March 5, 2017 – Windmill / Mt Beckworth, 55 km Handicap

March 5, 2017 – Windmill / Mt Beckworth, 55 km Handicap

Hear Them Roar – 5 March 2017

Club Handicap

Windmill / Mt. Beckworth circuit – 55 km


A tale of two lions – Tim and Tone Turn It On

On the start line the Scratch pairing of Tim Canny and Tony Mirabella weren’t given much of a chance in their chase, however the dynamic duo stepped up with a powerful display to capture the front of the race within the last km and sprint for victory.  Tim took out the sprint with his eyes closed and had to ask where he had finished.

The end result was a feather in the handicapper’s hat; 24 starters dispersed between six groups, with riders from Scratch, Limit, Second Scratch, and middle marks in the final five.  Mind you the “middle marker” was the handicapper.

First away was Graeme Parker (28 min) closely followed by Rob Young (27 min).  They quickly combined and with a tail wind on the uphill sections and some good solid riding, they preserved their lead almost to the line.  The headwind home and a storming ride from Scratch snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Eureka welcomed Garry Armstrong back to Vets racing and along with the Viking Princess Jude Jonasson they left the start line with 20 min in the pocket.  The pair parted ways just after mid race as Jude looked to push a bit harder to stay clear of a large pack of chasing riders looming behind.  While Jude didn’t quite catch limit she stayed clear until the final 3 km and worked home finishing in the top ten.

The 11 minute bunch was a unique collection, welcome back to Louis Nuspan and James Burzacott, and great to see James “Mac” Knipe back – broken back and all.  They joined the current VVCC aggregate leader Roger McMillan – as well as Brian Lee and Danny “Fidel” Whelan – to make a bunch of strong riders…but were they a strong bunch?
They rode well, even Fidel keeping his enthusiasms in check (well at least until they were caught), and kept their 2 minute advantage over the next bunch for a lap and a half.  Caught on Cricks Hill they all stayed in touch with the combined bunch until the climb up to the turn around.

Bob “Muncher” Morley thought 9 minutes was about right for his bunch of magnificent 7.
This bunch also welcomed a new rider to Eureka, Paul Crack, yet another tall rider for Peter “Fifi” Livitsanis to hide behind.  In fact with Duncan “Psycho” Bates, Mark O’Callaghan, Stephen Biram, and James Gretton, Fifi was in the land of giants and had to be careful not to get stepped on.
Morley’s marauders thought they had the race pretty much stitched up when they rounded the final corner into Donovan’s road, however their rear vision was myopic…Scratch plus Dean Wells hit them on the small rise and sent riders skittering in all directions.  Morley bellowed “Go” but most of the bunch didn’t have much “Go” left in them.
Muncher got a back wheel, Fidel and Fifi also just made it but couldn’t hang on when the next attack came.  Steve fought on picking up the dropped Fifi and Jude to roll home 9th.

The plight of Second Scratch was a Greek tragedy.  Five evenly matched riders – on paper and when race fit…set off with a 2 minute advantage over the scratch pair.  Their hopes increasing with every kilometre they rode without being caught.  If only they could make the turnaround their numbers would count into the wind on the run home.
Dean Wells reluctantly took the push out to Second Scratch with a grin.  Eureka welcomed Stuart Brien with a hard race, and Richard Robocop Taylor was rumoured to be racing A Grade crits in town.  Grant “Smokey” Dawson and Rob Phillips are tough as they come but perhaps a little more match fitness required.
Grant popped early reducing second scratch’s numerical advantage by one, with Rob Phillips starting to struggle a bit – which in all honesty is still enough to blow most people away!  Then the “Tim and Tone” show blew into town just after the church (about 30 kilometres into the race).

Tim – expressionless, majestic.  Tony – not so, and looking for some relief he was showing the signs of a guy who’d had a hard race the day before.  The combined group worked well on the run towards Mt. Beckworth.  At the base of the hill Rob was dropped…then Richard…then Stu, all abandoned to ride solo to the end, into a head wind – oh the joy of bike racing!
Dean turned himself inside out not to get dropped as Scratch pursued the front of the race.  But Dean wasn’t the only one suffering – groans and sighs were heard emanating from Tony, must have been the vindaloo.
As they caught the middle markers they could see the red jerseys of Graeme and Rob way up ahead…along way ahead.  The pace increased, the Morley bunch was caught and shelled (well, everyone but Bob).  They caught Graeme and Rob over the crest.  1000 metres left to race.

Tim, oblivious to the fact they had the lead, or perhaps very confident in his sprint, takes the lead.  Tony and Bob are too smart to get on the front!  Dean goes to the back and winds it up and lets fly with a Hail Mary play way out from the line.  Tim is easily onto Dean’s wheel…counted to three then whoosh…he is away, race over – first and fastest to the Dandelion.  Tony flies past to easily claim second.  Bob also surges past the failing wheels of Wells for a brilliant third.

Race Results:
1st – Tim Canny (Scratch)
2nd – Tony Mirabella (Scratch)
3rd – Bob Morley (9 min)
4th – Dean Wells (2 min)
5th – Rob Young (27 min)

Fastest Time – Tim Canny in 1h 22m 20s, ave. 40.2 kph

February 26, 2017 – Ron Rivette Classic, 57 km VVCC Open Handicap

February 26, 2017 – Ron Rivette Classic, 57 km VVCC Open Handicap

Eureka OPEN race – 26 February 2017


Mt. Misery – 57 km


Edmonds WINS!  Laffy FASTEST!


Brilliant sunshine greeted 105 riders as they arrived at the EUREKA Cycling club rooms on the foreshore of Lake Learmonth.  Barely a breath of breeze early in the morning, however a fierce northerly wind had blown up by race start time at 10:00 AM.

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The Limit group (34:00 min) was blown apart by the wind in the first 20 kilometres.


Sue Parker (Eureka) had ridden away from her 27:00 min group and was fast closing on the strung out Limit riders.
(Post race Brian Long commented ‘I was dropped by those girls in the same place again!’)


The 19:30 min group had already caught the 22:00 min group as the now “super sized bunch” raced along the long straight Beaufort-Waubra Rd.


The following (17:30 min, 15:30 min and 13:30 min) groups had all lost riders (who now dotted the road in ones and twos) and it was only as the 11:30 min group came through that order seemed restored in the chaotic wind.


The 8:30 min group was a tight knit bunch as they surged up the short rises near the Waubra Rd intersection.


Second Scratch was all business as they charged up the hills with Eureka’s Matt Bowman controlling the pace. Shouts of ‘hang on’ and ‘hold up’ could be heard as riders near the rear of the bunch looked after their cohorts.  Wanting to preserve every second of their 5:30 min handicap, these riders knew the all important downwind section would be telling in their ultimate fortunes on the day.


Scratch had lost Mat Grealy (Central Vets) before The Avenue.  Already at a disadvantage – and with a crook Darren Roberts (Northern) in their midst – theirs would be a day of management as they chased on the tough Mt. Misery course.


Up ahead, Sue Parker had ridden through to the lead and opened a gap on the remnants of the Limit group (Northern riders Stacey Hatton and Jo Read).  An ever increasing bunch was swallowing the ground up behind Hatton and Read.  With 13 kilometres remaining, Parker was just a few hundred metres ahead.
She would go on to hold that lead all the way down to the pig farm before being engulfed in a colourful sea of lycra.


Rounding the left turn into the home straight, the large lead bunch was smacked in the face by the strong north wind roaring down the road.  Into the final kilometre and 23 riders were still vying for the win.


Mark O’Callaghan (Eureka Cycling) surged to the lead with 100 metres to go, big Jason Haire (Eureka Cycling) jumped off O’Callaghan’s wheel and let it rip – BUT misfortune as his gears started skipping…
Closing to the line and Grant Edmonds (Geelong & Surf Coast) finds a clear line and surges to he lead with mere metres remaining.
Just a wheel in it as Edmonds takes another Open victory.

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45 seconds back, the next super sized bunch on the road contains the remaining five Scratch riders.
Matt Bowman leads into the headwind trying to set up a fast finish for the Scratch lads who are all jostling for position near the head of the bunch.
Neville Laffy (Goulburn Valley) gets the jump on his rivals.  Darren Roberts (Northern) challenges, but Laffy holds on in the Scratch drag race to the finish line.


1st Place: Grant Edmonds (Geelong & Surf Coast), 13:30 min
2nd: Jason Haire (Eureka Cycling), 19:30 min
3rd: Mark O’Callaghan (Eureka Cycling), 17:30 min
4th: Roger McMillan (Eureka Cycling), 19:30 min
5th: John Short (Northern), 15:30 min
6th: John Hasouras (Northern), 13:30 min
7th: Bob Morley (Eureka Cycling), 17:30 min
8th: Nick Nomikos (Northern), 22:00 min
9th: *Amanda Hosking (Geelong & Surf Coast), 15:30 min
10th: Peter Parnaby (Grampians), 17:30 min
Fastest Time: Neville Laffy (Goulburn Valley), Scratch in 1h 21m 53s ave. 42.1 kph


Eureka OPEN information – Sunday 26 February – 10am

2017 Eureka Cycling OPEN race


proudly presented by


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This is a VVCC open handicap race.

ENTRIES for this event are now CLOSED

Entries to VVCC events are conducted online via the VVCC website.

Race Date: Sunday 26th February
Registration: before 9:30 am (upstairs)
Race Start: 10 am (limit group)

Facilities at Eureka club rooms:
ladies and mens change rooms – toilets and showers

A coffee van will be onsite up until the start of the race – bring money to purchase drinks from this vendor

Soft drinks and bottled water are available for purchase upstairs in the club rooms

Post race food and presentations:
The famous Eureka feast will be held upstairs in the club rooms.
Presentations will also take place upstairs after the race.
Plenty of food and hot drinks for everyone – riders, officials and spectators!  All FREE of course!



Download and print off your own copy of the race circuit via the link below.

EVCC 2017 Eureka Open course map

EVCC Eureka Open course map

Course notes:

The race distance is approximately 58 kilometres around the (extended) Mt. Misery circuit.  Features of the course include long sections of wide roads and shorter sections of narrow roads.

Most of the climbing is completed inside the first 20 kilometres of the race.  The long downhill section (after the climb on Beaufort-Waubra Road) is not a place where the race can be won, however it is certainly a section that will costs some bunches the chance of victory.  Speeds on this section of the course will exceed 55 kph.

Snaking bumpy roads along the western side of the course will cause havoc with the groups trying to maintain rhythm, however the turn off Black Bottom Road back towards the east will be where the race is shaped.  The first two kilometres of Ercildoune Road is very narrow and crosswinds will rip bunches apart as the race starts to come back together.

The race turns onto Hendersons Road with seven kilometres remaining to race.  A short rise on the narrow section will be the catalyst for attacks within the leading bunch.  Across the Avenue Road and the chasers will be able to see all the riders ahead as they plunge down towards the final corner.  There is still plenty of time to make the catch!

After the final turn at the pig farm, there are still almost three kilometres until the finish line, with the first two kilometres slightly uphill.  Northerly winds on the course will assist bunches riding fast – yet also make the finish straight that more demanding.

The group with the best cohesion will have the best chance of taking the victory on this circuit.
Too much effort, too early will see groups break up before the climbing has finished and breakaways often fail on this circuit.


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February 5, 2017 – Mt Misery, 50.5 km Handicap

February 5, 2017 – Mt Misery, 50.5 km Handicap

First handicap race for 2017 – 5 February 2017

Mt Misery Handicap

Mt Misery (extended) circuit – 50.5 km


Welcome to the Jungle

There is a new rival for king of the jungle at Eureka,
Tim “Dandelion” Canny backed up from his A Grade Scratch race win last weekend,
with a handsome victory in the first handicap race of the season.

Tim led a powerful scratch bunch – which averaged in excess of 40 kph – over a testing course.  The race was their’s for the taking 10 km from home.  The pride of lions roared off the starting line, with Tony Mirabella savaging the bunch on the first climb just 200 metres into the race.  Dean Wells made it back on, as did Greg Ley with Matt Bowman clinging onto Dean’s wheel, well, until the climb out of Addington that is…
Matt has been training with the cheetahs, his pursuit technique is coming along great, but long chases up hills are not his thing at the moment.
Scratch settled and found a good rhythm which relied on Tim doing double length efforts on the front.  The older, wiser lions were happy with this arrangement and Tim thought the chase was progressing with relative ease.

The eternal enemies unite…
Second Scratch bunch of hyenas were caught by the 25 km mark.  Keen to follow the lions around to pick on any tasty morsels left on the carcass of the race and perhaps pinch a top 5 finish.  They were barely tolerated by the scratch lions and contributed as little as possible to the chase.
Pete Canny pulled himself inside out just to get on the lion’s tails – after having just done a turn on the front before scratch caught him.  Richard Robocop Taylor comfortably found a spot with the combined scratch bunch,, as did Pete Kiel.
Darren Terry and Matt Ayres found the going tough and were dropped later in the race.  A big welcome back to one of the legends of the club – Adam Smith – who stayed with the combined bunch to Ercildoune Road…a good first hit out.

Bob Morley’s 8 minute group of wildebeest had left the waterhole minus Danny Fidel Whelan who had strayed from the herd and was left to chase by himself.  His was an eventful ride, being swept up by the hyenas and then the lions, but was shelled before they caught up with Bob’s wildebeests.
Craig Lightfoot made his first appearance for the year and while he struggled up the hills, he switched the gravitron on going down and accelerated the bunch to break neck speed.  The geographically challenged Noel Said was trying out the course as a prelude to the Eureka Open in a few weeks time.  Said spent much of the race gambling and frolicking around the bunch and trying as hard as possible to go the wrong way.
Mark O’Callaghan put in another solid ride and is building towards something big (Geelong 70.3 Ironman) while Bob was keen to keep the herd together.
They worked hard to get off the Misery hill without being caught and rounded the corner into Ercildoune Road oblivious to the impending doom stalking them.  Two kilometres down the road, Lightfoot turned around and spies the lurking lions and hyenas a mere 100 metres back.  He bellowed a warning to the others to prepare.  As the lions and hyenas descended upon them, Lightfoot wished everyone good luck and retired out the back.

All gnashing teeth and slashing claws, such was the ferocity of the attack that the wildebeest had no chance and the herd was decimated, reassembling a little while later to limp home.  The lions were in full cry, Tim and Tony still doing bulk of work, Dean, Brendan and Greg taking longer spells back in the bunch wondering when the pain might stop.  Richard and Pete Canny doing the odd turn and Kielly just hanging on for dear life.  Ever onward the pride coursed in search of the succulent front markers.

Off 15 min was Terry Collie and a pair of elegant, fleet-footed gazelles in Jude Jonasson and Sue Parker.  Jude and Sue were in stellar form and with limit in sight they soon left Terry.  However, something startled them… Losing sight of the Limit markers, they also lost concentration and went “off reservation”, not realising their mistake until they were almost road kill on the Western Freeway.  An unfortunate end to their event as they were obviously the “form” riders in the front of the race.

The next bunch on the road was a troop of cheeky monkeys, swinging from trees and teasing the approaching lions.  Rob Parker assumed the role of president Ape-raham Lincoln to govern the monkey business.  Brian Lee and Duncan Bates worked hard while James Gretton and Roger McMillan were particularly valuable in the crosswinds.
Confidence was high as they hooped and hollered their way around the course, gathering up Terry and then the front of the race was just ahead…

Limit consisted of the old stagers of the Learmonth Serengeti – John Faulkner and Graeme Parker.  They had began well, with both riders sharing the work to set a challenge for the rest of the race.  Whilst they were successful in evading the gazelles (Jonasson and Sue Parker), their 22 minute handicap would ultimately prove insufficient.
Rob Parker and company collected the Limit riders with under 15 kilometres remaining.  The combined bunch powered on with an air of confidence that was about to be shattered.

A large shadow loomed behind the race lead…
The rampant lions and opportunistic hyenas closed on the pack at speed…for a moment the chase stalled as vehicles were encountered…then in one fell swoop…
The startled monkeys went bananas and all semblance of control lost as they scattered in all directions to avoid being picked off by the pack behind.

The game was over though and the lions now had the race at their mercy.

Down to Hendersons Rd everyone was expecting it to go nuts, but they had already dealt with the monkeys, so a more calculated race plan unfolded, sort of.  Tim surged halfway up the Hendersons Rd hill and caused an immediate split.  Dean pulled it back – or perhaps Tim was playing with them, like a cat does with a mouse.
From then on the pace was easy (fast…but easy) and steady to the pig farm.
Into the home straight and Mr Bronze Brendan and Tim were left on the front.  Both desperate to back away from the block headwind which continually slowed the pace, but the wiser lions and hyenas would have none of it…and they too slowed to maintain the status quo.
Until, a suicide raid by Dean who went for glory one kilometre out.  His attack lasted about 400 metres before the headwind took its toll and he he was caught by the pride.  The attack and subsequent chase shelled Greg and Kielly…but the pride now sat on Wells’s wheel awaiting the final showdown…the moment everyone had been waiting for…
Would Tim prove worthy, or would Tony remain King of the jungle?

Tim and Tony opened the final sprint very late, but it was Tim who proved swifter “Dan de Lion”, winning by maybe a bike length.
Close between Mr Bronze and Robocop for 3rd, but when it comes to taking bronze, Brendan always prevails.  Pete Canny a respectable 5th.

Back to the den for the glorious lions to bask in the sun, sleep off a purrfect meal of victory and lick themselves clean.

Race Results:
1st – Tim Canny
2nd – Tony Mirabella
3rd – Brendan Schiemer
4th – Richard Taylor
5th – Peter Canny
Fastest Time – Tim Canny, in 1h 14m 10s (ave. 40.8 kph)


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