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Our Club (and State) Handicapper Terry Bourne has asked our riders to please obtain a Race Grade via the CQ website prior to entering an open event for the first time. Please read this message on the CQ website.

Also if you have not raced with HPRW at our regular races please talk to Terry before entering so he can advise a suitable grading - it is not up to the rider to decide which grade to enter.

This will make Terry a very happy man!

 

Aaron Pickett-Heaps took some helmet-cam videos of A grade (with permission from chief commissaire) and can be found here:
First Lap through Hungry Corner and over the hill at Eastern Loop
http://www.youtube.com/user/Attackphotography#p/u/4/6ek9vC4cnCA

Under dunlop bridge and chasing up the hill again
http://www.youtube.com/user/Attackphotography#p/u/3/bwbGBrIT_Bk

Along the main straight and attacking through the kink
http://www.youtube.com/user/Attackphotography#p/u/2/4UNA58EYsCU

http://www.youtube.com/user/Attackphotography#p/u/1/ZmymZKq6gGU

http://www.youtube.com/user/Attackphotography#p/u/0/W6tVs7k5HIs
Photos from the 2011 Bike Week Cup are in the Galleries section. Who was this rider making them suffer in C Grade? He makes beards look PRO!



Thanks to all who completed our 2010 Winter Racing Survey, the feedback is already going into changes for next years racing.

Here is a summary of the results, and here is the detailed report.
Nikolina Orlic had a great ride at the recent Noosa Grand Prix against some of the very best riders in the country. Here is her report - thanks Nik.


2010 Noosa Grand Prix
Wow doesn't time fly when your having fun! Saturday just gone was the USM Events, Noosa Grand Prix criterium. The race each year attracts thousands of spectators and heaps of Pro athlete's to the start line. It was an awesome experience to race against such a classy field of riders.


This year the women's field contained Rochelle Gilmore's Honda Dream Team, recently developed Virgin Blue Team, MB Cycles, QAS and of course our team, Bundaberg Sugar.


Last year I did this race and literally got dropped from word go, pulling out after only a few laps. Looking back one year ago, my heart was definitely in it but my fitness wasn't. I remembered saying to myself in disappointment, that I would come back next year (2010) and give it another go but only to be stronger than ever. And so I did.

My dream came true this year finishing 5th in a break, 3 laps into the race after just missing an early crash.

Photo courtesy of www.cyclingnews.com


I set my goal one week before the race and was adamant to finish in the top 5. I knew that if I wanted to achieve such goal I needed to get myself into a good position up the front of the bunch and wait for an opportunity to unfold itself and then just go with it. I had good legs on the day, so I didn't doubt my ability.






The break included myself, Peta Mullens (Honda), Melissa Hoskings (Honda), Laura Luxford (Virgin Blue)and Liz Young (MB). After a few laps together Peta Mullens and Melissa Hoskings jumped and got away from us three finishing 30 seconds ahead. Laura, Liz and I remained together pulling turns and although we couldn't catch the two Honda girls ahead, we maintained our position on the field finishing roughly 40 seconds ahead of the bunch. We were still in it for 3rd, 4th and 5th places. After a long 30 minutes, it all came down to a very close sprint finish with Laura and Liz just rolling me over the line.







Photo's courtesy of Kerri Parnell

Results:
1. Peta Mullens - 0.35.02
2. Melissa Hoskings
3. Laura Luxford - 0.00.36
4. Liz Young - 0.00.37
5. Nikolina Orlic