LEONGATHA JUNIOR TOUR
Four of our Juniors had a successful weekend at the Leongatha Junior Tour on the weekend with Lachlan Collins securing a 3rd place and Molly Bridger a 2nd place in the Road Race. Kane Bridger rode well in the Victorian Hill Climb Championships coming 2nd in "B" Grade and gaining a 3rd in the Scratch Race. Bryce Bridger managed two 3rd places with one in the Criterium Race and one in the Road Race. The weather conditions were great although the rain did threaten a few times. With encouragement from Neville and Pam Williams the juniors are all looking forward to the rest of the Road Season.
The “Steampocket” Geelong Club Tour
We are pleased to announce that local business “Steampocket Pizzeria” has jumped on board as sponsor of the event. GCC wishes to thank them for their support of the tour and the Geelong Cycling Club. Steampocket – Pizzeria – Café can be found at 313 Pakington Street. Please check them out; www.steampocket.com.au or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Steampocket-Pizzeria-Cafe/120387544689746.
Full event details can be found; http://www.geelongcycling.com/social/cal-events/viewevent/100-the-steampocket-geelong-club-tour.htmlv
Club Kit Is Avalibale to Purchase
GCC kit is available to purchase through supplier Body Torque in Ocean Grove.
The prices are S/S Jersey $80, L/S Jersey $90, L/S Thermal Jersey $100, Vests $ $80, Knicks $90 and B/Brace $100. Prices are GST inclusive.
There is a minimum order of 5 per style so if you require one garment you may have to wait for your order to be filled.
Please contact Body Torque (Luba) directly for all inquiries, 5256 2431, they will be able to help you out. Or you can drop into Body Torque to try on the kit for correct sizing.
Congratulations to Pam & Neville Williams (GCC life members) who have recently been named cycling officials of the year in Victoria.
Pam & Neville have dedicated much of their time and energy as officials & commiserres at cycling events all over the state and country for many years. They have officiated at numerous, state, national, World Cup and World Title events. Pam & Nev have been stalwarts of GCC track racing for many years and have a vast knowledge of the history of Geelong West, now Geelong Cycling Club.
All the Geelong Cycling Club wishes them many congratulations on this fine award and recognition.
Thank you for your contribution to cycling at all levels.
2013 Geelong Cycling Club Criterium Championships
Near perfect weather conditions greeted riders for the 2013 Geelong Cycling Club Criterium Championships held on the picturesque Eastern Gardens circuit. A full field of juniors U11 through to U19, support race bookend by the Championship race saw good numbers of riders in all events.
The support race & U17’s kicked off the mornings racing. With an easterly wind blowing the support race was a tactical affair with no riders too keen on leading across the start finish line into the head wind, but things were hitting warp speed along Hearne Parade. Joel Watson was the day’s most aggressive rider spending many a lap off the front trying to split the race open. However the bunch was not willing to let any riders escape so it was always going to end in a bunch sprint. Daniel Hall again showing a strong pair of sprinting legs to take the win over Piers Nyeholt and Mark Trickey. Average speed just under 36kph showing the ever increasing speed of the lower grades.
There were five riders on the start line for the U17 race. Things stayed largely in tacked for the first half of the race, Mackeely Brown displaying her continual improvement hanging tough with the boys. Seasoned juniors Zac Dynes & Rylan Bird breaking way & swapping turns until the end. Rylan taking the win over Zac in the sprint to the line. Cameron Driscoll & Luke Kinnersly following trough shortly after.
A total of 14 - U11, U13 & U15 riders took to the start line. All were super keen to get racing underway with parents keenly watching and hoping to wear them out for the day! There was great racing in all grades, special mention to the U11’s Oliver, Fraser & Angus who did a great job on a tough course. After a summer of racing in their legs there has been some rapid improvement in all the kids. Well done to all.
With the combining of both A & B grade for the championship race a large field of riders took to the start line. The increasing speed and ability in B grade meant that this was going to be a hard fought contest. Many riders wanting to test their progress in the Championship race.
After a neutral first lap racing got under way there was an immediate attack from Greg Stewart. Daniel Wilson jumped across the gap, the two swapping turns for a couple of laps off the front. The bunch sensing that this move would prove futile were happy to let the pair hang off the front.
Race speed remained high throughout the race with riders willing to drive the pace on the front. Plenty of riders attacking off the front hoping that it would prove to be the winning move, Daniel Lamb, Erik Holt, Jamie Werner and Greg Stewart always willing to try their luck. U19 riders, Matt Castles and Matt Mills were always a strong presence on or near the front of the race.
In the end the winning move came late in the race, firstly Nick Squillari creating the mini break before Tom Paton managed to cross the gap without the bunch following. With two of the clubs strongest riders away this was a dangerous move for the remaining riders in the bunch. Sensing the danger Lee Burchell tried to bridge but despite his obvious strength was caught between the leaders and bunch for a couple of laps.
In the end it proved to be the winning move with, both riders willing to share the load to remain clear. After racing up Hearne and around the pinch into taillight alley, a tough sprint to the line ensured. In a throw of the bike to the line Nick just edged out Tom by the slimmest of Margins, 0.012 seconds to take the win. Last year’s champ Gary Wearmouth showing his speed to round out the podium closely followed by Leigh Clifford and winner of the U19’s Matt Castles.
Well done to all riders who made the racing a success. Special mention to the winners in all grades and new Club Criterium Champion Nick Squillari.
Full results of all grades can be found HERE
Event photos can be found Here
Colac Cycling Club
Sunday March 3rd, 2013.
First race of the South West Series sponsored by Banks Thargo Wines
Seniors: 65 km handicap. Start 11.00am,
Main Street, Beeac.
Juniors (U15/17) 22km handicap. Start: 11.30am
All riders must present a current CSV racing licence.
Entry fees must be paid when entering. The following methods of payment will be accepted
· Club cheque- if entering via your club.
· Direct debit or online banking.
Please put your name as Reference in your transaction.
Account Name – Colac Cycling Club inc.
BSB – 033 217
Account No. – 22 47 86
As with all South West Series racing, entries must be confirmed
with the name of 3 riders on your usually handicap.
Jillian Warton -03 52651378 0417 304 576.
Entries close: Tuesday February 26th, 10.30pm.
The Annual General Meeting is on Monday the 11th of March at Geelong West Velodrome starting at 7pm. Please mark on your calendar this important event. More details to follow in the coming weeks.
Road Race Marshal Roster
You can have someone marshal on your behalf so you can race. Without the membership committing to marshaling we aren’t able to run events. Please support this simple task.
Geelong Cycling Club Needs Your Help
GCC seeking some volunteers to help with some basic pre-race duties.