Women, though Men’s B-Grade had a strong turnout. Blazing sunshine was the order of the day by the time the Men’s A & B were on the track and the ice-cool Staminade was going down a treat!

Thanks to Andrew Duggan as Commissaire and to Dan Van Der Laan, Gina Ricardo, Paul Curjak and Shannon Beneforti as marshals.

November’s race is our Club Champs and is not open to other clubs, so this weekend marks the last of our races for 2017. Thanks to all the riders and clubs who’ve come out to support our events throughout the year and we’ll see you again on Jan 28th to get some intensity back into your legs after Tour Down Under!

 
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Women’s B-Grade

  1. Carlijn Kerdijk – Parklife CC
  2. Victoria McNeill – Sydney Uni Velo
  3. Renee Simon – Parklife CC

Prime: Victoria McNeill

 

 

(No photo as Gina was out marshalling the following races)

Women’s A-Grade

  1. Gina Ricardo – Sydney Uni Velo
  2. Amanda Bardett – Manning Valley

Prime: Gina Ricardo

 

Oct2017MCMen’s C-Grade

  1. Adnan Al Dabet – Sydney Uni Velo
  2. Dan d’Auvergne-Massey – Rapha CC
  3. Richard Croft – Sydney Uni Velo

Prime: Adnan Al Dabet

 

Oct2017MBMen’s B-Grade

  1. Richard Scriven – Sydney Uni Velo
  2. Alexis Kaless – Manly Warringah CC
  3. Brendan Hancox – Sydney Uni Velo

Prime: Darragh Larkin – Eastern Suburbs CC

 

Oct2017MAMen’s A-Grade

  1. Luke Cridland – St. George CC
  2. Nathan Bonarius – Sydney Uni Velo
  3. Tai Huynh – Northern Sydney CC

Prime: Nathan Bonarius

September Club Crit Results

 

After the icy conditions last month, Summer was definitely here this morning with the mercury reading 26C at 7am sign-on. There was no need for arm-warmers today! With Women’s and Men’s NRS racing elsewhere this weekend we had no entries for Women’s A and numbers were down significantly in Men’s A as well, but Men’s B put together a solid field. We even had a couple of Waratahs opt for Heffron over Eastern Creek. Thanks guys!

Thanks to Andrew Duggan as Commissaire and to Doug Pfafflin and Teri Yaghoubian as marshals and a special thanks to all the riders who got out of bed to come down and support our race. Next event is on October 29th, so see you all there!

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Women’s B-Grade

  1. Kim Taranto – Manning Valley CC
  2. Carlijn Kerdijk – Parklife CC
  3. Caitlin Wallis – Manning Valley CC

Prime: Carlijn Kerdijk

 

201709MCMen’s C-Grade

  1. Adnan Al Dabet – Sydney Uni Velo
  2. Darren Moore – Eastern Suburbs CC
  3. Gordon Allan – Parklife CC

Prime: Adnan Al Dabet

 

201709MBMen’s B-Grade

  1. Damion Ryan – RBCC
  2. David Watkinson – Manly Warringah CC
  3. Christopher Green – Eastern Suburbs CC

Prime: Damion Ryan

 

201709MAMen’s A-Grade

  1. Nash Kent – Parklife CC
  2. Liam Kelly – Eastern Suburbs CC
  3. James McDulling – Parklife CC

Prime: Liam Kelly

August Club Crit Results

After a week of strong, gusty winds, this morning dawned relatively calm with clear skies albeit slightly brisk. With the ‘feels like’ temperature a balmy 1C for 7am sign-on the numbers were down, with only two women gracing us with their presence and 8 riders for Men’s C-Grade.

The extra hour in bed and extra few degrees meant we saw decent fields start for both Men’s A and B. The sun was up which meant it was almost pleasant standing on the sidelines watching the race, until the southerly came through covering the sun, the apparent temperature dropped a few degrees and both races ended up sprinting into a nice headwind.

Thanks to Nic Martin as Commissaire and to Brett McLeod, André Szczepanski and Dan Van Der Laan as marshals and a special thanks to all the riders who got out of bed to come down and support our race. Next event is on September 24th, so see you all there! And remember, Spring IS on the way :)

Women's A GradeWomen’s A-Grade

  1. Gina Ricardo – Sydney Uni Velo
  2. Samantha Boyce – Rapha CC

 

Men's C-GradeMen’s C-Grade

  1. Alex Lowe – Sydney Uni Velo
  2. Russell Fox – Parklife CC
  3. Pat Brophy – Sydney Uni Velo

 

Men's B-GradeMen’s B-Grade

  1. Nick d’Ambrosio – Parklife CC
  2. Ben De Groot – Eastern Suburbs
  3. Darragh Larkin – Eastern Suburbs

 

Men's A-GradeMen’s A-Grade

  1. Nash Kent – Parklife CC
  2. Nate Bonarius – Sydney Uni Velo
  3. James Nicol – Manning Valley CC

Race Report: Battle of the Bridge – Round 4

A beautiful morning at Heffron Park for the final round of the Battle of the Bridge series for 2017. Heading into the round the leaderboard looked as follows:

Club Points
Northern Sydney 26
SUVelo 20
Manly Warringah 15
Randwick Botany 13
Central Coast 6
Easts 0

Northern Sydney were well placed to retain the title they won last year. With only six points the difference, SUVelo was the only real threat to Northern Sydney’s chances. One of these clubs would be crowned champion and take home the illustrious Battle of the Bridge trophy:

Battle of the Bridge trophy

Given the points gap to third, it would be extremely difficult for the other clubs to really have a shot at top spot. All their racing would be for pride.

The racing started with the Women’s and Men’s C grade races. SUVelo opened up their account with a 1-2 finish from Georgia Whitehouse and Lisa Antill. Randwick Botany’s Sue Henry rounded out the podium. With a big haul of points for SUVelo and NSCC denied any, a real fight for the title was guaranteed.

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The sold out C grade race was hotly contested and unfortunately not without incident. A nasty tumble just before the end saw Randwick Botany rider Declan Jones injured. We wish Declan a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him racing as soon as possible.

In what would prove to be the recurring theme of the morning, SUVelo claimed first place thanks to a strong ride from Brendan Hancox. Easts finally secured a podium finish this series with Daniel Corbett in second. Minh Dinh took third to add just one point to NSCC’s tally.

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SUVelo by now was the provisional leader in the series. But with the lead so small, meaningful results in either the A or B grade races could see the series win go either way.

The B grade race saw a series of attacks to tire out the bunch. For the most part though the bunch stayed together until the final lap. Mitch Dixon from Manly Warringah opened up the sprint early and looked like he had the result in hand. A late move by Andy Matthews though produced one of the closer finishes we’ve seen at Heffron in a while. Photos and video were reviewed by the commissaire and other interested parties, with Andy Matthews declared the winner. His bike throw was timed perfectly to inch out Mitch for first place. Jason Douglas from RBCC finished third.

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A smaller than usual A grade (several regulars were at the NRS Tour of the Great South Coast) was blown apart very quickly, ultimately seeing the grade split across three or four bunches around the circuit. Tacks on the circuit just after the first bend unfortunately ended a couple of riders’ racing too early but otherwise it became clear that the lead group would produce the place getters. Importantly for the series win, three SUVelo riders but only one NSCC rider – Angus Calder – made the selection.

The lead group worked together well for the first half of the race to establish the gap. From here on though, SUVelo’s numerical advantage would be exploited to maximum effect. Moosh Brown did the hard yards and softened up the competition, pushing ahead of the group. Nathan Bonarius and Ben Wray wouldn’t chase him, forcing the others to keep bringing him back.

To finish Ben opened up a long sprint with Nate coming around his wheel to win by a clear margin. Ben finished second with Easts’ John Peppard close behind. Angus missed out on a podium finish, denying NSCC any points in the race.

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Four grades. Four SUVelo firsts. With this dominant performance SUVelo proved itself worthy winners of the Battle of the Bridge series for 2017. Northern Sydney’s Archie Wilson presented the trophy to SUVelo Club Captain Stuart Hamilton and Alexis Kaless wrapped up the series.

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Congratulations and thanks to all the riders of all clubs who participated in and supported the series. No racing happens magically, so hats off to the commissaires, marshalls and other volunteers who organised and managed the races. Thanks for a fun and exciting Battle of the Bridge for 2017. We look forward to defending the title next year.

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SUVelo riders collect at NSW Team Time Trial Champs

A number of Sydney University Velo Club riders recorded impressive results at Saturday’s NSW Teams Time Trial Championships in Nowra.

The event, dubbed the biggest day in NSW club racing, attracted nearly 500 riders who formed teams of four to race either 40km (one lap) or 80km (two laps) of the Nowra course.

Sydney Uni Velo Club’s Elite Women’s team, SUVelo Super Chicks, made up of Mia-Louise Barry, Gina Ricardo, Georgia Whitehouse and Lisa Antill claimed first place with a time of 1:03:03.52.

Another Sydney Uni Velo Elite Women’s team – the SUVeloritas of Jennifer Darmody, Rae-Anne Hardie, Shahrzad Shahnia and Victoria McNeill, placed third with a time of 1:07:21:45.

2017 NSW TTT Women

The Club’s Elite Men’s team featuring Christopher Miller, Jesse Coyle, Aden Reynolds and Michael Brown placed second, taking home the the silver medal.

Following Saturday’s Team Time Trials was the ‘Ride for Robbie’ Graded Scratch Race.

Hundreds took part in the race from Nowra to Sassafras in honour of local rider Robbie Williams, who sadly passed away on a ride in Canberra five years ago in 2012.

In this event, Sydney Uni Velo Club’s Georgia Whitehouse won the Division 1 Women’s Road Race with a time of 2:03:41.

Daniel Van Der Lan claimed first place in the Division 3 Men’s Road Race and Robert Car won bronze in Division 2.

See the full results from the TTT here and the Road Race here.

(Article courtesy of SUSF)

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.

Leaving Dad Behind

Robert Matthews completed the Audax Australia Alpine Classic 200 km Sunrise Over Buffalo ride in 2016 at age 13. This year he lined up for the 250 km Alpine Classic Extreme.

When I signed up for the Alpine Classic 250 I knew that it was going to be a step up from the 200, which I did last year, but I didn’t realise how much harder it was going to be. Dad and I opted for the 4 am start, which for us meant waking up at 1:30 am because we were staying at my grandma’s place in Kiewa.

As we rolled out of Bright in the darkness I said to myself “This is gonna be long day…”. It started off pretty slow then the group started a bit of a paceline and by the time we got to Harrietville my legs were already aching. Then we got to the climb.

 

I began the ascent of Hotham with the front few riders but after the first few km I decided that I should save myself for the rest of the day and ride at my own pace and that’s what I did for the next 10 km. It was such a relief getting past The Meg and cresting the top of the first section. Too bad it was still dark and I couldn’t appreciate the view. Back to climbing. I took it easy for the next few bits and on the final stretch to the Summit of Hotham, I realised that there were going to be photographers at the top so I better take that ugly reflective vest off. It was now getting light so, technically, I was allowed to.

The first checkpoint and food stop, which was at Dinner Plain, was quite a bit further than I expected. We had decided that we were only going to stop for five or ten minutes but when I saw a loaf of bread and a huge pot of Nutella I just couldn’t resist. So I quickly chowed down my sandwich and we got going again. The descent was long, broken up with hills and a few flat sections which morphed into the road to Omeo. I was riding with a nice group of people who made a quite boring stretch of road a bit more interesting. I was feeling a little bit sore that whole time so when we arrived at the centre of Omeo and the road goes up out of nowhere I let the others go ahead while I rolled over it at a sensible speed.

We didn’t take much of a stop at Omeo, just filling our bottles and grabbing a few snakes, before we set off again. The next 15 kilometres weren’t that fun, with a bit of an unexpected climb, before one of the most beautiful parts of the whole ride winding along the funnily named “Big” river. It was a bit unfortunate that I couldn’t appreciate it fully because the only thing that was on my mind was the extremely hyped climb up the back of Falls Creek.

 

I was bracing myself for the worst when I saw the turn-off but nothing could have prepared me for what was to come. As I turned the corner, the writing on the road described exactly what I was feeling, “WTF!”. I was going down through my gears and then realised that it wouldn’t go into my easiest gear. This was going to be a long hill. And it was. The only distraction was the sound of mooing cows who, I told myself, were cheering me on.

I made it up the first section of the climb and then decided that it was a bit too hard not having my biggest gear so I stopped and attempted to fix it for five minutes I just couldn’t get it to shift across and stay there luckily Dad was not too far behind and he was able to get it shifting in a matter of seconds.

For the rest of the climb, I could now just spin up, in the 32, with relative ease. As we crested Falls Creek this almighty headwind came out of nowhere and was really demoralising. We pushed on and a smile appeared on my face as we arrived at the little descent and I could see the check point in the distance. This time we were going to have a decent sized lunch stop. I grabbed a veggie roll and some rice cream, remembering how good this was from the ride last year.

 

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We took our time to eat our lunch and then we got to the best part, the descent. I saw this young guy in Rapha kit who looked like a good wheel to follow and gosh he was! We leaned into all the corners, passing heaps of people and I barely even needed to use my brakes.

Dad wasn’t feeling too good at Mt. Beauty and when we got to the Tawonga climb he told me to ride ahead. I paced up the climb at a reasonable speed knowing that it was the last hard section and I caught a guy that was about at my level. I had a little chat with him going up the hill but I wasn’t going to let him beat me to the top. When he accelerated I sprinted past him, over the hill and then down the other side. It was fair to say that I was feeling better than I expected.

I found a nice group to ride into Bright with and, as I rolled under the long corridor of trees and through the finishing chute, I thought back at the awesome day that I had just had and how I will definitely be back next year. Dad was only about five minutes behind me and when we saw each other back at the carpark we gave each other a big high-five then quickly changed into our boardies and jumped into the river. I’d like to thank Audax for putting on such an amazing day and also all of the volunteers who took time out of their day to make our ride that little bit easier and more enjoyable.

Kitchen on fire for new team

NSWIS Sydney Uni

Lauren Kitchen has claimed 4th place in the overall General Classification and 3rd place in the Sprint Classification of the 2017 Santos Women’s Cycling Tour.

Kitchen was the leading rider home for the newly formed women’s cycling NSWIS Sydney Uni partnership in this Tour Down Under Classic.

Hailing from Port Macquarie, Kitchen let the other 101 riders know from the outset last Saturday she was one to watch finishing 10th overall in the tough 106.5 km, Stage 1 showdown and 7th in the Sprint Classification. Stage 1 was won in a time of 2h 51:01, with Kitchen at +1:01 in hot pursuit, just behind the first three.

A celebrated sprinter and road cyclist, Kitchen roared into 4th overall in the 32 km Adelaide Criterium Stage 2 and held 2nd position overnight in the highly-fancied Sprint Classification. Kitchen never released her grip over the final two stages, powering to steal the Lap 25 Sprint and points on offer in the last race.

The NSWIS Sydney Uni Santos Women’s Tour team comprised of Kitchen; Kirsten Howard; Ashlee Ankudinoff; Gina Ricardo; Nicola MacDonald and Emma Roberts, with Katie Brown as Team Manager. In the strongest field yet, the Santos Women’s Tour pitted 17 teams of six riders against each other over four stages from January 14 to 17, 2017.

The Tour encompassed two Adelaide city Criteriums, Stages 2 and 4 along with stages in the Barossa and Adelaide Hills. The fourth and final Criterium stage, mercifully held in the early evening of a sweltering Adelaide day, was bonanza for spectators who thrilled at the speed and intensity of the top riders going for broke around a 1.2 km course.