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Pro Racing / 2018 Dubai Tour
« on: February 06, 2018, 07:47:59 AM »
It get serious for Dimension Data now
The 2018 Season get serious tonight for Bathurst’s Mark Renshaw as he will be back riding with Mark Cavendish and the Dimension Data Sprint Team in the 2018 Dubai Tour. 

Marcel Kittel won the last 2 Dubai Tours with Mark Cavendish winning in 2015 (he was 8th last year). Kettel has won an amazing 8 stages with the next best Cavendish Vibiani and Degenkolb with 2 each exp[ect all to be on the start line.

Pressure with be on Katusha Alpecin as Kettel will be favored to take victory again in 2018, however there is plenty of pressure on the big German with not only  Cavendish, Vibiani and Degenkolb hunting for stage wins but also others like Bouhanni, Kristoff, Groenewegen and Blythe

The Tour consists of 5 stage starting on the 6th February at Skydive Dubai, Stage 1 consisting of 167k followed by 190km stage to Ras al Khaimah then 183km, 172km and a 129k dash to finish.

Track Racing / Re: 2017/18 NSW Under 17 & 15 Track Cycling Champs
« on: February 06, 2018, 07:37:29 AM »
U15 & U17 State Track Team Announcement.
As expected Bathurst Cycling Clubs 3 female medalists at the NSW Junior Track Championships have been named in the team to compete at the 2018 Cycling Australia Junior Track Nationals on 21st – 24th of February…
The local rep are –
Bathurst - Tyler Puzicha, Eliza Bennett & Kalinda Robinson
Orange - Benjamin Anderson
Dubbo - Zara Fuller, Haylee Fuller, Dylan Eather & Daniel Barber
Special mention to Dubbo’s Vaughan Eather who was selected as Assistant Coach

Track Racing / 2017/18 NSW Under 17 & 15 Track Cycling Champs
« on: February 06, 2018, 07:30:36 AM »
Bathurst Cycling Club win 14medals at the Junior State Track Champs:
Bathurst Girls won an amazing 13medals at the NSW Junior Track Champs at Dunc Gray Velodrome. Eliza Bennett, Kalinda Robinson and Tyler Puzicha together won 8 Gold 4 Silver and 1 Bronze medals at the Championships which should guarantee all 3 a place in the NSW Junior U15s U17s Team for the National Track Championships to be held in Melbourne in February.

Both Eliza Bennett and Kalinda Robinson race in the Under 17’s Division where Eliza continues to dominate the sprint events winning gold in the Sprint, Kierin, 500m TT and the Scratch Race.

Kalinda Robinson won Gold in the Madison with Haylee Fuller (Dubbo) while Tyler Puzicha was very impressive in the Under15 girls division taking Gold in the Sprint, Kierin and 500m TT.

Bathurst representative in the Boys Events at the Championship, Luke Tuckwell showed he is a rider to watch winning Silver in the Under 15 Boys Scratch race. Luke is only in his first year in the very competitive Under 15 boy’s events and showed plenty of talent at the Carnival.

General Discussion / Vale Sam Covington
« on: January 29, 2018, 06:08:05 AM »
Very Shocked to hear of the passing of Sam Covington.

Sam was a hard working supporter of Bathurst Cycling and a good rider.

While Darren and Renee where climbing up the cycling ranks in the 1990’s and Loraine had moved from a local cycling Junior development officer to Vice President of NSW Cycling Federation, Sam was very focused on the local scene, working hard with the Bathurst Cycling Club.

Quite an Athlete, Sam was renowned for his skills in Marshall Arts before he made his start on the bike but he certainly made a mark on the local cycling scene.

Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time

General Discussion / Our condolences to the Burke family
« on: January 29, 2018, 06:06:25 AM »
Our condolences to the Burke family.

Very Sad to hear of the passing of former Bathurst Cycling Club President Laurie "Buddy" Burke.

Buddy and his family have been huge contributors to Cycling in Bathurst, both as competitors and administrators.

He and wife Marion (also a life member of the Bicycling Club) where leading figures in the Old Bathurst League of Wheelmen Pro club before he and son Jim lead the two local cycling clubs through the complex amalgamation process in the mid 1980’s to form the Club we have today.

Buddy Burke was a high profile local sportsman being a member of the Bathurst Rugby League’s Hall of Fame, and while it was his sons that created plenty of headlines in the National Cycling Scene, Buddy himself was a very strong cyclist with a podium finish in NSW’s Famous Classic Road Race the Goulburn to Sydney.

However he is also remembered as a wonderful promoter of local cycling with his great work as a cycling administrator at the weekly club events and the regular state and national event cycling events that were held in Bathurst during in his long run with the local Cycling Club.
Rest in Peace - Lawrence "Buddy" BURKE 22/8/1926 - 25/1/2018

Road Race Report / 2018 Bathurst Australia Day Triathlon
« on: January 26, 2018, 04:28:42 AM »
Round 3 Central West Triathlon Series: Bathurst 26th January 2018
Unofficial Results: (see Central West Triathlon FACEBOOK site for details)

Next Crop of local triathlon stars dominated the Australia Day Triathlon at Bathurst which with Connor Whiteley first overall and Emily Watts the first female.

Whiteley defeated Series Leader Matt Webster (Mudgee) and Orange team mate Jack Bilton with Rory Thornhill (Orange) James Byrne (BRATS) and Mark Windsor (Bathurst) fighting for the remaining Central West Tri Series Individual Points.

Matt Webster extending his lead in the overall standing with Mark Windsor dropping to third in the series after Jack Bilton jumped to second after his impressive 3rd in the Bathurst Round.

While Whiteley showed his class in the Bathurst race with a comfortable win carrying the burden of pre race favorite, promising junior Rory Thornhill put in a very exciting performance in his Bathurst debut at open level, given his age his 4th placing was a mighty performance and suggests he has huge potential. Sydney Triathlete James Byrne and Mark Windsor battling for 5th with Byrne extending the gap in the final stages of the run leg.

Rounding out the top 10 overall were Thomas Hanrahan, Tom Tudor, Ethan Buesnel and David Hunter with Luke Gilmer on the comeback trail next infront of Mark Delaney.   

Emily Watts showed her amazing versatility in defeating talented Triathletes Laura Wolfson and Jessie Dean in the main event as she has just finished winning a bronze medal at the Australian Road Cycling Championships and is preparing for the National Track Cycling Championships. Of Course Laura is a class Triathlete she finished on the podium in the Bathurst Australia Day race last year and then backed that up with an outright podium in the Canberra Triathlon. Jessie Deans 3rd placing at Bathurst will tighten up the Womens Outright Standing even further with only a few points between Jessie her mum Estelle and club mate Jess Richards. 

Former World Duathlon Champ Janette Martin one the women’s Enticer Event while good Bathurst Triathlete Ian Glen won the Male Enticer after focusing more on his cycling in recent times.

High Profile Bathurst Triathletes Nick North Richard Hobson and Terry Roberts won the Teams section.

Bathurst Club Officials very excited with the event which drew large fields in all events contested on the day. The large Bathurst contingent almost guaranteeing Bathurst Wallabies Triathlon Club will continue to the lead the Series’ Club Title going into the Orange Round in a couple of weeks.

See Photos and Story by the Western Advocate here -

Road Race Report / Round 2 InterClub Triathlon Championship
« on: January 25, 2018, 06:56:04 AM »
Round 2 - Cowra - 21st Jan 2018
Mudgee’s Matt Webster has moved to the top of the Central Tablelands outright men’s ranking after defeating Bathurst’s Mark Windsor at the latest round in Cowra, Orange pair David Searle and Jack Bilton finished 3rd and 4th overall. Tom Hanrahan was next giving Bathurst two athletes in the top 5 and Dubbo’s Craig May rounded out the top 6 overall.

Orange again dominated the Female Classification with Estelle Dean moving to the top of the female rankings, and Jessica Richards and Jessie Dean taking second and third at Cowra. Mudgee’s Giselle Denley continues to impress finishing 4th infront of Abby Dean and Alison Dermody.

The exciting news for Bathurst Wallabies Triathlon Club is with the new points format they now lead the Team Championships after strong performances across the age groups. Bathurst currently leads on 693.6pts with Orange on 501 and Mudgee 474.6.

Steve Jackson was an impressive winner of his age group while Luke Gillmer returned to the regional championship with a win in his age group. Also performing very well - Candice Falconer, Tim Scott and Danny Weal who all placed in their age categories. While Danielle Patterson Jane Bennett Luke Patterson Pat Vallimore Richard Blackie and Alex Macquarrie all scored good points for finishing in the top 8 in there age divisions 

See Central West Inter-Club Triathlon Series FACEBOOK page for the Official and Full details

or Brief Results at -

Track Racing / 2017/18 NSW Track Team
« on: January 25, 2018, 06:17:43 AM »
2018 NSW State Track Cycling Team
Congratulations to Bathurst’s Harry Carter who has made the NSW State Team to contest the National Championships in Brisbane 1st - 4th February 2018. The local cycling club also very excited that recent National Road Cycling Medalist Emily Watts has been selected in the U/19 Women team.
Others in the team include Dubbo star Kurt Eather and former Bathurst junior Zach Marshall

See Full Team details at

Track Racing / 2018 Ron Boulton Cycles - Orange Track Open
« on: January 25, 2018, 06:07:53 AM »
Ron Boulton Cycles - Orange Track Open (27 Jan 2018)

Orange Cycle Club will host the Ron Boulton Cycles - Orange Track Open this weekend (27th January 2018) on the Moulder Park Velodrome. The junior racing starts around 10am and the senior program will commence in the afternoon. The program includes old favorites such as Elimination Scratch Races with a series of Keirins for the power athletes. As with tradition with the classic bush cycling carnivals the afternoon will climax with the Final of the Wheelrace at approximately 5:30.

Track Racing / 2017/18 State Teams Track Championships
« on: January 25, 2018, 06:05:16 AM »
NSW Teams Champs
Bathurst has taken home a Gold Medal at the annual NSW Teams Track Championships at the Dunc Gray Velodrome. Bathurst won the U17 Girls Teams Sprint title with Kalinda Robinson and Eliza Bennett recording a quick 36.789 to defeat rivals Illawarra.
Dubbo won a Gold and Bronze medal in the Teams Sprint (u17 and u15’s boys) and a Gold in the Under 17 Teams Pursuit Champs.

Team Sprint final –
Gold - Bathurst U17 Girls - Kalinda Robinson Eliza Bennett 36.789 defeated Illawarra
Gold - Dubbo u17s Boys – Barber Eather Hines – 50:394 defeated Hunter
Dubbo also won bronze in U15s (Brodie Wheeler Louis Russell Trent Hines)

NSW Teams Pursuit Champs
Dubbo won Gold u17s TP final – (Barber Clark Eather Hines – 3:28:984) defeated Lidcombe

Pro Racing / 2018 Santos Tour Down Under
« on: January 25, 2018, 04:49:18 AM »
20th Santos Tour Down Under:
Bathurst’s Mark Renshaw has a very Impressive record in the Santos Tour Down Under with many trips to the podium. In fact he was a great chance of the overall win in 2008 when he wore the Leaders Jersey in the Willunga Stage only to lose it in dramatic circumstances to Andre Greipel.
However while he may of been in a battle for the overall win in the 10th Anniversary edition of the race it’s been a different story in the lead up to the 20th  Santos Tour Down Under where the Bathurst riders was racing to be fit enough to simply start Australia’s biggest Cycling event.
Yet the Bathurst champion made the start line of the People’s Choice Classic and although pushing harder than in previous years he again finished in the top 10 behind world Champ Peter Sagan, Andre Greipel and Caleb Ewan.
In the end the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under would be a good one for Renshaw and his Dimension Data  team not only winning the King of the mountains with young South African Nickolas Dlamini defeating
Richie Porte by 12 points; but also finishing 3rd overall with Tom-Jelte Slagter (making the podium with Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) and Richie Porte (BMC Racing)).
Should also be noted that Dimension Data finished 2nd to Bahrain Merida in the Teams Classification in the 2018 Tour, only 26second off the win. For the record Mark Renshaw finished the 20th Anniversary Santos Tour Down Under in 95th Place overall.

Renshaw rushed back to Bathurst for some last minute training before the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on 28 January 2018.

Round 3 - 2017/18 Triathlon Central West Interclub Series - Bathurst 26th Jan 2018
Unofficial Brief Results- see Central West Inter-Club Triathlon Series FACEBOOK page for latest details

Main Race-
Overall – 1 Connor Whiteley (Orange) 49:32, 2 Matt Webster (Mudgee) 50:03, 3 Jack Bilton (Orange) 50:06, 4 Rory Thornhill (Orange) 50:14, 5 James Byrne (BRATS) 51:03, 6 Mark Windsor (Bathurst) 51:38, 7 Thomas Hanrahan (Bathurst) 53:19, 8 Tom Tudor (Orange) 54:52, 9 Ethan Buesnel (Orange) 55:04, 10 David Hunter (Orange) 55:37

Female – 1 Emily Watts 0:54:38 (Bathurst), 2 Laura Wolfson 0:55:58 (Canberra), 3 Jessie Dean 0:57:25 (Orange), 4 Estelle Dean 1:00:18 (Orange), 5 Jessica Richards 1:01:39 (Orange), 6 Stacey Fish 1:01:43 (Bathurst), 7 Abby Dean 1:01:43 (Orange), 8 Giselle Denley 1:03:40 (Mudgee), 9 Carly Lomax 1:06:56 (Mudgee), 10 Morgan Watts 1:07:00 (Bathurst)

Male - 1 Ian Glen Bathurst 2 Beau Rohr Mudgee 3 Hugh Thornhill
Female – 1 Janet Martin Orange 2 Alison Dermody Orange 3 Amy Glenn Bathurst

Club Championships Points:

Bathurst Wallabies are keen to be crowned Central West Inter-Club Triathlon Series champions
ANYA WHITELAW January 25 2018
THE Bathurst Wallabies Triathlon Club has long had a host of talented members, but for the first time in season 2017-18 it has made a concerted effort to claim the honours in the Central West Inter-Club Triathlon Series.

Connor Whiteley wins in his return to the Central West Inter-club Triathlon Series | Photos
ANYA WHITELAW 26 January 2018

Round 2 - 2017/18 Triathlon Central West Interclub Series - Cowra 21st Jan 2018
see Central West Inter-Club Triathlon Series FACEBOOK page for latest details

Main Race-
Overall – 1 Matt Webster 0:54:02 40-49yrs Mudgee, 2 Mark Windsor 0:54:26 50-59yrs Bathurst, 3 David Searle 0:55:54 40-49yrs Orange, 4 Jack Bilton 0:56:20 11-19yrs Orange, 5 Tom Hanrahan 0:57:30 20-29yrs Bathurst
Then - Craig May 0:57:52, Stephen Jackson 0:59:12, Mark Delaney 0:59:49, Matt Dean 1:00:15, Jacob Evans 1:00:35

Female – 1 Estelle Dean 1:02:49 40-49yrs Orange, 2 Jessica Richards 1:03:40 30-39yrs Orange, 3 Jessie Dean 1:05:00 11-19yrs Orange, 4 Giselle Denley 1:05:06 40-49yrs Mudgee, 5 Abby Dean 1:08:06 11-19yrs Orange
Then - Alison Dermody 1:11:26, Kinisha Roweth 1:13:53, Danielle Patterson 1:14:22, Bridget Evans 1:14:37, Candice Falconer 1:18:29

Male - 1 Beau Rohr 10-13yrs Mudgee, 2 Oliver Chandler-Sullivan 10-13yrs Orange 3 Ben Price
Female – 1 Julie Middleton Orange 2 Amy Glenn Bathurst 3 Sophie Martin 10-13yrs Orange

Interclub points after Race 2 at Cowra:
1Bathurst 693.6, 2 Orange 501, 3 Mudgee 474.6, 4 Dubbo 292.5, 5 Cowra 136.8

Cowra will host a round of the central west triathlon interclub series this Sunday.

Mudgee fared impressively at Cowra's inter-club event on Sunday
Jake Humphreys January 23 2018
Matt Webster reigned supreme at Cowra defeating Bathurst Rival Mark Windsor to win the Cowra event for the second year in a row.

Piranhas facing challenge from new, focused Wallabies at Bathurst leg
Anya Whitelaw January 25 2018
While Bathurst has long been brimming with talent, Wallabies president James Kelly says this season is the first time his club is making a concerted effort to take top Regional Club honours.

In the Media / Re: News December 2017
« on: January 08, 2018, 03:22:01 AM »

Windsor wins Bathurst Triathlon
PRIME TV Video – December 18
Bathurst Star Nick North is a prolific local triathlon winner, but in his last appearance of 2017, injury robbed him of a shot at glory.

In the Media / Re: News January 2018
« on: January 08, 2018, 03:17:32 AM »

The Red Devils' main race will feature a Fresh Format
Jake Humphreys January 4 2018
After drawing inspiration from the Commonwealth and Olympic games, the Mudgee Red Devils have decided to change the format of their main race this Sunday.

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