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January 31, 2016 – Graded Scratch – Windmill, 53 km

January 31, 2016 – Graded Scratch – Windmill, 53 km

Season Opener – 31 Jan 2016 

Graded Scratch Races
Windmill Circuit – 53 km

The best way to end a hot dry Summer? – Start a bike race season.


On a day that would have had Noah looking for a hammer, 14 fearless road warriors celebrated the start of a new season by getting very wet, revelling in the efficiency of a solid race and a recovery ice-bath all at the same time.
We also baptised three new riders to the club, Matt Ayres, Roger McMillan and Greg Ley (it was Greg’s first actual real race).
Welcome to Eureka, and don’t worry it’s not always that wet, most of the time it’s just really cold and windy.

A Grade

The Phoenix Rises

The Handicapper noted that a disproportionate number of A Graders were absent as light rain literally put a dampener on the day’s proceedings.  Colonel Parker visited the change rooms to ask Dean Wells to step up to A Grade to help out with the “numbers”.  Naturally Phantom agreed to resume his pseudo A Grade role.  He then instantly regretted having made fun of Andrew Rushton’s comically long shorts…or were they comically short pants?  Dean also wondered if the weight of the timing chip would affect his performance on the day…before revealing a latex fetish and donning red rubber shoe covers, which strangely attracted Bob Morley’s interest…

A Grade was the last bunch to start the three lap race around the Windmill circuit.  As the rain continued to fall, Aussie Phil (Farky), Sparky Rushton and Phantom Wells eagerly awaited for the go signal.  In a silent gentleman’s agreement, the trio quickly formed up and rode at a Goldilocks pace, not too harsh, yet not too light.
The “race” would best be described as a solid hit out, each rider equally sharing the load, with turns on the front lasting between 500 and 2000 metres.  No attacks, just a simple solid training ride and getting practice for the upcoming handicaps when cohesive teamwork will be required to chase down the out markers.

So regimental was the riding, that the only excitement for the whole race was Dean putting on his now customary long lead out along Donovans Road – in an attempt to set up Phil and Andrew for a sprint finish.  The pace was raised to 55 kph (albeit with a tailwind) with Andrew in second wheel and Phil holding the prime position – sitting last.
Nearing the finish line, Phil jumped on the inside and with a few quick turns of the 53/11, opened an unassailable gap.  Andrew content to sit on Dean’s wheel and watch the Club Champion finish the race off.

All is well in the World – the reign of the new Champion has begun.

1st – Phil Cartledge
2nd – Dean Wells
3rd – Andrew Rushton

B Grade

Matt’s Maiden

B Grade assembled en masse, with a magnificent 7 surging into the tempest in a quest for early season glory.  It became evident from some early (yet modest) race sparring, that the combatants were evenly matched, no one strong enough to get away today (or mad enough to try).  A sprint finish became inevitable.

From the land that time forgot and home to other Eureka legends like Monsieur le President, Riff Raff, Robocop and Stay Away Ray, came two new racers, Matt Ayres and Greg Ley, both showing plenty.
Matt’s turn of speed and Greg’s strength and daring particularly impressive (nicknames to follow!).
All bone, sinew and gristle, Danny Whelan, without his trademark blue coat and channelling his inner Pantani, was as honest as ever, driving on the front and keeping the pace up to ensure that this wouldn’t just be a roll out to a sprint finish.
Rick “Rinso” Calvert, rode his backside off in his return race, even had foamy suds coming out of his knicks (too much OMO), always on the pace and covering moves, he even had a dig or two himself.
Who would have thought that with his advancing years Rob Phillips would learn new tricks?  Rob is in tip-top knick and seemed to roll along with the nonchalance and ease of a pro-rider, toying with the other mere mortals.  He also rode a very tactical race, only being drawn out when he had to, and sitting back to wait for others to counter moves.
Following Rob’s wheel everywhere it went, was the smartest guy in the race – Spongebob Morley isn’t stripped down to racing weight yet but he was never out of position, hardly ever on the front, and has enough power to lay down in a sprint to challenge.

So, it all came down to the last lap.  The pace was set high by Matt and Rob up to the quarry which discouraged any attacks on the steeper pinch.  All together up the back straight and round the Coghills Ck corner.  But the mood changed with the turn into Donovans, Matt and Rob stormed out of the corner and stretched the race out, with neither of them getting clear and Rick and Bob closing them down they settled again and the rest of the field rejoined.

Perfect time for a counter attack, and it was Greg – in his first race – that launched 2 km from home, he opened up 40 metres and was holding it as the rest of the field eyed each other waiting for someone else to sacrifice their race to close him down.
Fifi loves to chase stuff, so off he went, dragging the rest along with him.  250 metres to go and they were on Greg’s back wheel when Matt opened the sprint, immediately ripping 20 metres out of everyone else.  Rob got on his wheel but didn’t have the power to go over him.  Spongebob and Rinso duked it out for third a couple of bike lengths back.

A great first-up win by Matt, who we will no doubt be seeing more from.

1st – Matt Ayres
2nd – Rob Phillips
3rd – Bob Morley

C Grade

Popeye Sails Home

C grade were given the privilege of opening the season and rolled off the line into an uncertain three laps of Windmill with some foolish souls thinking it was summer and not bringing any winter gear.  Certainly putting the can of Coke into the fridge Saturday night started to seem like a bit of overkill (particularly since Terry Collie had not even fitted a bidden cage to the bike)!

After a short pause to turn on a tail light, the group became organised and, although no contracts were signed, settled down work together.  There seemed to be an unspoken consensus that there was not much point in spreading the race over half the course and riding alone in the drizzle.  It took about half a lap before the water started to trickle down into the shoes but thankfully it was not too cold, although wipers on the glasses would have come in handy at times.

New rider Roger McMillan (another from down Bacchus Marsh) was more than holding his own and looking fluent so it was hard to gauge how he was actually feeling.
The same can be said for Popeye – Kevin Lee was not looking in any trouble.
Jude Jonasson began to feel it a bit on some of the uphill sections but could not be written off and kept rolling through after a little recovery.  Underneath that quiet exterior resides a tough and determined lady.

And so it came to pass that  groupo intacto the four turned into Donovans Road and on the run up to the crest of the hill before the run to the finish.  Kevin upped the ante with Terry briefly catching the wheel – until the rear Vittoria began to soften.
The race had split and Popeye was away and gone – working hard to avoid a sprint.  Roger recovered to pass Terry and consolidate his hold on second and Jude fought on to finish third.
The showers were hot – lovely.

1st – Kevin Lee
2nd – Roger McMillan
3rd – Jude Jonasson

2015, the season that was…

2015, the season that was…

After another long season we can now applaud the achievements.
The final trophy presentations were conducted after the Commodores Cup at the club rooms on the Lake Learmonth foreshore.

Big congratulations to Phil Cartledge for taking out this year’s Club Championship, Club Aggregate and A Grade Criterium Aggregate – one of his children had to stay in Learmonth so he could fit all his trophies in the car.

2015 Club Aggregate
1st – Phil Cartledge
2nd – Tony Mirabella
3rd – Graeme Parker

2015 Steelsmith Trophy – Mal Rock


Trophy race results for 2015

- for the full list of place getters please refer to the various race reports which can be found on this website.

Note: riders are from Eureka Veterans CC unless otherwise stated.

April -

Ron Rivette Memorial (presented by Shane Cook Homes)
A Grade: Stephen Lane (Northern)
B Grade: Owen Tudball
C Grade: Shane Cook
D Grade: Terry Robinson (Geelong)

Rising Sun Trophy
1st – Shane Miller (Grampians)
True Spirit Award – Matt Bowman

June -

Wayne Horne Earthmoving Hcp, combine race with Colac, Geelong and Warrnambool:
1st – Des Lane (Warrnambool)

Mirabella Trophy
1st – Andrew Rushton

July -

Charlie Braszell Handicap
1st – Tony Mirabella

GP Doug Garley
1st – Darren Terry

August -

W.A.R.S. *Winter Aggregate Race Series (presented by Europa Cafe): 
1st – John Creek

Eureka Open, VVCC Open:
1st – Jamie Robinson (Geelong)

October -

Mega Meats Hill Top Handicap
1st – Tony Mirabella

November -

Ken Heres Bobcat & Backhoe Hire Championships
Club Championship – Phil Cartledge
B Grade – Danny Whelan
C Grade – Terry Collie

Steelsmith Spring Criterium Series
A Grade – Phil Cartledge
B Grade – Dean Wells
C Grade – Terry Collie

December -

Commodores Cup
1st – John Faulkner

* W.A.R.S. included races from late May through to mid August


Photo: Phil Cartledge and his family with the spoils of a long determined season of riding.


November 15, 2015 – EVCC Championships Race Day

November 15, 2015 – EVCC Championships Race Day

Eureka Veterans Cycling Club
Championships Race Day

proudly presented by

Ken Heres Bobcat and Backhoe Hire


A True Blue Hero Aussie Phil Cartledge put it all on the line 10 kilometres out, in a Cancellara-esque attack, whilst the main protagonists were all looking at each-other.  What started as a bold gamble revealed itself as inspired racing.
Running on pure adrenalin and thousands of training miles, Phabulous Phil rarely looked back and stormed home for a memorable and popular win.

So the day had finally arrived, time to see if the event would live up to all that pre-race hype,time for a champion to stand up.
A field of seven greeted each-other with the usual banter and trash talk on the start line, and set off at a leisurely pace.  A very cautious start, so cautious in fact that B grade came passed at one stage.  This pricked the intent of a few and the pace lifted.  However, the attacks were few and far between for the first few laps.

Peter ‘Fifi’ Livitsanis had a go, and was greeted with ridicule by Graeme Parker and Ken Heres (marshalling the Avenue Memorial corner), “You’ve got em!’ they chided. Phil nonchalantly reeled him in not long after while fishing food out of his back pocket.
Brendan Schiemer was probably the fittest guy in the bunch and probably needed the pace a bit quicker to take the edge off the sprinters and deter long range raids.  He had a little dig up Weatherboard Rd, all eyes turned to Fifi who like a trained lap dog, burnt yet more matches going out after him too.

The usual protagonists were very modest in their exertions, not really wanting to commit and risk a counter-attack.

Andrew ‘Sparky’ Rushton was back, an unknown quantity having had a less than perfect lead up to a race he has won before (2013).
Tony Mirabella looked particularly strong but sensed that his best chance lay in a sprint finish, however he has beaten similar fields with big solo breakaways before.
Matt ‘Riff Raff’ Bowman can always be relied upon for a massive time trial effort somewhere in the race, and today, while he struggled on the hills, he saved his best for last.

Three laps to go and Tony Mirabella explodes with successive attacks down the Avenue, shelling first Fifi and Riff Raff, then a belligerent Bob ‘Muncher’ Morley.  Suddenly the championship race had actually started!
Riff Raff put the diesel into top and ground his way back up, Muncher hitched a ride but couldn’t quite make it and he drifted back to keep Fifi company…watching the race sail away.

The “real” A Graders seem content now they had dispatched the B Grade pretenders and the pace slowed and the attacks stopped. However they had unwittingly poked a bear, after another lap it became apparent that while the A Graders were 1 kilometre up the road, they weren’t actually pulling away and Bob had had enough of their games.
With great wailing and gnashing of teeth, he accelerated up the Avenue with sphincter spitting vigour – shedding Fifi like an old coat – by the Weatherboard corner the lead car was still another 750 metres up the road, but Bob was on a crazy mission.  Over the next 10 kilometres, in a superhuman effort, Bob single handedly chased down these “usual” Scratch riders and by the last time into Weatherboard Rd he was back in the race.
Apart from Phil’s fabulous race winning attack, Muncher’s Ride probably deserves ride of the year and it is sure to become club folklore.

The final lap and Tony hammered into the Weatherboard road corner and kept the pace up for 300 metres.  He switched off and so did everybody except Phil, who immediately attacked and no one reacted.  Phil railed the chicane, his handlebars almost touching the ground, out of the corner he had opened up 800 metres and his intentions were obvious.
Matty Bowman got on the front after the chicane and took some time out, but Phil still had a significant lead.

The chasers got over the Hendersons road hill at a steady pace with none of the expected attacks.  Through the crossroads and still no organised chase, while Phil kept increasing his lead.  Half way to the piggery corner Tony attacks, this move is quickly covered.  Tony eased back and then Matt went around the bunch with Brendan being the only one to react.  Tony (sitting on Sparky Rushton’s wheel) was hoping for a reaction from the sprinter in the bunch…but it didn’t come.

The escapees pulled well clear and were striking out in pursuit of the newly branded Aussie.  Sparky attacked out of the piggery corner and left Muncher and Tony in his wake but was never going to catch the runaways.  The podium placegetters crossing the finish line with big gaps between them all.


1st – Phil Cartledge
2nd – Matt Bowman
3rd – Brendan Schiemer
4th – Andrew Rushton
5th – Bob Morley

B Grade Championship
Danny Whelan stamped his authority on the race in the first lap, attacking John Creek and Kevin Popeye Lee.  Over the next 45 kilometres of solo riding, Danny opened up a gap that could be measured in kilometres.
Only three riders in this year’s B grade race, with Dean Wells along for moral support and a training ride.  However, this doesn’t diminish Danny’s triumph and the work he put into that win.  So aggressive was he early, that he rode through the A Grade field and despite A Grade accelerating past him again, for much of the race he was only a minute or so behind them, breaking his legs with a big gear and a heart to match.
Creekie and Popeye didn’t see much of him, perhaps just a speck in the distance and they settled down to a race in two for second.  In this endeavour the race was more evenly matched.  However in the final analysis, Creekie had the edge and pulled away from Popeye.


1st – Danny Whelan
2nd – John Creek
3rd – Kevin Lee

C Grade Championship
Terry Collie continues to build form late in the year with yet another podium finish, this time the top step, accounting for pre-race favourite Barry Robertson and this year’s big improver Rob Young.
Greg Curnow found the going tough and wilted mid-race leaving just the remaining three to sort out the placings.
Terry launched off the front early so as not to be caught by a Barry bombshell attack or a Rob Young express raid.  He opened a racing winning gap and held to the line.


1st – Terry Collie
2nd – Barry Robertson
3rd – Rob Young


Phil Cartledge races away to his first Club Championship victory.


Danny Whelan winning the B Grade Championship by minutes.


Club President – Terry Collie – winning the C Grade Championship.

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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