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General Discussion / The Significance of the 2018 Blayney to Bathurst
« on: April 20, 2018, 03:26:45 AM »
The B2B and History:
People enjoy being part of history and those riding this weekend’s Blayney to Bathurst, 2018 Bathurst Cycling Classic Weekend, will certainly be a part of a significant event in this state cycling history.

Bathurst has been at the forefront of the development of the sport in Australia, with arguably the organisation that truly formalised, and laid the foundations for cycle competition in Australia, the NSWCU boosting a wheelrace in Bathurst as one of its proudest achievement at the end of it first year of operation in 1884.
The world renowned NSW League of Wheelman also conducted National Championships on the Track at Bathurst and one of their biggest international promotions on the roads in the Bathurst Region.
Then in more recent times, when cycling diversified; a National Series Mountain Bike event was contested on Mt Panorama. While even more recently the BMX Nationals where staged at the Bathurst Bicycle Park which was also the venue for the latest Velodrome Track opens that have attracted the stars of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Some of these past events have components that would suggest that they would be considered the great cycling event to be held in Bathurst. However when you consider the steer size of the Blayney to Bathurst Cyclo Sportif (now named the Bathurst Cycling Classic and the “Cycling Miracle of NSW” by Bicycling Australia Magazine) the 2018 event would have to be crowned Bathurst greatest Cycling Event. The significance of the 2018 is not that it is just a round of the World Series and a qualifier for the World Age Championship, but for the first time is also the 2018 National Age Group championships.

All riders in the 2018 Bathurst Cycling Classic be aware you are part of a very Historic Event, past winners have returned and even a couple of the events past b2b Race Directors will be riding the World UCI Event just to be a part of it. 

Road Race Report / 2018 Bathurst Criteriums
« on: April 19, 2018, 02:10:34 AM »
Bathurst Criteriums always full of action:
The Mens and Womens Div 1 Bathurst Criteriums are a highlight of the Bathurst Cycling Classic Weekend and this year all events will be contested in the heart of Bathurst at King's Parade

Many top class events have been held on the King's Parade course including the NSW GP Series and The Tooheys Series, which brought top international riders to the Bathurst CBD.

Both the Elite Mens and U23s Criterium State champions, Cameron Roberts (Goulburn) and Kai Chapman (who also won the recent Newcastle Orica Crit) will be in actions at the Division 1 Mens Criterium where the speed be on from the start. However it will be the very strong Australian Cycling Academy Team and in particular regular Bathurst visitor Cameron Scott who will be worth watching, an amazing track rider, already this year he has picked up a UCI Continental win on the road in the New Zealand Cycle Classic.

The Sydney Uni Velo Club look to have a strong hold on the division 1 Womens race, with Jennifer Darmody, Emma Roberts, Emily Watts and current NSW Champion Georgia Whitehouse all racing the event. Local rider Emily Watts was the most aggressive rider in last years Women’s event won by Kirsten Howard (who incidentally can’t ride as it clashes with her Rugby Game). So the dilemma for riders such as Simone Grounds it will be difficult to break the Sydney Uni Velo hold on the race. Attached is a link to  Anya Whitelaw (Western Advocate) story on the womens event -
STARTLISTS - 2018 Bathurst Criteriums - Saturday 21 April 2018 - King's Parade, Bathurst NSW

Road Race Report / 2018 NSW Hill Climb Championship (Mt Panorama)
« on: April 18, 2018, 07:31:55 AM »
The Bathurst Hill Climb - Badge of Honour:

The NSW Hill climb championships has been held on the same course at Bathurst for many years with the time recorded up the legendary Mt Panorama climb becoming something of a badge of honour as riders over the years compare the times and stories of their accent up the famous mountain.

With Mt Panorama recognised all over the world as incredible racing circuit, to take the title as the fastest up the climb each year using only human power at the state cycling championships is significant piece of history. However its prestige has been magnified further by the quality of cyclist that are on the events honour rolls, with both the King and Queens of Mt Panorama featuring Australian Open Road Pro Road Champions.

To often the NSW Hill climb championships is over looked by the spectators due to the hype of the action packed Criteriums and the steer scale of the B2B Challenge, however in 2018 the NSW Hill climb championships is special, as a couple of super climbers prepare to battle it out to be the fastest person up Mt Panorama.
It seems Aussie superstar Amanda Spratt’s record will never be broken, however the outright King of the Mount record looks under enormous threat as last year’s fastest man Michael Potter and the Elite Champion from 2016 Ben Dyball prepare to race up the mountain. You could be watching a bit of history on the Weekend at Mt Panorama.     

St George Continental Cycling Team the favorites for the 2018 B2B

So often won by the dominate team, the 2018 B2B looks to be an exciting contest with a number of high profile riders racing the Blayney to Bathurst course on Sunday (22nd April 2018).

Almost all the medalists are here form the recent NSW championships with newly crowned Elite Road Racing Champ Gene Richards keen to be on the podium again. U23 Road Race champ Brandon CONWAY and NSW Criterium champions Cameron Roberts, and U23s Kai Chapman also in Bathurst for the cycling classic.

However on current form the winner looks likely to come from the powerful St George Continental Cycling Team who have had a sensational start to the Asian Continental Season, including a last start win in the Tour of Thailand with Ben Dyball.
Dyball was runner up to Dylan Sunderland in the 2016 B2B when looking a likely winner; interestingly his main rival on the weekend Michael Potter (Australian Cycling Academy) also looked the winner of last years 2017 B2B when beaten by Dylan Sunderland and Marcus Culey when finishing third.

See more on the Growth of the Bathurst Cycling Classic in 2018:

Record Numbers again for the B2B / Bathurst Cycling Festival.
Bathurst Council Events Staff are reaping the rewards of a successful Bathurst Cycling Classic Promotion with On-Line entries for Sundays B2B Cycling Challenge alone, up by 33% on last year’s record numbers. (1700 to over 2300)

Looking deeper in to the figures, the news gets even better, as the new variable pricing structure for entries adds up to around $350,000 in just registration fees for Sunday racing alone, with a further rush expected for late entries in the lead-up to the start at Blayney on Sunday (22nd April 2018). 

But remember it is not only the late entries fees to be added to the kitty, as entries for Saturdays Criteriums and NSW Hill Climb Championships are also strong with potential record numbers in these events also.

The breakdown of the registrations suggests that the gender percentages haven’t changed a great deal, so there is still a lot of potential in further developing female participation.

Numbers are certainly on the rise in the Long Course event with over 60% of the entries in the 110km course. Yet that is hardly surprising with this event not only part of the World Age Group Cycling Series and a qualifier for the World Championships in Italy, but in 2018 the B2B long course will decide the Australian Age Group Road Cycling Champions.

So with the National and International profile of the Bathurst Cycling Festival Promotion growing each year, its hardly surprising that percentage wise, the fastest growing category in the last couple of years of the B2B is the Interstate and International visitors. In 2017 interstate riders travelled to the Bathurst Cycling Festival for the first time; in previous years the event drew little more than a couple of visitors from the other states. Using figures from the start of April, this year the interstate/international visitors looked to have more than doubled on last years record numbers with many of the large interstate clubs sending groups of riders the Blayney to Bathurst event.

So looking at the current figures, the exciting thing is not what the B2B/Bathurst Cycling Festival has grown too, but what it can grow to in the future given the current trends. While the estimate of interstate/internationals riders in 2018 is only around 10%, these participants are walking&riding adverts back at their home states and countries for the event, which are untapped markets for the Bathurst Cycling Classic Promotion.

Pro Racing / 3rd Tour of Croatia
« on: April 16, 2018, 03:50:23 AM »
Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum Team for the Tour of Croatia
The UCI 2.HC Tour of Croatia starts tomorrow, the 17th April 2018, in Osijek and is the first of Tim Guy’s “Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum” Cycle Team major events for the 2018 season.

The local professional cyclist has been named on the start list for the important 6 day tour but the lastest news is he has a bug and will have to withdraw from the event.

Currently the team is Tadej Pogacar, Ziga Rucigaj, Viktor Potocki, Izidor Penko, Ziga Jerman and Aussies Ben Hill and Timothy Guy with Tim to be replaced.

With teams such as Astana, Trek – Segafredo and Bahrain Merida battling it out for race honours; Tim Guy explained it’s no placed for a sick rider; and as much as he wanted to race the tour given Mark Renshaw previous podiums performances, he realised he had to make way for a full fit rider for the sake of his Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum of which he is a team sponsor.

It is the third running of the Tour of Croatia which last year was won by Italian superstar Vincenzo Nibali.

In the Media / News April 2018
« on: April 16, 2018, 01:39:21 AM »
North wins A grade sprint in close battle with Hobson, Windsor
FAIRFAX MEDIA April 10 2018
BATHURST Cycling Club members have continued their preparation for the upcoming Blayney 2 Bathurst with the weekend’s scratch races held on the historic Vale Circuit. The trio of Nick North, Richard Hobson and Mark Windsor broke clear of the field to fill out the podium in A Grade.

Tuynman’s bronze moment at Ultimate Capital Coast Triathlon Festival
BATHURST’S Karen Tuynman has earned a podium finish in her division at the Ultimate Capital Coast Triathlon Festival’s super sprint race.

Success for home cyclists at NSW Women’s Masters Road Premiership
BATHURST riders featured among the podiums during their home round of the NSW Women’s Masters Road Premiership.

Bathurst BMX Club riders are in good form ahead of hosting a state round | Videos
ANYA WHITELAW April 12 2018
COMPETITION will be stiff when Bathurst stages the third round of the BMX NSW State Series later this month, but there is still reason for the host club to expect good results.

Dennis and Jodie Martin are set to compete at the 2018 ITU Triathlon World Championships
ANYA WHITELAW April 17 2018
THEY have spent countless hours training alongside each other for triathlons and now Dennis and Jodie Martin are set to represent Australia together.

In the Media / News March 2018
« on: April 16, 2018, 01:29:32 AM »

Triathlon talent: Windsor wins third title at Mooloolaba
MARK Windsor picked up his third age group victory at the Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival on Sunday and in the process ensured his place at this September’s World Championships Olympic distance event.

Josh Stapley going for national team qualification in Queensland
BRADLEY JURD March 9 2018
As he continues for his push to be selected in the national team, Bathurst’s Josh Stapley will compete in the Maloolabah Triathlon in Queensland on Sunday.

Stapley’s superb progress: Spot booked at World Championships
JOSH Stapley has found some of his best racing form at a crucial moment, winning his age group in Sunday’s Wollongong Triathlon to secure a spot at the upcoming World Championships on the Gold Coast.

Road Race Report / Graded Scratch Race “B2B Hit-out”
« on: April 15, 2018, 05:54:05 AM »
Bathurst hosts Hit-Out for next week’s 2018 B2B
Bathurst cyclists had their last hit out ahead of the 2018 Bathurst Classic Cycling Weekend and 2018 B2B Cyclo Sportif on the Historic Vale Circuit today. There where 4 separate Grades contested, with great fields providing some aggressive cycling action.

GPM Stulz (Craig Hutton, Will Hodges & Josh Corcoran) had the numbers on the D2F team (Richie Hobson & Nick North) however it was Harry Bryant who went on the attack early with GPM’s Corcoran. But this was only the first of many breaks and as they started the final lap it was Mark Windsor away with GPM Stulz chasing. Josh Corcoran counter attacked in search of the win but Tom Bolton closed it down which in turn set up Craig Hutton for the win, Bolton 2nd with Brad Rayner third in front of Corcoran and Windsor.

Youngsters Ben Anderson and Luke Tuckwell took the top 2 placing in the B Grade event, backing up their reputation as two of the brightest prospects coming through the local cycling ranks. Third in B Grade was the consistent David Reece defeating Scott James and Graeme Peadon.

There was a close sprint at the end of C Grade with experienced racer Damien Bennett just beating Tony Shaw who is showing plenty of talent since taking up the sport. Last week’s winner Mick Foran defeating the top place female Laura Renshaw and Lithgow’s Glen Partridge for 3rd.

It was a very close contest in D Grade with Marian Renshaw dead heating with Robyn Partridge for the win.

A Grade Craig Hutton Tom Bolton Brad Rayner Josh Corcoran Mark Windsor
B Grade Ben Anderson Luke Tuckwell David Reece Scott James Graeme Peadon
C Grade Damien Bennett Tony Shaw Mick Foran Laura Renshaw Glen Partridge
D Grade Marian Renshaw Robyn Partridge

Central West Triathletes going to the World Champs:
As expected, the Central Western Region of NSW has featured heavily in the announcement of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Triathlon Championships.

Both the World Olympic Distance and the World Sprint Triathlon Championships will be held in Australia in 2018 and with Western NSW showing its depth in the sport at the recent NSW Champs at Orange it was not surprising that large number of the regions Triathletes would performed very well in the National Selection series. In not only did many Central Western athletes record a top 10 ranking in the National Age Group Series but a couple actually topped the rankings.   

The attached list may not be a complete list of locals heading to the Gold Coast World Titles as currently an appeal process is occurring and a reserve list is to be considered in each age category. However, the attached lists suggest and impressive performance by the Orange, Bathurst, Mudgee, Dubbo and Cowra Triathlon Clubs to all have representatives at the 2018 Worlds.

Road Race Report / Bathurst 2018 Tri-Worlds Qualifers
« on: April 12, 2018, 08:40:29 AM »
Bathurst Triathletes at the 2018 World Champs
Bathurst Wallabies Triathlon Club has capped off a fine year with 6 members qualifying for the 2018 ITU Triathlon Championships on the Gold Coast in September.

The Bathurst won the Central West Interclub Triathlon Championship for the first time this year and now will finish 2018 with a good representation at both the Sprint and Olympic Distance World Champs.

It is also the first time the Bathurst club has had athletes topping the National Age Group Series with both Jodie Martin (45-49 Sprint) and Mark Windsor (Both 55-59 Sprint & 55-59 Olympic Distance) winning the Australia Series. Windsor also gaining automatic Qualification for winning the National Championships in both Events.

It wo Surprize to see quality athletes Dennis Martin (Sprint) Terry Roberts (Olympic Distance) & Joshua Stapley (Olympic Distance) make the team, all finishing in the top 10 in the National Series.
Bathurst Endurance athlete Fran Grady also made the Team with an impressive switch from Ironman Distance to the shorter ITU distance to Qualify for the Olympic Distance World Championships

Bathurst Qualifiers for the 2018 World Olympic Distance Triathlon Championships
Mark Windsor, Terry Roberts, Joshua Stapley, Fran Grady

Bathurst Qualifiers for the 2018 World Sprint Triathlon Championships
Mark Windsor, Dennis Martin, Jodie Martin

Waiting on Appeals News before the Final Team is confirmed - Stay tuned for News on any other local qualifiers..

For more details on Qualifiers from across the Central West see the attached Link -

Committee Announcements / 2018 Western Division Road Championships
« on: April 10, 2018, 05:55:03 AM »
2018 Western Division Road Championships
It is Bathurst Cycling Club turn to hold the Western Division Road Championships in 2018.
However a series of problem with holding road events in the Region has delayed the announcement of the senior titles however the Bathurst Junior committee has set a proposed date for the 2018 Junior Championships. However stay tuned for an announcement on the Senior Championships, and be warned it could even be aligned with the Junior Weekend.

Bathurst - Sulman Park, Mt Panorama.
Saturday 7th July 2018, Reserve date Saturday 21 July 2018

TIME: 8.30am sign on for a 9.00am start
AGE Divisions: U9P, U9, U11 and U13.
Note U15+ welcome to participate but no awards as part of senior competition
EVENTS: ITT, Road race and Criterium with a Point system on these three events to result in Winners
SUPPORT EVENTS: Italian pursuit if time (depart by 12 noon).

It should be noted that the Junior Committee put a bit of work into selecting the Date – as the 7th July first weekend of school holidays and weekend before Country Championships so it gives an opportunity for clubs to ride before countries, plus School holidays mays it a little easier. The Junior Committee are also considering making these title quite a social event, with a sausage sizzle at clubhouse whilst seniors are racing. Maybe tie in the Tour De France for a bit of fun. Official Details on the Club Website.


Road Race Report / Old Vale Circuit Scratch Races
« on: April 08, 2018, 06:18:38 AM »
Bathurst Scratch Races - 8th April 2018
Graded Scratch races today in Bathurst on the very historic Old Vale Road Race Circuit.

In the 1930s this course hosted some of the biggest motor sport in Australia including the Australian TT Champs. In fact it was due to the success of this motor racing circuit that the world famous Mt Panorama circuit was built.

With a Grand Fono World Championship series event finishing on the legendary Mt Panorama it seems only fitting that cycling went to the birth place of the Mt Panorama race circuit in the lead up to the Bathurst Cycling Classic (and the world famous Blayney to Bathurst) in a couple of weeks.

The A&B Grade was an entertaining race with plenty of action. However in the end 3 riders broke clear to take the outright major placing, NickNorth defeating break away companions Richard Hobson & Mark Windsor in dash to the finish line.

Exciting race in B Grade with Julian Wood defeating TonyBarlow LukeGilmer after promising Junior Ben Anderson got away with Hobson, Windsor & North late in the race and looked set to win B Grade. however the youngster was caught and the B Grade field came back together for a sprint.

Mick Foran won C Grade on Old Vale circuit win with Toireasa Gallagher & GrahamStait making up the Podium. Rosemary Hastings defeating Cathy Adams Geoff Ryan & RobynPartridge in D Grade.

Road Race Report / 2018 Jack McKay Memorial
« on: April 01, 2018, 07:25:20 AM »
2018 Jack McKay Memorial Handicap
Jack Mackay (1919 – 1997) Bathurst Cycling Club Life Member.
Jack McKay Memorial Handicap celebrates the life of one of the biggest supporters of Bathurst Cycling. The event is one of the major trophy events on the Bathurst Cycling Club Calender originally part of a the Western Region Interclub Premiership and a City vs Country Challenge event; and a fitting memorial of one of Bathurst’s most popular cycling identities, Jack McKay(1919-1997).

Going under the alias of “Pedal or the Pedler” he spent over 50years in the local newspaper industry, and with friend Jack Gunning was responsible for the publicity that has provided the foundation for the club’s modern day profile, which has seen cycling in the local area develop into a high profile sport boosting a number of professional riders.

The Jack McKay Memorial Event started as the Bathurst round of the Western NSW Cycling Premierships with the inaugural event run in 1998, however former Club President Clive Laing was given the job to construct a trophy which was first awarded in 1999 event. The race has varied in distance over the years but has always included the infamous Caloola Hill which remains as the key part of the race today.

Jack worked as the clubs handicapper for many years (well as Timekeeper and Starter) so it was very appropriate to use the handicap format for Jack’s Memorial Race allowing riders of all levels to have a chance to feature in one of the club premier events.

2018 Jack McKay Memorial Handicap
Isaiah Bennett has defeated Andrew McGrath and Dave Reece in the Annual Jack McKay. Bennett was part of a strong 21minute group that dominated the race after catching Andrew McGrath’s 21minute bunch and then catching early leader Rosemary Hastings who had been joined in front by Michael Robinson, Tom McClelland and Greg Vinall.
Behind Bennett, McGrath and David Reece other members of the 21minute group filled much of the top ten, fourth was Tim Scott and Jille Harris 5th while John Anderson Michael Robinson Julian Wood Luke Tuckwell and Kalinda Robinson rounded out the top 10.
The Backmarkers never looked like threatening the front markers for the handicap win however had a great battle for fastest time when blockmarkers Jermey Ryan (Cowra) Harry Bryant (Orange) and Mark Windsor started fast and put the pressure on scratch markers Josh Corcoran, Will Hodges and Brad Rayner.
Josh Corcoran continued his excellent recent form to claim fastest time infront of GMP Stulz teammate Will Hodges.
Former NSW Masters Champ Jille Harris was a clear winner of the First Female Trophy finishing 5th overall and defeating top class Junior Kalinda Robinson

Results 2018 Jack McKay Memorial Handicap
1Isaiah Bennett (21min) 2Andrew McGrath (25min) 3Dave Reece (21min) 4Tim Scott (21min) 5Jille Harris (21min) 6John Anderson (25min) 7Michael Robinson (27min) 8Julian Wood (11min) 9Luke Tuckwell (11min) 10Kalinda Robinson (21min)
Fastest Time: 1Josh Corcoran 2Will Hodges 3Brad Rayner 4Jermey Ryan 5Harry Bryant 6Mark Windsor
Female: 1Jille Harris 2Kalinda Robinson 3?Brooke Tuynman/Kirsten Howard

General Discussion / 41st Annual BDSRC Sports Awards
« on: March 28, 2018, 05:04:50 AM »
2018 Bathurst BDSRC Sports Awards
Sell-out crowd where on hand for the 41st Annual BDSRC Sports Awards Dinner at the RSL Club on Friday 9th March 2018. The Bathurst Cycling Club’s international achievements have resulted in the club regularly taking the trophies on the night with a number of local cyclists featuring on both the Sportsperson and Junior Sportsperson of the Year throughout the last 41years.

This year it was hard working local coach Marian Renshaw who joined her champion son Mark with a BDSRC Sports Award taking home the Coaching Excellence Trophy. Marian not only involved with some of the current National medal winning Juniors in Bathurst but continues to assist at the grass roots level where she is developing Bathurst’s next generation of Champions. 

There was also plenty of excitement in Cycling Circles on the naming of Kalinda Robinson as the recipient of the Jack Gunning Special Recognition Award. A very popular junior in the Cycling Club, Kalinda has a go at all events, and certainly impressed at the Australia Junior Track Nats (along with local stars Eliza Bennett and Record Holder Tyler Puzicha) taking home medals although being one of the youngest in her age division.

The Major Bathurst Sportsperson of the year Award was won by Lisa Griffith, while that was a win for Cricket, we are keen to point out the connection through her father Greg who has recently taken up cycling and is a successful racer with the club. Big Congratulation to Lisa who is a very deserving winner of the Award.

Awards Winners - 41st Annual BDSRC Sports Awards
Lisa Griffith (Cricket) Sportsperson of the year
Sara Matthews (Basketball) Junior Sportsperson of the year
Bathurst City Womens Premier League Hockey Team – Team of the Year
Bathurst District U16’s Cricket Team – Junior Team of the Year
Denison College Yr8 Girls Volleyball Team – School team of the Year.
John Maynard (Rugby Union) – Jean Alexander Award
Bathurst Parkrun – Organisational excellence
Marian Renshaw (Cycling) – Coaching Excellence
Libby Dallimore (Netball) – Refereeing Distinction
Kalinda Robinson (Cycling) – Jack Gunning Special Recognition Award

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