April 30, 2017 – Bring A Friend Day – Scratch Races, Weatherboard

 Bring A Friend day – 30 April 2017

Graded Scratch racing

Weatherboard circuit – various distances

EVCC bring a friend day 2017

EUREKA Cycling staged a Bring A Friend Day at Learmonth today.  The event was a resounding success with over FIFTY riders competing.
23 riders were first time competitors at the club.  Free “Trial Licences” were issued to each of these riders so that they able to safely and legally compete under the rules of cycling.
Riders were split into FIVE grades to accommodate the varying degree of experience, fitness and skill.
The races were conducted on the Weatherboard circuit over various distances.  EUREKA Cycling members acted as chaperones for the newcomers.
C, D and E grades saw some riders competing in a cycling race for the very first time.  A and B grades had exciting race activity with many attacks and large bunch sprints to decide the placings.
New riders were able to make it onto the podium in most grades – in fact over half of the placings went to newcomers.
The all important raffle draw was also claimed by a newcomer.  Participants and families enjoyed a large spread after the race.

Many thanks to our wonderful kitchen staff, corner marshals, referees and officials for making the day superb.

We commend each rider on their participation today and hope they all enjoyed their visit to EUREKA Cycling.
A special mention goes out to those riders participating in their first bicycle race and also everyone who drove up from as far as Bacchus Marsh.

Newcomers denoted by * (Please accept our humble apologies if we have accidentally excluded you…or included you…or incorrectly labelled you! Many new faces today!)

Results –
A Grade, 60 km
1st – Tim Canny
2nd – Nathan Youngbauer*
3rd – Jason Birch*
B Grade, 60 km
1st – Peter Canny
2nd – Don Stewart*
3rd – Jeremy Humber
C Grade, 50 km
1st – Troy Van Trienen*
2nd – Mark O’Callaghan
3rd – Kyle Hester*
D Grade, 50 km
1st – Brian Ure
2nd – Jude Jonasson
3rd – Barry Robinson
E Grade, 40 km
1st – James Allan*
2nd – Luke Ives*
3rd – Monica Canny*
Raffle, $50 meat tray winner – Shane Hayes*
Participants –
A Grade: 
Tony Mirabella
Tim Canny
Brendan Schiemer
Dean Wells
Matt Bowman
Rick Calvert
Rob Ellis
Matt Ayres
Stu Brien
*Jason Birch
*Ben Clark
*Shane Hayes
*Shannon Meadows
*Nathan Youngbauer
B Grade: 
Bob Morley
Pete Livitsanis
Dan Whelan
Grant Dawson
James Knipe
Pete Canny
Steve Kennedy
Paul Crack
Peter Gunston
Jeremy Humber
Steve Biram
*Ben Ryan
*Don Stewart
C Grade: 
Mark O’Callaghan
Rob Parker
James Gretton
Roger McMillan
James Burzacott
*Tim Cartwright
*Rob Dolan
*Kyle Hester
*Matt Horsman
*Pete Kyatt
*Geoff Martin
*Richard Smallwood
*Troy Van Trienen
D Grade: 
Barry Robinson
Jude Jonasson
Michael Veal
Louis Nuspan
Brian Ure
*Kyle Nestor
E Grade:
Neil Braszell
*James Allan
*Monica Canny
*Steve Gretton
*Nicole Humber
*Luke Ives
*Colin Matthews
*Peter Roche

A Grade

EUREKA Cycling’s member drive initiative was tagged Bring A “Date” Day by one of the A Grade members.   A competitive bunch of riders with an age spread of just 20 years assembled for what was meant to be an introductory race for potential new members.   Of much concern was the bloke from Bacchus Marsh in the skinsuit…more on that later.

All thoughts of a neutral lap and a bit of fun until the last 25 kilometres was thrown out the window inside the first ten kilometres.  Just 8 kilometres into the race and Matt Bowman launched the first of his attacks – not so hard that he opened a big gap, just hard enough to hurt.

Second time down towards Hendersons Road and Tim Canny was keen to flex some muscle as he took off with Shannon Meadows (trial rider) in tow.  Swapping turns, the pair quickly opened a 15 second advantage.   Some good turns by Tony Mirabella, Stu Brien, Rob Ellis and Brendan Schiemer gradually brought the duo back into the fold halfway along the Avenue section.
A few short attacks by Ben Clark (trial rider), then Ellis, then Mirabella and then Meadows had the bunch surging and surging, which proved the catalyst for the next Bowman attack.  This put Rick Calvert, Matt Ayres and Dean Wells under pressure as the race turned out of the Avenue and went straight into the gutter with the riders stretched out in single file.  Calvert soon signed off for the day.
Shane Hayes (trial rider) made a move from the rear of the bunch as A Grade raced down towards the chicane, but then Canny and Jason Birch (trial rider) put the pressure on through the bends and had everyone ducking and diving for wheels as they went straight into the gutter again.  Brien, Ellis and Schiemer doing the shutting down.

With everything settled down at the base of the Hendersons Road hill, Wells quipped to Mirabella ‘Geez I wish Bowman would get a mechanical’.   That comment coincided with Bowman’s next attack, which also saw Ayres finally cast off.
Bowman held a 10 second advantage for almost five kilometres before the bunch led by Canny, Brien and Meadows reluctantly closed the gap – which then saw Canny charging off the front again.  Ellis prominent in closing that surge down.

Each approach to the chicane seemed to get faster and faster as the riders battled for position.  Clark was wondering if this risky stuff was “normal” – the answer is a definitive no!   Today there seemed to be a bit of showing off by some of the regulars in front of their “dates”.

Birch spent a bit of time off the front going up the Avenue the next time, before Nathan Youngbauer (aka “skin suit guy” and trial rider) found himself on the front for the first time in the race as they approached Weatherboard.  Bowman went off the back as they crested the hill, but he stuck to his guns and gradually rode back to the bunch, were he yo-yoed off and on until late on the last lap.

The bunch seemed to accept that this race was coming down to one last battle up the Hendersons Road hill.  Canny again sitting on the front with Meadows and driving a pace to discourage attacks.  A more sensible approach to the chicane on the last lap as the remaining riders sized each other up.
After winding up from the rear, Bowman launched his final attack, overtaking Ellis who was starting to accelerate for his own assault.  Bowman had a gap, but Ellis had the momentum to drag the bunch forward.  Wells took over the chase but Bowman seemed to hold his advantage around the sharp corner into Hendersons Road – where up ahead was the B Grade race.
B Grade moved aside as Bowman reached the tail riders.  The other A Graders surged past a shot Wells and Youngbauer led the charge up the hill, claiming Bowman and then the finish line was just there, but Canny came through to take the win with Birch hot on their wheels.

Epilogue: Hayes did a lot of following today, but he knew his best opportunity was back at the club rooms, where he duly saluted with an impressive raffle win for the $50 meat tray.

1st – Tim Canny
2nd – Nathan Youngbauer
3rd – Jason Birch


Photo: Before the race.  Riders assemble at the start…


Photo: Happy faces everywhere post race…



Bring a Friend Day – 30th April 2017

Bring a Friend Day – 30th April 2017

Bring A Friend Day

graded racing for riders of EVERY ability

WOMEN over 30 years of age
MEN over 35 years of age


A Grade (for experienced riders and racers) = 60 km

B Grade (to be determined on the day*) = 50 km or 60 km

C Grade (to be determined on the day*) = 50 km or 60 km

D Grade (to be determined on the day*) = 40 km or 50 km

E  Grade (for first time racers and those returning to the sport after many years) = 40 km

*The distances for grades B, C and D will be determined on the day.
We will take into account the experience, fitness and ability of NEW riders before announcing the race distances. 

“trial” licence available for eligible riders
(first time racer with a veterans club)

EVCC bring a friend day 2017

The EUREKA Cycling Club extend an open invitation to all eligible cyclists to come and race on Sunday 30th April.

What to bring:
– well maintained road bike with drop handlebar
– bicycle helmet, AS/NZS 2063 compliant
– red rear tail light
– entry money $10 (and $5 to buy a raffle ticket)

Not allowed:
Disc brakes
Extension bars of any description
Time trial helmets

EUREKA Cycling is a “veterans” club.
Veterans cycling is for MEN over the age of 35 and WOMEN over the age of 30.

“Veterans” clubs offer a different perspective on bicycle racing – it is ALL about participation.

At EUREKA, our riders range in age from 35 up to 73 years of age.
It truly is remarkable to compete against riders whom are so much older…or younger than yourself!
Our style of racing encourages ANYONE with ANY degree of ability to participate – whether you are an “old pro” or a “first timer”, we have the racing that suits you.

EUREKA Cycling races on Sunday mornings.

A typical racing day involves:

8:45 AMARRIVE at club rooms

9:00 AMREGISTER and get changed into cycle clothing

9:15 AMWARM up on the way to the start line

9:30 AMRACE start time

11:15 AMFINISH line salute and return to club rooms

11:30 AMSHOWER, or get changed

11:45 AMFOOD post race

12:00 AMPRESENTATIONS and announcements (and raffle draw, $1 per ticket or $5 for 3 tickets)

12:30 AMDEPART club rooms and head home to tell all your family and friends what a great day you had

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What distance do you race over?
A. Most races are about 50 kilometres.  We do race over some shorter distances during winter.  Some races are a little bit longer.

Q. Do I need a licence to race?
A. YES. Every rider requires an AVCC (Australian Veteran Cycling Council) licence to participate.  The licence covers insurance whilst racing and training.

Q. How much does it cost?
A. A licence costs $175.  There is a race entry fee of $10 for each Eureka Cycling event.  The $10 entry fee covers prize money for the race.

Q. Do I have to wear a uniform?
A. NO!  Riders can wear whatever cycling kit they have.  We do have EUREKA Club kit available to purchase at COST price.  It is HIGH quality kit and it is GOOD value!

Q. When do you race?
A. We race on Sunday mornings and our season runs from late January to Early December.  There are a few weekends throughout the season that we do not stage races on.  Check out our race calendar on the website for event dates.

Q. Where do you race?
A. EUREKA Cycling has club rooms on the east foreshore of Lake Learmonth, which is about 20 kilometres north west of Ballarat.  We race on the roads around Learmonth.

Q. How do I join?
A. Memberships are conducted online.  Follow the link in the top right hand corner of our homepage.  Licences are issued by the AVCC, nominate Eureka Veterans Cycling Club as your club.

Q. Can I have a test race?
A. YES you can!  We offer a “trial” ride to EVERYONE who has never held an AVCC licence.

Q. How do I get involved?
A. The easiest way to get involved is to come out to a race one Sunday.  Check our calendar (so that you don’t waste your trip) and visit us.  Bring your kit and bike – we can sign you up for a “trial” ride on the day!

Q. Is there food or drink available?
A. ALL our riders bring a plate of food out to share each week.  Our kitchen staff warm up the food and place everything out ready for our return after the race – it is all FREE!  We also have FREE tea, coffee and milo.  Soft drinks are available to purchase ($2).

Q. Are there toilets?
A. Our club rooms have toilets, change areas and showers for both male and female riders.  We also have a kitchen and we put on food and hot drinks after every race!

April 23, 2017 – Rising Sun Trophy, 56 km Windmill with finish over The Wall

April 23, 2017 – Rising Sun Trophy, 56 km Windmill with finish over The Wall

THIS, is why we ride! – 23 April 2017

Rising Sun Trophy

Windmill circuit – with finish over The Wall – 56 km

Rising Sun Trophy 2017 poster

When a man in his seventies holds them ALL at bay…

The lone intrepid soldier, Graeme “Colonel” Parker lead from gun to flag, to take the chockies and carve his name onto the famous Rising Sun Trophy.
The sole “limit” rider time-trialled his way around 3 laps of Windmill, then ascended the Mur de Learmonth (also known as The Wall) as best he could, he resisted the temptation just to get off, told his “aching knee” to shut up, and zig zagged his way up the notorious “Wall”.
It wasn’t pretty, but he made it first over the top and through no-man’s land to the finish.  For that, we realise, why we ride!

A healthy sized field of 25 gathered to honour the race dedicated to those that served, and in the spirit of community service, all proceeds from today’s race will be donated to a local community organization.
The locals must have got wind of today’s special trophy race with a large crowd of spectators assembled at the start line – granted they were a herd of young dairy cows that thought we were there to feed them – but they appeared genuinely interested in proceedings!  Such was their enthusiasm, the short pinch on Donovan’s Rd has been renamed the “Cowberg”.
Pre-race banter turned to a lengthy discussion about the nature of power and the invention of a new unit of measure, the “twat”.
For your information, 100 twats = 1 rat power.
Like impatient kids at Christmas, a few riders decided to warm up by ascertaining how many “twats” are required to scale The Wall (also known as the Mur de Learmonth), for Craig “Lightie” Lightfoot this wasn’t a great idea as he usually only has one ascent in him on any given day (week? year? decade?).
During all this jocularity, Graeme (30 minutes) slipped away from the start line almost unnoticed, and began his solo mission behind enemy lines.  The stealthy koploper went undetected for the entirety of the race, and while the rest of the race eroded his lead quickly, he found the reserves necessary to hold them at bay.  A classic ride from this hardened warrior, and a well-deserved win.

Off 13 minutes, a small scouting party of three were in pursuit, Roger McMillan, James Gretton and Brian Ure knew which way the Colonel had gone but they couldn’t spot him.  With two large groups behind, the smart race strategy was to race somewhat conservatively and contribute to the chase in a bigger bunch.  They made it to half way before meeting up with reinforcements…

The 7 minute Regiment was replete with nine in its company.  A company of this size is an oddity in club races, however they knitted together well.  With Paul Crack, Stephan Biram and James “Mack” Knipe providing the necessary fire power, all three rode strongly and drove the bunch with enthusiasm and a touch of sadism, especially when the road went up.  Danny “Fidel” Whelan and Bob “Muncher” Morley went about their work with determination, both strong and consistent they rode their turns with metronomic regularity.  Mark “Mocca” O’Callaghan was backing up from a testing race the day before (with sister club BSCC), but you could hardly tell that his legs were screaming.  Following his recent criterium success, Jeremy Humber was out for his first handicap race with Eureka, learning that this is a different “kettle of fish” and that pain can be your “new friend”.  Peter “Fifi” Livitsanis and Craig “Lightie” Lightfoot contributed where they could, but both found it necessary to sit back while the stronger riders drove the pace.  Fifi, just out of hospital, was cautiously undertaking his own personal stress test, he was in better knick than he thought and had plenty left in the tank for the finale!

A lap and a half in and the 13 minute scouts are ambushed, but rather than a summary execution, the 7 minute Regiment decided to conscript them to their cause and put them to work.
Roger McMillan is mentioned in despatches for his courageous sacrifice – working turns with the bunch knowing that every match he burnt was going to count against him on The Wall.  James and Brian did what they could – but preservation was their first priority – both hung in as long as they could, Brian only dislodged on the last lap up Crick’s Hill.
Left turn at the church on Coghills Creek Rd and the Wall loomed large on the horizon!!!
Lightie, having already ridden a prelude “Wall” ascent, was dubious about his chances of featuring in the finish, and instead sacrificed the few “twats” he had remaining on the front, to keep the bunch clear of the achtervolgers.
Impatient for the off, and to the surprise of the bunch, it’s a (James Knipe) Mack Attack!  Very early on the preliminary slopes, he stays clear to the bottom of the final climb.  Mack might be a puncheur, but The Wall punches back, and early on the steep ramp he finds himself calling for the medic.  Next, James Gretton cannot contain the adrenalin any further and attacks the climb, he opens a 10 metre gap but the lights dimmed before the climb relented and The Wall took another scalp.  Having sat on the back trying to hang onto wheels on the flat, the relatively fresh lightweight Fifi, plays his card halfway up the steepest section and kicks clear of the field, crawls past James and opens a gap back to his poursuivants Danny “Fidel” Whelan and Stephan Biram.  Topping the parapet, Fifi engages the “big dog” (aka the large chain ring) and sprints for the downhill finish line.  Behind, Fidel has distanced all but Stephen and the two battle it out for third, Stephen proving the faster and claims the final podium spot.

The 2 minute regiment of achervolgers were maintaining a mad pace – up over 39 kph is “scratch” riding.  Is it possible, or is Peter Kiel lighter than last time we saw him?  Well, not sure about that, but he’s still quick, climbs well and has a steely conviction to race.  Pete Canny was a winner yesterday at Springmount (BSCC) and was looking to double up the chocky quotient.  Matty Ayres was encouraged to test himself in better company as too was Duncan “Psycho” Bates.  The large bunch also welcomed new rider Peter “Norman” Gunston for his first race with Eureka, a great first up ride from him!  The rock of the group was Stu Brien, of course he can be relied on to push a big gear on the flat – but today he proved himself on The Wall – outclimbing the rest of this company.  Rick “Sudso” Calvert is starting to find his racing legs and today’s finale suited him when he’s in top knick.
This tightly knit group shared the work around, maintaining their 2 minute advantage to Scratch and steadily gaining on the front of the race.
Into the last lap and while the mission looked futile, they coursed on, hopeful that something might appear on the radar soon.  Sure enough their persistence was rewarded as the 7 minute bunch came into view around the final corner.
Encouraged, the pace found another level and mid way up The Wall, they stormed into the back of the 7 minute bunch now spread all over The Wall like a Jackson Pollock painting.
This ignited a flurry of attacks, and the world went topsy-turvy, the solid sprinter Stu breaking clear up the steep slope, towing Peter Kiel towards the top, then to complete the reversal of roles, Kiellie rewards Stu by out-sprinting him to the finish, to claim 5th.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get more surreal, the efforts of the bunch also rewarded Kiellie with fastest time – will wonders never cease?

So what became of the Special Forces Scratch bunch?  With a meagre 4 riders chasing two large bunches up the road it was always a chance that this was “A bridge too far”.  Club Champ Greg Ley and the sponsor of the race, Dean “Phantom” Wells were undaunted and combined with Tony “TIS” Mirabella and Brendan “Scheems” Schiemer to attempt the almost impossible.
A two minute gap may seem insignificant, but despite Scheems put in his two fastest taps of windmill ever, and TIS and Greg both having great races, the gap wasn’t coming down.  Late into the race, when all seemed lost, they all rode for each other to try to preserve fastest time, but despite superhuman efforts even this goal proved elusive, second scratch (Kiellie) taking fastest time by a mere TWO seconds.

1st – Graeme Parker (30 min)
2nd – Peter Livitsanis (7 min)
3rd – Stephen Biram (7 min)
4th – Danny Whelan (7 min)
5th – Peter Kiel (2 min)
Fastest Time: Peter Kiel (2 min) in 1h 27m 10s, ave. 38.7 kph

Photo: A proud Graeme post presentations.


ABANDONED – cycling race – 9th April

ABANDONED – cycling race – 9th April

Due to SEVERE weather, the Committee has taken the decision to ABANDONED the scheduled bicycle race for today – Handicap

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a SEVERE WEATHER WARNING for the Central District.  Ballarat is in the middle of the the area experiencing the damaging winds and rainfall.

Please be safe and ride indoors today.

Eureka Cycling Club committee


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