Category Archives: News

Interview with Harry Bade

Kelly Cycling Coaching chatted with Harry Bade, who finished 2nd in the State Omnium Titles on the weekend.  Read on to find out all the details of how his epic 9hr day unfolded.
Congratulations Harry on your 2nd place in the U19 State Omnium Titles on the weekend.  Is this the first time, you’ve ever competed in an omnium?
I actually competed in an Omnium for the first time last year as a first time U19, so I had an idea what was coming. But I was at a completely different level then and this was the first time I’d ever really been in contention.
So what was the first event you did and how did you go?  Was this a good time for you?
First up we rode the 1km TT, considered one of the hardest events in an Omnium. I had a technical issue in that I cracked my handlebars in the start, but luckily I was able to recover and place second by just 0.2 of a second. My time of 1min10sec was a bit down on my PB of 1min08sec, but the main thing was that I was able to retain 2nd place.


What was the next event?  Did you maintain your overall position after this 2nd event?
From here we moved onto the Flying 200m- not being a srinter I think the last time I rode one of these events was in the Omnium last year!  With a bit of last minute technical advice I managed to pull out an 11.7, a PB for me, which was fantastic in that it again placed me second so the top of the placings remained unchanged.
Which competitor did you most worry about during the omnium? 
Brent Nelson, a teammate of mine from the National titles earlier this year [ed: where the boys won the U19 Team Pursuit national championships] was certainly my biggest worry going into the event. He was in amazing form and managed to win every event by significant margins, showing he was in a different league to the rest of us on the day.  After he was clearly going to take the [overall] win, I made sure I would hold my 2nd position over 3rd place Mark Sylvester, which I was able to do.

Did you implement any strategies to specifically mark any riders during the points and scratch races?
Due to the shortness of the Scratch race (20 laps) I knew it was unlikely any rider would manage a breakaway, which proved to be true, but I made sure to be on Brent’s wheel whenever possible so I could follow him if he did. In the points I raced much more aggressively and spent more of the race attacking than following, but again by staying near both Brent and Mark I was able to make sure that if they did break, I would be with them.

Which event did you find the hardest and why? 
I definately found the points race the hardest- by the end of 9 hours of racing my body was starting to cave in and after attacking from the gun and staying away for 10 laps I was at the end of my energy reserves. I just had to keep in mind that everyone would be feeling the same; luckily this was true and I again placed 2nd.
What is your favourite event out of the 5 events?
After an entire summer of such dedicated training I could say the [individual] Pursuit- although shorter than our full distance it really is my sort of event, and it was really pleasing to record a time (2.21) around the same as the split time from my 3km pursuit from Nationals, even after 3 events.
How long did you warm up and cool down for each event?  Do you use rollers or a wind trainer?  How did your legs feel after 3 or 4 events? 
For the first event I made sure I was fully warmed because of the need to go from the gun- so around 30-40 mins of intensive efforts and spinning. After this event the cool down became more important than the warm up as our bodies were already so ready and I tried to avoid using any energy that wasn’t completely necessary. I always bring my road bike to use on the rollers to track events as I find it gives me the ability to both do efforts and spin out the legs with a very low resistance.
For the technically minded athletes, what gear did you use for the 1km time trial and the 2km Individual Pursuit?  Were you happy with your gear selection?
I use a 96.4 inch gear in both the [individual 2km] pursuit and the [1km] time trial, which is the same as what I use in a one off event. I put a lot of time into selecting this gear earlier in the season and was very happy with it. For the mass start races I put my gear back to 94.5 so I had the power to sprint and work at max while still being able to sprint, and again this gear was just right.

Since the Omnium is now an Olympic event, is this an event you think you’d like to pursue?
With the removal of both the Madison and the Individual Pursuit [from the Olympic program], if I ever was to reach a near Olympic level then yes, this would be the event I would focus on. But especially with the extension from next year onwards it will really become an ultra-endurance event by track standards, and I believe I would be more suited to the [Individual] Pursuit, which I will be able to focus on at any level lower than this.
Many readers may not know this, but the format of the omnium is soon changing. The distances for the current 5 events will be significantly extended and they’ve also added a 6th event, the elimination race.  Did you think this will make the omnium even tougher? 
Although tough this year, in comparison to next year, [I think] our Omnium will have been a walk in the park.  The extension of the pursuit from 2km to its full distance of 4km makes a huge difference in energy expenditure, and the 40km (160 lap) points race will destroy most of the riders.  Throw in an elimination [where each lap the last rider to cross the finish line is eliminated] and you’ve got an event with longer total distance than some senior road races- all at maximal intensity. The omnium next year will be ridiculous.
So what’s next for you, Harry?  Since the track season is now over until summer, what events are you focusing on during the winter?
As I am completing year 12 this year, I aim to spend most of my effort on this front, however allowing for this, I do intend to train for the state road TT championships in the first half of the year, then focus on my build up to next years track season.   Back to early mornings at DISC! How I’ve missed them.

Harry 2nd – State Omnium Titles

Congratulations to Kelly Cycle Coaching athlete, Harry Bade, who finished 2nd in the U19 State Omnium titles, yesterday.  A big thankyou to CharterMason who generously sponsors our track program.

Mark Sylvester 3rd, Brent Nelson 1st, Harry Bade 2nd

For those that are not familiar with the omnium, it is often known as the ironman of all track events, as the athletes must complete 5 events in the one day, consisting of:

  1. 1km Time Trial
  2. Flying 200m
  3. 10km Points race
  4. 5km Scratch race
  5. 2km Individual pursuit

Well done, Harry. 

Harry in the points race.

Harry cooling down and talking with Mark Sylvester

Paris-Roubaix Night

Come and join us at Team Degani cycling cafe this Sunday night, 11th April 2010.

Why?  To watch the famous Paris-Roubaix bicycle race, held in France over cobble stones like this.

Team Degani Cycling Cafe invites you to join us down at
833 Collins St, Docklands 
on the Yarra's edge of the new ANZ building
to watch one of cycling's most prestigious one day races,
Paris-Roubaix, live on the big screen! 
Sunday 11th April from 9pm onwards.
SBS are showing the race from 10.10pm EST
Finger food provided. 
We are also setting up our new Tacx Fortus Multiplayer for you
to ride part of the Paris Roubaix route.
So bring your cycling gear (no helmet required) 
Please RSVP to by 3pm Friday, for catering purposes.

Hills ride – Thurs 8 April

Tomorrow there will be another hills training ride starting at 9am.

17 McNamara Street, Macleod

Please bring two tubes, pump, drinks and riding food.

Hope to see many of you tomorrow.

School Holiday training – updated

Kelly Cycle Coaching are planning to do a number of rides for our athletes during the school holiday/Easter period.  All rides will be supervised by Bob and Helen Kelly.

All riders need to bring:

  • two water bottles,
  • ride food
  • puncture bag with 2 tubes,
  • bike pump,
  • wear sunscreen
  • bring arm warmers and a jacket

Tue 30th: 8am departure (be ready to ride at 7.50am)
Location: 17 McNamara Street, Macleod. 
Kinglake Hills ride  (duration 3-4hrs).

Wed 31st: 9am departure  (be ready to ride at 8.50am)
Location: Team Degani Cycling Cafe, 833 Collins st, Docklands
Flat easier ride (duration 3-4hrs).

Thurs 1st April: 8am departure
Location: 17 McNamara Street, Macleod. 
Kinglake area hills ride (duration 3-4hrs).

Fri 2nd: (no Kelly Cycle Coaching ride – we are away)

Sat 3rd: 8am departure
Location: 17 McNamara Street, Macleod. 
Kinglake area hills ride (duration 3-4hrs).

Sun 4th
: (no Kelly Cycle Coaching ride – we are away)

Tue 6th: 9am departure (note updated start time)
Location: 17 McNamara Street, Macleod. 
Kinglake Hills ride (duration 3-4hrs).

Wed 7th: 9am departure
Location: Team Degani Cycling Cafe, 833 Collins st, Docklands
Flat easier ride (duration 3-4hrs).

Thurs 8th: 8am departure
Location: 17 McNamara Street, Macleod. 
Kinglake area hills ride (duration 3-4hrs).

All questions about what rides you should do, please ring or email us: or

View Larger Map

Athlete Profile: Aaron Eynaud

This week’s athlete feature story is all about Aaron Eynaud.  We have been coaching Aaron for about a year now and have watched him progress from a C grade club rider to an A grade rider.  Aaron is an example of an athlete who has consistently trained and has seen steady improvements.

We quizzed Aaron on when he started riding, what his favourite rides are, etc.  Read on to find out all about Aaron.

Where do you live? How old are you?
I am 17 years old and I live in Box Hill, Melbourne, Victoria

How many brothers and sisters do you have?  And most importantly, are you faster than them on the bike?
I have 2 sisters, one sister is 2 years older than me and the other one is 4 years younger and I have 1 brother who is 2 years younger. To answer your second question I can ride faster than them although my brother may not think so.

Aaron warming up before the Jayco Bay criterium, stage 2

What brand of road and track bike are you riding at the moment?
My road bike is a Giant TCR with SRAM rival and my track bike is an Avanti pista pro frame with everything else custom.

Have  you done many recreational rides?  Around the bay in a day?
I have only done 2 recreational rides and they are the half round the bay from Sorrento to Melbourne and the Murry to Moyne.

How did you get into cycling?  Did someone in family race/ride and get you involved?  Or friends that ride?
I got into cycling through my cousin who used to ride. I went and watched him one day and told dad I wanted to try and I have loved it ever since.

When did you start racing? 
I started racing first year U13’s but I did have about a year and half break around 2nd year U15’s to go back and play footy

Bob Kelly motivates Aaron before his TT start

What club do you belong to?
Blackburn Cycling Club

What year are you doing at school and what subjects are you studying?   What do you want to be when you leave school?
At school I am currently completing year 12 and I am doing Maths Methods, English, Accounting, Legal Studies and also University Accounting at Monash. When I leave school I want to probably become an accountant and I also want see how far in cycling I can get.

What is your most enjoyable win so far and why?  Did you expect to win?  How did the race unfold? (it can be a road or track event, club, etc)
My most enjoyable win was winning the Billanook Junior Road Tour in 2004. It all came down to the last stage and the only way I could win was if the rider who was leading fell and I won the sprint. So we were joking the night before about getting my brother in the bushes with a sling shot to knock him off. On the first lap of the race however the leader did fall and it left me to try and win the sprint which I did end up doing.  

We all hate crashing and try to avoid this.  When was your last crash and how did this happen? 
My last crash was 18 months ago and I broke my collarbone. It happened at the St.kilda crit course. A guy went around the corner and decked himself and I went straight over the top of him and landed on my shoulder. Which snapped my collarbone. I was lucky however that I required no surgery.

Aaron concentrating with Dad, before the Bendigo Wheelrace heat

What is the next race you’re training for? 
At the moment I am training for the alp d’buffalo but I am also focusing on the States which are in july.

What is your strength on the bike?  Are you a sprinter?  A climber?  A time trialist?
I would have to consider my strength on the bike as being both a sprinter and a climber because I can do both well. Hopefully I can sprint fast though once I get my glutes working.

What is your favourite training ride?  (describe an area of Melbourne or Victoria).
My favourite training ride would have to be up to the Dandenongs and riding up the 1n20 which is a 6.8km hill from the Basin to Sassafras and the wall which runs from Monbulk to Olinda. The scenery is amazing as well and the roads are not too busy either.

We know you absolutely love windtrainer sessions, Aaron.  Can you tell us you most ‘enjoyable’ training session?
I do love a good windtrainer session. My most “enjoyable” windtrainer session would have to be 15mins at AT (about 90%) then 5 mins rest and then repeat that 3 times. Don’t get any ideas though!

What are you favourite track events?
My favourite track events would be the scratch race, keiran and points score.

Aaron takes out the Brunswick Open, B grade Scratch race

Do you do gym work as part of your training? 
Not yet but I will be starting in the next month hopefully. Make sure you check out the Health Professionals section of the website.

Aaron cooling down with his brother, Hayden, State Time Trial Championships, 2009

Murray to Moyne

Kelly Cycle Coaching athletes, Aaron Eynaud, Harry Bade and Ollie LeGrice, pedaled 540km from Swan Hill to Port Fairy with their track team sponsor, CharterMason.
The cross headwinds challenged the group of 12 riders, which also included coaches Bob and Helen Kelly.

The team set off at 9.30am from Swan Hill and rolled into Hamiliton at 11.30pm Saturday night, with 450km completed. CharterMason partner, Sandra Salvitti, not only doubled the distance she’d ever ridden, but also supplied the appetite hungry crew with delicious meals, whipped up in the comfy campervans, CharterMason hired.
The following morning was a leisurely 90km into Port Fairy. The team arrived with an enthusiastic final sprint from Ollie, Harry and Aaron. In fact, every town along the way had an intermediate sprint spot, with final results yet to be determined by the judges. The sprint into Hamilton where there were no street lights, and only helmet and bike lights was an eventful spectacle, to say the least. Boys will be boys!!!

Overall, the team did a fantastic job. Many thanks to Leigh, Peter, Stuart and Sandra, our CharterMason track cycling sponsors for this amazing experience.

Charity Ride

Kelly Cycle Coaching athletes, Aaron Eynaud, Ollie LeGrice and Harry Bade, along with Bob and Helen Kelly, will be riding a ‘lazy 550km’ this weekend, as part of a relay charity ride, called the Murray to Moyne ride.  They will be joined by several CharterMason partners and employees.

Stay tuned to hear how the weekend turned out.

Junior Track Nationals

Emma Bilston finished 4th in the Junior Australian U15 Women’s Scratch race on Saturday at DISC, Melbourne.  She is a first year U15 rider, and to finish 4th is a fantastic result, and even more special as she was celebrating her 13th birthday.   She also did PB’s in both the 500m TT and 2km individual pursuit. 

Congratulations Emma on your achievements for your first Junior Track Nationals.  Stay tuned for photos and an interview with Emma.

Opening Soon

Kelly Cycle Coaching will soon be located at Docklands.  Our office will be located within the new Team Degani Cycling Cafe. 

The cafe and bike shop is now open.  They are located at 833 Collins street, Docklands.

1 14 15 16