SUVelo Club Champs Race Report 2018

Date: 4th November 2018
Weather: dry, sunny, low 20s, perfect for racing
Location: Heffron Park

The race that stops a nation proved to be a hit once again.

With no previous winners lining up on the line there were going to be new names going on the trophies this year.

Racing started with the women and mens C in a mixed bunch start but with distinct races. The women field was wide open and anyone could have taken out the win. As it was, it was a late entrant Fiona Yard who proved strongest of the bunch, after main rival Edel O’Hagan got a badly timed puncture and the wheel change from neutral support was reminiscent of Richie Porte trying to help his mate Simon Clarke at the tour.
Rounding out the podium was Virginia Woods in her annual crit, along with Rose Vassel.

Fiona Yard
Virginia Woods
Rose Vassel

Over in the mens C race chief commissaire and club president Andrew Duggan made C grade a lively bunch before getting the hook with two laps to go. This left the field to fight for the win and a well deserved win for Ian Schmidt after working hard in recent months, along with putting a heap of work into the club, was able to find the right time to launch his effort and smile to the camera at the finish.

Mens C:
Ian Schmidt McLachlan
Andrew Gordon
Lewis Waugh

8:30 rolled around and the mens B and mens club championship title were on the line.
In mens B SUVelo showed they are very deep with every man and his dog pinning a number on, with some returning faces and those who have been secret training showing themselves.
There were some lively early attacks from the likes of Nelson Aston and Kris Sostaric but ultimately they were in vain as B came back together as it so often does. With 2 laps to go Chris Killmore looked like he might have a decisive gap only be be reeled in after the bell which set things up nicely for the sprinters to do their thing.
The smart money was on Andy Matthews and he delivered, holding off a rampaging Nic Martin and Lachlan Burrows into third.

Mens B:
Andy Matthews
Nicholas Martin
Lachlan Burrows

In the main event for men the field showed the pathway to the NRS with Australia’s previous L’etape winners both lining up in Chris Miller and Jesse Coyle and it was this combo many were looking out for. Brendan Hancox stepped up into A grade after some very strong form of late and more than held his own, making the split early on and showing his potential at this level.
A Nero KOM race team formed at the front and with Angus Wilson, Robbie Matthews, Chris Miller and James Nicol all making Jesse Coyle do more than his fair share, with Brendan making up the rest of the front split.
In the end it was the powerful and well timed effort that gave James Nicol the line honours, making him follow in the footsteps of some SUVelo greats and get his name on the trophy and the honour of calling himself club champion for the next year.

Mens A:
James Nicol
Jesse Coyle
Angus Wilson

Well done to James and Fiona – your club champions for 2018.

A special call out and thanks first to the many people who helped today but especially Paraic Hogan, Lisa Antill, David Jordan, Nicholas Martin and Andrew Duggan, without who the race couldn’t happen. Secondly a thanks to all the sponsors for their ongoing help and making SUVelo a great club to be involved with.

Normal racing schedules return next month, 2nd December, with our womens come and try day the week prior on the 25th November.



SUVelo wins Cycling NSW Club Championship Shield

SUVelo riders put on a stunning display at the Cycling NSW Team Time Trial Championship in Nowra, to claim the prestigous Club Championship Shield. With eight teams competing, the club showed its depth of talent, and achieved some fantastic results:

Elite Women: 1st & 2nd
Elite Men: 4th & 5th
Masters Women All Ages: 4th
Masters Men All Ages: 10th, 19th & 20th

The points tally across these results saw SUVelo take top spot ahead of Manly-Warringah by 3 points with St George in third place.

SUVelo riders also claimed first place in the accompanying Sassafras Challenge Open Women event.

SUVelo makes it two for two at L’Étape

L’Étape Australia has once again played host to a dominant display by SUVelo riders. Gina Ricardo and Jesse Coyle have each won line honours and the right to wear the yellow jersey.

Gina Ricardo and Chris Froome

Gina improved on her 3rd place overall last year with a time of 3:01:45, and repeated her 4th place in the QOM contest.

Jesse, 5th last year, took line honours this year with an official time of 2:48:17. He also claimed top spot in the KOM challenge.

Both had the pleasure of receiving the yellow jersey from Tour de France champion Chris Froome.

Coyle, Froome and Ricardo

Gina and Jesse were far from the only SUVelo members to show the club’s strength however. The top end of the leaderboard had a healthy compliment of SUVelo riders:

  • Aaron Bicknell, 2nd overall
  • Chris Miller, 8th overall
  • Jesse Morley, 16th overall
  • Ben Wray, 24th overall
  • Robert Matthews, 25th overall

Congratulations to Gina and Jesse and all our riders for their incredible performances. For more on the event be sure to check out SBS Cycling Central’s fantastic video highlights package from the day. Quite a few SUVelo members make cameo appearances!

Advance screening of All For One

SUVelo is hosting a special pre-release screening of the new Orica GreenEDGE documentary, All For One. And everyone’s invited!

All For One follows the first five years of the GreenEDGE journey. United by their renegade spirit and a determination to win against substantial odds, these riders take on the international circuit. The film offers unique insights into their journey, bearing witness to the ethos of the team as embodied by all – from the strongest to most embattled members. Out of a culture that embraces a deeply human approach to sport, unlikely champions are born, and seemingly improbable team and personal goals are achieved.

Tickets are limited and on sale now. For more information head to our event page.


SUVelo Crits, May 21st

Despite threats of rain, conditions at Heffron Park were absolutely perfect this morning. Some competitive racing across three grades for women and men produced the following results:

Mens A
1st Jesse Coyle – SUVelo
2nd Nate Bonarius – SUVelo
3rd Chris Miller – SUVelo
Prime Mathieu Bremaud – RBCC

Mens B
1st Stuart Hamilton – SUVelo
2nd Matthew Spence – RBCC
3rd Ben De Groot – Easts
Prime Stuart Hamilton – SUVelo

Mens C
1st & Prime Bradley Bird – Parklife CC
2nd Ian Schmidt – SUVelo
3rd Cameron Butchard – MWCC

Womens A
1st Nadia Younan – SCC
2nd Maddy Beevors – SUVelo

Womens B
1st Amanda Burdett – Manning Valley
2nd & Prime Julie-Anne Hazlett – Manning Valley
3rd Caitlin Wallace – Manning Valley

Womens C
1st Alice Clayton – CNSW

Thanks to everyone who came down to join in the action. Particular thanks to Andrew Duggan, Brett McLeod, Emlyn Simpson and Jane Ritchard for their help in organising and running the day’s races.

SUVelo at the 2017 Australian Road Championships

Record numbers of SUVelo members competed at this year’s Australian Road Championships last week in Ballarat. Ten riders participated across a range of events and produced some fantastic results.

The ITT was the event where our members shined. Jesse Coyle secured 15th place in the men’s ITT. Ella Bloor put in a brilliant performance to place 3rd in the U23 category and make the podium. Ella backed her ITT performance up in the women’s Road Race, finishing 4th in the U23 category.

Full results

Women’s Criterium

Sarah Roy – 8th
Sneddon – 23rd

Men’s Criterium

Aden Reynolds – 25th

Women’s ITT

Ella Bloor – 3rd U23

Men’s ITT

Jesse Coyle – 15th

Women’s Road Race

Sarah Roy – 13th
Ella Bloor 28th (4th U23)

Men’s Road Race

Aden Reynolds – 39th

2016 SUVelo Club Championships

2016 SUVelo Club Championships

Overcast skies and a bit of drizzle greeted members at Heffron Park but any threat of rain never eventuated. Conditions for this year’s club championships were perfect, with cool temperatures and a decent headwind down the straight ensuring some exciting racing.

Women’s C Grade

The women’s grades were the first to hit out with three or four riders per grade. In C grade, Claire Carroll made her move at the right time to cross the line ahead of Samantha Wray and Tegan Cox.

  1. Claire Carroll
  2. Samantha Wray
  3. Tegan Cox

Women’s B Grade

Women’s B grade was a tightly raced affair, with the trio of riders staying close to each other until the final lap. In the end a two-up sprint between Shahrzad Shania and Jill Morris decided the winner, with Jill taking line honours by about two bike lengths.

  1. Jill Morris
  2. Shahrzad Shania
  3. Jane Ritchard

Women’s A Grade

Like B grade, the A grade race came down to a sprint finish but all four riders were in the mix, at least to start. Ultimately though, Gina Ricardo pipped Maddy Beevors for top honours with roughly a bike length separating each rider across the line.

  1. Gina Ricardo
  2. Maddison Beevors
  3. Virginia Woods

Men’s D Grade

With a smaller field of entrants, D grade raced with the C grade bunch, which guaranteed a zippy pace. Nick Ludgate took the win, with Paul Coleburn finishing second.

  1. Nick Ludgate
  2. Paul Coleburn

Men’s C Grade

The first few laps saw the bunch stay relatively tight but a series of moves started to see some cracks forming. Ultimately though it would be Mark Drinkwater showing he’s in great form, easily beating the bunch across the line.

  1. Mark Drinkwater
  2. David Jordan
  3. Courtney Walton

Men’s B Grade

Never a dull moment in this race, with Rob Even and Mark Phillips each attacking the bunch through the race. They’d be brought back each time though and the race decided in a bunch sprint. For a moment he looked boxed in against the grass, but Darren Russell showed great form and timed his move perfectly in a cracking finish.

  1. Darren Russell
  2. Matt Hale
  3. Paraic Hogan

Men’s A Grade

A couple of early tests of the bunch were just a prelude to a breakaway move by Andrew Wagner and Tristan Cardew that would prove decisive. Extending their lead to 25 seconds, it was clear one of the two would be the winner. Winding up the sprint from a fairly long way out, Tristan Cardew took out top spot. A late move by Jesse Coyle further behind ensured he was clear for third with Nathan Bonarius winning the bunch sprint for fourth.

  • Tristan Cardew
  • Andrew Wagner
  • Jesse Coyle

Wrap up

Yet again, a fantastic turn out and competitive racing by club members. Thank you to all those who volunteered their help and to our sponsors for making the day possible.


Race Results – October 2016

Men’s C

Brendan Hancox, SUVelo

Paul Curjak, SUVelo

Albert Alonso, LACC


Women’s B

Lisa Benjamin, BICI Sport

Maddison Beevors, SUVelo


Men’s B

Adam McCoy, Manning Valley (Cheeky Racing)

David Watkinson, MWCC

Paraic Hogan, SUVelo


Men’s A

Nathan Bonarius, SUVelo (Turbo Studio Bravehearts)

Danny Roberts-Clarke, SUVelo Racing

Tristan Cardew, SUVelo (Mobius Racing)


Robbie Wins Commissaire’s Award at ‘The Wall’

Manly-Warringah held the second edition of “The Wall” yesterday, their 110km handicap race at West Head. The pace was on in all groups right from the start, with Scratch eventually sweeping all before them and taking out the win.

However, our own Robbie Matthews took out the Commissaire’s Award in his first ever handicap race, earning himself a nice pay day!

Manly’s Alexis Kaless: “When I looked at the field and all the riders out on course, I couldn’t find a more deserving winner. We sort of expect the rides we see from the Elite riders, but young Robbie really stepped it up today. He was in the group that was the last one caught by scratch. A handicap race isn’t a race you can just sit in and hide and for him to roll 4 laps was the sort of ride that was deserving of his prize.”

Congrats Robbie!

Robbie wins the Commissaire's Award at "The Wall"
Robbie wins the Commissaire’s Award at “The Wall”

NRS Tour of Tasmania Round-up


  • Chris Miller
  • Danny Roberts-Clarke
  • DS: Daniel Van Der Laan


Stage 1 (116km Road Race)

A tough 120km stage on some of northern Tasmania’s toughest roads. For a change for an NRS race we got to see some sun today, although the wind was well and truly roaring. The race was undulating the whole way with 2 categorised climbs, and finishing just past a 4km climb at 8%.

Tactics were simple today – watch for a move early, if that doesn’t go look to set Christopher Miller up in a good position up the final climb. Danny Roberts-Clarke was on bottle duty all day and looking after Chris in the bunch making sure he stayed in a decent position.

The day started with 2 uncategorised climbs out of the gates. Chris tried his hand at getting in the break but nothing got any serious time on the peloton up the climbs. Just after the climb, 2 riders got away (Rylee Field – GPM and Olivers Real Food’s UK import). The peloton took the chance to have a nature break (which the riders much enjoyed), and then went about riding tempo keeping the break at arms length.

On the first KOM the peloton put a bit of a squeeze in which hurt a lot of riders, but most the field remained intact. After descending off the KOM it opened up and the cross winds started. At this point Avanti turned it on and the peloton formed 4-5 echelons. A group of about 15 got clear and caught the breakaway of the day. Chris fought hard to get into the 2nd group, and Danny in the 3rd.

The field took a left turn into the tailwind and the fast run into the final climb started. Danny decided he would save his energy from here and just rode in easy. Meanwhile up front Chris’ group caught the front group and we had a group of about 50-60 at the front. It continued this way at a high tempo until a right hand turn into the cross headwind final climb.

Coming into the final climb Chris was a bit out of position in the second half of the pack but made his way through the group on the early slopes. As the climb continued the group got smaller and smaller till there was only just over 20 riders remaining. Over the top was a fast 4km run into a slightly downhill sprint. Christopher Miller rolled over the line in 13th place moving him up to 24th on GC. This was an amazing result considering the quality of riders in the field.

Anthony Giacoppo took the win for the second time in two days with an impressive sprint, with Daniel Fitter second and Bernard Sulzberger third.


Stage 2 (91km Road Race)

Today was the transition stage of the tour of tassie. Or atleast it seemed that way on paper. With 1 climb coming out of town a kom at the 20km mark another few climbs then the second (and last) kom at around the 55km maybe before a fast 30km downhill run to the finish. It seemed a day where a breakaway might get away or a group of 40-50 riders would come over the finish together. Boy were we wrong though. The wind wasup and the pace was even higher.

A small break went early of 4 riders the peleton then decided to meander along the river for 10km letting the break get out to 4min in the process. Then it was up a casual 1.4km climb at 12% and the peleton hit it with a bang. A number of riders were tailed off the back of this climb including the gallant Danny Roberts-Clarke. Cresting the climb the peleton kept a strong tempo pace into a howling headwind. One of the 2 groups off the back managed to rejoin however Danny’s group of 6 riders didn’t.

Some questionable maneuvers managed to drop Danny’s group down to just 2 riders with 1 rider getting in the sag and 3 magically getting back to the peleton. Danny pushed on for about 20km but with the amount of wind and his magically disappearing group it wasn’t worth trying to make the cut and he got in the sad (sag) wagon.

Back up in the main field the peleton continued to ride a tempo holding the break at 3min to the base of the climb, which was an imposing 3.8km at 9%. Here the race instantly imploded with riders blowing everywhere. Christopher Miller was in the second group up the first pinch which closed to the Avanti driven first group on the second pinch of the climb. Up the last little bit a few guys sprinted for kom points and Christopher Miller decided to not go with it and rolled over with 10 guys behind another group with about 15 off the front of that. We expected this to all come together however Avanti had different ideas with 6 riders in that first group of 15 and roaring crosswinds they lit it up.

Chris’ group closed down the second group and they all got within touching distance till chris’ group went pop and avanti drove their group away dropping a few more guys in the process. The race stayed this way till the finish. Chris finished safely in the second bunch after what was by his report his toughest day on a bicycle. Danny rolled over in the sad wagon adequately sad.

Unfortunately this leaves Chris on his own tomorrow with what looks to have the potential for big crosswinds destroying the field before a final climb of 12km at steep %. We will keep you updated on the progress of our now lone man.


Stage 3 (104km Road Race)

Today the riders faced 80km of flat road with no shelter from the wind then a 16km climb at 6% with the last 10km at 8%.

The plan was simply to hide and save energy at the start and try and go with the big guys for the last 16km. The first half went well with Christopher Miller surviving the hectic first 50km till the break went. He then had a nature break, picked up a water bottle and went back to hiding.

Up the climb the fatigue of our first real stage race started to show and at the base when Ben Dyball attacked Chris let a big group go deciding to ride his own tempo up the climb. As the climb went on Chris climbed himself past plenty of riders and in the end finished in 28th position moving up one place on GC to 21st just 2sec off 20th. Given the field this is amazing result with practically everyone in front of him having a lot of experience and racing internationally regularly.

Ahead of us tomorrow we have a hard fast crit in what is shaping up to be typhoon conditions. This is not really Chris’ forte but he has told us to prepare for some action.


Stage 4 (54km Criterium)

Chris managed to get himself in the day’s main break of 7, but it was shut down by the combined might of Mobius and Avanti, ending in a bunch sprint. Chris’s efforts were enough to move him up to 20th overall on GC, a pretty impressive result!