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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

Success in 2013 for Cooke

Carol Cooke in action

KCC Paralympic athlete, Carol Cooke, has had a number of successes over 2013 including:

  • Two World Championship titles (Para Road title and Para TT title)
  • Sponsorship through Liv/Giant
  • Carol was named as Female Para Cyclist of the Year at the Australian Awards night last month.
  • Carol was also awarded with the Victorian Athlete of the year with a Disability for her contributions to the community, including the fundraising Carol does for MS through the Mega Swims she organises nationally.

Congratulations on achieving so much during 2013.

Carol Cooke in action

Refer link to Carol’s blog to read about her 2013 season.

Carol with her sponsored Giant bike

KCC riders in State Team


Kelly Cycle Coaching is pleased to announce that Ben Andrews and Nicholas White (U17 boys) have both been selected to represent Victoria and compete in the Junior National Road Championships to be held in Wagga Wagga, NSW in early September.  Bob Kelly has been asked to coach the U17 boys, whilst Helen Kelly will be coaching the U17 girls.  Congratulations to all athletes selected to represent Victoria.

Refer below for Cycling Victoria’s announcement.

Nick White and Ben Andrews (after their road race)

Boys looking concentrated as they warm up

Cycling Victoria is pleased to announce a squad of 20 riders for the Victorian junior road cycling team which will contest the Australian Junior Road Championships in September.

The 2013 Australian Junior Road Championships will take place in Wagga Wagga from September 6 to 8.

The athletes did not make it easy for selectors this year with strong performances throughout the season by many athletes across the different categories. The selected teams are:

Junior 15 Women
•    Alana Field (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
•    Georgia Cummings (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
•    Abby Gray (Wangaratta CC)
•    Sarah Gigante (Brunswick CC)
•    Rebecca Dicello (Coach)

Junior 15 Men
•    Godfrey Slattery (Blackburn CC)
•    Issac Buckell (Bendigo & District CC)
•    Riley Hart (Brunswick CC)
•    Ryan Koroknai (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
•    Geoff Damm (Coach)

Junior 17 Women
•    Emma Bilston (Ballarat Sebastopol CC)
•    Jaime Gooding (Blackburn CC)
•    Jordyn Hasset (Blackburn CC)
•    Ruby Roseman Gannon (Brunswick CC)
•    Kirsty Deacon (Lavington Panthers CC)
Helen Kelly (Coach)

Junior 17 Men
•    Ben Andrews (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
•    Jack Bell (Camperdown CC)
•    Nicholas White (Ballarat & Sebastopol CC)
•    Tomarsh Loki (Wangaratta CC)
•    Thomas McDonald (Wangaratta CC)
•    Ryan Schilt (Brunswick CC)
•    James Tickner (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
•    Bob Kelly (Coach)

Cycling Victoria wishes all members of the team the very best for the upcoming championships.

Ben wins U17 aggregate


Congratulations to Ben Andrews who was the most consistent U17 boy during the junior tours this year, winning the U17 Aggregate Series.

For those who are not aware of this competition, each junior tour consisted of a time trial and two road races with points being awarded for each event, based on the riders finishing position in each event.  Ben was on the podium at each of the junior tours, being Ararat tour, Shepparton tour, and Eildon tour.

Great work Ben.  You have shown that it takes consistency and dedication to your training, to improve since you started with KCC in 2010.

Ben Andrews with his trophy, alongside Coach Helen

Caiden Hull 3rd, Ben Andrews 1st and James Tickner 2nd in the Aggregate Series

Sydney to Melb Charity Ride

Steve raised funds for cancer research

Kelly Cycle Coaching masters rider Steve Tippett, recently rode from Sydney to Melbourne to race funds for cancer research.  Fantastic effort Steve to complete the 900km without a day off. Read below to find out how his adventure unfolded.

How many days was the Sydney to Melbourne ride?  Was it a charity event? Rotary?

We scheduled the ride over 6 days raising money through the Altona City Rotary club. The proceeds were divided into the following charities

  • Bowel Cancer research
  • Ovarian Cancer research
  • Prostate Cancer research
  • Altona City Rotary Club local projects

How many riders participated?

There was a total of four riders

Steve Tippett - recovering after a long day in the saddle

How many km’s was this event in total?  And approx. how many km’s per day were you riding?

We rode approximately 900km during the event. The average day was 150km with the longest Goulburn to Gundagai being 190km

Steve with other riders and supporters

Did you have a rest day at all?

No rest day

How was the event organised?  Stay in tents, motels?  Did they organise food for you?

The event was organised by Volunteers who are members of the Altona City Rotary Club. The organised all accommodation which was cabins at caravan parks. Five of the nights local rotary clubs on route provided dinner for us. During the ride the volunteers made sandwiches and rolls for lunch. Various organisations donated muesli bars, gels, water, electrolyte drinks etc

How long have you been riding (in general terms) and when did you start getting coached by KCC?

I have been road bike riding for approximately 2.5 years and started being coached by KCC in November 2012

Steve raised funds for cancer research

Have you noticed any changes in your riding since you’ve started getting a cycling program?

I am definitely stronger, more efficient and more motivated. I found the main difference is my consistency of training has improved immensely and this correlates directly into improved performance and recovery. I really enjoy hill climbing and now find the steepest gradients are more achievable for me. In the 3 months from November to February I was able to improve my climbing time up Mt Baw Baw by 30%.

Are you more comfortable on a bike now?

I have always been comfortable on the bike in terms of handling due to growing up in Warrandyte and doing lots of recreational mountain bike riding however the bike setup and general fitness improvements as a result of coaching by KCC made the event much more comfortable, enjoyable and attainable

I believe you suffer from Cystic Fibrosis?  What does this mean to someone who hasn’t heard of this and how do manage this on the bike with your training, etc?

Cystic Fibrosis is a complicated condition which affects many different parts of the body including the lungs and digestive system. Cycling is an excellent form of exercise to ensure my lungs stay clear and free of excessive mucus. Staying active and motivated through cycling forms part of an effective treatment plan. Normal digestion is also an issue for CF suffers with the majority requiring enzyme supplements to be taken orally with food. I take capsules with me on rides in a small tri bag on the front of the bike. It becomes second nature to consume these when eating. Salt loss is also a major concern leading to dehydration and related problems. During long and or hot rides I also take salt tablets to replace what is lost through exercise.

What was the toughest part of the ride?  (sore bum ha ha??)

The toughest part of the ride was definitely backing up riding day after day in the cold, early mornings.  Once I was warmed up and riding it was fantastic watching the sun rise and the day begin without the stress of day to day issues. After the 4th day the saddle region did start to become a little bit sore and this was probably the most painful body part after the ride. The weather was amazing with not even a drop of rain.

Congratulations in completing this ride Steve.  A great achievement and a sense of accomplishment.

Club Team Time Trial Champs


Victorian Team Time Trials

Three Kelly Cycle Coaching athletes, Liz Hall, Ben Andrews and Angus Lyons, scored podium places in the Victorian Teams Time Trial Championships last weekend.  Racing in the junior 17 and junior 19 divisions, Ben and Angus were members of medal winning teams, whilst Liz Hall scored gold in the Masters category.

The Time Trial championships were raced over an undulating 50 kilometre course from Buninyong to Mt Mercer and return. Although there were no long ascents, the course comprised a series of sharp rises and descents, calling for power cycling from the contestants.  Conducted by the Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club, the events were raced on a cloudy, cold July morning.

Nine Victorian teams contested the junior 17 division. In addition, the well-performed South Australian state team journeyed from Adelaide for the contest.  The South Australians – Rohan Wight, Peter Pedler and Thomas Allford – were the first team to ride off for the 50 kilometre race against the clock.

Angus and Ben at the presentations

Along with his Carnegie-Caulfied team-mates, Caiden Hull and James Tickner, Ben Andrews was the last trio away for the event.  With a strong tail wind, the CCCC squad scorched through the first 25 kilometres in 30 minutes to gain almost 2 minutes on the South Australians by the turn around. On the descents, the CCCC trio was topping 80 kph in junior gearing!  The Victorians held their formation in the difficult slog back into the strong wind to score the gold medals.

U17 Carnegie boys out on the course

In the junior 19 division, Angus Lyons backed up from a tough day in the saddle in the Melbourne to Ballarat road race in which he had finished a very credible 47th place as a junior.  Together with his Ballarat Sebastopol team mates, Josh Liston, William Key and Lochie Callum, Angus rode a strong Time Trial to finish second to the Carnegie Caulfield squad.

Liz Hall also competed in the Women’s Masters division, riding with her Hawthorn Cycling Club team mates, Megan Marsh and Rae Lesniowska.

Liz arrived back in Melbourne two days before the race after spending a month in Europe following the TDF and fitting in a bit of training on some of the famous French Cols including Col du Galibier, Col de la Croix de Fer and Alpe d’Huez.  Whilst the perfect riding conditions in Europe enabled some hill climb training, it provided little preparation for the brutally cold and windy conditions of the day in Buninyong.

Liz Hall as part of the Hawthorn Womens Team take Gold

Like the juniors, the women found the ‘out’ leg of the race fast and exhilarating.  However, the return leg required dogged determination to maintain sufficient speed to rein in the other teams.  That determination was rewarded with Liz and her team mates taking the gold medal.

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