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October 21, 2018 – The Goldfinch – handicap 55 Km

October 21, 2018 – The Goldfinch – handicap 55 Km

Southern Cross Business Machines – 21 October 2018

The Goldfinch

Ercildoune/Addington Loop– 55 km

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Blue Wheel Trophy

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Handicapping genius, all 7 bunches represented in Top 12 riders

Blue sky could be seen through the clouds as riders arrived for the first instalment of a brand new trophy race.  By race start – thirty five riders had signed on for The Goldfinch.

Riders were racing to win the medal in honour of Lois and Bill Goldfinch whom are well known throughout the Victorian veteran cycling community. Also, the winner of the race would be the first inscribed on the Blue Wheel Trophy – the perpetual trophy for the event.
This trophy race will be renamed each year in honour of stalwarts of our club who ensure that we race each and every week. Their dedication to our members and club is part of the Eureka fabric which others aspire to.
What better way to start a new trophy race and acknowledge Lois and Bill who have been at the club since day one?  Thirty five riders!  Enough said!

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A most interesting Limit bunch set off with the healthy mark of 30 minutes.  Club President – John Faulkner – had found his mojo and his bike in the same corner of the garage.  Faulk’s day amounted to pretty much a solo time trial and somehow he missed riding up the big hill – oh well, next year!
James Knipe was back for his first race in ages.  He shouldn’t have been, but he was.  “Mack” has taken the term “drug program” to all new levels recently.  We’re happy to have him back!  Mack had a great time out, except for that darn hill.  It was pretty much the story of everyone’s day…
Trial rider Bill Dwyer was back for another race.  Bill enjoyed the climbing so much that he turned left after racing off Mount Ercildoune and headed towards Waubra…  Thankfully he realigned upon reaching the Sunraysia Hwy and found his way back to Learmonth.  Bill must be wondering if we ever race on a flat course…
The final rider in the quartet was Jakkii Dawson.  Jak had once again dragged her family up to Learmonth to watch her race.  In fact, this year Jak has been dragging them around everywhere for her racing this year.  Speaking of dragging, that is exactly what Jakkii did today with Limit.  Eventually the ropes were broken and she was left to fly free…after John told her ‘Don’t wait for me, get bloody going!’

Six riders rode off 17 minutes as the Second Limit group.  Handicapper – Peter Livitsanis – has steadily elevated himself out in the marks this year.  This isn’t so much to give himself a time advantage, as to ensure he is surrounded by big bodies.
Fellow shorty – Roger McMillan – was using this race as his final hit out for the Geelong Open next weekend.  Roll turns with the group and smash the hill to smithereens…was how Rog mentally prepared himself.  The reality may have been somewhat different, however he heads to Paraparap next week full of confidence.
Phil McLennan still does crazy running sports on Saturdays before coming out and racing on Sundays.  With the high early pace in the race, Phil’s day lasted longer than he originally expected.  Those final climbs were enough to finally unhitch him from his bunch.
James Gretton rode out of his skin today to win the sprint finish for about 30th place.  Usually our races approach the Harrison’s Road climb from the south and time and time again, “Ralph” somehow gets lost on the course and doesn’t make it to the big hill.  No fear this time, as Ralph did plenty of the power work for his group, before ultimately capitulating on the lower slopes of the Harrison’s Road climb.  Once over the top he found his rhythm again and was a force to be reckoned with on the home straight.
Rob Parker has been carefully selecting his events this year.  Back in the autumn he identified the parcours of the Ercildioune-Addington Loop as suiting his talents and spent winter preparing for his assault on the race.
New club member Cameron Farrington has already graced the criterium circuit this spring and shown that he has a pretty handy motor.  He will be happy in the knowledge that our circuits don’t get much tougher than this one…well they do…just don’t tell him.

There was a rort going on in the 13 minute group today.  Third Limit containing the likes of Mick Veal who normally rides off 9 minutes in Open events?!
Well we wouldn’t have believed it, but the doc must have worked some voodoo magic to get a place in this bunch.  None of his cohorts were complaining. In fact they liked the change up…Livitsanis OUT, Veal IN.
Danny Whelan was back after his version of tapering the previous weekend.  The Hill likes Dan and Dan likes the Hill.  Actually, Dan just likes inflicting pain.
Noel Said was satisfied that winter had finally broken in Ballarat.  After holidaying in sunny Europe during the colder Australian months, Noel was back and ready to rumble.  This sort of course suits his style of riding.  Unfortunately for everyone in Third Limit, Noel’s small physique provides the worst sit in Victorian veterans racing.
Bob Morley was looking trim and ready to rumble today.  Trading barbs at the start line, “Muncher” was also gathering his troops for the battle ahead.  Confident in his ability to hang on when the going gets tough, Muncher just needed to make sure the bunch didn’t implode too early.
The final member of the group was Greg Nunn.  Another rider who in a smaller field would find himself back a bunch.  Quiet confidence about Nunny today who was much less chatty than usual on the start line.  He was rating himself a big chance and so were we.

The middle bunch was the largest group of the day with eight riders all told and some pretty big hitters.  From here back to Scratch, the rider numbers would drop by two in each group.  Would the numerical advantage make all the difference?  Another factor that could have a say in the proceedings, was that half of the riders from the middle to Scratch had competed the previous day in a fast and furious race with Ballarat Sebastopol CC – on a short, but challenging circuit.
Ash Burke must have been wondering if he had offended the Handicapper to find himself in this bunch.  Ash’s plan was to hang on for as long as possible, then hang on some more.  He was honoured to be placed in this company, but dang it was going to be a fast ride!
Richard Taylor was up from Bacchus Marsh for a rare race.  Even when he isn’t race fit, Rich still puts in a huge effort.  There would be no sitting on by this bloke!
Brian Ure was pleased to find himself somewhat elevated in the rankings.  Eventually his ability to race hard was going to be noticed and this was that day.  His “Froome like frame” was deceptive as the hills were somewhat less to his liking.  Take him to a sprint finish at your peril.
Rick Calvert barely registered Harrison’s Road as a blip.  Climbing Mont Ventoux THREE times in the ONE day tends to give a rider a different perspective on climbing.  As long as he could hold pace with the bunch, he was more than ready to go ballistic on the Hill.
Jeremy Humber was happy with the large entries for the race.  The slight push out would certainly work in his favour.  Managing his effort on the climb would be the key to his race.
Grant Dawson has been getting a few races in recently.  With the larger group he would be able to take it a little bit easier today and not continually drive the bunch – happy with the mark and supremely confident in his ability to be strong in this group, the only hiccup for Dawson would be a mechanical…or some other crazy reason…
Jim Crumpler is breathing rare air in the outer groups of recent at both cycling clubs.  Still recovering from a nasty head crunching fall a few weeks earlier, those crazy long touring rides he did over winter are helping serve riders who normally wouldn’t get the privilege of seeing “Lever” in action.
Peter Canny was certainly happy to have Lever in his bunch.  Having sat on him for 8/9 of a 45 Km race the previous day, Canny was more than prepared to do it again in a longer race.

Third Scratch rode off at 5 minutes.  Five big bodied engines and one nimble climber made up this group.
Early stages and the group rolled turns.  Not always fluently, however it was more than efficient enough to steal some seconds off the groups ahead and open a gap on Second Scratch.  Losing Birch (flat tyre) before halfway did not help their chase.
Matt Ayres rode above and beyond today for the group’s glory.  Expecting to fail on the Hill, Ayres planned to do as much of the work as possible in the earlier stages before handing over to the climbers on the hills.  At every opportunity on the flat, he would power back to the front and provide another effort.
Jason Birch had a short ride due to the flat tyre which saw him out of the race.  Until then he was easily holding his own in the group.  We’ll never know if could have come second again…
Stuart Brien had raced the previous day, yet was comfortable when the rolling turns were smooth.  Somehow he hung on all the way to the turn onto Harrisons Road.  Off the bunch on the climb, he would perform some heroics on the few downhill sections for some glory on the day – see Strava.
Jason Hendry seems to be going comfortably one moment, then struggling the next.  Able to hang on when the roads turned upwards, Jason paced himself admirably and still had enough left in the tank for some late efforts.
Peter Kiel swapped turns with the big bodies on the flat sections, then accepted much of the pacing responsibility when the roads turned up.  Over the top of the Hill, Pete pushed hard and led many of the bigger riders (who had tagged on) downhill.
Dean Wells was another to have raced the previous day – like Brien and Birch.  Sore legs were forgotten as the roads turned up and some of the speed left the group.  This was his territory and he rarely relinquished the pace making duties as the group edged closer and closer to the bunches ahead.

Second Scratch were set one almighty task on this day!  Four riders chasing larger bunches and three of them had raced the previous day.  From the start they were a kilometre or two off the speed they needed to average.  Maybe they could join forces with Scratch?
Greg Ley had the freshest legs in the group.  When the inevitable catch was made by Scratch (albeit much earlier than any of them had expected), Greg quickly went to work and matched it with the big guns.
Craig Lee was carrying heavy legs and battled hard to maintain contact when they were caught.  He lasted a long time, before being unhitched just before his “not so favourite” part of cycling – hill climbing.
Tavis Baker struggled with the pace of the group after the catch was made.  Tavis will be better suited to longer races in the coming weeks.
Tony Mirabella made up the group of four and prepared himself as best he could for the onslaught that would be Scratch.  They arrived, but this day the pace was too fast.

Scratch had just two riders.  Club Champion – Tim Canny – was one rider, the other was a “trial” rider from Bacchus Marsh and boy weren’t the BM boys happy they had finally convinced this fellow to come up for a race?  Shortly after entries had closed, Tim was found in the change rooms googling the palmares of the “new bloke”.
Adrian McGregor had finally been coerced into venturing up to Learmonth to race with Eureka.  “Don’t worry, they have at least one guy who can match it with you” the BM boys had suggested to help persuade Adrian.
Canny and McGregor would prove to be a most superb weapon.  Two young guns ready to tear each others legs off in pursuit of the front of the race.
They had rounded up Second Scratch just a third of the way into the race.  The next bunch would prove harder to catch.  The climb up Harrisons Road gave them renewed vigor.  Sure, Ley was still along for the ride at this point of the race, but it was a two man show and McGregor was especially happy to surge on the climbs.

And so the race had made it’s way up Harrisons Road.  Jakkii Dawson had some seven minutes on the chasers – at this point the race was Jak’s to lose.

Most of the bunches had held together as they turned at Addington and started climbing towards the dreaded right hand turn.  Once on that climb, the four steps served to shred riders from each group.
Grant Dawson was in trouble early as he suffered a mechanical due to battery depletion – he was stuck in the big chain ring, but he still climbed that hill!
Calvert found his climbing legs first and put a little gap on some of his group as he crested the hill.

Racing across the Ercildoune skyline, rider after rider bridged the gap and a new chase bunch formed.
Through Addington the second time and the race was both coming both together and fracturing even further.

Jakkii was so far up the road that no one could see her.  Still she pressed on though.  It hurt and she combatted that by screwing her face even harder as she squeezed out every ounce of energy to clear the final climb up Edmonston Road.  Over the top, finally!  It’s virtually all downhill from here!

The moment of respite that the downhill and flat section had provided for Calvert, Canny, Humber, Taylor, Morley, Nunn, Said, Livitsanis and others was being eroded by Wells, Kiel and Hendry.  Then a new threat emerged as Canny, McGregor and Ley came flying past.
Hendry latched on, the others held for a moment until McGregor went to the front on the rise near Harrisons Road and kicked in the afterburners.

Scratch quickly closed on large group of chasers who were seemingly wallowing in comparison to the speed coming from behind.  Scratch roared past and there was pandemonium in the bunch as riders turned themselves inside out to find the slipstream.
Nunn was positioned well to latch onto the passing riders, Canny was not and he went off the tarmac to move up places and find Nunn’s wheel.  For a moment it looked as though most of them would hang onto Scratch – and they did – for a moment – then the Scratch train roared off – just Canny and McGregor – the rest had been cast off.

Over the final crest on Edmonston Road and Canny and McGregor could just see Jakkii ahead in the distance.  Down to the sharp left turn onto Weatherboard Road and what is this?!  A red flag!  A red flag!  A semi-trailer is slowly passing the intersection and Canny and McGregor’s charge is halted as they ease through the turn.
Jakkii had made it through well before the truck arrived.  The gap had opened again.  The chase group had even closed in on the two Scratch riders who once again opened the throttle and gave chase.
But ahead it is sweet glorious victory for Jakkii Dawson as she finds the finish line well clear of the chasers and takes a famous victory in front of a large crowd.
Fifteen seconds later and Canny wins the race for Fastest Time and second place.  McGregor was with him to the line.

The large bunch in pursuit of the scraps spread across the road.  Riders are eyeing each other off to see who would pull the trigger first.  As one they launch. Hendry taking fourth place ahead of Nunn and a blur of riders filling the positions back to about 13th.
After that the riders come in ones and twos…except Bill Dwyer who was way out west…

Back at the club rooms and the extended Goldfinch family had arrived (after providing much of the crowd at the finish line) to join in the celebration of The Goldfinch race.  The club rooms were quite full, the tables were loaded with food and the riders all shared similar stories about their race up the hills.

Capping a fine day off, Bill Goldfinch drew Jakkii’s raffle ticket and she won a $200 bike service voucher courtesy of Orr & Co. Cycles.  What a day for Jak!

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Results:
1st – Jakkii Dawson (30 min)
2nd – Tim Canny (Scratch)
3rd – Adrian McGregor (Scratch)
4th – Jason Hendry (5 min)
5th – Greg Nunn (13 min)
6th – Jeremy Humber (8 min)
7th – Peter Canny (8 min)
8th – Peter Livitsanis (17 min)
9th – Bob Morley (13 min)
10th – Rick Calvert (8 min)
Fastest Time – Tim Canny (Scratch) in 1h 22m, ave. 40.3 Kph

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Congratulations Alaya and Shallan – Junior Female Cyclist grantees for 2018

Congratulations Alaya and Shallan – Junior Female Cyclist grantees for 2018

2018 Junior Female Cyclist Support Program

GRANTEES ANNOUNCED

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Sunday 16th September 2018

More than thirty guests assembled at Oscar’s Hotel for the official presentation of the 2018 Junior Female Cyclist Support Grant Program.

2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the formation of the Eureka Veterans Cycling Club.  The club was formed to provide an avenue for mature riders to race competitively.
The primary roles of the club are to:
– provide a safe and engaging social environment

– present a racing product which offers a variety of challenges

– grow the club

– positively contribute to the local community

Club Vice President – Dean Wells – announced that KREHALON Australia had uniting with Eureka Cycling to increase the scope of the 2018 grant.

Earlier this year, Jonathon Delaney from KREHALON Australia, discussed the lack of sponsorship available for female cyclists with the Eureka Cycling President – John Faulkner.
Frustratingly, the lack of support is prevalent at all levels, across every cycling discipline, both domestically and internationally.  It has led to lower participation rates of females in cycling.  This is also quite obvious in the veterans cycling ranks.
From that conversation between the two Johns, the idea of the Junior Female Cyclist Support Grant Program was born.

Simply, Eureka Cycling wish to contribute, to the future development of the sport of cycling.  In particular, the club will provide monetary support to promote junior female cycling and to assist the chosen athletes to compete, develop and realise their potential.
Guest speaker – Melissa Burgoyne – spoke about her journey in sport through swimming, triathlon and now cycling.  Melissa’s words of encouragement to the girls were both inspiring and well received.

The recipients of the 2018 Junior Female Cyclist Support Grant are? Shallan Pompe and Alaya Humber.  Each of the grantees received a cheque for $500.
*Interestingly, both Shallan and Alaya followed a younger sibling into the world of cycling.

 

Photo: Alaya and Shallan at the grantee presentation with Eureka Cycling President – John Faulkner and Vice President – Dean Wells

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Shallan

Shallan races BMX and is a member of Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club.  Shallan has been riding BMX for about 7 1/2 years.
In 2017 Shallan finished high in two categories of the BMX Victorian State Series: with third place in the 14 year old girl and fourth place in the Super Class Ladies

Shallan and her brother Damon, are both members of the Twisted Concepts BMX team, which is based in the United Kingdom!
Shallan is a role model at the BMX club.  The younger kids look up to her because she spends time with them and helps them with their craft.  Also, she is a pretty mean BMX racer!

Off the BMX track, Shallan has been identified by her school as a leader.  She travelled as a school ambassador, with other students to China during the year.
Due to illness, Shallan has missed some races during 2018, however, she is aiming at the Victorian BMX – State Championships which are being staged in Warrnambool in November.

Alaya

Alaya is relatively new to cycling.  She has quickly made an impact and is a member of the same clubs as her sister Iesha.  The sisters are members of Rode Rage and compete in Human Powered Vehicle events.  They are also a members of Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club and compete in track cycling and road cycling.

Both Alaya and Iesha are a members of the Sovereign Hill – Track Cycling Program.
In Alaya’s short track career – under the tutelage of coach Damien Keirl – she has already claimed a number of podium results.
Gym work accounts for 50% of a track rider’s preparation and Alaya is currently powerlifting around the National record for her division.
Coach Keirl has indicated that an attempt on the record could very well be on Alaya’s horizon.

Alaya has been identified as a leader by her school and has been performing as a Teacher’s Assistant.  She takes Year 7 students for their sports program. Alaya is currently training towards the Victorian Track Championships which are being staged in Melbourne in December.

 

Eureka Cycling and KREHALON Australia will be following the girl’s exploits as they continue with their cycling journey.

 

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July 29, 2018 – Charlie Braszell Handicap – Mt Misery with Hill Top finish, 48 Km

July 29, 2018 – Charlie Braszell Handicap – Mt Misery with Hill Top finish, 48 Km

Charlie’s race – 29 July 2018

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Mount Misery with Hill Top finish – 47.5 km

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CHARLIE’S RACE – ONE TO REMEMBER
DRIVING WHELAN
RETURN OF THE PRINCESS WARRIOR
AGGRESSIVE = RUSHTON

The forecast was correct for the Charlie’s race.  The short break in the weather (we use the term “break” very loosely!) would allow for the staging of the 2018 Charlie Braszell Handicap, in relatively good conditions – compared to what would sweep in during the afternoon.
The fair “west north west” wind dropped the “feels like” temperature to zero, however the rain stayed away and allowed good viewing for the spectators who navigated the circuit in their warm cars.

Interlude: The club had a special visitor today.  Carol Armstrong drove up to Learmonth to watch over proceedings.  Carol often performs commissaire duties for Cycling Victoria and she will be back in mid October when Eureka Cycling co-host the Cycling Victoria Road Championships.  Carol has visited Learmonth for cycling before.  The weather did not surprise her…

Geoff and Neil Braszell were out on course monitoring the events of the day.  We thank the Braszell family for kindly staging this most important race for Eureka Cycling.  The trophies and prize money the Braszell family have supplied over the years is a wonderful and kind gift.  We are very fortunate for the opportunity to race is Charlie’s honour.

Twenty hardy souls signed on for the 47.5 kilometre test around Mount Misery with the finish atop Harrisons Road (Ercildoune).  Not all twenty riders completed the circuit though.
Graeme Parker headed off as the lone Limit rider at 25 minutes.  Five minutes late and Jacqui Dawson also headed off in a solo capacity.  The strength sapping wind would make life difficult for the two out-markers.  Would they be able to hang onto any group that catches them out on the road?

The 13 minute group was stacked with seven riders.  The main question was would they be able to keep themselves as a bunch and use their strength in numbers to hold off the chasers?  Jude Jonasson was back for her first road race in a while.
There were questions asked if the Princess Warrior would be up to the task.  Roger McMillan and Phil McLennan were also promoted to the group.
The rest were the usual cohorts, however each would have to be on-song to threaten today.
Peter Livitsanis had flatted early in the previous week’s GP Doug Garley and Danny Whelan had endured a horror day at the office in the same race.
Mark O’Callaghan is on the comeback trail from some niggling injuries and James Gretton has never made it to Harrisons Road in any race that includes the infamous hill top finish.

Four riders made up the 7 minute group.  Looking at the deficit they had to make up on the bunch ahead had them worried before they had even started.  James Knipe, Jeremy Humber and Grant Dawson were joined by Steve Biram who hasn’t raced for a few weeks.  What would their day look like?

Second Scratch rode off at 3 minutes under the leadership of Dean Wells.  Jason Hendry would provide some good engine power and Andrew Rushton rounded out the group.  For this trio it was just about holding Scratch off until at least Black Bottom Road.

Scratch was led out by pre race favourite – Craig Lee.  The rest of Scratch are in various stages of race fitness.
Tony Mirabella is gradually building his fitness towards the Championship races that are being staged at Learmonth in October and November – he is a man with a long range plan!
Lindsay Burgoyne is reaching peak fitness in preparation for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Varese, Italy next month.
The final member of the quartet has only been a member with Eureka for a few months.  He circled every “hill” race we have and is targeting each of them.  It is only a matter of time before Dave Olgilvie wins one of our hill classics!

Out on the circuit and Jacqui Dawson was slowly closing Graeme Parker.  The climbing and wind on the first part of the circuit was taking effect and the 13 minute group already had them in their sights.
Danny Whelan is doing all the damage.  He is driving his bunch relentlessly.  The others are swapping turns when they can, but it is Whelan who is keeping the pace high.  McMillan is lost to the group.

Many thanks to James Dixon Barnes for allowing us to adjust the lyrics to his song Driving Wheels…

Well they’re following the flashing lights
Who are on borrowed time
Hurting lungs and pounding hearts all on the line
You swear he’s doing all the work
Dan shifts into overdrive
He’s been up and down this road so many times

It’s Dan on the front
And pushing just keeps him proving
That only the road
Can tame the rebel in his soul

It’s the rhythm of his pedalling
As he rolls on through
And leaders as they loom in his sight
It hurts behind the driving Whelan

The 7 minute group lost Biram inside the first two kilometres.  They are being reeled in by Second Scratch at a steady pace.
Scratch are taking time out of the 3 minute group, however it isn’t as quick as they had hoped.  They are desperate to catch the “chopping block” before the Mount Misery climb at the back of Waubra, however at this rate they may not catch them until Black Bottom Road.

Each group on the road enjoyed the tail wind down Black Bottom Road.  Speed was the key.  Pedal hard because you can bet that everyone behind you is!

Turning onto Ercildoune Road and the 13 minute bunch lose Gretton.  McLennan is the next to drop off.  They have started to whittle down, will they have enough firepower to stay clear of the chasers?
Second Scratch has caught the 7 minute bunch and enlisted their help.
Scratch are on their way, however they can barely see the bunch ahead.

The race is coming together in spits and spurts.  All the momentum seems to be with the 13 minute bunch under the guidance of Whelan.

Hey, that song again…

Like a revo-lu-tionary
Pushing hard and never letting up
You’ll be wand’ring how to hold onto his wheel
Fifty three twelve on the running gear
Screamin’ legs and chests they do roar
Like a Cuban dic-ta-tor who won’t give up
He’s on a mission
And he’s taking no prisoners
Heaven only knows
He’s still a racer in his soul

It’s the rhythm of his pedalling
As he rolls on through
He pushes with victory in mind
It hurts behind the driving Whelan

And chasing riders strive
to see the distant lead
And rolling roads before the final climb
It hurts behind the driving Whelan

Wells and Rushton are driving their large bunch.  Hendry is strong.  Dawson, Knipe, Humber and McMillan (where did he come from?) are all swapping turns.  The pace is high, then the wind and bumpy road disrupts the flow.  Wells and Rushton go back to track turns – hold on everybody!
Scratch are closing slowly.  Things are starting to look dire.  Will they run out of road?

Parker still has the race lead.  The 13 minute group close upon him like a tsunami.
They have the lead before the Weatherboard climb.  Hold it all together up the climb?  Nah, let’s ride.

The new leaders charge up Weatherboard making every post a winner.  They crest the climb and get back into rhythm. Jonasson (any doubts have been scoffed at) is swapping turns along with Livitsanis and O’Callaghan, however it is Whelan who is guiding this rig.
Second Scratch are cruising up Weatherboard.  Glances over the shoulder reveal an empty road.  Where is Scratch?
Scratch riders are getting frustrated.  They are surging and easing.  The differences in race fitness are showing.  It should be smoother, it’s not.

Edmonston Road and the wind is blasting the leaders again.  Whelan suddenly moves to the right in a Saganesque move.
The bunch scatters like pins in an alley.
Jonasson loses the wheel in the fracas to find Whelan’s wheel.  The gap has opened.
The leaders are three.

The chasers are onto Edmonston Road and the gap is about 600 metres to the leaders.  The leaders are over the crest.  Downhill to Harrisons Road and the climb.  They have a 500 metre gap.
They swing onto the climb and straight into a headwind.  The first of fours steps looms.  O’Callaghan is dropped.
It’s a race in two, Whelan v Livitsanis.

Rushton is driving Second Scratch as fast as he can towards Harrisons Road.  Some confusion at the turn as Hendry and Humber are a little unsure of the turn.  Rushton shouts out “Every man for himself”.  He is spent.  The bunch blows apart.  Wells is in pursuit of the leaders.

Whelan and Livitsanis are marking each other as they come to the second step.  Whelan accelerates and creates a gap.  Livitsanis tries to respond.  Then the rain – or is it sleet – hits.  The gap increases.  Whelan is going for the win.

Finish it off Jimmy…

Well he’s dreamed about this show down
A courageous victory – on the Mount
But in this game of sweat and blood
He’s still got the killer in-stinct

It’s the rhythm of his pedalling
As he surges away
He pushes with the win in his sight
It hurts behind the driving Whelan

He ain’t never gonna give it up
‘til the end of time
He spreads his wings
And flies up the Mount
It hurts behind the driving Whelan

Livitsanis is racing to hold second.  O’Callaghan is protecting third.  Jonasson is pedalling squares and trying to not look back.  Wells is closing on the leaders.
Scratch are now on Harrisons Road.  Lee and Ogilvie are clear.
Everyone is copping the arctic blast.

One last step for Whelan.  He is racing for his second classic trophy in 2018.  He wins.  He has earned it!

Lee and Ogilvie are racing towards the second step.  Ogilvie can’t match Lee he gets a small gap.  Lee starts to pull away.

At the top of the climb and Livitsanis takes second with O’Callaghan making it across for third.  Jonasson holds out Wells for fourth.  Hendry is next with Humber and Rushton close behind.  Lee is next with Fastest Time.
The others come in dribs and drabs.

Results:
1st – Danny Whelan (13 minutes)
2nd – Peter Livitsanis (13 minutes)
3rd – Mark O’Callaghan (13 minutes)
4th – Jude Jonasson (13 minutes)
5th – Dean Wells (3 minutes)
Fastest Time – Craig Lee (Scratch) in 1h 21m 20s, ave. 35.1 Kph

Courtesy of the Braszell family, the top three place getters and Fastest Time all received trophies and prize money.
Andrew Rushton received the Most Aggressive Rider trophy.

The Charlie Braszell Handicap completed a fantastic week of events for EUREKA Cycling.  The GP Doug Garley was raced on the previous Sunday and the club launched its Junior Female Cyclist Support Grant midweek in reverence to the great men of cycling that Doug Garley and Charlie Braszell were.
Charlie and Doug were instrumental to the cycling careers of many young riders.  Though they may be gone, the deeds of these two great men live on.
Simply put, Charlie and Doug will always be legends of the Eureka Cycling Club.

 Photo

L-R rear: Geoff Braszell, Neil Braszell, Jude Jonasson, Peter Livitsanis
L-R front: Craig Lee, Mark O’Callaghan, Danny Whelan, Andrew Rushton

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July 22, 2018 – GP Doug Garley – handicap, Davenport Road

July 22, 2018 – GP Doug Garley – handicap, Davenport Road

In honour of Doug – 22nd July 2018

GP Doug Garley

Davenport Road circuit – 43.5 km

EVCC2018 GP Doug Garley poster

15 kilometres of dirt!

Sixth edition proudly sponsored by ORR & Co. CYCLES

The sixth edition of the GP Doug Garley saw more dirt racing than ever before on the testing Davenport Road circuit.
An alteration to the start line meant that riders would encounter the unsealed Davenport Road less than two kilometres into the race.  Riders were set to tackle the two miles of unsealed road a total of four and a half times – dirt would account for over one third of the race distance!
The riders would cross the high point – on Saddleback Hill – five times!

Twenty riders attempted to warm up in the chilly breeze as spectators braved the conditions to cheer them on their way from outside the clubrooms.
The northerly wind was steady throughout and kept the “feels like” temperature hovering around 1 degree for the entire event.  The northerly also helped each group explode from the start line as they headed south towards Davenport Road.

Jacqui Dawson and Roger McMillan joined the 2017 victor – Kevin Lee – in the limit group which rode off at 15 minutes.  Swinging onto the unsealed road, the trio were pleasantly surprised to find the north wind was actually assisting them up the hill towards Avenue Road and they averaged over 29 Kph for the first dirt sector.

Five riders set off at 10 minutes.  Peter Livitsanis led his men – James Gretton, Bob Morley, Dan Whelan, Brian Ure – out fast.
Resplendent in a woollen jersey, Fifi was honouring Doug in the most fitting way.  Unfortunately, that was all she wrote for Pete, as he punctured as soon as the group turned onto the dirt road.
Down to four men, they quickly rallied and started working turns.  Morale was still high!
The bunch was dealt another blow however, as Whelan lost contact halfway through the first lap.

The six minute group looked the goods on paper and they were all ready to fire.  Grant Dawson, Jeremy Humber, James Knipe, Greg Nunn and Dan Crook were quickly into stride and went out hard.
Crook was out for his first race in a while, however his training sessions with Ure have kept him in fine fettle.  The others all had recent race form and it showed.  Good turns with fast averages through the sectors.

Second Scratch saw Greg Ley and Dean Wells joined by Jason Hendry and Mick Veal.
Veal saw the writing on the wall before the race even started and was wondering what exactly he had done to be placed onto the chopping block.
Away fast, the group were swapping turns before reaching the speed signs just one hundred metres down the road.  Onto the dirt and the pace was high, however dropping Veal was not in the plans, but that is just what they did.  With a mere two minute advantage at the start line, surely it was only a matter of time before Scratch would be breathing down their necks.

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The Limit trio were halfway down Hendersons Road for the first time before Scratch departed the starting gates.  Craig Lee, Jason Birch and Peter Kiel made for a strong evenly matched bunch.
Birch was out to exorcise his memory of the 2017 GP Doug Garley where he was on the comeback from illness and suffered a flat on the first hectic lap.
The challenge was mighty…Limit was onto Davenport Road for the second time before Scratch had left it…  There was plenty of hope though, Scratch could see the “chopping block” up ahead – which is always a nice thing for the hunters!

Through the first lap and each group had made some ground on the bunch ahead.  They had all struggled in the wind, with most barely staying above 25 Kph on the north leg back towards the dirt.
Meanwhile, Livitsanis was enjoying the warmth of the heater from the motor vehicle he had been picked up in…

Lap two and the remnants of the 10 minute group were bearing down on Limit, taking hundreds of metres out of the advantage on the Hendersons Road leg alone.  The other bunches were not fairing as well – with each holding the immediate chasing bunch at bay.
Past the pig farm and Morley and Co. were almost close enough to touch Limit.  Steadily, steadily closing, they had their prey just after halfway – on the third ascent of Saddleback Hill.

Lap three and the field was slowly compressing.
In the lead bunch, Morley was keeping his troops marshaled and working hard.  McMillan had held on during the catch, but Dawson and Lee had been cast adrift to battle to the finish alone…Veal and Whelan both knew that feeling!
Scratch was breathing right down the neck of the 2 minute bunch, but the Ley group were not about to go down without a fight.

Receiving the bell as they crossed the highpoint for the fourth time, gave renewed enthusiasm to the 10 minute group.  Not that enthusiasm had been lacking, but now they sensed victory was theirs to lose.  The team had been strong thus far.  Ure never missing a beat, Gretton putting in big power efforts and Morley pushing them onwards, onwards.
The race wore on and the chasing bunches continued to close on their prey.  Hendry lost contact with the 2 minute group along the dirt, but Scratch and the 6 minute group were both still at full strength.

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The leaders were onto Avenue Road and Morley knew the bunch had to be thinned.  He rolled the dice and sped up.  Ure responded, but the effort dropped both Gretton and McMillan.  It was a risky play with eight kilometres remaining…
McMillan and Gretton are chasing hard. The wheels ahead are the lure.  The lure is winning…maybe not.
The downhill provides the extra boost the chasers need.  I can, I can…

Every group is on Hendersons Road.  The leaders are at the pig farm and Scratch are back at the dip, trailing by one thousand metres.  That gap can’t be bridged, however the 6 minute group is still five strong and not missing a beat.
Dawson is doing massive turns, Nunn, Knipe, Humber and Crook are matching him.  There is a glimmer of hope!

Back into the headwind for the final time and the two leaders are racing for the victory.  Swapping turns, they have broken the threadlike lifeline that McMillan and Gretton had clung to.  The danger is further back…
Or is it?
The 6 minute group has stalled in their chase.  The desperation of Morley and Ure has snuffed out the threat.

Morley and Ure are racing for the win.  They keep swapping turns to ensure the victory is theirs.  They are onto the dirt road and the gap is holding.
McMillan and Gretton are both in no mans land.  They fight too!  A podium position is up for grabs.
Scratch can’t win.  They are racing for fastest time.  Hendry has jumped aboard for a ride to the finish.

Somewhere behind, Dawson, Lee, Whelan and Veal are all battling the elements.  They are not racing for the win.  They are racing for pride.  They are racing for Doug.

The two leaders are closing to the final few hundred metres.  The dirt road kicks up.  They have raced brilliantly and it is a shame that only one will have his name upon the cobblestone trophy.
The 6 minute group are still closing on Gretton.  Crook flats out at this most inopportune time.  With that, the chase is over and they are racing for crumbs.

For Morley and Ure, the finish line is now in sight.  Morley has given his all.  Ure has taken a deep breath, counted to five, then hit hard.
He opens a space and wins.  Two riders, so gallant.
McMillan is the next to crest the hill.  He takes third in vengeance for his crash during this same race one year ago.
Gretton is up and over the hill in fourth place.
The 6 minute group fragment on the final climb and collect the final prizes.
Ley and Wells are next in view.  They have stayed clear of Scratch and have a sprint to the line.
Scratch are less than a minute further back and Birch edges clear to claim Fastest Time and put the demons of the previous year to bed.

The combatants gather at the finish and cheer on the 2017 victor – Kevin Lee – as he finishes.  A short wait for Whelan and Dawson.  A much longer wait for Veal…the winner back in 2014 and the man who gifted us the cobblestone trophy for this most important cycling race.

We hope we did Doug proud!

Results:
1st – Brian Ure (10 minutes)
2nd – Bob Morley (10 minutes)
3rd – Roger McMillan (15 minutes)
4th – James Gretton (10 minutes)
5th – Grant Dawson (6 minutes)
6th – Jeremy Humber (6 minutes)
7th – James Knipe (6 minutes)
Fastest Time: Jason Birch (Scratch) in 1h 13m, ave. 35.6 Kph

Photo: Brian Ure taking the win

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