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2021 BCC Road Race Championships
(Incorporating Round 8 Renshaw's Pedal Project 2021 Road Series)

The first Bathurst Bicycle Championship was held in 1885, so this week’s Championships traditionally provides spirited racing in all 4 separate grades.
With the Renshaw Pedal Project Road Series included in the 2021 Road championships a number of visiting riders also raced the local championships including a couple of high-profile local residents Thomas Bolton and David Nicholas who both still ride for their original home town club where they learnt their craft. These riders race for the overall prizes but obviously can’t take the Bathurst Title.

A Grade
Defeating Champ Will Hodges looked the man to beat going into the Bathurst A Grade Championship. The event also contained 2019 &18 title winner Brad Rayner he moved up into A Grade after a number of recent wins in B Grade. The A Grade Championship consisted of 5 laps around the historic Vale Circuit with the field swapping off at a high pace from the start. Having lifted his training for the Tokyo Para Olympics David Nicholas was the only attacker early in the event but after a couple of laps Will Hodges and Nic Barrett broke clear.
This stirred the race up with Tom Bolton and Dave Nicholas jumping across the gap and lifting the pace even further which resulted in Nic Barrett dropping back. Mark Windsor then attacking across to the three leaders before the hill where Dave Nicholas lost contact and then later Mark Windsor. This left Bolton and Hodges in lead with Windsor and Nicholas chasing with a further gap back to Jack Cannon and Nic Barrett.
This is how the race continued to the line, Tom Bolton defeating Hodges in the sprint for first, while Nicholas won a photo finish for 3rd with Mark Windsor, then Nic Barrett outsprinting Jack Cannon for 5th (and importantly the 3rd Bathurst rider home).

B Grade 
Plenty of action in B Grade with former A grade Champion Steve Bennett on the attached early with the bunch having to chase very hard to catch him. With the bunch back together this set up David Reece for the counter attack and Reece quickly built a winning lead however Bennett did get clear late in the race and put in a desperate chase. However Reece held on for a great solo win with Bennett 2nd and Griffith visitor Jason Minato putting in a strong ride to finish 3rd in the Renshaw Pedal Project event in front of David Shaw who was the 3rd Bathurst Club rider home.

C Grade
Another action packed race in C Grade which eventually came down to a sprint where smart racer Mick Foran took the win from legendary local veteran Robert Stephen. One of the pre-race favourites Damien Bennett finishing 3rd in the race

D Grade
Peter Hickey continues to improve and pushed the pace from the start of D grade, in the end he was simply too strong for Gary Theiss who finished second with the consistent David Hyland finishing third. Top female rider on the day was Cathy Adams, she defeated Rosey Hasting for the leading female in the 2021 Bathurst Road Champs.

Round 8 Renshaw's Pedal Project Road Series - Race Results:
A Grade- 1Tom Bolton 2Will Hodges 3David Nicholas 4Mark Windsor 5Nicholas Barrett then Jack Cannon Bradley Rayner
B Grade - 1David Reece 2Steve Bennett 3Jason Minato 4Tony Shaw 5Ray Thorn then Will Lesh Patrick Crump Josiah Cooke Scott James
C Grade - 1Mick Foran 2Robert Stephen 3Damien Bennett 4Tim Roebuck 5Phil Stapleton then Peter Wilson Peter McKinnon Kevin Bell Glen Carter Darren Fenton Cameron Crump
D Grade - 1Peter Hickey 2Lachlan Crump 3Gary Theiss 4David Hyland 5Garry Hamer Then Cathy Adams Steven Cox Rosemary Hastings Robyn Partridge DNS John Kitchen DNS

2021 Bathurst Road Championships
A Grade - 1Will Hodges 2Mark Windsor 3Nicholas Barrett 4Jack Cannon 5Bradley Rayner
B Grade - 1David Reece 2Steve Bennett 3Tony Shaw 4Ray Thorn 5Will Lesh
C Grade - 1Mick Foran 2Robert Stephen 3Damien Bennett 4Tim Roebuck 5Phil Stapleton
D Grade - 1Peter Hickey 2Gary Theiss 3David Hyland 4Garry Hamer 5Cathy Adams

General Discussion / Renshaw’s Pedal Project On-Line Cycling Events
« on: June 16, 2021, 12:45:42 AM »
Renshaw’s Pedal Project begin their Zwift racing events:-
Renshaw’s Pedal Project held its first ESports Chop-off event yesterday (Tuesday 15June 2021) on the Zwift Platform. The event used the popular Sand & Sequoias course which may be only 22kms but has a fairly solid climb in the second half of the course.
Former Bathurst Champion Harry Carter organised the event which included local Pro Riders Mark Renshaw and Will Hodges who took control of a 4 rider lead group and set a solid pace from the start.
The newly formed Bathurst Cycle Club Zwift team (BxCC) rode the event in preparation for the AusCycling ESports Club National Series with will be contested during July. The Bathurst Club excited about Renshaws Pedal Project organising these events to give the local riders some On-Line experience ahead of the National Series.
Former Bathurst Road Racing Co-ordinator Craig McAlister enjoyed the opportunity to ride with the club again and showed plenty on his old form finishing equal 6th overall in the event crossing the line with the events top female rider Kirsten Howard. Believed to be his first ZwiftPower Ranking event Craig was the big winner in the D grade BxCC Bathurst Team Category.
Meanwhile two other past Bathurst Club riders were the leading BxCC performers in C and B Grade, with former Bathurst Commassaire Gary Baker the leading C Grade BxCC competitor and Cal Baker third overall and leading B Grader in front local Champ David Nicholas who is in heavy training ahead of the Tokyo Para Olympics. Top A Grader for the BxCC team was Mark Windsor.
Renshaw’s Pedal Project are happy with how the how the On-line Cycling Events are going with a social ride organised for Thursday morning were cyclist can go for a ride indoors and also having the opportunity for a chat with fellow riders. The next Chop-off event is planned for next Tuesday afternoon.

Results –Bathurst Isuzu Ute Handicap – 12th June 2021.
With the local club championship scheduled for next weekend, the backmarkers were impressive in today’s Bathurst Isuzu Ute Handicap (Presented by the Clancy Motors Group).

It has been lean pickings for the scratchmarkers in this year, having only caught the frontmarkers in the local Handicaps on one occasion in 2021. However with the Local Championships looming Will Hodges and Thomas Bolton rode through the field after giving away over 20minutes start in the race. Promising junior Cadel Lovett also stamped himself as a contender in the local championship sticking with the pair from his 1 minute handicap to finish on the podium.

HOW It Happened --
Lara Allen and Steve Cox, having his first race start lead the way early but Kevin Bell, Neville Krahe and Scott Allen had started fast and soon took the lead.
Behind them Rob Stephen and Mick Foran had caught Toireasa Gallagher Pete McKinnon and Charlotte Lovett while Tim Roebuck and Scott James had broken away from Damien Bennett and Phil Stapleton and where also riding into contention.
At the back of the race Scratch markers Will Hodges and Tom Bolton had combined well to catch the block bunch of Cadel Lovett, Mark Windsor, David Nicholas, Jack Cannon and Nic Barrett and had their sights on the next group which included Steve Bennett Brad Rayner and Tony Shaw.
In the final stages Kevin Bell and Neville Krahe worked hard to build what looked to be a winning lead, however Tom Bolton Will Hodges and Cadel Lovett powered home to catch the pair in the final kilometre of the race. Olivers Racing Team rider Tom Bolton taking an impressive win considering he has been hampered by injury recently. Bathurst Champ Will Hodges looks in great form for next week’s championships finishing second while young Cadel Lovett stamped himself as new backmarker with an eye catching third placing. 
The unlucky Neville Krahe and Kevin Bell where the next to finish and may have won the event if the solid head wind hadn’t slowed their progress at the end of the event. Next to finish was Mark Windsor followed in by David Nicholas and Jack Cannon. With Mick Foran the first of the middle markers ahead of block rider Nic Barrett who rounded out the top 10.
Tom Bolton recorded fastest time in the race, riding 58:32 which is a very good effort considering the cold windy conditions, while the first female was champion cyclist Toireasa Gallagher in front of the promising Charlotte Lovett.

Results –Bathurst Isuzu Ute Handicap – 12th June 2021.
1Tom Bolton (Scr) 2Will Hodges (Scr) 3Cadel Lovett (1min) 4Nev Krahe (18:30) 5Kevin Bell (18:30) 6Mark Windsor (1min) 7David Nicholas (1min) 8Jack Cannon (1min) 9Mick Foran (10:30) 10Nic Barrett (1min)

40km 3-Roads Scratch Race (SUTHO. DRIVE FINISH)
Round 7 of the Renshaw's Pedal Project 2021 Road Series featured a hill top finish which produced results that have tightened up all 4 grades of the 2021 Renshaws Pedal Project Series with only a couple of rounds remaining.
Victory in A Grade going to Cowra hard man Jeremy Ryan who defeated promising young Bathurst Climber Cadel Lovett. Craig Hutton finishing very fast to race past Mark Windsor to snatch third, Jack Cannon rounding out the top 5 in front of David Nichalas who did a brave attack just prior to the hill, which made it very difficult for him on the climb.
The B Grade group came to the finishing climb all together where Will Lesh out climbed the bunch to defeat Dave Reece and Steven Scott who caught and passed Brad Rayner on the finish line. Ray Thorn is starting to come back to form after a recent setback rounded out the top5 in B Grade in front of Scott James Tony Shaw and Rocket Lovett.
Will be interesting to see C and D Grade Series points after the weekend with tear-away D Grade series leader Kevin Bell moving into C Grade for the last few rounds of the series, the likely series winners now difficult to pin-point in both Grades.
Damien Bennett continued his excellent form to win C Grade from talented young climber Charlotte Lovett who caught and passed Tim Roebuck on top of the Sutho Hill. Mick Foran pushed C Grade Series leader Rob Stephens back to fifth. New Starter Angus Mann rode well to defeat Jill Harris for 6th with Peter McKinnon Bruce Hutton and Kevin Bell rounding out the top 10.
Meanwhile young Orange cyclist Lachlan Crump showed he is a bit of a climber in D Grade, surprising everyone, including placegetters Peter Hickey and David Hyland with the speed at which he climbed the final hill.  Cathy Adams and Rosemary Hastings rounded out the top 5 ahead of junior country championship medallist Lara Allen.

All-In Sutho Climb Finish Handicap:
Presented by Bathurst Isuzu Ute
With challenging hill top finishes featuring in the Tour of Italy at the moment, the Bathurst Cycling Club held its own mini version with an All-In Handicap finishing on the tough Sutho Climb after a climb up Quarry Hill at the midpoint of the event.
2020 Bathurst Rookie of the year Nic Barrett continued his impress climb through the Bathurst ranking, riding through the field to defeat Damien Bennett and Rob Stephen who both started on the 8:30minute handicap mark. Jille Harris (11:30min) finished 4th overall and the first female home, while Peter Wilson made a very successful return to racing after a recent fall finishing 5th
Lone scratch marker Will Hodges rode the course in 45m30s to set the fastest time ahead of Nic Barrett and Mark Windsor. While Jille Harris defeated Toireasa Gallagher for first female with Rosemary Hastings third ahead of Cathy Adams and Lara Allen.

How it Happened-
Early leaders in the race were front markers Rosemary Hastings, Lara Allen and Robyn Partridge with Cathy Adams, Peter Hickey and John Kitchen chasing the trio.
At the midway point both Rosemary Hastings and Peter Hickey had broken clear but leading the chase was the 11minute bunch of Jille Harris, Peter Wilson, Kevin Bell, Toireasa Gallagher, Neville Krahe and Scott Allen who had been joined by Rob Stephen and Damien Bennett who had jumped clear of their 9minute bunch (which included Brian Draper Peter McKinnon Mick Foran & Ray Thorn).

Plenty of action at the back of the field with the block bunch of Nic Barrett and Mark Windsor desperately trying to jump across to the 4minute group of Tony Shaw, David Reece, Ian Grant, Will Lesh and Brad Rayner. This fast start was making the task even harder for the lone scratch marker Will Hodges who was urgently trying to catch sight of the other competitors in the race after giving away up to 22:30 minutes start.

Rob Stephen, Damien Bennett and 11 minute bunch caught leader Peter Hickey and look set to fight it out for the victory on the Sutho Climb. However Barrett and Windsor had caught and pasted the 4 minute group and were still chasing very hard.

On the climb Jille Harris, Peter Wilson, Kevin Bell looked strong but Rob Stephen and Damien Bennett were getting ready to sprint for the victory on top of the climb. Suddenly Nic Barrett appeared and swept to the lead to take a very impressive win.

Damien Bennett took 2nd with Rob Stephen third, Jille Harris and Peter Wilson rounding out the top 5; Kevin Bell, Toireasa Gallagher and Neville Krahe infront of the luckless Peter Hickey.

Scratchman Will Hodges never gave up crossing the line in 45m30s in 16th place to take fastest time in the event in front of Nic Barrett and Mark Windsor. While Jille Harris defeated Toireasa Gallagher and Rosemary Hastings in the top female category.

RESULTS – “Bathurst Isuzu Ute” Sutho All-In Handicap
1Nic Barrett (2:45min), 45m50s; 2Damien Bennett (8:30min); 3Rob Stephen (8:30min); 4Jille Harris (11:30min); 5Peter Wilson (11:30min); 6Kevin Bell (11:30min); 7Toireasa Gallagher (11:30min); 8Neville Krahe (11:30min); 9Peter Hickey (16:30min); 10Will Lesh (3:30min)
Fastest Time – 1Will Hodges 45m30s 2Nic Barrett 3Mark Windsor
First Female - 1Jille Harris 2Toireasa Gallagher 3Rosemary Hastings

General Discussion / On-Line Racing - Where are the results?
« on: May 27, 2021, 02:39:13 AM »
The Virtual World of On-line Racing:

Covid19 has accelerated cycling journey into the virtual on-line riding and racing environment.

There was little doubt that cycling would start to move on-line in the future, but the speed that it’s all happening is quite surprizing. The suitability of cycling to fit into the virtual on-line gaming world has surprised all that have given it a try. In fact the Zwift App has captured the principles of cycle racing so well, that you sometimes you forget when hiding behind a competitor to get out of the wind, that the air resistance is a computer generated algorithm and you’re not actually surfing the draft of the opponents from around the world.

Bathurst is historically is a very strong cycling centre, with excellent cycling roads and opportunities to get involved in the sport. So that long Bathurst history of traditional cycling may of slowed the uptake of local riders into the on-line world initially, with a percentage of Bathurst cyclists keen to continuing to ride in the great outdoors only. However recent stats suggest that is changing with most local cyclists diversifying onto the computer.

Initially Stephen Jackson and Jenn Arnold were two of the local riders that took to the Zwift Platform quite seriously, I expect that Steve would have been the first Bathurst rider to reach Level 50 in the Zwift game; currently (may 2021) Steve Jackson has ridden over 60,000km !!!!  That is a staggering amount of hours in the zwift app. It would be difficult to imagine any other local cyclist even near that many kilometres. Jenn is also a level 50 player, and puts her experience to work as a ride leader with some of the Tri Australia virtual rides, she also has some good results in female zwift racing in the past.

Top class Mudgee Pro Triathlete NicK Kastelein who lived in Bathurst for a period also leads events on Zwift as part of his Canyon Speedmax sponsorship. His events are Time Trial competitions and recon events for those race events. Results are calculated and added to your game profile.

These days the majority of Bathurst cyclists have tried Zwift at some level, some opt to keep their account private. Many of these local cyclists are also building some impressive kilometre values, they include Graeme Peadon, Greg Vinall, Para World Champ David Nicholas and former Bathurst cyclist Karl Addison (who can still connect with the local club although now thousands of miles away), all of these riders have topped level 40 on Zwift.

Hollee Simons (one of the many local triathletes regularly using the indoor trainer) is also closing in on the level 40 mark having already topped 14,000km. Other very experienced Zwift riders include Jamie Rivett (L32) Peter Wilson, Jack Cannon & former club member Emily Watts (L29); Glen Carter (L28); Chris Howarth, Stuart Renshaw, Anne McAlary & Geoff Short (L27) Luke Gillmer Mark Simons (L26)……..

Away from counting the Ks, the history of virtual on-line RACING got serious in Bathurst when Covid19 first hit and close down racing across the world. Cycling NSW and Qld partnered with zwift to host the cycling state of origin cycling series in May 2020. Bathurst riders raced for NSW who defeated Queensland in the 3 round series promoted by Koa Sports League, 150pts to 73pts.

The Bathurst Club had 4 cyclists that finished the first-ever virtual Cycling State of Origin with Luke Tuckwell riding well in A Grade and Ray Thorn a consistent performer in C Grade; while both Cadel Lovett and Mark Windsor who were new to Zwift, finished on the podium twice in the early rounds and had to be re-graded in the series. Windsor finishing 4th overall in the C Division after the 3 rounds with Cadel 8th and Ray 9th, and Tuckwell just missing the top 10 in A Division.
On the 18th May 2020 Cycling Australia with the support of another On-Line Cycling Application, FulGaz unveiled the inaugural Virtual Tour of Australia which was exclusively available to Cycling Australia members. The tour started with the Greenhill Road course, a tough climbing stage towards Mount Lofty in South Australia, Stage 2 was on the Gold Coast at Springbrook. But the excitement for Bathurst was stage 3 was a virtual three laps around our famous race track at Mt Panorama.

This was particularly exciting for local Mark Windsor who has raced many times on the Mt Panorama course since the early 1980s and was very keen to be involved in the first official virtual cycle race on the course. Using his experience he rode the 3 laps of Mt Panorama in 37min 26sec, placed him third overall in the stage behind talented Lidcombe junior Adrien Triccas (36:33) and Tasmanian Colin Locke (36:55). Former Bathurst rider Emily Watts (38:40) was also third in the women’s event behind Brodie Chapman (37:47) and Bre Vine (38:33) with Bathurst’s Toireasa Gallagher 10th and Kerryn Windsor 16th.

The final two stages were at The Dandenongs in Victoria and the very tough Mt Wellington in Tasmania. Bathurst Cycling club had 3 finishers in the tough 5 stage Australian Tour, with Mark Windsor 4th overall in the Men’s General Classification and first in his age category. Toireasa Gallagher also won her Age Category and was 10th overall in the Womens Final Classification while Kerryn Windsor also won her age category. Former Bathurst cyclist Emily Watts was in top form finishing overall runner up to Bre Vine in the Tour, while local Ray Thorn rode well early but withdrew from the final stages.

The next step in Australia was to get the elite NRS domestic teams racing on-line with all sport becoming very difficult during the pandemic. Zwift was used for the first NRS Invitational Events with Bathurst Club rider Will Hodges involved in the mens event won by Tom Benton (IFM) in the 2020 Covid19 Lockdown, worth noticing that former Bathurst Club Junior rider Zac Marshall finished in the top 25 in this event riding for StGeorge Team. Another former Bathurst Rider Emily Watts (AERO Women) also rode that Invitational series finishing 18th behind Bree Wilson (RXS).  Zwift again was used again in the 2021 elite team AusCycling E-Sports Series, with organisers aiming to encourage a viewing audience with commentary by Matt Keenen and more recently Kate Bates. Emily Watts showing recently she has quite a talent in on-line cycling defeating Sydney’s Kate Banerjee to winning stage one of the current 2021 @GoZwiftAUSNZ eNRS Women Series which was live streamed on SBS Cycling Cycling Facebook feed.

However this concept of still racing under Cycling Australia (or AusCycle) is a bit clunky, as really these old cycling management bodies eg UCI and ITU etc.. are only partners with Zwift (& the other apps) in the current e-cycling competitions. It is possible that the UCI and its sub groups can give Zwift and the other on-line sports gaming platforms some credibility in the on-line racing, but I expect that will be only a short term thing.

The bottom line is Zwift itself can give all users many different options to motivate them in all types of training and racing on-line, with cyclists able to set many different goals while riding. We have already mentioned the different levels a cyclist achieves, but with the racing, zwift organises competitors into grades depending on their output in the game. Riders moving up the grades as they get stronger in the zwift events which can be short and fast or tough hilly marathon races well over 100kms in length. 

Then of course zwift has its ZwiftPower ratings system, where cycle racers score points (in actual fact loose points) to get an on-line virtual Cycling Zwift Ranking. This can be a world ranking or a national ranking, it can be male or female or by age category.

Bottom line the more you race and the better you perform, the lower you can get your ranking. This month Mark Windsor moved into the top 25 in the world in his age category and leads the Australian National Zwift Power Ranking, also in his age cat is Stephen Jackson and Gary Baker who are both in the top 50 in the National age rankings while Graeme Peadon has just dropped out of the top 100.

In the U23s Category currently Emily Watts (AERO Women) is the 3rd ranked Aussie and 55th in the World, Luke Tuckwell is ranked 18th in Australia and Ella Falzarano 77th. While Jenn Arnold is 65th ranked Aussie in her category, others include Luke Gillmer in the top 400 Australian age rankings. It should be noted the rankings only go to 1000 and there are over 3 million users on Zwift, and up to 45,000 users simultaneously on the game.

At this point we should make it clear that you need to race regularly in Zwift to get a good Zwift Power ranking and the majority of local zwift users do not race. Obviously then, there are many other forms of motivation in the Zwift game including a range of personal challenges such as badges and conditioning measurements. So the point is, its difficult to access an good on-line cyclist as riders have a different focus.

So this article could go a lot deeper into the achievements of our local on-line cyclists. Cycling is a very diverse activity and the on-line version also has many different way to measure individual success.. In fact I just noticed the high watts that Will Hodges (L17) has pumped out in recent activities yet I haven’t mentioned him above.

I expected Club Meetups may be another competition option in the future, other cycling clubs, who don’t have the cycling facilities of Bathurst, have already developed this into their activities. A recent Western Advocate article suggests the Renshaw Pedal Project is playing with the idea, and I believe D2F’s Cycling Team is using the technology. Certainly the On-line Virtual World of cycling is looking to grow even further in the future.

Road Race Report / 24th Jack McKay Memorial X-Roads Handicap
« on: May 22, 2021, 08:42:56 PM »
Jack McKay 50km X-Roads Handicap - Saturday, May 22, 2021
This weekend the Bathurst Cycling Club will host the 2021 Jack McKay Memorial Handicap on the club’s X Road Course which features the infamous Caloola Climb.

The race was first held in 1998, and honours Bathurst Cycling Club Life member Jack McKay, who was one of the biggest promoters of Cycling in Bathurst. In the early years the handicap event was one of the major trophy events in the region as it was part of the Western Region Interclub Premiership. These days the event remains a fitting memorial of one of Bathurst’s most popular cycling identities as it is a round of the club’s annual historic Weal Trophy.

Jack was born in 1919 and joined the local cycle club as a young teenager and around the same time took on a job with the ‘National Advocate’ when they advertised for a boy with a bike. He would be involved in both activities for around half a century.

The excellent coverage of local cycle racing by Bathurst’s Newspaper “the Western Advocate” is also celebrated at the McKay Memorial; given the cycling promotional work performed by the Advocate via reporter Jack McKay who wrote for the newspaper under the name Pedal.

Not only has the Western Advocate’s coverage of cycling racing been acknowledged at the National Cycling Awards but the paper has also provided some champion cyclists from its staff roster over the years.

Last year’s winner Will Hodges will not start in 2021, while Nic Barrett and Jack Cannon are also believed to be late withdrawals leaving Mark Windsor and promising junior Cadel Lovett the Scratch markers for the 2021 McKay Trophy, while it is only the second time Lovett will race on Scratch, co-marker Mark Windsor was actually on scratch and took fastest time in the inaugural McKay Memorial back in 1998.

Others favoured to win include block marker Bradley Rayner after winning his last two starts. While Damien Bennett and Kevin Bell both lead their divisions in the current Road season and will take plenty of catching.

Early Handicaps – for the weekends 24th running of the Jack McKay Memorial
Scratch - Mark Windsor Cadel Lovett DNS Nic Barrett Jack Cannon
4min - David Reece Bradley Rayner Tony Shaw Will Lesh Patrick Crump
10min - Scott James Damien Bennett Robert Stephen
14min - Cameron Crump Brian Draper Darren Fenton Peter McKinnon Ebony Robinson Kevin Bell
17min - Michael Robinson Scott Allen Jille Harris
20min - Gary Theiss Peter Hickey
22min - Lara Allen Lachlan Crump Kristy Crump Robyn Partridge.

Round 6 Renshaws Pedal Project Road Series - 40km Rockley Loop + 24km E grade enticer
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Round 6 of the Renshaws Pedal Project Road Series was held on the Classic Bathurst Road Course around Rockley Mount, using the infamous climb used many times in the Blayney to Bathurst event. The cold windy conditions adding to the hilly course to make it a demanding day.

A Grade:
Local Riders and Officials were excited to have top riders Will Hodges and Thomas Bolton racing after their recent NRS events. Also returning to local racing was the promising Luke Tuckwell after a recent fall setting the scene for an exciting race in A Grade. As expected Will Hodges and Tom Bolton dominated taking the top two placing, Hodges very impressive riding away from the field on the climb for a big solo victory. Bolton crossing the line in front of Nic Barrett in third place who continues to rise through the local cycling rankings. Jack Cannon next to finish in front of Cadel Lovett and Mark Windsor.

B Grade
Will Lesh applied the pressure on the Rockley climb in B Grade with 4 riders (Reece Bland Rayner & Bennett) chasing him down to form a group of 5 riders to sprint it out for the win. Former A Grade champs Bradley Rayner and Steve Bennett taking first and second with young Orange star Xavier Bland finishing third in front of David Reece and Will Lesh. Tony Shaw next to finish with Drew Tuckwell defeating Oscar Hanson and Patrick Crump in the sprint for 7th.

C Grade
C Grade broke right-up on Rockley Mount when Phil Stapleton attacked and time trialled away for an impressive win.
Robert Stephen   finishing second with a gap back to Cameron Crump third. Ebony Robinson and Rod Esdaile rounding out the top 5.

D Grade
It was a similar story in D Grade with Kevin Bell making his winning move on the Rockley Climb and Gary Theiss chasing him to take second place. David Hyland was third with Peter Hickey close behind followed in by Cathy Adams and Rosemary Hastings. Kristy Crump won the E Grade event from Lachlan Crump and Robyn Partridge

RESULTS Round 6 Renshaws Pedal Project Road Series
A Grade - 1Will Hodges 2Tom Bolton 3Nic Barrett
B Grade - 1Bradley Rayner 2Steve Bennett 3Xavier Bland
C Grade - 1Phil Stapleton 2Robert Stephen 3Cameron Crump
D Grade - 1Kevin Bell 2Gary Theiss 3David Hyland
E Grade – 1Kristy Crump 2Lachlan Crump 3Robyn Partridge

Road Race Report / Bathurst Isuzu Ute Handicap
« on: May 08, 2021, 10:00:33 PM »
Bathurst Isuzu Ute Handicap
Three Road Course 40km (& 24km Enticer Event)
Bathurst Cycling Club held the Bathurst Isuzu Ute hosted a 40km Handicap which included the tough Quarry Climb on the Weekend.
The wind blew up during the event which made it very favourable for the 3 man Scratch bunch of Jack Cannon Cadel Lovett and Mark Windsor who caught the Block bunch of Bradley Rayner David Reece Tony Shaw Ray Thorn on the climb and had the leaders in their sights.
Rosemary Hastings and Marian Renshaw held the lead on the decent from a group of Middle Marker lead by Damian Bennett Phillip Stapleton Scott James Kevin Bell Peter Hickey and Charlotte Lovett. But the Scratch bunch soon moved to the lead and sprinted for the placings in the Bathurst Isuzu Ute sponsored event.   
Former Club Champ Bradley Rayner taking the win with Jack Cannon and David Reece second and third.
Fourth was Cadel Lovett in front of Tony Shaw and leading female rider Charlotte Lovett, rounding out the top 10 Mark Windsor Damian Bennett Phillip Stapleton and Scott James
Fastest Time in the race went to scratch rider Jack Cannon stopping the clock at 1:02:45, with Cadel Lovett and Mark Windsor second and third fastest, and promising rider Charlotte Lovett the fastest female in 1:17:33

RESULTS - Bathurst Isuzu Ute 40km Handicap
Overall - 1Bradley Rayner (3:15) 1:06:00 2Jack Cannon (Scr) 3David Reece (3:15) 4Cadel Lovett (Scr) 5Tony Shaw (3:15) 6Charlotte Lovett (13:45) 7Mark Windsor (Scr) 8Damian Bennett (8:45) 9Phillip Stapleton (8:45) 10Scott James (8:15)
Fastest Time - 1Jack Cannon (1:02:45) 2Cadel Lovett 3Mark Windsor
First Female - 1Charlotte Lovett 2Rosemary Hastings 3Marian Renshaw

Round 5 – 2021 Renshaws Pedal Project Bathurst Road Series
The Renshaws Pedal Project Road Series continued today in Bathurst with a 40km Scratch race in 4 separate grades which included the tough Quarry Hill.

A Grade
Craig Hutton has won todays A Grade event at the 5th Round of the Renshaws Pedal Project Bathurst Road Series. Both Craig Hutton and Jeremy Ryan did try a few attacks during the 40km Scratch Race but the round came down to a bunch sprint. Nic Barrett was first to sprint but Hutton kick past him for the win, with Jack Cannon finishing fast to catch Jeremy Ryan on the line to claim 2nd with Nic Barrett fourth and Mark Windsor fifth.
Jack Cannon’s second good enough to move him into a share of the A Grade Series lead with Mark Windsor.

B Grade
Steve Bennett extended his lead in the B Grade division of the 2021 Renshaws Pedal Project Bathurst Road Series. Winning the round after he broke clear of the field with David Reece & Graeme Peadon on Quarry Hill. Bennett defeating Reece in the Sprint with Peadon third. Ray Thorn finished well to defeat Will Lesh Ian Grant Tony Shaw Patrick Crump and Bradley Rayner for fourth

C Grade
Damien Bennett extended his lead in the C Grade division of the 2021 Renshaws Pedal Project Bathurst Road Series but it was Glen Carter that won the round, outsprinting Damien Bennett for the victory. Bathurst most experienced racer Rob Stephen third placing cementing his 2nd place in the C Grade Series overall ahead of Phillip Stapleton. Visiting rider Anthony Camilleri raced well, as too Darren Fenton, Rod Esdaile, Peter McKinnon & Bruce Hutton

D Grade
Kevin Bell held a big lead in the D Grade division of the 2021 Renshaws Pedal Project Bathurst Road Series and further extended it winning todays 5th Round. Bell defeated Jillene Harris after the pair broke clear of the field. It was a great battle for third between Gary Theiss and Peter Hickey with Theiss fighting back to defeat Hickey at the finish line. Also in the series points in D Grade were David Hyland Peter Tutty Cathy Adams Kristy Crump and Tracey Robinson.

RESULTs Round 5 2021 Renshaws Pedal Project Road Series-
A Grade Craig Hutton Jack Cannon Jeremy Ryan
B Grade Steve Bennett David Reece Graeme Peadon
C Grade Glen Carter Damien Bennett Robert Stephen
D Grade Kevin Bell Jillene Harris Gary Theiss

Road Race Report / Dave Hughes Ride from Bathurst to Darwin
« on: April 29, 2021, 10:19:20 PM »
Bathurst to Darwin on a bicycle.
Local cyclist David Hughes has completed his 4000km trek to Darwin- He completed the ride today 29April21 with a post on facebook saying - 33 days, 4065km total. 7 rest days, 3 tubes of sunscreen, 1 puncture, 1 tiny little crash (no injuries). This comes after Mark Simons ride from Bathurst to Adelaide, and Gary (& Kim) Bakers marathon bike rides.. (then of course Gav Pearcy Trudy Tim.. and the Crews adventures).. etc

Now while investigating Dave’s Bathurst to Darwin ride I came across Donald Friedman who also took on the Bathurst – Darwin cycling Challenge in the 1930’s

So has Dave been following in Donald Friedman bike tracks?

Maybe it not the strongest of connections between local marathon cyclists Dave Hughes and World War 1 soldier Donald Friedman but on Anzac Day 2021 I did consider the links between the two, with both Dave and Donald riding from Bathurst to Darwin.

Each Anzac Day the Bathurst Cycling Club stops and reflects on the impact World War 1 - and remembers the members of the local cycling community who answered the call and fought in the War. This year we did consider Donald Friedman given Dave Hughes Darwin ride occurring over Anzac Day 21. However it was difficult to establish Friedman connection with the local Bathurst cycling club - and even his time in Bathurst after settling in the city for a period well after the war (it being a long way from his birth home of Adelaide).

An Aussie Born Scotsman and a member of a well-known North Adelaide Family, Donald Friedman story is quite complex. (Actually it is difficult to even follow his army record given he seems to have served in WW1 twice under 2 different names, Donald Friedman and Reg Harris. It does seem clear that Donald had trouble fitting in to army life and maybe life in general… and he did get himself into plenty of trouble in the army. Seems fairly obvious after the war he jumped on a bicycle and just rode to shake the stress of the past.)

But maybe more on all that another time, as I am simply looking to draw a parallel between Dave and Donald’s ride.

While Dave rode to Darwin for a social engagement, Donald was prospecting and was checking inland Australian for opportunities. It will be interesting if Dave noticed any potential gold deposits while he was on his ride.
Water would be the first concern riding in the outback and while it was a logistic problem for Dave, it seem Donald took a more casual approach and just talked to the local aboriginals about getting a drink.

While I am not sure on our Daves next adventure after the Darwin ride… Donald Friedman got plenty of press coverage on his next movements as he quickly found an interesting prospecting site near Darwin and got back on the bike and rode to Sydney to set up a few legal details and make some arrangements for sinking a bore, then a ride to Melbourne to look for a partner with a motor truck.. no luck of course.. plus there was a ride to Adelaide in there as well.

News of Friedman travels quickly spread and he became a kind of roadside celebrity as he rode across Australia to set up this mining site in Darwin. At this point I am still not sure if Donald Friedman struck it rich at his mining claim at Darwin, or even if he actually got a shovel into the earth. I might ask Dave Hughes want he thinks?.. But it seems to me that Donald Friedman was more at home out on the road on his bike with his gold in the skies at sunrise and sunset.

One thing I am confident about is that I would battle to explain to Donald Friedman how we all ride in-doors in 2021 on the Zwift App.

Elite Racing / 2021 National Junior Team - Training Camp Adelaide
« on: April 28, 2021, 12:31:22 AM »
2021 National Junior Team
A couple of decades ago the Bathurst Cycling Club was regularly getting young club members in the Australian Junior Teams. However for over a decade now young Bathurst riders have been in the mix but no national Junior Team jerseys since about 2009. However this year local track cyclists Kalinda Robinson and Tyler Puzicha have been both named in the Australian Junior Cycling Team.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current international travel restrictions, the AusCycling determined early in the year that no National Australian Cycling Team would compete at the 2021 UCI U19 Junior Track World Championships scheduled for Egypt in April.

Instead the Director of Performance Pathway for the Australian Cycling Team Jesse Korf said a week-long camp at the Adelaide Super-drome would be provided as a replacement for the Egypt trip to ensure the ongoing development of Australia's best junior athletes.

In an amazing achievement for the Western Division of NSW five cyclists have been selected for the team, with the powerful Dubbo Club providing an amazing four athletes Danny Barber Dylan Eather Haylee Fuller and Tyler Puzicha.
While Kalinda Robinson became the first Bathurst Cycling club member selected in the team for over a Decade. News caught up with Kalinda for a run down on the camp.
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Road Race Report / 2021 "Private Isaac E Maher" Anzac Trophy Race
« on: April 24, 2021, 08:31:15 PM »
2021 "Private Isaac E Maher" Anzac Trophy Race
The 2021 Anzac Trophy Race was held in honour of Bathurst Club Member Private Isaac E Maher of the 54th Battalion who died on the Great War's Western Front in June 1917. The weekends event started with a presentation on Private Isaac E Maher who enlisted after the Cooee March came through the village of Evans Plains. All then paused for a minute silence for Private Maher (and all the other club members involved in WW1).

This year’s 2021 Isaac Maher Anzac Memorial Race won by Michael Robinson from the 13min mark. Robinson actually won the Anzac Days sister race on Remembrance Day back in 2013 and has always been very respectful of the Cycling Clubs history at the World Wars. Robinson had worked well with 13minute co markers Kevin Bell and Claire Scott to catch the front marker before making his winning move 2kms from the finish.

Robinson defeated 2016 winner Scott Allen off 20min and Kevin Bell from 13minutes handicap, with 16 minute riders Peter Hickey and David Hyland rounding out the top five in front of Peter Tutty (20min).

First female finisher was Lara Allen (20min) in 7th overall, while second in the female category was Donna Scott (11min) followed in by Rosemary Hastings (20min), Charlotte Lovett (11min) and Jille Harris (11min).

1995 Anzac Trophy winner Rob Stephen (6min) showed he still a contender in the annual event, finishing 8th overall in front of co marker Damien Bennett with Gary Thiess rounding out the top 10.

The race for fastest time was a dramatic affair with lone scratch marker Craig Hutton set a very tough task of chasing a strong Block Bunch (which include Dubbo female national champ Simon Grounds) off 1min15sec start by himself. It was a tight contest for the first half of the race, however then when Barrett, Windsor, Cannon and Lovett caught the 2minute bunch which included former club champions Steve Bennett and Brad Rayner the odds were stacked against Hutton and young Cadel Lovett would go on to claimed the Fastest Time honours ahead of Mark Windsor with Jack Cannon third fastest in front of Nick Barrett.

2021 Private Isaac Maher Anzac Trophy Race
RESULTS – 1 Michael Robinson (13min), 2 Scott Allen (20min), 3 Kevin Bell (13min). 4 Peter Hickey (16min) 5 David Hyland (16min), 6 Peter Tutty (20min), 7 Lara Allen (20min), 8 Rob Stephen (6min), 9 Damien Bennett (6min), 10 Gary Thiess (16min)
Fastest Time - 1Cadel Lovett (1:15min) 2Mark Windsor (1:15min) 3Jack Cannon (1:15min) 4Nic Barrett (1:15min) 5Brad Rayner (2min)
First Female – 1Lara Allen (20min) 2Donna Scott (11min) 3Rosemary Hastings (20min) 4Charlotte Lovett (11min) 5Jille Harris (11min)

General Discussion / 2020 BDSRC Sport Awards
« on: April 21, 2021, 08:24:09 PM »
BDSRC Sport Awards
In 2020 the annual BDSRC Sport Award were another victim of Covid19, with the Awards and Dinner cancelled after the world shut down in 2020.
However with such a long tradition with the award running continuously since 1977 the BDSRC held a shorten ceremony on the 19th April 2021 at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre to recognise the performances in 2020.

Deputy Mayor Ian North opened the evening recognising long serving BDSRC President who stood down in 2020 with former Vice President Wendy Hastings moving into the Presidents role. Counsellors Ian North and Alex Christian then announcing the Local Government Sports Grant winners with Bathurst Bushrangers, Giants, Hockey, Eglinton Tennis and Little Athletics awarded grants

In the formal Sports Categories – those acknowledged on the night included-

Junior Team of the Year Award sponsored by Devro Pty Ltd
Bathurst Giants Youth Girls Team

Organisational Excellence Award
Bathurst Motocross Club

Refereeing/Umpiring Distinction - Senior Award
Gillian Long

Mature Athlete Award
Mark Windsor

Junior Team of the Year Award sponsored by Devro Pty Ltd
Bathurst Giants Youth Girls Team

There was three nominee in the Senior Team of the Year Award sponsored by Panthers & RSL Clubs - Bathurst Senior District Cricket team - Bathurst Bushrangers Men Team – and the Bathurst Giants Women Team. While number of local cyclists were nominated in both the Junior Sportsperson of the Year Award sponsored by Devro -
Daniel Googe, Genna Gallagher, Kalinda Robinson and the Sportsperson of the Year Award sponsored by Elders Nicoll & Ireland - Will Hodges David Nicholas and 2018 winner Emilie Miller.

Round 4 of the 2021 Renshaw’s Pedal Project Road Series -  Hurt on Dirt Classic

Raced on the tough Guestinthorpe Loop, the Hurt on Dirt 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 A Grade event has an impressive honour roll with Craig Hutton the leading rider in the record books going into this year’s event with 3 wins ahead of both Dean and Blair Windsor with 2 wins each.
Hutton continuing that success in 2021 defeating Simon Hickey, Nick Barrett and Mark Windsor with promising young rider Cadel Lovett rounding out the top 5 ahead of Jack Cannon and Stuart Renshaw

The pace was on in B Grade with the front trio of Steve Bennett, Ray Thorn and David Reece lapping as quick as the top grade late in the race. Reece launched an attack late in the race only to have both Bennett and Thorn catch and past him on the dirt section with Bennett taking the win. Will Lesh and Tony Shaw chased the trio home to finish in 4th and 5th placings.

Blue Mountains rider Phillip Stapleton was an impressive winner of C Grade with Damien Bennett and Rod Esdaile finishing in the major placings. Next was Robert Stephen, Wayne Powell, Darren Fenton and Cam Crump with Charlotte Lovett 8th in the grade and the top placed female rider on the day. Rounding out the top 10 was Michael Robinson and Peter McKinnon ahead of Ebony Robinson who was the second best female rider on the day.

Kevin Bell continues to dominate D Grade, he defeated Lachlan Crump and David Hyland with Peter Hickey and Will Jeffress rounding out the top 5 ahead of Peter Tutty. Cathy Adams continued her good form finishing 7th ahead of Marian Renshaw and Robyn Partridge.

Round 4 of the 2021 Renshaw’s Pedal Project Road Series – 2021 Hurt on the Dirt Graded Scratch Races
A Grade – 1Craig Hutton 2Simon Hickey 3Nick Barrett 4Mark Windsor 5Cadel Lovett
B Grade – 1Steve Bennett 2Ray Thorn 3David Reece, 4Will Lesh 5Tony Shaw
C Grade – 1Phillip Stapleton 2Damien Bennett 3Rod Esdaile 4Robert Stephen 5Wayne Powell
D Grade – 1 Kevin Bell 2Lachlan Crump 3David Hyland 4Peter Hickey 5Will Jeffress
Top Female - 1Charlotte Lovett 2Ebony Robinson 3Cathy Adams 4Marian Renshaw 5Robyn Partridge

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