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New U19 Criterium Champ

1st and 3rd to Macdonald Shaw/CharterMason

On Sunday, the State Criterium Championships were held in Castlemaine.  Our Macdonald Shaw/CharterMason team successfully won the title.  Here is Brad Wills report on how the race unfolded.

Sunday April 10th was the day of both State Criterium Championships and Baw Baw Classic, which saw the team divided into the races that suited the riders abilities best.

The riders that raced the M19 state criterium consisted of James, Michael, Will, Liam, Camden, Scott and myself.  As soon as we got the briefing from Chief Commissare and were set off, the pace was on with an immediate attack from Will, Michael and James.  After the first attack the pace never let off with over half the field being dropped in the first 10-15 minutes.  The team (Macdonaldshaw/CharterMason) were always on the attack trying to produce a winning combination and at the same time allowing other teammates to rest while the other riders in the race were forced to chase. 

By the 25 minute mark there was only 8 riders left in the bunch, 5 of which were from the Macdonaldshaw/CharterMason team.

As the bell lap came around with no riders up the road I hit the front from the bottom corner (corner 4) as planned with James right on my wheel, who was closely followed by Liam.  I gave this last effort my all, leading James and Liam out up to the top of the hill to ensure that they were in the best position possible for the descent into the final corner.  James held off the group and picked up 1st place while Liam picked up 3rd. The team had a great race with everyone’s efforts going towards the 1st and 3rd medals with teammates Will and Michael finishing right behind them in the sprint.

1st and 3rd to Macdonald Shaw/CharterMason

Huge thanks to Bob, Helen and parents helping out on the day to ensure that everything was running smoothly. 

The team also wishes Emily all the best in her recovery from the crash in which she was involved.


Aust Hill Climb Champs


 Australian Hill Climbing Championships – 2 & 3 April 2011

For all Kelly Cycle Coaching athletes competing in the Australian Junior Hill Climbing Championships this weekend in Bright, please print the attached information and read it carefully so you are aware of your start times for both the time trial and road race.

Remember to be organised and bring cycling clothing for all weather conditions, as the weather in the mountains can be very different from Melbourne and areas around country Victoria.

Mt Buffalo – MORE INFO 2011

For information regarding the profiles of each race click on the course ouline.

Registration will take place at the Alpine Tourist Information Center, 119 Gavan st Bright; 6pm- 8pm Friday evening.

Please print off this bike check list so you remember to bring everything to each race.  Thanks Drew Man for preparing this for everyone!!!
Bike check list

Australian Junior Track Championships

Thomas Verleys-Donk in action at State Titles

Thomas Verleys-Donk in action at State Titles

The athletes and coaches of Kelly Cycle Coaching wish the following Kelly Cycling athletes goodluck, who are competing in the Australian Junior Track Championships:

  • Thomas Verleys-Donk
  • Emily Wordie-Thompson
  • Emma Bilston

The event is being held at Dunc Gray Velodrome, Sydney from 17-19 March 2011.  Results can be found at Cycling Australia’s site.

Emily relaxes before her pursuit final

Emma and Emily (soon representing Victoria in the Australian Triathlon Championships)

Clement wins Sandown – A grade


Clement Boydell had his first A grade win at Sandown a few weeks ago.  Here is what he had to say about his race:

At the start of the race I felt like I had some strong legs and with the windy and cold conditions it was ideal for an early move.  With some really strong sprinters at hand it was the best option for me, so coming to the end of the front straight, on the first lap, with the wind in our faces, I decided it would be a good idea to get off the front with Micky G.

As expected a few other riders joined us including Liam Dove, Connar Murtah, Jack Cummings and team mate (and brother), Munro Boydell. The early break was working well until about the 30minute mark riders started to get tired and stopped pulling through.  Eventually the bunch caught up with us after Nick Walker pulled us back solo.

After being caught I had a few laps recovery while other team mates Trent Moray, Micky Hale and James Cummings did the work up front trying to get into the next big move.

After a much needed recovery I headed back toward the front to do my share and just as I did so I saw Alex Smyth sneak away from the front of the bunch solo.  I followed him with another rider, Lee Deluca.  For the next 15 minutes we held a 15 second gap on the bunch.  At about two laps to go the bunch really started to close in on us.

Fortunately when we got the bell, a new bunch of strong riders bridged across to us containing Eric Sheppard, Paul Mason, Andrew Stalder and Tom Leaper.  This strong group of riders worked most of the last lap on the front while I was just able to pull a turn.  When we got to the bottom corner, Eric tried to make a move but Alex Smyth was straight onto his wheel.  Leaper got straight onto Smyth’s wheel, I was on Leaper and Stalder was right behind me.

Coming into the sprint, Alex Smyth jumped really early and Leaper stuck on him until around the 150m mark.  Because of the strong head winds I left it until around the 75m mark when I came off Leapers wheel to put almost a bike length into Leaper for the win.  Lucky I had my over-shoes on!!  Thanks to Macdonald Shaw, Walkinshaw Performance, Charter Mason, Fitzroy Cycles, all my team mates but most importantly thanks to the coaches.

Docklands Ride – Sunday 18th July

Where: Docklands down towards Frankston with a toilet stop in Mordiallic

When: 9am

Why: Training with the coaches will help you ride better.  It’s a good chance to ask all your questions about training, what racing you should be doing, etc. 

Note: Bob will be doing this ride.  Helen will at Docklands conducting power/lactate tests all day, but hopes to see you at the end for a bite to eat or a coffee.

Intensity: This will be a low intensity endurance ride.  For those needing to do efforts, you will be able to do this (where safe) off the front of the bunch, and then sit up to recover and wait for the bunch to catch you.

You can join into the group along the way, if you don’t want to start at Docklands.  Just text Bob and let him know where to meet you.

What to bring

  • 2 tubes, bike pump & tyre levers,
  • 2 drink bottles,
  • Rain jacket (if the radar looks dodgy.  Check it first thing)
  • Training food (muesli bars, jam sandwich, etc)

And good luck to everyone racing tomorrow in the Melbourne to Ballarat or Ballan to Ballarat.

Bob will be out in the beast during Ballan/Melbourne to Ballarat

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