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Road Race Report / Unofficial Update after Round6 2019 Bcc Road Series
« Last post by MarkW on May 17, 2019, 06:40:04 AM »
2019 Bathurst Road Series Championship Brief Update (after Round 6)
With only two rounds remaining in the 2019 Bcc Road Cycling Series most of the Grades looked to be almost decided with last years A Grade Champion Brad Rayner looking set to make it back to back A grade Titles with only last year’s runner up Mark Windsor a mathematical chance of defeating the defending champ.

Currently Rayner is on 148pts to Windsor’s 108pts, youngster Daniel Googe is in third on 76pts just in front of Josh Corcoran (68pts) and Will Hodges (53pts). However it should be noted the overall points spread is not an indication of the racing as there have been a number of different round winners in 2019 with Will Hodges (Olivers), Craig Hutton (GPM) and Charlie Gascoyne all undefeated in this season’s A Grade rounds. 

David Reece has a big lead in the B Grade Series, having scored 118pts to Glen Partridge’s 100points. Jack Cannon is the inform rider in the Grade and currently sits third on 83point only 1pt in front of Rod Esdaile and 5pts clear of Graham Stait who have moved up into B grade during the 2019 Series. Nathan Pearce, Ben Taylor and Toireasa Gallagher are close enough to move into the top5 with Toireasa the top ranked female in the 2019 Series.

With only 2 rounds remaining no one can defeat David McKellar in C Grade, he has 137pts with his nearest rivals Neville Krahe (81pts) Braedon Smith (67pts) Peter Wilson (47pts) & Darren Fenton (38pts) unable to mathematically score enough points in two rounds to defeat the series leader.

It’s much closer in D Grade with only 7 points separating Jette McKellar (142pts) and Phil Cole (135pts) in the race for the 2019 title. It is also a great battle for the minor placing with Gary Baker (77pts) & David Hyland and Alex MacQuarrie both on 60pts.

BRIEF UPDATE - 2019 Bathurst Road Series Championship - Current placings after 6 of 8 Rounds:
A Grade:
1Brad Rayner, 2Mark Windsor, 3Dan Googe, 4Josh Corcoran, 5William Hodges, 6Craig Hutton & Charlie Gascoyne, 8Luke Tuckwell, 9Stuart Renshaw, 10 Others - Chris Couper (Dubbo), Emily Watts (Syd Uni velo)
B Grade:
1Dave Reece, 2Glen Partridge, 3Jack Cannon, 4Rod Esdaile, 5Graham Stait, 6Nathan Pearce, 7Toireasa Gallagher & Ben  Taylor, 9Scott James, 10Jim Lavis. Then - Rob Stephen Kalinda Robinson Chris Davis Steve Bennett Rod Lovett Tony Shaw Others Paul Whitfield (BMts) Drew Tuckwell (Org) David Eggleton (TBC)
C Grade:
1Dave McKellar, 2Neville Krahe, 3Braedon Smith, 4Peter Wilson, 5Darren Fenton, 6Wayne Powell, 7Cadel Lovett & Jille Harris, 9Rob Barlow, 10Jim Allan Gary Theiss
D Grade:
1Jette McKellar, 2Phil Cole, 3Gary Baker, 4David Hyland, 5Alex MacQuarrie, 6Caroline Robertson, 7Rosemary Hastings, 8Norman Wise, 9Greg Cross, 10Marian Renshaw, Garry Taunton

2018 Bcc Road Series:
A Grade 1.Brad Rayner, 2.Mark Windsor, 3.Steve Dunstall
B Grade 1.Hayden Booth, 2.Andrew McGrath, 3.David Reece
C Grade 1.Rob Stephen, 2.Neville Krahe, 3.Graham Stait
D Grade 1.Rosemary Hastings, 2.Norman Wise, 3.Alex MacQuarrie
Pro Racing / Re: 2019 Giro d'Italia
« Last post by MarkW on May 15, 2019, 07:56:36 AM »
102nd Giro d'Italia Results – Stage3 & 4
Dimension Data show their intentions with Italian Sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo finishing a solid 5th in the 220km Stage 3 to Orbetello. Bathurst Mark Renshaw was at the front of the bunch in the closing stages supporting Nizzolo who has never won a stage of his home tour although finishing on the podium 14 times.
Clearly if Mark Renshaw and Dimension Data team can get Nizzolo up for the win it will be quite a celebration. His fifth place in Stage 3 was significate as his 24th Top 5 finish in the Giro.

As expected, stage 4 was a difficult assignment however Australian Caleb Ewan impressed finishing 2nd behind Richard Carapaz. Bathurst’s Mark Renshaw finished 156th and Giacomo Nizzolo 144th.

Stage 3 Orbetello - 1 Gaviria Fernando 2 Arnaud Demare 3 Pascal Ackermann 4 Matteo Moschetti 5 Giacomo Nizzolo 
Stage 4 – 1 Richard Carapaz – 144 Giacomo Nizzolo & 156 Mark Renshaw

See Anya’a coverage here --
General Discussion / Re: 2019 RMS Region Bicycle Forum – Dubbo
« Last post by MarkW on May 15, 2019, 03:10:59 AM »
Regional Cycling Stats
Some of the discussion at the 2019 RMS Regional Bicycle Forum at Dubbo was centred on cycling accidents. Collected data suggested there was 118 cycling accidents requiring attention in the region this period with 3 fatalities of which all there Males (over 50) (and one without a helmet).
Problems with vision on Roundabouts and Dooring was identified as challenges for urban design in regard the cycling safety. 

Informal local records of Bathurst cycling group suggests Roundabouts as the major concern regarding local major cycling accidents with around a third of serious Bathurst Cycling Accidents occurring on Roundabouts. Other causes being Road Conditions, Livestock/Wildlife and Equipment Failure/ Erratic Riding   

Breakdown of Local informal records:
46% Collision with Motor Vehicle (These occurred on Roundabouts 75%)
24% Equipment Failure/ Erratic Riding (collision with other rider)
15% Road Conditions (Pot Holes, Road Works)
15% Livestock/Wildlife (Kangaroos, Livestock).
General Discussion / 2019 RMS Region Bicycle Forum – Dubbo
« Last post by MarkW on May 13, 2019, 01:10:01 PM »
2019 Region Bicycle Forum – Dubbo 14th May 2019
The Annual RMS Western Region Bicycle Forum will be held in Dubbo 14th May 2019. A very diverse group of presenters from Government Authorities, urban designers and architects, Cycling Historians, Cycling Mechanics / shop owners and Sport technicians / Scientists will guarantee a wide range of cycling issues will be covered.

The Forum will open with a welcome from the Dubbo Mayor Ben Shields and Manager Local Government RMS Jodi McIntyre with acknowledgment to Country by Forum Presenter Jacqueline Anderson.
The first topic will be Bicycle Friendly Communities by Global Operations Manager CycleLifeHQ Anna Gurnhill, that will be followed by New technology in bikes and then Future directions in Landscape architecture and urban design.

The Forum will also hear reports from some of the regions councils and cycling user groups, plus Interactive workshop.

Tony Dunn & Paul Reynolds of Wheeler Cycles talking of new technology in cycling.
Road Race Report / 25km Ind Time Trial - Rd6 Bcc Road Series
« Last post by MarkW on May 13, 2019, 07:54:35 AM »
Individual TT - Long course TT, 25km (Ryans/Newbridge)

Bathurst Cycling Club hosted round 6 of the 2019 Road series on the weekend with a 25km Time Trail contested on the 2 Road Circuit.

At the half way point there was very little between the top 3 in A Grade for the overall fastest on the day however it was Orange Champ Charlie Gascoyne that finished the stronger to take the win in a very quick 36min 28sec. Bathurst Road Champ Brad Rayner was only 4second behind with another 28sec back to Current Bathurst Time trail Champion Mark Windsor.
State Masters Medallist Ben Taylor was an impressive winner of B Grade in 39min02sec with David Reece and Jack Cannon again on the podium in 2nd and 3rd place
Braeden Smith continued his rise through the local cycling ranking recording a 44min 24sec to defeat Nev Knahe and David McKellar in a great battle
Meanwhile Caroline Robertson was a big winner in G Grade recording 47min 42sec to defeat Jette McKellar and Greg Cross
Top Female performer on the day was Toireasa Gallagher with 43:31 infront of Caroline Robertson and Jette McKellar

A Grade 1st Charlie Gascoyne 36min 28sec 2nd Brad Rayner @4 3rd Mark Windsor @32 – 4th Dan Googe

B Grade 1st Ben Taylor 39min02sec 2nd David Reece @2:15 3rd Jack Cannon @2:33 – 4th Rod Esdaile 5th Jim Lavis 6th Toireasa Gallagher 7th Graham Stait 8th Glen Partridge 9th Chris Davis

C Grade 1st Braedon Smith 44min 24sec 2nd Nev Knahe @39 3rd David McKellar @52

D Grade 1st Caroline Robertson 47min 42sec 2nd Jette McKellar @2:14 3rd Greg Cross @5:13 - 4th Alex MacQuarrie 5th Phil Cole
Pro Racing / Re: 2019 Giro d'Italia
« Last post by MarkW on May 13, 2019, 06:40:36 AM »
Tough Tour:
Sadly Mark 17th Grand Tour doesn’t look that suitable to his Dimension Data Team, he would be keen to assist Italian Sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo take a stage in his home tour, however while many suggest the first half of the tour is for the sprinters there is not a classic sprint stage till the second week.
In fact maybe only stages 10 and 11 are the only real chance for a classic bunch sprint. Sure, the sprinters will dominate the first week however, they will be doing plenty of climbing and kilometres before the dash and that will favour the fast men with some climbing endurance.
That said it is still great to see Mark Renshaw back in the tour of Italy, and I expect if and opportunity does present itself, the Bathurst champ will grab it.

102nd Giro d'Italia - Team Dimension Data Roster - Giacomo Nizzolo, Scott Davies, Enrico Gasparotto, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, Ryan Gibbons, Ben O'Connor, Mark Renshaw, Danilo Wyss

Stage 1- 8km Time Trial - Bologna
1 Roglic Primoz  2 Yates Simon 3 Nibali Vincenzo – 167 Mark Renshaw

Stage 2  205km - Fucecchio
1 Pascal Ackermann 2 Elia Viviani 3 Caleb Ewan – 134 Giacomo Nizzolo  167 Mark Renshaw

Keep up to date with the Giro with Anya Whitelaws impressive Western Advocate Coverage:
Pro Racing / 2019 Giro d'Italia
« Last post by MarkW on May 13, 2019, 06:32:35 AM »
Mark Renshaw has started his 17th Grand Tour on the weekend in the 2019 Giro d'Italia:
In 2005 Mark Renshaw got a Grand Tour Start in his first season solely focusing on the Road:

Mark Renshaw started his 17th Grand Tour on the weekend in the 102nd Giro d'Italia, this is made-up of 10 Tour de France, 2 Vuelta, and 5 Giro d Italia starts.

In the twilight of his wonderful career, it is ironic that he is back doing the Giro as the last time he did the event was back in 2012 but the Giro d Italia was the first Grand Tour he contested back in 2005.

Having come off the Athens Olympics Track program the year before, the 2005 Giro start with FDJ was very exciting and full of expectation as the young championship was having his first season specialising solely on the road.

The Giro d'Italia was particularly exciting as Renshaw was considered by the team as their best chance in the tour’s opening Prologue. Looking back it must have been a very stressful and emotional start to his career on that street in Reggio Calabria, and while the young champ looked calm and in control on the starting ramp he would finish only 2 seconds off the pink leaders jersey in 8th place overall in his Grand Tour debut. He was Française des Jeux best finisher in the prologue however Mark certainly has replayed the stage start in his head many times afterwards, as he had the talent to take that leaders jersey.

Young Mark Renshaw calming down before the 2005 Tour Prologue.

Although working for Baden Cooke, Mark Renshaw actually finished that first grand tour as Française des Jeux best placed rider on the Mountains Classification and the Point jersey equal with the very experienced Sandy Casar. Yet he never considered this statistic at any point, as his future in Grand Tours would be built around supporting teammates and what a magnificent career it would be. 

Road Race Report / Re: 2019 “David Reid Homes” Grafton to Inverell
« Last post by MarkW on May 11, 2019, 01:34:34 PM »
Rockley Cup rider wins Division 2 at Grafton:

The form around last years Bathurst Rockley race has been proven in this years 2019 Grafton to Inverell CYCLE CLASSIC with Rockley Cup Runner up Will Hodges winning the NRS A Grade Race and fourth place getter Andrew Finlayson winning Division 2.

On top of that the Queen of the Rockley race Jodie Martin was top 10 in the womens event behind Megan Scott. Meanwhile the D2f team (Ryan, Dunstall, Martin & ODonnald) won the Division 2B teams category. Making up the Dedicated to Fitness time of 22:53:04 was 2017 Rockley Cup winner Jeremy Ryan finishing 26th overall in Div2 (11th in Div2B) while Stephen Dunstall was 36th (16th in Div2B) and Dennis Martin 61st overall in Div2 and 30th in Div 2B...... more soon...
Road Race Report / 2019 “David Reid Homes” Grafton to Inverell
« Last post by MarkW on May 11, 2019, 07:24:51 AM »
Bathurst Cycling Will Hodges (of the Olivers Real Foods Team) has won the 2019 “David Reid Homes” Grafton to Inverell CYCLE CLASSIC Hodges defeated Bridge Lane teams mates Dylan Sunderland and Nicholas White in another top class performance.

Earlier this year Hodges was Bathurst Cycling Clubs best ever performer in the historic Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic finishing 4th behind Nick White. In turning the tables on White and the BridgeLane team in NSW’s premier Road Race Hodges became the first ever Bathurst Club rider to win the Grafton to Inverell which was first contested in 1961.

The significance highlighted by Bathurst only ever having a few riders to finish in the top grade, with Blair & Mark Windsor and Jess Ridders the only riders in recent memory to finish in the top dozen of the Division 1 event.

Ridder was 5th behind Parramatta’s Jennifer Manefield in 2002, but miss the 2003 event when she dominated the National domestic scene. Mark Windsor best chance came in 1986 when he broke away with 83 winner Rick McCorkell, however the pair taken off course by the lead car at Glen Innes resulted in them re-joining the race behind the Andrew Logan group and he finished 11th. Meanwhile Blair Windsor was part of Budget Forklift very successful era being the team leader on the road. In 2012 Blair was in the leading group when team mates Peter Herzig Michael Cupitt attacked to finish 1st and 2nd, Blair taking a top 10 finish behind the pair. Others to perform well in the top grade include Craig Hutton who put in a very aggressive ride in his first Grafton to Inverell appearance, attacking at the start and only fading in the final stages to just miss the top40 in A Grade.

With the Bathurst Club (established in 1884) having such a proud history, Will Hodges history-making performances this year are something to be very proud of.

Brief Results 
2019 “David Reid Homes” Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic
A Grade - NRS Event.
1st William Hodges Oliver's Real Food Racing
2nd Dylan Sunderland Team BridgeLane
3rd Nicholas White Team BridgeLane
Road Race Report / All-in Handicap - Cross Roads (McKay Trial)
« Last post by MarkW on May 10, 2019, 12:54:01 AM »
All-in Handicap - Cross Roads

Bathurst Cycling Club contended an All-in Cross Roads Handicap on the weekend (6th may 2019) in preparation for the annual Jack McKay Memorial Event which will be run Mid May. A solid field consisting of 32 riders contested the Handicap with a 40 minute spread between the riders who had to face a cross headwind on the way out.

At the turnaround a big bunch of middlemarkers formed who set about chasing down the 35 and 27 minute bunches who lead the event. However strong Orange rider Mitch Bland (27min) went solo and stayed away for the win. Dave Hyland (35 min) also a solo effort for 2nd.
On the return trip the Scratch markers caught the chasing bunch with Brad Rayner (Scr) riding through the field to claim 3rd and fastest time (1:14.56), Co-Markers Chris Couper and Luke Tuckwell also impressive rounding out the top 5.

Next home where block riders Ben Taylor (6th) and Steve Bennett (7th), while Orange Champ Charlie Gascoyne (Scratch) finished 8th place infront of Jack Cannon (Block) and Kalinda Robinson (14 min) who was 10th and the top placed female
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