Author Topic: 2018 Bathurst Cycle Classic - B2B (Blayney to Bathurst Challenge)  (Read 192 times)

MarkW

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St George Continental Cycling Team the favorites for the 2018 B2B

So often won by the dominate team, the 2018 B2B looks to be an exciting contest with a number of high profile riders racing the Blayney to Bathurst course on Sunday (22nd April 2018).

Almost all the medalists are here form the recent NSW championships with newly crowned Elite Road Racing Champ Gene Richards keen to be on the podium again. U23 Road Race champ Brandon CONWAY and NSW Criterium champions Cameron Roberts, and U23s Kai Chapman also in Bathurst for the cycling classic.

However on current form the winner looks likely to come from the powerful St George Continental Cycling Team who have had a sensational start to the Asian Continental Season, including a last start win in the Tour of Thailand with Ben Dyball.
Dyball was runner up to Dylan Sunderland in the 2016 B2B when looking a likely winner; interestingly his main rival on the weekend Michael Potter (Australian Cycling Academy) also looked the winner of last years 2017 B2B when beaten by Dylan Sunderland and Marcus Culey when finishing third.

See more on the Growth of the Bathurst Cycling Classic in 2018:
http://www.nswcycling.com/forum/index.php?topic=118.0

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Re: 2018 Bathurst Cycle Classic - B2B (Blayney to Bathurst Challenge)
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2018, 02:25:12 AM »
Plenty of local interest in the race for overall honours (Gold Wave)

Plenty of interest in the Local cyclist recording the fastest time in the 2018 B2B, with a prize donated by 2BS 1503 & Brock.
To be in contention you need to be in the non-National Championship Gold Wave which does contain a number of locals including GPM Stulz riders Josh Corcoran, Will Hodges and Craig Hutton, while Harry Bryant will be riding with his new Nero KOM team. Others locals in the Gold Wave racing for the outright win include Ryan O'Donnell, Bradley Rayner, Thomas Bolton (Dulwich Hill) and Jayson Austin.
 
While young Dubbo riders Kurt Eather and Luke Ensor have stepped up to the Long Course (Gold Wave) in 2018 after both finishing on the Short Course Podium behind Stewart Campbell last year.

Bathurst’s Steve Dunstall was entered in the Gold Wave with d2f team mate Ryan O'Donnell however has slipped back into the National Championship Age Group Waves.

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Re: 2018 Bathurst Cycle Classic - B2B (Blayney to Bathurst Challenge)
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2018, 02:44:40 AM »
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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Re: 2018 Bathurst Cycle Classic - B2B (Blayney to Bathurst Challenge)
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2018, 07:30:12 AM »
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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