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Club Championship Road Race

We raced the Club Championship Road Race this afternoon. A smaller field of 14 riders braced exhausting heat and punishing winds racing out to the Indigo Valley Fire shed and back.
Results were

A grade
1st Neil Van der Ploeg
2nd Tim Guy

B grade
1st Damien Sims
2nd Maddy Wright
3rd Tom Barry

C grade
1st Chris Little
2nd Doug Rose
3rd Paul Burns

This now finishes our racing for 2017. A huge thank you to everyone who has volunteered over the year, without you we wouldn't be able to race. We looking forward to seeing everyone when racing starts back up again on Wednesday January 3rd for the first criterium for 2018.


Today's club race.

Despite slight drizzle and excellent field turned up to this morning's 52k Handicap at La Trobe Uni. 23 riders started plus 5 beginners in the 'Come and Try' group led by Murray Wallace. As the bunches set off it was clear that the handicapper had done a good job as they were all working well together and the gaps were decreasing but only slightly. By the turn around all five groups were still separated but only 3 minutes from front to back. The front 3 bunches came together with about 5k to go while combined scratch and block bunch was steamrolling along gaining time quickly. In the end the front groups held off the back markers by 30seconds with Terry Halpin getting up for his first win followed by Damien Sims, wtih Mark Dunlop third. Brad Rose won fastest time from Steve Kilpatrick and Katherine McInerney was first female. Thanks to Charly McMillan, Cyril Land and Geoff Damm for marshalling and commissariing.
Remember the is a committee meeting tomorrow night 7:30pm at 374 Amatex St, Albury.

1. Terry Halpin
2. Damien Sims
3. Mark Dunlop
4. Matt Chambers
5. Paul Ingwersen

Fastest Time
Brad Rose

First Female
Katherine McInerney


Aaron Moffatt's Tour of Bright

Race reports often get out of hand, so here's a short summary of the weekend probably missing heaps of stuff.

Stage 1 – The Time Trial (TT)
An intense atmosphere, heaps of equipment, lots of wind cheating, and lots of riders. TT bikes are pretty much the standard. The TT was on a short 13km course with a formidable hill around the halfway point. For myself this was probably going to be my strongest event, being a bit on the heavy side and what I had spent the most time training for. Fortunately Kelly Linden leant me her TT bike, and Maddy Wright lent me the super fast wheels you see pictured. Actually pretty much everything I had was borrowed. My TT went pretty well, finishing 31st in my grade, however I wasn't completely satisfied with it because, I guess, you always want to go faster. Reflecting I think I rode the first section out to the roundabout too fast (I mean hard, you can never ride too fast!) with the speedo at times sitting on 50km/h, but you can't help get excited I suppose, it's the Tour of Bright!


Stage 2 – The Gaps Loop - 90km.
I can never understand the Tour of Bright. The bunch rolls along at 40km/h+ and I sit there thinking, who the hell is doing all this work and why? It's like sitting on the back of a Tuesday night ride for 80kms with steep hills thrown in. I had my plan for the day, save everything for the 20 minute+ effort up Tawonga gap. Rosewhite was the first real test of the day. This year Rosewhite seemed a lot flatter than previous years, I think we just hit it that hard that you didn't notice the hill as much and were able to get some draft. Even on Rosewhite, plenty of people were happy to set the tempo for the bunch.

We made our way across the rolling flat on our way towards Tawonga, again, the bunch quite content to sit on 40km/h. The bunch was extremely tense, we knew what was coming, a few near misses and dodgy maneuvering did not helping things. We passed the sprint point in Tawonga which is always frantic because it's a downhill sprint at 70km/h. The bunch mostly together now. A final fight for position as we pass through the feed zone. We took the right hander, and the climb started. My legs were tired, but I kept reminding myself that everyone else’s legs are tired too! I forced myself to ride with the bunch for as long as I could. After a few km's though I had to let the bunch go, or more realistically, they dropped me. It started raining about halfway up Tawonga, but you really don't care at that stage, in fact it was actually kinda nice. I finished the stage midfield in 30th. To quote Nath Tooley from seeing me cross the line, You didn't look good, but you were going fast!

Stage 3 – Mt Hotham
Rumours were storms were coming and if they did, the Mount Hotham Stage would be shortened for safety. They weren't wrong! The storms and bad weather came and we got the news Sunday morning that the stage would be shortened. Everyone was REAL disappointed. Not really, I was actually really grateful. However, the shortened stage would make it a very intense one. Rain, stress and a lot of intensity in the bunch. The bunch didn't want to let anything go early on. Well actually they did, but then someone would chase it down really hard. A few times I dropped the wheel in front of me because the bunch was just going that hard. This was not a great sign, but I reminded myself that most people probably had bad legs too. Eventually just before Harrietville the bunch sat up completely and the break was up the road. The guy who was second on GC wasn't that happy though. He's like "uh, hey guys... That guy up the road won the stage yesterday". Everyone cracked up laughing because, well, we didn't care all that much. Nobody was interested in wasting energy before climbing Hotham. The guys 1st and 2nd on GC were forced to ride on the front of our bunch to limit losses, which was actually quite impressive. We rode through Harrietville, made the left hander onto the climb and it began! I expected a much more furious start to the climb than what we had. The fury came however a few k's up the road when the GC guys started digging in. You'd think drafting doesn't make much difference on such steep hills, but it really does. It might no longer be 30%, but potentially 10%, much less noticeable. I hung with the bunch until the Meg when, pretty much... yeah... I got dropped.

I was fortunate to find a few guys to work with on the way up. This is critical on Mount Hotham because there are some undulating sections half way up where you can really work together. Our little bunch actually turned into a bigish group with some absolute stompers in it! So strong I found myself only just hanging on. I knew however that if I got dropped, I'd lose minutes!

The 1km sign couldn't come quick enough! Our group pushed up the climb and finished roughly together. 35th On the final stage.

Stage 4- (The Secret Stage) - Now you won't find this stage on the program and if you ask the cyclists, they probably won't admit to it, but anyone who's ridden back from Harrietville to Bright after stage 3 knows what I'm talking about. It's kind of a secret shared between the bike riders who dare to make the venture... or just couldn't get a lift back. This stage can be one of the hardest because the legs are already smashed. The speed is often as fast if not faster than the racing. It's the last opportunity for people to show just how strong they are, and finally a chance for the riders on the heavier side to impress! Every year it seems this stage gets faster! Myself and Peachy found a good group to ride back with. We were flying back at probably 35km/h. Then a guy went flying past at well over 40km/h. My thoughts were that he was going close to 50km/h. Then another guy, then another, now we've got 3 guys chopping off just in front of us. So everyone in the bunch decides to jump on. It starts raining. We're now single file, can't see where we are going because the spray off the wheel in front,  no brakes because it was so wet, completely saturated, sitting on what was a bunch of now 5 guys rolling through monster turns. Matt Tooley had left 5 minutes before us from Harrietville, we caught him just down the road, as we rolled past I yelled out to him Yeah buddyyyyyy! I was quite happy that we had caught the express to take us home. His bunch jumped on and we had a massive train rolling back in. Then the first attack came! One guy launched it off the front of our bunch which was already travelling at over 40km/h. This guy was ridiculously strong, because 5 guys chopping off couldn't bring him back. He stayed out there all the way to Bright, a very impressive effort. There was one question that came to mind as we rolled into town though. Why? I guess I will never understand it, but it's part of the fun I suppose.

Congrats to everyone who raced! Albury Wodonga Representatives included:

Declan Gregory, Matt Hamblin, Angus Harris, Taryn Heather, Ryan Allen, Stephen Damm, Jacob Hanna, Errol Flemming, Brad Piestch and Matt Tooley. Sorry if I forgot anyone.

Results can be found here:

Special thanks to Lyn Heritage & Geoff Damm for lending me jackets when I was freezing on the top of the mountains. Also to Johnny Guerin for letting me in the coffee van to keep warm! Can make a good coffee! Also thanks to my Swanny's Maddy Wright, Danielle Ruedin. And thanks to Neil, Kelly & Maddy for the wind cheating gear. Also thanks to Aaron Last at the Full Cycle for making the gears and brakes work seamlessly all weekend!

 I encourage everyone to check out the tour of bright next year, such a cool race, spectacular scenery and great atmosphere!

Also a special mention to The Jolly Blue Giant AKA Neil Van Der Ploeg who won the Launceston Crit last night. Crashed twice and still won the sprint! Well done Neil!


Road Race #3 Review

Club Race results - Saturday 3rd of May
After some dodgy weather over the last couple of days riders were greeted with sunshine for yesterday's 50k handicap.  Given the amount of racing on this weekend it was pleasing to see a solid turnout including a couple of visiting riders (Tully Lister, Wang and Godfrey Green, Nowra NSW).  It was also good to see Greg Featonby out for a race mixing it with scratch. With a strong scratch and block group the front riders were given a generous mark, too generous as it turns out as they stayed away to win by a few minutes. Terry Halpin got the win from Callum Dwyer with Chris Little third. There was a great bunch finish by the rest of the riders which saw Declan Gregory, Godfrey Green and Tully Lister cross the line together. Declan got fastest time by a tyre from Godfrey with Tully next.  Thanks to our marshals Lisa Barry (and helpers), Adam Farrugia and Geoff Damm. Good luck to everyone racing in other places today especially those racing the Graham Daws Handicap in Wangaratta.

1st Terry Halpin
2nd Callum Dwyer
3rd Chris Little
4th Declan Gregory (fastest time)
5th Godfrey Green (Nowra)
6th Tully Lyster (Wang)


Lisa Barry... Canberrrrrra

AWCC member Lisa Barry shares her experience of racing the latest stage of NRS, Canberra Women's Tour.

Just thought I would let you all know I travelled with the Bicycle Superstore/Torq Womens Road Team to Canberra over the weekend. The Tour was based out of the Stromlo Cycling Centre. It was a tour of mixed results for me. I was happy to kick the tour off with the 16km undulating ITT where I placed mid field (a huge improvement from previously). The second stage was a 2 lap/79km RR. Unfortunately I was spooked when my bike skipped over a rock on a reasonably technical descent and I chased back onto the peloton just in time for them to kick for the second QOM. I was unable to bridge that gap to the front group and remained with a group of seven and the second bunch on the road until the finish. The third stage was a 40 km RR. I was looking forward to this as it was in the reverse direction of the previous days stage and therefore a far less technical descent. Unfortunately 20 km in I hit the only pothole that could be found over the whole weekend which knocked my back wheel causing it to rub. Perhaps a combination of some heavy legs and this mechanical meant I lost contact with the group and over the next 10km grovelled and was finally able to rejoin a small group to the finish. The tour concluded with a crit on the Stromlo circuit. I am very happy to say I was able to finish with the bunch in what was a very fast race. My Garmin tells me we averaged 41 km! Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to log onto the results today and find out I finished 23rd overall in what was not my best tour to date. It was a major learning experience for me and I now understand there is far more to racing than climbing hills!

Cheers Lisa