With super series round 5 in a couple of days we thought we’d re-cap round 4 at Victoria Park with the extended Criterium course. It was a great chance to ride something different and many seemed happy with the new course!
Here is our video of masters 2 men and category 2 women. We had a mixed bag of results from athletes over the weekend, with the women’s team cleaning up winning the final sprint and four riders in the top 8.
Athletes continue to shine and show good form across their racing diciplines.
Over in Tasmania Sam spent the whole racing chasing the break solo to claim 2nd in the Stowport Road race. Very tough conditions made for a very challenge race made harder by it being wet, windy and cold!
I local racing here several athletes were out tackling another challenging course with SDVLCC club GSR
Jarrod 1st – A grade
Steve 1st – B grade
Georg 2nd – C grade
Also held on Sunday were Winter crits from Norwood cycling club
Athletes raced well but windy conditions didn’t see any placings special shout out to Nicola stepping up to B grade and riding well until the pace picked up in the last 2 laps!
Starting with our Super Series riders who were racing The Copper Coast Cup more commonly known as ‘Hell of the North’, a two stage race over the weekend. It began with a road race on Saturday, a grueling 76km for the men and 49km for the women road race around Wallaroo, incorporating around 20kms of gravel. The weekend concluded with a tight technical crit circuit around Moonta.
For the road race on Saturday we were blessed with light winds and blue skys. Most of the groups were reduced with punctures and other mechanicals out on the course.
We’re still waiting for official results and which will be posted in due course, below is what we do know.
Coach Michelle 4th – Category 2 Women and secured the leaders jersey going into race 3
Coach Phil – 5th Masters Category 2 Men
Others racing Steve unkown finish place
Jarrod – 11th Elite Men
Phil has taken some video from Satursday’s race which can be found, Sunday will follow shortly
Photo from Chamelon Photography Photo from Chamelon Photography
Sunday saw lots of riders roll up with tired legs the racing was fast and furious across all the grades!
Unfortuanely coach Michelle was unable to hold onto the leaders jersey after a crash in group on the final lap forced her of course and unable to catch back on.
Coach Phil 2nd
Other riders didn’t place working for their team
Will edit with offical results as soon as we know more
Across the Tasman Sam has been improving once again with another cracking ride winning his grade at the State TT series Rd1
In more local racing at the South Australian Masters Cycling association held their State road race championships at Gumeracha.
Colin M5 – 5th
Stuart M5 -6th
Graham M4 – 1st GOLD
Steve M4 3rd BRONZE
David M4 5th
Starting this weeks up date with local athletes competing in their respective road race club championships at McLaren Flat SA. The course was a challenging with hilly loops of varying distances for the age groups.
All athletes that raced placed in their age group catagories, which they should be very proud of with most carrying form from Lorne.
Coach Michelle – 1st F2
Dave – 2nd M2
Graham – 1st M4
Stave – 2nd M4
David – 3rd M4
Colin – 2nd M5
Stuart – 3rd M5
Full results from the championships can be found here
In other local racing at Victoria Park for crit racing
Keith 3rd A grade
Matt 5th A grade
Interstate Andrew is continuing is great form and raced in his local crit race on Sunday and won from a solo breakway!
On Monday there was a longer road race and he managed to win the preme sprint and 2nd overall from a 3 man break for most of the race!
Sam is also producing some great results across the water from Tasmania riding in a local handicap race he was 2nd fastest but 4th overallon HCP!
Every week he is getting stronger.
Also interstate riders tackled the very popular Gears and Bears Festival in Wagga Wagga
Matthew was really hoping to finish the 130km in Under 6hrs – smashed it out in just over 5hrs! Huge PB for him
Meanwhile Krystle took the opportunity to part of a great social ride!
Women’s cat 2 had coach Michelle and Nicola their field had a great field of nearly 40 riders on the start line! Michelle set the tone of the race by making it a hard and fast start, the team then took control and team mates making the break for the preme sprints and finishing with Ebony the sprint leader after round one. Michelle managed to finish 4th after almost catching the break away solo rider but brought sprinters with her, the team look strong for future rounds!
Photo credit chameleon photography
In the men’s cat 2 team we had coach Phil with Matt and Richard along with the rest of the team. The team were in strong form and did all they could in a messy race with coach Phil unexpectedly taking third in the final sprint.
Photo credit chameleon photography
In another team Steve S was also racing in his first crit back after a long winter managed to finish just of the pace of the bunch.
In the mens masters cat 1 race saw Keith back out there doing his best for the team but having been ill wasn’t in the best of form unfortunatley.
Great riding by all who raced this weekend – looking forward to more results as the series progresses
On Sunday Nicola was back out there racing another criterium race with the VLCC and managed to claim 5th place in E grade – hard work backing up two days in a row, well done!
Up the east coast Brett took part in Robbie McEwan Gran Fondo on the Gold Coast 158km and almost 3000m – Congrats Brett
Athletes had a very hard winter of training gearing up for the very popular event Amy’s Gran Fondo which is also a qualifying event for the Grand Fondo UCI World Championships, being held next year in Poland. The race is over 120km and over 1000m of climbing starting from Lorne heading inland and then back along the iconic Great Ocean Road. The weather wasn’t in their favour with wet and windy conditions but much better than the pro’s had on the Saturday. With only Pat missing out on qualifying it was a very succseful event for our athletes and should be very proud of their hard work!
19-34 – 15th Sam Jones
45-49 – 4th Dave Dobson
50-54 – 10th Graham King, 29th Steve Bentley
55-59 – 4th Bill Robindson, 27th Colin Chapman, Stuart Hesseltine 28th, 58th Patrick O’Kane
More success at local racing with Norwood hosting another round of winter crit racing Richard managed to get in the break and Nicola rode a strong race to finish 2nd
Nicola 2nd in C grade women
Richard 3rd C grade
The final racing result from the weekend was from Port Adelaide’s final roud of CX racing with Coach Michelle 3rd B grade
Back in Feburary many of our athletes and team mates were gearing up for a major event, the Adelaide Hills Masters Cycling Club Tour of Goowla. You may remember the amazing results that they managed if not here is the link to results from back then.
We also put together a video of the event which can be found here – Coach Michelle’s team is the story for the video, enjoy!
This weekend saw some very chilly condition here in SA and even Andrew felt the chill racing in longs over in NSW but it didn’t dampen his sprint effort. In a local Criterium race he won the sprint beating U23 National Criterium Champion Cameron Scott by a wheel width very close indeed
Photo of Andrew in black
Here in SA the conditions weren’t quite as bright but just as chilly. With a HCP it’s always going to be tough but Colin worked well and was able to claim 2nd place. Others racing weren’t so lucky with their HCP position