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Road Race Report / Long Course TT Test Event
« on: November 04, 2017, 10:15:04 AM »
2017 Long Course Individual Time Trial Test Race
Bathurst cycling club continues its focus on Time Trialling ahead of the Club Championships next month. After starting a mid week Individual Time Trial Series through the week the club hosted the Long Course Time Trial Test Event on the weekend, with the course including the demanding Quarry Hill. The event was quite a challenging task for the 4 separate grades contested on the day.
 
Current Western Division Champion Mark Windsor won overall in the fast time of 54:33 he defeated inform riders Ryan O’Donald and Nick North who current lead the local TT series, top riders Jay Austin and Steve Bennett didn’t use their full race set up but finished in the top 5 overall.

Former Bathurst Time Trial B Grade Champ Glen Partridge of Lithgow defeated Tim Roebuck & strong  triathlete Tim Scott in B Grade.
 
While Nathan Pearce dressed in his new tuxedo speedsuit recorded an impressive win in the C Grade Long Course Time Trial. Great to see strong cyclist Darren Fenton back on the bike, he defeated the promising Jed Powell for second. Wayne Powell winning D Grade from very experienced David Hyland with Sandy MacQuarrie riding well for third.

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Road Race Report / Duramana Road Graded Scratch Races
« on: November 04, 2017, 10:13:59 AM »
Jayson Austin Impressive:

Jay Austin has taken his first Bathurst race with a dominate display in the Duramana Road Graded Scratch Races. The tough 84km course looked to suit the former Sydney rider who has been impressive in training leading up to the event and was the favourite for the win.

Austin defeated Richard Hobson and Ryan O'Donnell in A Grade with Tony Barlow defeating Stephen Jackson and Hayden Booth in B Grade. Ironically Jackson and Booth are both C Graders and their success on such a tough course suggests the handicapper may have to reassess their marks before the next club event. Donna Scott defeated Cathy Adams in the D Grade race.

RESULTS
A Grade - 1 Jayson Austin 2:33:03 2 Richard Hobson 2:33:24 3 Ryan O'Donnell 2:33:39 4 Josh Cocoran 5 Jean Paul William
B/C Grade -1 Tony Barlow 3:05:06 2 Stephen Jackson 3:05:08 3 Hayden Booth 3:09:05 4 Steve Scott 5 Geoff Short
D Grade - 1 Donna Scott 2:01:32 2 Cathy Adams 2:08:19

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Pro Racing / 2017 Tour of Hainan
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:34:21 AM »
Amazing performance by local rider at China's premier stage race.

Top local UCI Continental Contract rider Tim Guy has been responsible for a super performance in China's premier stage race, The Tour of Hainan. With only 2 days to go, the results don’t indicate the effort of Orange’s Tim Guy who is only 1 of the 4 Attaque Gusto riders left in the 9 stage event.
The problem for Tim Guy he has not only battled the quality field but also immigration laws as he continued discussions during the race for a travel visa.

It is the 12th edition of the Chinese Event which boosts a number of world class riders on its winners honour roll including Valentin Iglinskiy, Dmitriy Gruzdev, Moreno Hofland and Sacha Modolo.

Tim Guy was rushed back into the Attaque Gusto team to help lead rider Benjamin Hill who was hoping to perform well in the King of the Mountains jersey. The pair have worked well together in the past in big events such as 2017 Herald Sun Tour where Hill and Guy performed brilliantly together in the Kinglake Stage for Hill to take the win in the King of the Mountains (KOM) Competition.

After 1 week of racing the Attaque Gusto team were in great form again against the quality opposition with Ben Hill equal leader of the KOM jersey. However is worth remembering in a sport were recovery is essential after each stage Tim Guy was constantly in negations with Immigration officials away from the racing, as he had to rush from Slovenia to join the team, where he had limited access to a Consulate to assist with travel documentation.

Although Hill dropped out of contention for the jersey overnight, the bottom line Tim Guy is still in the tour with only 2 days to go and yesterday's very tough 21 intermediate sprint stage to Wuzhishan is behind him.

Super Effort Tim Guy!!

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Pro Racing / Amgen Tour of California
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:32:33 AM »
Everything on track for Renshaw at California after torrid start to the Season:
Mark Renshaw is ticking off his goals at the Amgen Tour of California by simply getting to the finish each day after fast tracking his return to racing after breaking his ankle in the Scheldeprijs Grand Prix a few weeks ago.
The Tour of California has become a training race as the Bathurst rider sets his sights on still being 100% fit for the Tour de France in July.
Renshaw worked with his Dimension Data team as the race came onto the finishing circuit in stage 1 however opted to roll through and do a turn on the front prior to the sprint for team leader Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg rather than his customary lead-out
Now after 4 stages Mark Renshaw is at the back of the field in 130th place but with the race now past the half way point the Bathurst ride is right on track to make the Tour de France.

See More at --
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/tour-of-california-renshaw-back-in-action-after-scheldeprijs-crash/

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Pro Racing / Re: Women's Tour of Zhoushan Island
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:31:01 AM »
Day 3 of the Tour of Zhoushan:
Hitec continued their dominance of the Tour of Zhoushan on the final day of the tour with Hitec riders Emilie Moberg and Simona Frapporti finishing first and second in the stage and German Charlotte Becker winning the tour outright for the second time.
Bathurst's Kirsten Howard was 27th in the final stage and part of a 44rider Bunch sprint which stopped the clock at 2hr 18min 44sec for the 85km.
Overall Kirsten finished 35th in the Tour and her team (Maaslandster Veris) was happy scraping into the top 10 in Teams Classification against the stiff opposition.

Day 2 of the Tour of Zhoushan:
Hitec rider Charlotte Becker has won stage 2 of the Tour of Zhoushan today defeating Russian Anastasia Iakovenko and BTC’s Jelena Eric.
Bathurst rider Kirsten Howard (Maaslandster Veris) rode a solid race to finished 42nd and currently sits midfield 38th on General Classification.

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Pro Racing / Re: Women's Tour of Zhoushan Island
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:30:02 AM »
Hitec take stage 1:

Kirsten Howard has finished 32nd in Stage 1 of the Tour of Zhoushan, she was part of a 44rider bunch that contested the sprint which was won by 2012 race winner Emilie Moberg of Hitec with BePink Cogeas rider Ilaria Sanguineti second and Mia Radotic of BTC City Ljubljana third.

With World tour teams Hitec, BePink Cogeas, BTC City Ljubljana, Astana, Veloconcept and Servetto Giusta all with riders in the top10 after stage 1 the tour is delicately poised. Tomorrow is certain to be a tactical battle with riders attacking to give their team control of the tour in stage 2.

Given Howard and 4 of her Maaslandster Veris team mates (Amanda Jamieson, Desiree Ehrler and Sari Saarelainen) all finished in the front group in stage 1, they with start tomorrow with the distinct advantage that the world tour team will be racing each other. Meaning Maaslandster are likely to get over looked if they can get numbers of the front of the race in the early attacks.

Stage 2 looks tough, but looks a great opportunity for Kirsten and her Maaslandster Veris teams to feature in the race with little responsibility to contribute.

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Pro Racing / Re: Women's Tour of Zhoushan Island
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:29:31 AM »
Race Details
The Tour is actually on the Island of Shengnsi which is off the many islands off the coast of Shanghai, some of these island have gained recent notoriety for the way vines have over grown and old fishing village to create an eye catching green ghost town, however Shengnsi is generally renowned as the closest island beach to Shanghai.
The Tour of Zhoushan Island consists of 3 stages which are all laps of the beach areas of the Shengnsi Island, which means beside the many small hills to climb there will be winds to contend with. Stage 2 looks the toughest stage with 8 solid climbs however both stages 1 and 3 have many smaller climbs on their undulating course and also look like hard days.

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Pro Racing / Women's Tour of Zhoushan Island
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:28:31 AM »
Kirsten back with Maaslandster Veris CNN:

Kirsten Howard will be heading back to the continental women’s road racing circuit this week after an impressive ride in the 42nd John Butler Memorial race at Bathurst on the weekend. Howard top 10 finish in the Butler race is the best performance by a female rider in the long running event but it was her confidence to attack the chase group behind the 2 race leaders (Hutton Austin) in a bold bid to take 3rd place particularly impressed local cycling enthusiasts.

Howard will again travel back overseas with the Maaslandster Veris team, this time to race the Tour of Zhoushan Island in China. The 3 stage tour will be a tough assignment as the elite worlds World Tour moved to China this month for the Tour of Chongming Island and as a consequence many of the world’s biggest female teams will be racing the Tour of Zhoushan Island against Kirsten’s Maaslandster Veris CNN outfit.

Astana, Veloconcept, BTC City Ljubljana and Hitec all performed well in the Chongming Island World Tour race with riders such as Christina Siggaard (Team Veloconcept), Arianna Fidanza (Astana Womens Team), Jelena Erić (BTC City Ljubljana), Emilie Moberg (Hitec Products) all placing in the top10 in stages at Chongming Island; while BTC’s Anna Stricker finished on the podium in stage 2 of Chongming Island World tour event.

The Hitec team has 2 former Tour of Zhoushan Island winners on their roster with Emilie Moberg (2012) and Charlotte Becker, who was the overall winner in 2014; while Italian world tour team BePink Cogeas has Russian champ Olga Zabelinskaya in its team roster who recently finished Top 10 in Liege Bastogne Liege behind Anna van der Breggen.

The tour starts on the 10th of May and consists of 3 stages (ending the 12th May 2017)

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Pro Racing / Re: 2017 Belgium Spring
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:27:14 AM »
Renshaw crashes in final Km's of the Scheldeprijs:

Been a tough spring for Bathurst Champion Mark Renshaw crashing for the second time in a fortnight in the GP Scheldeprijs overnight.
The incidents happen with only around 3 km to go in the Belgium Spring Sprinters Classic which was being held for the 105th time, with Renshaw hoping to be only the second Aussie to win the prestigious Belgium event behind Aussie Sprinting legend Robbie McEwen. 
Renshaw taken out by a rider who was flung from one side of the road to the other after touching wheels. He sat dazed on the road for some time before getting in the Data Dimension Team Car and going to the hospital to check his ankle.
It certainly was a disappointing end to the Scheldeprijs for Mark as he was looking good in the final stages in an event; plus it is a race he has performed well in the past, having first start way back in 2004 for FDJ when Tom Boonen took the win. That being symbolic as the 2017 event was Boonen final race in Belgium with the very popular champion having his final race in next week’s Paris-Rubiux; obviously the race became a huge celebration of Boonen amazing career.
In the end it was Boonens Quick-Step Floors team mate Marcel Kittel that easily defeated Elia Viviani and Nacer Bouhanni with Kittel quick to praise Boonen for his assistance in the final kilometers of the race.

See More here -- http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/scheldeprijs-2017/results/

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Pro Racing / Re: 2017 Belgium Spring
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:26:31 AM »
Renshaw back in the the GP Scheldeprijs in 2017.

Bathurst Champion Cyclists Mark Renshaw next is the 105th running of the GP Scheldeprijs which is the Belgium Spring Event which he has had the most success. Although he didn’t race the event last year when Dimension Data opted for him to race the Ronde van Vlaanderen. This year he is back in next Wednesday’s  Scheldeprijs which he has ridden 7 times with a number of top 20 finished generally after completing his domestic lead-out duties.

After success back in February when Mark Cavendish won stage 1 of the Abu Dhabi Tour it would seem Dimension Data is keen to get Cavendish back on the Podium; as Mark Renshaw is part of a very impressive Dimension Data sprint train at the GP Scheldeprijs. The Team is likely to included Boasson-Hagen, Van Rensburg Eisel and Tyler Farrar who is a past winner of the race. Mark Cavendish is a 3 times winner of the event and has been frustratingly close in the last few years (runner up last year and in 2013).

Andre Greipel and French sprinter Arnaud Demare are already on record as targeting the 2017 event other likely starters included Bouhanni, Wippert, Groenewegen, Van Poppel, Arndt, Nizzolo and Peter Sagan is penciled in as a possible starter however his massive work load at the moment may see the team commit to Sam Bennett.

However all eyes will be on the Ettix QuickStep Bus as Marcel Kittel is the winner of 4 of the last 5 running of the GP Scheldeprijs with Alexander Kristoff victory in 2015 the only time he has missed victory in the last 5 years.

With the UCI World Tour ranking system not necessarily suiting the Dimension Data Team, this year’s 105th running of the GP Scheldeprijs looks an opportunity to boost up the early 2017 season. So expect plenty of local interest in the event from all Renshaw fans back in Bathurst...

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Pro Racing / 2017 Belgium Spring
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:25:52 AM »
Falls playing havoc with Mark Renshaw early race season:
After a couple of falls the season Bathurst’s Mark Renshaw is hoping that a few days off might get him bouncing back to form for the GP Scheldeprijs which is an event he has always performed well at in the past.

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Pro Racing / Re: 2017 Santos Tour Down Under
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:24:48 AM »
STAGE 3 Women’s TDU -
Big day for  Kirsten Howard in Stage 3 of the Santos Women's Tour Down Under with the Bathurst cyclist attacking across to former “Maaslandster Nicheliving” teammate Erin Kinnealy (Holden) to lead the stage at the midway point.

It’s was very exciting for all the Bathurst cycling community to read about Kirsten attacking the peloton during the stage as it is an indication of her growing confidence in the sport. She may of lost a few positions overall as the peloton soon chased down Kinnealy and Howard and both lost time in the final kilometres of the stage however this stage was a major turning point in the Bathurst rider’s career as she has shown the confidence to become involved in the strategy of race. 
 
Canberra rider Chloe Hosking (Ale Cipollini) won stage 3 from Kirsten Wild (Ned) and Alexis Ryan (USA) Bathurst’s Kirsten Howard finished 40th while he NSWIS Sydney Uni captain Lauren Kitchen finished 15th. Overall Blue Mountains rider Amanda Spratt (Orica-Scott) still lead the Women’s Tour Down Under for Dutch rider Janneke Ensing (Ale Cipollini) with Kirsten Howard in 37th Place.

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Pro Racing / Re: 2017 Santos Tour Down Under
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:24:11 AM »
2017 People’s Choice Classic
Bathurst’s Mark Renshaw’s 6th place in 2017 People’s Choice Classic behind Caleb Ewan is a good result as he had to battling with Sagan prior to sprinting starting.
Sagan dropped back to Ewan & Renshaw and pushed in causing a degree of disturbance in the lead up to the sprint. Sagan’s shoulder and head didn’t cause any concern for the very experienced Renshaw but it did mean he was in the wind prior to the sprint starting and took away any chance the Bathurst Olympian had of repeating his win from a few years ago. 

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Pro Racing / Re: 2017 Santos Tour Down Under
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:23:39 AM »
Plenty of Bathurst Connections in the Santos Women's Tour
Although it is a true international field there is plenty of riders in the women race that have a connection to Bathurst with Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon Sram), Chloe Hosking (Ale Cippolini) and Aussie Champ Amanda Spratt (Orica) all having raced in the Bathurst Area.
Kirstens team mate Ashlee Ankudinoff having just won the NSW Women Madison Championship at the Bathurst Bike Park, and Nicola MacDonald is a 2 time nab B2B winner then of course Lucy Bechtel started her 2016 season with a bang winning the nab B2B while her Specialized team mate Madeline Wright had her first race start in Bathurst.
Also worth noting that Duel World Track Champ Rebecca Wiasak of the High5 Dream Team has won the Mudgee Open for the last couple of years and the World renowned female cyclist and team owner Rochelle Gilmore will be the Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling Team manager at Adelaide raced many times as a junior in Bathurst and actually won the Bathurst International GP.

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Pro Racing / Re: 2017 Santos Tour Down Under
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:23:10 AM »
Howard to race with Subaru NSWIS team at Santos Women's Tour
Again there will be plenty of local interest in the Womens TDU with local female champion Kirsten Howard racing with Subaru NSWIS team which will be led by well performed international rider Lauren Kitchen who grew-up in Port Macquarie in the Graham Seers program.
The Santos Women's Tour consists of 4 Stages starting Saturday, 14 Jan 2017 starting at Hahndorf and finishing with a criterium race at Victoria Park. The event boosts 4 USA Teams, 2 Britain and German Teams, 1 team from Netherlands NZ and Italy plus the Aussie teams lead by Orica.
 
Kirsten Howard Subaru NSWIS team will be managed by Katie Brown who often raced in Bathurst when she was an international rider.
Subaru NSWIS Team - 161. Lauren Kitchen (AUS), 162. Kirsten Howard (AUS), 163. Ashlee Ankudinoff (AUS), 164. Gina Ricardo (AUS), 165. Nicola MacDonald (AUS), 166. Emma Roberts (AUS)

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