While the rest of the cycling world is pretty quiet at the moment, the sun is shining and the roads are buzzing with activity here in Australia. All the pros are back from Europe and it creates a special special vibe seeing them show up to the local bunch rides or crits. Here’s a short summary of what went on around the country last week…
Australian Cycling Awards
On Friday night Cadel Evans was awarded the Sir Hubert Opperman medal after being named the Jayco 2011 Australian Cyclist of the Year.
The presentation was made at the black tie gala event at Sydney’s Ivy Room (which apparently served baked beans and cod…can someone confirm this atrocity?) and capped off a phenomenal year for Cadel who was also the recipient of the honour in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
Evans claimed the title ahead of Anna Meares OAM, Jack Bobridge and Jared Graves with all four winning their respective category awards and earning a place on the shortlist as finalists for the ‘Oppy Medal’.
The Scody People’s Choice Cyclist of the Year award was won by Anna Meares who this year claimed three gold medals at the World Championships.
Twenty eight reigning world champions were amongst the finalists for the awards after a record year of success for Australian cyclists. The complete list of winners can be found here.
A beautiful weekend to get out on the bike with lots of racing and events to take part in. The Ride For Home was the biggest single event taking place which saw more than 7100 cyclists take over the EastLink motorway to raise money to help break the cycle of homelessness. Gerro, Matty Keenan, and world junior champ Alex Morgan were amongst the peloton joining cyclists of all ages and abilities. A total of $295,172 was raised!
Last Week’s Results:
courtesy of Jeff Jorgensen
This weekend has been another busy one, with the South West Cycle Club hosting the Tour Of Margaret River. At this stage the results are not up, but from the pre race information I am sure it was a big weekend. There will be one happy team amongst the competitors with the winners being awarded custom fit Bont Shoes for the whole team.
ATTA had their Hilly Time Trial on Sunday with results available here
Round 4 of the Spring Dirt Crits was run by Perth Mountain Bike Club on Tuesday night, this being the last race of the series.
West Coast Masters held their regular weekend crit on Sunday again at Kewdale, results are here
The Be Active Tour De Perth is coming up in two weeks time. This is a big event with a night crit, road race and uphill time trial being offered. There is also a Teams Time Trial being run. Further information can be found here.
ATTA are starting their program of early morning weekday time trials this Tuesday, along with a 20km Time Trial being held on the weekend.
Southern Districts Cycling Club are running the Armadale Classic on the weekend with more info to be found here.
West Coast Masters crits are starting up again as are the Peal Districts Cycle Club crits.
Courtesy Miles Prosser
Tour de Femme
The second Sunday in November has long hosted one of Canberra’s premier cycling weekends – the Tour de Femme.
On one level the Tour de Femme is a unique participation event as 500-600 female riders enjoy one of the prettier cycling routes in Australia’s best cycling city. But a quick review of previous winners of the “ride” – Chloe Hosking, Theresa Cliff-Ryan, Oenone Wood, Alison Wright, and Tracey Gaudry – shows it attracts the highest calibre of riders who aren’t just out for a Sunday 20 kilometre roll-around.
Yesterday saw the 22nd edition of the Tour de Femme, in great Canberra weather. At the start was an eclectic mix of everything that cycling can offer – mothers and daughters, and grandmothers, tandem cyclists, beginners, and even one rider (Anne Lambert) waiting for a lung transplant, who rode the event carrying her oxygen bottle! By the finish the bunch had thinned out and it was Kimberley Wells who continued her strong run of form from the summer criterium series taking first place, just ahead of Myf Galloway and Chloe Hosking.
There was plenty to like about the performance of Canberra’s younger female cyclists with four of the top eight in the under 21 category – Myf, Chloe, Allison Rice and Alice Wallett. And Maddy Marshall was first in the under 16 category in 11th place overall. Janine Ridsdale didn’t let the youngsters have it all their way with 7th place overall and first in the over-(undisclosed) category.
Riders of all ages and standards completed the course at their own pace, achieving the goals they set for themselves. As always, great credit to Maryann Simpson and to Canberra Cycling Club for organising this “classic” event.
Round 3 – Raine & Horne Criterium Series
Last Wednesday, the afternoon storms and the threat of wet racing moved on and we were left with typical Stromlo conditions for Round 3 of the Raine & Horne Criterium Series.
A strong wind that hit the riders as they came out of collarbone corner into the back straight made it a hard night for any breakaways. Full credit then to Scott Payne, Christopher Buik, Jared Greenville, Lewis Cressy, David O’Neill and Timothy Sloan-Gardener whose attack mid-race in C Grade netted them the top six places.
Kimberly Wells made it two from two weeks in Women’s A-grade ahead of what was a strong field. E Grade were given a tough week with strong riding right from the start by Neil McCallum. By the end, those that hadn’t been pulled from the track by the Commissaires, crossed the finish line in ones and twos.
Suzuki Trek looked to be giving a “leading out” master-class in A Grade. With two laps to go they had eight riders on the front and were using them perfectly to set it up for Baden Burke who was sitting in the “Cavendish position”… But Benny Hill saw what was happening, chose the right wheel to follow, and pipped Burkie for the win.
A big thank you to the team from Velo Republic for their help with running the night.
New South Wales
I’m still looking for a contributor to give a quick rundown of all the events that took place in Sydney on a weekly basis. If anybody is interested I’d be keen to hear from you.
From what I understand the season opener of Tuesday evening Heffron Park World Championship crit series was rained out. Fingers crossed the weather will hold this week and I’ll receive one of Sunde’s famous race reports.
The following results were submitted from Sydney clubs:
The following race results were submitted last week by SA clubs:
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