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Road Race Report / Re: Central West Interclub Triathlon Series at Cowra
« on: October 22, 2018, 05:25:13 AM »
Orange lead after Round 1 at Cowra, but good start to Bathurst’s Central West title Defense:

As expected Orange Piranhas Triathlon Club have jumped to an early lead in the 2018/19 Central West Interclub Premierships after round 1 at Cowra. However defending Champions Bathurst where very impressive in the Outright results with 4 Athletes in the top 10 overall (North 1st Windsor 4th Gillmer 7th Walsh 9th) and 3 Male age group winners (North Windsor & Jackson) however the Piranhas dominance in the female categories again was very impressive with Orange boosting the top 5 fastest females and winning every female age division.

The Home town Cowra Club were the other surprises finishing 3rd on the day in the Team’s Title infront of the Mudgee and Dubbo lead by new signing Michael Stallard who won his division and finished 4 overall.
Bathurst club officials are leaving no stone unturned, in their defence of Premiership Win over the powerful Orange club.

Recent initiative to encourage more Bathurst Females to take up triathlon has had instant success with new starter Jen Arnold finishing in the top 10 in her first Triathlon. In fact the Bathurst Female results at Cowra where the best at an inter club series for some time, with Arnold (2nd 30-39yrs) Candice Falconer (3rd 30-39yrs) Anna Blackett (4th 30-39yrs)  . Jane Bennett (5th 40-49yrs) Fran Grady (2nd 50-59yrs) all scoring good series points for finishing in the top 5 in the age division.

Behind the 3 Age Division Winners for Bathurst (Nick North 20-29yrs, Mark Windsor 50-59yrs & Stephen Jackson (60+yrs) there were plenty of impressive age group performances by the Bathurst Men.

Mitch Nelson 5th and William Kelly & James Burt in the top 8 in the U20 category.

Bathurst strong in the 30-39 years with Luke Gillmer, Christopher Walsh, Andrew Paul and Dany Weal all in the top5. Plus Matt Press, Pat Dallimore, Richard Blackie & Gareth O’Rourke all breaking the 80min on the tough Cowra course

Bathurst had a number of strong performers in the 40-49 years led by Geoff Short in 7th followed by Jamie Rivett (8th), Luke Patterson (11th), Matt Hayes (12th), James Kelly (14th), Dean Porter (16th) and Peter Bennett (17th). While Chris Grady was one of Bathurst best performers finishing 2nd in the 60 plus Division.

RESULTS - Cowra Triathlon - 21st Oct 2018

Club Premierships after Round 1:
Orange 5pts, Bathurst 4pts, Cowra 3pts, Mudgee 2pts and Dubbo 1pt

Age Winners
U20s – Lauren Kerwick (Orange)
20-29yrs – Amanda Livingstone (Orange)
30-39yrs – Jessica Richards (Orange)
40-49yrs – Estelle Dean (Orange)
50-59yrs – Julie Middleton (Orange)
60+yrs – Cas Ingham (Orange)

U20s – Rory Thornhill (Orange)
20-29yrs – Nick North (Bathurst)
30-39yrs – Michael Stallard (Cowra)
40-49yrs – Matt Webster (Mudgee)
50-59yrs – Mark Windsor (Bathurst)
60+yrs – Stephen Jackson (Bathurst)

Road Race Report / Central West Interclub Triathlon Series at Cowra
« on: October 22, 2018, 05:23:02 AM »
Round 1 - Central West Interclub Triathlon Series - Cowra 21st Oct 2018

Fast Times and Good Racing at Cowra:
Cowra hosted the opening round of the 2018 Central West Triathlon Series on the weekend. This year a significant point in the Championships, not only the 21st Anniversary of the local Regional Champs; but the Series has been praised and recognised by the sports state and national Administration bodies; with similar regional titles planned right across NSW this year.

The Central West Championships was born in the 1997 /98 season with local triathletes gathering at Orange’s historic Lake Canobolas course for the inaugural Championship won by Mudgee Triathlon Club.

Much has changed in over 2 decades of inter club racing with current Central West Champions Bathurst not even a club in the early years of the series, yet amazingly over 20years later a number of the competitors from those early events where still racing at Cowra on the weekend.

The top outright placings on the weekend were taken by proven Cowra Triathlon Performer Nick North (Bathurst) and recent World Age Group podium finisher Lauren Kerwick (Orange) winning the Female Division.

Mudgee champ Matt Webster and Orange’s David Searle and National Junior Champion Rory Thornhill pushed the pace early in the initial run leg, with Cowra’s new recruit Michael Stallard catching the eye with a fast start in the first run and then the swim. However, it was the bike where the Bathurst Athletes made their move, with North charging to the lead and Mark Windsor moving into the top 4 overall, while Luke Gilmer & Chris Walsh pushed forward into the top 10 positions with another of the Orange star youngsters Tom Tudor.

After winning Cowra Triathlon in 2012 and 2015, North took the 2018 event  in a time of 51min 48sec, only a hand full of seconds behind his 2015 winning time. Rising Orange star Rory Thornhill 2nd only 8 second infront of 3 time Cowra Winner Matthew Webster. Young resident Michael Stallard, is an exciting signing for the Cowra Club running past Mark Windsor to take 4th points, with Windsor having to settle for 5th after podium finishes in his last 3 Cowra starts.

Lauren Kerwick finished in the top 10 overall (with Searle, Gillmer, Tudor and Walsh) and continued her good record at Cowra with a win in 2017 and runner up to Orange Team Mate Janet Martin in 2015. Jessica Richards finished runner-up on the weekend for the third time, an outstanding cyclists, it is surprising that Richards has not won at Cowra, however straight off the plane from Holidays she was happy to finish second in 2018, in front of last year’s winner Estelle Dean and her very talented daughter Jessie Dean.

Well preformed local triathlete Kim Dale has not contested the Cowra Triathlon that often in recent years however she matched her 2013 performance finishing 5th in front of Giselle Denly who is one of Mudgee’s best performers in Inter Club competition going right back to the start of the series.

Making up the top 10, young gun Abbie Dean, Amanda Livingstone Julie Middleton and a very impressive performance by Bathurst Jennifer Arnold in her first Triathlon; Arnold and Denly the only non-Orange female athletes in the top10.

Overall & Males –
1. Nick North (Bathurst) 51.48
2. Rory Thornhill (Orange) 52.37
3. Matt Webster (Mudgee) 52.45
4. Michael Stallard (Cowra) 54.17
5. Mark Windsor (Bathurst) 54.39
Then - David Searle, Luke Gillmer, Tom Tudor, Christopher Walsh, Lauren Kerwick, Campbell Wall

Female Overall:
1. Lauren Kerwick (Orange) 57.54
2. Jessica Richards (Orange) 1.01.49
3. Estelle Dean (Orange) 1.02.14
4. Jessie Dean (Orange) 1.02.37
5. Kim Dale (Orange) 1.02.42
Then Giselle Denly, Abbie Dean, Amanda Livingstone, Julie Middleton and Jennifer Arnold

Super Sprint Males
Beau Rohr (Mudgee) 16.06, Rory Sullivan (Cowra) 17.27, Todd Nelson (Bathurst) 17.36, Darcy Foxall (Cowra) 18.27, Carter Dale (Orange) 19.29

Super Sprint Females
Sophie Martin (Orange) 16.53, Molly Dean (Orange) 17.49, Jessie Tudor (Orange) 18.49, Lucy Searle (Orange 19.32, Elizabeth Walsh (Bathurst) 22.38.

See full results - Cowra Guardian Report -

Road Race Report / 2018 Australian Masters Road Championships
« on: October 19, 2018, 03:51:04 AM »
Australian Masters Road Championships 2018 - Gippsland VIC

Masters Road Championships started Thursday, 18th Octorber 2018 with the ITT Champs at Metung Victoria. Bathurst Cycling Club represented by 3 riders with Jermey Ryan in the MM4, Graham Stait in the MM8 and Rosemary Hastings in the WM9 category. Friday and Saturday were the Road Races and Sunday the Criterium at Swan Reach Twin Rivers.

Great start for the Bathurst club with Jeremy Ryan (Cowra) recording 21:51.3 to win Gold in the Men Masters 4, while Rosemary Hastings long time rival Elizabeth Randall to take the Silver behind the flying Gaye Lynn in the Womens Masters 9 Category. Lithgow resident Graham Stait recording 27:48.7 to finish 6th in the Mem Masters 8 Title

Dubbo Cycle Club’s Simone Grounds again impressive winning Gold in the Womens Masters 3s completeing the 16.5km course in 23minutes and 19seconds while Darrell Wheeler was 7th


Results –

Pro Racing / Re: Tour of Taihu Lake & Japan Cup
« on: October 16, 2018, 06:12:35 AM »
Stage 5, 6 & 7

Strong finish by Tim Guy in China:
Tim Guy has finished the Tour of Taihu Lake strongly, claiming top 30 finishes in all of the final 3 stages. These results came after supporting his Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum team’s sprinter Ziga Jerman in the hectic closing stages of the Tour.
Jerman was 5th in the final stage of the tour into Changxing, the 138km stage was won by Jakub Mareczko of Wilier Triestina with Guy impressing finishing 26th

Boris Vallee  of Wanty Groupe Gobert took the overall victory with local St. George Continental Cycling Team having a wonderful tour with Aussie Ben Dyball finishing second overall infront of the GC riders from  UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Israel Cycling Academy and Jelly Belly.

Dylan Kennett also had a super tour for St George leading overall for the first couple of stages after winning the opening prologue, then finishing on the podium in Stage 6, finishing 3rd behind Jordan Parra into Wujiang. Tim Guy finishing 25th in that stage in what turn out to be a rough stage for Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum with their GC rider Ben Hill having trouble and withdrawing from the tour.

2017/18 Western Division Track Championships
Bathurst Cycling Club is planning to host the 2017/2018 Western Division Track Champs (& regional Track Carnival) on the 17th of November 2018 at the Bathurst Bike Park Velodrome (Vale Road). The plan is to run the Titles plus a Wheelrace for Men&Women in the Senior Program TBC.

Currently plan for the Senior racing will be 4 Grades (A, B, C, D Grades) during the Evening/Night session (17th of November 2018). There with be a separate junior program starting approx. 11am for U/13 U/11 U/9 & Participation divisions but also hoping to schedule some sponsored events for the Juniors in evening session.

Stay tuned for further updates…

Road Race Report / Re: 2018 Rockley Cup
« on: October 14, 2018, 08:41:00 AM »
Harry Byrant returns to racing with a huge win:

Riding off 14minutes Harry Bryant (Nero KOM Team) has put in an inspirational performance to win the Bathurst Cycling Clubs premier Handicap of the year the Rockley Cup. The Orange resident had a horror crash in this years Bathurst Cycling Classic B2B Gold Wave event breaking his back in 5 places. After months of recovery he got back on the bike 4 weeks ago and set out for a return in Bathurst toughest club race of the year the 49th Rockley Cup Trophy Race. Bryant rode with another Orange Resident Simon Hickey who has a big reason for Bryant success as the pair work brilliantly together to set up the victory.

Scratch marker Will Hodges on the GPM Stulz Team also put in a super performance, he was hit by a car after returning from racing in Europe this year and has worked hard on his fitness leading up to the 2018 trophy event. The Cowra rider’s commitment is obviously paying off as he recorded a very fast 1hr 42:52 after he and Sydney rider Andrew Finlayson out gunned the other backmarker on the toughest club racing course used by the Bathurst Club. Hodges was not only fastest but was only a couple of minutes off winning the handicap classification finishing second across the line. Sydney's Andrew Finlayson was second fastest followed by North, Bryant and Windsor.

Third in the race went to Chris Davis (31min) who broke away from the leading bunch on a brave solo bid for victory and was only caught in the final stages of the Cup by Bryant and Hodges. Oranges Ray Straney chased Davis all the way to the finish but had to settle for 5th place after North Western Sydney Club rider Andrew Finlayson finished powerfully to take 4th on handicap and 2nd Fastest Overall.

Recent bronze medalist at the NSW Masters Championships at Orange Jillene Harris has won the 2018 Female Rockley Cup, she defeated the events most successful female performer Jodie Martin who has been the first female finisher in the Rockley Cup 3 times going back to 2002.

The amazing Rosemary Hasting added another trophy to her collection winning the 2018 Little Roc D Grade Trophy.

More Soon – Stay Tuned

Unofficial Results 
2018 Rockley Race on Handicap
1.Harry Bryant 14min
2.Will Hodges Scr
3.Chris Davis 30:30
4.Andrew Finlayson Scr
5.Ray Straney Orange 35min
6.Nick North 5min
7.Darren Fenton 35min
8.David Reece 17min
9.Graeme Peadon 14min
10.Rob Barlow 30:30
Then Followed - 11.Jill Harris 30:30, 12.Peter Wilson 35min, 13.Dan Googe 17min, 14.Mark Windsor 5min, 15.Simon Hickey 14min, 16.Hayden Booth 17min, 17.Charlie Cross 17min, 18.Jodie Martin 17min, 19.Dennis Martin 5min, 20.Andrew McGrath 17min, 21.Wayne Powell 30:30, 22.Ivan Podres 17min

2018 Rockley Cup Fastest Time Classification
1st Will Hodges 1:42:52, 2nd Andrew Finlayson 1:43:27, 3rd Nick North 1:50:34, 4th Harry Bryant 1:55:09, 5th Mark Windsor 1:55:15, 6th Dennis  Martin 2:00:15, 7th Graeme Peadon 2:01:21, 8th David Reece 2:04:02  --- (Fastest Female Jodie Martin 2:10:04)

2018 Female Rockley Trophy
1.Jill Harris 30:30min, 2.Jodie Martin 14min, 3. Rosemary Hastings 35min

2018 Little Rock D Grade Trophy:
1.Rosemary Hastings 2.David Hyland

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Track Racing / Re: 2019 Oceania Track Cycling Championships:
« on: October 12, 2018, 03:24:04 AM »
Eliza again in the Medals:
Eliza Bennett back on the podium on day 2 of the Oceania Track Championship winning Silver in the 500m TT, only 0.26 from the winner Heather May who rode 26.56 seconds.

Event 34: Women Junior 500m Time Trial Final - 2 Laps 250m - Result
1. Heather May 36.567   
2. Eliza Bennett  36.835
3. Tia Slama 38.275

More good news with Eliza Bennett winning her heat in the Women Junior Kierin with the top 3 to A-Final and the Rest to B-Final

Event 44b: Women Junior Kierin Round 1 Heat 2 - 6 Laps
1. Eliza Bennett
2. Tia Slama   
3. Elizabeth Nuspan

Eather on Podium:
Also impressive effort by Western Division Road Champion Kurt Eather picking up a silver medal in the u19 Mens Madison

Event 19: Men Junior Madison - 100 Laps 25km - Result

Pro Racing / Re: Tour of Taihu Lake & Japan Cup
« on: October 12, 2018, 02:55:45 AM »
Another win for the St. George team in the 9th Tour of Taihu Lake, with Dylan Kennett taking the sprint into Jiangyan ahead of Leonardo Bonifazio (Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini). The top placed Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum riders were Ziga Jerman in 7th and Ben Hill in 20th – while local Tim Guy finishing 31st in the 100km stage into Jiangyan.
Little change to the overall placings with Ben Dyball still in 2nd place overall behind Boris Vallee  and Ben Hill still in the top10.

Pro Racing / Re: Tour of Taihu Lake & Japan Cup
« on: October 10, 2018, 07:19:48 AM »
Prologue 5km Wuxi
Amazing performance by the St. George Continental Cycling Team taking 1st and 2nd with Dylan Kennett and Ben Dyball in the prologue at the Tour of Taihu Lake. The St George team also had Matthew Zenovich in the top 10 and Morgan Smith in the top 15

Stage 1 Wuxi (85k)
Juan Molano (Manzana Postobon) has won stage 1 of the Tour of Taihu Lake – the stage was a bunch sprint with GC remain pretty much unchanged with Dylan Kennett and Ben Dyball leading for St George

Stage 2 Maoshan (130.6k)
Hilly Stage 2 was again won by Juan Molano (Manzana Postobon) however Boris Vallee of Wanty - Groupe Gobert second place has moved him into the overall lead with Ben Dyball holding his 2nd place overall

Stage 3 Jinhu (88.5k)
Stage 3 of the Tour of Taihu Lake has been won by the speedie Jakub Mareczko  (Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia) the good news for St. George and the Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum teams is the Aussies Dyball and Hill sit in the top 10 overall. Ben Dyball currently holding his 2nd place overall behind Boris Vallee  and Ben Hill currently 9th for Tim Guys Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum.

Track Racing / Re: 2019 Oceania Track Cycling Championships:
« on: October 10, 2018, 07:05:50 AM »
Gold to Bathurst's Eliza Bennett!!!
Wow – News just in that Bathurst rider Eliza Bennett has just won gold in the Oceania Track Champs team sprint.

Bathurst sprinter Eliza Bennett has won gold on Day 1 of the 2019 Oceania Track Cycling Championships. The WRAS Athlete combined with Heather May in the Australia Green team to record a very slick 36.741sec for the 500m (2 laps of the Adelaide Super-Drome) in Qualifying for the Women Junior Team Sprint. This put the pair in the final against the New Zealand team of  Olivia King and Tyla Green.

However Bennett and May had a surprize for the New Zealanders in the final almost taking a full second off there Qualifying time to record a sizzling 35.954sec to take the Women Junior Team Sprint Gold Medal by 1.18seconds

Big Congratulations to Eliza and her support crew with a special mention to Marian and the Bcc Junior Committee and the WRAS.

RESULT Event 7b: Women Junior Team Sprint Final (2 Laps 500m)
1.  Australia Green  35.95 (Heather MAY Eliza BENNETT) defeated
2.  New Zealand  37.14 (Olivia KING Tyla GREEN)

You can follow the Championships on the following link

Track Racing / Re: 2019 Oceania Track Cycling Championships:
« on: October 10, 2018, 06:50:11 AM »
Past Bathurst Champs at the Oceania Track Championships:

As mentioned above by Marian the local Bathurst District has an impressive record at the Oceania Track Championships particularly around the time of the Sydney Olympics. Its worth remembering there are a lot more locals with solid achievements at the Road Oceania Championships but in the lead up to Eliza’s ride at the 2018/19 Oceania Track Championships it is certainly worth recalling some of this Track History.

Bathurst Cyclists have an excellent record for Australia in the Oceania Track Championships. Mark Renshaw, Toireasa Gallagher (Ryan) and Dean Windsor have all won medals in the Open Elite Championships while Meg Windsor won a medal in the 2003 Junior Womens Championships the same year that she won Gold and Bronze at the Youth Olympics. Harry Carter has been the standout performer in recent times riding the 2017/18 Oceania Track Championships in NZ, while Matthew Farmer was selected in the 2003 Elite Mens Oceania Team; it’s also worth mentioning that Ben Sanders who raced with the club for a few years was a Oceania Track Medallist. Both Janelle Lindsay and Toireasa have also had success as pilots for Lindy Hou & Felicity Johnson in the Multi Disability Oceania Titles.

As expected Mark Renshaw is a star performer, he rode brilliantly in both sprint and endurance Oceania events as an under 19 junior in 1999 (which was the first event contested on Dunc Gray Velodrome); topping Qualifying in the flying 200 before beating the likes of Hayden Roulston in the U19 Mens Points Race. He also picked up Gold Medals in the Teams Sprint and Teams Pursuit. 12 months later, he was selected in the 2000 elite men’s Oceania Team and again finished on top defeating Ashley Hutchinson and the flying Ryan Bayley in the Oceania Elite Men's Scratch Race.

Toireasa Ryan (Gallagher) also rode the 1999 Oceania and looked a likely medalist when qualifying 3rd in the Women 3000m Individual Pursuit behind star riders Annalisa Farrell (NZ) and Kate Bates (Aus) however Sandra Smith would beat her in the Bronze Medal Final. That defeat made the Podium place 12 months later in the 2001 Oceania Women's Points Race Final all the more sweeter; when she took bronze, again behind World Champ Katherine Bates and New Zealand Star Annalissa Farrell. Of course Toireasa then switched to the tandem, like another Bathurst athlete Janelle Lindsay, with both winning medals and titles in the Multi Disability Oceania Championships. However Toireasa continued in the elite womens championships racing the 2005/2006 Oceania Track Championships in New Zealand.
Meg Windsor also raced the 2001 Oceania Track Championships but her podium place came in the 2003 Championships when she took bronze in the Women U19 Oceania Scratch Race Final behind South Australian Renee Braithwaite and Kate Nichols. The performance remains a special one for the Youth Olympics Gold Medallist as she was already being treated for the illness which would force her early retirement from the sport.

Dean Windsor recorded a top 5 placing in the 2003 Oceania U19 Track Championship before bagging a whole swag of medals at the 2004 Oceania Champs at Wanganui in New Zealand, including the U19 Men Oceania Point Race Gold. While increasing his focusing on the road he still raced the elite men’s Oceania Track Championships with a top 5 rides in the 2005 Elite Men 40km Points Race Final and 15,000m Scratch Race Final behind NZ Pro tour stars Tim Gudsell & Peter Latham; while he picked up a Silver Medal in the 2004 Elite Men Team Pursuit Final riding with Jamieson, Bayly and Richard England.

In recent times, it been Harry Carter that has been representing the locals at the Oceania Track Championships racing both the Junior and then the Senior Championships last year in at the Avantidrome in Cambridge, New Zealand. Another local resident Tom Bolton also raced these Championships; in fact both Harry and Tom rode together in the Madison which was won by the New Zealand team of Campbell Stewart and Tom Sexton. Racing a variety of events Harry was closest to a medal in the Elite Mens Teams Pursuit where his Australia Green team finished fourth behind winners Australia Gold.

We are proud of our record at the championships and excited for Eliza and the new crop of local juniors as they start a new generation of riders at the championships.

Road Race Report / 2018 Tour of Gippsland
« on: October 09, 2018, 05:52:36 AM »
2018 Tour of Gippsland
The historic Tour of Gippsland started this year with a 100km stage at the Phillip Island Motor Racing Circuit and then continued with 2 Criteriums at Traralgon and Sale before a time trial up the famous Mt Baw Baw.

Local Bathurst riders Joshua Corcoran and Craig Hutton where in the GPM-Stulz team for the Tour, while Bathurst resident Tom Bolon was racing for Olivers Real Food Racing.
Day 1 - Craig Wiggins won the Phillip Island Circuit race with Mudgee’s Ayden Toovey (Bennelong SwissWellness) finishing 7th and Tom Bolton 13th.

Ayden Toovey’s was 4th in the Traralgon Crit behind Theodore Yates which put the Mudgee star well up in the top 10 overall, but it was Craig Hutton that put in the impressive ride at Sale in Stage 3, finishing in the top 10 behind Nicholas White.

Sam Hill won the final stage up Baw Baw with local Joshua Corcoran putting in his best ride of the tour to finish 20th.

Tour of Gippsland – Local Results
Stage 1 102km Kermesse – 24. Thomas Bolton, 50. Craig Hutton, 63. Joshua Corcoran 
Stage 2 60km Traralgon CBD Criterium - 13. Thomas Bolton, 49. Craig Hutton, 54. Josh Corcoran
Stage 3 48km Sale CBD Criterium - 7. Craig Hutton, 39. Josh Corcoran, 51. Thomas Bolton
Stage 4 5km Mt Baw Baw Time Trial - 20. Josh Corcoran 30. Craig Hutton

Track Racing / 2019 Oceania Track Cycling Championships:
« on: October 09, 2018, 05:51:46 AM »
2019 Oceania Track Cycling Championships:
The Adelaide Super-Drome will host the 2019 Oceania Track Cycling Championships this week (10-13 October 2018), with Bathurst Cycling Club and WRAS Sprinter Eliza Bennett representing at the Championship. Part of the NSW contingent Eliza is the only U/19 female selected in the 35 strong NSW Team, with Western Region Academy Coach Marian Renshaw explaining that “the Championships are a massive step up from the Junior Ranks for Eliza”.
“Eliza will be competing in four events over the Championships; her favourite event is the Sprint in which she will be looking for a PB in the qualifying round”.

The 2019 Oceania Track Championships will be held over 4 days with Australia’s fastest male sprinters looking to reverse New Zealand dominance in recent elite men’s sprinting titles. It is a different story in the female power championships with Aussie stars Stephanie Morton and Kaarle McCulloch in control of the recent sprint titles.
Meanwhile in the endurance events, there has been very little between Australia and New Zealand in recent years, with the Aussies hoping the Adelaide Super-Drome will give them an edge in 2018.

Marian Renshaw is confident Eliza will perform well and use this as great experience in the coming months before States and National Championships this season. Marian also pointing to the Bathurst clubs good record at the Oceania Track Championships with Harry Carter at last year’s titles at Cambridge’s (New Zealand) Avantidrome. While local champions Mark Renshaw , Dean Windsor and Toireasa Gallagher (Ryan) have all been on the Podium at the Oceania Championships

With Olympic qualifying underway the competition will be very intense in the elite division, while medals are always tough to come by in Eliza’s Under 19 titles. Eliza’s first event will be on Wednesday where she will pair up with another of the Australian Riders in the Women’s Team Sprint.

For more on the NSW Team at the 2018/19 Championships click here -

Pro Racing / Tour of Taihu Lake & Japan Cup
« on: October 08, 2018, 06:47:11 AM »
9th Tour of Taihu Lake & Japan Cup
Tim Guy and his Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum Team are currently racing the Tour of Taihu Lake in preparation for one of the Worlds Cycling Season’s final major events the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race on the 21st October.

This year is the 9th running of the Tour of Taihu Lake which first won by Australian David Kemp in 2010. The Bathurst region had a connection with the tour in 2014 when local cyclists Blair Windsor’s team Budget Forklifts won the Tour with Sam Witmitz.

This year the race starts with a 5km Prologue at Wuxi followed by stages to Maoshan (130.6k) Jinhu (88.5k) and Jiangyan (98.6k) with the tour’s longest stage to Haimen (146.5k) on the 12th October followed by a 116km stage to Wujiang and the final stage to Changxing (137.5k) on the 14/10/2018

Last year’s winner Jakub Mareczko will be hoping for a strong performance in one of his final rides with his Wilier Triestina Selle Italia Team before heading to the World Tour with the new CCC Team in 2019.

Tim Guy and his Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum Team are looking forward to the Japan Cup as they will be supporting their star rider of 2018 Tadej Pogacar who will be leaving the team in 2019 to ride for World Tour team UAE-Team Emirates with Dan Martin and Fabio Aru.

Pogacar has had a wonderful season and local cyclist Tim Guy has been very excited to watch the development of the young Slovenian in the Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum program in which he is a part sponsor.
Tadej Pogacar recent performances suggest he will be a contender in the Japan Cup even though the race includes a number of top world Tour teams such as BMC Racing Team, Mitchelton-Scott, Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale, Team LottoNL-Jumbo and Trek – Segafredo.

Pogacar was 7th in the recent U23 World Championships at Innsbruck which came after Outright Wins in the 54th Giro della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia and the prestigious Tour de l'Avenir  where he defeated Thymen Arensman  Netherlands and  Gino Mäder  Switzerland.

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