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July 16, 2017 – EUROPA W.A.R.S. round 5 – Windmill, 53 km handicap

July 16, 2017 – EUROPA W.A.R.S. round 5 – Windmill, 53 km handicap

EUROPA W.A.R.S. – 9 July 2017

Winter Aggregate Race Series
round 5

Windmill – 53 km, handicap

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The Crumple Zone

The purpose of a crumple zone is to slow down a collision
and to absorb energy to reduce the difference in speeds…

Round 5 of the Europa Cafe W.A.R.S. certainly delivered in spades as nineteen brave souls battled the near freezing elements out on course.
The riders were once again reminded of how Blowhard got its name as they raced three laps of the Windmill circuit.  With the feels like temperature hovering around minus 3 for the entire race, the warriors certainly felt every minute they were out on their bikes.  As expected in these conditions, the strongmen came to the fore and led their individual groups towards the glorious finish line (and the promise of warm club rooms and a hearty spread).

Graeme Parker was once again the sole Limit rider (at 30 minutes).  In his seventies and with a dicky knee, Graeme powered on through the wind and was only caught six kilometres from the line.  Another sterling effort by Graeme!

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The 17 minute group were under the pump from the get-go.  With James Knipe struggling from the start, the seven minutes advantage over the following bunch never seemed enough for Kevin Lee, Steve Linane and Brian Lee.
Knipe made it through two laps before retiring.  The remaining trio were swamped heading over quarry hill (Learmonth-Sulky Rd).  Unable to latch onto the faster bunch, they consigned themselves to the long cold ride to the finish line.

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The largest group of the day set off at 10 minutes.  Driven along by the strong Jim Crumpler, this bunch maintained most of its numbers until the final lap when they lost Dan Whelan.
Mark O’Callaghan lost contact after the group was caught by Second Scratch.  Pete Livitsanis, Bob Morley and newly promoted Brian Ure concentrated on not getting dropped from the large pack.  Whilst Jeremy Humber showed his strength by continuing to work turns with Crumpler and the remnants of Second Scratch.

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Both old and new faces in Second Scratch as Jason Birch got a move out to join riders, who last season often found themselves in the Scratch bunch.
Eureka BT (Before Tim) was a long time ago though – nowadays, riders such as Matt Ayres, Pater Canny, Rick Calvert and the ever young Rob Phillips often find themselves quite a few minutes ahead of Scratch.
Ayres resplendent on his fancy new steed found himself lamenting that maybe the motor doesn’t match the chassis at present.  Along with Canny, he lost contact on the downwind section of the circuit.  The pair chased in the hope that the entire field would have “mechanical incidents”.
After two laps Ayres pulled the pin, leaving Canny to briefly unite with the Scratch before being dropped…again. (Peter’s words!)

Even with only one functional lung, Birch led Phillips and Calvert a merry trot around Windmill, although it must be said that Phillips gave as good as he got!  They hunted down the 10 minute group and together this band of eight set their sights on Graeme Parker out front.

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Claiming the race lead with six kilometres remaining, the next concern was whether or not they had enough of their advantage remaining over the Scratch riders.  Phillips turned the screws after the bunch turned onto Donovans Road.  Livitsanis, Ure and Morley were all left pedalling squares as the others shot up over the rise and raced towards imminent victory.

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The final selection had been made, with Calvert and Phillips finding themselves in elite sprinting company.  Closing to the line and all five riders seemingly launched at the same time.  Powerman Crumpler opened a small gap over Birch and held it to the line for his first win at Eureka.  Phillips was close behind in third, ahead of Humber and Calvert.

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The Scratch duo of Tony Mirabella and Tim Canny had a whopping five minutes to make up on Second Scratch.  Once again they time trialled – however today they fell less than one minute short.

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Tim claimed Fastest Time after the pair fought out a short sprint finish.

Results:
1st – Jim Crumpler (10 min)
2nd – Jason Birch (5 min)
3rd – Rob Phillips (5 min)
4th – Jeremy Humber (10 min)
5th – Rick Calvert (5 min)
Fastest Time – Tim Canny (Scratch) in 1h 22m 05s, ave. 38.5 kph

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L-R: Race winner Jim Crumpler and Fastest Time Tim Canny

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July 9, 2017 – EUROPA W.A.R.S. round 4 – Mt Misery, 46 km handicap

July 9, 2017 – EUROPA W.A.R.S. round 4 – Mt Misery, 46 km handicap

EUROPA W.A.R.S. – 9 July 2017

Winter Aggregate Race Series
round 4

Mt Misery – 46 km, handicap

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Braveheart Brian Wields His War Hammer!

Catch me if you can!

Brian Ure soloed to his maiden handicap victory with EUREKA Cycling after leaving his fellow Limit riders strewn around the circuit.

Five riders made up the Limit group (15:00 min) – Ure, Kevin Lee, Brian Lee, Steve Linane and Roger McMillan – unfortunately most were struggling early as they battled the block head wind in Edmonston Road.  One by one the riders fell away until only Kevin Lee and Ure remained.
Heading south along Black Bottom Road the pace (with the cross/tail wind) was too much for Lee.  Freedom was Ure’s!
He unleashed an almighty Gaelic scream “ghabháil dom más féidir leat tú bastards” – which loosely translates to “catch me if you can you other riders” – wielded his war hammer and strove away.
22 kilometres to go and 21 chasers…the odds were in Ure’s favour!

*Steve Linane rode a few kilometres extra after missing the turn into Ercildoune Road. The extra training will keep Steve in fine form for the longer races in coming weeks…

The 9:00 minute group was the largest bunch and all six riders are race fit.  Jeremy Humber and Peter Livitsanis were both out to earn more W.A.R.S. points and improve their rankings.  Mark O’Callaghan, James Gretton and Dan Whelan provided the early driving power for the group and Bob Morley was anticipating the race would all come together after ascending Weatherboard.
The hills on the first third of the circuit caused issues with some members of the group – laying a foundation of fatigue that would come back to bite hard at the tail of the race.

The 5:30 minute group often find themselves off Second Scratch, however on this day they had been moved out two minutes.  All four strong riders worked their turns – Rick Calvert, Peter Canny and Peter Kiel all ably assisting Rob Phillips who took longer and longer turns on the front with the tail wind.

Second Scratch (3:30 mins) was decimated early after Stu Brien bowed out due to Veisalgia, quickly followed by a puncture to Paul Pickersgill.
With 40 kilometres remaining, Dean Wells and Brendan Schiemer quickly settled into Time Trial mode to attempt to hold Scratch at bay.  The pair had taken one minute out of the Calvert group before Addington, however the numerical advantage belonged to the riders up the road, so Wells and Schiemer managed their efforts.

Scratch had an early casualty with Jason Birch dropping from the insane pace that Tony Mirabella and Tim Canny launched from the start line.  Kudos to Jason for soloing to the end!
Mirabella and Canny gradually closed the gap to Wells and Schiemer.  Making the catch with 12 kilometres remaining, the quartet started taking distance out of the groups ahead.

At the climb up to Weatherboard, Ure was still clear of the field.  Most of the other out markers had been caught and dropped by the Calvert group which now also contained most of the Morley group.
Scratch stalked their prey up the climb, but with the road blocked they couldn’t surge through.  Instead they gradually weaved their way through the large bunch then ramped up the pace…
Mirabella put the race into the gutter.  Tim Canny on his wheel and a long line of riders in single file followed.  The cross wind did its work and the tail end riders started to lose wheels as Mirabella and Canny swapped turns in an effort to bridge the large gap to Ure who was now in sight.

Out of the dip and Tim Canny drove the bunch, however Ure was clear and claimed his victory with 150 metres to spare.
A bunch sprint for the minor placings was opened by Schiemer.  Mirabella gave chase and claimed him for second place and fastest time.  Canny rallied again to collect fourth place after a sprinting “incident” with his dad – Peter – who claimed fifth place.
Kiel, Wells, Humber, Phillips, Livitsanis, Morley and Calvert all close behind.

Results:
1st – Brian Ure (15 min)
2nd – Tony Mirabella (Scratch)
3rd – Brendan Schiemer (3:30 min)
4th – Tim Canny (Scratch)
5th – Peter Canny (5:30 min)
Fastest Time – Tony Mirabella (Scratch) in 1h 10m 15s, ave. 39.1 kph

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June 25, 2017 – EUROPA W.A.R.S. round 3 – Windmill / Mt Beckworth, 55 km handicap

June 25, 2017 – EUROPA W.A.R.S. round 3 – Windmill / Mt Beckworth, 55 km handicap

EUROPA W.A.R.S. – 25 June 2017

Winter Aggregate Race Series
round 3

Windmill / Mt Beckworth – 55 km, handicap

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Jeremy The Jet Humbles The Field

I feel the need, the need  for speed!

Mid winter and a pretty good turnout considering how cold it was (5.4 deg C with a “feels like” temperature of -0.4 deg C).  Showers passed in the distance and the riders stayed dry.  A north wind was enough to hurt the riders, but not enough to impact greatly on the results.

Kevin Lee, Brian Ure and Steve Linane were the Scratch riders off 17 minutes.  They held their advantage until the climb nearing the turnaround point.  By that stage Brian had ridden away from his cohorts.  He lost his race lead mere metres from the actual turnaround.

On paper, the large 9 minute group looked like they would be hard to catch.  An unfortunate turn of events severely hampered the group – namely two of their bunch missing the start!
Peter Livitsanis quickly marshalled his remaining troops and had James Gretton, Roger McMillan, Jeremy Humber and Noel Said (Northern CC) rotating turns like old stagers.
Dan Whelan wasn’t too far behind when he finally rolled up to the start line, however he was still chasing five riders and the challenge proved too much.
Bob Morley went a few minutes better than Dan and may as well have started with Second Scratch!

The Second Scratch (4 minute) group was bolstered by the inclusion of Mark O’Callaghan.  Unfortunately, Mark was also tardy getting to the start line, so Rick Calvert and Rob Phillips waited whilst Mark derobed.
Dean Wells was no where to be seen!  He finally rolled up to the start line, saw his group 400 metres ahead and duly gave chase – after first declining the offer by the Scratch group to join them for the fray…
Wells made the catch within 5 kilometres – not long after the group had caught Bob Morley.  Half a lap later and Dan Whelan was also roped in. Misfortune would now favour this eclectic bunch as they powered forward.

Scratch was captained by Tony Mirabella, with Rob Ellis, Jason Birch and Craig Lee as his trusty lieutenants.  Losing Lee early in the race did untold damage to the remaining trio’s chance of chasing down the rampant Second Scratch group.

Second Scratch had rolled up the 9 minute group by the halfway point of the race (27 km).  Eleven riders stretched out in single file meant varying degrees of shelter as they raced into the north wind.
Calvert, Phillips and Wells kept the pace high as they raced up the hill towards the turnaround and the large bunch started to fracture as the intensity lifted.  A few surges by Calvert and Wells saw the bunch blow apart.  Phillips joined them as the started back down the hill and Humber also managed to get on.
At the turnaround (38 km) Scratch were still over 800 metres behind the new leaders.  The tail wind was going to make the chase even harder!

The leading four managed their efforts and shared the workload as they raced back towards Coghills Creek.  By the turn into Addington Road they sensed they may have the race at their mercy, by the turn onto Donovan’s Road it appeared a formality.  No funny business though – they didn’t want to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!
Atop the final rise and they were congratulating themselves on a fine effort.  They would share the top four placings – from here on it was everyone for himself.

Calvert assumed the lead with Humber on his wheel.  Phillips kept Wells locked up in third position.
Inevitably Wells went first.  Phillips was wise to the move and quickly latched on.  Humber grabbed his wheel.
Phillips, couldn’t get to the lead, then Humber put in one big effort to overhaul Wells in the dying metres and claim another sprint victory.

The Scratch bunch was a few minutes behind having caught and passed everyone else.  Birch unleashed his monster sprint to claim Fastest Time and fifth place.

Results:
1st – Jeremy Humber (9 minutes)
2nd – Dean Wells (4 minutes)
3rd – Rob Phillips (4 minutes)
4th – Rick Calvert (4 minutes)
5th – Jason Birch (Scratch)
Fastest Time – Jason Birch (Scratch) in 1h 26m 30s, ave. 38.2 kph

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July 2, 2017 – Charlie Braszell Handicap – Weatherboard, 60 km

July 2, 2017 – Charlie Braszell Handicap – Weatherboard, 60 km

Freezing in the sunshine – 2 July 2017

Charlie Braszell Handicap

Weatherboard circuit – 60 km

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SCRATCH DUO Tames The Pack 

Another masterful display by the pre-eminent riders in the EUREKA Cycling stable, as Tim Canny and Tony Mirabella chased down the entire field and literally “bolted in” on a sunny, yet cold and windy day.

The Charlie Braszell Handicap is kindly supported by Geoff and Neil Braszell in honour of their father.  Charlie loved all things bicycles – especially racing in the winter.
The “Charlie Braszell” is the longest race that EUREKA stage each winter – it is one of the main feature races on our calendar and inevitably it results in a famous victory.  2017 was no different as the two Scratch riders dominated on a day where the wind chill factor inceased as the north wind intensified.

First rider away was Kevin Lee in a lone Limit role (28 minutes).  Riding sixty kilometres solo in the fierce conditions was a herculean effort by “Popeye”.  He kept his race lead until 8 kilometres from the finish line.  Kevin was the recipient of the Most Aggressive ride in recognition of his tenacity.

Brian Ure rode off solo at 20 minutes.  Wearing his brand new EUREKA long sleeve training jersey – Brian was at least protected from the wind chill.

The largest group of the day set off at 11 minutes – Peter Livitsanis, James Gretton, Noel Said (Northern), Roger McMillan and Bob Morley.
The bunch battled nature with the lightweights – Livitsanis and Said – being pummelled by the crosswinds.  McMillan dropped off the group early and briefly joined a chasing group before bowing out.

The small 9 minute group also struggled with the elements and varying degrees of form.  Steve Biram was an early casualty (also joining a chase group briefly), leaving Mark O’Callaghan and Jeremy Humber to trade turns into the wind.

Second Scratch was full of confidence leading into the race. Strong men Jim Crumpler and Peter Canny joined Rick Calvert, Rob Phillips and Dean Wells with one objective in mind – work together and stay away from Scratch.  Unfortunately gravity played its part and Crumpler was gapped going up the Hendersons Road hill the first time.  Down to just four riders, the group battled on to maintain their slender 4 minute advantage over the Scratch duo.  Wells would lead the group up to Weatherboard, Calvert and Phillips would lead them down to Hendersons Road and Canny was still trying to acclimatise to the “brisk” weather after holidaying in far north Queensland.
The quartet rode through every other bunch, none shirking their turn.  The riders they passed would try and hang on, yet only Bob Morley could cling to their tailcoats for a sustained period.

The Scratch duo of Canny and Mirabella set Strava records heading up from the start to Weatherboard.  They gradually closed down the gaps and ticked off the riders as they passed by.
They caught the Second Scratch group with 15 kilometres (1.5 laps of Weatherboard) remaining and only Wells was able to join them for a brief period, before the duo were alone once again.
With just one rider ahead – Limit rider Kevin Lee – Canny and Mirabella pushed hard, yet kept a watchful eye behind them in case an unlikely challenger should emerge.  Claiming Lee near the end of the Avenue of Honour (8 km remaining), the race was theirs.  Wells battled on behind in no man’s land and claimed Lee soon after.

Closing to the finish line and a few cat and mouse tactics saw the dynamic duo race side by side up the Hendersons Road hill for the final time.
Cresting the rise they sprinted and Canny held a narrow margin as they received the chequered flag.
Wells crossed for third forty five seconds behind.  A minute later, Phillips out-sprinted the pack to claim fourth and Rick Calvert held off a fast finishing Bob Morley for fifth place.

Results:
1st – Tim Canny (Scratch)
2nd – Tony Mirabella (Scratch)
3rd – Dean Wells (4 min)
4th – Rob Phillips (4 min)
5th – Rick Calvert (4 min)
Fastest Time: Tim Canny (Scratch) in 1h 36m 45s, ave. 37.1 kph

Many thanks again to the Braszell family who kindly support this feature race.
The Charlie Braszell Handicap carries the highest prize money for any “club” race that EUREKA Cycling stage.

The race carries specific conditions to ensure that EUREKA members are rewarded for their toils:

a) Only Eureka members can claim a prize
b) Minimum of 5 club races in the current season to be eligible for a prize
c) New club members are exempt from the “minimum race” clause
d) Riders are only eligible to claim ONE prize – e.g.. Fastest Time cannot claim a placing as well

With the race conditions in place, the following prizes were awarded on the day:

1st place = Tim Canny
Fastest Time = Tony Mirabella
2nd place = Dean Wells
3rd place = Rob Phillips
Most Aggressive = Kevin Lee

Please note that club aggregate points will be awarded as per the position that each rider crossed the finish line.

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Photo:
(rear L-R) – Tim Canny, Tony Mirabella, Dean Wells
(front L-R) – Rob Phillips, Geoff Braszell, Kevin Lee

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