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May 11, 2019 – La Course aux vélo FEMMES – handicap, 52.5 Km

May 11, 2019 – La Course aux vélo FEMMES – handicap, 52.5 Km

La Course aux vélo FEMMES – 11th May 2019

The Conni Classic – Race 1

Windmill circuit – 52.5 km

 La Course 2019 - Conni branding

Women’s Bicycle Race

A More Females On Bikes initiative

La Course aux velo FemmesBACKGROUND
After the great success of the Women’s Handicap race staged by Geelong & Surf Coast CC (GSCC) in December 2018, then Eureka President – John Faulkner – said ‘I reckon we should hold a women’s race’…which loosely translates to “Make it happen!”
And we did.

The original talks with series creator – Tina Stenos (GSCC – President), centred around a three race women’s series early in the year to capitalise on “summer fitness”.  However, with so many Opens and Championships at the front end of the year, only one race was able to be squeezed in before winter (some would argue that winter won that race…)
In the background, the team at More Females on Bikes was working towards securing sponsorship for the women’s series.  Hygiene product manufacturer Conni, saw the worth in backing the series.  This complemented the support already obtained from VETERAN Cycling Victoria.
The Conni Classic2019 Women’s Race Series was born, with Victoria’s major regional cities playing host:
Race 1 in May at Ballarat.
Race 2 in September at Bendigo.
Race 3 in December at Geelong.

Fast forward to early May and forty eight entries have been received for La Course aux velo FEMMES.  This includes twelve Trial Riders…

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La Course aux velo FemmesRACE REPORT

By race day, some scratchings have been received and forty six riders arrive at Learmonth for the women’s bicycle race.  The excitement in the air is palpable.
There are nerves amongst those competing in a road race for the very first time.  This is not just restricted to the Trial Riders!  Some of the first timers have actually joined cycling clubs.

Effectively, La Course is two events.  Trial Riders Division and AVCC license division.
The Trial Riders are participating as amateurs.  They race FREE of charge and are ineligible to win prize money or trophies – these are Australian Veterans Cycling Council rules.
The Trial Riders are issued green numbers so that they are easily distinguishable during the race.  Leading up to the event, each Trial Rider was contacted by the handicapping team to discern whereabouts they would fit into the field.

The riders with AVCC licenses are racing for a large prize pool and women’s series aggregate points.  They wear white numbers.  Former Eureka Club Champions – Tony Mirabella and Andrew Rushton are on hand to chaperone new riders through their warm up and to the start line.  Tony and Andrew ride alongside the new riders, allaying fears, offering hints and helping to ease tension.

The time counts down to the 10 AM race start.  The weather is bleak on the iconic Windmill circuit.  Overcast with misty rain and fog.
The south westerly breeze is gradually increasing and will be very noticeable by the third and final lap.

The riders are formed into their groups.  The Trial Riders have been spread amongst the groups, rather than clumped together as one.  The idea is to give the Trial Riders as good an experience as possible.  The experienced riders offer words of encouragement to the newbies.
The spectators cheer the groups as they are released from the start by Timekeeper and VCV President – John Faulkner.

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This field is littered with cycling stars.  As well as Veteran Open Road Race winners, there are Victorian Veteran State Champions and Australian Veteran Champions across each cycling discipline in the field.  Others have ridden for years, literally!
As for the experience of the Trial Riders?  Some are triathletes or mountain bikers, some have ridden in gran fondos and some have only owned a road bike for a few months.

Early in the race, the experienced riders are offering advice to the Trial Riders.  Ballarat local – Linnea Bjornsson – finds a few of the instructions boggling, so she simply rides away from her Second Limit (27 min) group as they crest the climb past the quarry.
Just 4 kilometres later, Andrea Wilson (Central) also takes her leave from the 27 minute group.  She heads off in pursuit of the race leaders, who are as yet unseen.

The spread of the field is 33 minutes, so the Limit riders are less than two kilometres from completing Lap 1 when the two Scratch riders from Geelong – Jessica Douglas and Erin Kinnealy – are released from the start line.

The Limit group still has the race lead, with Emma Anderson (Eastern) and Michelle Francis (Central) showing the way for the local Trial Rider Mary-Ann Seebeck and Melbourne Trial Rider Raewyn Mackie.
Another local Trial Rider – Shelley O’Brien – has dropped off the pace in her first ever race.  The wet tarmac causes concern, so a chaperone drops in behind to coach her through the remainder of the race.

Bjornsson (Trial Rider) is closing fast on the race leaders and takes over just 19 kilometres into the race.  Behind her, most groups have been ripped apart by the parcours and the huge differences in ability.

For all the simplicity of the Windmill circuit, the changing surfaces and slopes make some sections fast and others absolute slugfests.  The riders were discovering this the hard way…

Past the quarry again and local Trial Rider Lauren Burnett has teamed up with Danni Bond (Geelong).
A few hundred metres behind is another Melbourne Trial Rider – Robin Gilchrist – who has traded the sunny and flat seaside roads for the cold rolling Central Highlands on this day.
Pamela Vandersluys (Eastern) is already out of the race with a mechanical incident.

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The remnants of the 18 minute group are next on the road.  They have swept past the 22 minute group which has blown apart.
Aileen O’Brien (Central), Meg Parnaby (Grampians) and Corrine Rice (Geelong) have picked up just one 22 minute rider – Di Jane (Central).
It’s a short gap to Alison Watt (Northern), then another gap to Meredith Kelly (Northern).
Melanie Tudball (Eureka) is experiencing her first ever road race the lonely way.
Jo Hand (Geelong), Laura White (Eureka) and Melbourne Trial Rider Elizabeth Windsor are all looking strong as they power up the hill.
Melbourne Trial rider Melissa Ward shouts out to Donna Jamieson (Northern) “Number twenty, do you want to jump on?” as she tows fellow Melbourne Trial Riders Megan Meredith and Danielle Goonan up the rise with Jo Read (Northern) and Jenny Denouden (Geelong).
Another Melbourne Trial rider – Emily Ryan – is just off the back of the group.  Read will go on to link up with Ryan and make sure she finishes the event…

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Geelong duo Lynette Bitton and Cecilia Digenis hardly notice the short rise as they talk all things cycling without missing a beat or gasping for breath.
Marietjie DeKock (Eastern) is another rider in solo mode.  She is just ahead of the 12 minute group which still has the winner of the inaugural Eureka Open in 2010 – Wendy Bennett – from Central.
Geelong riders Carolyn Hall and Kim Howard look strong, as does multiple Australian Championship medal winner Marg Noonan (Northern).
Eureka’s Emma Goodall is in her comfort zone – time trialling – yet still wondering if anyone would notice if she just ducked home for a cuppa.
The 10 minute group is next.  They have picked up Jakkii Dawson (Eureka), yet lost recent Benghazi victor – Kym Petersen (Eastern).  A flat tyre has ended Petersen’s day.
Cheryl Barker (Central), Lisa James (Eastern), Alison Skene (Eastern) and race visionary – Tina Stenos, all ride smoothly as though the hill does not exist.
Heather Hamling (Colac) is solo as she attempts to stay clear of Scratch.  Hamling stripped down to just summer kit at the start line – prompting gasps of disbelief from the locals and sending Longy into hyperventilation.  In an effort to stay warm, Hamling had ridden away from Rae Lesniowska (Northern) early.
Jess Douglas (Geelong) is next.  The Scratch rider flies up the rise.  Lesniowska is next and just behind her is Erin Kinnealy (Geelong) bringing up the tail of the field.

Back at the start line and the Lead Car has just come into view.  Bjornsson is the only rider in sight as she received the bell.  She is streaking away to what seems to be a very easy first place in the Trial Rider division.  Wilson comes through next.  At this point in time, her lead over Jess Douglas is four kilometres.  There are plenty of riders in between however and Wilson leads the race proper by 500 metres over Anderson and Francis.  Trial Riders Seebeck and Mackie are still there.

Wilson’s main dangers appear to be Parnaby, Rice and O’Brien, who are making good time.  Past the quarry again and Bjornsson is actually pulling away from the field.  Wilson is next on the road.  Parnaby and Co. are next, having caught the former race leaders.  For a few kilometres Francis and Anderson hang on with grim determination.

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Trial Rider Elizabeth Windsor has decided now is the time.  She puts her training to great use and starts to ride through the field.  Her target is the Parnaby group…

Five kilometres remaining for Wilson.  She has just a two hundred metre lead on Parnaby, Rice and O’Brien.  Trial Rider Windsor has latched on.  She is a clear second in that division.
Hand and White are riding clear of the bulk of the field.  Douglas is riding faster and is just 2 kilometres behind Wilson who has now been caught by Parnaby, Rice and Windsor at the top of Donovan’s Road.

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The small rise sees Wilson off the back.  O’Brien is in the distance holding Hand and White at bay.  Douglas is just about to take care of those two on the same rise in Donovan’s Road.

Way up the road and Trial Rider Linnea Bjornsson has taken line honours in the race.
It is over six minutes later when Trial Rider Elizabeth Windsor scoots clear of the Parnaby and Rice who are playing cat and mouse.

These two have the race between them.  The cross head wind is quite strong now and each rider is holding till the last to make the decisive move.

Rice goes at the 100 metre mark and clears away for a comfortable victory from the ever gallant Parnaby.
Another minute and a half until Wilson crosses in third place, just holding out the quick finishing Douglas who is easily the Fastest Rider on this day.
Aileen O’Brien is clear in fifth place.  Jo Hand and Laura White have a ding dong sprint to decide 6th and 7th.
The brave Heather Hamling crosses in 8th.

The riders continue to reach the chequered flag at short intervals.  Trial Rider Lauren Burnett crosses in 17th place overall, yet third place in the Trial Division.
A long thirty minutes after Bjornsson finished, Trial Rider Emily Ryan is escorted to the line by Northern Vice-President – Jo Read.

Forty two of the 46 starters finished, with punctures ruining the race for the four non-finishers.  All eleven Trial Riders completed the event.

Trial Rider results:
1st – Linnea Bjornsson, Ballarat (27 min) in 1h 46m 45s ave. 29.5 Kph
2nd – Elizabeth Windsor, Kew (15 min)
3rd – Lauren Burnett, Ballarat (27 min)
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La Course aux velo FEMMES results:
1st – Corrine Rice, Geelong SC (18 min)
2nd – Meg Parnaby, Grampians (18 min)
3rd – Andrea Wilson, Central Vic. (27 min)
4th – Jess Douglas, Geelong SC (Scratch)
5th – Aileen O’Brien, Central Vic. (18 min)
6th – Jo Hand, Geelong SC (15 min)
7th – Laura White, EUREKA (15 min)
8th – Heather Hamling, Colac (6 min)
Fastest Time – Jess Douglas, Geelong SC (Scratch) in 1h 28m 35s ave. 35.6 Kph

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The Conni Classic – Race 1 – La COURSE Aux Velo FEMMES – Sat. 11th May 2019

The Conni Classic – Race 1 – La COURSE Aux Velo FEMMES – Sat. 11th May 2019

 La COURSE Aux Velo FEMMES

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THE Conni CLASSIC – RACE 1

Host – EUREKA Cycling Club

Learmonth, Victoria

10 AM, Saturday 11th MAY 2019

Entries via VCV website - Closed!

EVCC – 2019 La Course start list

EVCC - 2019 La Course start list

La Course Aux Velo FEMMES – prize money*:
1st – $400 + trophy
2nd – $250 + trophy
3rd – $200 + trophy
4th – $150
5th – $125
6th – $100
7th – $75
8th – $50
Fastest time: $250 + trophy

Trial Rider recognition:
1st – $100 VCV membership voucher + flowers
2nd – flowers
3rd – flowers
Plus, ALL Trial Riders receive a small gift for participating.

*please note the AVCC rules only allow for licensed riders to receive prize money or trophies

WHO can Race?

Females who are aged 30, or older
AND
hold an AVCC (Australian Veterans Cycling Council) race licence
OR
are eligible to race with a “Trial Licence”

Trial Licence criteria:
1. aged 30 or older
2. have NOT held an AVCC licence in the past 5 years (2013 onwards is ineligible)
3. have NOT performed a “trial” ride with an AVCC club in the past 2 years (2017 onwards is ineligible)
4. EUREKA Cycling will cover the cost of the “Trial Licence” – riders will still be required to pay the race and transponder fees

FREE entry for Trial Riders!
MUST still register through the VCV events page

Please note that “trial riders” are NOT eligible to win prize money or a trophy at this event,
HOWEVER, all “trial riders” will receive a gift in recognition of their achievement.

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La Course - Windmill circuit map

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La Course – Windmill circuit map

November 18, 2018 – Victorian Veteran Road Race State Championships

November 18, 2018 – Victorian Veteran Road Race State Championships

2018 Victorian Veteran Championships

- ROAD RACE – 

at Learmonth on Sunday 18th November

State Road Race Championships 2018-2

The State Championships have been decided on warm and windy circuits.  New courses were designed especially for these Championships and they were roundly applauded by the riders who appreciated the hills.

Entries for the Women’s events may have been light, however there was pride on the line.  All the women’s events were combined on the 44.6 Km circuit.

Cheryle Barker (Central) and Eureka’s Jude Jonasson provided spectators with a great finish – under half a second separating them on the line!

The Men’s events over the 44.6 Km course were also combined.  Robert Nicholls (Geelong) soloed away to the finish line to win his 75-59 race.  Almost four minutes behind him, the 70-74 race saw four riders separated by less than one second.

The Men’s 60-69 race was combined with the 60-64.  Trevor Coulter (Northern) rode away to an easy win in the 60-64 race.
45 seconds later, a seven rider sprint settled the minor placings for Coulter’s race and also the quinella for the 65-69 race.

The Men’s 50-54 and 55-59 races were also combined.  Neville Laffy (Goulburn) and Andrew Baker (Geelong) fought out a tight finish.  Twenty three seconds later a four man sprint provided the podium for the 55-59 race.

The longer races of the day were staged on a 77 Km course.

In the Men’s 35-39 race, James Ogilvie (Eastern) time trialled away to a magnificent 7 minute victory and averaged 40 Kph.  Eureka’s Tim Canny finished second and he was over five minutes clear of the third placegetter – Eureka’s Craig Lee.

Northern’s Luke Medhurst broke away near the end of the 40-44 race to win back to back Victorian Road Race State Championships (won Division B race in 2017).  Michael Borowski (Northern) and Eureka’s Dave Ogilvie filled the podium positions.

The Men’s 45-49 race was a tactical affair with Eureka providing eight of the eleven riders.
Eureka’s James Gretton exploded out of the gate and (in Grand Prix parlance) “punched a hole in the air for his team mates…Dean Wells capitalised on the effort and broke away early before being joined by fellow Eureka rider Andrew Rushton.
The race regrouped at Black Bottom Road.  Eureka riders keeping Geelong’s Dave Newett and Andrew Goodwin on a tight leash early in the race.

Emilio Romano (Northern) broke away on the Mount Misery climb.  Eureka’s Greg Ley bridged the gap and the two opened a few hundred metre lead heading towards Addington and the real climbing.
Newett and Goodwin broke clear and started to chase the two leaders, when Eureka’s Rob Ellis emerged from the pack and powered up the Harrison’s Road climb – catching Romano and Ley at the top.

Newett was able to catch the leaders on the run down Flynn’s Road.  Wells and Goodwin were the next riders ahead of Eureka riders Jason Birch, Tavis Baker and Rushton.  Eventually those riders would regroup.
Eureka’s Peter Gunston had lost contact on the climb and was consigned to a time trial to the finish line.

The four leaders steadily increased their gap and it was a race in four as they neared Weatherboard.
Ellis tried multiple times to split the group, however they all followed the wheel.

The four man sprint finish saw Newett claim back to back Victorian Road Race State Championships (won Division A race in 2017) from Romano.

Women 60-64, 44.6 Km
1st – Meg Parnaby (Grampians), 1h 26m 38s, ave. 30.9 Kph
QOM – Meg Parnaby (Grampians)
Women 55-59, 44.6 Km
1st – Cheryle Barker (Central), 1h 25m 0s, ave. 31.5 Kph
2nd – Susan Williams (Eastern)
QOM – Cheryle Barker (Central)
Women 50-54, 44.6 Km
1st – Tina Stenos (Geelong SC), 1h 25m 32s, ave. 31.3 Kph
2nd – Paula McGovern (Eastern)
QOM – Tina Stenos (Geelong SC)
Women 45-49, 44.6 Km
1st – Kym Petersen (Eastern), 1h 25m 31s, ave. 31.3 Kph
2nd – Jakkii Dawson (EUREKA)
QOM – Kym Petersen (Eastern)
Women 40-44, 44.6 Km
1st – Jude Jonasson (EUREKA), 1h 25m 0s, ave. 31.5 Kph
QOM – Jude Jonasson (EUREKA)
Women 35-39, 44.6 Km
1st – Jennifer Collier (Grampians), 1h 25m 35s, ave. 31.3 Kph
2nd – Jo Hand (Geelong SC)
QOM – Jennifer Collier (Grampians)
Men 85-89, 44.6 Km
1st – Brian Long (Geelong SC), 1h 57m 17s, ave. 22.8 Kph
KOM – Brian Long (Geelong SC)
Men 80-84, 44.6 Km
1st – Donald Stuart (Geelong SC), 1h 57m 17s, ave. 22.8 Kph
KOM – Donald Stuart (Geelong SC)
Men 75-79, 44.6 Km
1st – Robert Nicholls (Geelong SC), 1h 26m 57s, ave. 30.8 Kph
2nd – Keith Wade (Eastern)
3rd – Dan Ives (Eastern)
KOM – Robert Nicholls (Geelong SC)
Men 70-74, 44.6 Km
1st – John Thompson (Eastern), 1h 30m 49s, ave. 29.5 Kph
2nd – Robert Lewis (Eastern)
3rd – George Goodrope (Northern)
KOM – to be confirmed
Eureka riders:
DNS – Bob Braszell
Men 65-69, 55 Km
1st – David Pike (Geelong SC), 1h 36m 45s, ave. 34.1 Kph
2nd – Lindsay Burgoyne (EUREKA)
3rd – Carl Judd (Geelong SC)
KOM – David Pike (Geelong SC)
Men 60-64, 55 Km
1st – Trevor Coulter (Northern), 1h 35m 59s, ave. 34.4 Kph
2nd – Peter Canny (EUREKA)
3rd – William Dempsey (Geelong SC)
KOM – Trevor Coulter (Northern)
Eureka riders:
5th – Peter Kiel
9th – Dan Whelan
11th – Bob Morley
Men 55-59, 55 Km
1st – Russell Newnham (Eastern), 1h 30m 40s, ave. 36.4 Kph
2nd – Tony Mirabella (EUREKA)
3rd – Philip Bramich (Northern)
KOM – Tony Mirabella (EUREKA)
Eureka riders:
4th – Rick Calvert
5th – Roger McMillan
6th – James Knipe
DNF – Greg Nunn
Men 50-54, 55 Km
1st – Neville Laffy (Goulburn Valley), 1h 30m 17s, ave. 36.5 Kph
2nd – Andrew Baker (Geelong SC)
3rd – Brendan Schiemer (EUREKA)
KOM – Neville Laffy (Goulburn Valley)
Eureka riders:
4th – Peter Livitsanis
Men 45-49, 77 Km
1st – David Newett (Geelong SC), 2h 7m 19s, ave. 36.4 Kph
2nd – Emilio Romano (Northern)
3rd – Greg Ley (EUREKA)
KOM – Emilio Romano (Northern)
Eureka riders:
4th – Rob Ellis
6th – Tavis Baker
7th – Andrew Rushton
8th – Dean Wells
9th – Jason Birch
10th – Peter Gunston
DNF – James Gretton
Men 40-44, 77 Km
1st – Luke Medhurst (Northern), 2h 8m 38s, ave. 35.9 Kph
2nd – Michael Borowski (Northern)
3rd – Dave Ogilvie (EUREKA)
KOM – Michael Borowski (Northern)
Eureka riders:
6th – Matt Ayres
Men 35-39, 77 Km
1st – James Ogilvie (Eastern), 1h 54m 52s, ave. 40.2 Kph
2nd – Tim Canny (EUREKA)
3rd – Craig Lee (EUREKA)
KOM – James Ogilvie (Eastern)
Eureka riders:
5th – Jason Hendry
DNS – Sam Smith

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Host club: EUREKA Cycling

Venue: Eureka club rooms, Lake Learmonth, east foreshore

Registration:  Race day registration from 8 AM at Eureka club rooms.

Event organiser: Veterans Cycling Victorian

Series sponsor: KREHALON Australia

Event details: Age Based racing

Change rooms:  Male and female change areas, including toilets and showers are available.

Medal presentations:  The official VCV presentations will take place inside the Eureka club rooms from approximately 2 PM onwards.

Food and drink:  FREE tea, coffee and food will be available inside the club rooms after the races are completed.  Soft drinks will be available for purchase.

 

Official Race Program

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VCV 2018 Road Race – State Championships program

VCV 2018 Road Race start list

Circuit maps

download your own copies

VCV 2018 Champs RR map – 44 Km

VCV 2018 Champs RR map – 55 Km

VCV 2018 Champs RR map – 77 Km

VCV 2018 Road Race start list  EVCC 2018 Road Race - State Championships program

44 km races from 9 AM
ALL Women divisions 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64
Men 70-74, Men 75-79, Men 80+

VCV 2018 Champs RR map - 44 Km

55 km from 9:40 AM
Men 50-54, Men 
55-59, Men 60-64, Men 65-69

VCV 2018 Champs RR map - 55 Km

77 km from 10:55 AM
Men 35-39, Men 40-44, Men 45-49

VCV 2018 Champs RR map - 77 Km


2018 VCV State Championships series

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2017 memories…

EUREKA cycling riders Brian Ure and Jeremy Humber all smiles
after participating in glorious winter racing
and being rewarded with medals for their efforts.

VVCC 2018 State Champs Road Race - Krehalon poster

Easter weekend – 2018 Australian Veteran Cycling Championships – Maryborough

Easter weekend – 2018 Australian Veteran Cycling Championships – Maryborough

 Easter weekend
31 March – 2 April 2018

Australian Veteran Cycling Championships

Maryborough, Victoria

AVCC 2018 championships - poster

Age Based racing

‘Just remember, when you’re over the hill, you begin to pick up speed’
- Charles M Schulz

The 2018 Australian Veteran Cycling Championships were staged over the Easter long weekend in Maryborough, Victoria.  This report is written with a distinctly Team EUREKA slant, however we will recognise the significant efforts of other medal winners as well.

As with most years, some events had low numbers and some events had reasonable numbers.  To combat low entries in criteriums and road race events, Age Groups are combined until at least six riders are formed.  This can lead to interesting racing with up to four age groups contesting for four sets of medals in just the one race.
The merits of the Age Group system will continue to be debated, but for now, this is the format and we can celebrate the accomplishments of the many who contested the events.

Saturday 31st March – Individual Time Trial

Perfect conditions greeted the riders for the time trial.  Sun, no wind and temperature in the low 20s.  The first rider to compete at the Championships was Eureka’s very own Craig Lee (35-39 Male).
Riders started at one minute intervals and it wasn’t long before Stephen Lane (Northern Cycling) was breathing down Lee’s neck.
The third rider away was James Ogilvie (Eastern) who under the guidance of Lane recently rode the TRACK 1 hour and now holds the World Masters – record!  Ogilvie was just bike lengths away from Lane at the finish and now has an Australian Time Trial title to his name after averaging 48.352 Kph!

The next Eureka competitor away was Ralph Jones (aka James Gretton).  His time made him the sixth fastest veteran Time Triallist in Australia…until the seventh rider started…
Gretton competed in the 45-49 Male age group and Team EUREKA had four of the six riders entered.
Jeremy Vanderklift, Peter Gunston and Matthew Bowman completed the Team EUREKA line up.

Bowman won the SILVER medal for his efforts and finished just 25 seconds behind Justin Hogan (Eastern).  Bowman ranked 9th overall out of the 65 competitors (male and female) who contested the Time Trial.

Gary Beazley and Stephen Biram both contested the 55-59 Male age group, but were no match for Southern Districts (South Australia) rider Michael Davies who recorded the fourth fastest Time Trial all day – behind Ogilvie and Lane (35-39 M) and Eastern’s Troy Drinan (40-44 M).

No EUREKA riders in the female events this year, however Emily May (ACT Vets) who is new to road cycling won the first of THREE (35-39 Female) gold medals for the weekend and ranked fourth fastest out the 17 female riders.
The brilliant Anna Davis (Northern) won gold in the 50-54 Female age group and her 42.02 Kph ranked her 16th overall for the day!!

Davis and Ogilvie each received a Mockridge Championship Jersey, trophies and prize money, on top of their Age Group awards.
*There is video footage of Davis donning one jersey on her torso and the other upside down on her legs…such fun!

Unfortunately the MyLaps timing system failed to upload to the website.  AVCC officials had to photograph the results and post them on the net.

Sunday 1st April – Criterium

Near perfect weather again, with cloud cover and only a light breeze.  The temperature started in the mid teens and reached the mid 20s by the end of the day as the clouds drifted away.

The first event of the day saw the combined 35-39 and 40-44 Male age groups race.
Four scratchings reduced the field to just five riders and what could have been a great spectacle only ended up showcasing the issues with Age Group racing.

Stephen Lane took off from the start and the field imploded within minutes.  EUREKA’s Craig Lee united with Mathew Grealy (Central).  Tim Bennet (Geelong) was somewhere up ahead chasing Lane and EUREKA’s Duncan Bates was somewhere out the back.
To add to frustration, the MyLaps system registered ridiculous times for the first lap and raised further questions about the current software version.

The 45-49 Male event fielded the complete podium from 2017 and the race was on from the start.  Team EUREKA fielded four of the 10 riders.
Craig Feely (Southern Districts, S.A.) won the event in 2017 and exploded from the start with Eureka’s Dean Wells leading the chase pack.  James Gretton took over the pacemaking once Feely was caught and time trialled on the front for a lap.

The pace was high and Geelong and Surf Coast rider Kane Airey was one of the early antagonists.  Gary Smith (also Southern Districts) reacted to many of the early attacks, while Scott Riddell (Northern) and Alex Randall (Eastern) helped keep the pace strong.
The high pace and constant attacks was too much for Gretton who eased out after 12 minutes, having sacrificed his Easter Sunday for Team EUREKA.

Mid race and Randall broke away from the pack.  Airey and Riddell waited half a lap then crossed to the leader.  Airey dropped back to the chasing pack after a few laps.
Eureka’s Peter Gunston gave a few efforts on the front chasing, before he too exited the race.  Matt Bowman put in some long efforts on the front which had everyone scrambling for wheels, but the two leaders were strong and had extended their lead to 30 seconds.

Nearing the end of the race and the chase bunch was being tactical with some riders just happy to race for the bronze medal.  The leaders had slowed, however the surging in the chase bunch meant they were always just around the corner.
Bowman started putting in some longer efforts which saw the chase group lose more riders.  Try as he might, Bowman could not get much help from the others in the bunch.  With half a lap remaining he buried himself and all of a sudden the leaders were within 200 metres.

Randall knew Riddell was strong in the sprint, so the two had started playing cat and mouse.  The chasers closed but Riddell blasted away to the gold medal long before contact was ever made.  Randall hanging on for a worthy silver and a four way sprint saw Smith take the bronze.

The next Team EUREKA riders out on course were Stephen Biram, Tony Mirabella and James Knipe in the 55-59 Male event.
Biram had a bad day and turned it into a training ride.  Mirabella and Knipe had a battle royale with the Knipe Rider taking bragging rights over the Italian Stallion.

Lindsay Burgoyne WON gold in his race, which was a combined 60-64 and 65-69 Male event.
Burgoyne was often on the front of the pack leading the chase on the two riders who weren’t even in his event.  A big sprint finish saw Lindsay finish fourth in the combined race, yet easily earn his Australian Champion title!

Team EUREKA had two more riders compete on the day.  Terry Collie and Robert Braszell raced in the 70-74 Male event which fielded nine riders and they averaged over 38 Kph for the race!
Collie bided his time throughout, whilst Braszell was either setting the pace or leading the chase pack.

A close finish saw Braszell just miss the win by 0.183 seconds, but earn a worthy silver.

In the combined 80-84 and 85-89 Male race, Ballarat/Geelong legend Brian Long and Leendert Nieuwenhoven (S.A.) beat the younger men home…

For the Female events, nine age groups were combined into three separate races for what can only be described as a timekeeper and referees nightmare.

Monday 2nd April – Road Race

Sunny weather and a strong southerly, with temperature in the low 20s.  Four different distances were designated to the various age groups and sexes, with each race starting at the top of a hill with a tailwind and concluding in the same place after a steady climb back into the wind.  Fun times!

Team EUREKA’s first riders away were Terry Collie and Bob Braszell in the 70-74 Male race over 50 kilometres.  Eleven riders contested the event and like the previous day, Collie bided his time in the field whilst Braszell made sure the race was hard for everyone.
The climb back to the finish saw the field split, however five riders sprinted for the medals with just two seconds separating them on the line.  Braszell came within millimetres of winning and the photo finish camera was required to declare the results.  The difference in the end was just 0.009 seconds!

The next Team EUREKA rider to roll out was Belinda Burgoyne in the combined 30-34, 35-39 and 40-44 Female event over 50 kilometres.
The field blew apart, however Emily May secured her third gold medal for the weekend whilst being coached how to sprint by Peta Mullens.  Not bad when a former Australian Open Road Race Champion is giving you tips how to ride in just your fifth race ever!  Such is veterans cycling…
Burgoyne collected bronze in her event!

The 35-39 and 40-44 Male combined event saw Stephen Lane say ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ before dashing off on a solo 85 kilometre race…as you do.
Team EUREKA’s Sam Smith probably wondered what the blazes had just happened before deciding he may as well race the other guys.  Smith came to the finish with Tim Bennett (Geelong) and Richard Abel (Eastern) before sitting up to let the two older riders race for gold in their event – Abel taking the win.
David Ogilvie and Duncan Bates were the other two EUREKA riders in the combined field and both endured hellish days.

Three races over 68 kilometres were the final events staged on the day.  Team EUREKA had representatives in each event and they all faced well seasoned opposition.

Stuart Brien raced in the 50-54 Male event and certainly put himself into the race early on, when attempting to cross to a sole breakaway rider.  In “No Mans Land”, Brien soon saw the peloton go charging past as the likes of Neville Laffy (Goulburn Valley), Brad Haskett (Geelong), Martin Banfield (Central) and Phil Smith (Eastern) took up the chase.  Brien’s day did not improve…

The 55-59 Male event saw Team EUREKA’s chances headed by Tony Mirabella, with Gary Beazley, Stephen Biram and James Knipe in supporting roles.  Another Southern Districts (S.A.) in Michael Davies, joined with Northern’s Philip Bramich to make the race their own.  They streeted the field by minutes. Mirabella was in the group of five racing for bronze.

The final Team EUREKA rider to race at the carnival was Peter Kiel in the 60-64 Male event.  Kiel acquitted himself well and got into the winning breakaway with ACT rider Owain Tilley and Northern’s Kevin Russell and Trevor Coulter.  Heartbreakingly, Kiel missed a medal by just 0.015 seconds as the quartet raced across the line.

This final write up is long!  Grab a cuppa and settle down to read what is probably more exciting than most pro races in Europe…

With a staggering 23 entries, the feature race on the day was the 45-49 Male event.  Fielding the likes of Darren Roberts and Tony Giuliano (Northern), David Newett (Geelong), Hudson Crothers (Central), Craig Feely and Gary Smith (Southern Districts, S.A.), the stage was set for an epic duel…and so it was!

On a sour note, the race was marred by no less than three incidents involving vehicles connected to the event…

Team EUREKA’s Matt Bowman did not start, however six other riders did including new member Tavis Baker, Jason Birch, Robert Ellis, Greg Ley, Michael Veal and Dean Wells.
Baker was a “bit flat” after doing a 24 hour ride around Lake Wendouree from 6 PM Thursday to 6 PM Friday.  That 108 lap effort (645 km) was equally matched by his feat in raising over $10,000 for the Royal Children’s Hospital.  It was only natural that Baker would be up the front driving the pace as the peloton roared along with the tail wind early in the race.
Three different Northern riders rode off the front during the first leg out towards Dunolly – curiously, other Northern riders led the chase each time.  Most of Team EUREKA sat back in the pack watching these events unfold without exerting much effort, of course Baker was always up near the front.

Giuliano survived his stint off the front through the turn near Dunolly.  Now the race headed straight back into the wind and also onto the hills.  Wells rolled up to the front of the peloton and closed the gap to Giuliano.  He was joined by Veal and they started rolling turns.
Ellis was the next EUREKA rider on the front as everyone waited for the inevitable attacks.  Giuliano tried again and was left to dangle for a while.  Fellow Northern rider – Darren Roberts – then started to ramp the pace up, all the while being followed closely by South Australian Gary Smith.  The pair tried multiple surges on the hills, however nothing stuck.  Wells and Ley chased down the mini attacks and Baker resumed taking turns on the front.
Unfortunately Veal was unhitched during the flurry of surges – he would go on to ride the next 55 kilometres to the finish, solo…

The next turn saw the field head downhill and Geelong’s Kane Airey led the field at speed through a corner cambered so steeply it looked like a velodrome.  Up ahead the road narrowed and turned again, opening the peloton to a fierce crosswind.
Roberts and Smith continued their games, now surging and crossing from one side of the narrow road to another at speeds over 40 Kph.  Wells and Baker were both close to the front when one dive to the left pushed Wells off the road and Baker followed.  The peloton had split and the race had ignited.
Baker waited for Wells and they started to chase the second group on the road.

Northern’s Roberts, Riddell and Giuliano, David Newett (Geelong), Hudson Crothers (Central), Alex Randall (Eastern), Smith (Southern Districts, S.A.) and another two riders were in the first group and had quickly opened a hundred metre gap.
Ellis, Birch and Ley were doing their bit to drive the chase bunch of about nine riders.
Baker and Wells were still trying to catch the second group on the road.  Two chasing nine was not easy and the gap was gradually increasing until the first of three vehicle incidents occurred…

On a narrow road, with a strong crosswind and riders stretched to their limit, a trailing referee vehicle passed all the chasing riders, even though the gap to the leaders was less than 200 metres.
Hot on the official car’s tail was a medical van, which could not get past the second group and actually towed Baker and Wells along with it.  The driver of the medical vehicle even sounded the horn to alert riders to its presence.
Try as they might, the Baker and Wells could not get the driver’s attention and so they were stuck just twenty metres behind the bunch they were trying to catch.
Eventually they risked a small gap on the left side of the vehicle, caught the bunch ahead and joined in the chase.
The sudden increase in pace as Wells and Baker shot through unfortunately resulted in Ellis being lost to the bunch…he too would ride to the finish alone.

The chase continued and picked up a rider who had been dropped from the lead bunch.  A left turn had the race back on the original road from Maryborough to Dunolly and the chase bunch picked up Randall who had also dropped from the leading group.
With a tailwind the gap stayed about 300 metres wide.  One rider rallied the chase bunch and had almost everyone rotating through track turns.

The gap to the leaders still remained the same as the race worked its way back to the Dunolly turn.  Back into the headwind and the gap started reducing.
Up the hills the race continued and riders were gasping for breath everywhere.  The gap continued to narrow as the highest peak was passed, then the second vehicle incident occurred in the leading bunch when Newett clipped wheels, crashed and had his bike allegedly run over by an official vehicle.
Crothers eased out of the lead bunch to attend Newett, however other vehicles had arrived by this time and Crothers joined in with the chase bunch.

The gap eventually narrowed, then a few of the chasers who had been “sitting on”, took turns at trying to cross the final gap in the headwind.  This both broke up the group’s rhythm and put some riders to their absolute limit.
The catch was made just hundreds of metres before the turn back towards the crosswinds.
The pace ramped up again and the field of sixteen stretched out before the pace was slackened and the race compressed again.

The third vehicle incident came in the form of a car racing towards the peloton as it neared the turn onto the narrow crosswind road.
Calls went out and the leaders surged as the race went into single file.  The vehicle pulled up (still partially on the very narrow road) and the driver jumped out with his telephoto lens camera and started taking snaps…mind boggling!

The race was stretched out and on in earnest.  Wells, Airey and Ley were early casualties in the crosswind.

Three riders – Roberts, Smith and Giuliano – had opened a gap with about 15 kilometres remaining.
The chase was blowing apart as riders went into survival mode…and the gap grew.
The final turn back into the headwind meant a 6 kilometre climb to the finish.

The leaders were three, the chasers were ten…

The odds were with the chasers but only Baker and one other faced the breeze.  The gap grew.

To the finish and Giuliano didn’t try to match Smith and Roberts as they sprinted for the line.  Roberts winning gold by a few bike lengths.

One minute later the peloton appeared.  Baker eased aside as the sprint started and Birch sprinted clear to claim fourth place and provide some reward for Team EUREKA’s efforts.

 

 

Team EUREKA results:

25 Km Time Trial
bronze – Craig LEE, 35-39 Male
silver – Matthew BOWMAN, 45-49 Male
4th – Jeremy VANDERKLIFT, 45-49 Male
5th – Peter GUNSTON, 45-49 Male
6th – James GRETTON, 45-49 Male
4th – Gary BEAZLEY, 55-59 Male
6th – Steve BIRAM, 55-59 Male

Criterium 40 minutes plus 2 laps
silver – Craig LEE, 35-39 Male
bronze – Duncan BATES, 40-44 Male
5th – Dean WELLS, 45-49 Male
6th – Matthew BOWMAN, 45-49 Male
also, Peter GUNSTON, 45-49 Male
also, James GRETTON, 45-49 Male

Criterium 30 minutes plus 2 laps
6th – James KNIPE, 55-59 Male
8th – Tony MIRABELLA, 55-59 Male
9th – Steve BIRAM, 55-59 Male
gold – Lindsay BURGOYNE, 65-69 Male
silver – Robert BRASZELL, 70-74 Male
5th – Terry COLLIE, 70-74 Male

Road Race 50 Km
bronze – Belinda BURGOYNE, 35-39 Female
silver – Robert BRASZELL, 70-74 Male
8th – Terry COLLIE, 70-74 Male

Road Race 68 Km
10th – Stuart BRIEN, 50-54 Male
6th – Tony MIRABELLA, 55-59 Male
11th – Gary BEAZLEY, 55-59 Male
17th – Steve BIRAM, 55-59 Male
18th – James KNIPE, 55-59 Male
4th – Peter KIEL, 60-64 Male

Road race 86 Km
silver – Sam SMITH, 35-39 Male
7th – David OGILVIE 40-44 Male
also, Duncan BATES, 40-44 Male
4th – Jason BIRCH, 45-49 Male
12th – Tavis BAKER, 45-49 Male
14th – Greg LEY, 45-49 Male
15th – Dean WELLS, 45-49 Male
17th – Robert ELLIS, 45-49 Male
19th – Michael VEAL, 45-49 Male

Well that is the wrap. It was a long weekend and Team EUREKA should be proud, not only of the efforts of our riders, but also for the efforts of our members who volunteered to perform corner marshal duties or acted in an official capacity.
Thank you Marika, Darwin and Paddy.  Huge applause for Lois, Bill and Terry.
A standing ovation for Eureka President John Faulkner who battled with the timing system all weekend.

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