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November 8, 2015 – Skipton Street Bakery Hcp – 46 km – Mt. Misery

November 8, 2015 – Skipton Street Bakery Hcp – 46 km – Mt. Misery

Skipton Street Bakery Handicap
Mt Misery, 46 km

Parker Rolling in the Dough


Graeme “Colonel” Parker kneaded a win and today, with a crusty smile, he proved he was a bread-winner.

Graeme’s strong ride from the front was ably assisted by Terry Collie “Flour”, just like the superheroes – Breadman and Rye-bun, this pair averaged a very respectable race speed to stay clear from gun to flag.
With the chasers still about a minute back into the last km, and the job done, “Flour” was content to see the “Colonel” kick clear for a well deserved win.

Appropriately a baker’s dozen rolled up on a bright Sunday morning to contest this week’s Skipton Street Bakery handicap, around the not so miserable Mt Misery circuit.
On the start line the “Colonel” and “Flour” looked unlikely to toast a victory with a scant 16 minute advantage on Scratch.  However, the pair of heavily seasoned veterans rose to the occasion, this loaf and death situation seeming to bring out their best, as they dusted off all-comers.

Chasing some 8 minutes back was a trio of Bob “Flash” Morley, the meandering “Long” John Creek and Kevin “Popeye” Lee.
“Flash” is in really good form at the moment however the other two are still trying to find some late season fitness.  They rode tempo up and over Mt Misery, waiting on the bunch behind rather than chasing in full fury.  Despite rolling along in third gear “Flash” ensured that the threesome stayed handy and clear until after midway, in Ercildoune Rd.

Five minutes further back, Rob Phillips and Dean Wells were hunting along keenly, and as the only two legitimate A graders in the bunch, it was the yeast they could do.  Together with Danny “Santa” Whelan and Peter “Fifi” Livitsanis they worked extended track turns to keep the pace up. This strong bunch of four managed the only catch of the day and stayed clear of Scratch.
No loafing about when they caught the 8 minute bunch either, especially with “Flash” and “Popeye” prepared to roll up the sleeves.
Into Weatherboard Rd and with the front two like bakers after lunch – nowhere in sight, it became a race for third.  Dean “Phantom” Wells wound up a slow motion attack up the hill.  “Flash”, “Fifi” and Rob watched him go, all thinking that one of the others would close it down.  Dean turned around – saw he had 20 metres and no reaction from the bunch – then pressed his advantage.
By the top of the hill the chasers were getting organised but Dean had opened up enough to stay away for third.
In a final dash for the line, “Fifi” and “Flash” leapt around a spent Phillips, with “Flash” edging “Fifi” out for fourth.  Breader luck next time “Fifi”.

Peter Kiel self-elected to ride off scratch rather than second scratch, knowing full well that it would be a torrid affair.  He acquitted himself well with his usual suffering best to roll home with a fit and strong scratch bunch in the process claimed Ride of the Day.
Scratch should have rolled up the Wells bunch but took the foot off the gas a bit on Ercildoune Rd to steady for a sprint for fastest.
Phil Cartledge is in rare form and drove the bunch from the front doing most of the heavy lifting.  Brendan Schiemer is also peaking at the right time of year and in the final analysis proved that he packs a sprint too, easily accounting for Phil and the current club champion, Tony Mirabella, to take Fastest Time.

Race Results:

1st – Graeme Parker (16 min)
2nd – Terry Collie (16 min)
3rd – Dean Wells (3 min)
4th – Bob Morley (8 min)
5th – Peter Livitsanis (3 min)

Fastest Time – Brendan Schiemer (Scratch – in 1:11:00, ave. 38.4 kph)

Ride of the Day – Peter Kiel (Scratch)



Graeme “Colonel” Parker


This week’s race was sponsored by our good friends and long-time supporters at Skipton St Bakery.


Award winning pie makers, the Skipton Street Bakery Cafe certainly know how to provide fresh, quality food and coffee.
The friendly staff are also more than happy to offer a sweet treat or cater for your next birthday party or function.
Be sure to drop in, as your taste buds will certainly thank you for it!

October 25, 2015 – Steelsmith Engineering Spring Criterium Series – round 1

October 25, 2015 – Steelsmith Engineering Spring Criterium Series – round 1

Steelsmith Engineering Spring Criterium Series

Round 1

Graded scratch racing

A Grade
Aussie Phil Cartledge celebrated his new nationality by riding away from his fellow countrymen and spending most of the race out on his lonesome, that’s the Aussie spirit Phil!
A dominant ride from Phil in time-trial mode ensured a fast race and a bit of sweat on the brow of the chasing three – Tony Mirabella, Matt Bowman and Brendan Schiemer.
The chase proved too much for Brendan who despite being shelled, saw out the race.  That left Matt and Tony to chase the irrepressible Phil, on numerous occasions they got close only to see Phil dart off again.  They did finally round him up with a few laps to go however Aussie Phil wasn’t done with and attacked again with two to go and was never headed, a hands and heels win from our new mate.
Matt had buried himself in the pursuit and was easy pickings for Tony to decide 2nd and 3rd.

1st – Phil Cartledge
2nd – Tony Mirabella
3rd – Matt Bowman


B Grade
Shane Jedi Cody proved yet again that he is a force to be reckoned with if you take him to the finale.  His adversaries watched helplessly as he slotted the sprint gear and jumped off the front on the last corner and romped home for more sprint glory.
Peter Livitsanis had been on the receiving end of similar treatment the week before and decided to test the legs early, he made a break 10 minutes in and stayed away for the next 20 minutes ensuring that the chasing pack stayed honest and worked hard.  Danny Whelan wasn’t just going to let him go and put everyone in the hurt locker leading the chase from the front – all that work left him vulnerable and sure enough he was shelled.  This left Bob Morley, Dean Wells and Jedi to chase, they worked their turns and had Fifi on a short leash, rounding him up with 10 minutes to go.
Two laps to go and a flurry of half hearted attacks before the final lap, when Dean and Shane attacked simultaneously into the wind and around the bottom corner, this caught Bob out and he couldn’t make the back wheel, Fifi scampered up and the three set off to contest the sprint with the inevitable conclusion.

1st – Shane Cody
2nd – Peter Livitsanis
3rd – Dean Wells


C Grade
Four set off at a casual pace at first, Greg Curnow uncharacteristically watchful, Rob Young perhaps still working out what criterium racing is and Barry Robinson, cagey as always biding his time.
The pace of the race accelerated without any significant attacks or chases as everyone gradually turned the screws to see what they had in their legs.  Last week 32 kmh won the race for this bunch of riders and today they matched that in a crit, pretty impressive honest hard riding.
The finale came down to a sprint with Barry attacking first and early which probably caught Rob and Greg out.  Barry opened up a race winning gap and sailed home clear from Greg and Rob.

1st – Barry Robinson
2nd – Greg Curnow
3rd – Rob Young


Special thanks to Steelsmith Engineering for their ongoing support of the Eureka Veterans Cycling Club.

October 18, 2015 – St John Ambulance Defibs Saves Lives Hcp – 52 km – Windmill circuit

October 18, 2015 – St John Ambulance Defibs Saves Lives Hcp – 52 km – Windmill circuit

St John Ambulance – Defibs Save Lives Windmill Handicap
Windmill circuit, 52km

Cackles Conquers



The cackling Greg “Cadel” Curnow was a popular winner and dedicated his first handicap win for the 2015 season to his recently departed Dad.
Greg was a solid contributor to his bunch which stayed clear for the entire journey and rode with an unusual sense of discipline, positioning himself well into a headwind sprint to come over the top of Graeme Parker.

With numbers down, what was originally slated as graded scratch races shifted gear to become a handicap.  Four riders up the front off 13 min, four riders chasing off 2 min, and a lone scratch-man chasing everyone else.

As the season goes on the front-markers are getting stronger and much harder to bring back and this was very much the case today.  Earlier in the season a similar bunch could have expected a few more minutes (and probably still got caught) but the quartet of Graeme Parker, Greg, Terry Collie and Matt Ritchie were successful with a minute to spare.
Averaging around 32km/hr their team performance was commendable, they only came into the view of the chasers from the top of the Donovan Rd rise as they were crossing the line.
As is often the case, those riders that competed in the Camperdown to Warrnambool the day before often perform well backing up on Sunday.  Both Graeme and Terry had ridden superbly on the Saturday (both beat Bob Morley in the sprint – much to Bob’s chagrin), and both seemed unaffected on the Sunday.  Matt rode well in his second race in a while and is certainly someone to watch out for if you take him to the line in a sprint, but perhaps today his legs weren’t quite ready.  Graeme was happy enough to lead out the sprint and Greg took full advantage of this and with a couple of sportsmanly racing tips from Graeme and Terry he managed to manoeuvre into a winning position and see off the rest in the sprint.

11 minutes back was another quartet of Peter Livitsanis, Brian Lee, and two of EVCC’s journeymen Shane Cody and Richard Taylor returning to the fray.  Supremely confident on the line that not only would they reel in the frontmarkers early, they would also put the lone scratchie, Phil Cartledge, to the sword on the first lap.  There was even a little trash talk on the line.
Oh but how the mighty have fallen…
They did hold Phil off for half the race and they did bring the gap to the race lead down to 5 min after a lap, but that’s where the steam came out of it all.
The tireless Phil Cartledge pulled up alongside second time down Donovan’s Rd, keen for a short spell before resuming the chase…but that gap to the front just wouldn’t budge, seemingly locked at 5 min into the last lap.
Phil demanded more of his compatriots and with a hoop and a holler he sprinted out of the first corner on the last lap.  His encouragement of the others was a little lost in translation but the tone was clear, press on!  Cracks were starting to appear with the lifted intensity, Jedi was struggling on the hills, Peter and Richard were on the limit trying to hang onto Phil’s wheel and Brian was expelled up Cricks Hill.

Despite the perseverance it came down to a sprint for 5th.  Peter was leading it out until he faked a sprint enticing the others to commit, Phil came through a long way from home on some very tired legs (he also race well at Camperdown).  With 50 metres to go – first Peter then Shane sprinted past, Shane proving once again how powerful he is in a small bunch finish.

No ride of the day today but Phil’s successful solo chase of the determined 2 min bunch was a big contender.


1st – Greg Curnow (13 min)
2nd – Graeme Parker (13 min)
3rd – Terry Collie (13 min)
4th – Matt Ritchie (13 min)
5th – Shane Cody (2 min)

Fastest Time – Phil Cartledge (Scratch) – no prize money awarded

Ride of the Day not awarded

Once again, a very big thank you to St John Ambulance Victoria for the wonderful gift to our cycling club of a defibrillator.



October 11, 2015 – MEGA MEATS Hill Top Hcp – 50 km – Mt. Misery with Harrisons Rd finish

October 11, 2015 – MEGA MEATS Hill Top Hcp – 50 km – Mt. Misery with Harrisons Rd finish

Mega Meats Handicap
Mt Misery Circuit with Hill Top (Harrisons Rd) finish, 50km

Mirabella is the MEGA MEAT Man

Tony Mirabella is this year’s lamb burger with the lot, conquering a strong field and the “Everest” of the EVCC club racing year.

It was 9 riders at the bottom of the last hill but by the top it was just Tony and Phil Cartledge, with Tony taking home the bacon, and in so doing, steaked his claim for a club aggregate repeat.

The Mega Meats Handicap with a new hilltop finish is one of the most anticipated races of the year, and racing for such big steaks saw the return of a seasoned Scratch bunch.  Finishing on the top of the bald hills near Waubra where our sponsor, Mega Meats, sources its top quality beef and lamb, the prospect of the final climb had half the field salivating like dogs at a butchers shop window and the other half trembling like spring lambs on Australia Day.

A talented meat tray of six Scratch riders assembled and were hot favourites for the win.
Chasing a poultry 14 mins to the front of the race, they were almost assured of carving up the prize-money between them.
Lindsay Burgoyne and Peter Kiel are all sinew, bone and gristle – basically the stuff the butcher leaves on the sawdust floor.  Matt Bowman was back, beneath that mild mannered exterior beats the heart of a hot blooded bull.  Brendan Schiemer was meating out the punishment with the best of them, and Phil Cartledge is as lean as he’s ever been.

First away was the mixed grill including last week’s winner Rob Young, Graeme Parker, Greg Curnow,  and a returning Matt Richie.  The four worked well and held the chasing field until the last 3 km.  That’s when the BBQ got turned up to “charcoal”, Greg and Graeme managed to find a little extra to go hang onto Scratch, but Matt and Rob were dispatched.

Somewhere in between limit and scratch, was the foursome of Michael Veal, Peter “Fifi” Livitsanis, Bob “Muncher” Morely and Danny Whelan.  With a miserly 4 minutes cooking time advantage over the six scratch riders it was guaranteed they would get caught pretty rare.  They raced hard to try to get to the top of Mt Misery before being caught, this effort put Veal into the tenderiser and he disappeared off the back before the top, to be swept up by the ravenous howling pack behind, stripped clean and shelled.  The remaining three middle markers captured a lone Kevin “Popeye” Lee who had managed to preserve a 4 min starting advantage until Black Bottom Rd.  He got 2 minutes to catch his breath before the Scratch meat grinder arrived which resulted in riders strung out like sweaty sausages along Ercildoune Rd. Popeye popped but had put in a gutsy performance and rode out the race despite being at the rump of the field, for his valiant efforts he was awarded Ride of the Day.

Tony and Matt put in a few surges to lift the pace to “tenderise” hoping to trim the nine rider bunch down a bit, but the canny Bob, crafty Danny, and naïve Fifi just chewed on the handlebars a bit harder to stay in contact.
The chasers remained gruppo compacto up the Weatherboard Rd climb and into Edmonston Rd where they caught the limit riders.
At the Harrisons Rd corner at the bottom of the final climb, Phil took his cleaver to the rack of riders, meating out the punishment from the bottom, this audacious attack chopped up the field and spread riders all over the hill like so much pulled-pork.
Tony responded as did Brendan Schiemer with a small gap back to Lindsay and Peter Kiel.  It looked like a winning move from Phil and he certainly deserved reward for animating the race, however there was no denying Tony and he found enough to get over Phil and claim the trophy.

Danny fought on bravely going from 9th to 6th while you could stick a fork into Matt – he was done, and he slipped back a few places on the climb.  The poorly aspirated Muncher ground it out for a very commendable finish.


1st – Tony Mirabella (Scratch)
2nd – Phil Cartledge (Scratch)
3rd – Brendan Schiemer (Scratch)
4th – Lindsay Burgoyne (Scratch)
5th – Peter Kiel (Scratch)

Fastest Time – Tony Mirabella (Scratch)
Ride of the Day – Kevin Lee

Thanks to Dan Hale for the donation of the Hill Top trophies.


Very special thanks to MEGA MEATS who have been long term supporters and sponsors of Eureka Veterans Cycling Club.

MEGA MEATS is the direct to the public retail arm of local beef and lamb producers – Sinclairs.
Sinclairs breed and fatten their own cattle and sheep across three farms in western Victoria.
Other products are sourced from a network of quality producers and also from local sale yards.

Both MEGA MEATS and Sinclairs are large western Victoria employers.  The EVCC truly appreciate the contribution that MEGA MEATS make – not only to our cycling club, but also to other sporting clubs, non-profit organisations and the community in general.


MEGA MEATS stock everything you need for a delicious meal, from quality lamb, beef, pork & poultry to general grocery items such as bread, milk and even the newspaper!

Open 7 days a week at three Ballarat locations:

  • 828 Latrobe St
  • Eastwood St Shopping Centre
  • Howitt St Shopping Centre
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