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EVCC Championships Race Day – Sunday November 15th – race preview

EVCC Championships Race Day – Sunday November 15th – race preview

Ken Heres Bobcat & Backhoe Hire proudly presents EVCC Championships Race Day this coming Sunday – 15th November.

The Championships begin at 9:30 am.  Entries will be accepted before 9:00 am at the clubrooms (Lake Learmonth foreshore).

Three races will be conducted on the Weatherboard circuit to decide the champions in the various grades.

The feature race of the day will be the Championship Race.   Over a distance of 75 km, this race will decide the Eureka Club Champion for 2015.

The supporting races include the C Grade Championship and the B Grade Championship. (to be conducted over 55 km)

The C Grade Championship will be hotly contested by a group of inform riders.
Graeme Parker and Terry Collie led from start to finish in the handicap around Mt. Misery (Sun. 8th Nov.), they will ensure a true pace is maintained to reduce the chances of someone making an early break.  Arguably the strongest riders in this bunch, no one will want to take Graeme to a sprint finish and Terry has the ability to time trial off the front with a few kilometres to go.
Greg Curnow and Robert Young are two riders to keep an eye on.  Both gents have won races in the last few weeks, they are primed to the minute for the Championship race.
Ray Hodgson may even step up to contest this event.  Ray has been at the pointy end in the last few Open races.  He is also keeping himself in top racing condition at Super Vets every week.

Our tip for the event though is Barry Robinson.  Barry has ridden well throughout the year.  He never looks like he is under pressure in a race and he knows exactly where he wants to be in the peloton.

The B Grade Championship may be a little light on numbers in 2015.  We could see someone try and ride away with the title in mid race!
John Creek leads the charge for the title.  Fresh from a short holiday, John has kept the engine ticking over nicely.  Race tactics will play a big part in where John finishes on the day.
We are hoping that both Brian and Kevin Lee can animate this race.
Brian Lee has had good form throughout the year.  He consistently finishes in the front half of the field.  Definitely one to watch!
Kevin Lee has been getting stronger each race and has the ability to ride away from this bunch in the last few kilometres.  Like everyone, Kevin will need to manage his workload throughout the race to conserve energy for a late attack.
There are a whole bunch of riders who could show up on the day and have a big say in the final outcome –
Shane Cody is a former Club Champion who has been regaining form throughout 2015 with only spasmodic racing.  The undulating course may be a deterrent for Shane, but if it comes down to a sprint finish you may as well rip up your ticket if you haven’t backed him!
Alby Govan saluted earlier in the season and could easily stick with this bunch.  The long run into the finish will suit this powerhouse who will chase down any late breakaways.
Rob Parker has been getting quite a few miles on the clock recently.  Rob will have the base miles to stick with this bunch for a long way.
Dave Peters has been keeping himself very fit over the cooler months.  A master of tactics, Dave has perfected hiding in the field and waiting for the final sprint.  Letting Dave get away with an easy sit throughout the race could be the undoing of this bunch!
Michael Veal is always race fit due to his mtb riding.  If Michael arrives on Sunday the other riders will definitely know.  He has the ability to drive a pace which just may be too fast for a lot of the riders.

Our tip for the race is Danny Whelan.  If Dan doesn’t take on the main Championship Race he definitely has the ability to win this event.
Dan will ensure the race doesn’t become a sit and sprint.  He also has the ability to chase down any attacks and then launch his own.

The Championship Race could be missing a few of the major players this year.  That won’t make the race easier, it will just make the race even more tactical!
It looks like the 2014 Club Champion (Tony Mirabella) may not make the starting line.  Guy Falla (2nd in 2014) is also likely to miss the event.
Brendan Schiemer (3rd in 2014) is coming into tip top shape after some mid season medical issues.  The enforced break (well, reduced training kilometres…) could be exactly what is required for this race.  He showed his ability last year with a flurry of attacks and then having the ability to stick with the winning move.  Brendan has the goods to win this race.
Another rider on the return from medical issues is 2013 Club Champion Andrew Rushton.  Andrew has been doing a power of work recently to get himself ready for the Championship Race.  No one will want to take Andrew to a sprint finish.
Matt Bowman has come along in leaps and bounds in 2015.  A strong time trial list, everyone will want Matt gone before the 5 km stretch to the finish line.  Matt has the strength to ride away from this bunch in those final kilometres.
No Championship Race would be the same without Bob Morley.  Every year Bob steps up to challenge himself at the highest level.  Every year Bob acquits himself well.  He has taken on CX riding this year which has further improved his ability to hang on.
Peter Livitsanis is also stepping up to the Championship Race this year.  Pete has the ability to jump across gaps, or create them.  Expect Pete to animate the race at some stage.
Other riders who could make this an interesting race include –
Peter Kiel promoted himself up into A Grade last weekend and acquitted himself quite well.  Pete has not looked back since his hip surgery last year.  He sits a lot straighter on the bike nowadays and seems to have even more strength.  Pete will ensure a strong pace is maintained in this survival of the fittest.
Rob Phillips has been consistent with his form this season, unfortunately he hasn’t been able to consistently race.  Rob will make his presence felt in the Championship Race if he can make it to the start line.
Lindsay Burgoyne might back up from racing with sister club – Ballarat Sebastopol – on Saturday.  Lindsay could be one of the few riders who races on both days this weekend.  Lindsay is very strong and doesn’t allow races to ease off.
Grant Dawson has one tactic – go hard.  Forever an unknown quantity, Grant certainly puts the hurt on during his races.  Like Lindsay, Grant doesn’t allow the pace to slacken.
Dean Wells has missed a lot of racing this year.  He might not feature at the pointy end of the race, but if he makes it to the start line he will make his presence known early.
Owen Tudball can certainly push everyone to their limits and would be an exciting addition to the Championship Race line up.
Charlie Stebbing has been keeping himself fit.  He hasn’t race often this year, so everyone will be wary if he arrives at the start line.
Darren Terry is another Bacchus Marsh rider who is very strong.  Darren is adept at sitting back in the bunch and biding his time.  When he puts the hammer down everyone will feel it.
Shane Butler has been keeping the odometer ticking over during the past few months.  Shane could be a surprise packet in this bunch if he waits for the right moment to attack.

Our tip for the Championship Race is Phil Cartledge.
Phil has done a lot of racing this year.  He has worked long and hard at his fitness all year and improved across all road disciplines.
Unlike 2014 when he was struck down with illness for much of the year, Phil has gone from strength to strength in 2015.
Phil is fully fit and a force to be reckoned with come Sunday’s big race.

EVCC Club Championship poster 3

EVCC Club Championship poster 2

EVCC Club Championship poster 1

Geelong & Surf Coast CC – open race – Sunday 1st November, 2015

Geelong & Surf Coast CC – open race – Sunday 1st November, 2015

Entries close on Tuesday 27th October at midnight.

Last open race of the season.

Geelong SCCC open 2015 poster

MEGA MEATS Hill Top Handicap – Sunday October 11th

MEGA MEATS Hill Top Handicap – Sunday October 11th

The MEGA MEATS Hill Top Handicap takes place this coming Sunday.  The new circuit has the traditional Harrisons Road climb at the end of an anti-clockwise lap of Mt. Misery.

The MEGA MEATS Hill Top Handicap has been strategically placed just one week before the Bill Long Camperdown to Warrnambool race.  This should be the ideal final hit out for all those doing the “Warrny”.

The last 15.5 kilometres of the MEGA MEATS Hill Top Handicap has actually been classified as a Category 3 climb.

Climb details -
Rating: Category 3
Start point: 33.97 km
End point: 49.5 km
Length: 15.53 km
Start elevation: 390 metres
End elevation: 578 metres
Average gradient: 1.2%
Maximum gradient: 6%


Mega Meats Hill Top Hcp poster

Club receives defibrillator

Club receives defibrillator


The Eureka Veterans Cycling Club have received the wonderful gift of a defibrillator from the St John AmbulanceHeart Start Community Project.


The Heart Start Community Project is aimed at getting defibrillators out into the community.
The project is part of the St John Ambulance Victoria Defibs Save Lives initiative and during September 2015, over $80,000 worth of defib bundles have been distributed to central Victorian not-for-profit organisations and sporting clubs.

30 defibrillator bundles have been gifted to clubs and organisations from towns such as Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Maryborough, Kyneton and many more.  Along with the defibrillator, each bundle includes online training available for up to 10 members of each club.

St John Ambulance Victoria – we are very pleased to be able to provide defibrillators to the Victorian community with the financial support of the Hilton White Bequest.  It is important to us that we can promote the benefits of defibrillators to the wider community, to encourage greater take-up of these life-saving devices and to further our goal of saving lives through First Aid.

The Eureka Veterans Cycling Club predominantly races on circuits near the township of Learmonth.  The ambulance response time to an incident in this area is in excess of ten minutes.
In conjunction with CPR, the ideal time frame to use a defibrillator on a sudden cardiac arrest patient is within the first three minutes.


Terry Collie (President – Eureka VCC) said, ‘Although our members would be considered relatively fit and healthy they do fit into the higher risk age groups and while exercising regularly is a positive step in maintaining good health there are no guarantees.  A defibrillator represents peace of mind knowing that if required there is a unit close by for use in an emergency response.  We hope we do not have to use it, but it is reassuring to know that there is a defibrillator on standby available should the need arise.  The club considers the defibrillator a wonderful asset that is the equivalent of extra insurance.’

The Eureka Veterans Cycling Club thanks the Hilton White Bequest and St John Ambulance Victoria for this great program.

We will strive to get the message out to the community that Defibs Save Lives.

For more information go to…


Eureka Veterans CC members receiving the defib bundle from St John Ambulance Victoria representative Martin Wells.


Representatives from 21 different not-for-profit clubs and organisations received defib bundles on 16th September 2015, at the Morshead Park function room, Redan, Ballarat.


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