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Newsletter 23rd September 2017

Gruyere, 16th September 2017 – GSR

Numbers were down somewhat at Gruyere last Saturday but the weather was kind and the racing was as willing as ever. Reports are inside this week’s newsletter.


Newsletter 16th September 2017

Thornton, 9th September 2017 – Rob Graham memorial / Club Championship ITT

Again the north-east did not disappoint; dry, windless and not cold – ideal conditions for the race of truth (or the handicapper’s version thereof).  Reports from Thornton and the World Championships in France along with a profile of Roy Clark in this week’s newsletter.

 


Newsletter 9th September 2017

Casey Fields, 2nd September 2017 – GSR

Back at Casey this week, but for regular club scratch races.  It was Casey, there were no surprises – it was windy.  And despite the conditions, and a small turnout, there was interesting and hard racing across all grades.  This week’s newsletter provides insights into most, check them out.


Newsletter 2nd September 2017

Casey Fields, 26th August 2017 – State Criterium Championships

Last Saturday, Eastern Vets hosted the VVCC State Criterium Championships at Casey Fields.  Well done to all those who competed and thanks to those who helped out on the day in a variety of capacities. Results, photos and a race report from ‘cleanskin’ Jim Swainston are inside.


Newsletter 26th August 2017

Gruyere, 19th August 2017 – GSR

Racing at Gruyere on Saturday began with a minute’s silence and then a neutral lap in honour of Paul Semmens. As reported last week, Paul died after an accident while racing at the Victorian Masters Road Race Championships the previous Sunday. A good contingent of Eastern members attended his funeral last Friday. Adam Dymond has more to say about this in this week’s newsletter. It was cold and showery when we arrived at Gruyere, but conditions improved as the afternoon wore on. There’s a crop of reports inside.


Newsletter 19th August 2017

Jindivick, 12th August 2017 – GSR

A new circuit, by all accounts tough but good – reports from A through D all praise the circuit and paint a picture of the day’s proceedings.  Most grades finishing as a strung out reduced group with B-grade the closest, ending in a four way sort-of-sprint.


Newsletter 12th August 2017

Casey Fields, 5th August 2017 – GSR

Not so windy, a few more starters, still races of attrition.  The shortened circuit meant less time into the wind but many still found it an hour too far, read the accounts of the survivors in this week’s newsletter.


Newsletter 5th August 2017

Casey Fields, 29th July 2017 – GSR

This week Casey outdid itself.  A committed one-and-a-half score braved the conditions for some hard racing made more interesting with the addition of a couple of sheep who slipped through the fence mid-race.  Reports from three grades and some great images from Mark Edwards pretty much sum up the day – enjoy.


Newsletter 29th July 2017

Yarra Glen, 22nd July 2017 – Tour de Metro race 4.

Big day last Saturday. You all know why – Eastern won the day and clinched the Tour de Metro series on a wild and woolly afternoon in Yarra Glen – but there are race reports and a letter from Adam inside to help you relive the glory.

Saturday night was Awards Night at the Kilsyth Club. Again, there are more details inside, but let me share a favourite moment or two. No, not hearing of Nic Skewes’s amazing fortitude in continuing the Indian Pacific Wheel Race despite horrendous saddle sores – though that topped the chart for ‘Ick!’ factor. It was great to see Juanita Stumbles awarded Life Membership, and Nigel Kimber made the inaugural Club Member of the Year. And I will remember for a long time special guest Steve Fairless’s conversation with Guy Green, including these gems on diet and nutrition: ‘If the body called for half a dozen potato cakes, the body got half a dozen potato cakes,’ and ‘I’ve raced as well on jam doughnuts as anything else.’ What a legend! No, seriously, what a legend, and what tales Steve had to tell from a lifetime of hard, hard bike racing.

 


Newsletter 22nd July 2017

Arthurs Creek, 15th July 2017 – Tour de Metro race 3.

Northern came out swinging in Round 3 at Arthurs Creek and reduced Eastern’s lead in the four-race series to just 16 points – 274 to 258 – with one round remaining. The series result rests on a knife edge. In all grades, and in C and D in particular, we need to make a big effort this week at Yarra Glen to fulfil the promise of our great start at National Boulevard three weeks ago. That said, there was some fine riding at Arthurs Creek, as the reports inside confirm. (Yes, there is a frog story.)


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