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!

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

 

2017ClubMenC

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

Jesse Coyle Wins 2017 NSW Road Premiership

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With the 2017 cycling season winding down to a close, the Great Divide Road Race was held in Goulburn last weekend. SUVelo’s two weapons, Jesse Coyle (Mobius Future Racing) and Christopher Miller (Nero Racing) made up half of the four-man break which stayed away to the end and finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the sprint for the line.

The NSW Elite Individual Time Trial, held in Gunning the previous day, proved a perfect warm-up for their breakaway efforts. Jesse managed a strong 2nd with Chris not far behind in 4th.

The NSW ITT Championships and the Great Divide Road Race were the final two events of the 2017 NSW Road Premiership and Jesse’s strong results in the last 3 events sees him crowned the NSW Road Champion for this year on 238pts. Nathan Booth (Canberra CC) was second (205pts) while Chris’s consistency throughout the season sees him taking the third spot (198pts).

Huge congratulations to both Jesse & Chris – great results from both of them at the weekend and solid riding all season! Their Premiership results are testament to their dedication and focus throughout the year and also a large part of the reason why Sydney Uni Velo is currently sitting at the top of the Club Road Premiership table with one round remaining. Go Uni!

PS: Best of luck in the Warny this weekend too!

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!

Women's B-Grade
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.

BotB 2017_R4_W

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.

BotB 2017_R4_C

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.

BotB 2017_R4_B

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.

BotB 2017_R4_A

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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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 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)