May 21, 2017 – Race for Ray – Combine Handicap, 46 km Mt Misery

May 21, 2017 – Race for Ray – Combine Handicap, 46 km Mt Misery

Riding for our mate – 21 May 2017

Race for Ray

Mt Misery circuit – 46 km

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EUREKA Cycling
hosted Geelong & Surf Coast CC, Geelong Super Vets and a few other friends (from other vets clubs) at Learmonth for the second staging of the Race for Ray.
Ray Hodgson was everyone’s mate and he would have celebrated his 75th birthday a few weeks ago…

As far as cycling goes, Ray loved everything about it…the racing…the training…the post training coffee…for that matter, the pre training coffee…and of course the BLING!  Matching kit, that new fandoozie thing that lets you do techno stuff.

Ray especially loved the camaraderie that cycling builds between people that would never have met…except for bicycles.  He always wanted to know about YOUR race and he was always interested in improving his own racing!  So, it was fitting that about 80 people rocked up to the Eureka club rooms on this special day.

The Race for Ray swaps between hosts – Geelong Super Vets will stage the next race in 2018.  This is to honour Ray’s commitment to both clubs where he raced.
The race was staged on Ray’s favourite “Eureka” circuit – Mt Misery.  About 60 riders arrived at the start line in very foggy conditions which only worsened as the race approached Waubra, then over the highpoint of the circuit the fog blew away and there was even a glimpse of sunshine.
It wasn’t cold, but there was a fair north wind that helped the various groups achieve some very high speeds.  The early groups away were quite small in number, so staying clear of the bigger groups would be a hard task.
There were some hard luck stories with some riders having flat tyres before their race even started…and others flatting less than halfway into the race.

One group saw interesting action with two members of their bunch riding away from them…up the road…into the fog…

The 9 minute group had there act together and averaged 38 kph to the turn into Ercildoune Road (30 km).  They had actually put 65 seconds into the 7 minute group that were chasing them.

The 3:30 minute group averaged 40 kph to that same point, but all kudos went to the awesome Scratch group who averaged 42 kph for that first 30 kilometres.

The 9 minute group had rotated well with everyone sharing the load, they rounded up the out-markers just 32 kilometres into the race.  The fun and games then started, with the pace backing right off and just a dedicated five or so riders trying to keep the supersize bunch rolling.

The 7 minute group were chasing as hard as they could, picking up the odd dropped rider along the way, then finally catching up to their two cohorts (who had ridden off from them some 25 kilometres earlier).  With the additional firepower they held onto their ever decreasing advantage over the Second Scratch group for a few more kilometres.

Second Scratch (3:30 min) had kept their small group of five working well.  Taking turns resting when required, but ever closing in on the 7 minute group.  The catch was imminent as they neared the turn into Weatherboard Rd, when WHOOSH!  Scratch had arrived!

The small Scratch group of five had sped along methodically ticking off the kilometres and closing the gaps.  No time to waste when you start 27 minutes behind Limit in a 46 kilometre race!
Scratch went straight onto the edge of the road as they passed the 7 minute group going up the Weatherboard climb.  Soon enough and Tim Canny had exploded to the front of the peloton with Tony Mirabella chasing.  They opened a gap over the crest and powered on to decide Fastest Time – for up ahead was where the race was being won…

The race was on for the supersize 9 minute group (and additional friends).  They spread across the road and lined up for the sprint.
Everyone was watching the leaders on the left side of the road when James Knipe used the cover on the right side to slingshot off the front and opened a nice gap.  The others sprinted…they were closing fast…but Knipe holds on to win the day!
Some 500 metres behind – Canny and Mirabella are clear of the peloton and racing each other for Fastest Time.  Canny taking the honours as the peloton explodes behind them with riders sprinting from everywhere for the line to close out a fantastically competitive race.

1st – James Knipe (Eureka), 9 min, in 1:14:35, ave. 37 kph
2nd – James Gretton (Eureka), 12 min
3rd – Mark O’Callaghan (Eureka), 9 min
Fastest Time: Tim Canny (Eureka), Scratch, in 1:06:35, ave. 41.3 kph

The winner received a trophy and sash.  Place getters received trophies.  A quirk of the current prize system for the Race for Ray means there is no recognition for the Fastest rider on the day – except the kudos from the other participants.

EUREKA Cycling take hold of the perpetual shield until the next staging of the Race for Ray.

EUREKA Cycling thank all our friends from the other cycling clubs who participated today – Ray would have been chuffed!
It was also wonderful to see Val Hodgson and so many other non racers out and about to make this special day happen – marshals, race vehicle drivers, kitchen staff, administrative staff (registration, numbers, etc.), referees and rider’s personal cheer squads.
A huge thank you to KREHALON Australia who provided the prize money for the day.
The prize money and day’s takings amounted to over $1500 and this is being donated to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation.  Ray had fought off cancer TWICE and often said that the cycling had helped give him something to focus on.


James Knipe and Mark O’Callaghan post presentations




Winner’s sash with the perpetual and place getter trophies



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Race For Ray – INFORMATION – 10 AM, Sunday 21st May 2017

Race For Ray – INFORMATION – 10 AM, Sunday 21st May 2017

Race For Ray

HOST club EUREKA Cycling invites
ALL Geelong Super Vets and
Geelong & Surf Coast CC riders
to Learmonth on Sunday 21st May

to celebrate our mate – Ray Hodgson

EUREKA Cycling Geelong Super Vets - Geelong & Surf Coast CC

Race for Ray 2017 poster ver 2

10 AM, Sunday 21st May 2017 at Learmonth

Entries by Friday 19th May

46 km handicap on Ray’s favourite circuit – Mt. Misery

Mt. Misery circuit

DOWNLOAD your own course map, click on link: Mt. Misery circuit

Race sponsor KREHALON Australia

All proceeds will be donated to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation

How to enter:

EUREKA Cycling riders enter via Eureka handicapper – Bob Morley
Geelong Super Vets and Geelong SCC riders enter via GSCC handicapper

Entry fee is $10, pay on the day (register by 9:30 AM)

Facilities at EUREKA Cycling: male and female change rooms, toilets and showers

Post race spread will be supplied by EUREKA Cycling members

Race start time 10 AM




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April 30, 2017 – Bring A Friend Day – Scratch Races, Weatherboard

 Bring A Friend day – 30 April 2017

Graded Scratch racing

Weatherboard circuit – various distances

EVCC bring a friend day 2017

EUREKA Cycling staged a Bring A Friend Day at Learmonth today.  The event was a resounding success with over FIFTY riders competing.
23 riders were first time competitors at the club.  Free “Trial Licences” were issued to each of these riders so that they able to safely and legally compete under the rules of cycling.
Riders were split into FIVE grades to accommodate the varying degree of experience, fitness and skill.
The races were conducted on the Weatherboard circuit over various distances.  EUREKA Cycling members acted as chaperones for the newcomers.
C, D and E grades saw some riders competing in a cycling race for the very first time.  A and B grades had exciting race activity with many attacks and large bunch sprints to decide the placings.
New riders were able to make it onto the podium in most grades – in fact over half of the placings went to newcomers.
The all important raffle draw was also claimed by a newcomer.  Participants and families enjoyed a large spread after the race.

Many thanks to our wonderful kitchen staff, corner marshals, referees and officials for making the day superb.

We commend each rider on their participation today and hope they all enjoyed their visit to EUREKA Cycling.
A special mention goes out to those riders participating in their first bicycle race and also everyone who drove up from as far as Bacchus Marsh.

Newcomers denoted by * (Please accept our humble apologies if we have accidentally excluded you…or included you…or incorrectly labelled you! Many new faces today!)

Results -
A Grade, 60 km
1st – Tim Canny
2nd – Nathan Youngbauer*
3rd – Jason Birch*
B Grade, 60 km
1st – Peter Canny
2nd – Don Stewart*
3rd – Jeremy Humber
C Grade, 50 km
1st – Troy Van Trienen*
2nd – Mark O’Callaghan
3rd – Kyle Hester*
D Grade, 50 km
1st – Brian Ure
2nd – Jude Jonasson
3rd – Barry Robinson
E Grade, 40 km
1st – James Allan*
2nd – Luke Ives*
3rd – Monica Canny*
Raffle, $50 meat tray winner – Shane Hayes*
Participants -
A Grade: 
Tony Mirabella
Tim Canny
Brendan Schiemer
Dean Wells
Matt Bowman
Rick Calvert
Rob Ellis
Matt Ayres
Stu Brien
*Jason Birch
*Ben Clark
*Shane Hayes
*Shannon Meadows
*Nathan Youngbauer
B Grade: 
Bob Morley
Pete Livitsanis
Dan Whelan
Grant Dawson
James Knipe
Pete Canny
Steve Kennedy
Paul Crack
Peter Gunston
Jeremy Humber
Steve Biram
*Ben Ryan
*Don Stewart
C Grade: 
Mark O’Callaghan
Rob Parker
James Gretton
Roger McMillan
James Burzacott
*Tim Cartwright
*Rob Dolan
*Kyle Hester
*Matt Horsman
*Pete Kyatt
*Geoff Martin
*Richard Smallwood
*Troy Van Trienen
D Grade: 
Barry Robinson
Jude Jonasson
Michael Veal
Louis Nuspan
Brian Ure
*Kyle Nestor
E Grade:
Neil Braszell
*James Allan
*Monica Canny
*Steve Gretton
*Nicole Humber
*Luke Ives
*Colin Matthews
*Peter Roche

A Grade

EUREKA Cycling’s member drive initiative was tagged Bring A “Date” Day by one of the A Grade members.   A competitive bunch of riders with an age spread of just 20 years assembled for what was meant to be an introductory race for potential new members.   Of much concern was the bloke from Bacchus Marsh in the skinsuit…more on that later.

All thoughts of a neutral lap and a bit of fun until the last 25 kilometres was thrown out the window inside the first ten kilometres.  Just 8 kilometres into the race and Matt Bowman launched the first of his attacks – not so hard that he opened a big gap, just hard enough to hurt.

Second time down towards Hendersons Road and Tim Canny was keen to flex some muscle as he took off with Shannon Meadows (trial rider) in tow.  Swapping turns, the pair quickly opened a 15 second advantage.   Some good turns by Tony Mirabella, Stu Brien, Rob Ellis and Brendan Schiemer gradually brought the duo back into the fold halfway along the Avenue section.
A few short attacks by Ben Clark (trial rider), then Ellis, then Mirabella and then Meadows had the bunch surging and surging, which proved the catalyst for the next Bowman attack.  This put Rick Calvert, Matt Ayres and Dean Wells under pressure as the race turned out of the Avenue and went straight into the gutter with the riders stretched out in single file.  Calvert soon signed off for the day.
Shane Hayes (trial rider) made a move from the rear of the bunch as A Grade raced down towards the chicane, but then Canny and Jason Birch (trial rider) put the pressure on through the bends and had everyone ducking and diving for wheels as they went straight into the gutter again.  Brien, Ellis and Schiemer doing the shutting down.

With everything settled down at the base of the Hendersons Road hill, Wells quipped to Mirabella ‘Geez I wish Bowman would get a mechanical’.   That comment coincided with Bowman’s next attack, which also saw Ayres finally cast off.
Bowman held a 10 second advantage for almost five kilometres before the bunch led by Canny, Brien and Meadows reluctantly closed the gap – which then saw Canny charging off the front again.  Ellis prominent in closing that surge down.

Each approach to the chicane seemed to get faster and faster as the riders battled for position.  Clark was wondering if this risky stuff was “normal” – the answer is a definitive no!   Today there seemed to be a bit of showing off by some of the regulars in front of their “dates”.

Birch spent a bit of time off the front going up the Avenue the next time, before Nathan Youngbauer (aka “skin suit guy” and trial rider) found himself on the front for the first time in the race as they approached Weatherboard.  Bowman went off the back as they crested the hill, but he stuck to his guns and gradually rode back to the bunch, were he yo-yoed off and on until late on the last lap.

The bunch seemed to accept that this race was coming down to one last battle up the Hendersons Road hill.  Canny again sitting on the front with Meadows and driving a pace to discourage attacks.  A more sensible approach to the chicane on the last lap as the remaining riders sized each other up.
After winding up from the rear, Bowman launched his final attack, overtaking Ellis who was starting to accelerate for his own assault.  Bowman had a gap, but Ellis had the momentum to drag the bunch forward.  Wells took over the chase but Bowman seemed to hold his advantage around the sharp corner into Hendersons Road – where up ahead was the B Grade race.
B Grade moved aside as Bowman reached the tail riders.  The other A Graders surged past a shot Wells and Youngbauer led the charge up the hill, claiming Bowman and then the finish line was just there, but Canny came through to take the win with Birch hot on their wheels.

Epilogue: Hayes did a lot of following today, but he knew his best opportunity was back at the club rooms, where he duly saluted with an impressive raffle win for the $50 meat tray.

1st – Tim Canny
2nd – Nathan Youngbauer
3rd – Jason Birch


Photo: Before the race.  Riders assemble at the start…


Photo: Happy faces everywhere post race…



Bring a Friend Day – 30th April 2017

Bring a Friend Day – 30th April 2017

Bring A Friend Day

graded racing for riders of EVERY ability

WOMEN over 30 years of age
MEN over 35 years of age


A Grade (for experienced riders and racers) = 60 km

B Grade (to be determined on the day*) = 50 km or 60 km

C Grade (to be determined on the day*) = 50 km or 60 km

D Grade (to be determined on the day*) = 40 km or 50 km

E  Grade (for first time racers and those returning to the sport after many years) = 40 km

*The distances for grades B, C and D will be determined on the day.
We will take into account the experience, fitness and ability of NEW riders before announcing the race distances. 

“trial” licence available for eligible riders
(first time racer with a veterans club)

EVCC bring a friend day 2017

The EUREKA Cycling Club extend an open invitation to all eligible cyclists to come and race on Sunday 30th April.

What to bring:
– well maintained road bike with drop handlebar
– bicycle helmet, AS/NZS 2063 compliant
– red rear tail light
– entry money $10 (and $5 to buy a raffle ticket)

Not allowed:
Disc brakes
Extension bars of any description
Time trial helmets

EUREKA Cycling is a “veterans” club.
Veterans cycling is for MEN over the age of 35 and WOMEN over the age of 30.

“Veterans” clubs offer a different perspective on bicycle racing – it is ALL about participation.

At EUREKA, our riders range in age from 35 up to 73 years of age.
It truly is remarkable to compete against riders whom are so much older…or younger than yourself!
Our style of racing encourages ANYONE with ANY degree of ability to participate – whether you are an “old pro” or a “first timer”, we have the racing that suits you.

EUREKA Cycling races on Sunday mornings.

A typical racing day involves:

8:45 AMARRIVE at club rooms

9:00 AMREGISTER and get changed into cycle clothing

9:15 AMWARM up on the way to the start line

9:30 AMRACE start time

11:15 AMFINISH line salute and return to club rooms

11:30 AMSHOWER, or get changed

11:45 AMFOOD post race

12:00 AMPRESENTATIONS and announcements (and raffle draw, $1 per ticket or $5 for 3 tickets)

12:30 AMDEPART club rooms and head home to tell all your family and friends what a great day you had

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What distance do you race over?
A. Most races are about 50 kilometres.  We do race over some shorter distances during winter.  Some races are a little bit longer.

Q. Do I need a licence to race?
A. YES. Every rider requires an AVCC (Australian Veteran Cycling Council) licence to participate.  The licence covers insurance whilst racing and training.

Q. How much does it cost?
A. A licence costs $175.  There is a race entry fee of $10 for each Eureka Cycling event.  The $10 entry fee covers prize money for the race.

Q. Do I have to wear a uniform?
A. NO!  Riders can wear whatever cycling kit they have.  We do have EUREKA Club kit available to purchase at COST price.  It is HIGH quality kit and it is GOOD value!

Q. When do you race?
A. We race on Sunday mornings and our season runs from late January to Early December.  There are a few weekends throughout the season that we do not stage races on.  Check out our race calendar on the website for event dates.

Q. Where do you race?
A. EUREKA Cycling has club rooms on the east foreshore of Lake Learmonth, which is about 20 kilometres north west of Ballarat.  We race on the roads around Learmonth.

Q. How do I join?
A. Memberships are conducted online.  Follow the link in the top right hand corner of our homepage.  Licences are issued by the AVCC, nominate Eureka Veterans Cycling Club as your club.

Q. Can I have a test race?
A. YES you can!  We offer a “trial” ride to EVERYONE who has never held an AVCC licence.

Q. How do I get involved?
A. The easiest way to get involved is to come out to a race one Sunday.  Check our calendar (so that you don’t waste your trip) and visit us.  Bring your kit and bike – we can sign you up for a “trial” ride on the day!

Q. Is there food or drink available?
A. ALL our riders bring a plate of food out to share each week.  Our kitchen staff warm up the food and place everything out ready for our return after the race – it is all FREE!  We also have FREE tea, coffee and milo.  Soft drinks are available to purchase ($2).

Q. Are there toilets?
A. Our club rooms have toilets, change areas and showers for both male and female riders.  We also have a kitchen and we put on food and hot drinks after every race!

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