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2017 nab B2B Challange Weekend
« on: November 04, 2017, 10:27:07 AM »
Stuart Shaw and Alastair Loutit back in 2017:

Two nab B2B podium placers returning to the B2B Cycling Festival in 2017 are Alastair Loutit and Mr B2B Stuart Shaw. Shaw who has won the Australian National Road Series has been a main contender in the nab B2B long course event since 2005 when the bigger nationals level teams appeared at the race for the first time. Shaw was again in the top 10 last year and will be in the Gold Wave again in 2017, he came the closest to a win in 2011 when he was runner up to GPM’s Philip Grenfell.

Meanwhile Alastair Loutit is back at Bathurst after podiums in 2009 when 3rd behind Dean Windsor and National Champion Peter McDonald and again in 2010 behind Cameron Peterson and Joe Lewis.

Other past podium riders from the men’s race include Brodie Talbot Ayden Toovey and the unlucky Ben Harvey.

Late Update - Stuart Shaw working interstate and will not make the 2017 event

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Re: 2017 nab B2B Challange Weekend
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2017, 10:27:41 AM »
Bathurst Club riders in Sundays nab B2B long course event.

The addition of the World Championship Qualification waves to the nab B2B has added a new incentive to the event in 2017. 500 riders including almost 100 interstate and international riders will tackle the Qualifier event in hoping to get to France for the 2017 World Masters Championships. This includes a number of locals keen to book that ticket.   

However the race for the overall placing in the mens nab B2B long course will be fought out by the riders in the Gold Wave. Bathurst Cycling Club will have 6 male riders in the 2017 nab B2B Gold Wave they are Jayson Austin and Richard Hobson local GPM Stulz riders Josh Corcoran, William Hodges and Craig Hutton and Bradley Rayner of the Park Life Team.

In the womens event the latest on Kirsten injury is that she is aiming now at trying to be fit for the 70km nab B2B sportif event which leave the very promising Emily Watts Bathurst main hope in the long course womens event.

Of Course Bathurst Cycling Club will be one of the biggest Clubs at this year nab #B2BCyclingFestival with over 60 members competing, they include -- Ryan O'Donnell, Glen Partridge, Jim Lavis, Brad Rayner, Harry Bryant, Josh Corcoran, Jono Cutler, Emily Watts, Matthew Watts, Morgan Watts, Scott Allen, Jay Austin, Daniel Went, Tony Barlow, Toireasa Gallagher, Jillian Auld, Robert Barlow, Kevin Bell, Isaiah Bennett, Hayden Booth, Stephen Dunstall, Mick Foran, Sally Garrett, Charlie Gascoyne, Rosemary Hastings, Mark Hillsdon, Richard Hobson, William Hodges, Simon Hine, Billy Hutton, Bruce Hutton, Craig Hutton, Andrew Carter, Gemma Lord, David Hyland, Stephen Jackson, Scott James, Neville Krahe, Cadel Lovett, Charlotte Lovett, David McKellar, Patsy Moppett, Gareth Morgan-Thomas, Raymond Parkin, Graeme Peadon, Tyler Puzicha, David Reece, Stuart Renshaw, Susan Richards, Ebony Robinson, Kalinda Robinson, Tim Roebuck, Robert Stephen, Peter Tilney, Luke Tuckwell, Brooke Tuynman, Fran Walker, Greg Wills, Peter Wilson, Blair Windsor, Dean Windsor, Mark Windsor.

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Re: 2017 nab B2B Challange Weekend
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2017, 10:28:17 AM »
Brief Results from last year;
2016 nab B2B results
Men nab B2B 110km- 1Dylan Sunderland, 2Ben Dyball, 3Liam Magennis, 4Rylee Field, 5Cameron Scott, 6Harry Carter, 7Harrison Bailey, 8Daniel Bonello, 9Stuart Shaw, 10Marcus Culey
Women nab B2B 110km - 1Lucy Bechtel (02:57:35.21), 2 Amy Vesty, 3 Vanessa Benett, 4 Deborah Hennessey, 5 Rachel Blakers, 6 Megan Scott, 7 Kate Olgers, 8 Ella Scanlan-Bloor, 9 Alex Bentley, 10 Emma Viotto,
Men nab B2B 70km- coming
Women nab B2B 70km- coming

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Dylan Sunderland wins Blayney to Bathurst long course
Alexander Grant 11 Apr 2016
DYLAN Sunderland raised his arm in triumph as he outsprinted Ben Dyball to the line to be crowned champion of yesterday’s Blayney to Bathurst long course.
http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/3840408/blayney-to-bathurst-comes-down-to-a-dash-for-the-cash/

Lucy Bechtel the female winner in Blayney to Bathurst long course
Alexander Grant 11 Apr 2016
IN the space of just four years Lucy Bechtel has gone from a novice club rider to being crowned the female winner of the 2016 Blayney to Bathurst long course.
http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/3840730/bechtel-long-course-win-caps-rapid-rise/

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Re: 2017 nab B2B Challange Weekend
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2017, 10:29:34 AM »
Womens Race:

Chloe Heffernan not only took out the 70km Short Course nab B2B challenge last year but also was an impressive winner of the U19 Female NSW Hill Climb championship in the 2nd fastest female time overall behind only Elite Women winner Lucy Bechtel. Her switch to the long course in 2017 will see her start one of the favorites in this year 110km challenge.

Another that performs well at Bathurst is Ella Bloor she finished in the top 10 in last years 110km womens nab B2B and was second in the Elite Women NSW Hill Climb Title with the 3rd fastest time overall. She comes to the event in good form after winning the Female Category of the recent Bowral Invitational Road Race.

Also on the podium with Bechtel and Bloor in the 2016 Hill Climb title was Port Macquarie’s Deborah Hennessey who also finished and impressive 4th in last years women’s nab B2B. However Deborah is one of the many cyclists focusing on the World Championships Qualifications hence it is difficult to assess the impact this will have on her chances in women’s  outright nab B2B classification as the lack of a Female Gold Wave means the women are split into the Recreational Wave and Qualification waves which race under different conditions eg a gun start for the Worlds Qualifier Waves.

Another twist in the womens event is potential race winner Kirsten Howard is battling a hip injury after winning Round 2 of the NSW Masters Women’s Road Premierships recently. Howard who has been runner-up in the 110km women’s nab B2B an amazing three times (2013, 2014 & 2015) defeated Georgia Whitehouse and Holly Khan in that event with Khan’s recent win at the Newcastle Orica Kermesse suggesting that the Bathurst rider would be one of the favorites on the weekend.

Others returning for the 2017 Mens Race:

After winning the nab B2B 70km course in 2016 Stephen Cuff is set to challenge for the 110km event podium in 2017. Cuff’s win at Bathurst last year was the start of a great 12months for the very promising Penrith junior rider which included a win in Australia Oldest Cycle Race “The Austral”.
In fact Cuff will be coming to Bathurst having just been informed he has been selected in the 2017 Australian Junior Track Long Squad to train for UCI World Championships to be held August 23-27 in China.

Also returning after impressing at Bathurst last year is Liam Magennis returns to Bathurst for the 2017 nab B2B, Magannis was the fastest man on Mt panorama in the 2017 Hill Climb and back it up with a podium in the nab B2B finishing 3rd behind Dylan Sunderland and Ben Dyball. A stage win in Canada at the Tour de White Rock in 2016 backed up by a recent win in the recent Oceania Time Trial Championships in Canberra would suggest Liam Magennis is a key player this weekend.

Outside Sunderland and Magennis, 6 of the Top12 in last years men’s nab B2B have already entered the 2017 including B2B legend Stuart Shaw (9th), Marcus Culey (10th), Matthew Rizzuto (11th) and Mudgee star Ayden Toovey (12th).

Winners Return in 2017:
The Male and Female winners from 2016 have returned for the 2017 nab B2B 110km challange, infact not only have Dylan Sunderland and Lucy Bechtel again entered the 110km long course nab B2B but both winners of the 70km nab B2B short course in 2016, Stephen Cuff and  Chloe Heffernan have moved up to the long course as serious contenders.
Coming off and impressive win in the recent 2017 Orica Kermesse, last year’s nab B2B men’s winner Dylan Sunderland looks in great form and ready for a big weekend in Bathurst as he is also entered in the NSW Hill Climb Champs on the Saturday morning and then the Division 1 Criterium in the afternoon which will be contested in the center of Bathurst.

Following in his famous uncle’s footsteps, Sunderland impressed last year in Belgium finishing on the podium on a number of times and winning a race in Wervik riding for the Belgium development program Baguet - MIBA - Indulek – Derito.

After winning the women’s long course nab B2B in 2016 Lucy Bechtel raced overseas in America before return to Australia where she was 7th in the recent Oceania Road Race Championships. Bechtel was also the fastest female rider up Mt Panorama in the 2016 Hill Climb Championship but at this stage looks likely just focusing on the nab B2B in 2017 which is a worrying sign for her opposition.

Can both Dylan and Lucy go back to back wins in 2016 & 2017??? –
It’s a feat rarely achieved, in fact only Bathurst European Professional Dean Windsor can claim to have done it in the mens 110km nab B2B after winning his wave in 2008 and then taking out the 2009 race when his Drapac Porsche team dominated the race. Three separate women has achieved the feat with both Lynne Clarke (2014 – 15) and Sarah Troy (2012 -13) winning female nab B2B crowns 2 years in succession, with Jess Ridder winning the O2B (Orange to Bathurst) back to back in 2003 – 04.