Eastern Scratch races – Saturday 27th Feb – 1:30 pm

Eastern Scratch races – Saturday 27th Feb – 1:30 pm

Eastern Vets

Scratch Races at Learmonth

Saturday 27th February 2016

races start 1:30 pm 

The Eastern Veterans CC are staging Scratch races at Learmonth on the day before the Eureka Open.

The races are open to all veteran cyclists and there is a minimum $500 prize money to shared amongst the grades.

We thank the Eastern Vets for once again staging these races as they help create a huge weekend of cycling action.

Please note that there has been a slight adjustment to previous advertised times.
The Scratch races will commence at 1:30 pm.

Entries are on the day (at Eureka club rooms on Lake Learmonth east foreshore) by 1:15 pm.
Entry fee $10

We hope to see lots of vets out racing on Saturday afternoon…make a weekend of it in Ballarat and stick around for our Open race – the RON RIVETTE CLASSIC – on Sunday 28th.

Entries for the Ron Rivette Classic/Eureka Open race are CLOSED

 EVCC Eastern Vets ad 2016

Ron Rivette Classic – Sunday 28th February 2016 – 10 AM

Ron Rivette Classic – Sunday 28th February 2016 – 10 AM

Entries for this event are now closed


10 AM
Sunday February 28th, 2016

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58 km Open Handicap
Mt. Misery circuit, Learmonth

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EVCC 2016 Eureka Open course map

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EVCC 2016 Eureka Open course map

Total prize pool for the Open race is $1950

13 prizes on offer:

First place $500

Second place $300

Third place $200

prizes paid (sliding scale) down to Tenth place

Fastest Time $200

Two spot prizes worth $50 each will also be paid on the day.

After the race the Eureka Veterans Cycling Club invite all riders and spectators
to join us for a post race supper before the presentations take place.

The 2016 Ron Rivette Classic promotional material features the initials RR faintly in the background.

The RR adorns the collar of the Bacchus Marsh cycling jerseys in remembrance of Ron.

Poster #3 in a series.

EVCC open - Ron Rivette 2016 general

Poster #2 in a series. (Coming in 2016)

EVCC open - Ron Rivette 2016 teaser poster #2

Poster #1 in a series. (This summer)

EVCC open - Ron Rivette 2016 teaser poster #1


February 14, 2016 – Handicap – Mt. Misery, 46 km

February 14, 2016 – Handicap – Mt. Misery, 46 km

Long way to the Top – 14 Feb 2016 

Mt. Misery Circuit – 46 km

Age no barrier for Long


Geelong & Surf Coast CC rider Brian Long made a triumphant return to Learmonth on Sunday 14th February, taking the win in a 46 km handicap around Mt. Misery.  With a palmares as impressive as Brian’s, a lowly handicap win on a windswept course around a faux mountain shouldn’t rate high…but when you’re 83 years old it’s pretty impressive…and popular!

An invitation went out to GSCCC early in the week as they were unable to stage their own race due to bureaucratic red tape (no permits).  In a complete surprise, a handful of riders from a variety of vets clubs showed up for the day, some even bringing their own cheer squad (Carl Judd came along with Brian Long for a day out).
In total we had 30 riders roll up to the start line.

On a sunny yet windswept course, Long was sent out first with Eureka handicapper Bob Morley – who was nursing a broken rib – for company.  Essentially this would prove to be a time trial effort for Long, as Morley was only there to guide him around the course and try and maintain his own fitness in preparation for the upcoming Ron Rivette Classic (28th Feb).

A long 13 minutes later, the next group (at 16:00 min) consisting of Graeme Parker, Brad Eppingstall and Mandy Rudwick set out in pursuit of glory.
Losing Brad on the long climb to the top of Edmonston Rd, Graeme and Mandy then set about maintaining a consistent rhythm as they rode through Addington and into the westerly headwind.

The 9:00 min group looked strong on paper – if everyone was at the top of their game – however still being early in the season meant there were a few under-done riders.
Led by Barry Robinson and Terry Collie, the group was quickly under pressure as Geelong rider John Long (Brian’s son) was soon dropped on the way up to the first turn.  John’s day done, he rode the whole way home alone, not quite being able to latch onto any of the chasing groups.
Alan Barnett (Goulburn) adapted quickly to the relentless speed of a Eureka Vets race and was able to do his fair share. However it was Roger McMillan and Scott Denno whom would prove the powerhouses in the bunch.
Roger would ultimately pay for his youthful enthusiasm (being dropped by the halfway point), but Denno reminded us that there is a big engine hidden inside and kept driving the pace when others missed a turn or faltered.

The 6:00 min group proved be a mixed bag of talent and fitness.
Led by Steven Kennedy and John Creek, the group also contained Matt Ritchie (entering his second year of  returning to match fitness ) and Rob Parker whose long training miles weren t suited to the speed of a short whirl around Mt. Misery.
Joining the Eureka riders were two unknown quantities – Ian Flannery (Central) and Noel Said (Northern) – both fine tuning their preparations for the Ron Rivette Classic.  Both Ian and Noel had interesting days to say the least…Noel’s chain jumped off in the first few kilometres, leaving him in no man’s land by Addington (and about to hit the head wind alone).  Noel ended up riding the rest of the way home – alone.
Ian lost contact with the group halfway around the course and then got a helping hand from a Eureka rider, back to the club rooms…more on that later…

The 3:00 min group was full of firepower, strength, skill and tenacity…which made Pete Livitsanis wonder what he’d done to the Handicapper to find himself in this bunch.
Fifi is nowhere near the supreme fitness level that he normally has in the early part of the season, his time will come during winter when everyone else is struggling!  As it was, Livitsanis found himself off the back before reaching Addington.
Dan Whelan also found the early pace too tough and he was off the back even earlier than Livitsanis.
Both Whelan and Livitsanis would use their race smarts to latch onto the Scratch bunch and enjoy some assistance around the course.
New rider Peter Canny found himself left with a mate from his cafe bunch (Rick Calvert) and two Bacchus Marsh boys (Richard Taylor and Grant Dawson) who were both very strong.
After the early hiccups, the lads finally found their mojo and worked out that by sharing the workload they could actually go faster.  The only problem was that they started picking up the remnants of other groups.  Would this slow them down?  Could they hold Scratch off?

Scratch consisted of a veritable who’s who of Strava.  From the Pyrenees region came none other than Club Champion, Phil Cartledge; from the Gorge region came that ball of muscle and hair, Matt Bowman; from the quaint village of Buninyong came Mr Orange himself (Strava orange), Brendan Schiemer; then throw in a few local Ballarat hopes such as Lindsay Burgoyne, Dean Griffin and Tony Mirabella…what a line up.
Could anything stand in their way?  Well apparently yes.  As it turns out, in order to win a bike race you need to ride fast…who knew?
The general consensus post race was that Scratch just didn’t ride fast enough into the headwind.
Losing powerhouse Griffin didn’t help their cause.  Dean blew up out on the course – his supremacy on the criterium circuit not yet translating to the road. Yet!  Dean would guide visiting rider Ian Flannery home…the wrong way.  Both riders earning a DNF for their efforts (or was it a DKW, Didn t Know the Way?).

At the head of the race, Long still maintained a five kilometre advantage over his nearest rivals passing the halfway mark.  The following bunches were being torn apart by the wind whilst Long – with the occasional update from spectators – started to believe he could hang on.
Forever chasing, the 3:00 min bunch had dropped most of their passengers as they closed in on Weatherboard.
Calvert sensing victory attacked off the front of the group with 7 kilometres remaining…too bad that he didn’t sense Long and Morley up the road.
Rick’s attack only served to encourage Taylor to launch his own attack up Weatherboard.  Canny followed at a distance whilst Dawson, Calvert and Kennedy scrambled for wheels and tried to bridge the gap.
Taylor was time trialling to the finish with Canny gradually closing the distance.

Up ahead, Long was sailing away to the win, whilst Morley was slowing down due to the effort.  Scratch finally made their way over Weatherboard, dropping Bowman for a short while before he latched onto Mirabella and was brought back.

At the finish, Long won by a big margin over Canny who caught Taylor in the shadows of the big tree.
Calvert just got in over Kennedy, with Morley and Dawson following.
The race for Fastest Time was ignited by Bowman coming out of the dip.  His massive effort being enough to hold the other Scratch men at bay.

1st – Brian Long (Geelong SCCC)
2nd – Peter Canny
3rd – Richard Taylor
4th – Rick Calvert
5th – Stephen Kennedy
Fastest Time – Matt Bowman,  in 1h 11m 5s

For Long it was a homecoming of sorts.
Born in Ballarat in the 1930’s, Long commenced bicycle racing with the Sebastopol Amateur Cycling Club in 1949.
He has proven to be rather handy at it, winning many track and road events during his 66 years of racing.  Long won the inaugural Victorian Veterans Road Championship race in 1977 on a circuit around Learmonth.


Brian kitted out in his Sebastopol Amateur Cycling Club jersey, circa 1950.


Allan Barnett gives Brian Long a hand up.  Ian Nunn is a bit worried it might all go pear shaped, and Scott Denno is simply marvelling at it all.

Photo at top of page – Brian Long leading Bob Morley down Black Bottom Road.

A Ride for Ray – Saturday 20th Feb

A Ride for Ray – Saturday 20th Feb

John Faulkner and Terry Collie will be leading a ride from Bacchus Marsh this coming Saturday – 20th February.

The ride will leave at 8am from the carpark opposite the McDonalds in Bacchus Marsh.

Everyone is welcome to come along for an easy ride of about 20 kilometres out to “the gorge” and back.

Morning tea will follow at a local cafe, as well as a yarn or two about our friend Ray and all things cycling.

EVCC - A Ride for Ray

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