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Newsletter, 20th December 2014

Dunlop Road, 13th December 2014

Dunlop Road attracted big entries in all the grades. The supplementary A grade race is proving popular. It is giving some B grade riders an opportunity to step up and try their hand in the ultimate grade while the big guns are racing in the ‘A grade Teams’ race and trickledown effect was seen in other grades.

All prize money was donated to a very worthwhile charity, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. The Wednesday racing at the Loop also collected the prize money to create a substantial sum for cause.


Newsletter, 13th December 2014

Casey Fields, 6th December 2014

For the second week in a row at Casey Fields it was a reasonable turn out to try and master the tough conditions. It was windy (perfectly normal) from the start and just got stronger as the racing unfolded. Breakaways were rare and from what is known, only one, E grade, succeeded. Those that tried were left dangling to tire and then slipped back into the bunch through fatigue or as is the case of C grade, a lack of understanding over the bell lap that allowed the bunch to sprint and catch the unsuspecting escapee.

 

The final placing’s were decided by bunch sprints with heavy legs. Next week the flat track of Dunlop Road will bring some respite.


Newsletter, 6th December 2014

Casey Fields, 29th November 2014

You can never be too sure of the weather in Melbourne while you thought that Casey would always be windy. Saturday was probably the least windy for the year, the racing tactics that are usually employed by and large were in the jersey pocket and it showed. Grades that are normally aggressive, were riding slow while others were getting stuck in. E grade passed B grade, some C graders went to the front before the bell. It’s a wonder the first aider didn’t have some heart problems to treat. And in another grade, it was just a procession, until the last lap.

Full reports in the newsletter.


Newsletter, 29th November 2014

Dunlop Rd, 22nd November 2014

The first race at Dunlop Rd for the summer season saw big fields in all grades. The A grade Teams race was supplemented with an A grade crit for those A graders that were not part of the Teams format and perhaps there was a couple of B graders who took the opportunity to try their hand at A, without the big guns to dish out extra pain.

The remaining grades were also hotly contested. D grade had the equal biggest field with 29 starters that included several doubling up from their usual grades. This produced some interesting tactics in the sprint and the smart riders hit the front early to avoid the congestion. The same can be said for the other grades.


Are Helmets worth it?

Thank you to Elizabeth and Patricia for sharing this article with us as part of a safety program they are involved with at their youth center.  Great work, kids!” – is a helmet worth it.  Yes it is and the article is worth reading for your knowledge and for passing on


Newsletter, 22nd November 2014

Arthurs Creek, 15th November 2014

The weather was fine for the last road race for the year, in fact the last road race until the end of January. A great course, if not challenging for most riders. The climb on the way out followed by the undulations to the far cone sets the race up for a fast return to Greens Rd. The multiple laps just add another dimension to test the legs. The upbeat mood after the racing is testament to the enjoyment had by all, including those that struggled.


Newsletter, 15th November

Casey Fields, 8th November 2014

Eastern Vets must enjoy inflicting discomfort on themselves. Sixty two riders went to Casey Fields for another day of high winds, as was the previous Saturday, but there was a difference this Saturday. Instead of the rain and cold it was around 35^ and to add a little more of a challenge to the dehydration and fatigue, a ‘Missing out’ race was thrown in for most grades along with the normal crit races, just to add a further dimension to the discomfort. Never the less, everybody appeared to enjoy the racing, although a few were a little worse for wear after the crit race.


Newsletter, 8th November 2014

Casey Fields, 1st November 2014

Casey was at it’s best, it was a brave person who ventured out into the tempest.  Gusting winds, heavy rain, sun, wind, did I mention the wind.  Despite the conditions a small but dedicated crew took to the track, huddling together for warmth and protection, those who found themselves separated soon found themselves well and truly on their own.  Full reports from some of those who’s brains didn’t freeze are in this week’s newsletter.


Newsletter, 1st November 2014

Club Championships, Seymour, 25th October 2014

The age group race is interesting to observe. Riders are racing against some riders from their usual grades as well as riders from other grades, higher and or lower. At the registration area it has a different atmosphere to crit races. Some riders can be seen looking at each rider that turns up, trying to ascertain

 whether that rider will be in their age group and if so what are their particular strengths and weaknesses. Are they sprinters, climbers or perhaps time trailers? They also count how many in the bunch because for the first time for a man, size does count, the bunch that is.

 


Newsletter 25th October 2014

Yarra Glen, 18th October 2014

Brave Dave (Anderson) was at Yarra Glen with camera in hand, images available here;

The A-grade team’s race added to the big fields in nearly all the other grades and highlights just how popular this demanding circuit is for the riders. It was warm and with a stiff breeze up the rise, a breeze that is as predictable as Casey Fields. It was always going to test the legs and leave some to ride alone before race end. A circuit where the handicapper is inundated with requests to ride down a grade or 2.

 


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