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Road Race Report / ROUND 4 BCC ROAD SERIES - 52km Easter Scratch Race
« on: April 22, 2019, 11:09:57 AM »
21 April 2019 - ROUND4 BCC ROAD SERIES Easter Scratch Race – Xroads, 52km
There were smaller fields in the Easter Sunday Racing at Bathurst, however there was plenty of great cycling action with exciting solo wins for Ben Taylor (B Grade) and Gary Baker (D Grade), while Brad Rayner won his second race in a row in A Grade.

Brad Rayner has moved to the lead of 2019 A Grade Bathurst Road Series after four rounds. Will Hodges jumped to an early lead in the series by winning rounds 1 and 2. However Rayner defeated Luke Tuckwell and Mark Windsor on the weekend in the hilliest round of the series over the Caloola Ridge to move a comfortable lead in the series after winning the Premier Grade in Bathurst Series in 2018. There was plenty of drama in the A Grade race with Mark Windsor falling and then having to avoid an aggressive brown snake during the 52km race.

B Grade was an exciting race with 3 riders (Ben Taylor Drew Tuckwell and Scott James) breaking clear of the bunch on the Caloola Climb. On the return trip Ben Taylor attacked, and although Tuckwell and James chased hard, Taylor recorded and impressive win from Tuckwell and James with veterans Rob Stephen, Graham Stait & Glen Partridge not too away.

David McKellar had an easy win in C Grade however D grade was another exciting race with one of the race favourites Jette McKellar suffering a puncturing early in the race. However a quick wheel change got her back in the event. By the top of Caloola Gary Baker had built a winning lead, yet things changed quickly with Caroline Robertson and Jette McKellar breaking clear of Phil Cole and Alex MacQuarrie and joining Barker in the lead at the half way point. Baker and Robertson pushed the pace but it was McKellar that attacked on the return trip and looked set for a remarkable victory. However Baker counter attacked and in a great battle held a small bit winning gap to the finish.

Track Racing / 2019 Harold Buttsworth Memorial Wheelrace
« on: April 10, 2019, 08:26:09 AM »
2019 Harold Buttsworth Memorial Wheelrace
After the Scratch marker Harry Carter got up for the win in 2018; Outmarker Phil Cole was simply too fast for the field in the 2019 Harold Buttsworth Memorial Wheelrace at the Bathurst Velodrome (5th April 2019)
Cole defeated front marker John Kitchen and former club track champ Drew Carter off 30m, with Kalinda Robinson (40m) and Toireasa Gallagher (130m) rounding out the top 5.

Honour Roll:
Hurt on Dirt (or Alloy Classic) 
2011 - A Grade - Blair Windsor, B Grade - Mick Marshall, C Grade - Toireasa Gallagher, D Grade - Greg Wills
2012 - A Grade - Harrison Carter, B Grade - Drew Carter, C Grade - Matt Cowley, D Grade - Donna Scott
2013 - A Grade - Blair Windsor, B Grade - Steve Scott, C Grade – Hamish Burke, D Grade - Tyler Buckley
2014 – A Grade - Dean Windsor, B Grade - Luke Bagley, C grade - Nev Krahe, D grade - Pat Corcoran
2015 - A Grade - Ayden Toovey, B Grade - Greg Burke, C grade - Harrison Jones, D grade - Patty Ryan, E Grade - Chris McEwan
2016 - A Grade - Dean Windsor, B Grade - Stuart Renshaw, C Grade - Dan Kirby, D Grade - Ian McEwen
2017 - A Grade - Craig Hutton, B Grade - Graeme Peadon, C Grade - Nathan Pearce, D Grade - Wayne Powell
2018 - A Grade – Craig Hutton, B Grade - Graeme Peadon, C Grade - Glen Carter, D Grade - Robyn Partridge
2019 - A Grade – Craig Hutton, B Grade – Paul Whitfield, C Grade - Rod Esdaile, D Grade - Gary Baker

Female Winners (TBC)
2011 – Toireasa Gallagher
2012 - Donna Scott
2013 – Hollee Simons
2014 – Donna Scott
2015 - Jodie Martin
2016 - Laura Renshaw
2017 - Brooke Tuynman
2018 – Kalinda Robinson
2019 – Emily Watts

Road Race Report / The 9th Bcc Hurt on Dirt Classic - 7th April 2019
« on: April 07, 2019, 12:03:53 PM »
2019 Hurt on Dirt (7 April 2019)
Raced on the tough Guestinthorpe Loop, the Hurt on Dirt Classic (or Alloy Classic) is regarded as one of the more prestigious cycling events on the local Bathurst Cycling Calendar. It’s a tough course which includes a number of dirt sections resulting in some great cycling action.

First held in 2011 the Bathurst gravel event was inspired after local international champion Mark Renshaw won the world famous gravel race, the Tro Bro Leon in France 13years ago in April 2006. That hype for gravel racing was further heightened with another Bathurst International Dean Windsor racing both the Tro Bro Leon and America Gravel Classic the Tour of Battenkil.

When Australia’s premier road series, the NRS, introduced a gravel event in the Tour of Adelaide it was again a Bathurst rider starring with Blair Windsor taking the win in South Australia.

It comes as no surprize then, that former European Pro Dean Windsor, Mudgee International Ayden Toovey and Continental Contract riders Blair Windsor & Harry Carter all won the A Grade Hurt on Dirt event in the first 6 years, with the Windsor brothers both winning the event twice.

However since then it’s been all Craig Hutton, who on the weekend become the first rider to win the A Grade Hurt on Dirt classic for the third time. The GPM contract rider defeated Brad Rayner (D2F) by centimetres after Rayner attacked on the last lap and Hutton only caught him in the final few metres of the race. Josh Corcoran took third in front of Mark Windsor who actual got the race winner Hutton, to remove a bee sting from his face mid-way through the race. Dan Googe rounding out the top five in A grade with champion Sydney Uni Velo rider Emily Watts the top placed female on the day.

After finishing second last year in B Grade, Blue Mountains cyclist Paul Whitfield was a deserving winner in 2019 defeating Jack Cannon and David Reece in the B grade Race. The top female rider from the inaugural race in 2011 Toireasa Gallagher, was again impressive finishing 4th with Lithgows Glen Partridge rounding out the top 5 in front of Nathan Pearce, Chris Davis and Graham Stait.

Rod Esdaile was an impressive winner in C Grade defeating David McKellar and Rob Barlow with Peter Wilson and Darren Fenton the top 5. While local champion marathon cyclist Gary Baker was too strong for Phil Cole in D Grade with Jette McKellar finishing 3rd in front of David Hyland.

Junior Racing / 2019 National Junior Track Champs
« on: March 31, 2019, 03:37:29 AM »
Bathurst Juniors Rider Impress at National Track Champs
All 3 Bathurst riders have returned from the 2019 National Cycling Champs with Medals with the All Bathurst Team of Kalinda Robinson and Tyler Puzicha riding a super race in the Teams Sprint to finish with the silver medal behind the Victorians on the final day of competition. It was a super performance by the Bathurst pair in the Team Sprint to go under the 36sec barrier and break the existing Australian Record, however the Victorians went faster again to take the gold.

Bathurst club member (Orange Resident) Luke Tuckwell won his medal on day 1 of the championships in the Teams Pursuit while Kalinda Robinson was in super form at the titles taking Gold in the 500 TT setting a massive PB to win her first National Gold Medal in an individual event.

The Central West of NSW made a massive impact at the Nationals with the Dubbo and Orange riders responsible for some mighty performances.  Including National Titles to Dubbo’s Danny Barber Hayley Fuller and Oranges Ben Anderson.

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Very impressive just to have a teams sprint team made of just Bathurst riders at the Nationals - let alone medal winners - Congrats to All --

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Road Race Report / Bcc 2 Roads 25km Handicap
« on: March 31, 2019, 03:28:43 AM »
Bcc 25km Handicap

Cold conditions for the Bathurst Cycling Club Handicap on the weekend with the club opting to use the shorter 25km Quarry Hill course for the event.

Endurance rider Gary Baker was not suited to the short fast event, but work well with promising young Orange riders Paddy Crump and Xavier Bland and Mitch Bland to set a fast pace early in the Handicap event making the task even more difficult for the backmarkers Mark Windsor and Daniel Googe.

Middle marker Rod Esdaile pushed the pace on quarry hill with a new group moving to the race lead however they were soon overtaken by the very swift moving block markers of Jack Cannon, David Reece and former Rockley Cup Winner Ben Taylor.

The backmarkers looked out of contention with Windsor having to make his move on Quarry Hill to try to catch the leaders. The front trio would fight out the finish with Taylor defeating Reece and Cannon, Mark Windsor finished fast to get 4th and fastest time in front of Rod Esdaile.

Top 8 - Bathurst 25km Handicap. 31-03-19

1st Ben Taylor 2nd Dave Reece 3rd Jack Cannon - Fastest Time Mark Windsor

Track Racing / 2019 State Masters Track Champs
« on: March 29, 2019, 11:42:00 AM »
NSW State Masters Track Cycling Championships:

Last weekend saw 6 Bathurst Cycling Club members contest the NSW State Track Cycling Championships at Dunc Gray Velodrome in Bass Hill ,Sydney.

Rosemary Hastings ,Toireasa Gallagher and Marian Renshaw had great results returning with 13 medals between them. They contested a wide range of events including Individual Time Trials and Pursuits, Scratch and Points racing. Gallagher and Renshaw also teaming up for the Team Sprint to come away with a well eared Silver Medal.

Hastings put in a great weekend despite carrying a injury which robbed her of trying to achieve a Australian record in the 2000m Individual Pursuit.

Gallagher performed extremely well over her chosen events with some exhilarating fast paced action and close finishes.

In the men ,Charlie Gascoyne, Glen Carter and Graham Stait also had to contend with some current Masters World Champions in their fields. Gascoyne returning to the Velodrome after a couple of years break to claim Gold in the Scratch and Points races. Carter also making a return after retiring from track racing in his earlier days to contest the Sprints ,Points and Scratch races, this also being the first time to try out the boards on the velodrome for State Titles. Stait a long time local cyclist claimed a Bronze in the Points race after some hard fast laps.

In all the Club secured 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 6 Bronze being quiet an achievement.

See Alexander Grant story here --

Pro Racing / Re: 43rd Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne
« on: March 28, 2019, 07:56:30 AM »
Renshaw finishes first event
Although running out of fitness towards the end of the 200km Brugge-De Panne road race, Bathurst Champion cyclist Mark Renshaw has finished the his first race of the 2019 season in 116th place. The race was won by Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) with Renshaw teammate Giacomo Nizzolo in the top 10 for the Dimension Data Team.
His return to racing after a broken pelvis Renshaw’s legs gave out at the end of the race but he was very excited to be back on the bike.

Pro Racing / 43rd Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne
« on: March 27, 2019, 06:54:07 AM »
Renshaw to start the 2019 Season in Belgium

Bathurst Mark Renshaw starts his 2019 cycling season tonight our time in the 43rd Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne. The Bathurst champion had his season put on hold since being hit by a car on a Bathurst round-about in the off season, breaking his pelvis.

It will be the first time Renshaw has raced the event with Dimension Data however he has raced the event before with Etixx-Quick Step, Columbia–HTC and Française des Jeux. However Driedaagse De Panne was a 3 day tour when he raced it previously; it changed to a 200km One Day event last year. The new format suiting Elia Viviani winning in 2018 and back to defend the title in 2019 with his all-conquering Deceuninck-Quick Step team.

However Viviani and Deceuninck-Quick Step team look to have plenty of competition with sprinters such as Gaviria, Bouhanni, Kittel, Dupont, Ackermann, Coquard and the very fast Groenewegen all in contention. Renshaw will be looking forward to setting up his sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo who is capable of springing a surprize win if Renshaw can give him a chance against the dominating Deceuninck-Quick Step team.

The event starts in West Flanders at Bruges and then races through Ypres (an area well known to Australian tourists) before doing a finishing loop at De Panne. Renshaw has rode well at the event in the past with top 10 stage finishes in 2015, 2009 and 2005

Road Race Report / Round 2 Bcc Road Series -40km SCR Races
« on: March 24, 2019, 04:54:43 AM »
Round 2 – 2019 Bcc Road Series
Bathurst Cycling Club held the second round of its 2019 Road Series on the weekend with 4 separate Grades racing the Three Roads Course over 40kms.
There were some quality riders in A Grade, with Olivers Racing’s Will Hodges applying the pressure from the start with he, Brad Rayner and Chris Couper breaking clear at the Ryan’s Turn with Mark Windsor, Stuart Renshaw and Dan Googe working hard to catch the trio. Will Hodges attacked again on Quarry Hill to set up an impressive solo win from Brad Rayner. Mark Windsor also attacking Quarry Hill to finish 3rd in front of hard riding Stuart Renshaw.

David Reece, Glen Partridge and Tony Shaw combined well in B Grade however Shaw had a fall late in the race with David Reece taking the win from Glen Partridge.

Rod Esdaile was a very impressive solo winner in C Grade after attacking on Quarry Hill, second was David McKellar with Nev Krahe finishing third in front of Darren Fenton

Jette McKellar and Gary Baker broke clear to dominate the D grade event. Jette taking the win from Gary with Phil Cole continuing his recent run of podiums after getting clear of David Hyland

RESULTS - Round 2 – Bathurst Cycling Club 2019 Road Series
A Grade - Will Hodges Brad Rayner Mark Windsor
B Grade - David Reece Glen Partridge Tony Shaw
C Grade - Rod Esdaile David McKellar Nev Krahe
D Grade - Jette McKellar Gary Baker Phil Cole

Road Race Report / Re: 2019 B2B Bathurst Cycling Classic
« on: March 22, 2019, 04:50:41 AM »
2019 NSW Hill climb championship
NSW Hill climb championship was first held in Bathurst on a course on Rockley Mount, however the current Mt Panorama Course has been used since 2005, of course this makes the honour roll for the event a classic piece of cycling history as times of past champions can be compared to the current stars.

The 2019 State Hill Climb very special as the long standing Mt Panorama Record was broken by world track Champion Rebecca Wiasak.

14 years ago two of the world best female professional cyclists Amanda Spratt and Tiffany Cromwell staged a mighty battle on the mountain for the honour of becoming the fastest female on the famous Mt Panorama. The pair where only juniors at the time but for those lucky enough to witness the Spratt Vs Cromwell clash few would have been surprised that well over a decade later Spratt’s time would remain unchallenged as the fastest ascend of the world famous climb.

In 2016 Lucy Bechtel impressive gold medal ride indicated the Spratt record could be broken, finishing only a couple of seconds off the 10:10.56 record. Now, after almost one & half decades Mt Panorama has a new champion with current National Criterium Rebecca Wiasak recording a time of 10:03.76 to breaking Amanda Spratt (twice National Road Champion) Mt Panorama Hill Climb Record.
Katie Banerjee and Jodie Martin where the only other female riders in the 10min club. Martin a former placegetter in the Elite Womens Championship has been dominating the Masters Categories for the last one & half decades and was in fact the fastest female overall in the championship in 2012 defeating top international rider Sarah Roy
In the Elite Men’s Championship Samuel Hill moved in to the top five fastest climbs ever up Mt Panorama recording 8:24.59 to defeating Masters Cat3 rider Andrew Finlayson. Some 7 years earlier Sam stamped himself as a future winner of the Elite Mens NSW Hill Climb Championship when he recorded very quick nine & half minutes to win the Junior State Title.

Former Record holder Amanda Spratt

Bathurst Cycling Classic Criteriums
Randwick Botany rider Luke Cridland has been coming to race at Bathurst since he was around 8 years old, so his win in the A grade Criterium in the City’s CBD was quite a celebration. Cycling is in the Cridland’s blood with the whole family involved in the sport. Luke himself raced for Australia at the junior World Championships and later toured Europe with the Under 21’s National Road Cycling program. After around Quarter of a century of intense racing Luke Cridland is still enjoying his cycling making his win in the 2019 Bathurst Division 1 Criterium something to celebrate. Former B2B Short Course winner Stephen Cuff winner was second in front of Myles Stewart with locals Tom Bolton & Craig Hutton in the top 5.

Current National Champion Rebecca Wiasak was the hot favourite for the Female Division 1 Criterium however Sydney Uni Velo rider Georgia Whitehouse could not have gone any closer to causing the upset as the 2 riders threw their bikes at the finish line at the end of the event. Wiasak taking the win from Whitehouse with Lucie Fityus third.

Bathurst Cycling Classic B2B
Rebecca Wiasak & Sam Hill were very deserving winners of the 2019 B2B Elite Wave. The pair had raced the event in the past and where very excited to finally breakthrough for the win.

Rebecca Wiasak was on the podium in 2011 Long Course B2B finishing 3rd behind top Canberra youngster Myfanwy Galloway and India Faehndrich. Since then she has had amazing success on the Track becoming a multiple World Champion in the Individual Pursuit however the dropping of that event at the Olympics has resulted in Wiasak not getting anything like the support or recognition she deserves. However in 2019 she certainly put her talent on display winning all three events at the Bathurst Cycling Classic including the 2019 B2B defeating Georgia Whitehouse and local champion Jodie Martin.
Sam Hill put in a dominate display to defeat Luke Cridland in the male long course event taking a little over two & half hours to finish the course which was shorter in 2019 due to the removing of the tunnel section and finishing on Pitt Straight

Plenty of local celebrations in the Short Course event with Hollee Simons and Laura Renshaw finishing first and second in the female event while young Tamworth rider Luke Deasey added his name to the Short Course Honour Roll taking Short Course Outright. Malachi Covington and Brendan Buhagiar joining Deasey on the podium; Malachi father Darren Covington was on the podium on the inaugural Keith Evans -Orange to Bathurst Challenge in 1990 which was the forerunner to the Bathurst Cycling Classic B2B event.

Road Race Report / Mooloolaba National Triathlon Championships
« on: March 21, 2019, 06:31:13 AM »
2019 Mooloolaba National Triathlon Championships

An unfortunate clash with the Bathurst Cycling Classic didn’t stop a number of Bathurst Wallabies Tri Club members heading to Queensland for the annual Australian Olympic Distance Triathlon Championships at Mooloolaba. All 5 Bathurst Club members (Danielle Patterson Jen Arnold Howard Yen Stephen Jackson Mark Windsor finished in the championships top 40) with Mark Windsor successfully defending his 55-59yrs National Age Title, Howard Yen finishing 24th in that category. Steve Jackson was 6th in the 60-64yrs category, while Jen Arnold was 29th (35-39yrs) and Danielle Patterson 33rd (40-44yrs).

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Mark Windsor wins a Triathlon Australia National Championships title
Anya Whitelaw March 21 2019
WHILE Mark Windsor was undoubtedly delighted to win another Triathlon Australia National Championships title on Sunday, he got just as much satisfaction from seeing the performances of his Bathurst club-mates

2019 Mid-Week Crit Series
The Bathurst Cycling Club held a Summer Mid-Week Criterium Series consisting of 4 rounds on Tuesday afternoons in February and March. The series was organised by Norman Wise with 4 separate grades contested at each round. It was intended to hold a Sunday round on the 24th February however a mix up with the start times resulted in riders missing the race start and the grades combined, so no official results have been published for that event. 
The winners of the series were Craig Hutton A Grade David Reece B Grade Peter Wilson C Grade and Phil Cole D Grade.
Round 1 Summer MidWeek Criterium Series19 Feb 2019
A Grade Tom Bolton Josh Corcoran Brad Rayner
B Grade Julian Woods Dan Googe Nathan Pearce
C Grade Peter Wilson Nev Krahe Mark Sutton
D Grade Gray Theiss Rosemary Hastings Phil Cole

Round 2 Summer MidWeek Criterium Series 26 Feb 2019
A Grade Craig Hutton Stuart Renshaw Josh Corcoran
B Grade Bruce Hutton David Reece Rod Lovett
C Grade Cadel Lovett Peter Wilson Nev Krahe
D Grade Phil Cole Norman Wise

Round 3 Summer MidWeek Criterium Series 5 March 2019
A Grade Craig Hutton Josh Corcoran Brad Rayner
B Grade Rod Lovett David Reece
C Grade Cadel Lovett Peter Wilson Rod Esdale
D Grade Phil Cole Rosemary Hastings Norman Wise

Round 4 Summer MidWeek Criterium Series 12 March 2019
A Grade Craig Hutton Will Hodges Dan Googe
B Grade Bruce Hutton David Reece Rod Lovett
C Grade Cadel Lovett Peter Wilson Rod Esdale
D Grade Phil Cole Norman Wise Rosemary Hastings

Summer Crit Series Winners -
A Grade Craig Hutton B Grade David Reece C Grade Peter Wilson D Grade Phil Cole

Road Race Report / 2019 B2B Bathurst Cycling Classic
« on: March 12, 2019, 04:59:45 AM »
Entries slightly down, but still good fields for 2019 B2B Bathurst Cycling Classic
The change of date for the Bathurst Cycling Classic from April to March imposed by CA to create a new Grand Fondo in Brisbane was always going to have an impact on the long running Bathurst Event, given the new Bathurst date clashes with a number of other promotions (including the NSW Triathlon Championships at Orange).

Not surprizing the prediction is race entries are slightly lower on the corresponding time last year. With around 5 days to the event the on line entries are still good (approx. 2000 for the Sunday events), yet still close to 300 lower than the record numbers in 2018.
The B2B/Bathurst Cycling Festival continues to be part of the World Age Group Cycling Series and a qualifier for the World Championships in Poland in 2019. However this year the exclusivity of using the Bathurst event for Qualification was undermined by the adding of a third Age group worlds Qualifier in Australia at Brisbane. Bottom Line is there is more options for Aussie to Qualify and hence the interstate entries are down by 30 – 35%.

This would certainly suggest there is a case for a reduction in the fees for hosting a round of the World Series now there is 3 Qualifiers in Australia. It should be noted the Bathurst Event is the first of the big Grand Fondo type events in Australia established by the Bathurst Cycling Club with the assistance of Daybreak Rotary and CA back in 2004.
Also down in 2019 is the entries in the Elite Wave, last year’s race had a number of mix ups in both the Elite Mens and Womens events, so early entries in these categories are significantly lower. This year a very experienced Race Director has been appointed to correct those situations yet in some way the smaller elite field could be a blessing as it may be a much more manageable task. There are still plenty of strong domestic NRS teams on the starting list plus also a nice mix of reps from more elite UCI Continental Teams including Drapac Cannondale Holistic, Olivers Real Foods, St George Continental and the Slovenian Team Ljubljana Gusto Santic.
On the positive side there is an increase in the number of Women entering the Long Course Event, which is pleasing as the percentage of females in the event have been traditionally low. After last year’s mix up defending champ Georgia Whitehouse has entered along with multiple Track World Champion Rebecca Wiasak. While this year’s long course including a number of past Short Course winners such as Gail Johnston Lisa Keeling and the local Queen of the B2B Short Course Jodie Martin who has won the event on a number of occasions.

Road Race Report / Round 1 2019 BCC Road Series
« on: March 11, 2019, 06:27:44 AM »
2019 BCC Road Series -- 25km TwoRoad Scratch Race
Bathurst Cycling club hosted the first race of the 2019 BCC Road Series on the weekend with 4 grades racing a 25km scratch race on the TwoRoads Course.

After a great ride at the Warni and a recent win in the Vale Circuit Scratch race - Will Hodges again won A Grade defeating Josh Corcoran and Brad Rayner.

Kalinda Robinson continued her domination of B grade defeating Dave Reece and Nathan Pearce. While Wayne Powel outsprinted Cadel Lovett and Graham Stait to win C grade. Great to have popular club member and CNSW Commissaire Phil Cole back racing on the road he defeated Rosemary Hastings and Norman Wise in D Grade.

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