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Hamilton Wheelers Clean up at the Nationals Masters Champs

 
28 Hamilton Riders took part in at least 1 race at the National Masters Road Championships last weekend on the Gold Coast.
Riding the course used in next years Commonwealth Games our team did soooo well.
 
Our medallists were:
Col Howkins – Bronze ITT
Pete Jansen – Bronze RR
Nino Calabro – Bronze ITT and RR
Phil Kesby – Gold RR
Ashleigh Elliott – Gold Crit, RR; Silver ITT
 
We had 17 top ten finishes and 14 top twenty finishes!!
 
Great effort to those noted as well as all riders taking part. Special congrats to the Most Improved Rider of 2017 – Ash Elliott for her outstanding effort
 
Full results can be viewed on http://liveresults.cycling.org.au/2017/NMRC/




Ashleigh Elliott

Veloshotz: Road Race &emdash; 171029 133117 National Masters Championships - Road RaceA
Ashleigh Elliott


Nino Calabro (3rd)


Col Howkins (3rd)

Veloshotz: Road Race &emdash; 171029 110351 National Masters Championships - Road RaceB

Photo courtesy of Veloshotz

Sunshine Coast QRTS Round 4 Report

The fourth and final round of the Queensland Road Team Series was held last weekend on the Sunshine Coast. We had our Hamilton Wheelers Elite Team competing and the boys did well!

Full results are HERE

Most of the boys finished in the front bunch of the crit, and Max Neumann was 8th in the hillclimb and 4th on the very tough Stage 3 Road Race.

The team ended up 4th overall in the road race stage, and 6th out of 16 teams in the overall general classification - well done!

We also had some other Hamilton members competing, Mitch Neumann absolutely destroyed the hill climb beating the time from last year by 20 seconds. In the Crit Elliott Schultz riding for Mipela Geosolutions came third in the crit and 5th in the road race. Calem Wilcox is also riding very well at the moment.


Richard Brownhill, Murray McClymont, Max Neumann, Antonino Calabro, Lachie Sinclair and Alan Jones







Summer Racing Season!



Our summer racing season start this Sunday 29th October at Nundah. Anyone with a Cycling Australia racing membership (inlcuding temporary membership) is welcome, but you must have obtained a grading with our club beforehand. Start times for this Sunday are:
A       6:45am 60mins + 2 laps
D       6:45am 30mins + 2laps
C1      7:20am 40mins + 2 laps
B1      7:55am 50 mins + 2 laps 
B2      8:10am 40 mins + 2 laps
Junior 
Skills  8:15am (off-track)
C2      8:45-9:15 30 mins + 2 laps
Juniors 9:20-9:35 15 mins + 1 lap

Entry fee $10 (cash only) or $5 for juniors only racing
Skullduggery Coffee and cold drinks available at the clubhouse cafe.

Junior Skills Session

We are running a junior skills session at Nundah races for all U15 and younger juniors from 8:15am. Juniors can then race afterwards in their allotted grade. Juniors should do their rollout and sign on to race beforehand. Assistance from junior parents or senior members would be greatly appreciated.

Upcoming Events

Our events are usually on Saturdays but there is the odd Sunday race when Nundah is unavailable. Our Time Trials at Pinkenba are also always on Sundays to avoid traffic. We also have our popular wednesday afternoon Twilight Series commencing Wed Nov 29th.

Please double check the start times on the Calendar as events start at the earlier time of 6:45am during summer to avoid the heat. We have also rearranged the schedule of events for Nundah racing, starting with A & D grades at 6:45am, and also introducing an off-track junior skills session before junior racing commences at 9:20am. 

Would you like to give racing a go?

If you or someone you know would like to give racing a go there are just two steps:
1. Get a Cycling Australia licence (temporary licences available)
2. Apply for a grading with our club (to place you in a racing group with riders of similar ability)

We have members from 7 to 87 years of age and races for all levels of ability. On race day we will explain how it all works and buddy you up with someone experienced to give you some extra tips. Check out our Getting Start Guide for more details.

Qld MTB XCO Champs in Mackay

Quite a few of our riders travelled up to Mackay for the State MTB XCO championship which ran Sep 30th & Oct 1 and we're proud to say we have some new state champions!

Team Larsson did exceptionally well, Alexander won gold in U11 girls and also beat all the boys as well, adding to her road, crit and cx state championship medals.

Alexander Larsson

Big brother Rory also won gold in the U13 boys division.

Rory Larsson


IN U17 Men Zach Larsson was leading until 1/3 of a lap to go, crashed but got up for second.

Zach Larsson


IN U17 Women Maddison Dillon came hold with Gold.

Maddison Dillon


Olivia Nendick won U19 women, and Dad Simon had major mechanical problems but still managed to finish 5th.

Olivia Nendick



Simon Nendick

Remembering Gerard O’Brien

 
Sadly the club must report on the sudden death of former member Gerard O'Brien.

Gerard was a member for 6-7 yrs over a longer period, as he worked around the world in the medical administration area and would be overseas for 12-18 months at a time. Whenever he returned to Brisbane, he was fit and enjoyed racing in HWCC B and C grade events.

Gerard dropped by to a Wednesday afternoon training session at Nundah a few months ago to say hello to the Ascot Catering and HWCC riders.

He was a fine hill-climber and time-trialist. Gerard won the HWCC Most Improved Rider award in 2006 and a Masters Club Championship. He was very proud of his win in the Over 50 category in the famous Annual Alphutte Classic race in South Australia in 2013.
 
Gerard was about to move his family to Kathmandu where he currently worked, as his contract was being extended when his untimely death occurred. He was 59 y.o. and apparently had been ill with the flu.
 
Our thoughts are with Allison and his 2 boys. Vale Gerard.

HWCC/Uni/Sunshine Coast Interclub Series Report


Round 3 - Skippy Park, Landsborough - Sunday 27th August

Unfortunately the Uni club pipped us by just one point to take out the trophy this year. We’ve won 4 out of the last 5 years, so I suppose it was time for us to be brought back to Earth!

Our D grade men again did us proud with Les Preston, Geoff Prendergast and Hugh Fison picking up maximum points.

The C grade HWCC team were again well organised by captain Mick Cole. Well done to Gary Ernst on his solo early break, which ‘cooked’ a few of the Sunshine Coast and Uni riders who had to work hard to catch. A second pre-organised break saw Jason Churchward, Sam Reed and Jacob Trotter get away from the pack in a 4 man break. Unfortunately a Sunny Coast rider took the win with our riders picking up the placings. Gary also won the sprint for the rest of the pack and picked up an extra  point for the club.

B grade was a bit of a disaster for us. Uni club took all points due to 2 strong riders making a very strong break and their sprinters having a ‘holiday’ in the pack, while HWCC and Sunny Coast tried to reel them in. Good efforts by Matt Smart, Dave Roest, Daniel van Driel and Jack Landsberg.

A grade saw strong performances by Adam Robinson, Murray McClymont, Anthony Sibraa and Andy Patten. Murray and Adam were in an early unsuccessful break, then unfortunately missed the next surge which saw 6 riders away, including Andy and Anthony.  The pace was really hot for these 6 riders with Andy picking up 5th place.

The final score after 3 rounds was:-

University Cycling Club - 106 points
Hamilton Wheelers Cycling Club - 105 points
Sunshine Coast Cycling Club - 73 points

Oh well, there’s always next year!

Kim Flesser (Fless) HWCC Club Captain