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Everything on the professional cycling calendar is done for the season but things are just starting to heat up here in Australia. I thought a weekly recap every Monday might be in order to keep abreast of everything that’s happening around the country this summer. I’m fairly clued into what’s going on internationally and in Victoria, but sadly I can’t keep track of the activity in the rest of the states. I’ll write what I know, but I’ve called out for help with a weekly recap from some of you other guys.
The Track World Cup series opened up in Kazakstan over the weekend but you can almost be forgiven if you still don’t know that Astana is anything but a dodgy pro cycling team. I can’t source a single photo but SBS did stream it live on their website and Eurosport apparently had good coverage. Unfortunately I didn’t see it because it collided with Napoleon Dynamite and guess who won…
Congratulations to Aussies Alexander Edmondson (only 18 yrs old!) and Glenn O’Shea who won gold in the men’s madison ahead of Swiss pair Silvan Dillier and Loic Perizzolo. position. You can read about it on Cycling Central.
In the Men’s Sprint final Sir Chris Hoy (GBR) won gold along with Denis Dmitriev (Rus) in silver and Shane Perkins (Aus) with bronze.
Australian World Champion’s Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch smashed the Women’s Team Sprint and narrowly missed their world record time of 32.938s in the final (only 0.015s outside of their World Record time of 32.923s set at the 2010 World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark)
For full coverage of the 2011 Track World Championships head on over to Track Cycling News.
The annual Stratford to Dargo KOM was held by the Wellington Cycling Club this weekend. It’s a long drive from Melbourne, but everyone I spoke with had a smile on their face after this event. Full results and photos can be found here. You can also read a good race report that was sent in by Leigh Atkins’ blog and another one by Zoom Video Racing.
Glenvale (Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club) and Port Melbourne (St Kilda Cycling Club) Criteriums were also held on Sunday and the bunches keep getting bigger and faster. I remember back in the day when it was possible to win one of these club races. Now you gotta to have a WorldTour contract to even get top 5!
Victorian Club Results:
These are the results from the weekend that were sent in:
New South Wales
If anyone is interested in submitting a Monday recap of what happened in NSW I’d be keen to hear from you. John Sunde? Heffron Park World Series is coming up and I’m looking forward to the famous write-ups. Maybe someone from SUVelo can help too? You guys are great with this kind of stuff.
Last week the Col du Lofty Champagne Cup, also known as “the jewel in the year’s springtime dawn classics” was held in Adelaide. For a dedicated group of sunrise chasers and self-confessed pro-tour King Of the Mountain wannabe’s, the first Tuesday in November represents the chance to come together, “saddle up” and challenge themselves against the mountain and each other. It sounds like a fantastic event and you can read the full report and results here.
Call-out to Kym Howard. You wanna write up a weekly recap of what happened in SA?
photo from the Vault Criterium Series Facebook Page.
The inaugural Vault Criterium at Nundah (just north of Brisbane) took place on Sunday. Top riders such as Michael Matthews and Jonathan Cantwell lined up but the win was taken by Peter Thompson (Tinelli Racing) who just signed for Drapac Pro Cycling.
1 Peter Thompson (Tinelli Racing)
2 Nicholas Schultz (QAS)
3 Timothy Dalgliesh (MainLine Racing)
Read the full report on cyclingnews.
If someone wants to contribute a paragraph or two from QLD for a weekly recap I’d be greatly appreciative. Thank you to @yong for alerting me to the Vault Criteriums above.
courtesy of Xponti
It was a busy weekend in WA. Saturday saw the running of the Golden Spokes road race at Champion Lakes. There were three junior races with U13, U15 and U17 all competing. The U17 showed a quick pair of heels with an average for the 50km above 35km/hr, even with the restricted gearing. The U13 had 4 riders but it was encouraging to see the stars of tomorrow starting their riding careers.
The West Coast Masters ran two grades for the day, with a strong field for A Grade. Sam Smith put in a dominant performance to win convincingly on a course affected by crosswinds resulting in very few places to hide. Sam then showed his hardman status and backed up for the open A grade race.
The Open races were well patronised with C grade being dominated by the Organising Club, South Perth Rouleurs. Although having the majority of the field, South Perth were just pipped on the finish, and the Strongest rider won on the day. An excellent write up of the race can be found here.
B grade resulted in a day that one rider would rather forget. I am reminded of the video below which a few of us discussed before the race, and of Contator celebrating his TdF 2011 Stage 4 win too early, only to be beaten on the line by Evans. Well B grade had that finish with the Second Place getter celebrating too early and being beaten by a missile coming from behind.
A Grade had a strong field with Luke Durbridge (Jayco AIS) and the boys from Arbitrage turning up, Luke set a cracking pace, however it was Brad Robson from Arbitrage who soloed away from the field. After just returning from Belgium, the cross winds and rain would have felt just right for racing, and the field ended up sprinting for second place.
All up a very eventful day, and that was just Saturday.
Sunday saw the start of the West Coast Masters Criterium season with various grades being raced. Results can be found here.
ATTA also made use of the Champion Lakes course for a Sunday time trial event. If the weather was anything like Saturday, the race against the clock would have been a hard day in the saddle for those participating. Results can be found here.
Volunteers? There’s gotta be someone in Tasmania who can tell us what’s going on down there. You don’t churn out all these cycling superstars by sitting on the couch!
Courtesy of Miles Prosser
Coming off the back of Canberra’s annual cyclo-sportif – Fitz’s Challenge – more than 200 riders, many with tired legs, turned out for Round 2 of the Raine & Horne Summer Criterium Series. Conditions were typically windy on the Stephen Hodge Criterium Circuit, though fortunately the racing was serious, clean and incident-free. The same couldn’t be said for the commentary provided by Team Quon – thanks boys.
C Grade was the pick of the action with an ever-changing group of 6 off the front for most of the race. Chris Gates took the prize-money… and the ticket to B Grade along with a couple of his breakaway companions. Special mention to Liam O’Dea for his repeated attacks, off the front of the attack.
John “Pothole” Forrest used his Suzuki Trek teammates to perfection to take the sprint in A Grade – a wily win that can be put down as much to experience as to pure speed. Kimberly Wells took the victory in Women’s A leaving Alice Wallett with consecutive second places. Greg Collis leads the individual point score and will surely be a threat in any sprint, even following his promotion to D Grade.