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.
With the summer crit season upon us, Fless has written a great article on what type of wheels can work well in crit racing. Click HERE for the article.
There are some other articles in the Documents section that are worth a look, including Kim's article on "winning sprints" that he keeps requesting to have removed, Road training rules, Rest & Recovery, Climbing etc. Just click on Documents on the menu on the left and then select Training Tips.
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
1. Peta Mullens - 0.35.02
2. Melissa Hoskings
3. Laura Luxford - 0.00.36
4. Liz Young - 0.00.37
5. Nikolina Orlic
Hopefully we can get some race reports from our riders who entered the Grafton-Inverell. Richard Brownhill got second in B grade, and Alberto Monte Rego had an off day, feeling sick and climbing off at the first feed zone.
There were a quite a few other Coyote riders, Warren Forbes, Mark Fulloon, Mick Manson, Andrew Charles as well as Adam Robinson, Andy Patten, Clinton Amble, Andrew Pattison, Scott Petterson, Patrick Weinrauch, Andrew Grady, Luke Salter, Tony Hawkins, Darrell Henry, Phil Milham, Matthew Smart, Brenden Smyth, Chris Brouard, Nikolina Orlic and of course Bryan Ferris.
HPRW picked up some awards at the annual CQ Presentation Dinner last Saturday Night.
Chris Millen won Masters Road Cyclist of the Year in the Masters 2 category and Gary Kristensen won the award for Masters 3 Track Cyclist of the year. Chris won gold in both the State ITT champs and the Team TT champs, as well as Silver in the ITT at the National Masters Championship. Chris also narrowly missed out on victory at the Battle of the Border. Gary won the Masters 3 3000M Individual Pursuit at the State Champs as well as Silver in the 666m TT. Some more info on their acheivements are on the Mainline site.
Mitch Mulhern won U23 Road Cyclist of the Year. Among other results Mitch won the U23 State Crit Champs, as well as the U23 State Road Champs, won Bronze in the points race at the National Track Champs, and won the Elite A prologue at the Battle of the Border.
Well done guys!
Last Sunday one of our Elite Women riders Nikolina Orlic was invited to compete in the Herald Sun World Cycling Classic in Ballarat which was used by many of the world's best as a warm up for the Worlds.
Nikolina, riding with her Sweet As.. Bundaberg Sugar teammates, did well to finish 54th out of 130 amongst riders from 14 countries. Nik said she stayed with the main bunch until the last climb at 5km to go and finished 1 minute behind the main bunch and that it was an amazing experience to race against the world's best female cyclist's.
The race was won by Trixi Worrack from Germany from a small 4 rider breakaway with 3 riders bridging across.
Results and report are on CyclingNews
1 Trixi Worrack (Germany) 2:26:50
2 Liesilot Decroix (Belgium)
3 Carla Swart (South Africa)
4 Katheryn Curi-Mattis (United States Of America)
Photo: © Shane Goss/licoricegallery.com
Photo: © Shane Goss/licoricegallery.com