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Newsletter September 26th 2015

Yarra Glen, 19th September 2015

Has spring really arrived at last? The days are lengthening and it’s a little easier to get out for an early ride. Saturday was a grand spring day at Yarra Glen, as this week’s race reports confirm, and all grades from A to F had double-digit bunches. Fourth place felt like a win to Jean-Philippe Leclercq, and Paul Firth came 4th (I’m sure there’s a pun in there, but Paul has probably heard it before). Read on to find out more.

This week the age-based Club Road Championships take place at Eildon. It’s a rare chance to measure yourself against other riders in your age group, rather than in grades decided by the handicapper. Best of luck to all.


Newsletter September 19th 2015

Gruyere, 12th September 2015

A club stalwart had success on the world stage this week. Evergreen rider Liz Randall won her category in the women’s time trial at the UCI Amateur World Championships in Denmark. Read Dave McCormack’s report later in this newsletter.

Closer to home, at Gruyere, bunches were quite small but conditions were excellent and the competition was fierce. Race reports follow for A, B, C and E grades. Let’s try for a full house next week!

And don’t forget the forthcoming Team Time Trial, to be held on Saturday 31 October at Seymour. A separate email has gone out with details and FAQs. It would be great to see lots of riders get behind the club and get involved in this new venture.

 


Newsletter September 12th 2015

Casey Fields, 5th September 2015

We can’t all be like Joaquim Rodríguez. The veteran (yes, he’s 36!) Spanish rider was quoted as saying, after a savagely mountainous stage of the Vuelta a España this week, that he had suffered more on the ‘easier’ 9–10% sections than on the walls and was waiting for 15–20% gradients … to recover. After some hilly courses in recent weeks, Casey Fields last Saturday probably looked like a good place to recover – but, as anyone who’s raced there knows, it’s rarely that simple.

There’s just the one race report from Casey this week. Doug Reynolds and Kevin King finally got away from the B-grade bunch, but would they stay away? Read on to find out.

And best of luck to any club members who may be riding Amy’s Gran Fondo this Sunday. The weather forecast could hardly be better. Enjoy those closed roads!

 


Newsletter September 5th 2015

Lake Learmonth, 29th August 2015.

This week’s image of Lake Learmonth, scene of last Saturday’s graded scratch races with Eureka Veterans CC, is from Peter Gray. Most race reports this week mention the weather, and Peter’s image suggests why. Those who braved the icy blasts and made the journey found a warm welcome from the Eureka club – both on the road, where the locals were determined to impress, and back in the clubrooms after the race.


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