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General Discussion / Re: The Significance of the 2018 Blayney to Bathurst
« Last post by MarkW on April 20, 2018, 03:27:54 AM »
A New King of Mountain
History Wise – the 2018 NSW Hill Climb Championship looks set to maybe change the record books. Amanda Spratts amazing climb up Mt Panorama has stood as the bench mark for well over a decade. However while the Girls lead by top seeds Maddison Beevirs (Elite Women) & Portia Rennie (U19s) battle to challenge the Multi-National Road Champion’s Time this year the Boys really have a shot at history including two recent winners on the Asian Circuit Ben Dyball and Michael Potter.   

Ben Dyball has already had success on Mt Panorama winning the NSW Elite Men Championship in 2016 (8:27.02), since then he has had a stint in Europe with the Delko Marseille KTM team. However this year he is back with the NSW based St George Continental Cycling Team and is thriving; riding brilliantly to podium in the prestigious Tour de Langkawi (2.HC) which include world tour teams such as Astana, Mitchelton and Dimension Data.
He then backed that up by defeating Tour de Langkawi winner Artem Ovechkin (Terengganu Cycling Team) to win the Tour of Thailand.

Meanwhile Northern Sydney’s Michael Potter has been on a path to the title of King of Mt Panorama for years winning the junior hill climb titles before talking the under 23 title last year and recording the fastest time overall (08:29.10). He too is in super form, surprising competitors on the Asian UCI Continental Road Circuit when he brilliantly won the Tour de Tochigi in Japan last month riding for his powerful Australian Cycling Academy.

Dyball and Potter will actually race in separate Titles, with Dyball in the Elite (open) Championship and Potter the  U23 Title, however throw in a few other past and present NSW Champions like  Brodie Talbot, Cameron Roberts & Gene Richards and plus top climbers such as Angus Calder & Sam Hill, there is little doubt that the outright climbing record up Mount Panorama which has stood for over a decade is under threat.

It will certainly be worth going to Mt Panorama on Saturday morning if history can be made and we get a New King of the Mountain.
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General Discussion / The Significance of the 2018 Blayney to Bathurst
« Last post by MarkW on April 20, 2018, 03:26:45 AM »
The B2B and History:
People enjoy being part of history and those riding this weekend’s Blayney to Bathurst, 2018 Bathurst Cycling Classic Weekend, will certainly be a part of a significant event in this state cycling history.

Bathurst has been at the forefront of the development of the sport in Australia, with arguably the organisation that truly formalised, and laid the foundations for cycle competition in Australia, the NSWCU boosting a wheelrace in Bathurst as one of its proudest achievement at the end of it first year of operation in 1884.
 
The world renowned NSW League of Wheelman also conducted National Championships on the Track at Bathurst and one of their biggest international promotions on the roads in the Bathurst Region.
 
Then in more recent times, when cycling diversified; a National Series Mountain Bike event was contested on Mt Panorama. While even more recently the BMX Nationals where staged at the Bathurst Bicycle Park which was also the venue for the latest Velodrome Track opens that have attracted the stars of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Some of these past events have components that would suggest that they would be considered the great cycling event to be held in Bathurst. However when you consider the steer size of the Blayney to Bathurst Cyclo Sportif (now named the Bathurst Cycling Classic and the “Cycling Miracle of NSW” by Bicycling Australia Magazine) the 2018 event would have to be crowned Bathurst greatest Cycling Event. The significance of the 2018 is not that it is just a round of the World Series and a qualifier for the World Age Championship, but for the first time is also the 2018 National Age Group championships.

All riders in the 2018 Bathurst Cycling Classic be aware you are part of a very Historic Event, past winners have returned and even a couple of the events past b2b Race Directors will be riding the World UCI Event just to be a part of it. 
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Road Race Report / Re: 2018 NSW Hill Climb Championship (Mt Panorama)
« Last post by MarkW on April 20, 2018, 03:25:22 AM »
A New King of Mountain??
History Wise – the 2018 NSW Hill Climb Championship looks set to maybe change the record books. Amanda Spratts amazing climb up Mt Panorama has stood as the bench mark for well over a decade. However while the Girls lead by top seeds Maddison Beevirs (Elite Women) & Portia Rennie (U19s) battle to challenge the Multi-National Road Champion’s Time this year the Boys really have a shot at history including two recent winners on the Asian Circuit Ben Dyball and Michael Potter.   

Ben Dyball has already had success on Mt Panorama winning the NSW Elite Men Championship in 2016 (8:27.02), since then he has had a stint in Europe with the Delko Marseille KTM team. However this year he is back with the NSW based St George Continental Cycling Team and is thriving; riding brilliantly to podium in the prestigious Tour de Langkawi (2.HC) which include world tour teams such as Astana, Mitchelton and Dimension Data.
He then backed that up by defeating Tour de Langkawi winner Artem Ovechkin (Terengganu Cycling Team) to win the Tour of Thailand.

Meanwhile Northern Sydney’s Michael Potter has been on a path to the title of King of Mt Panorama for years winning the junior hill climb titles before talking the under 23 title last year and recording the fastest time overall (08:29.10). He too is in super form, surprising competitors on the Asian UCI Continental Road Circuit when he brilliantly won the Tour de Tochigi in Japan last month riding for his powerful Australian Cycling Academy.

Dyball and Potter will actually race in separate Titles, with Dyball in the Elite (open) Championship and Potter the U23 Title, however throw in a few other past and present NSW Champions like Brodie Talbot, Cameron Roberts & Gene Richards, plus top climbers such as Angus Calder & Sam Hill, there is little doubt that the outright climbing record up Mount Panorama which has stood for over a decade is under threat.

It will be worth being there on Saturday morning if history can be made and we get a New King of the Mountain.
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In the Media / Re: News April 2018
« Last post by MarkW on April 19, 2018, 02:36:46 AM »
B2B

Emily’s keen to pump out Watts in the Blayney to Bathurst
ANYA WHITELAW April 18 2018
LAST year when Emily Watts made her Blayney to Bathurst debut she treated the 110 kilometre long course as a fun ride with a friend, but come this Sunday things will be much different.
https://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/5348798/emilys-keen-to-pump-out-watts-in-the-blayney-to-bathurst/?cs=116

The future stars: Academy cyclists gather at Mount Panorama
ALEXANDER GRANT April 19 2018
A GROUP of the state’s most promising under 17s road cycling prospects have gathered in the city this week in preparation for the weekend’s Bathurst Cycling Classic action.
https://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/5351152/the-future-stars-academy-cyclists-gather-at-mount-panorama/?cs=116
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General Discussion / Re: Huge growth continues in B2B/Bathurst Cycling Festival
« Last post by MarkW on April 19, 2018, 02:30:20 AM »
More Visitors:
Spin-off events such as Junior development Camps held in Bathurst in the run up to the Blayney to Bathurst Cycling event are another benefit to the local community -
See Alexander Grant (Western Advocate) story on the current Camp running in Bathurst in the lead up to the Bathurst Cycling Classic –

The future stars: Academy cyclists gather at Mount Panorama
ALEXANDER GRANT April 19 2018
A GROUP of the state’s most promising under 17s road cycling prospects have gathered in the city this week in preparation for the weekend’s Bathurst Cycling Classic action.
https://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/5351152/the-future-stars-academy-cyclists-gather-at-mount-panorama/?cs=116
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Road Race Report / Re: 2018 NSW Hill Climb Championship (Mt Panorama)
« Last post by MarkW on April 19, 2018, 02:13:44 AM »
Bathurst Reps in the 2018 NSW Hill Climb Championships.
The Local cycling club has an excellent record in the NSw Hill Climb Championships and will go into the 2018 Titles with a couple of defending Champions (Jim Lavis and Mark Windsor), Attached are some of the locals racing the 2018 Championships:-

Under15s - Luke Tuckwell
Under17s - Kalinda Robinson, Daniel Googe
Under 23s – William Hodges
Open - Bradley Rayner
Men (M1) -Stephen Dunstall
Men (M4) - Ryan O'Donnell
Men (M5) - David Reece
Men (M6) - Mark Windsor Tim Roebuck
Men (M8) - Jim Lavis
Women (M6) - Jillene Harris
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Road Race Report / 2018 Bathurst Criteriums
« Last post by MarkW on April 19, 2018, 02:10:34 AM »
Bathurst Criteriums always full of action:
The Mens and Womens Div 1 Bathurst Criteriums are a highlight of the Bathurst Cycling Classic Weekend and this year all events will be contested in the heart of Bathurst at King's Parade

Many top class events have been held on the King's Parade course including the NSW GP Series and The Tooheys Series, which brought top international riders to the Bathurst CBD.

Both the Elite Mens and U23s Criterium State champions, Cameron Roberts (Goulburn) and Kai Chapman (who also won the recent Newcastle Orica Crit) will be in actions at the Division 1 Mens Criterium where the speed be on from the start. However it will be the very strong Australian Cycling Academy Team and in particular regular Bathurst visitor Cameron Scott who will be worth watching, an amazing track rider, already this year he has picked up a UCI Continental win on the road in the New Zealand Cycle Classic.

The Sydney Uni Velo Club look to have a strong hold on the division 1 Womens race, with Jennifer Darmody, Emma Roberts, Emily Watts and current NSW Champion Georgia Whitehouse all racing the event. Local rider Emily Watts was the most aggressive rider in last years Women’s event won by Kirsten Howard (who incidentally can’t ride as it clashes with her Rugby Game). So the dilemma for riders such as Simone Grounds it will be difficult to break the Sydney Uni Velo hold on the race. Attached is a link to  Anya Whitelaw (Western Advocate) story on the womens event -
https://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/5348798/emilys-keen-to-pump-out-watts-in-the-blayney-to-bathurst/?cs=116
 
 
STARTLISTS - 2018 Bathurst Criteriums - Saturday 21 April 2018 - King's Parade, Bathurst NSW
http://www.nsw.cycling.org.au/Portals/12/2018/B2B/Final%20Start%20List%20-%20Bathurst%20Criteriums%20180418.pdf
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Road Race Report / 2018 NSW Hill Climb Championship (Mt Panorama)
« Last post by MarkW on April 18, 2018, 07:31:55 AM »
The Bathurst Hill Climb - Badge of Honour:

The NSW Hill climb championships has been held on the same course at Bathurst for many years with the time recorded up the legendary Mt Panorama climb becoming something of a badge of honour as riders over the years compare the times and stories of their accent up the famous mountain.

With Mt Panorama recognised all over the world as incredible racing circuit, to take the title as the fastest up the climb each year using only human power at the state cycling championships is significant piece of history. However its prestige has been magnified further by the quality of cyclist that are on the events honour rolls, with both the King and Queens of Mt Panorama featuring Australian Open Road Pro Road Champions.

To often the NSW Hill climb championships is over looked by the spectators due to the hype of the action packed Criteriums and the steer scale of the B2B Challenge, however in 2018 the NSW Hill climb championships is special, as a couple of super climbers prepare to battle it out to be the fastest person up Mt Panorama.
 
It seems Aussie superstar Amanda Spratt’s record will never be broken, however the outright King of the Mount record looks under enormous threat as last year’s fastest man Michael Potter and the Elite Champion from 2016 Ben Dyball prepare to race up the mountain. You could be watching a bit of history on the Weekend at Mt Panorama.     
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Locals to Race the Bathurst National Championships
Early entries have a number of Bathurst cyclists competing in the Australian Age Group Road Championships at the Blayney to Bathurst Cycling Classic.

Originally planned to be held at the prestigious National Championship Carnival at Ballarat in January, the age championship had to be postponed due to the hot dangerous conditions. The re-scheduling to the “B2B long course age category waves” the logical decision given the event continues to be a part of the World Series.

Looking at the early entries Bathurst only has one female rider in the Bathurst National Age Championships that being the versatile Susan Richards (in the 65-69 Female title) who is also an accomplished Triathlete.

However there a plenty of local men in the Championships with Nathan Maher joining Hayden Booth and Julian Woods (who both went to the worlds last year) in the 19-34 Male.

Coming out of the Gold Wave Steve Dunstall joins Luke Gillmer in the 35-39 Male title, while Scott James & Troy Smith (45-49 Male) and Strathmore Meurer (40-44 Male) are in the other under 50s age groups.

David Reece who also raced at the world champs in France is joined by Bruce Hutton and Andrew McGrath in the 50-54 Male title.

While Australia Champion Mark Windsor races the 55-59 Male title with Tim Roebuck and Gregory Malligan.
 
Stephen Jackson is another who raced in france in 2017 and he races in the 60-64 Male championship this year while current NSW Champ Jim Lavis and Stephen Lennox race the 65-69 Male championship.
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Impossible to pick a favorite for the Women’s Long Course B2B

Very difficult to pick the overall winner of the Women B2B, as it depends on the conditions imposed at the start of the Female race.

Leading competitors such as Simone Grounds, who was impressive at the recent NSW Womens Road Series rounds at Bathurst, has sensibly opted to race in the National Championship Age Group Waves as opposed to the Gold Wave. Likewise former Bathurst star Emily Watt who showed last year she will be one of the best climbers in the race will start in the Age Group waves. This could be an advantage or disadvantage depending on how their waves are organised at the race start and how they split up on the road, effectively we have the one female race for outright honours occurring at different times.

Those in contention in the Gold Wave include Jennifer Darmody, India Mclean, Emma Roberts, Angela Smith, Emma Viotto, Georgia Whitehouse and top climber from 2014 Gina Ricardo, who is one of Emily Watts Sydney Uni Velo team mates.
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