Tour-Danielle Garden & Kevin Hone
Danielle Garden winner of Women’s C Grade general classification, RR 3rd. TT 1st and crit 2nd. Good win by a minute.
She is also the Victorian Road Series points leader!
Kevin completed in a class field and performed well against many Masters 1 riders
Kevin Hone Wins Gold and Two Silvers in South Australia April 2013
Kevin won a Gold in the Criterium ,
Silver in the Individual Time Trial
& Silver In the Road Race.
He is taking his great form on his journey back from the west to the Tour of south-west at Warrnambool.
Great work Kevin with support from his wife Carol at the events.
Danielle Garden 2nd in Mt Buller
Mountain Race 3/2013 -in the pink
Girls Ride Out Kit!
Great effort Danielle!
Echuca Moama Cycling Club wins State Timetrial Championships July 2012
Echuca Moama Cycling Club was represented in force at the recent State Club Team Timetrial Championships in Buninyong. The club was able to field six teams in four of the divisions and ended the weekend with 3 of these teams gaining a walk on the converted dais. The club also took out the club premiership – an aggregate based on riders’ results against the size of the club. With an aggregate of 35 EMCC were well ahead of their nearest rivals Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club on 24.
The youngest of the teams entered from Echuca were the under 11 team of Cory Robson and brothers Lockie and Will McKenzie. These young boys, all relatively new to the art of timetrialing put in a gutsy effort in the hilly terrain with the three youngsters gaining a forth in their first race.
In the under 13 boys category Echuca Moama was represented by two teams of riders. The Echuca Moama Cycling Club showed its dominance in this division taking out both first and third place. The team of Josh Thompson, Tom Allitt and the younger Oscar Jones rode extremely well to take out third, missing out on second by only 40 seconds. The new state champions, Chase Costello-Manning, Mitchell Thompson and Cam Gray were able to complete the tough 6km course in an impressive 11:46:00 taking out the championship by around half a minute over Carnegie Caulfield.
The Under 15 girls’ team had to overcome a late change in its line-up when Jess Thomson had a bad fall in training just days before the race. She was replaced by Portia Costello-Manning, making the team Portia, Charlotte Thompson and the younger Edie Haley. The girls were able to take out a bronze state medal completing the 20km course in just over 44 minutes. The eventual winners of the J15 Girls division were Brunswick Cycling Club with Carnegie Caulfield picking up another medal in second.
Echuca Moama also was able to field two teams in the masters division. The best placed of these teams, Ash Hall, Michael Hone, Matt Jones and Francis Lias were able to complete the 50km distance in an impressive 1h15:16:70 to gain 6th place. While the second masters team of Jamie Costello-Manning, Steve Gray, Andrew McKenzie and Steve Robson suffered an early setback when Costello-Manning had a flat less than ten minutes into the race. The rest of the men were able to work together to finish just outside the top ten in 11th place.
The head of junior development for the club, Jamie Costello-Manning, was very impressed with the effort and commitment shown by the younger riders in the club. ‘It’s very pleasing to see the kids getting the rewards for their hard work. It also shows the depth of riders we are starting to produce in the region.’ He said.
Club president Warren Duffy was extremely happy with the results. ‘We are a large club when you look at the population that we pull our members from, but when we come to an event like this we are up against Melbourne clubs that are four or five times as big as us. It’s great to see that on a per capita basis we fight well above our weight.’
Country Championships at
Castlemaine May 2012
Thirteen Echuca Moama Cycling Club riders took part in the Victorian Country Championships in Castlemaine this weekend. The EMCC field included seven junior riders and six senior riders. Riders from the club included:
Jnr riders: Oscar JONES JB11, Charlotte THOMPSON JW15, Jessie THOMSON JW15, Mitchell THOMPSON JB13, Ky HODSON JB13, Josh THOMSON JB13 and Edie HALEY JG13
Snr riders: Matthew JONES ELITEM, Michael HONE MMAS2, Caleb SINCLAIR JM19, Michaela TRANBY JW19, Neil THOMSON MMAS4 and Kevin HONE MMAS8
Congratulations to our podium placing riders, Charlotte Thompson (country champ), Oscar Jones (3rd), Edie Haley (2nd), Mic Hone (2nd) and Michaela Tranby (3rd)
J11 Boys: 3rd Oscar JONES (Echuca/Moama CC)
J15 Girls: 1st Charlotte THOMPSON (Echuca/Moama CC) 4th Jessie THOMSON (Echuca/Moama CC)
J15 Boys: 4th Josh THOMSON (Echuca/Moama CC), 5t Mitchell THOMPSON (Echuca/Moama CC) 12th Ky HODSON (Echuca/Moama CC)
J13 Girls: 2nd Edie HALEY (Echuca/Moama CC)
Masters Men 2: 2nd Michael HONE (Echuca/Moama CC) 7th Matth JONES (Echuca/Moama CC)
Masters Men 4: 4th Neil THOMSON (Echuca/Moama CC)
Masters Men 6+:6th Kevin HONE (Echuca/Moama CC)
Jnr 19 Women: 3rd Michaela TRANBY
Scott Peoples Race 21/4/2012
State (vets) Criterium Championship 8/4/2012
EMCC rider Matt Grealy won the 35-40 age group crit in Maryborough over Easter. The VVCC South Pacific Championships brings large numbers of Vet riders from across the country. I am told Matt’s win makes him the VVCC state crit champ – well done Matt.
Kevin Hone -State Champ Castlemaine-State Junior & Masters Criterium Championships 25/3/2012
Great results from Kevin Hone -State Champ!!, Josh Thomson-Silver! & Neil Thomson-Silver!. Well done to all EMCC riders who raced.
MMas8: 1st: Kevin Hone
MMas4: 2nd Neil Thomson
Boys U13: 2nd Josh Thomson
Masters Track Champs Feb 2012
Annie Pitcher: Gold in the scratch, Silver in the sprint and Bronze in the Pursuit (Mas4) another EMCC state champ J
Jay Court: Silver in the sprint and bronze in the TT – came very close to gold in the sprint going down 2-1
NSW round Australian Handcycle Champs Feb 2012
Michael Squizzy Taylor: 1st Crit, 1st Road Race, 1st TT leader of the series – well on his way to a chance for the Olympics
Bendigo Saturday Feb 2012
Caleb Sinclair: Took out the wheel race in Bendigo Saturday night (rumour has it he will be sporting some very stylish curls with his prize)
12 hour mountain bike race Bright Feb 2012
EMCC rider Shane Robert and Dom Orso raced a 12 hour race on the weekend that featured some of the country’s best endurance riders. Robbo placed 4th overall and Dom got an 11th placing, both in the 12 hour solo. Dean Oberen had his first hit out in a team of 4 and did a great effort.
the way at Wangaratta Track Carnival: Jan 31st
EMCC was also represented at the Wangaratta Track Carnival on the weekend.
Caleb Sinclair lead the way with wins in his scratch races, and a win in his wheel race heat and a strong ride in the final just failing to catch the outmarkers.
Also appearing was Josh Thomson continuing his rapid improvement this season.
Michaela Tranby continued her progress racing in the open Women’s category and Neil Thomson was again selected to race in the class Men’s B Grade field
11 Echuca Riders fly the flag
at the 2011Christmas Carnivals
Our club has been well represented over the Christmas carnivals;
-Josh Thomson started the series off well for the club with some strong form resulting in placing’s at the Horsham Carnival ahead of racing at the other 3 carnivals as well
-Cam Grey launched a big break in his scratch race at Bendigo which split the field and continued his form through all 4 carnivals.
-Charlotte Thompson stepped up to U 15’s, competing at all 4 tracks, and was interviewed on TV at the Shepparton Carnival with a 3rd place.
-Jess Thomson also stepped up to U 15’s and competed across the 4 day series, with an excellent ride in the scratch race at Bendigo, stringing the field out with a 2 lap turn on the front.
-Mitchell Thompson continued his excellent form from the carnivals before Christmas and built speed over all 4 carnivals.
-Liam Harland placed in his heat of the wheel race at Bendigo, after also travelling to the Horsham Carnival where he last year placed in the wheel race.
-Michaela Tranby stepped up to open women and progresses well though the Bendigo, Shepparton and Wangaratta carnivals.
-Jay Court was moving well at his favourite track Bendigo in a class field and avoided a major crash in his wheel race heat.
-Anne Pitcher rode an excellent tactical race at Shepparton in A/B grade to place 5th in a class field.
-Caleb Sinclair continued his rapid progress over the last year travelling to Bendigo, Shepparton and Wangaratta ahead of riding the Bay Series Crit races in Geelong this week
-Neil Thomson was promoted to B grade at Bendigo after the Horsham carnival, before competing also at Shepparton & Wangaratta.
Graeme Lockwood wins the Vets Christmas Handicap 17/12/2011
Echuca cyclist Graeme Lockwood took out
the prestigious Christmas Handicap conducted by the Bendigo
based Central Victorian Veterans' Cycling Club on Saturday.
Raced over 56 very hot and windy kilometres between
Woodstock and Tarnagulla the event drew a line-up of over 60
veteran riders from all over Victoria. The hills, the heat
and the strong winds proved a big challenge for the over
"Locky" departed with the 26 minute second outmarker group which paced itself well despite the numbers shrinking to just four at the line where the chasers were only a frustrating 200m in arrears. Locky, the strongest of the four over the journey, had no trouble winning the dash for the line from Bendigo's Aileen O'Brien, '56 Olympian Jack Trickey and Newbridge Supervet Jack Corry.
Central's President Murray Rankin remarked that "it wouldn't be Christmas without an Echuca rider taking a prize." Bruce Goldburg won the event two years ago and Ken Wilson was third the year before that. Echuca riders David Fulton, Graeme Butcher and Matt Grealy also competed on Saturday but were unplaced.
Country Titles Results at DISC December 2011
guys representing the club!
Mitchell Thompson - unplaced in JB13, but rode well
Cam Gray - bronze JB13 1000m pursuit, 4th in the sprint
Charlotte Thompson - silver W15 500m time trial, silver W15 2000m pursuit, silver W15 sprint
Michaela Tranby - bronze W19 500m Time Trial, bronze W19 sprint, bronze 2000m pursuit
Annie Pitcher - gold WMAS4 500m time trial, gold WMAS4 2000m pursuit, gold WMAS4 sprint
Jay Court - silver MMAS2 1000m time trial, silver MMAS2 sprint
Echuca riders shine in cloudy Ballarat 24/7/2011
Twenty six Echuca riders braved threatening weather on Sunday 24th July to represent Echuca Moama cyclists in the Victorian Club Team Time Trial. Inspired by Cadel Evan’s Tour De France win the night before, the six Echuca Moama Cycling Teams were ready to prove themselves against the clock. Echuca riders were able to win 3 medals, one of which was gold.
The J11 boys team of Mitchell Thompson, Chase Costello-Manning and Oscar Jones headed out on the technical course at pace, and working well together, were able to catch the group that had started a minute in front of them just after the halfway mark. The boys held their tempo throughout the race to become the new state team time trial champions with a healthy margin.
The J13 team of Charlotte Thompson, Cameron Gray and Jacob Ayres worked well together through the hills to the turn around. Pushing into the strong headwind Charlotte and Cameron took strong turns to bring their group in to win the bronze medal for J13 Boys – Charlotte really enjoying the opportunity to beat the boys.
EMCC’s women’s team of Danielle Garden, Margi Woolman and Kathryn Keer Keer set their race alight early on with all riders riding well to the turn around. On the return trip the ladies found themselves facing 25km of headwinds to fight. Margi Woolman used her strength to help her team get home to take the Silver medal.
Echuca Moama Cycling Club had three men’s teams compete in Ballarat. The masters age restricted team (the ages of the three riders must add up to more than 135yrs) of Ray Hamilton, Paul Oman and Jeff Martin held their own on the challenging course to come home together just outside of the placings. The Masters open team of Steve Gray, Jamie Costello-Manning, Dom Molluso and Brett Sands were likewise close to gaining a place as were the elite men’s team of Tim Fitzpatrick, Tristan Gerrish, Jamie Wilson and Matt Jones. The elite men’s team recorded average speeds in excess of 57kmph on the downwind sections of the course in their impressive ride.
Jamie Wilson wins Bendigo Tour stage 11/6/2011
Jamie Wilson continued
his run of good form by taking out Stage 1 in the C Grade
section of the Bendigo Tour
on the first day of the Queen's Birthday Long Week-End.
Jamie won the bunch sprint at Woodstock after a 37km fast out and back leg to Llanelly.
Echuca-Moama's Neil Thompson missed 2nd by the narrowest of margins.
There were 9 Echuca-Moama riders contesting C Grade, 3 in B and 1 in A.
Country Titles 29/4/2011
A number of riders from the club went to Harcourt on Sunday to complete in the Country Road Championships.
The morning started well with Under 11 boys. Chase Costello Manning and Josh Thomson stayed with the leaders throughout the race. About 50 meters out the sprint started with Chase and Josh following the leaders into the finish. About 10 metres out Chase made his move and was able to place first by the shortest of margins. Josh was not far behind finishing a close third with Ky Hodson 4th and Mitchell Thompson 5th – a great result for the club.
A short time later the Under 13 girls headed towards the finish line. Charlotte Thomson challenged for first place only to finish a close second with Jess Thompson 4th and Edie Haley 5th.
Later that morning the Under 17 girls and masters headed out for their races. After 36 kilometres Michaela Tranby in a lead group of three headed for the finish line. The sprint started with 30 metres to go Michaela leading. By the time the three girls passed the finish line Michaela was beaten by a smallest of margins for third.
The success of our juniors motivated our Masters men, Jamie Costello Manning racing in a combined Masters 1,2 & 3, was up front with a few kilometres to go. He made a move forcing others to follow. The group caught up to him. Then it started they sprinted for the finish with Jamie finishing a close 2nd overall. In the final result Jamie was to finish 2 in his age group. Neil Thompson also rode well but was unfortunate to have mechanical problems just before the finish.
Finally to the grand master Paul Omen left to carrying the morning flag after a strong ride and totally exhausted finished second in his age group.
The stage was set for the afternoon racing. The Under 19’s we were represented by Liam Harland and Caleb Sinclair. 80 kilometers later a large group sprinted for the line. Liam finished in the group for 5 th place. Caleb race well finishing behind the main group.
The day was a great success for our club.
Phil Goldburg’s State Title
The South Pacific Championships for veterans were conducted at Maryborough over the Easter weekend.
The Road Championships were also the Victorian Road Championships. The Criteriums were also State title races.
Matt Grealy rode the 65 km road event, the 300m straight line sprint, the time trial and the crit in the 35-39 age group. Matt finished behind the bunch in both road and crit in a very high class field. Trevor Watchman won the road and Scott Townsend the crit. Matt won the silver medal in the South Pacific 300m Straight Line Sprint Championship.
Graeme Lockwood rode the 65 km road championship for 65-69s and finished outside the placings - winner Robert Freak from Adelaide.
Neil Thompson rode the 40-44s crit and finished behind the main bunch. David Holt was the winner.
Phil Goldberg's 60-64s crit was won by World Masters' Champion Malcolm Clasholm from Whyalla. Phil was 2nd and as 1st Victorian got the State title
Neil Thompson in photo finish
The rising career of Echuca cyclist Neil Thompson came desperately close to a major win in the prestigious Cec Cripps Memorial
Handicap at Maryborough on Easter Monday afternoon.
Riding off the 10 minute mark in a field of 129 veteran riders, Thompson was part of a 50 rider bunch that sprinted for the line at the finish
of the 65 km race and despite his relative inexperience in big field sprints, he was right at the front in the final metres.
Some judges had written down Thompson's number as the winner but when the camera video was checked it revealed that Mooroopna's
Graeme Sylvester had beaten him by just half a wheel. Sylvester had also started from the 10 minute mark. The pair had completed the
65 kms over the same course that had been used for the Victorian Championships on Good Friday in a nifty 1 hour 34 minutes 15 seconds.
Neil's near win in the handicap really was a great effort. I'm sure he's never sprinted in a bunch that big before.
There were at least 50 riders, they were on the dirt at one point, one fell and the front row finished in a line across the road.
Echuca's Tim Fraser, Matt Grealy and Graeme Lockwood also competed in the Maryborough event but finished outside the top ten.
Squizzy wins Oceania Road Race title
Mick continues his excellent form on from last weeks Nationals
Gold> Time Trial - 20.4km small lap Queenlands Glass House Mountains
Gold> Road Race- 54km big lap Queenlands Glass House Mountains
State Champs in the Club.......Simone and Annie!!!! Victorian Masters Criterium C’ships 10th April 2011
The Costello Mannings and Annie Pitcher raced at the Victorian Criterium Championships in Castlemaine yesterday. The good news is we have two new State Champs in the Club.......Simone and Annie!!!!
Womans Masters 2> Simone Costello-Manning
Womans Master 4> Annie Pitcher
Michael "Squizzy" Taylor wins Roadrace National Title in Queensland
Annie Wins Silver at the Masters National Titles
Annie’s first event over the weekend
at 2011 Australian Masters Track Championships was the 500 metre time
trial. She did it in a personal best time of 43.409 seconds, beating her
previous pb by 1.2 seconds. This gave her fourth place. She won the
silver medal in the 2000m individual pursuit. What an effort!!!!!
Annie then competed in the sprints. She qualified 4th fastest in her age group ( with another pb of 14.4 sec), meaning she had to ride off against the no.1 seed, World Champion Julie Barnett (who had set a new Australian record in qualifying) in the semi finals. Annie made her work for the wins, but lost relegating her to the ride off for bronze. The 3 hard days of racing took their toll on Annie (she was the only competitor to be competing in every event!) and she finished with 4th. Although missing out on the medals her achievement and experience gained in this event were exceptional, as she wasn't training for this event.
The last day of competition was last Sunday with a 5km scratch race first thing in the morning. Anne came a creditable fourth in this race.
Success for Annie & Jay at the Victorian Masters State Championships, Feb 19/20th 2011
Echuca Moama track cyclists Annie Pitcher and Jay Court have returned from the recent Victorian Masters State Championships with huge success. Held at the Darebin International Sports Centre on the 19th and 20th of February, it was the first time that both had competed at a state level competition.
Riding on an indoor wooden velodrome for the first time Annie opened up the duo’s assault on Saturday morning in the 2000m individual pursuit. She conquered her first hurdle completing the event in a personal best time of 2:59.673 to claim the gold medal and State Title.
Next up for the pair was the time trial, with Annie competing over 500m and Jay over a distance of 1km. Having only taken up track cycling in November, Pitcher again showed that she is a force to be reckoned with taking out the bronze medal in another personal best time of 44.600 seconds, missing out on the silver by just .10 of a second. Jay then took to the track in his first event for the weekend and rode strongly to finish with the silver medal, also in a personal best time of 1:12.470.
Sundays racing commenced with the 200m Sprint Qualifying round. Due to a lack of numbers in the female categories Pitchers events for the day were cancelled, but after persuading the officials she was allowed to post a time. Once again, she showed great improvement over a short period finishing with another personal best time of 14.895. Court then saddled up for his pet event, charging through the 200m to set a time of 12.114, and qualified 3rd fastest in his category. He charged through the semi-final round to take his place in the ride off for gold and silver in the final. After two very close races, Court was narrowly beaten, taking out the silver medal.
After an extremely long weekend of closely contested racing, Court then had to hit the track for the Men’s 10km Scratch race, covering 40 laps of the Velodrome. The pace was on from the start, with several breakaways forming over the course of the race only to be recaught by the field. It came down to the final sprint with Court just missing out on a placing.
The last event of the competition was the Kieren, a tactical race contested behind a motorbike. Court positioned himself well, and with the motorbike leaving the track the riders were left to fight it out in the sprint reaching speeds of well over 70km/h. Jay powered home but was unlucky to miss out on another medal, being beaten into 4th by the width of a tyre!Both riders are now back into their heavy training & racing scheduals, under the guidance of their coach, former state representative Lucinda Court, with the hope of competing at the Australian Masters Championships to be held at the Dunc Grey Veledrome Sydney in March
News From Alice - October 2010
Our own Craig 'Riddo' Riddington and 'the Silver Fox' Bruce Fleming are back from racing at the masters games in Alice and did well. The Fox has said that staying on the road and not hitting a gate has improved his crit preformance.
Thursday Oct.7th. Finally on the plane after an hr. and a half delay and off to the Masters Games.
We were amazed when we landed how green and lush everything was. And it was raining. Water everywhere and the Todd river in flood. Caught the airport shuttle to our motel. Our first thoughts were (oh shit) but as it turned out the people were great and the location was pretty central. Its not easy carrying bike bag , luggage and all bike gear on a plane but we managed.
Friday 8th Oct. Up early and on the bikes to Twin Ghost Gum (about 17km out along Larapinta Drive) to check out start line and the course for the 20km Time trial. Roads were very coarse bitumen and there was a chance it was always going to be windy. On the bikes and back in to town to the Red Dog coffee shop in Todd Mall for the best coffees in Alice.
Saturday 9th Oct. Up at 5.30am and away by 6.00 to be ready for the 20km Time trial. I had about 11 riders in my age group and Craig had about 15riders in his group and all sent away at 1minute intervals. It was a bit of side tail wind going out but felt full frontal coming back in. The guy that won my division had almost the fastest time over the whole day. Yours truly was runner up to him for silver which I was happy with. Craig on the other hand came in 4th only separated by about 18seconds from medal contention. Medal presentation by Chief Comm. of N.T. Peter Henderson followed straight afterwards
Back to the Mall for another coffee the ready for the athletes parade from Todd Mall to the show grounds.
5000 athletes took part in the march followed by a concert with Darrell Somers, Wendy Matthews and other known artists.
Sunday 10th Oct. Up very early again and rode down to Todd Mall for the criterium.
Only about 8 in our age groups this time. Again I took silver from the same guy that won the Time Trial. but I was happy with that(again). Craig was up against some good competition and rode a great race right to the sprint line to 4th (again)
Medal presentation followed straight afterwards on the Council lawns.
Monday 11th Oct. No racing that day. Slept in, shopped in town and rolled legs over on bike around Alice. My sister Glenda rang to say Mum had passed away. Was'nt sure what to do but they said to stay up there as the arrangements had been made and the funeral could not be held till next week. Met lots of fantastic people all in town for the same reason. Back to Todd mall for another coffee.
Tuesday.12th Oct. Up at 5.30 and rode out to Flynns Grave (about 7km out of town) along Larapinta Drive for the start of the 60km road race. The briefing prior to the race was different, They explained that the speed limit is 130kph so make sure we stay on the left, also be on the alert for wild horses and dogs and also be aware of stolen utes and vehicles appearing out of the bush at any time.
There were 11 starters in my group and about 12 or so in Craigs. group. Again by the halfway mark the guy that was winning everything had blown the rest of our group to bits, I was lucky enough to pick his wheel and hang on. He tried to shake me a couple of times on the way back but there was a good head wind and I certainly wasn’t letting him create a break. At the 58km there was a small hill and he attacked once too often, I couldn’t do a thing about it, and, again came in second for another silver. The remainder of our group came in a further 7minutes later.
Craigs age group started about 5minutes behind our group and caught and passed us at the 50km mark. His group had splintered down to 5 or 6 and were going to remain together for the sprint. They finished about 1 minute in front of me. The 2 judges could not separate Craig and another rider for 3rd and 4th. and later giving it to the local rider. Then back into town for medal presentations and another coffee at the Red Dog.
I always wondered why Craig would go and order the coffees, but then I spotted Freda the waitress. Poor thing , she must have been broke and could hardly afford to put clothes on her back.
We had hired a ute for the rest of that day and did sight seeing out to Glen Helen Gorge, Ormiston Gorge, Simpsons Gap and Ellery Creek Big Hole and did the touristy thing (big Day)
Wednesday 13th Oct. No racing and slept in. Took ute back and mucked around town. Rode over to the velodrome to check out bike rentals and the track of course (333mtrs) around and put my name in for the events on Fri night racing..
Suppose to go to concert at Lasseters Casino (Molly Meldrum) hosting but rain set in and we decided not to go.
Thursday 14th Oct. Rained again so we shopped and mucked around down the Mall having coffees at the Red Dog and trying to get street wise about the 200mtr. street sprint scheduled for later that evening down the Todd Mall. The organisers decided to cancel it because of the wet roads (very disappointed).
Friday 15th Oct. Rode out to Larapinta Drive and got lots of photos. Coffee at Red Dog then back to the Motel to get ready for the track racing that evening. Craig fitted aero bars on to his bike ready for the Triathlon the next day.
Track that evening started with a 200mtr sprint. Again I got silver to the same bloke, this positioned me as to who I had to ride against for the best of 3 race pursuit for silver and bronze. Not my favourite event. The other chap won the first sprint but I won the next 2 sprints , again giving me silver.
The final race was a 15 lap (5km) scratch which I snook in for bronze.
That was my racing finished for the week.
Saturday 16th Oct. Craig up bright and early for his 6.30am Triathlon. 12 lap swim, 20km bike ride and a 5 km run. It was bloody freezing but I braved to cold to go and watch him. Craig was 3rd out of the water after a great swim. His bike leg was also good as he was now sitting comfortably in second by about 2 minutes. He started well in the run but he thinks this is his weakest leg. I waited 100mtrs from the finish line and could see Craig coming home like a champion in 3rd spot , however there was a fierce competitor also wanting the bronze medal more coming over top of Craig to take third by about 8mtrs. It was a great effort.
We had to leave , pack our bags and be on the plane at Midday.
I have been competing in cycling for 23 years now and have never had a more enjoyable trip. It was run to perfection with plenty of volunteers, police and emergency workers manning all corners and controlling traffic. Age group racing is definitely easier. I will certainly be there in 2 years time for the next one .
2010 Tour of Bendigo
Over 20 riders from the Echuca Moama Cycling Club travelled to Bendigo over the Queen’s Birthday to compete in the Junior and Senior Tour of Bendigo, hosted by the Bendigo and Districts Cycling Club.
The junior event included Michaela Tranby, Portia & Chase Costello-Manning, Lily & Elijah Kettle. To improve the size of the fields both male and female competitors were raced together with U15/17 combined along with U11/13 riders. Michaela Tranby finished the event strongly to finish 2nd overall in the C grade U15/17. In the B grade U11/13, Portia Costello-Manning rode well to take 8th, with her brother Chase coming in 4th. With a number of years left in the age group Lily Kettle showed her determination to finish 10th in B grade U11/13. Elijah Kettle also showed his endurance over the weekend to finish 10th in the B grade U15/17.
All of the riders should be very proud of their determined efforts over the weekend.
The senior C grade event saw a large contingent of Echuca Moama riders take to the road. Stage 1 at Newbridge saw Ray Hamilton, Paul Oman, Neil Thompson and Bruce Goldburg working hard to keep any attacks at bay. The sprint finish saw Bendigo’s Dave Mannix win the stage, with locals Brett Sands and Neil Thompson taking 3rd and 4th respectively.
Stage 2 included the winding road to the top of Mt. Alexander, which would always prove a challenge to the Echuca Moama riders who mostly prefer the flat local terrain.
Jai Howard & Will Kettle took full advantage as they hit the mountain in an attempt to take the leaders jersey. In the finish Howard crossed the line in 1st place with Kettle 2nd.
The trip back from the Mountain saw Jai Howard defending the yellow leaders’ jersey for the first time, working hard to nullify the numerous attacks during the 3rd stage. Fred Molluso & Darren Carmody were also well positioned at this point and looked comfortable in the rolling hills. As Howard tired, Sands and Kettle attempted to regain some lost time and by the end of the stage Will Kettle was the new tour leader with Sands 11 seconds behind.
Stage 4 was a 10km time trial along a windy course at Woodstock, Kathryn Keer-Keer, Jacqui Woods and Annie Pitcher all completed fantastic time trials on the back of 3 strong road stages. Carmody also produced a solid 10km to put him into 8th overall. However it was Sands who was the big mover in this stage finishing in the leader’s jersey, 30 seconds in front of Shepparton’s Marcus Cook.
With the race still in the balance the 5th and final stage would decide all of the placings. Thompson, Goldburg & Molluso were strong early, reeling in any attempted breakaways in the early stages. However it was Will Kettle who fired at the 20km mark to open a break over the peloton and further increased his lead into the middle stages. With the finish looming, the peloton had to work to bring Kettle back into view however he held on to win the stage, with the remainder of the field finishing 10 seconds later.
Sand’s held onto yellow and was winner of the 2010 C grade Tour of Bendigo following a consistent weekend. Kettle finished well to take 3rd, Carmody 8th.
Also congratulations to Jai Howard, stage 2 winner to the peak of Mt. Alexander.
The B grade event was a relatively even affair in stage 1, with Jamie Costello-Manning, Troy Griffiths & Tristan Gerrish looking strong during the 80km course. Tim Fitzpatrick finished strongly in the sprint finish to take 3rd and the best placed Echuca Moama rider after day 1.
The 2nd stage saw 2 riders immediately break away from the rest of the field as they rode to the top of Mt. Alexander. As the road tilted towards the sky Fitzpatrick, Harland and Oman all showed their climbing prowess to finish in the leading bunch and put themselves into the top 10.
Griffiths, Gray & Riddington all finished the stage strongly following the particularly challenging climb.
The 3rd stage back from the mountain saw Jamie Costello-Manning in control, with numerous breakaway attempts through the rolling Bendigo hills. At the end of the stage, Fitzpatrick and Harland positioned well in the sprint to be placed 4th and 5th overall, with Bendigo’s Andrew Pascoe holding a solid lead.
The 10km time trial proved a test to many, however it was Harland who produce the blistering time of 14 minutes 10 seconds. Tristan Gerrish and Craig Riddington also acquitted themselves well in the testing headwind to produce impressive times.
The final stage was to decide the final placings for Harland and Fitzpatrick and the challenging crosswinds made life difficult in the final 70km course.
With the weekend taking its toll, the peloton’s numbers were whittled down as the race wore on with Costello-Manning and Gerrish showing their strength. In the final downhill sprint to Woodstock both Fitzpatrick and Harland finished strongly taking 3rd and 4th respectively.
In the final standings it was Bendigo’s Andrew Pascoe who claimed victory with Echuca-Moama’s Harland & Fitzpatrick claiming 3rd and 4th respectively.
Congratulations to all Junior and Senior riders who competed over the weekend, with special thanks to all who helped and supported the riders for the event.
MICHAEL TAYLOR QUALIFIES FOR WORLD FINALS:> May 2010
Local hand cyclist Michael Taylor has plenty to be excited about following his overall 2nd placing in the National Hand Cycle Series . The series involved riders from all over the country competing for the right to represent Australia in both World Cup and World Title events.
Taylor completed a consistent series, which saw him victorious in the Tasmanian, Sydney & Sunshine coast events, whilst finishing a close 2nd in the Echuca-Moama and Brisbane events.
Taylor was excited following his result, “To be an actual contender for the series was exciting.”
Taylor also had a strong showing at the recent National Titles, held on the Sunshine Coast, finishing first overall. Taylor’s individual time trial was particularly impressive, averaging 33.7km/h over the 22.5km course. He was unlucky not to clean sweep the event, narrowly placing 2nd to Jarrod Moncur in the road race by 24 seconds “It certainly wasn’t a pretty event, with the temperature and humidity taking its toll on the field” explains Taylor.
Following his success in the series and a win in the National Titles, Taylor will head to Canada in August to contest a World Cup event as well as the World Para-Cycling Championships. Playing down his prospects Taylor said “I’m just hoping to do better than what I did at Nationals”
Also an organiser of the National Series, Taylor has a unique view of the series and was pleased with the running of the event. “The number of athletes who competed was really pleasing, as was the support of DiBella Coffee, the TAC & the Shire of Campaspe.”
When at home in Kerang, Taylor frequently travels to Echuca-Moama to compete in local club races as part of his training. Coupled with running a business in Kerang, Taylor still finds time to complete his rigorous training regime. “Lucky for me it’s something I really enjoy and am passionate about, otherwise I wouldn’t do it”.
SQUIZZY DOES IT AGAIN IN NSW
Mick Taylor from the weekend. 1st in both the road race and crit in the NSW leg of the National Handcycle series,This puts Mick 1 point ahead of Jarrod Moncur in the overall standings resuming as leader of series.
CONGRATULATIONS TO MICHAEL TAYLOR
- 1st OVERALL IN TASMANIA
Michael is current leader of the National Handcycle Series following his
overall win in the opening race in Tasmania over the weekend.
Mick started the event strongly with a 2nd place in the 13.4km time trial with a time of 26.55.35
However it was the road race that he asserted his dominance, hitting 44kmh in the final sprint to win the 43km race in 1.28.15.
This win puts Mick in prime position coming into the 2nd leg of the event, which will be held in Echuca Moama in 3 weeks time.
Full details http://www.australianhandcycleracing.com/
Bruce Goldburg wins the Xmas Vets Race at Woodstock 19/12/2009
The final veterans race of the year attracted a large field of 60 competitors for the 54 km “Perrows Paint” handicap on Saturday. Bruce Goldburg finished off a good year by winning the race n a time of 1:30:35. The race took riders from Woodstock to Newbridge, Tarnnagulla, Laanecoorie back to Newbridge and then home to Woodstock. EMCC riders David Fulton, Greg Patterson, Annie Barton, Bernie Leahy, Ray Hamilton, Graeme Lockwood, Graeme Butcher & Tim Fraser also competed in the event, with Lockie finishing in 4th place & Ray finishing in 6th place.
The large field gave the handicapper scope divide the field into 10 bunch’s. The 3 minute bunch caught the 4 ½ minute group at Laanecoorie. This group was in turn caught by scratch at Newbridge on the way home This bunch then went on to catch the 6 minute group about 7 km from the line. In the meantime the 11 minute bunch caught the 13 minute group at Tarnagulla, the 16 minute bunch at Laanecoorie and the 20 minute bunch at Newbridge and the 14km turn for home This large group was in good form and went on to reach the line just before scratch.
Bruce Goldberg (11 min)was first in a time of 1:30:14, 2nd David hare (11 min), 3rd Alan Barnett (13 min), 4th Graham Lockwood ( 20 min), 5th Neil Blakely (11 min), 6th Ray Hamilton (11 min), 7th Mike Lavery (13 min), 8th John Macague (sch), 9th Trevor Pell (20 min) and in 10th place was Aileen O’Brien (16 min). fastest unplaced lady was Sheridan Hall.
Warren Duffy wins the Castlemaine Cycling Club's Ken Maddern Snr Memorial Race 5/9/2009
Continuing on from his 90 km breakaway at the Bendigo to Echuca race Warren Duffy did a 20 km breakaway at the Castlemaine Cycling Club's second Ken Maddern Snr Memorial Race. Warren had to draw on all of his resources to stay clear of the quickly closing bunches on the undulating 40km course. In an exciting finish, Warren (18mins) managed to hold off the fast finishing scratch bunch crossing the line first with a margin of 2 mins. The ageless Justin Mollison (Scratch) took out the fastest time for the distance in 1:00:12. Miriam Maddern and son Ken (President) were on hand to present the trophies which were donated by the Maddern Family.
EMCC 1st, 2nd & 3rd at the 2009 Bendigo Tour
Congratulations to all riders who participated in the Bendigo Tour. Great weekend had by all. 17 emcc entries in the 3 grades with some great results. Nathan took 2nd in opening race of A grade. Fitzy won the B grade 5th stage kermesse then finished 4th overall. In C grade where the other 15 riders started saw Stage 1 start strongly with 1st place going to Tristan Gerrish, 2nd was Clint Flanigan then John Salter. Stage 2 was won by Craig Riddington with Costa 2nd. Stage 3 finished with Costa 2nd and Clint 3rd. This gave Costa overall lead which he held for the rest of the tour. Stage 4 was won by Jeff Martin with Jai Howard 3rd.
Final result was Jamie Costello-Manning 1st, Craig Riddington 2nd Tristan Gerrish 3rd, Jai Howard 5th, Neil Thomson 8th and Jeff Martin 10th. Fantastic weekend had by all.
Bendigo Tour Junior Results:
Elijah Kettle powered to 5th position in the C grade
Liam Harland won 4 out of 5 races in B grade to make him the B grade champion.
Nathan Oman & Tristan Gerrish represented EMCC at the Victorian Senior Track Championships 21/12/2008
Nathan Oman and Tristan Gerrish represented Echuca Moama Cycle Club at the Victorian Senior Track Championships held at Darebin Internation Sports Centre Darebin last week end.
After Nathans two seconds he has been selected in the Victorian Team to compete in Adelaide in February
1st Place for Nathan Oman at the Shepparton Crit 21/09/2008
EMCC members competed in the Shepparton criterium at the weekend. Steve Grey, Mick Hone & Clint Flanigan competed in the Elite class. Paul Oman & Graeme Butcher competed in the Masters Class. Nathan Oman competed in the U17's. Nathan made a break after 13mins & went on to win by a large margin while Graeme & Paul finished 2nd & 4th. Although not finishing in the placings Steve, Mick & Clint rode well & were in contention for much of the race.
Will Kettle led a lucrative invasion by Echuca cyclists to Dookie on Saturday. 31/08/2008
The 18-year-old student was on familiar ground when he took out Shepparton Cycling Club's Cameron Gray Memorial handicap.
Grampians Vets 2008 VVCC Open 30-31/08/2008
Tim Fraser and Wayne Saunders represented the club at the Halls Gap VVCC two day open over the weekend
Saturday saw the boys tackle 44km scratch races which saw 94 riders split into 7 divisions. Tim rode in division 3 which had the largest field of 23 riders. In saturating rain he was one of the race’s drivers for much of the day only to be caught having a nana nap when the decisive break went away. It was either that or he may not have seen the break go away due to the driving rain. 3 riders managed to gap the rest of the field and though Tim drove the chase bunch they couldn’t reel in the leaders and he had to be content with 4th place.
Wayne was one of eleven division 2 riders in an eventful race. There were a number of attacks from the beginning of the race, however Wayne instigated the successful one, attacking on a hill around 25km from home. 3 riders went away and drove hard, demoralising the rest of the field by quickly taking the gap out over 2 minutes and a placing was assured when they held a gap of over 5 minutes as they turned into the finishing straight. In the sprint to the line Wayne proved too strong for his co-escapees and recorded a comfortable win.
Sunday saw the boys back up in the 61km handicap in even worse conditions than the day before. Rain gave way at times to hail and gale force winds and there were considerably less than the 130 starters who finished the race. Wayne had no feeling in hands or feet & said I don't think I'd ever ridden in worse conditions. At one stage I was actually out of the seat doing 8kph with hail bouncing off the road so hard you couldn't shield your face either up or down. One of the local girls competing said that she was so wet she had soap suds running down her legs from the soap left in the chamois in her knicks!!!!. Though they both rode strong races Tim and Wayne were never in the hunt due to difficult handicaps and both finished out of the placings. Weight of numbers told in the end and Bendigo rider Rick McIntosh won the sprint from the strong 10 minute bunch.
Hi to All, well just thought I would fill you all in on our Club effort
down at balmy Ballarat on Sunday. After a very cold evening and warmed by a
couple of bottles of Penfolds finest we hit the sack at around 12.30 post Tour De France. We woke Sunday pretty thankful that our race time wasn't
until around 1.00pm. The weather was as expected for the rat at that time of year and some might even consider 7 degrees above average for that time of
year. We got ourselves organised and left the vast and luxurious confines of our nice warm cabin around 10.00am and rode out to the Start. As we turned
out of the Caravan park we realised that the relatively still day that we thought we had struck was only an illusion and once on the road the wind was
somewhat depressing. Although we all agreed it was a lot like riding down terricks most days so we should have some sort of advantage. The next two
hours where spent in the luxury of the fully appointed , leather clad KIA CARNIVAL so kindly supplied by Ezio for the Journey (Fuel included ).Big
thanks to Ezio and D'Alberto HOLDEN for the car as it proved very valuable on the day. It was bitterly cold and as the day wore on it seemed to get
We set up the tent and Mick and Matt
proceeded to warm up on the trainers while Brad and I went out for a roll
and got a bit of motor
pacing from Gaz who was along to help us out and drive the car. ( Thanks heaps gaz. We all appreciated the effort you made at short notice and your
support while riding was awesome. Perhaps next year though maybe if you could be in front of us and only a couple of meters up the road.)
Getting close to start time and to be truthful I was shitting myself and happy not to know what the course had in store for us. We set
off at a fair pace and I think the plan of just easing into the first lap was out the window. At least I hoped that the others weren't taking it easy
because I had my ring hangin out on the first hill only 2k's into the bloody race. This was going to hurt.
After the first strait we turned left into about a 10km headwind stretch of rolling hills. We all had found our rhythm and started to work
really well with Brad doing monster turns into the wind and the rest of us doing what we could to give him a rest. Left again for about 3-4km cross
wind and a tricky little corner that went uphill and over a train track and three of the best sets of ripple strips that you will ever come across. We
hit them pretty hard and with 160 psi in the back wheel I got a bit sketchy and had to get of the bars to keep control. Another left for the tailwind
stretch back to town and the pace was pretty hot. Up around 50km most of the way maxing out at about 65. With about 3k to go we came across THE hill
that the boys had told me about. This was a tough little climb that had a couple of corners and went on for about 2k. Once over that as a group with
Jonsey showing his hill climbing strength we flew back into town which was all down.
Lap two started the same as One and I found myself off the back again on the same little hill. At the top we regrouped and Brad did most of
the work into the wind so that we could recover and I could only manage a couple of turns to give him some sort of rest. Every turn I knew I was
getting weaker and weaker and by the time we hit the tricky hill with the railway line and the ripples I was gone. We Turned for home and Brad and
Matt where strong through the hills and it was only the tailwind that was keeping me from losing contact all together. We got to the last hill and I
had nothing left. Brad sent Jonsey up the rode and got behind me and told me to chase him down like my life depended on it while he pushed me part way,
alright most of the way up the hill. We got to the top at last and managed to get some speed up for the last few k,s into town holding around 48. The
last left hander and a short effort to the finish. It was done and so was I. Oh and did I happen to mention 2minutes into the ride it started to rain.
We made our way back to the car and
tried to warm up for the trip home. I couldn't wait to get into the KIA
CARNIVAL and test out the heater.
It was a great team effort and we where so proud to learn that we had come across in fourth position beating all but two of the big city clubs. Only St
Kilda and Blackburn beat us with Ballarat taking the win for Vic Country. It just goes to show how strong our club is getting and next we should have
some Juniors and a couple of masters teams. I will be doing Masters next year because it's only one Lap. Thanks heaps to everyone for there support
and it really makes you give that extra effort to make your Club proud. A big thanks to the other team members for there efforts and getting me over
the line. Mick did an awesome job after being off the bike for 2 weeks sick and still carrying a chest into the race. Jonsey the hill climbing freak and
Brad well thanks for the ride unbelievable effort and thanks for organising everything. Needsy has a heap of great photos that will be on the Website
soon. ( even the one where Brad is grabbing my seat to get a tow up the hill )
PS Thanks to the Triathlon Club for the lend of there trailer it was invaluable.
Camperdown Classic July 2008
July 2008, Wayne Saunders & Tim Fraser represented the club at the inaugural ‘Camperdown Classic’ at the weekend. In cold and windy conditions over an undulating 50km course the boys both acquitted themselves well. Riding from the 5 minute bunch, Wayne was at home in the hills all day and was right in the final sprint with the scratch bunch for the minor placings, finishing 12th overall. The handicapper did a great job in the end with the 22 minute bunch staying away by barely 500 metres to claim the first 8 places.Tim rode strongly all day only to lose contact on the last climb when the scratch bunch surged 3km from home. He may not have figured in the finish this time but he has obviously gained some admirers from previous racing in the area by the look of the signage around the course.
Ken Woods 3rd at Vets 16/2/2008
In hot conditions Ken Woods held off a fast finishing scratch bunch to finish 3rd at the 56k Vets race at Woodstock on Saturday.16/2/2008
Ken Woods 1st: Echuca Boys Clean Up Vets 24/11/2007
Thirty-nine riders took part in the 62 km “On Your Bike” sponsored handicap at Woodstock on Saturday. Echuca riders included Ken Woods & Graeme Lockwood off 20mins, while Wayne Saunders, David Fulton & Tim Fraser were off 3.5mins. Conditions were hot and windy with an estimated temperature of 33 degrees. The course commenced Woodstock then on to Newbridge, Bridgewater, Arnold, Lannelly, Newbridge and back to Woodstock.
The 28 and 20 minute bunch came together on the home ward side of Bridgewater. Allan Barnett from the 20 minute group was in good form and kept the pressure on this group.
The 3.5 minute group had picked up the 7 and 11 minute groups by the time they had reached Llannely. This resulted in a large bunch of around 17 riders. This bunch increased the pressure once through Newbrige and riders found it had to find cover in the crosswind and riders gradually dropped off leaving a final group of 8 to chase the earlier bunch.
It was a similar situation with the 28 and 20 minute bunch, which initially had around ten riders in it, and was reduced down to four. This group took the lead when they overtook limit rider Garry Saunders about eight km from home. In a strong ride this group went on to greet the line first with Echuca’s Ken Woods (20 min) in his first ride with the club taking out 1st place, Jim Field (28min) was 2nd, 3rd Aileen O’Brien (20 min), Allen Barnett 4th (20 min) 5th Garry Saunders (38 min) 6th and fastest time(1.36.02) was Geoff Pollard (3.5 min), 7th Lloyd Patterson (3.5 min) and in 8th place was Wayne Saunders (3.5 min).
Central Victorians Veterans Cycling Club
3rd Place to Wayne 27/10/2007
Wayne Saunders topped of a successful seasons racing with the Vets by picking up 3rd place in the points aggregate.
The final of the Vets open races was the Camperdown to Warrnambool event. Although Wayne and his bunch didn't figure in the results his previous 2 wins and placings gave him enough points to gain 3rd place
Central Victorians Veterans Cycling Club
Results for 63Km Ironbark Classic at Rushworth Saturday 21/7/07
The Bendigo Veterans cycling race held on Saturday in conjunction with the V
V C C was the 63km Iron Bark classic handicap held at Rushworth, the race
was held over 3 laps of a slightly undulated 21km circuit and contested in
fine sunny conditions which were ideal for racing. 80 riders lined up to
compete the start of the race, with the limit riders starting 32 minutes in
front of the scratch riders, these riders began well only to be caught by
the 19 minute bunch of riders just before the end of the second lap, who had
also caught the 24 minute group of riders about 6kms earlier. The 12-14 and
16 minute lot of riders were going well and had all joined together and were
in pursuit of the leading cyclist. After a tardy start from the 9-30 minute
riders and being caught quickly by the 7-30 minute group of riders, they
then settled down and got their act together forming a strong team of
riders. Although the 19 and 24 minute mark riders were still going strong
with one lap to go they were being quickly pursued by the 12-16 minute
riders who were closely followed by the 7-30and 9-30 minute bunch of riders.
The rest of the riders which included the scratch riders were still having a
hard time chasing down these groups of leading riders. With 15kms to go the
7-30_9-30 bunch had caught the 12 to 16 minute group of riders forming a
very strong lot of about 40 riders and showing that this lot would soon have
control of the race. With 4kms to go they had caught the leading riders and
were now settling in for a big bunch finish, as they rounded the corner to
the finish there were still about 30 riders contesting the sprint with the
eventual winner being Wayne Saunders from the 9-30 minute mark just ahead of
Ray Rhodes from the 7-30 minute mark with Barry Robertson also from the 7-30
mark 3rd. The scratch riders who had still been trying hard to catch these
riders could only settle for fastest which went to the strong sprint of
The first female rider to finish went to Cindy Magro from Central Veterans Club riding from the 16 minute mark.
The final placings were 1st Wayne Saunders of 9-30m, 2nd Ray Rhodes 7-30m, 3rd Barry Robertson 7-30m, 4th Murray Rankin 9-30m, 5th Colin Hooper 9-30m, 6th Laurie Lyster 7-30m, 7th Mick Anderson 9-30m, 8th Gavin Rowbottom 7-30m, 9th Roger King 12m and 10th Shane Wall 12m, fastest time went to Leigh Egan in the time of 1h.31m.06.
Central Victorians Veterans Cycling Club
Results for Saturday 10/3/07 and Sunday11/3/07
Central Victorian Veterans Cycling Club hosted the “O’Brien Contracting” Handicap at the weekend attracting a quality field from 10 different Veterans Cycling clubs across Victoria. President Noel Knight said he was delighted with the success of the weekend, with141 riders taking part in the 56 km Handicap on Saturday, and 46 taking part in the 35 km Handicap on Sunday. President Noel went on to say that the club was grateful for the generous sponsorship provided by Mr Vin O’Brien and also for the support of the Maiden Gully Fire Brigade and St Johns Ambulance.
Saturday’s race commenced at Woodstock and went on through Newbridge, Tarrnagulla, Laanecoorie and back to Woodstock The field comprised of 14 bunches from scratch to 36 minutes. Conditions for riding were warm and with little wind effect, so the pace was on from the start. The 21 minute group was caught by the 14 and 16 minute groups 12 km from home Most of these groups stayed together until they were caught by the 8 minute group with about 500 metres to go. Unfortunately at this point there was a tyre blow out in very heavy traffic causing a number of riders to fall.
Local rider Wayne Saunders, from 8 min, went on to win. He was followed by Ken Dyson (8 min) with Club President Noel Knight (8 min) taking out third place, 4th was R Rhodes ( 9.30 min) ,5th R Gibson (16min) , 6th G Hartland (14 min), 7th A Barnett ( 9.30 min), 8th S Whittle (14 min) , 9th S Monks (9.30 min) 10th D O’Dwyer (12.30 min). First lady to finish was local rider Cheryle Barker. Fastest across the line was Shepparton scratch rider Lee Egan in a time of 1.16.00.
Sunday’s race with 46 riders took place in very windy conditions that took its effect on this field. David Bates (4 min) was first in a time of 54.00, 2nd was G Pollard (4 min) , 3rd M Kane (4min), 4th P Ladd (4min), 5th T Coombes (4min), 6th K Butcher (8 min), 7th E Ziedaitis (6 min), 8th D Tozer (scr) , 9th PSawyer (scr), 10th B McNamara ( scr). Fastest time in 51.42 was D Tozer.
Tim Fraser and Wayne Saunders headed to Adelaide in January, with families in tow, to contest the South Australia's Classic Veterans Race Series which was run in conjunction with the Tour Down Under UCI Pro Tour race. They first enjoyed 10 days of solid hills training on the Fleurieu Peninsula, exaggerated by Tim’s lack of navigating skills which saw the boys cover a lot more of the peninsula than they had planned.
Then it was on to Adelaide for the first of two events which was a 75km road race through the hills of Angaston. 250 riders contested graded scratch races in 6 divisions over two laps of a tough and undulating circuit. Tim was one of 40 riders in ‘C’ grade and rode a strong race from the beginning, always being in the top 10 riders and pushing the pace at times. The hills took their toll and the field fragmented as the kilometers ticked over. There was a sharp climb only a few km from the finish and it was here that an attack split the lead group of around 20 riders and Tim was caught behind some tiring bodies. He got over the hill only marginally off the back of the leaders but could not get to them in the run home, finishing a creditable 10th in the end.
Wayne rode in ‘B’ grade in a field of 45 riders and found out early that the back half of the bunch was not the place to be, with attacks going on just about every hill. He was caught off the back in an early attack and had to work to get back to the leaders, but once there spent the rest of the day in the lead group. A group of 12 South Australian locals in Team O’Grady jerseys controlled the race for much of the day and were all still present after the first lap saw the group reduced to around 30. The bunch continued to diminish with constant attacks and it was a bunch of only 12 that got over the last hill together. In the run down to the finish the Team O’Grady boys put the race in the gutter and their knowledge of the finish saw them take the best approach to the last corner, resulting in them filling 3 of the top 5 positions. Wayne was caught on the inside of the last corner and couldn’t make ground on the winners in the sprint but crossed the line 5th in a tight finish.
After a few days of recuperation and retail therapy (where Tim managed to out shop both Maree and Zoe) the boys backed up 5 days later in kermesse races over the same 5.5km street circuit ridden by the Tour Down Under professionals later in the day. Again in graded scratch races Tim contested ‘C’ grade with 45 others and again made his presence felt. Over the short and tight circuit he was never out of the first 10 riders and in the end lead out a couple of fellow Victorian Vets in the sprint. His efforts resulted in one of them filling 2nd place though Tim tired in the finish to end up mid field. Job done though.
Wayne was one of 51 ‘B’ graders to take to the course in what was a fast and frenetic race. There were a number of falls as riders jostled for position and with speeds peaking at over 60kmh it was definitely no place for the faint hearted. Heading into the last corner at over 55kmh there was just not enough room and half the field finished up on the deck or ground to a halt. In a good display of bike handling Wayne unconventionally made it through the carnage, leaving a tyre imprint on a fellow competitor and in the sprint to the line finished 4th , earning a trip to the podium to collect a bottle of McLarenvale’s finest and a cheque which was happily negotiated at the Coopers Brewery later in the evening.
All in all an enjoyable couple of weeks, some good racing and a great opportunity to see some of the worlds best professional teams. Highly recommended for anyone considering a trip to the Tour Down Under next year, though if you’re planning on racing, a few teammates would help!
David Fulton competing in the Tour Down Under2008 Time Trial
High Road Team ex Telecom, this team won Tour Down Under
Minquel Endrian 5 times Tour France winner
Tour Down Under 2007 Wednesday 17 January Criterium Race.
In the picturesque town of Tanunda in the Barossa on a close circuit with six challenging corners with spoon drains and off camber corners and one with cobble stones. In C grade race with thirty other riders for forty minutes we were told by their watch. We started with a fast pace from the start .It was hard to hang on, but l did try to get to the middle of the pack only to lose ground on the corners. I was still there when they waved the flag for one lap to go after 35 minutes. I was at the back of the pack so when the pack went around the first corner in the last lap and veered across on to the right side of the road I dived up the inside to gain some ground and by taking some risk's, on the next corner I was able to gain more ground. By the second last corner I was third wheel with two Bendigo boys who were trying to get my wheel. But going around the second last corner which had the dreaded cobble stones and off camber the boys from Bendigo got shunted out with one landing on the ground and the other landing in someone's front garden flower bed. Both were ok just shaken and stirred up. I only made it half way to the last corner and ran out of stream getting passed on both sides. I ended up finishing at the back, but was happy that I had finished the race in one piece with an average time of 37.6 kmh.