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ParkTrent Team Launch


KCC officially launched their new VRS teams last weekend.  Sponsors, riders, partners, parents and friends enjoyed a warm evening that included sponsor presentations, food, beverages and photos.


Our two men’s and women’s teams are:

  • ParkTrent Properties Cycling Team
  • Anchor Point/ParkTrent Real Estate Cycling Team.

Special thanks to the following sponsors who make all of this possible:

ParkTrent Properties – Ron Cross

Anchor Point – Tim Scarborough    Foundation Technologies – Steve Hassett

Fratelli Engineering / Alliance hardware – Sam Leo


Product Sponsors


Power Bar

CBD Cycles / Giant / Shimano

Bright Chalet

Swift Signs

Safety Wear



KCC April Camp


Kelly Cycle Coaching is holding a camp in the April school holidays.

This camp is open to all KCC and non-KCC riders.  Limited to 30 riders so please email to secure to your place.  We still have a few places left if you’re interested.

Details are:

Dates Suitability Location
Sunday 29th MarchThursday 2nd April U15’s, U17’s, U19’s Bright ChaletBright

Please open and read the following camp documents:

Camp payment details – Payment_Details_KCCCamp_April2015

Athlete information form (to email back to KCC) – Athlete_Information_Form_April2015

Clothing and equipment listing – KCC_Camp_Requirements_Listing_April2015

Email Helen Kelly to reserve your place:  If unsure if you are suitable, please call or email us.

Camp location: Bright Chalet, 113 Delaney Avenue, Bright. Website:

Starts: Sunday 29th March (1.30-2.30pm)Finishes: Thursday 2nd April (11am) Cost $500
Includes 3 meals per day,
accommodation (fully serviced rooms),
vehicle support,
skills development, lectures, river and
core activities, etc





Date Camp details
Sunday 29th March Check in 1.30-2.30pm.
Welcome and camp rules 2.30-3pm
Skills session 3.30pm-5pm
Dinner 6-7pm
Lecture 7.15-8.15pm.
Quiet time 8.30pm.  Lights out 9.00pm
Monday 30th March Breakfast 6.30-7.30am
Ride session 8am – 12noon.  Technique and endurance climbing session.
Afternoon sessions – core, river recovery.
Dinner 6-7pm
Lecture 7.15-8.15pm.
Quiet time 8.30pm.  Lights out 9.00pm
Tuesday 31st March Breakfast 6.30-7.30am
Ride session 8am – 12noon.  Time trial and sprint session.
Afternoon sessions – core, river recovery.
Dinner 6-7pm
Lecture 7.15-8.15pm.
Quiet time 8.30pm.  Lights out 9.00pm
Wednesday 1st April Breakfast 6.30-7.30am
Ride session 8am – 12noon.  Endurance & bunch skills session.
Afternoon sessions – core, river recovery.
Dinner 6-7pm
Lecture 7.15-8.15pm.
Quiet time 8.30pm.  Lights out 9.00pm
Thursday 2nd April Breakfast 6.30-7.30am
Ride session 8am – 10am.  Recovery ride and camp wrap up.
Departure from camp

Any questions about this camp please call Bob or Helen Kelly on 0412 827 001 or 0419 268 644.

Order KCC kit

KCC New Kit

Kelly Cycle Coaching has recently designed some new cycling kit.

Below is the order form for those who want to buy some KCC kit.  Two pairs of free socks if you order knicks, short sleeve and long sleeve jersey.

KCC Order FormFeb2015

Click on the ventou link below for sizing information.

Please get your orders in by 20 February 2015.  Once the order is placed we will let you know approximate arrival date.  Kit can be either collected or posted out to you.  We will let you know postage costs once you send us your shipping address.

Bay Crits


Kelly Cycle Coaching put two teams plus some individual riders into the Bay criterium Series (2nd to 5th Jan 2015).

The riders included:

KCC Team ParkTrent Team
Jayden Cooper Camden Bush
Pierce Connor Paddy Burt
Lachlan Clarke Ryan Cottrell
Dylan Thompson Ewyn Carter
Maccie Carter Nick White
Adam Paykal-Samual Ben Andrews

We also had individual riders who raced including Vic Snibson, Carley McKay, Mark Kelly.


Our best results were:

  • 7th by Ryan Cottrell (stage 1)

  • 7th by Mark Kelly (stage 2)

  • 4th by Nick White (stage 4).

These results were a great team event by the ParkTrent men’s team and the KCC men’s team.  Great riding guys.

KCC at a MTBA mountain bike camp


Kelly Cycle Coaching have recently been involved in two great camps at Bright, Victoria.

Bob and Helen were trainee coaches at a MTBA (mountain bike Australia) camp recently, with one of our KCC riders Lachlan Clarke attending the camp as an athlete. KCC then remained in Bright to run a junior KCC Road camp in the second week of the school holidays.  Some 35 athletes from around the east coast of Australia travelled to Bright to attend the MTB junior development camp.

Below are some great photos from the mountain bike camp.  Greg Meyland organised and ran the camp, along with the assistance from female coach and mountain biker, Jenni King. Alex Meyland was also in attendance as a coach along with BMX, mountain bike and downhill skills coach and mechanic, Shannon Rademaker.

KCC interviewed Lachlan Clarke about the camp.  Here is what he had to say:

How many athletes attended the recent MTBA development camp?

There were 35 athletes in attendance, under 15’s &17’s, both male and female, mostly from Victoria, with a few coming down from NSW and across from SA to join us.

What kind of athletes attended?  All XC riders or others?

The camp was mostly compromised of Cross Country riders, with a few downhill mountain bikers also in attendance, these riders also helped out some of the XC riders like myself, with downhill skills. Bikes used were both dual suspension and hardtails depending on the type of MTBing they preferred.

Where did you stay?  Who did you share a room with?

I stayed at the Bright Chalet (awesome food) with the other athletes, I shared a room with two other guys, one of whom I had met previously at road cycling comps (Isaac), and the other I got to know well (James.)

Was this the first mountain bike camp you’ve attended?

Yes, this was the first ever mountain bike camp that I have participated in – I’ve been to a couple of road camps before, but not MTB so it was a new experience.

What skills sessions did you do during the camp?

During the camp we did many skill sessions focusing on:

Technical Descending

Technical Ascending

Off-Camber Cornering


Manuals (useful wheelies, rather than “showing-off” wheelies!)

Switchback Cornering

And many more!

What did you learn during the camp?

I learned many things throughout the camp, relating to both my skills and the psychology of mountain biking. I learned how to correctly ride an off-camber corner to list an example, and I also learned about different recovery techniques such as hot-cold recovery and nutrition guidance both for training and race time.

What was the most fun session you did during the weekend?

The session I most enjoyed would have to be the Mystic Trail group racing that we did, where we were matched up against other riders of around our ability level, and we raced 1 lap of the Mystic trail circuit.  This was heaps of fun because we could race as fast as possible and compare ourselves to others.  My most memorable moment was when I heard that Bob Kelly lost concentration when talking to another coach and managed to have a spectacular crash!  He was not hurt so we could all have a laugh at him and admire his scars.

Would you recommend this camp to other athletes who do mountain biking?

Definitely!  I learned lots of useful skills and techniques and had great fun practicing new skills, and brushing up on old skills, and then putting it together in a race situation. I would definitely recommend this to any mountain biker that wants to improve, or to build a good base and start racing.

Carter wins Melb to Ballarat

Winner of Melb handicap

KCC rider Ewan Carter took the biggest win of his short cycling career on Saturday, winning the Melbourne to Ballarat handicap.

Ewan is focusing mostly on track racing, doing some CX and mountain biking for fun plus preparing for the upcoming crit season.  As a full time chippie, his strength lies in the shorter more explosive races, but entered the Ballarat handicap just to get some km’s in his legs.

Packing a very good sprint, Ewan waited patiently as the front group rode up the finishing straight.  With 350m to go, second place finisher jumped.  Ewan got his wheel and then timed his sprint perfectly, taking the win by a full bike length.

Well done surfie boy!!!

Ewan wins his first ever handicap race!!

Ewan Carter takes the win

Ewan and Ryan looking like "kings"

Ewyn Carter blogs about his Melbourne to Ballarat victory

by Ewyn Carter (2014 Melbourne to Ballarat winner)

“The Melbourne to Ballarat started for me off limit, 34 minutes in front of scratch. I sat on the start line unsure of how the race would unfold with no real expectations nor the knowledge of how handicap races played out. This was my first handicap, so finishing close to the front of the first or second bunch would have been a good day out. I had studied the course the night before, I spent all of a minute looking at the elevation, flat for 20k’s and than the ramp to Ballarat was long and steady. My strength in cycling is sprinting, I’m a builder by trade, and my days are pretty physical compared to most, so I knew that any group was my best place for the day to finish with a result. A solo attempt was out of the question with the stiff headwind and Time Trialling for me is pretty much non existent. However, The headwind did play into our hands quite well as it would become a race of strength and I new if we worked off the line as a group we’d have a chance to stay clear for at least the first quarter of the race.

From the gun the Limit group took a couple of k’s to gel and I was sitting mid pack. I’d watched the pros ride since I was a grommet and knew that any form of disorganization would be the end of our day, so I went to the front and tried to set a solid pace, a few joined and with some stiff words from the more experienced handicappers all of a sudden the whole group was thrust into a metronomic state, and we worked as temporary teammates. I found this both exciting and confidence building. Again after watching the pros in action for many years on TV, a breakaway group can get a sizable lead all day but when they want to shut it down they turn the wick for a few k’s and the group is caught in the blink of an eye. I had this thought in the back of my find for the first twenty km’s and was constantly looking for flashing lights behind when I went to the rear of the group to indicate the impending catch by the group behind. But to my surprise we hit the first climb clear and relatively still all together. From my previous races in the VRS I’d always been smoked up any incline by more suited climbing riders so today’s plan of attack for me when the road went towards the heavens was to get to the front and set a tempo then roll through and remind my new teammates that this was a long battle to be run and tempo was needed. My max heart rate is 183 and we where climbing at 160, which was uncomfortable but manageable. I’d started eating early on the road and had a few packed pockets on my jersey and tried to get as much energy back into the system at any opportunity. A race of attrition and nutrition.

As the group continued to climb and descend, climb and descend, the rolling of turns continued. Tactically rolling turns was the best way to conceive energy anyway as sitting on the back would have required too many surges, consistency for me was the key. As we were rolling through I could see riders in more discomfort than I so my tactic changed in the pace line, as soon as there was a gap in the line I’d jump from the slow line to the fast always staying on the move forwards. This proved to be the best way to ride as we went from roughly 25 starters down to about 8 at the halfway point. More importantly no groups had caught us yet. My confidence levels had grown at this point and I all of a sudden relaxed. Heart Rate back to 130, which for me is perfect for a distance ride. The 8 of us continued up the road, seven working with one hanging on.

We kept climbing some long shallow climbs and some short sharp climbs too. I have relatives in Ballarat and have friends there to, so had driven the route a few times. We where ticking all of these climbs off, still without being caught and I knew that there was only really the reservoir climb left and rest was rolling, perfect for a sprinter. We descended to the reservoir and an officials car pulled up alongside and held a A4 piece of paper up to the passengers window with 3:50 written in big texta, my first thought was that person has really nice writing and the second thought was that’s a big gap to a chasing group! Relaxation in a big race like this for me went to another level. We climbed out of the reservoir heading for the loop. One of the more experienced handicappers left mentioned that the group behind would definitely make the catch and the win wouldn’t come from just our little group. I did some quick maths and thought the following group would catch us somewhere on the off-highway loop. So I kept eating and finished one of my bottles. Our group splintered a bit on the cohesion front as everyone now received the memo about the catch from the more experienced rider. For me this was a bit annoying as an advantage is an advantage and the later the catch the fresher we’ll be at the end.

We left the highway, and about halfway through just after the steepest climb of the day I turned to see whether the chasers might be in site and they where about 150 metres behind! Flashbacks of the pros where running through my mind, was the white flag going up, wave to the camera as you get swallowed up by the marauding peloton etc…. I’d been told by a few people about techniques when being caught by a chasing group, one being to sprint off your group and gap them while the fight for positions take places behind, crashes to occur etc….than let them overtake only at a couple of kph faster rather than blasting past in a flash. So I gassed it off the front when I saw them at about 25 metres from us. One came with me from limit and to my relief I was caught by the rolling chase group of about 8 and casually slipped into there pace line. This was going nicely.

Our group was now aprox 12, with four from limit, heading to Gordon, at a quicker pace than the last 10 km’s! Relaxation was back after calming myself down from the sprint off the front of the limit group. Eating, drinking, keep the next group from catching, new teammates, fresh attitude, focus on the finish. On the tailwind section I went to the back of the group to take stock of who was in this group and try to assess the danger, who’s a sprinter, who’s a climber, who sprints. Unfortunately I only knew one other, my clubmate Lynton. He’s good at all three of the above! Not knowing the other riders did make me nervous a bit for a bunch finish, which wheel do you take, so with 20km’s to go my time would be spent closely observing riders looking for fatigue signs, climbing strengths and who was looking pretty cagey for a sprint. I get pretty chatty in competition so was sussing people every now and than even laying a few false seeds that I was suffering and hurting etc…The officials at this point gave us a gap of 5 mins. I knew the finish would be from this group after another calculation. So gels were the food of choice. I did have a moment on the loop, I moved out of the pace line to clear my nose one handed and rode through a pot hole the size of a kids wading pool, managed to pull of the save. Got a few pats on the back from the fellow riders for the effort. I think the Russian judge would have given me a ten if I came a cropper as we where doing 65, and the tarmac usually wins those battles and the ditch to the side of the road looked like a ditch more suited to the Swiss Alps. Just goes to show you, can be in a winning position one second – a hospital the next.

I continued in the pace line until about 5km to go and realized that a few where missing their turns, so I made the decision to conserve and let others pull me to the line. The sprint was going to be uphill, so I needed the energy to be at its best. A few continued pulling hard with 2km to go, but the majority where thinking as I was and were sitting on. We made the turn to the castle. I knew the finish was still a k to go so I went to the back and was last. I thought this was the best place to be to cover any sprint. The group was still driving steadily in the left gutter with 500m to go no sprint as yet, so I moved up the right side to be about 6th about 4 wide. Those on the inside were boxed in, an I was controlling the boxing. Lynton than opened the burners with 250m to go and I knew this would be the selection. He’s strong and sly as a fox, so that was it – get his wheel to 50 to go, and try and hold the others off who followed me. But we’d gapped the rest quiet easily and significantly. The win was out of us. 50m to go I went to his right, should have been his left, the non windy side, but I had heaps of strength left and just ripped it to the line. That feeling was super surreal. I didn’t feel relief or excitement or anything really. It only felt like there where 12 riders to beat. I didn’t see any of the NRS boys or anyone else, as I’d expected, so the weight of winning a bigger race like that was kind of lost on me and still kind of is.

I have a cycling coach. Bob Kelly from Kelly Cycle Coaching. This race wasn’t really a massive focus for me. I’m planning to try to do well at the criterium and track disciplines going forwards so this was sort of seen as a training ride at race pace. Bob and his wife Helen do a great job. I’d encourage riders to seek a structured program once in their racing careers as it gives you good goals to strive for. I used to just ride my bike thinking I was getting fitter, but having a plan and structure has really accelerated my development and makes me want to achieve higher results. I work a rather extreme schedule so to have a timetable for training takes the pressure off that little bit as someone else is making the decision for you. I know it’s an added cost and how far do you get the bank budget stretched already these days but Bob and Helen cater for all.

For me the future holds criteriums and track events. I’ve just started on the track down at DISC and absolutely hang to get on the boards and hook my bike around the banking. I encourage every rider to put it on their riding bucket list. I race every Thursday night now with Northcote and Craig Neiwand puts on an awesome night of racing and motor pacing. No cars, no rain and good times. I think this helped with my sprint and ride in the Ballarat. It gives you that extra 5% that seems only to be available to those who win.

Long term I’d like to position myself as a rider of a similar pedigree to a Shannon Johnson or a Hayden Bradbury, older fellas who are still stomping and making the young ones hurt. The riders we have are surely some of the best in the World, and when they go overseas always dominate. I feel fortunate to be involved in such an environment and other riders definitely inspire me to want to race at higher and higher levels. You don’t have to win races all of the time to enjoy cycling though. I still leave my Garmin at home occasionally and just ride my bike for the release. Recently I was up at Wangaratta helping Bob and Helen with the junior state titles. I took my bike and just simply got on and rode. 4.5 hours later I came back, all country lanes, cattle, sheep, sunshine, magpies swooping, canola fields etc… Thats the beauty of cycling, enjoyment isn’t about first place, it’s the journeys we take as individuals and newly found unexpected teammates.

I’d like to thank the Ballarat City Council, Ballarat cycling club and the Victoria Police. Without them this event wouldn’t happen and it needs to have another 104 years of racing to come. I’d especially like to thank those who held warning flags, stopped traffic, put out signs, barriers waved the chequered flag, drove the lead cars, you know who you are and without you, this race definitely wouldn’t happen. Thanks CV for organising the event also, you guys are breeding the future so old blokes like me down the track can say we raced with an Angus Lyons or a Cyrus Monk or a Jordyn Hasset when they are winning Paris-Roubaix or La Course for the girls.

See you on the road or track enjoying cycling together.”

Ewyn Carter

Sept holidays KCC Camp


Kelly Cycle Coaching is planning a KCC training camp in the Sept school holidays.  This camp comprises of a whole week of riding in the Australian Alps.  All meals provided, great accommodation and amazing training location in Bright, Victoria.

Don’t miss out.  Email now to secure your spot.  Available to U15’s, U17’s and U19 riders.  Read below to find out the details.

Details are:

Where: Bright Chalet, Bright.  113 Delaney Avenue, Bright. Click here for Bright Chalet details.

Riders will stay in rooms of 3-4.  Each room has its own bathroom.  All linen and towels provided. Rooms serviced daily.

Full buffet for breakfast and dinner daily. Riders make their lunch daily plus snacks as needed.

Secure bike room for all bike equipment.

Qualified Level 2 coaches instructing riders plus support coach/coaches.

Riders split into groups during the rides according to fitness levels and experience.

Monday 29 Sept: (arrival 12-12.30pm.  Bring lunch on first day).

Camp starts at 1pm. Welcome by KCC, learn the rules, meet each other.

The following schedule is being planned (subject to weather etc):

Monday afternoon:  short ride and skills session, (followed by dinner & evening activity).

Tuesday: Longer hilly ride focusing on climbing technique

Wednesday: Undulating ride am.  Followed by skills session.

Thursday: Sprint session – learning how to sprint, practicing coming off the wheel, learning how lead outs work

Afternoon activities include: stretching, core exercises, table tennis, cleaning bikes, river activities, etc

Fri 3 Oct: Recovery spin after breakfast, then pack up.  Collected by parents/family/friends at 11.30am. (lunch not supplied on this day)

Note: The above schedule suits any riders planning to attend the junior track (NTJS) in Sydney.  The km’s riden will be reduced as needed.  Emphasis for these riders on Wed and Thur will be on technique, skills.

More senior riders needing more km’s will be accommodated with longer ride sessions each day.

What you will learn on the camp?

  • learn how to climb efficiently
  • understanding the technique of climbing in and out of the saddle
  • how to sprint,
  • various bike skills (cornering, leaning, descending, bunny hopping, track standing, etc)
  • learn new core exercises and why you need to do these
  • learn how to stretch
  • learn what it means to be in a cycling team. (how to start the process as riders progress from junior racing into U19’s)
  • practice communication and interpersonal skills throughout the week

Limited to 30 riders.  How to secure your place??

  1. Email Helen and get yourself on the camp list
  2. Fill in the attached form and send to KCC. KCCCampForm_Sept2014
  3. Pay your deposit by 15 Aug (and full payment by 15 Sept).
  4. Await final camp details in mid September including detailed clothing list of what to bring, etc

Payment details:

Payment of the camp
Deposit by 15 August $250
Final payment by 15 Sept $300
Total Cost


Bay Crits – 2014


Kelly Cycle Coaching had about 15 riders compete in the Bay Criterium Series last week.  The racing was fast and furious as up and coming cyclists let their legs do the talking.

KCC put two men’s support teams in the event.  The Park Trent team and Anchor Point team.  Anchor Point Retirement villages (owned by Tim Scarborough), Warrnambool is a sponsor of the Park Trent men’s and women’s team in 2014, so it was great to have 11 riders dressed in Park Trent and Anchor Point kit, up the pointy end of the races.

Notable results throughout the 4 races included:

Stage 1:  David Randall 7th

Stage 2: Angus Lyons 4th

Stage 3: Angus Lyons 2nd, Drew Morey 6th

Stage 4: Angus Lyons 5th overall on GC.

These results would not have been possible without the tireless work from the team surrounding them.  The results were a great team effort from all the Park Trent and Anchor Point riders.  The team riders included:

  • Ben Andrews
  • Nicholas White
  • Camden Bush
  • Hamish Haynes
  • Drew Morey
  • Angus Lyons
  • Paddy Burt
  • Jayden Cooper
  • Sean McIver
  • Pierce Connor
  • David Randall

Kelly Bartlett (Total Rush) and Carley McKay (Bicycle Superstore) also competed in the Elite women’s division.  Kelly heads to Adelaide next week to compete in Round 1 of the Mountain Bike XCO series along with Park Trent women’s rider, Josie Simpson.

Carley McKay heads to Ballarat to compete in the National Championships, along with our Essendon SKODA U23 team.  We wish them all the best over the coming days.

We had photographers, Kevin Andrews and Jim Morey taking some great photos all week of Bay crits.  Please click on their names to go to the google doc links.

Gus ended up 5th on GC

Gus checks where his chasers are

Gus and Drew - after the Portarlington Stage

A special thanks to our 2014 sponsors including: Park Trent Properties, Anchor Point Retirement Villages, Ventou Clothing, East Melbourne Heart and Lung, Sun Sense for their Sun Sense Sport SPF 50+ and Morey Wickham Chartered Accountants.

U23’s priming for Nationals


The Essendon SKODA team has been putting in some hard sessions on the Buninyong and Burrambeet courses where the National Road, Criterium and Time Trial Championships will be held in early January 2014.

The Ballarat Courier heard the team were in town and took the opportunity to interview the riders on their upcoming expectations at Nationals.

Mark, James, Liam, Nick and Alistair

Essendon SKODA team featured on the back page of the Ballarat Courier

We wish the boys well as they prepare for their upcoming events.

Meanwhile Kelly Cycle Coaching will be at the Bay criteriums over the next 4 days with races at Geelong, Portarlington and Williamstown with our Park Trent men’s team, several women racing on their NRS teams and some individual races.

If you are down in Geelong or around the bay, come and say hi.

Women’s VRS Team – 2014



Kelly Cycle Coaching is forming a Women’s VRS Road Cycling Team in 2014

In 2013 KCC established a road cycling team sponsored by Park Trent Properties.

KCC is expanding its program and from 2014, is adding a women’s road VRS team of approximately 10 riders.  The team will be a mix of experienced senior riders as well as U19 riders. The senior riders will act as role models and mentors to provide leadership, support and encouragement to the development team members.  The team’s racing will focus on the Victorian Road Series (A teams, B and C grades).

The team’s coach and directeur sportif will be Helen Kelly.  Helen is a level 2 accredited coach with a wealth of experience both as a coach and as a professional cyclist. She raced professionally for 8 years, representing Australia at the World Championship level and also raced in the women’s Tour de France and other major international races.

KCC has already selected several riders to be part of this VRS team.  KCC is calling for expressions of interest from women who would like to be part of this team, to fill the remaining places.

Selection will be dependent upon riders displaying the following key characteristics:

  • riding talent (as identified by KCC)
  • a team player (willingness to sacrifice personal goals for team goals when necessary)
  • dedication to the sport of cycling including to their training and racing
  • a willingness to take direction
  • a desire for excellence both on and off the bike
  • a recognition of the importance of balancing competing life demands.

If you are interested in being a part of the team, please complete the form (see link below) and return to Helen Kelly.  Email:

Click here to access the CV form to complete and email back. WomensVRS_Form

All expressions of interest need to be received by Friday 13th December 2013.

Park Trent team at U19 Nationals

Victoria at the State TT Champs

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