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December 19, 2011
Here’s the low-down on what happened in Australian cycling last week…
Another eventful summer weekend of cycling here in Victoria. Beach Road was chock-a-block with the warm weather bringing everybody out and it was a weekend packed full of racing. The little ones especially had an exciting weekend with SKCC having their annual Kids Race. Grades were: 3-4yrs (finish straight). 5-7yrs (finish straight). 8-10 (hot lap). ?Some of those 10yr old sandbaggers should be promoted to A-grade after Christmas with how they’re going.
Also held yesterday was the “Junior Velodrome” at the Brunswick Velodrome where all the kids were treated to a track session delivered by Mitch Docker and Phil Anderson. You can see a photo gallery of this on Facebook buy Col Bell. Lucky kids!
On Saturday evening the Australian Madison Championships were held at DISC with world champs Leigh Howard and Cam Meyer taking the honors with a commanding performance throughout the 50-kilometre race. The prestigious Melbourne Cup on Wheels was held during the same evening with Glenn O’Shea taking the win while riding off scratch. You can read about the entire evening of races here.
Photo courtesy of www.jxpphotography.com
VIC Race Results:
SKCC Criterium Racing – Race 2 Bikeforce Points Series – Dec 18
Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club – Lorraine & Ike Collings Memorial Crits – Dec 18
Northern Vets Merle Jamieson Christmas Handicap – 18 Dec
Women’s Grand Prix Round 1 – Dec 17
Melbourne Cup on Wheels & Australian Madison – Dec 17
Coburg Cycling Club – National Boulevard Criterium – Dec. 17
2011 Australian Omnium Championships
Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club Sandown Twilight Criterium – Dec 13
If you don’t see your club’s results in here, you can submit results here (big updates coming to the formatting, visibility and functionality in 2012 to the Race Results section!)
courtesy of John Sunde
A quiet weekend on the Sydney racing scene with most of the action out training as adopted Aussie/Dutch pro’s Sebastian Langeveld, Pieter Weening and Jens Mouris added some pro flavour to the early morning bunch rides. Randwick Botany conducted their annual Xmas Pudding Race at Heffron Park on Saturday with Bikebug.com’s Julian Hamil, Phil Grenfell and Sam Rutherford splitting the pudding 3 ways.
Close to 200 Masters riders were at Eastern Creek for the Waratah Vets Tempo Cup with Matt Connor winning A grade.
Final race of the year for the popular Tuesday night Real Insurance Series at Heffron Park tomorrow with the coveted Eastern Suburbs Annual Trophy up for grabs and SBS Cycling Central will be along to film the occasion.
It doesn’t stop over Xmas though with the 5 Day Sydney Christmas Carnivals kicking off on 27 December with events at Dunc Gray, Tempe, Hurstville, Lidcome and Dunc Gray Velodromes.
NSW Race Results:
John Sunde always said "If you can win at Heffron, you can win anywhere!" Looks to be true
Randwick Botany Cycling Club, Heffron Park Crits – Dec 17
Cycle Nation Heffron Park – 13 Dec
If you don’t see your club’s results in here, you can submit results here (big improvements coming to the formatting, visibility and functionality in 2012 to the Race Results section!)
and in New Zealand News…
Quiet weekend on the racing scene in NZ as everyone prepares for the post Xmas Tour de Vineyards in Nelson on 27 Dec. With Kiwi World Tour pro’s Julian Dean, Greg henderson and Hayden Rolston sitting out the NZ Nationals, this event will be provide a good indicator to who will wear the black and white fern jersey in 2012
courtesy of Jeff Jorgensen
Things are slowing down for Christmas but we still have some events that happened on the weekend. The biggest was the RCCC/South Perth Rouleurs combined race 1 of the Champion Systems Criterium series. With s beautiful day forcast, and some of WA’s best riders back for the Christmas break, we had an excellent field for the A grade Crit. After the 50mins Michael Freiburg (Jayco/AIS) came home comfortably over his teammate Luke Durbridge (Jayco/AIS) with AJ Semple (Drapac) just pipping himself at the line with a perfectly timed lunge. You’ll understand when you have a look at the video below: (go to 30sec and see for yourself)
In other news, Emma Pooley has been spotted out and about in Perth using the great weather over here to get some “Winter” km’s in. I understand that she is a regular over here with family living in Perth.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Wade and all the other contributors for all their work during the year, all the readers for reading, and all the comment posters for posting. Remember to ride safe, don’t let other peoples bad road behaviour influence your behaviour, and always come back from your rides. -Jeff
WA Race Results
RCCC/South Perth Rouleurs crit results and video
West Coast Masters crit results.
Peel Districts results.
courtesy of Matt Murray
Balmoral CC – Murarrie Criterium
Murarrie had over seventy competitors in the hotly contested A Grade event this Saturday morning. Likely contenders were Michael Hepburn fresh from his training camp with GreenEdge and other local pros such as Pete Thompson (Drapac Porsche) and Jack Anderson (Endura Racing). As has been the trend of late, the race was incredibly fast with average speeds of more than 46kph. With the usual flurry of attacks from the gun, the bunch was always strung out as early breaks tried to form.
It wasn’t until after the Prime that a break with some substance managed to create a significant gap, with a group of seven riders getting away. Riders of note in the break were Mitch Mulhern, Dave Edwards (QAS), Jack Anderson (Endura Racing) and Mark Ledgerwood (Brisbane Bike Sales). The break worked incredibly hard to establish and then maintain the gap and with ten minutes to go, it wasn’t guaranteed that the break would stay away. Back in the bunch, Callum O’Sullivan (Campos – Ashgrove Cycles) was doing some big turns to bring the break back. The chasing group then split again, with a group of six riders looking as if they would bridge across to the lead group. This chase group was lead by Jordan Kirby (Jayco-AIS), who did some mammoth turns to try and bridge the gap.
Despite the chase, the lead group entered the finale with a large enough gap to be safe, when the inevitable attacks began. Mulhern was the first to attack with two laps to go, which was countered by Anderson. But it was Dave Edwards’ attack on the bell that immediately looked promising. With half a lap to go it was clear Edwards would ride away for a rare solo victory at Murarrie. Edwards was rewarded for a strong yet smart ride. Second place went to Jack Anderson, with Correy Edmed taking third place.
Full results can be found here.
Hamilton Pine Rivers Wheelers – Twilight Series
This weeks Twilight Series race was to be a points race at the Nundah Criterium circuit. This race included points for each lap as well as bonus points for the final lap. The best of the local talent was on show, with Drapac riders Pete Thompson and Malcolm Rudolph lining up for the first times as new Drapac team mates. They would head up against the likes of Jack Anderson (Endura Racing), who is always keen to attack, as well as other local contenders.
The afternoon “breeze” that’s always present at Nundah was sure to make for a difficult race, with Mitch Mulhern winning the race with 17 points ahead of Dave Edwards (12 points) and Malcolm Rudolph (8 points).
Full results of the evening racing can be found here.
Well done to Dave Edwards for showing the older guys how to do it this week. As an under nineteen rider, he’ll no doubt be a force next season.
Racing held by both the Hamilton Pine Rivers Wheelers and Balmoral CC will now be on hold for the Christmas Break.
Cyclocross is alive and well in Adelaide thanks to the guys at Port Adelaide CC
Port Adelaide CC Summer CX Series – Round 2 – Dec . 14
Rendition Homes Cycling Series Round 8 Results
Cyclo Sportif Round 2 – Snapper Point – Dec 11
courtesy Miles Prosser
Round 8 of the Raine & Horne Commercial Summer Criterium Series
More wintry weather as we move one week closer to Canberra’s Premier cycling race – the Carts Christmas Crit. Round 8 of the Raine & Horne Commercial Summer Criterium Series saw just over 200 riders hone their form and ride strategically to make sure they didn’t get moved up a grade a week out from the Christmas Crit.
A well handicapped Juniors race produced a tight finish as Nabil Slikker held on ahead of John Bryant and Caitlin Crossman. A Grade was boosted by the presence of Mick Rogers from Sky and Al Loutit from Jelly Belly. At the end of a fast race, Mick Rogers provided the type of lead out that will soon be reserved for World Champions. This time though it was used by MTB legend Shaun Lewis, with Dodger second and Jake Magee and Benny Hill taking third and fourth.
C Grade continues to be one of the most competitive, and fastest, races each week. Jared Greenville was this week’s winner from Bradley Drew. Other winners on the night were: Warwick Hancock, Luke Cartwright, Matt Dunstall, Kimberly Wells and Amy Jeppesen.
Team Hot Design get our thanks this week for marshalling and recording results. Next week is the big one – the Carts Christmas Crit – double points, huge fields, a great nights racing and a chance to honour the memory of one of Canberra’s cycling gentlemen – Mark Carter. Don’t miss it.
Raine & Horne Commercial Summer Criterium Series Results
Vikings Cycling Club Thursday Night Criterium #9
There's no good riding in Tassie. Nothing to report here...