Hamilton Wheelers Elite TeamOur new Elite team had their first race at round one of the Queensland Road Team Series (QRTS) with a night crit at Cleveland and a road race the next day at Gatton. Here's a quick race report.
Round 1 - Cleveland / Gatton - 21-22 May - Twilight Criterium -
Gatton Road Race
The HWCC team did well on the weekend – Pickles made the A final crit on Saturday whilst on Sunday he and James Madigan finished the RR 130km well in Gatton with James leading the chase pack until 300m from the finish line.
Baz Mead had some bad luck on Sat and the pace of the RR on Sunday was telling on many teams.
Note Stephen Lowe, Nic Rider and Jarryd Whittaker are not in the team photo but are rearing to go for Rd 2 at Warwick July 2-3.
The Brisbane Camperland Queensland Road Team Series (QRTS) is Queensland's premier road racing series where 26 teams of the leading riders in the state compete over four rounds to decide the winning riders and teams across a number of categories. Taking place throughout southern Queensland, the Series offers riders and teams the opportunity to test their skills during a range of individual and team time trials, road races and criteriums. This diversity ensures a range of development and competition opportunities for riders. CLICK HERE for more info.
2016 Bill Osbourne Memorial Handicap Sat 21st May 2016 Results
Division 2 (1 lap 32km)
1st Phil Gibson
2nd Andrea Alexander
3rd Helen Young
4th Ted Alexander (Fastest Time)
Division 1 (2 laps 64km)
1st Mark McLennan (HW)
2nd Chris Marty (HW)
3rd Matt Bury (Lifecycle)
4th Shane Crawford (HW)
First Lady Olivia Nendick
Mark and Chris were very close in the finish
Special thanks to all our volunteers:
Chief Commissaire: Rene Lubbers
Assistant Commissaire: Darryl Baker
Signon/Marshalls/Vehicles: Sharon Forbes (for Warren), Gerry Forde, Will Overell, Peter Kelly.
Firstaid: A1 First Aid
Club Kit Portal Open until Jun 9The Club kit Portal opens from Fri 20th May until the 9th of June. Anyone who wishes to order any gear that is not stocked by the club, please feel free to order to your hearts content via the Portal
Click HERE for full details on our kit and you too could be winning in style :)
Gaz's Guide to the 2016 Winter SeasonThanks to Gary Alcorn our Club Statistician for this Winter Season Guide which will hopefully be useful to those new to the club, and those not so new!
The 2016 Winter program starts Saturday 9th April with an Individual Time Trial at Closeburn (just past Samford on the way to Dayboro).
The committee has provided a varied group of events on both closed circuits and the open road (yes that means hills) which should appeal to all members. There are several key events throughout the year which we encourage you all to support.
1. Our one "open" event at Lakeside Park, the Anzac 25 on April 25th.
2. Two annual perpetual trophy events - the "Soldiers Honour" and the "Bill Osborne Memorial"- which are handicap races for both Division 1 and 2 riders.
The Club Championships are held over three events, a Criterium, a Time Trial and a Road race. These are run in each of your CA licence categories. A special Hamilton Wheelers Jersey is awarded in each category to the rider who accumulates most points over the three events.
Note that the points score for the Perpetual Aggregate Trophy is different to the 6 monthly points used for grading.
Throughout the season points are allocated for results in most events and a Perpetual Aggregate trophy awarded at the end of the season to the rider with the highest points aggregate. As well as getting points for placing in events, points are awarded for starting and finishing, fastest times, first unplaced lady etc. The points are weighted to give more weighting to the higher grades to compensate for competition from visiting riders. It is thus a trophy that rewards results and consistency. The points system for the Perpetual Aggregate Trophy are below.
2016 Bill Osbourne Memorial Handicap DetailsDetails for our annual Bill Osbourne Memorial Handicap Road Race are:
Date: Sat 21st May 2016
Time: Signon from 12:30pm, Race start 1:30pm
How much:Entry fee is $15 (the extra $5 is to cover professional traffic control costs)
Distances: There are two races. Division 1 is riders graded A/B1/B2&C1 with our club and is two laps around the course (64km). Division 2 is for riders graded C2 or D with our club and is one lap (32km).
Where: School Rd Elimbah (click for google map)
Course Map and Profile: MAP
Who: The race is open to all Cycling Australia RACE or 3 day Licence Holders
Register: As this is a handicap, all riders must nominate by Thu 19th May to allow the handicapper to suitably place all riders
Who was Bill Osbourne? Bill was a tireless worker for the club during the 1960's through to the mid 1980's. He was President/Chairman for over a decade and was granted life membership during the 70s, receiving his Bar in the mid '80s. His widow used to attend the Memorial for many years. This long standing race is in Bill's honour.
2016 Grafton to InverellHamilton had quite a few members in this iconic race.
In A Grade Mitch Neumann had a good race, and tried to bridge across to the break of 11 who had a 9 minute gap at the start of the Gibraltar range and paid the price a little but still finished within 10 minutes of the winner's record time. A good ride Mitch!
In B Grade Calem Wilcox took third place, and Ryan Wilson 5th place, Reuben Phillips 16th and Ian Johnston 24th, Barrie Mead 27th, Anthony Zahra 36th and Matt Baxby 52nd.
In C Grade Wayne Wilson fought hard after missing the early moves, arriving in Inverell in just over 8 hours, catching Nicholas Rider and riding together to the line.
Willow just after the finish.
Report and some great photos from our friends at ESi Sports Photography at cyclingnews.com
Full results here