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Wagga Cycling Classic – 2 July, 2016
Great to get back in to some country racing with the first day of the Wagga Wagga Cycling Classic this afternoon! Always a hard and fast criterium in town, now looking forward to tomorrow mornings road race – hope it’s not too chilly!
Jordan Davies 2nd in today’s Wagga Wagga Cycling Classic road race, on a chilly morning of racing on a great alternate 100km course!
All the boys riding well in an aggressive opening hour, before both Jordan and Dan Bonello found themselves in the main break. Really unfortunate puncture for Dan with 40km to go, but overall a solid weekend of country racing with this great event!
Tour de Kumano, Japan – 17 June, 2016
We’re over in Japan for the Tour de Kumano, and so far absolutely loving our first time in the country!
Racing kicks off this afternoon with a 700m prologue in Shingu City – it’s looking like some pretty wet conditions.
Our team for the tour;
#121 – Jay Dutton
#122 – Harrison Carter
#123 – Patrick Sharpe
#124 – Nicholas Woods
#125 – Harrison Wiles
#126 – Brodie Talbot
We’re also lucky to have Micks Massage looking after us this week, who alongside Brett Dutton and Lewis Little are making the trip that whole lot easier!
The rain has passed and the sun is shining for Stage 1 of Tour de Kumano!
Racing kicks off at 11.45pm local time, with the field set to complete 7 laps of a 16.3km circuit for a total of 114km.
Stage 1 of the Tour de Kumano is out of the way, with a fast opening stage on a tight, punchy circuit sorting the field out early.
Great ride by Pat Sharpe who was once again our top finisher in 11th on the stage. Tomorrow’s stage is a tough 109km circuit with three major climbs – it’s going to be decisive.
Stage 2 of the Tour de Kumano was another tough day out, with plenty of climbing accompanied with tight, slippery descents doing plenty of damage!
The 2nd major climb split the race to bits, before a long winding descent on narrow, wet roads opened up things even more.
Jay was able to make it over with the second group on the road, which eventually became the small front leading group, however lost contact on the descent with riders going down.
Jay was joined by another group containing Nick for the final climb, with Brodie and Pat in the next bunch behind them. Glad to get through unscathed on a brutal day, now only 70 riders remain.
Looking forward to tomorrow’s final stage – another tough circuit race with 10 x 10km laps to be completed.
Tour de Flores, Indonesia – 19 May, 2016
Tough return to racing today, with Stage 1 of the Tour de Flores providing a taste of a challenging week ahead!
With plenty of travel and a few days without bikes since Banyuwangi, it was always going to be an interesting day to see how the field would respond. With a fast start, the peloton exploded as soon as they hit the first climb 20km in, with Jay unfortunately being one of a number of riders dropped.
While the pace was on up the second climb, Tim, Brodie, Pat and Nick were all in the main group. After crashing in today’s neutral and having to hop on one of the spare bikes, it was great to see Brodie back up there after a hard week in Banyuwangi. Following the second sprint, 15 riders went clear, however we were not represented.
The race is far from over yet, with a massive 4 days of racing still ahead, including 14 more categorised climbs – 4 of which are in tomorrows 140km Stage 2 to Ende!
Stage 2: was brutal, with 4 categorised climbs over 140km blowing the field apart!
Massive ride by Brodie Talbot to claim 10th on the stage, moving himself in to the Top 20 on the General Classification!
Tough conditions all round, but all our guys getting through another big day. With 3 more tough stages to come, with some 10 categorised climbs remaining, the boys are ready to help Brodie keep climbing up the overall standings.
Stage 3: had another 4 categorised climbs on offer, including a final climb up to the mountain village of Bajawa at 1300m where we are spending the night.
It was a fast start along the coast, with the field really moving through the undulating, windy roads in approach of the first major climb. Unfortunately Pat went down with another rider on a narrow section 10km in, and was unable to continue.
The rest of the team did well to help Brodie out as much as possible, and he managed to hold on to the lead group until the final few kms of the final climb and finish a respectable 12th on the stage!Tim and Nick were only a few minutes further back, and Jay a couple groups back, so it was good to get another big day out of the way.
Brodie has moved up to 16th on the General Classification, and is really looking forward to the final two stages!
Stage 4 #TdFlores underway! A 35km descent with 311 corners probably not quite the welcome relief from climbing the riders were looking for!
Brodie (@brodietalbot) 6th on final stage, now 7th overall after another fantastic day for both him and the team! #TdFlores.
Another successful day for us today, with Brodie 6th over the line after another long day with 3 categorised climbs!
After a fast and technical opening hour, Nick and Tim did a fantastic job supporting him throughout the day – down to just the three riders after Jay was unable to start today. Tim was eventually forced back with an untimely puncture early on the major climb, but Nick did a great job staying with him right until the final kilometres of it, eventually finishing only a couple of minutes behind him just outside the Top 20.
Brodie moved up another 5 spots overall, and currently sits 11th only 30 seconds outside of the Top 10. Really looking forward to tomorrow’s final stage, another day with 3 categorised climbs that’s sure to be another epic day!
We achieved 12th overall in the first tour, improved on that with 7th overall in the second, and had a top finisher inside at least the Top 15 on almost every one of the 9 days of racing.
Big thanks to Brett Dutton and Marty Millwood for all of their support over the past few weeks, as well as all of our sponsors for their invaluable assistance towards our continued progression.
Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen, Indonesia – 11 May, 2016
Bikes are ready for today’s 175km opening stage of the Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen!
Lining up for us in this years edition we have; Jay Dutton, Patrick Sharpe, Brodie Talbot, Nick Woods and guest rider Tim Cameron.
Assisted once again by Brett Dutton and Marty Millwood, we’re keen to get proceedings underway!
Follow #ITDBI2016 on Twitter for live updates, and hopefully we can find the link to the live stream of the race to share at some point today too.
All smiles after pretty much a perfect start to the 2016 International Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen today!
Pat Sharpe was on the attack early, and managed to sneak in the breakaway of 14 riders. The gap quickly got out to almost 8 minutes, before two of the Japanese teams began to chase.
Brodie, Jay and Nick were able to sit pretty in the bunch, awaiting the 15km climb at the 110km mark. Cresting the KOM in 3rd, 4th and 5th position, they were in good position to cover the following attacks down the descent.
With Pat now back in the bunch keeping the boys well hydrated, we were aware of how hard the 25km run in to the finish was – with a cross head wind, heat, humidity and distance all factors in causing numerous splits.
Covering all moves, Brodie found himself in a good split up the road for sometime, before the fight for GC contention brought him back. With only 2 riders left in the breakaway, Jay and another attacked inside the final 5km to bridge, before all were cruelly swallowed up by the bunch with 500m to go!
On a bit of a sour note, we were extremely unfortunate to lose Tim Cameron before the race even started, with a few riders being picked up on a joke of a technicality, however, this looks to have already been sorted for the Tour de Flores.
Looking forward to Stage 2 tomorrow, which last year proved to be quite decisive overall with a major KOM at the 105km mark. With the heat and todays climb already causing a bit of destruction today, the boys are keen to recover well tonight and rip in again tomorrow!
Another hot, hard and windy day for the 145km Stage 2 of Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen today!
With a tough 40km section filled with plenty of elevation and technical descents at the 90km mark, it was always going to be a tough final 2 hours.
Feeling his efforts from a massive day yesterday, Pat did a great job keeping the boys hydrated leading in this part of the race, where it becomes impossible to feed.
Unfortunately Jay and Nick were held up by a crash on the climb, and after somehow managing to get back to the lead group, they were then unable to go with a select group of 10 riders who had 500m on them at the top of the main KOM.
In the end, they did a great job to finish only 3 minutes down on this lead 10 in a small chase group that was next on the road. They are only a couple of seconds outside the Top 10, and are keen to get it right on the 25km volcano hilltop finish on the final stage, where today’s loss should hopefully seem insignificant!
Stage 3 tomorrow is the shortest and flattest of the tour, kicking off 1.30pm local time for what’s going to be a great atmosphere racing around the city of Banyuwangi!
Stage 3 #ITDBI2016 just under an hour away from kicking off – 124km circuit race around the city. It’s going to be another hot one!
Nick Woods finishes 15th on Stage 3 of #ITDBI2016 after his breakaway group survived! Jay, Brodie + Pat safely in bunch.
Queen stage up the Ijen Volcano to finish #ITDBI2016 today – 28km hilltop at an average of 6%. Nick sits 17th overall with Jay not far behind him, the two keen and looking to improve these positions on a climb where huge time gaps are inevitable!
Jay finishes top 15 on final stage, will be just outside top 10 overall after a great effort by the team today! #ITDBI2016.
Overall, Jay was our highest placed finisher in 12th position on the General Classification, capping off a really successful week for the team.
Representing in the established breakaway on multiple stages and riding probably the best we ever have as a team, we’re keen and now have increased confidence heading in to this next week to do even better again!
Grafton to Inverell Cycling Classic – 6 May, 2016
We have Dan Bonello, Jordan Davies, Jay Dutton, Pat Sharpe, Brodie Talbot, Harry Wiles and Nick Woods lining up for us, assisted by Brett Dutton, Rob Balmer and Mike Short.
The Grafton is always a massive day out, and we hope we can build on the decent results earned over the previous editions, and kick off a big block of racing for us in the right manner!
Big day! Briefly; Brodie + Jordan in the break, Jay + Nick in front group of 25 over climb, 3 bikes for Jay, 6 hours, 228km + 3300m vert.
Bathurst to Blayney – 8-10 April, 2016
This weekend we’re in Bathurst for one of the biggest weekends of racing on the NSW Calendar.
The action kicks off this morning with the State Hill Climb Championships. We’ll have Harry Wiles and Pat Sharpe in the U23s, then Dan Bonello, Brodie Talbot and Jay Dutton following them in the Elite Division.
Jordan Davies, Harry Carter, Lachlan Scott and Luke Cridland will then join them for the Bathurst Criterium at 2pm.
Brodie Talbot pretty much our only highlight in this mornings NSW Hill Climb Championship, putting in a great ride for Bronze in the Elites.
The criterium has just got underway – field being decimated in the opening 10 minutes.
Harrison Carter 6th and Dan Bonello 8th in today’s Bathurst to Blayney. Long day in break for Brodie Talbot.
The NSW Elite and Under 23 Road Race Championships – 3 April, 2016
In the Under 23’s we have Pat Sharpe, Harry Carter and Harry Wiles racing over 116km (5 Laps) of the Greenhills Circuit.
In the Elite field we’ll have local boy Dan Bonello lining up alongside Jay Dutton, Jordan Davies and Brodie Talbot, with the four set to cover 140km (6 laps) of the same circuit.
Tough day down in the Southern Highlands for the NSW Road Race Championships today, with the Greenhills course living up to expectations and creating some great racing!
The Elite field was decimated, with plenty of attacks creating splits over the first few laps, before a select group of 13 eventually went clear early on the third lap. While Brodie was unable to make contact after a crash on the first lap, it was fitting that Dan Bonello was in this select group after a busy opening, accompanied by both Jay and Jordan.
The 13 of them kept the pace going over the remaining three laps, with different groups continually forming from this selection without success. After just missing getting to the eventual winning duo, Jay cracked in the final kilometres, but was our best placed finisher inside the Top 10.
In the U23s, Pat and Harry Wiles similarly missed a move which forced them to chase hard, and while they successfully brought this move back, unfortunately they were just severely outnumbered by other teams coming in the finale.
Plenty of positives, but just not quite the results we were after today. Good to kick off the State Road Calendar with a cracker of a race! Congratulations to the respective podium getters and all involved.
Tour of Sarawak – 16 March, 2016
If you’re wondering what’s going on at the Tour of Sarawak, you’re not the only one…
Unfortunately The Tour of Sarawak was cancelled. Full details here at Cycling Tips
44th Bendigo International Madison – 11 March, 2016
This weekend we have Harry Carter lining up in the 44th Bendigo International Madison – in what is probably the biggest and best weekend of track racing in the country!
In Sunday’s Madison, he will be teaming up with fellow club rider Aaron Donnelly, with the two racing for a local sponsor as Team TACR.
The field is absolutely stacked with talent, so it’s set to be a fantastic few nights of racing.
U19 National Madison Championship – 6 February, 2016
Congratulations to Cam and Lachy Scott on their win in the U19 National Madison Championship this afternoon!
Wishing Ben Harvey and Harry Carter all the best in tonight’s Points Race Championship.
Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Melbourne – 3-7 February, 2016
Sixteen teams and 96 riders will be competing in the 63rd Jayco Herald Sun Tour starting Wednesday 3 February.
All 16 teams were on hand at the NGV Melbourne before the race starts tomorrow at Federation Square in Melbourne.
Start times for tonight’s #SunTour 2.1km prologue:
6:18 – Berry
6:30 – Talbot
6:42 – Bonello
6.54 – Woods
7:06 – Sharpe
7:18 – Dutton
Stage 1 of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour kicks off in just over an hour – it’s a 126km loop from Healesville featuring two categorised climbs!
Stage 1: Yet another eventful day for the team today for Stage 1 of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour!
126km was to be covered, including two categorised climbs. With a breakaway of 6 going clear very early, the field rode a solid tempo in what were slightly windy conditions.
Unfortunately, on the descent from the first major climb 65km in, Pat went down really hard with a number of riders on a very tight corner. Reports from the hospital say he has a fractured wrist and a displaced AC joint. He has just returned from the hospital to join the other boys at the accommodation, and is in relatively high spirits.
Dan also went down on the same corner several minutes later, but was able to return to the main field later in the race. Team Sky then lit it up the final 8km climb to the finish, with Nick, Brodie and Jay able to get over in the 3rd group on the road, before a fast 20km descent to the finish.
Hoping for better luck in tomorrow’s 145km stage.
Stage 3: A much better day for us today!
The longest stage of this years edition had 146km on offer and threatened to be a tough stage if strong winds prevailed. As soon as the flag was dropped, 4 riders attacked. Dan was all over it and quickly jumped across to what would be the day long breakaway.
It didn’t take Dan and the other riders long (including two bike changes for Dan!), to work together out front and establish and maintain a four minute gap. Dan went on to take points in both of the categorised climbs, before only being reeled in inside the final 15km as Orica GreenEdge applied the pressure – really a super effort by Dan against a quality field.
Nick, Jay, Josh and Brodie rode well together in the wind and heat back in the main field before eventually finishing with the main field.
All 5 of the guys are super keen for tomorrow’s queen stage to Arthur’s Seat – watch the action live from 12pm.
Stage 4: Boys signing on for the final stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour going to be an action packed day!
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, Geelong, Barwon Heads, Torquay – 31 January, 2016
It’s race day! Today we line up for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race – our first UCI race of 2016!
The UCI 1.HC event is only one tier below some of the biggest classics raced in world cycling, and has attracted a large number of World Tour teams, including former World Champion Mark Cavendish and current Australian National Champion Jack Bobridge.
You can follow the action live on Channel 7 from 11am, so make sure you tune in to see the team make the most of this amazing opportunity!
Massive day for the team today – a race that really had it all!
It was a super fast start to the race, with the boys up there giving it a crack in a number of breakaway attempts. Eventually a strong move of 6 went clear, including Josh Berry in his debut ride for the team, and first race back after glandular fever ended his season last year.
Josh stayed out front for most of the day, before slipping back to the main field 10km out from the finishing circuit. Back in the bunch, Brodie Talbot went down hard with Caleb Ewan. As the team car attended to Brodie, Jay had an untimely puncture only a kilometre up the road and was left stranded for some time. Unfortunately this brought an end to Brodie’s race, however, Jay was able to regain contact with the main field just before the finishing circuit.
With 3 super tough 20km circuits to complete the 175km day, it was always going to be a tough ask to hang in there with an extremely quality field. Pat Sharpe and Harry Wiles really put in some top performances today, with Pat eventually finishing with a reduced bunch a few minutes back.
Overall, there was plenty for us to take out of today, and we’re definitely pleased with some decent exposure! Next up – Sun Tour!
Santos Tour Down Under, Adelaide – 16 to 19 January, 2016
With a VIP function at the Stirling Hotel on the finishing straight of Stage 2, and a great setup on the second hairpin of the Corkscrew KOM on Stage 3, there really isn’t any better vantage points!
It was a pleasure to ride with the guests and meet the amazing support team who make these tours such a success – we wish them all the best in the BUPA challenge out to Victor Harbor today.
2016 Australian Road National Championships, Ballarat – 6 to 10 January, 2016
The 2016 Australian Road National Championships kicks off tonight with the Criterium Championships in Ballarat’s CBD.
In the U23’s event we have Pat Sharpe and Harry Carter lining up for us, with their race kicking off at 4.30pm. Later on in the evening, we will have Nick Woods flying the flag in the Elite’s, in what’s expected to be a great night of racing.
Wishing all three the best of luck!
7 January, 2016 – Our solo representative in today’s National Time Trial Championship, Brodie Talbot, is only minutes away from getting out on the road! Goodluck Brodie!
8 January, 2016 – It was a nice rest day down here at the Cycling Australia Road National Championships today, with a big couple of days of racing coming up!
It’s been a good start for us so far, with Pat and Nick both finishing in their respective criterium fields comfortably, and Brodie putting in a great ride to finish 11th in yesterday’s Elite Time Trial – only 5 seconds outside of a classy Top 10.
Tomorrow we’ll have Pat Sharpe, Harry Wiles and Harry Carter lining up for us in the U23 Road Race, with the trio setting out for 13 laps of the 10km circuit at 12pm!
9 January, 2016 – Harry Carter, Harry Wiles and Pat Sharpe are now out on the road for the Australian U23 Road Race Championship – wishing the trio all the best!
Pace on up climb lap 10/13! @Sharpieee_ moving off front of bunch in small split of 10, @harrywiles9 only 20m behind – go guys! #roadnats
Lap 11/13 – bunch split to bits! Some big names going off the front now, 10 or so riders scattered, then @Sharpieee_ in main bunch of 20.
10 January, 2016 – Nick Woods, Jay Dutton, Brodie Talbot and Dan Bonello are now out on the road for the Australian Elite Road Race Championship – wishing the boys all the best!
Unfortunately Nick Woods, (@newoods_), Jay Dutton (@j_dutto) and Brodie Talbot (@brodietalbot) all out of the race, temperature and sheer pace of the peloton brought the end to their day.
Dan Bonello (@Dear_Bonello) now joins the boys on the sideline after a valiant effort out there today.
Only a handful of riders will finish – brutal race. Plenty of positives for us with the boys all still there when selection emerged.
On Saturday, Pat was our highest placed finisher, finishing inside the Top 25, after only losing contact with the front group on the second last lap. Harry Wiles also put in a solid performance to finish just behind Pat, while Harry Carter will take away plenty of positives heading in to Track Nationals early next month.
On Sunday, Dan slipped up the road on the first lap in a large breakaway of 20 riders, eventually gaining a gap of over 8 minutes to the peloton in the first 5 laps. The rest is pretty much history – as the peloton was decimated in the laps that followed! Jay, Nick and Brodie made it over halfway before suffering the same fate as 90% of the field, with Dan making 12 of the 18 laps before being pulled.
Big thanks to our support team for making a tough few days of racing an enjoyable week spent in Ballarat!
St George Merida NRS Cycling an Australian Continental Squad
We are very excited to finally announce that for the 2016 season we will officially be an Australian UCI Continental squad!
Following a successful year of racing on the Asian Continental Circuit in 2015, we are really looking forward to our biggest season yet, and most importantly building on our great progression over the last few seasons.
First off, we’re kicking off the year with some of the biggest races Australia has to offer, including; the Australian Road National Championships, the Cadel Evan’s Great Ocean Road Race; and the Jayco Herald Sun Tour!
We would like to say a massive thanks to our sponsors for their ongoing commitment to the team, all of whom have undoubtedly facilitated our achievement in becoming a Continental outfit.
Stay tuned for plenty more announcements over the coming weeks, including further information about our roster, sponsor details, race news and more!
Sydney Christmas Carnival, Day 3, Hurstville Oval – 29 December, 2015
A great night of racing on Day 3 of the Sydney Christmas Carnivals at spectacular Hurstville Oval saw Harry Carter racing against some of Australia’s best track riders including good friend of the team, Aaron Donnelly.
Harry opened his account by taking out the opening scratch race. Helping out on the night were fellow team members Jay Dutton & Patrick Sharpe.
All enjoyed a great night of racing and we wish Harry all the best for the rest of the Carnival.
Thanks to Paul Craft for his usual standard of excellent commentating.
CLICK HERE for all results of the Sydney Christmas Carnival.
Western Division Derny Challenge, Bathurst – 19 December, 2015
Bathurst Cycling Club hosted the ‘Western Division Derny Challenge’ at the Bathurst Velodrome.
Harrison Carter represented the team alongside fellow locals Craig Hutton, and professional cyclist Mark Renshaw. Josh Toovey from Mudgee and Adam Mitchell from Dubbo rounded out the field of 5, in what was a great night of racing for the region – check it out!
Posted by Bathurst Cycling Club on Sunday, 20 December 2015
Randwick Botany Pudding Race – 19 December, 2015
Well done to Dan Bonello on taking out the Randwick Botany Pudding Race today at Heffron Park!
Wraps up another great year of competing in numerous local criteriums, including the Heffron Park Trophy Race raced earlier this week where Harrison Bailey took the win ahead of Brad Mills and Dan.
Big thanks to all the clubs and sponsors supporting local racing and making it happen – looking forward to more again next year!
Stan Siejka Classic, Tasmania – 6-8 December, 2015
Pat and Tam will be riding from Hobart to Launceston over the next two days, racing the Stan Siejka Classic on Sunday, then riding back to Hobart on a mountainous route cutting through the centre of the Apple Isle at the beginning of next week.
Day one: Hobart to Swansea 140km, 5 hours, 1820m of climbing.
We couldn’t have asked for better riding conditions for the first leg of our Tasmanian adventure. Rolling out from Hobart under sunny skies towards the first berg of the day, Grass Tree Hill, Pat and I were keen to get some solid mileage under the belt, but somewhat nervous about how much harder climbing would be with all the bags strapped to the bikes- in addition to a few off-season kgs!
Though we both found ourselves reaching for the granny gear more often than usual, the extra weight didn’t turn out to be much of an issue, and we covered 80km of hilly terrain to Orford well before lunch time. Suitably refueled with scallop pies – a local specialty – we had a solid hour rolling through fairly featureless farmland before hitting the coast.
The last 30km of road into Swansea was some of the most scenic riding either of us had ever experienced. White sandy beaches and the almost fluorescent water stretching across the bay to Freycinet kept us occupied as we snapped countless photos. We certainly earned the excellent caramel slice that was swiftly polished off on arrival!
Day Two: Swansea to Launceston (160km, 5h20, 1450m.
We awoke in Swansea for day two of our journey to cold and rainy conditions- we’d clearly used up our good luck in terms of weather the previous day! Fueling up with muesli, toast and your standard Tasmanian brew of questionable quality at the local bakery, the vibe was somewhat more subdued than 24 hours before.
Nevertheless we rolled out soon after 8am, valuables and off-bike clothing zip locked or wrapped in garbage bags, and after half an hour of soggy riding began to ascend the major climb of the day: 17km up to Lake Leake.
By the top we were pretty much soaked, and we stopped at the lake – a pretty creepy place with submerged dead trees emerging through the fog – to put on dry leg warmers and gloves. Body heat restored, we pushed on to Campbell Town, where the sun decided to come out again just as we sat down for lunch.
Picking up a solid tailwind, we covered the next 40km of flat farmland terrain in just over an hour and coincidentally rolled into Longford just as the kermesse finished. This meant we could get a tow from the bunch back into Launceston, which was actually pretty hard on our heavy rigs which we now realised were very slow to accelerate!
Crit today- let’s hope the legs have responded well to the 300km we’ve already covered.
600km and 20ish hours later we’ve made it back to Hobart. Incredible riding here in Tasmania, with barely a metre of flat ground!
Cycling NSW Elite Points Race Championships – 28 November, 2015
Another great night out at the track for Harry Carter, who finished second after a very close finish to the NSW Scratch Race Championship – congratulations Harry!
Cycling NSW Elite Men Scratch Race Championships – 27 November, 2015
Congratulations to Harry Carter on 3rd place in tonight’s NSW Points Race!
Ben Harvey also closely followed him in 4th place, after a tough race that saw the race blow apart in the final two laps!
Great to see the two going so well on the track straight off the back of last weeks overseas tour!
Hurt on Dirt, Bathurst – 21 & 22 November, 2015
Good first weekend back in Bathurst for Harry Carter! Following the successful return of the Bathurst Track Carnival last night, he took second place this morning in the Hurt On Dirt Spring Classic – great weekend of racing for all involved!
Tour of Fuzhou, China – 14 to 16 November, 2015
The Tour of Fuzhou gets underway today with a flat 120km road/circuit race around the city of Fuzhou –
Lining up for us over the three day event include; Jay Dutton, Pat Sharpe, Ben Harvey, Harry Carter, Nick Woods and Jake Magee.
Quite possibly the best field we’ve been a part over in Asia so far, so we’re looking forward to the challenge!
Stage 1 – It was a fast start to the Tour of Fuzhou, with the 120km opening stage covered in under two and a half hours!
We had riders present in pretty much every move, with an endless amount of breakaway attempts going the entire stage. It was a bunch kick in the end, with Ben our highest placed rider about 20th, while the other boys avoided a crash in the final kilometres to finish safely in the bunch.
Stage 2 – This stage kicks off at 12pm local time, a 130km stage concluding with a 12km climb to the finish – the boys are keen and ready to go!
Well, thats a wrap! Tour of Fuzhou 2015, done and dusted. Nick Woods had a stellar day, riding in the breakaway for over 70 kilometers and finishing up 3rd in an intermediate sprint. The other boys prepared for the finish, with the plan of setting Ben Harvey up with the best possible position. Ben finished up 15th, after another fast stage. A nice way to finish a dynamic tour! China is an amazing place and we hope to be back soon!
The Tour of Fuzhou 2015 saw the team interviewed by the very engaging Lucia Tang. In this video, Patrick Sharpe introduces Lucia to an Australian culinary icon, enjoy.
34th Annual Clarence Street Cup, Dunc Gray Velodrome – 7 November 2015
We have Ben Harvey, Harry Carter and Lachlan Scott lining up for us in a quality field that is set to make it a fantastic night of racing!
With another strong contingent of St George riders across all grades, we’re hoping to keep the major titles within the club for another year – goodluck everyone!
The Grafton – 24 October 2015
Tough day for us in The Grafton today, but we’re happy to have been up there to support what is such a great event!
With just over a week back in the country recovering from our latest trip overseas, we were glad to even get four riders to the start line – Ben Harvey, Pat Sharpe, Dan Bonello and Tam Allenby.
All of our guys will now take a bit of a back step for a while, however, it’s looking like our next trip/adventure may not be too far away – so stay tuned!
Tour de Singkarak, West Sumatra, Indonesia – 3-11 October 2015
With a team of 7 heading over to Indonesia for the Tour de Singkarak, the team arrived safely and were warmly greeted with refreshing drinks and traditional dance.
The first stage kicks off at 11am (2pm AEST) and is set to cover 168km of the Padang coastline. It’ll be the only reasonably flat stage until the final day, so it’s set to be a fast one.
Well, what an opening day for the Tour de Singkarak!
Stage 1 – Our streak of race cancellations seems to just keep on going, with Stage 1 cancelled after the convoy was ‘lost’! Without going in to too much detail, the convoy jumped ahead of the peloton during the ceremonial start, and proceeded to ‘chase’ the peloton that trailed them. Feeling for the Chinese rider who had punctured, and spent more than 50km with this convoy chasing back on…
After riding 150km neutral, spending much more time than anticipated outside in the heat, we’re looking forward to officially getting underway with the tour tomorrow.
Stage 2 – A morning of confusion and uncertainty. Today the boys completed possibly the longest neutral zone in cycling history: 130km in the Sumatran heat. Hopefully a more conventional day tomorrow!
Stage 3 – Two in the Top 10 for Stage 3 of Singkarak! Provisionally 1st on Teams Classification for the 190km stage.
Good one day, disaster the next…
Stage 4 – After winning the Teams Classification on Stage 3 of the Tour de Singkarak, the boys were fired up ahead of today’s 170km stage that included a 1400m climb 50km in, before a long descent leading in to a final categorised climb at the 160km mark.
Jay and Dan were both looking great over the major climb, in a small group of 11 only 4 minutes back on the 7 leaders. As the team car dropped back to feed the other riders quickly, Dan had an untimely puncture 100km in. With no one else willing to help, Dan was forced to wait some time. During this time, Jay crashed out of this group as the riders hit some sand on a tight corner. Dan quickly found this sand too only minutes later.
Unfortunately it was game over for Jay, but Dan luckily was able to join a group after his crash and make it to the finish. Ben, Adam, Pat and Nick all made it home safe in a large group in between.
It’s pretty devastating for the two, who were positioned 12th on the road at the time, with both more than likely moving themselves in to the Top 15 on General Classification.
Stage 5 – Pat Sharpe has just taken 6th place on Stage 5 of the Tour de Singkarak – awesome result!
Stage 6 – If there’s one thing we’ve learnt over the past month, it would be that you have to learn to expect the unexpected. After yesterday’s positive finish to Stage 5, things quickly deteriorated, with all the boys out of action with food poisoning.
Following a few hospital visits, and a pretty horrible overnight experience, we quickly learnt that we weren’t alone, with most teams down to only a few healthy riders a piece. Stage 6 has been neutralised today, however, it looks as though the tour could well and truly be over.
It’s hard to really say whether it was the haze, crashes, the buffet or a combination, but for now the priority is to get healthy again.
Canberra Tour – 18-20 September 2015
Another successful Canberra Tour for the team, with the duo of Harry Wiles and Tam Allenby both putting in a great performance over the three day event!
In Harry’s first race back from injury, he finished 16th overall and 5th in the young riders category – a super result after so much time off the bike!
With the other boys set to return from Chiang Mai tomorrow morning, things are looking up for the remainder of the season! Congratulations guys!
Chiang Mai Training Camp, Thailand – 15-19 September 2015
A five day training camp wasn’t the way we anticipated debuting our updated jersey in Asia, however thanks to Flight Centre Active Travel, Air Asia and No Worries Insurance we have been able to extract far more from this situation (the cancellation of the Tour de Siak) than we could have hoped.
The riding, the food and the people here in Chiang Mai are going to make it hard to get on a plane this Sunday and head back to Sydney for a week of training prior to flying back to Indonesia for our next adventure.
So a big thanks goes out to these guys for their support – without them all of this would not be possible!
Tour de Siak, East Sumatra, Indonesia – 15-20 September 2015
Unfortunately the Tour de Siak has been officially cancelled due to dangerous levels of haze in Riau and the surrounding areas.
Additionally, with visibility at only 80 metres, our connecting flight from Kuala Lumpur to Pekanbaru was also cancelled.
We have decided to head to Thailand for the remainder of our time in South East Asia – flying into Chiang Mai, a city that made Trip Advisors 2014 list of ’25 Best Destinations in the World’ and is rapidly becoming recognised as a cycling Mecca with its ideal climate and proximity to some amazing climbs and picturesque countryside!
This is an awesome opportunity for the team to still utilise our time over here regardless of the circumstances and hopefully keep building form as we look forwards to the Tour de Singkarak later in the month.
NSW U23 Time Trial Championship – 29 August 2015
Congratulations to Jay Dutton and Patrick Sharpe on 2nd and 3rd in today’s NSW U23 Time Trial Championship!
After fighting through super windy conditions, they both eventually would fall short of the strong performance displayed by Rylee Field. Their rides would have kept them off the Elite podium by a matter of seconds, so all in all it was a pretty positive day!
Tomorrow will see Pat, Tam, Ben and Harry line up for the 135km Great Divide Road Race, so wishing them all the best!
The Cootamundra Annual Classic & Recovery – 22-23 August 2015
The first Coota Annual Classic was run in 1955. Held during August, this race still continues to attract quality fields. Many prominent cycling names feature amongst the winners of this race including riders such as Graham Brown and other Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallists. The Coota Annual Classic is always held on the last Saturday in August with a recovery race on the Sunday.
Day 1 – Fantastic conditions for the Cootamundra annual today – our favourite race on the calendar!
The boys made the most of the wind, and quickly made their way through the bunches in front of them, leaving only 10 riders coming in to the finish.
Unfortunately we came up just short, with Ben Harvey taking third place, as Troy Herfoss put in another impressive performance for first and fastest on the day! Jay and Pat both also filled out the top 10, the team look forward to another solid day for tomorrow’s race!
Day 2 – The Recovery Race. This race is three laps of the very popular suicide loop an undulating but quick loop which will test all riders. The three lap format makes for some great racing and spectating.
Wet roads didn’t dampen spirits this morning for the Cootamundra Recovery Handicap, with another great edition of the event being run and won!
Covering three laps of the infamous ‘Suicide Circuit’ it wasn’t going to be an easy task for Jay, Pat, Ben and Tam and there small scratch group of only 12 riders.
With Jay forcing the pace at every chance throughout the race, the band finally snapped up the final climb before the finish, with Pat, Tam and Jared slipping off the front in a small group of 6.
Unfortunately we came up just short once again, with Pat taking 4th, Tam 5th and Ben taking second in the bunch kick to finish 7th overall!
All in all another top weekend of Riverina racing and some really positive signs ahead of our next stint of racing in Asia – stay tuned!
Click here for the Coota Race Map
The Mark Dwyer Memorial Handicap and Robert Oatley Scratch Race – 1-2 August 2015
Set in beautiful Mudgee, this event commences at Robert Oatley Vineyards and heads past local vineyards, with undulating and challenging roads. The race finishes on Craigmoor Road, near the winery.
Day 1 – The trio of Ben, Jay and Pat were back at it again today for the Mark Dwyer Memorial Handicap in Mudgee!
All three finishing safely in the front bunch, after their reduced scratch group swept up the front markers in the final 3km, with Ben our best placed in 8th.
On offer tomorrow is a 120km scratch race that is set to be a cracker off the back of some fast racing today!
Day 2 – Windy, but reasonably warm conditions for this mornings 120km Oatley Wines Scratch Race in Mudgee made for a tough finish to a great weekend of racing!
Ben, Jay and Pat were all looking good covering the early moves, before Pat put himself in a great position by going up the road with a strong breakaway trio!
After working hard up the road, Jordan Payne and Rylee Field eventually went clear from this front group, as the race splintered behind them in the tough conditions. Ben Harvey was impressive again, working super hard to return to the front of the race with a select number of riders including eventual winner, Jake Kauffman.
The boys came up short again today, but it was great to be back in Mudgee racing one of the best events on the NSW calendar!
John Woodman Memorial Race – 26 July 2015
This race from Wagga to Albury is held each year in memory of John Woodman, a member of the Lavington Cycling Club who turned professional in 1976. In 1978 he joined the Sydney based Gitane cycling team. John rode six Sun Tours from 1978 to 1983, and was selected to ride in 1986. John was a member of the winning team in both 1979 and 1983. Sadly, John was killed on the 1st of October 1986 at Table Top, whilst training in preparation for the up and coming Sun Tour. Each year this race is held in memory of John, paying tribute to a talented cyclist.
This year we have Jay Dutton, Ben Harvey and Jared Triggs participating in the 135km handicap event from Wagga to Albury. Keep up with results via our twitter feed: https://twitter.com/StGeorgeNRS
ATEC Expo – LACC Open Criterium Race – 4 July 2015
Congratulations to Ben Harvey who took out the Australian Triathalon, Endurance & Cycling Expo’s Open Criterium Race at Homebush.
Keegan Downes Memorial Handicap – 20 & 21 June 2015
Saturday results: Ben 4th, Pat 5th + Jay 10th in today’s Coonabarabran to Gunnedah leg. Sam Spokes takes the win in a new course record!
Sunday the trio of Pat, Ben and Jay race the 106km Gunnedah to Tamworth with Ben Harvey taking out the Gunnedah to Tamworth – first and fastest after a super effort by the boys on a hard day out.
Wagga Crit – 13 & 14 June 2015
Our dynamic duo of Pat Sharpe and Ben Harvey will be racing down in Wagga this weekend. With 50km to go on Saturday, the race is all together and the boys are pushing the pace up the only major climb. The sprint finish at Wagga was taken out by Troy Herfoss ahead of Harrison Bailey, Scott Law and our Ben Harvey!
Ben takes first prime in Wagga crit on Sunday- good break of six with Harrison Carter, Chris Boogert, Joel Walsh, Adam Mitchell and Richard Younger. Second sprint taken out by Ben too – gap out to over 30 seconds to the bunch now. Third prime goes to Joel Walsh. Ben Harvey took out the Wagga Crit ahead of Harrison Carter and Joel Walsh. Congratulations Ben!
Battle on the Border – 28 to 31 May 2015
Yesterday afternoon’s criterium in Murwillumbuh concluded the four day, five stage race in spectacular fashion, with the field flying around the technical circuit!
All the boys got around safely, with Pat our top finisher in 15th. Both Ben Harvey and Jay Dutton held on to their GC spots in the process, both remaining in the top 20, to complete what was a successful week of racing for the team.
Now in its 7th year, the Battle of the Border has grown to hundreds of recreational and seasoned competitive cyclists. The festival courses range between 200km and 400km, crossing challenging terrain and highlighting the beautifully unique volcanic caldera environment.
The Battle is wonderful event for the cycling elite to bring their friends and families to support them over the four day festival and explore all that the region has to offer.
The 2015 Battle on the Border Cycling Festival is a combination of a competitive racing tour and social riding (Fondo) events.
Highlights from the Battle on the Border will be broadcast on the Nine Network’s GEM channel on Sunday, June 7 at 12noon AEST and 11.00am AWST and on Fox Sports 3 on Tuesday June 9 at 6:00pm AEST (check local guides).
Stage 1: Mt Warning road race
Date: Thursday, May 28
Stage 2: Salt Resort road race
Date: Friday, May 29
Stage 3: Murwillumbah road race
Date: Saturday, May 30
Stage 4: Murwillumbah time trial
Date: Sunday, May 30
Stage 5: Murwillumbah criterium
Date: Sunday, May 31
Check out the Battle on the Border website for more information.
Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen, Indonesia – 7 to 10 May, 2015
With some big continental teams and representatives from over 27 countries, this four stage race is set to be huge. Particularly of note, is the hilltop finish on Stage 3 – a 2000m climb to one of Indonesia’s most famous volcanoes!
Day 1: What a way to start the 2015 International Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen. After two days spent relaxing, getting used to the traffic and generally enjoying the scenery on a couple of easy rides around town, the team were ready to pin the numbers back on for their first UCI tour of 2015.
Full report by the boys can be found HERE –
Day 2: Stage 2 of the International Tour de Banyuwangi was another brutal day in the saddle!
Jordan was our best placed in 20th place, with the boys in a reasonable position ahead of tomorrow’s queen stage up the Ijen Volcano.
Full report by the boys can be found HERE.
Day 3: Stage 3 most definitely lived up to its reputation today – an absolutely epic day up the Ijen Volcano!
After starting in one of Indonesia’s most famous fishing villages, racing got underway, with 125km to be covered including the 2000m climb to the finish. Pat Sharpe was successful in making the early move of 9 riders, putting in a huge effort in order to establish a big gap prior to the start of the climb. While he would eventually need to attack this group, and move away with only 3 others, Singha had other plans – driving it in to the climb with the gap dwindling at 1 minute.
Meanwhile, Jay, Tam and Jordan were well positioned up front just waiting for the climb. Unfortunately, things took a massive turn for worse, with a huge crash through a local village early in to the climb. Both Jay and Tam came down hard, caught up in the mess for minutes as the bunch powered up climb at speeds still over 30kph.
With 25km still remaining, and some 1800m of elevation yet to be gained, it was by no means an ideal situation. With riders either walking up steep sections or picking themselves up from crashes or dehydration, the boys did well to separately move through a number of riders on the remainder of the ascent.
It was a pretty disappointing result with Jay our best placed in 50th, with both him and Tam unable to make the most of good legs, however, it was great to have Sharpie out front all day and force the pace.
All in all, the climb was amazing and super hard! We’ll be sure to get some photos out as soon as we can. Looking forward to tomorrow’s final stage, and to finishing the tour off on a high with a fast city kermess!
Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen 2015 done and dusted!
Yesterday’s super fast 110km final stage closed out what was a relatively successful week for the team. A highly aggressive stage with an average speed over 45kph was completed with 12 laps of a 6km finishing circuit in Banyuwangi City. The crowds were truly incredible, with the roar of the crowd creating an unforgettable atmosphere!
Jay and Tam finished safely in the peloton, with Tam our highest placed in 26th position, while we unfortunately lost Pat early due to another case of food poisoning.
While it was not our ‘luckiest’ week of racing, it’s great to see the boys really making the race and the most of all their chances!
It’s definitely a race we’ll be back for, and it’s great to have our first big race of the season now in the legs. Excited for the rest of year ahead!