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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.

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)

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.

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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...

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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)

Pro Racing / 2017 Santos Tour Down Under
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:22:38 AM »
Renshaw set to start the 2017 World Tour:
After off-season training in Bathurst, champion local Cyclists Mark Renshaw kicks off his 2017 season at the Santos Tour down Under later this month. The event starts with the People’s Choice Classic on the 15th Jan 2017 where we could possibly see our Bathurst champ Renshaw battling it out with duel World Champion Peter Sagan. Of Course Mark’s Dimension Data Team have a few options in the stage with Van Rensburn Farrar and maybe even Haas, so their race plan will vary on the day. Meanwhile Sagan’s Bora Hansgrohe team will be expected to take responsibility for control of the stage a job they may have to get use too in 2017. 
The TDU getting officially underway on the 17/01/2017 with a 145km stage at Unley and concludes with the 6th stage around the streets of central Adelaide on the 22nd January 2017. The first appearance of Australia’s Orica Scott Grand Tour GC rider Esteban Chaves is likely to create plenty of interest while the Bathurst cycling community will be interested in the form of Mark Renshaw’s Dimension Data team mate Lachlan Morton who regularly raced in Bathurst as a junior (and infact is a 2time winner of the Nab B2B Short Course Race).

At this point Mark’s Team Dimension Data roster consists of - 51. Mark Renshaw (AUS) 52. Nathan Haas (AUS) 53. Lachlan Morton (AUS) 54. Ben O'Connor (AUS) 55. Reinardt Van Rensburn (RSA) 56. Tyler Farrar (USA) 57. Jacques Van Rensburg (RSA)

Pro Racing / Re: MARS 2017 Cycling Australia Road Nationals
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:21:39 AM »
Wonderful Racing:
Another great National Road Cycling Championship with Miles Scotson pulling off a classic move in the last couple of Kilometres to defeat Gerro and Haasy. Blue Mountains rider Amanda Spratt almost doing it again finishing second to team mate Katrin Garfoot.
Local Orange cyclist Tim Guy withdrew from the National Road Championship after 7 laps. After a leg snapping start Tim was hanging on okay on the hill but was a victim of a group dropped after a surge out of one of the corners. He will now prepare for his Attaque Team Gusto next event the 2017 Herald Sun Tour.

Pro Racing / Re: MARS 2017 Cycling Australia Road Nationals
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:20:52 AM »
Under 23's Road race:
NSW’s Sam Jenner has broke clear of 9 other riders to record a very impressive win in the U23 Road Race Nationals. Pat Corcoran of the GPM team reported that in form Bathurst club rider Will Hodges has performed very well at the Nationals - more soon

Pro Racing / Re: MARS 2017 Cycling Australia Road Nationals
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:20:25 AM »
Toovey Bronze U23 Crit Title:
Mudgee star rider Ayden TOOVEY has won bronze in the 2017 u23s National Criterium Championship at Ballarat Toovey was part of an 8 rider breakaway group and finished third in the dash to the line behind South Australian Alexander Porter.
Bathurst club member and recently sign GPM rider Will Hodges rode a great race to finish 21st in the chase group (at 46sec) and also a special mention to Dubbo’s Adam Mitchell who finished with Hodges in 26th place.

Pro Racing / MARS 2017 Cycling Australia Road Nationals
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:19:38 AM »
National Elite Mens and Womens Road Championships
Australia’s biggest day of road racing, the MARS 2017 Cycling Australia Road National Elite Mens and Womens Road Championships will be held in Ballarat on Sunday 8th January 2017. Popular Orange cyclist Tim Guy who was a former Bathurst club member is the only Bathurst connection at the 2017 elite men’s and women’s championships, however the club has promising young rider Will Hodges in the U23 championships with the complete championship running from the 4th to the 8th January 4-8.
Of Course Will Hodges has recently signed with Trent Wilson's GPM National Series Team along with Josh Corcoran which is expect to very develop the two locals boys cycling careers.

For info on the National Elite Mens and Womens Road Championships schedule and Results see the link --

Pro Racing / 2016 UCI Road World Championships
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:18:24 AM »
MARK RENSHAW in the worlds Team
Exciting for the region to hear officially that Mark Renshaw has been named in the Australia squad for the 2016 UCI Road World Championships in Qatar starting the 9th October.

Mark Renshaw has the best record of any Australian in Qatar and is a proven performer in the desert cross winds having won the Tour of Qatar in 2011. Besides being the world’s greatest lead out man, Mark’s power and race awareness makes him a brilliant circuit racer or criterium rider so the Doha World Champs course is perfect for the Bathurst rider and would be considered a contender at the championships.
The other rider with proven Qatar form is Heinrich Haussler (NSW) who has also finished on the Qatar Stage podium. It is interesting that Haussler did race and training in Bathurst as a youngster as the case which a number of the other riders in the 2016 National Mens Team. Both Michael Matthews (ACT) and Caleb Ewan (NSW) also raced at Bathurst’s nab B2B cyclo sportif weekend Matthews on the podium in the Hill Climb and Ewan placing in the nab B2B short course event. Paris-Roubaix winner Mathew Hayman (ACT) raced in the Region and Victorians Mitchell Docker and Zak Dempster where long time team mates of Bathurst Pro Cyclist Dean Windsor.
The National female team also has a Bathurst connection with nab B2B winners Gracie Elvin (ACT) and Sarah Roy (NSW) racing the worlds along with Tiffany Cromwell (SA) Lauren Kitchen (NSW) and Chloe Hosking (ACT) who have all raced in Bathurst.

2016 UCI Road World Championships in Doha Qatar, from 9-16 October.
MEN - Zak DEMPSTER (VIC) Rohan DENNIS (SA) - Time Trial Luke DURBRIDGE (WA) - Time Trial & Road Race Mitchell DOCKER (VIC) Caleb EWAN (NSW) Adam HANSEN (QLD) Heinrich HAUSSLER (NSW) Mathew HAYMAN (ACT) Michael MATTHEWS (ACT) Mark RENSHAW (NSW)
WOMEN - Tiffany CROMWELL (SA) Gracie ELVIN (ACT) Katrin GARFOOT (QLD) - Time Trial & Road Race Chloe HOSKING (ACT) Lauren KITCHEN (NSW) Loren ROWNEY (QLD) Sarah ROY (NSW)

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