Entries in dirt berg (5)


Spring Racing

Racing is back. Our spring racing calendar kicks off with the Dirt Berg race and Mini Fondo and finish in December with the club's championship races. Click here for full spring racing calendar.


Dirt Berg 2013

A strong field of 23 riders assembled at Bethanga in perfect conditions for the Annual Dirtberg Handicap. There were strong climbers in each bunch and the competition promised to be fierce. Winners from the previous two years Paul Ingwersen (scr) and Stephen Damm (2:30) were present to try and get their names on the trophy for a second time and Lisa Barry added some quality hill climbing credentials to an already strong field. The limit group with a 9 minute advantage over scratch looked hard to beat on the short 21km course but anything could happen on long uphill run to the finish. Scratch worked well from the start as did the limit and the 5 min group. The likely winners looked like coming from this bunch as the block group containing Lisa Barry and Stephen Damm began to splinter within the first 6km. By the time riders hit the final 8k dirt section all groups except scratch were splintered and it was Stephen mowing down all the front markers while trying not to get caught by the remnants of the scratch bunch (Andy Kaye, Declan Gregory and Ryan Allen). In the end Damm sprinted over Robbie Storey (St Kilda CC) in the last 200m to win with Rob Belsher 3rd. Andy Kaye (scr) won fastest time.

1st Stephen Damm (41:05)
2nd Robbie Storey (St Kilda CC)
3rd Rob Belsher
4th Zac Drury
5th Rohan Christmas 
6th Andy Kaye (FT - 40:29)
7th Chris Little
8th Declan Gregory
9th Ryan Allen
10th Mark Dunlop
11th Adam Farrugia
Commissaire - Geoff Damm, Marshalls - Glen Jarvis, Tom Barry, Lyn Heritage


The World Famous Dirtberg

The World Famous Dirtberg is on this weekend out at Bethanga. The course makes its way down to the weir, follows Lake Road and then heads up into the next valley across. From here the route turns off onto the gravel Sirls Rd and the race finishes at the very top of the range.

Afraid of riding on gravel? Don’t be. The course has been given a thumbs up by all those who have raced the course. In fact one rider even suggested that the dirt section was smoother then the ride out from Albury to the Weir. The dirt section for the Dirtberg race measures exactly 8.58kms with 291 metres of ascent. The final 500 metre pinch is the worst with a max incline of 14.1 %. Our tip is to reset your speedo as you hit the dirt and if you are in the mix at 8kms bury yourself.....

If you fancy yourself on Saturday there are 2 schools of thought:

a) Breakaway early and get onto the dirt first. As the road weaves a lot a lone breakaway could easily get out of sight and out of mind.

b) If you have Philippe Gilbert like acceleration and enjoy a bunch kick it will be all or nothing in the final 500 metres - only the strong will win from here.



Course Map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1131236

Date: Saturday 4 May 2013

Distance: Handicap 21.6 km

Race starts in Bethanga. Sign on in front of the Bethanga Pub. Public toilets can be found in the pub and behind the Bethanga Town Hall.

Sign on from 2:00pm unless noted otherwise. Races begin shortly after sign on has closed. Five dollars entry, coins, $5 and $10 notes only please.


Dirt Berg 2012

The 2012 Albury Wodonga Dirt Berg race proved to be one for the junior riders with Stephen Damm soloing to a convincing win after riding away from his fellow limit riders on the final steep climbs to the finish to finish in a time of 45:03 minutes.

Fellow junior, Charlie McMillan rode well to to take second and hold off a determined Neil Vander Ploeg who had one by one  dropped the remains of the scratch bunch and in the process take out the fastest time. Despite a strong ride,  he was not quite able to make up the 7:30 minute head start given to limit on the demanding 21.5 km course.

Clancy Lloyd, another under 17, also riding off limit, reached the summit in a strong 4th place.

For those who made the trip it was a short but tough day that hurt the legs and provided a definite sense of satisfaction to the finishers.

  1. Stephen Damm
  2. Charly McMillan
  3. Neil Vander Ploeg
  4. Clancy Lloyd
  5. Steve Kilpatrick
  6. Aaron Last
  7. Ryan Allen
  8. Bob Bright
  9. Paul Ingwersen
  10. Marcus Gett
  11. Terry Halpin
  12. Craig McMillan
  13. Brendan Washington
  14. Luke Sperring
  15. Adam Farrugia
  16. Mick Coles

DNF. Jason Dudenas
DNF. Brian Harris
DNF  Dave Mann
DNF. Liam Mcallister


Dirt Berger

The club's first dirt berg race was run on Saturday with Paul Ingwerson taking the win. Numbers may have been down due to the tour of Canberra, but all who gave it a crack agree it was the hardest 21km race race you could do. By the end everyone was a bit dusty, so the race had that Paris-Roubaix on a dry day feel to it. Thanks to Commissaire Jamie Ruddy and marshalls Shane Way and Rob Belsher. For our next club race we return to our old Cookinburra Road course on the 28th of May.