Battle of the Bridge

Battle of the Bridge

It’s on.

Epic interclub racing with men’s A, B and C grades and a separate women’s grade all involved in the battle for supremacy.

SUVelo is proud to be part of the inaugural Battle of the Bridge. Roar like a lion and stand up to represent your club as we battle it out with Randwick Botany, Manly Warringah and Northern Sydney for racing supremacy.

This new interclub series promises some great racing from West Head, to Heffron and Beaumont Road. Each club will have home ground advantage in one of the rounds: will home ground advantage be enough?

Run over four rounds, each club will be looking to collect points by having riders on the podium in grades A, B and C and a separate women’s grade. The clubs will be running their usual formats, and so for SUVelo (and RBCC) we will have the twisting and turning Heffron Park. Heffron Park is the spiritual home of racing for many riders in the east: can we protect our turf from the raiders from the north?

SUVelo also has a proud history of success at West Head and we will look to continue this. Beaumont Road will be an unknown quantity to many Lions, but that will not stop us. Each round will only be open to the 4 clubs within the series.

The dates for the four race Battle of The Bridge series are:

25th June – Randwick Botany, Heffron Park

10th July – Manly Warringah, West Head

21st August – Northern Sydney, Beaumont Road

28th August – SUVelo, Heffron Park

SUVelo Heffron Park Criterium – Sunday 17 April

Sunday morning racing returns to Heffron Park Sunday 17 April 2016 with SUVelo hosting Round 3 of the Women’s Masters Road Premiership.
A reduced number of men’s races will also be held. Sign on from 7am.
Women’s D Grade, Women’s C Grade and Women’s B Grade (separate races) start at 7:30am.
Women’s A Grade, Men’s B Grade and Men’s A Grade (separate races) start at 8:30am.

A Cycling Australia licence is required and 1 Day or 3 Race Permits are available for anyone who has not held a racing membership with Cycling Australia previously on the Cycling Australia website.
U19 & Elite aged women are allowed to compete in the series. They are entitled to prize money but can not earn points towards the series.

You can register your interest in this race online.

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.

Expressions of Interest for SUVelo Race Squad 2016

Sydney Uni Velo Club welcomes expressions of interest from men and women who wish to join the SUVelo Race Squads for 2016. This opportunity is perfect for those riders with a desire to race across a wide spectrum of NSW state open races and selected national races in a fun, supportive team environment.

SUVelo offers

  • A supportive team environment led by Team Captains, race Leadership group and the SUVelo Sports Director
  • Progression and development in racing skills, confidence and fitness through participation in a variety of races throughout the season
  • Financial sponsorship and planning/logistics support

The race programs differ between the Women’s and Men’s teams but both have a key focus on the representation of SUVelo at numerous State open races held throughout NSW. Both the teams will collectively set their goals very early in the season and commit to achieving them.

How to apply

While specific criteria differ between the teams there are fundamental requirements common to both. To make an application to either team for 2016 you must

  • Be a member of SUVelo and SUSF or become a member in 2016
  • Be committed to racing a set number of open state races and possibly selected national events
  • Be prepared to race and train in club/team kit
  • Be motivated, enthusiastic, a team-player and a positive ambassador for the team, club, and sport of cycling
  • Be willing to make a co-payment towards team race entry and travel expenses (finalised before selections are made)
  • Be willing to participate in the running of the team by undertaking some planning and coordination tasks as required

Full details of the EOI application process are available for the Women’s Team and the Men’s Team. Please read the full details carefully.

If you would like to be part of SUVelo Racing in 2016, please send through your EOI detailing your race experience and why you would like to race with us, to by 31 November 2015. We would like to hear about your goals for 2016 and why you believe you will be a good teammate within the SUVelo Race team.

SUVelo is the premier road cycling club in the Sydney cycling community, dedicated to the ongoing development of its riders, by fostering a healthy performance culture that inspires members to strive and achieve their racing goals across all grades, in a friendly and inclusive environment. SUVelo was named as the 2015 Road Premiership Club by Cycling NSW.


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.

National Capital Tour

National Capital Tour took place in Canberra between 18th September – 20th September.
There are two main grades on offer, NRS and open grade.
We had impressive results from both the women and men race team.
In the women NRS, we have a team comprises of Abby Sneddon, Ella Scanlan-Bloor, Givanna Haryono, and Lauren Fitzgerald. We also have Stephanie Lord racing the D Grade.
In the men NRS, we have Christopher Miller racing as part of Park Bikes team. This is Chris maiden NRS race.
Meanwhile, we also have men’s team for the open category (A grade). The team feature Cameron Judson, Shaun MacWilliams, Rowan Lean, and Ethan Dougherty.

Stage One 7.39km Hilly TT

This stage is exclusive for NRS only. It’s a 7.39 km time trial at Googong Village. The course was essentially a downhill out and an uphill back.
We had an impressive result from the women’s team. Lauren Fitzgerald, the latest recruit to the women’s team managed to finished in 9th place, conceding only 41 seconds from the winner Ruth Corset.

Stage Two Corin Forest Road Race

For those who are familiar with Canberra, the name Corin Forest would send a chill down your spine.
Stage two is a road race for all grade. 95.4 km for the Women, and 58.6 km for the open grades.
The stage starts from the heart of Canberra and finishes at the top of Corin Forest. The overall terrain is undulating with some mini climbs along the way, and a 10 km climb to the finish.
In the women NRS, the race started off pretty calm with a very small group attacking from the get go.
Things started to get pretty hot when the bunch were approaching the first QOM point. There were constant surging as the top guns battling for the QOM points. As a result, some riders were shelled out, and the bunch were split into two. Upon cresting the QOM, the back bunch were able to work together to get back to the main bunch.
There was a couple of tiny attacks afterwards, but it did not last long.
Just as the bunch were approaching the 2nd QOM checkpoint, the big guns were at it again. The climbing pace was searing hot. This resulted in many casualties at the back.
At the start of the final climb towards Corin Forest, a small group of really strong riders managed to peel off. Lauren were able to get to this group and stole the stage win! Beating likes of Ruth Corset and Lucy Betchel.
What an impressive result by Lauren in her only 2nd NRS race!

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National Capital Tour Interview Lauren

National Capital Tour Podium

In A grade, the Men’s team were trying to put their plan in action. In short, the plan was to put either Ethan or Cameron on a breakaway, and have Rowan to keep Shaun as fresh as possible for the 10 km final climb. Unfortunately the race did not go quite as they wanted.
Cameron broke away at about the 12 km mark and was joined by one other about 10 km later. They managed to stay away and had over a minute advantage at the base of the climb.
Unfortunately for Cameron, his breakaway companion fell apart. Not willing to give in, he decided to plug on. Meanwhile the peloton was in tatters.
With about 3 km to go on the climb, Cameron was joined by 3 other riders. About 30 seconds later, two riders decided to break off, and unfortunately for Cameron was not able to go with them.
The break stuck until the finish, and Cameron came back with 4th place.
What an epic stage!

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Stage Three Road Race

Stage three is an undulating road race around city of Canberra. It is 74.9 km for the NRS and 56.8 km for the A grade.
For the women’s team, the plan is to put Abby on the breakaway, and for Givanna and Ella to keep Lauren safe in the bunch.
The race went as planned. Abby managed to stay in the breakaway until it was brought back, and Lauren were able to stay in the bunch safely until the finish line.
Although there were some argy-bargy in the bunch as riders were trying their best to not be at the back of the bunch, there were no crashes. Everyone finished safely within the time cut.

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In A grade, the selection was made with about 25 km to go when the GC contenders pressed hard on a long technical descent, followed by a series of climbs with false flats in between out of the valley.
A crash on the climb and further attacks reduced the group further so around 12 riders. The finish was hectic, Cameron had Robbie Kater‘s wheel but was muscled out. Cameron came in 4th, same time as the stage winner (Robbie Kater) but with less the time bonus.
Rowan came in about 1:40, followed by Shaun, then Ethan.

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Stage Four Criterium

The final stage of the National Capital Tour features a criterium around Stromlo Forest Park.
Everyone were able to finish safely in the women’s team. Lauren was the highest placed rider from the team at 11th. On the GC, she was able to retain her 9th place.

Not much happened in the A grade as everyone were very tired after the road race in the morning.
In the GC, Cameron finished 4th, followed by Rowan, Shaun, and Ethan.

Amy’s Otway Classic

Amy’s Otway Classic is a Women’s NRS race held in conjunction with the fantastic Amy’s Gran Fondo ride.  This year, SUVelo was well represented with a large group of riders and race team members participating across both events.

For the race team, the first event was a 1 hour criterium held in the centre of Lorne. The circuit was a hot dog lap, meaning a test of handling skills and lots of sprinting out of the U-turn.  The pace was snappy from the get go. This was a serious challenge for our riders, as our normal hunting grounds (race tracks) are rarely a hotdog formation.

Lauren Fitzgerald gave a spectacular performance, staying with the bunch for the duration of the race and finishing with the leader’s time.  Givanna Haryono and Abby Sneddon stayed with the bunch for the first portion of the race, but ended up off the back and integrated with a second bunch by the halfway mark.  Jo Meldgaard gave an aggressive and fearsome performance but crashed out of the race and had to withdraw from the entire weekend.  She’s recovering and in high spirits though and we know she’ll be back in fine form soon.  The girls went in to the second day of the weekend resolute to support and protect Lauren.

The route for stage 2 – Amy’s Otway Classic – is similar to the Gran Fondo, at 110km in length.  The race is one of the biggest, well attended races in the Women’s NRS Calendar, and our Race Team members were complimented by the incredible level of organisation, support and the professional appearance of the race.  We noted the incredible banners and barriers at the start and finish lines, and coupled with noticing the incredible talent that was competing for the title of winner, it really gave our riders a huge boost of confidence and commitment to this incredible sport.  Imagine standing at a start line similar to that which we see at the Tour De France!

Remembering key advice from our Race Team Leader Marissa Madden, our girls attempted to stay at the front of the bunch at the start, and keep their elbows out to defend their positions (and especially Lauren).  Lauren managed to stay in the first half of the bunch, weaving and defending her position with exceptional skill.  We noted the bumping and closeness of competing riders – what an experience!

The major climb of this race was testing for our riders, with Lauren and Abby staying with the lead bunch and Givanna conceding 17 minutes with the high pace and level of skill.  This was Givanna’s and Lauren’s first NRS races and they gave fantastic efforts.

Tour of the King Valley

The SUVelo Racing Men’s and Women’s race teams recently competed in the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley, held on 21 – 23 August 2015. A part of the Subaru National Road Series, the tour consisted of four stages:

Stage 1 – Individual Time Trial (9km)
Stage 2 – Criterium (39km)
Stage 3 – Road Race (115km)
Stage 4 – Road Race (88km)

The Men’s team was comprised of Mark Keeffe, Ethan Dean Doughty, Rhys J. O’Shea, Shaun MacWilliam, Georg Bienert and a guest rider Daniel Paine. The Women’s team saw Gina Ricardo, Abby Sneddon, Josephine Meldgaard, and Georgia Catterick riding. SUVelo member Lisa Antill was also racing with the Boss Team.

The first stage of the Tour, while a short ITT at 9km, was fast. The average speeds of the winning riders were 47.7km/h and 40.8km/h for the men and women respectively. Mark Keeffe set the best time for the men’s squad, Josephine Meldgaard for the women’s.

Stage 2, the 39km criterium, was raced later the same day. The criterium was Georgia Catterick’s first, who recalls,

The pace was fast right from the gun. I found the first few laps the hardest but once I was used to the fast pace it was a lot of fun! I tried to move up with a few laps to go but in the end I lost a few seconds as I got caught behind a crash. I am pretty happy to get 19th for my first criterium.

Stage 3 was the Tour’s Queen stage. The course featured 15km of gravel road which included a punishing 6km climb. Of the men’s race, Ethan Dean Doughty said,

The gravel was the closest experience to racing Paris-Roubaix without going to France. The race was completely blown apart through these sections. For most of us, finishing felt like winning.

Concerns over the safety of the course saw the last two sections of gravel cut from the women’s race. The pace was fast with a mass sprint by riders eager to gain a good position ahead of each gravel section. Josephine Meldgaard rode well, finishing 11th on the difficult stage. Unfortunately Georgia Catterick crashed during the stage and retired from the race. She didn’t suffer any injuries though; good news ahead of her upcoming UCI Worlds racing.

Stage 4 would be cut short for the men just after the first intermediate sprint point. With the peloton averaging about 50km/h, a touch of wheels resulted in a massive crash. Lots of riders went down as did two motorbikes. The race was neutralised and the stage eventually abandoned.

The women’s race was thankfully less eventful, though Josephine Meldgaard did crash. She continued on to finish the stage.

Strong riding by Abby Sneddon saw her make the final selection. She finished in the bunch three seconds behind the stage winner and 20th in the overall GC classification.

Congratulations to all our riders who competed and a huge thank you to their support team. For more information about this year’s race, you can watch highlights of every stage on Cycling Australia’s YouTube channel and view all the results on the NRS website.

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!