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Nikolina joined HPRW last year at the Mt Mee Hill Climb and recently completed the NZCT Women's Tour of New Zealand, a tough 3 day stage race, as part of the composite team sponsored by BP, and also in the Mastertons International Cup.

Nikolina finished with the bunch on the first two stages. The final stage had some big climbs especially Admiralty Hill at the end.

 

Here's Nikolina's report from Stage 3

 

Stage Three -

Stage three was the most difficult stage of them all. I held out with the bunch until the last QOM just before Admiral Hill. The last 20km was the hardest 20km's I have ever ridden in my life. My legs were screaming and felt like they wanted to explode. 130km and 6 bottles of water later, I made it to the top of Adrimal Hill, 17 minutes behind the leader. I got off my bike and collapsed to the ground, I was shaking and felt like crying (well maybe I did just a little). Words can't express the pain my body went through on the last climb and by the time it was over I was filled with mixed emotions. I didn't know if I was happy for it to all be over or whether I even wanted to cycle or race again. But this was only because of the pain I went through having pushed my body to a another level of physical exhauston which I haVve never experienced before.

Stage 3

At one point I felt disappointed with my result but then had to be realistic. Two weeks of hill climbing is not enough for a Tour like this. Also this was a big jump for me going from the type of racing I had been doing back home and of course, this was the first Tour I have ever raced. As crazy as it sounds, but I'm already planning the next one.

Results -
Stage One = 41st + 0.04
Stage Two = 29th + 0.06
Stage Three = 49th + 17.04

Final Classification = 48th + 17.14 minutes 

 

CQ are running a Level 1 Commissaires Workshop on Sat April 4th. We need more club commissaires to continue to be eligible to conduct racing so please consider attending this course.

Two weeks ago Goldstars announced that all entry and prize money from the 14th Feb race at Pimpana would be donated to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. HPRW was the first club to accept the challenge and organised to do the same at our Lakeside race. Unfortunately this race was washed out, but the Appeal was carried over to Nundah to the 21st Feb. 

Last Saturday at Nundah we manageed to raise $1432.40. Many riders also donated more than the $10 entry fee. Thanks to all HPRW and visitors for your generosity.

HPRW rider Mitch Mulhern has won a gold medal in the U19 Mens team pursuit at the National Track Championship in Adelaide. Mitch rode with Michael Hepburn, Jordan Kerby and Thomas Richards. Michael Hepburn earlier won gold and set a new world record in the U19 Individual Pursuit.


Photo (C) John Veage / www.cyclingnews.com

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many club members for their well wishs via email, phone and visits while I was in hospital. While I am very thankful of the surgeon, doctors and nurses for their expert care, hospitals are not a very nice place with all the patients suffering in some way and it was very uplifting to receive the visits and calls during my stay. I ended up in hopsital for nearly 3 weeks after coming home from the RBH after 2 weeks and then back into the Holy Spirit after 2 days at home due to a lung infection. My injuries ended up being a total of 16 fractures to my ribs with bruising to my spleen and left lung, plus I now have some titanium plates holding togeter two of my ribs. Am starting to feel better thanks to the drugs, but will have to wait a while for the ribs to repair themselves. The news I did not want to hear was the doctors recommendation to not race for 6 months due to the knock on the spleen - oh well, plenty of coffee rides until then.
A special mention must go to the club members who helped my wife Jane while I was in hospital. The day after I went into hospital, the bad storm on the Sunday damaged our house and knocked over a tree. With the help of Chris Locke, Paul Barton and Lucas Nicoll organsing repairs, it made things easier for Jane. It is times like this when you really appreciate the friendship and kindness of  fellow HPRW club members.
Garry Lee

Best wishes and a speedy recovery to all riders injured in the last two weeks racing at Nundah. Garry Lee is still in the RBH with 9 cracked ribs, fluid on the lungs and bruised spleen so he will be there for a few more days at least.

Following the recent on-line vote and subsequent committee meeting HPRW have

now altered their policy and will now allow SPONSORED TEAMS to represent the club.

This is a significant change. The policy now reads:

Sponsorship of teams

.    Max 2 licensed teams per year

.    $500 licence fee

.    Club to match licence fee revenue dollar for dollar

.    Revenue to be dedicated to junior development

.    HPRW logo & "HPRW" to be prominently displayed on front of jersey     

     and rear or legs of nicks (either in a band or on the thigh)

.    Designs including club branding to be approved by executive

.    Any CQ licence fee to be paid by team

.   Teams to be limited in first instance to 8 riders


Expressions of interest for sponsored teams have and will be received. They will be evaluated

when formal applications have been presented to the Executive.

HPRW look forward to this new era for the club and the sponsored teams.

The on-line vote was 47 in favour of the proposal and 2 opposing. Here are the members comments:

 

Opposing:

 

being in cycle racing for over 50years, I can say that sponsorship has caused trouble
within clubs as far back as the late 50's.  I can't see why C.Q. can't come up with a
deal for these riders that want to ride with sponsorship, they would pay a fee to C.Q.
race all the C.Q. events the same as club riders do, & if there was no C.Q. event then
just ride with the club of their choice as an invitation rider, if they lose their
sponsorship, then these riders have to find another sponsor or pay to join a club,
wouldn't that eliminate all the problems that now seem to be facing clubs over this,
this is just a thought at 70years + I don't think it is going to hurt me much anyhow,
there doesn't appear to be anyone out there busting to sign me up for a long term contract,
I just want to see Hamilton stay a strong club & not suffer a split over the wishes of
a few riders.

 

Supporting:

 

I would like to send my appoligies for not being able to attend on Saturday. 
This is an issue that I am very passionate about and would like the opportunity
to discuss the implementation of sponsored teams if they are approved.  There
are far to many issues to put to a simple vote

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I accept that the proposal breaks with tradition, but it is probably the best way forward
especially (as noted) regarding recruitment of young members.

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Apart from HPRW logo on left breast maybe we can add web address on butt
of shorts/knicks and on collar of shirt?

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I'm a strong beleiver that it will retain riders in the club who are
looking to race at an open level and can gain some assistance to cover
the cost of racing and travel by having a sponsor behind them. This exposure
can only be good for the club as well.
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I sincerely support a great opportunity to generate sponsored team racing in
HPRW, this will only help support strong racing members within our club.
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Anything that promotes our club has to be a positive.
When would they be required to, and when not to, wear the sponsored shirt?
Or can they wear them at any event!

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I believe this should be supported as it gives riders the opportunity to stay
with the club but at the same time race in a team environment - especially in
the open races. HPRW has a strong member base currently and I believe this will
only enhance the current number of members. At present to race in a sponsored
team the only option is to leave the club, reducing membership. In relation to
reducing numbers at club events when \'sponsored\' teams are racing CQ events,
I believe this would already occur to a certain extent anyway. I cannot see too
many negatives in accepting this proposal

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I believe it will attract more riders to the club and benfit the stronger young
elite riders coming thru. it will also help to retain these talented kids.

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Provided this is real sponsorship and not the rider buys a jersey to look good in.
Not sure how you can police this ? Perhaps it is possible to set certain critera

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The club should let sponsored team riders into the club on a couple of conditions.
One, the rider/riders get involved within the club's philosophy in some way. Two,
that rider/riders miungle with other club members. This would ameliorate the us
against them mentality. Three, the club should put in place, some form of guidelines
for those sponsored rider/riders that benefits the club as well. There has to be a
compromise between both parties. Furthermore, the club should reserve the right to
reject and terminate the team at any time. In saying that, if the club allows a
team in, then the club should also welcolme those riders with friendly gestures.
I am just worried that sponsored teams would try and join our club for the sake
of thier own interests, and not bothering to care what HPRW could also offer.

Anything that promotes our wonderful sport and introduces young blood into our club is a positive.

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I support this proposal as in so far as I believe that it is more beneficial
for riders who are given the opportunity to ride in a team to do so, rather
than being restricted from having the choice. I do however have questions as
to the wider issue of 'teams racing', the proposals part in it and HPRW's
ongoing stance regarding the concept. Namely I think that further from the
question proposed, it needs to be asked as to what role do we wish teams
racing to play in the future of the club. Do we simply want to allow members
to ride for sponsored teams if they choose to or do we want to actively engage
in the concept?

I am aware that Cycling Queensland’s Technical Committee has been developing
new regulations for the concept,I am yet to see these yet. It is my view that
allowing members to ride for sponsored teams without the club having any more
involvement than this in teams racing could be a problem. If there is no
internal option of (sponsored or not) teams racing, then riders (especially our
talented elites and juniors) would be forced to look outside the club structure
if they wanted to have anything to do with teams racing. If a number of members
are then racing for teams outside of the club, this raises issues. Riders in
this situation may find themselves pulled towards racing at other local races
than HPRW races and pulled away from greater involvement in the club or pulled
towards changing clubs.

On this point I see it as a good opportunity for HPRW to examine whether it is
beneficial in this situation to allow and even to encourage the creation of
teams within the control and support of the club. Elites A riders and Juniors
seem the most likely possibilities as these riders are probably the most like
be lost from the club to sponsored teams. I can imagine that it would lessen
the fear that they will not attend club events or that they would have to
choose between representing their team in one event or their club in another,
because it would be one and the same. More so it would allow the club to have
a say in sponsorship and to make sure that sponsor or naming rights don’t
overshadow the fact that they are still HPRW riders. HPRW would be able to
maintain a more prominent position on any sponsored jerseys rather than simply
a badge over the chest if it wishes.   

It seems a shame to not at least consider the possible benefits team racing
gives in retaining and attracting members, increasing club value and image
and helping riders achieve better results in competition. Being like some
clubs whose riders ride for teams that seem to have nothing to do with the
club nor contain the clubs name on the jerseys would not I imagine be desirable
to most HPRW members. However a balance between the benefits of sponsors and
teams racing while retaining a strong club image would serve the interest of
the club better than the current situation. HPRW needs to be acutely aware of
attracting young and new talent and we need to ask ourselves what direction
is likely to be best for the long term prosperity of the club.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Donna Fyfe capped off a great season by winning the Female Masters Road Cyclist of the Year award, and Peter Gumbley picked up Masters Men 5-6 Road Cyclist of the Year. Congratulations to them both!

 

Here is the full list of awards winners

Congratulations to all the club members who made our dinner night such a great success last Saturday night.  Special mention to Suz Davis, Roger Bower, Gary Alcorn, Bob McIntyre and Wayne Wilson.

Here are a few photos from the dinner. If you have any more photos or stories please send them in.

Kay and Norma Cassidy 1950

Kay and Norma Cassidy 1950

Kay and Norma Cassidy 2008

Kay and Norma Cassidy 2008

 

Congrats to HPRW member Ryan 'Rhino' Hawson who is in Italy for the UCI World MTB Marathon Championships in Villabassa in the Dolomites Mountains in Italy.

You can check it all out on the official site and read all about his exploits on his blog

The Sunshine Coast Tour this year was massive. The weather wasn't the greatest but the racing was fiercely competitive. HPRW was very well represented and we came away with some great results.

Prologue

This caught out many riders, it was a very technical start with in difficult lighting conditions. No-one really felt they went full pace. Lucas Nicoll however came within 0.1 seconds of winning Elite B!!! Donna Fyfe rode strongly for 3rd in Masters Women.

Stage 2 - Kenilworth

This was a very tough course! There were two major hills, the second around 1km at 10% and the following descent was made extremely slippery due to the drizzling rain. Unfortunately this caught out quite a few riders, with a few broken bones and lots of gravel rash. Chris Millen in particular lost a lot of skin and a big chunk from his elbow but was back spectating on Monday.

Sandra Foerster rode a strong race but a car interrupting the sprint so Sandra had to settle for 6th place in Elite Women B.

Patti White from HV Vets had a solo win in Masters Women, but Donna Fyfe outsprinted the chase group for second place, after being misdirected the wrong way with 300 metres to go! Her sharp trackie skills helped her pull a beaut u-turn and fire it towards the line.

Lucas made up for the prologue loss with a fine second place in Stage 2 at Kenilworth to put him in the Elite B yellow jersey. Andrew Patten won this stage in Masters B and was then in yellow as well. Tom Bentley also fought hard in Elite C and came up with the win, wearing yellow with a 1 second margin! In Masters A, Adam Harrison got in a 5 man break with ex-HPRW riders Bill Ayres and Paul Butler, along with Craig Taylor and one other rider. 3 of the 5 crashed on the very slippery descent with Adam and Bill making it to the line ahead of the pack. Adam got the win and was in yellow by 11 seconds.

So not a bad haul for HPRW with 4 yellow jerseys!

Stage 3 - Montville Hill Climb

This is the stage Kim Flesser had been waiting for! Sadly the draft effect didn't work nearly so well as on the flat, and he couldn't sprint for 6km. Tom Bentley had a storming ride to retain yellow with 3rd place up the hill. Lucas unfortunately didn't have enough of a margin to keep the bird-like Elite B climbers from stealing his thunder. Andy Patten kept the yellow and put a lot of time into his rivals with another great ride. In Masters A Adam Harrison got second just behind Bill Ayres and just managed to retain yellow by 6 seconds. Alberto Monte Rego selflessly helped Adam, and finished just behind 3rd.

Stage 4 - Yandina

Stage 4 was a very hard fought fast race in all grades. Andy Patten rode a smart race finishing 5th in Masters B, as did Tom in Elite C with 2nd place. Adam lost the yellow by 20 seconds in Masters A to Craig Taylor, who got away with Roger Blackmore.

Stage 5 - Eumundi

Pouring rain at times and slippery conditions made the final stage a nail-biter with most grades still up for grabs. Elite B men in particular was an extremely finish with Craig Mendoza just stealing yellow from David Crosswell with the win and the bonus time.

For HPRW however, Andrew Patten watched his rivals, fought off all the attacks, let a non-contender take the win and kept his Masters B yellow jersey overall by 34 seconds.

Tom Bentley did the same in Elite C and a bunch finish gave him overall yellow by 35 seconds.

Adam Harrison gave it a shot over the climbs and was greatly helped by Alberto, but was outclassed by Ipswich hard-man and great sport Craig Taylor and finished 2nd, only just ahead of Bill Ayres.

Congratulations also to Bill and Melissa Anderson on the birth of their baby daughter Helena last week.

Donna Fyfe placed 2nd with a great sprint and secured the Green Sprinters Jersey in Masters Women.

There were lots of other great rides from HPRW, I'm sure I've missed some, so please let me know your race stories.

Alberto Monte Rego has written about his race on his blog

 Sandra Foerster also has a blog and a here is her report - Sandra's Sunny Coast Tour Report

Plenty of photos are at:

HPRW Gallery: http://www.hamiltonwheelers.com/index.php/component/option,com_phocagallery/id,11/view,category/

Kevin Coppalotti: http://maxhr.zenfolio.com/

Nick Shultz's Site: http://nickschultzimages.zenfolio.com/

HPRW'er Daniel White http://picasaweb.google.com/daniel.3408/2008TourDeSunshineCoast

Full results: www.tourdesunshinecoast.com.au

 

The club criterium championship this year will be graded racing, instead of seperate age divisions.

This is to encourage greater numbers in each race. Some divisions last year had only 1 or 2 competitors.

Terry has done a great job grading all riders. Here is the link containing all riders grades and timetable for

this saturday's racing. This document is in the Documents Sections listed under Other Documents.

http://www.hamiltonwheelers.com/index.php/View-document/20-Club-Criterium-Championship-2008.html?format=raw&tmpl=component

 

Several HPRW members recently travelled up to Cairns to compete in the Tour de Tablelands

including Shane Bedford,John Flynn, Sandra Foerster, Alberto Monte Rego, Kendall Simpson,

Jason Smith and Hayden Stewart.

Full results are on the Cairns Cycling Club Page

Sandra rode very strongly and was first women in D Grade. Alberto was 6th in a tough

B grade dominated by strong teams and Shane Bedford had a cracking tour winning C

grade by 20 seconds. Here's a couple of photo's of Shane from the presentation.