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Most aggressive rider: Bec Stephens

Rebecca Stephens - Most Aggressive Rider, National Capital Tour, 2016

Kelly Cycle Coaching athlete, Bec Stephens earned herself most aggressive rider after stage 3 at National Capital Tour.  We asked her all about the event and how she raced the tour.


National Capital Tour: Rebecca Stephens

Prologue – what was the course like?

It was a short time trial, only 7km long but very tough. It started out flat for about 1km then a steep downhill straight into a steep uphill, turnaround, and then back down and up the same hills to finish at the start.


Was it tricky to race this style of course? (ie going out too hard, saving legs for the climbs etc)

I found it very tricky to get this right. It was not the type of course where you could just try and hold threshold, it definitely needed an ‘over and under’ approach but anyone who went too hard on the first hill to the turnaround certainly paid for it on the climb back up to the finish. I was in that camp a little bit myself. I was really struggling to put out decent power towards the end and lost quite a bit of time in the second half but I was treating this TT as a learning experience so wasn’t too worried.


Stage 1 – what was the course like?

A 77km long road race consisting of 11 laps of a 6.3km long loop course finished with a ride out to the top of Black Mountain. There was some confusion during the race and we were mistakenly sent around for an additional lap of the loop so ended up doing 12 laps and racing about 85km all up.

What did you like about the course?

The course was very exciting; it had a bit of everything. In just over 6km it included 6 corners, one of which was a tight hot-dog style corner, plus some descending, and a climb. It made for really dynamic racing as there were lots of good opportunities to attack and get out of sight, and it required good climbing legs and smart positioning in the bunch to save energy.

What did you eat and drink?

Probably not enough! The extra lap thrown in really made me hurt. It was quite a warm day for Canberra, the sun was really beating down and I think I’m just not used to racing in warm conditions yet after the Melbourne winter. I drank 2 full bidons of sports drink and ploughed through a couple of rows of shot blocks and gels. I was starting to cramp up by the end and could have used a bit more food and probably a saltier drink mix.


The final climb up Black Mountain – tell us what happened?  Was it all together at the base and then it exploded?

Specialized rider, Lucy Bechtel, had been solo off the front for quite a while and the bunch just caught her at the base of Black Mountain. The climb kicks up straight away into a double digit gradient and that did immediate damage. I was positioned mid-pack and was already picking my way through riders pretty much as we were exiting the corner onto the climb. The bunch got broken up into very small groups straight away. Black Mountain is only short, about 3km from the base to the car park, but it was steep enough to completely break up the field and most riders crossed the line on their own. I finished in 19th spots two and half minutes behind the stage winner, Lucy Kennedy from High5 Dream Team.


Stage 3 – what was this course?

This was a much flatter course than the prior day. It started at the Stromlo criterium circuit and then headed back towards central Canberra for 3 laps of a 20km loop, then back to the criterium circuit to finish. All up the race was about 70km.

How did you race it? 

The plan for the team this stage was to be aggressive and try and be represented in every break. One of the riders for CBR, Emma Viotto, is quite a decent sprinter so we were working for her and trying to give the big teams plenty of work to do. I tried to initiate a number of breaks but the course didn’t make it easy as it mostly used big, wide, open roads. Pretty much everything was getting chased down immediately but I managed to get away on the last lap by counter attacking straight after another move had been brought back. I was in the right spot at the right time and attacked down the left hand side of the road just the bunch was drifting to the right and sitting up. I was away for a little while but only had a maximum gap of 20 seconds so I knew I was getting hung out to dry by the pack. I still rode it as hard as I could to maximise the work that other riders were having to do to pull me back. It all came back together about 10km from the finish and ended in a bunch sprint.


Congratulations on winning most aggressive rider.  Is this the best result you’ve had so far in your cycling career?

Thank you! Yes, I’d say this was my best result. Even though it wasn’t for a win or a place, I certainly didn’t expect to win any jerseys in the NRS this year so I was pretty excited to get on the podium for something!


And lastly, stage 4 – the criterium.  What was this course like?

The criterium was held at Stromlo Park which is a dedicated closed-road course. It’s pretty flat and has sweeping bends rather than sharp corners so the racing here is normally very fast.


And the weather was horrendous.  How did this challenge you?  Was it hard to maintain position.

It had been raining for a few hours prior to the start of the crit and it didn’t really stop while we raced either. The course doesn’t drain well so there was a heap of water and mud on the track which made visibility incredibly difficult. I think everyone was very aware of how dangerous the conditions could be so a lot of caution was exercised during the race. Even so, I did find it really hard to hold good position and ended up floating close to the back of the bunch. Every time I pushed up I would then lose spots through the corners because I just didn’t have the confidence to go as hard as I normally would. I was a bit disappointed with myself about this because I recognise that racing happens in all weather conditions and you need to be comfortable racing hard in the wet. Something else to improve on next time!

Women race at Amy’s Otway Tour


Kelly Cycle Coaching had several riders compete in Lorne over the weekend at Amy’s Otway Tour and Amy’s Gran Fondo.

Bec Stephens and Fiona MacMillan competed in the NRS event, held in memory of Amy Gillett.  The crit was a hotdog (up and back) along the main street of Lorne.  Both ladies did well to hold their own against top NRS riders.


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Bec was with the front group until 8km to go in the road race, when she was unhinged.  A great effort given she was racing with a fractured rib from a fall at King Valley NRS.

Amy’s UCI Gran Fondo – qualification event for the UCWT Championships, France 2017

Riders who competed in the Gran Fondo included Peter Quibell, Rob Mitchell, Nicole Butler, Glen Hutchinson, Damian Bovalino, and Paul Scouller.  Our major sponsor, Michael Hay (Pitcher Partners) also completed the event.


Nic Butler looking a bit weiry after finishing 7th in her age group

Man and hound enjoying the festive kids ride

Man and hound enjoying the festive kids ride

Thousands of riders waiting to start

Thousands of riders waiting to start

"Hutchie" nervously smiling before the 2,000m of climbing started

“Hutchie” nervously smiling before the 2,000m of climbing started

U19 State Champion

Finishing salute Maccie

Kelly Cycle Coaching athlete Maccie Carter, soloed to victory in the road race at the U19 State Road champs last month in Wangaratta.

Maccie has recently been selected to represent Australia at the UCI Road World Championships in Doha, so he was in a solid block of training during the State road and TT champs.

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Notwithstanding his heavy legs, he finished 2nd in the TT then attacked on the final climb up Taminick Gap and soloed to win by nearly 2 minutes.

Young Phoebe Thompson in her first State Champs rode well to finish 5th in the road race, after getting dropped early and chasing back on.  Well done.



UCWT Championships, Perth

Wayne Hildred - Australian Masters Champion, 2016 and former National Road Champion, Elite Men

Kelly Cycle Coaching had 4 athletes compete in the UCWT Road and Time Trial Championships in Perth last week.

Our best results were Seda Camgoz, 4th in the time trial and Wayne Hildred also 4th in the road race. They both missed the podium by 10 seconds.

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Damian Bovalino finished 25th in his age category and James Black was 97th, in their road races.


Black wins JK Lambeth memorial race

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Kelly Cycle Coaching cyclist James Black won the 70km JK memorial handicap road race in Geelong last weekend.

James is a masters rider who does most of his training around Williamstown, the You Yangs and the Great Ocean road.

James is currently in training for the Gran Fondo World Championships to be held in Perth over the first 4 days of September.  Riders wanting to compete in this event need to reach a qualifying time or placing at a selection event.  James participated in a NZ road race to achieve his qualification.

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Below is a race report written by Mandy Hoskings:

JK Lambeth Memorial Race 2016

Out and back Forest Rd, Larcombes Rd, out and back Nobles, out and back Forest Rd to Grays, Hendy Main, finish at Larcombes Rd (A) 70kms.

The inaugural running of the JK Lambeth memorial race saw 40 racers brave the elements today. Donning every article of warm clothing in the wardrobe was a good call. Even Juddy wore his arm warmers…yes it was that cold! Now throw in 25 kilometre North Westerly winds with gusts around 35kph and a 70 kilometre undulating course and you have a tough race to contest.

Limit riders Ken Mansfield and Ian Sumner were given a whole 47 minutes head start on Scratch. Gavin Gamble and John Bell (33 mins) had to wait 14 minutes before they could set off. The 26 minute bunch had two of their bunch fail to show on time, so Mandy Hosking, Joe Gulino, Graeme Wilson and new to the club James (watch this space) Black took off with no expectations…track turns was call from the get go.

Tina Stenos and Paul Bubb received their instructions and were given the choice to start with the 14 minute bunch or take off in a bid to catch their bunch…they chose the latter and to their credit stayed away for a considerable time from the large group containing the rugged up Juddy, Vic Mason, Dave Spence, Pete Ladd, Robbie Nicholls, Paul Beasley, Paul Bird and Andrew Booth; whom had been dragged a bunch having won last week’s Rocket Ascent.

The 9 minute bunch took off 38 minutes after limit and reports say they worked well until they were reeled in at the last turn around in Forest Road by scratch, 2nd and 3rd scratch. Visitors from Footscray, Steve Firman and Mark Micallef, (who has just returned to racing after a horror crash that saw him hit by a car and catapulted along the road, sustaining terrible injuries, which also smashed his beloved bike in half; may she rest in peace)…were in the mix until Steve punctured.

Back to the front of the race, John Bell had ridden Gavin Gamble off his wheel racing up Nobles Road and rode solo until catching limit, on the second trip down Forest Road at Gum Flats Road. Ian Sumner jumped on and hung on until the 26min bunch (who’d collected Gavin Gamble) came sweeping by, led by James Black, Graeme Wilson and Joe Gulino, with Mandy Hosking trying to keep up; Ian dropped soon after.

The chasing bunches combined and bearing down on the bunch, James called out to Mandy, John and Gavin to “Have a go, we’ll stay away if we all work.” The three managed a few turns, but Graeme and James were pulling such strong turns, the bunch disintegrated to just three turning into Grays Road…10 kilometres from the finish.

A strong tailwind saw James, Graeme and Mandy hitting 43kph at the end of Grays. A quick check to see if a chase bunch was threatening saw the three breathe a sigh of relief until Graeme discovered he’d punctured. Graeme left James and Mandy to ride away at Jack’s corner and finish off the race for the one, two. Shame, as “Graeme had ridden like a champion and deserved a place.” said Mandy.

The speeds hit by the combined scratch bunches were insane, spitting out riders left right and centre. At the top of the chicane the bunch realised they were racing for the minor placings.

James Black had Mandy riding on the rivet in the strong side headwind up Hendy Main to the Larcombes Road final 700 metres. Mandy sat up leaving James to take out a well deserved first place, by 15 seconds and a good 150 metres. With Scratch giving it a red hot go to the finish, Mandy had to get a wriggle on to the line or be caught. Anthony Seipolt crossed the line a good two bike lengths in front of Josh Williams, who was followed by Noel Taylor, Tony French, Nick Brown, Rich Lyle, Dave Warren and finally Vic Mason.

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As always the race could not be conducted without the support of our club officials and marshalls. A big thank you goes to everyone that helped out today. Special thanks to Rob Lambeth and his Stepmum Norma for putting up the awesome trophy. We’ll be looking forward to next year’s race!

Eildon Road Race

Jon and Bob Skyline

Kelly Cycle Coaching had several great results at the Eildon VRS road race last weekend.

The A Grade women won the VRS fastest team award with 3 riders featuring in the top 10. Both Kirsty and Anna featured in breaks before the climb, then Bec and FiMac took over as the team’s climbers.


The A grade men also rode well with Stefan finishing 11 in a small but strong field.  Paddy and Kyle were both in earlier breaks to help set things up for Stef.


Our masters riders, Andrew, Paul, Damian, Wayne and Rob all rode strongly with the race featuring the 6km climb of Skyline.

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Our C Grade women also raced welll with Ally Rose and Saff finishing in the top 10.  Great riding ladies.


This race was also an opportunity for KCC to help showcase the new Essendon SKODA Superbe that was decaled up in Tour de France signage. We thank Essendon SKODA for lending us the car for the weekend.

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SKODA's on skyline

Carter comes 4th and 5th at Nationals

Maccie TT

Kelly Cycle Coaching athlete Maccie Carter finished 4th today in the Australian TT championships.

Maccie raced the Australian U19 TT chanpionships held in Canberra today.  In clear sunny skies, he finished 23sec behind the winner, Queensland rider Harry Sweeny, in a time of 32mins 13sec.

A fantastic ride by Maccie.

Maccie backed up the following day with a 5th place in the road race.  He was in a 4 man break that was caught 50m from the line.  His fellow team mate CJ finished 2nd.  A great ride by both.

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Hildred and Michaelides perform at Country & Metro Champs

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Kelly Cycle Coaching athletes, Wayne Hildred and Chris Michaelides had a fantastic day out the Country and Metro Road champs.

For Wayne it is a stepping stone towards the World Champs in Perth later this year.  For Chris, it is part of his goal of winning a State Masters title in August.

Well done guys.


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Wayne Hildred won the Masters 7 Country Road Champs.

Chirs Michaelides

Chris Michaelides finished 2nd in the Masters 4 Metro Road Champs.

Scouller scores some VRS points

Paul Start line

Kelly Cycle Coaching Masters B grade rider, Paul Scouller sprinted strongly to finish 3rd in the Fred Icke VRS road race in Creswick.

A two man break escaped on lap 2 and were never seen again.  The uphill finish suited Paul who burst from the peleton to win the bunch kick.

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Newby to KCC, Andrew Stevens did well in Masters C, finishing 6th in a frantic bunch sprint.

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Paddy on the podium

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Kelly Cycle Coaching athlete Paddy Burt and Pitcher Partners/KCC team rider, made his first VRS podium fro 2016 at the Fred Icke VRS Raod race at Creswick, Victoria.  Fellow team mate, David Randall also finished in the top 10.

Well done guys.

Paddy Randall

Paddy finishing


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