Entries in club racing (87)

Monday
Sep212015

Bethanga Interclub

RACE REPORT - INTERCLUB - BETHANGA - SUNDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER
A stunning day greeted the 20 hardy souls who lined up across A grade, B grade and C grade.
It would be hard to find a more idyllic setting than Bethanga for bike racing and, notwithstanding the foul-tempered magpies on course, the riders were greeted with perfect conditions. A grade hit the bitumen first with high expectations of the interlopers from Wang. Tully Lyster has been dominating local TT's for years and is always dangerous. Tomarsh Loki is an up and coming climber who was going to be almost impossible to control on the uphill run to the finish. Mt Beauty was well represented by the canny, and always dangerous, Tim Retchford. AWPCC had heavy hitters Hutchins, McMillan, Sims and Hamblin to fly the flag. The ride of the day was unquestionably local Ryan Clifford who attacked first time up the climb and held the bunch off until 5km to go. He then had the wherewithal to hang on to 4th position. It is great to see Ryan stepping out of the shadow of his famous wife. Just after Ryan was caught, strongman Lachlan Hutchins attacked and got a solid gap. Like an old mare with the scent of the stable in his nostrils he was not to be stopped. He powered on and maintained his gap over a chasing group of Tomarsh Loki and Tim Retchford to take a well deserved win. In B grade there was a solid mix of locals and 'ring-ins'.
It was a war of attrition out on the very undulating course, and anyone not in top condition was sure to be found out.

The group stayed relatively together on the first of 3 climbs with Mark Dunlop leading over the top quickly followed by Chris Howard (Wang), Eli Beach (new AWPCC member and race debutante), Brian Harris, with the cagey Tony Reeckman (Wang) hanging tough on the back. Reeckman was the punter's favourite coming of a last start victory a mere week ago. Youngster Josh Bankes and guest rider Natalie Kerwen (NZ) were just off the back with the pace proving a little hot.

Things really began to get sorted out on the 2nd lap with some clear gaps being created and signs of distress appearing on the cyclist's faces. It all came together for the front group of 5 on the descent back to Bethanga.
Eli Beach proved the strongest on the difficult final climb to take a great win in his first race. His prize for the victory (beyond the not insignificant $20) will be an immediate promotion to A grade! Brian Harris proved the best of the chasing bunch taking a solid 2nd placing and Chris Howard making the trip up the Hume worthwhile and completing the podium in 3rd.

What C grade lacked in numbers they made up for in quality. 4 athletes toed the line and 4 finished 2 laps later. The hill was brutal to the bunch and split them up early. Gary Harmer proved to be very strong and took a clear win.

A big thank you to our marshals - Alan Luckie, Frank Loki and Tony Egan (who created a TDF feel with his family around the back end of the course). Thanks to commissaire Lynn Heritage- we couldn't run these races without people giving up their time so thanks very much. Special flag waving duties were undertaken by young Hamish Retchford who showed considerable talent with the chequered flag!

 

Thursday
Sep102015

Spring Racing

Racing returns next Sunday the 20th of September at Bethanga for the Albury Wodonga round of the North East Interclub Series. We'll be riding a graded scratch race on our famous 'Championship Loop'. Sign on is at Bethanga Pub 9am for a 10am start and you can enter on the day.

The number of grades depends on number of participants. A grade will race 4 laps of our 16km Championships loop, B grade 3 laps and C grade 2.

Sunday
Jul192015

Club race results - 19.7.2015

Race Report - 50km Handicap.
A stunning winter's day greeted the 25 riders in today's club race. A classic 50km run down the Indigo Valley road provided the 4 groups with an ample opportunity to tune up the race legs for next weekend's classic John Woodman Memorial Wagga to Albury Handicap.
The Albury contingent were besieged by our neighbour's from the North with father and son combination Adrian and Charlie Hamilton of Wagga Wagga taking out the race and fastest time respectively. We love having cyclist's from other areas attend our club races and they are always made to feel welcome (although next time we'll try a little harder to prevent them stealing the win!). Continuing the theme of diversity; it was terrific seeing some of our brethren from the Triathlon and MTB clubs making there mark on the bitumen. Club racing is a fantastic way to begin a transition to road racing and perfectly augments training if your focus is on another discipline.
Congratulations to the runner up Terry Halpin who intimidated the field with his unusual approach to wearing bib knicks. Mark Dunlop brought it home for 3rd. The handicapper may need to examine the data as block had caught 2nd limit by the turnaround at the fire shed with newcomer Garry holding off until half way down Indigo Valley Rd. Well done to Josh Bankes for holding the wheels of scratch on the trip back into town after being dropped by a very cohesive and hard working block bunch who ended up providing the winner.
Thanks to Commissaire Lyn Heritage, Marshalls David Hutchinson and Peta Stewart and Tom Barry for the work they did in organising and officiating.
Good luck to all in Wagga to Albury next weekend and the next club race is on the 8th of August as we host our southern neighbours for another in our series of Vic Interclub races

Saturday
Jul042015

Club race results - 4.7.2015

"Hutchins impressive in road race win".
Cloudy skies and cold weather didn't deter riders from having a real crack in today's AWPCC club race. A good sized field with A grade including Neil Van der Ploeg, Tim Guy, Ryan Allen, Lachlan Hutchins, Greg Featonby and Nathan Tooley set off from La Trobe Uni for a flattish race that was spiced up with some informal teams being organised before the race. This certainly spiced up the racing as all riders had to finish as high as possible in the placings. Early action and attacks ultimately led to the race splitting into two groups with Neil Van der Ploeg caught in the second bunch. The front were not going to ease up to make life easy for the rest of field. Ultimately the front six stayed away with Lachlan Hutchins attacking one km from the finish to hold off Nathan Tooley who was almost caught on the line by the fast finishing Ryan Allen and Tim Guy (search2retain). Just for the record the winning team in A Grade was Lachlan Hutchins, Ryan Allen and Dave Mann.
B Grade was hotly contested with the bunch finishing together despite numerous attacks during the race. Brad Pietsch got up for the win with Neil Sawyer a close second and Mark Dunlop edging out Brad Sutcliffe in his first race. Murray Wallace was 5th and Josh Bankes in 6th was the first junior.
C Grade completed the 30km course with Paul Smith getting the win over Dave Hutchinson.
Thanks to the volunteer commissaire and corner marshall's who made a fantastic day's racing possible.
A Grade
1st Lachlan Hutchins
2nd Nathan Tooley
3rd Ryan Allen
4th Tim Guy
5th Charly McMillan
6th Terry Halpin
7th Neil Van der Ploeg
8th Damien Sims
9th Greg Featonby
10th Ken Payne
11th David Mann
12th Simon Ross

B Grade
1st Brad Peitsch
2nd Neil Sawyer
3rd Mark Dunlop
4th Brad Sutcliffe
5th Murray Wallace
6th Josh Bankes

C Grade
1st Paul Smith
2nd David Hutchinson

Sunday
Jun072015

Club race results - 6.6.2015

50 km handicap.  Plunketts Rd and Indigo Valley

Place

Name

Start time

Finish time

Race time

1

Damien Sims

5 min

1:21:39

1:16:39

2

Brad Pietsch

Limit

1:21:39

1:21:39

3

Nathan Tooley

5 min

1:21:39

1:16:39

4

Neil Sawyer

Limit

1:21:39

1:21:39

5

Terry Halpin

5 min

1:21:39

1:16:39

6

Josh Bankes

Limit

1:21:39

1:21:39

7

Rob Belshar

Limit

1:22:12

1:22:12

8

Charly McMillan  (Fastest time)

9 min

1:23:12

1:14:12

9

Tim Guy

9 min

1:23:12

1:14:12

10

Matt Hamblin

9 min

1:23:12

1:14:12

11

Declan Gregory

9 min

1:23:12

1:14:12

12

Ken Payne

5 min

1:23:12

1:18:12

13

Tim Winkleman

Limit

1:26:10

1:26:10

14

Ian Avage

Limit

1:28:00

1:28:00