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Maccie Carter – Oceania Championships

Maccie Oceania Podium

Maccie Carter finished 3rd in the U19 road champs, at Bendigo last weekend. The race was extremely hot with temperatures hovering around 37C.  The course included the ascent of Mt Alexander as well as many of the surrounding hills of Bendigo.

KCC asked Maccie about his race and here is what he told us.

1                     When did the first attack occur?  Km mark?

As soon as we got out of neutral 2.5-3km mark

2                     Did this cause everyone to react or did they just roll away?

I got onto James Fouche’s (eventual winner) wheel and he got brought back and then James attacked again and everyone just looked at Robert Stannard (who came 2nd) to react but nothing happened

3                     Was the first attack successful or lots of attacks til the break formed?

The first attack was successful, with single riders bridging across.

4                     How much did you drink in the race?

I went through 9 bottles, it was HOT

5                     And what did you eat?

I went through 1 bar and 4 gels

6                     Approx how many riders hit Mt Alexander in the peloton? How did you feel at this point?

There would about 35 riders at the base of Mount Alexander, I felt great but I really didn’t know how the others felt with a steep climb looming

7                     Were there many attacks up this climb?  Did you have trouble responding?

When we turned left onto the main road it was high tempo and we had started to drop riders, when we turned right onto Joseph Young Dve, where the gradient was steeper the attacks started coming. The bunch broke up very quickly once the pressure went on, I didn’t have any trouble in staying with the leading chase group, it was an extremely hard and fast tempo and still very hot despite the rain.

8                     How many riders went over the top with you?

There were 6 of us that went over the top together.

9                     Who was in the final break when you went through the feedzone for the final time?

There were 8 riders, with 1 from the original break still up the road, included in our group was Alastair Christie-Johnston (who managed to get back on the descent), Harry Sweeny, Robert Stannard and myself, with 12 km to go, we dropped 4 of the 8 riders on a few steep kickers.

10                 What happened at the finish?

With about 3km to go, we turned right on to Story’s road. Robert was at the front with a bit of foxing going on, but we were still rolling turns. It wasn’t until we could see the finish, about 800m out that my teammate (Alastair) attacked and hit the front. I was in 3rd wheel, Harry came around me to get onto Robert’s wheel who chasing Alastair’s, with about 150m to go I thought “if you want to win the bunch kick you have to go now”, as soon as I said that to myself Robert had already kicked and claimed 2nd I managed to hang on and finish in front of Alastair and Harry claimed 3rd.

Maccie Oceania Podium


Maccie and Helen - after podium

Tour of East Gippsland

Bob giving TT commentary

Some great results in Gippsland last week.

Bob giving TT commentary

Bob was asked to provide commentary during the TT event, stage 1.

Jordz on the rollers Saff warming up

Jordyn and Saff warming up for their TT.

Go to our facebook page for more photos.

AnnaMacKay_TOEG stage win

The A grade Pitcher Partners / KCC team women win their first VRS race of the season.

Barrow podiums at NRS race

Peta Justine

Kelly Cycle Coaching athlete, Justine Barrow scored a 3rd place last week at the National Capital Tour on stage 3.

Fantastic improvement given Justine was racing C grade 14 months ago.  Justine joined the Anchor Point/ParkTrent women’s team this year and has been making great improvements this year.

Justine post race

Other impressive results for Justine this month include:

Amy’s Gran Fondo – Fastest in 35-39 year age group (just a few seconds behind Peta Mullins), winner of QOM competition.

Peta Justine JustineBarrow

Masters Australian Road Champs: Road race 1st, criterium 4th, time trial 5th.

Next up for Justine is the Melbourne to Warrny in a few weeks followed by the Tour of Goldfields. Good luck Jus!!!

Simpson 4th at CX Nationals

Fast Start Josie

Congrats to  Kelly Cycle Coaching athlete, Josie Simpson who finished 4th at the CX nationals on the weekend. 

Josie had a crash midway through and needed a bike change but regrouped quickly and rode strongly to finish.  On the Saturday, Josie and 3 others combined to compete in the teams competition, with each rider doing 1 flat out lap as a team relay competition.  Her team finished 1st, which gave the team national title jersey’s.

Well done.

Team Relay Win PodiumCX2015 Josie3 Josie2 Josie1 Fast Start Josie


State Road Champs

Under the tent

Kelly Cycle Coaching had 3 podium results over the weekend at the State Road Champs and several top 10’s.  A great result and testamont to all the consistent training they’ve been doing.

Time Trial

Maccie Carter finished 3rd in the U19 time trial, whilst Kirsty Deacon finished 2nd in the U19 women.

Maccie TT Kirsty Deacon

Road Race

Nick White and Kirsty Deacon both finished 2nd in their respective U19 road races on the Sunday.

Break U19 NickWhite U19 Nick White


Well done to all athletes who raced over the weekend.

KCC Vehicles Tent set up

Under the tentDylan


Simpson 3rd at CX State Champs

Josie Cornering

Kelly Cycle Coaching athlete Josie Simpson finished 3rd in the CX State Champs last weekend.  The heavens opened up with 10mins to go making the course more challenging than when she’d pre-ridden it that morning.

She had some bad luck with the bunting blowing across her path and wrapping around her cranks.  Unable to tear it free, she had to stop and unwind it, losing valuable time.

Josie Running Josie Cornering

In the end, she finished a strong 3rd and is now preparing for the National CX champs being held in Melbourne over the 8-9 August weekend.

Well done Josie.


Success in Harcourt

Country Winners

Kelly Cycle Coaching had a number of athletes attend the Country Road Champs and Metro Road Champs in Harcourt last weekend.

Impressive were the ParkTrent Properties women and Anchor Point/ParkTrent Real Estate women who did a clean sweep of the podium in the Metro Road Champs, finishing 1st (Justine Barrow), 2nd (Carley McKay) and 3rd (Josie Simpson).

In the Country Road Champs, Nick White won the men’s U19 event, Kirsty Deacon won the women’s U19 event and Vic Snibson came 3rd in the Elite Women’s road race.  A highlight in the women’s U19 event was that Kirsty Deacon raced against the elite women and won the event overall, outsprinting Rachael Ward in a two up sprint.

Paddy Burt finished 10th in the elite men’s road champs being outnumbered by a number of NRS teams but held his own against strong oposition. Kyle Thompson, Dyl Thompson and David Randall also raced well.

Sammy Clarke finished 6th in his U15 road race.  David Williams raced well as did Josh Grieves in his first junior road event.

Well done guys.

RacingPreparation Kirsty post race
Kirsty Deacon EliteWomen
Country Winners SammyCoops

Barrow wins Mt Baw Baw

Anchor Point girls

Kelly Cycle Coaching along with athletes who ride for either ParkTrent Properties and Anchor Point/ParkTrent Real Estate VRS teams, raced at Mt Baw Baw last weekend.

For those who haven’t raced this event, it is a solid day with 3,000m of climbing over 100km.  The race starts in Warragul and finishes at the summit of Mt Baw Baw.

Justine wins solo

We had several athletes competing in this event for the first time and we ensured they all had adequate gears to get up the summit.  This included compact cranks and 28 to 32 cassettes.

Anchor Point girls

Notable results were:

Women’s A grade:
Justine Barrow 1st
Harriet Smith 2nd
Carley McKay 5th
Rebecca Stephens 7th
Kirsty Deacon 11th


Bob giving tips Harriet secondLachie
Pre race chat Justine post race
Pre race photos Pat Brett


C Grade Men
Patrick Brett 12th
Lachie Clarke 16th


A Grade Men:
Ben Andrews 11th
Mark Kelly 12th
David Randall 13th
Ryan Cottrell 15th
Kyle Thompson 16th
Cam Bush 17th
Jayden Cooper 19th
Dyl Thompson 20th
Paddy Burt 21st


Looking for a Xmas gift


KCC Kit for Sale

We are have a SALE on all our KCC kit (extra cheap) before Xmas.  Please email me if interested.

First in, first option on what is left!!!  We only have what is itemised below.

Also we have loads of black and white sockguy socks (over 600 of them).  We think they are great.  Absorb the sweat and comfortable to wear casually also.

Old Price

Now selling for…..

Long sleeve jerseys – Nalini

1 x large

7 x mediums

7 x small

1 x Extra small



Short sleeve jerseys – Nalini

2 x medium

3 x small



Knicks – Nalini

1 x large

1 x medium



Knicks- Ventou

2 x small (plain black)


Windvest – Nalini

1 x medium



Skin suits – Nalini

2 x Extra Small skin suits




White and black

2 for $20

3 for $20

Other pictures of KCC kit and socks.

For country / international athletes, we can organise to post it to you and add postage amount.

Ewyn Carter wins again


Kelly Cycle Coaching and ParkTrent recruit, Ewyn Carter, won the Sam Miranda handicap last weekend.  The event started and finished at the Sam Miranda winery in Oxley in North East Victoria.

Below is Ewyns race report of how the race unfolded.  Bec Stephens finished as 2nd female in the women’s competition.

Ewyn Carter blogs about his Sam Miranda Handicap victory

Ewyn with Coach Bob

Ewyn Carter race report on his Sam Miranda Handicap victory

by Ewyn Carter

“It’s a wonderful thought, that some of our best days on a bicycle haven’t happened yet. I woke early on Sunday morning with this at the front of my mind as I watched the gum trees in a paddock sway, in a somewhat moderate breeze, with thick grey clouds above.  The forecast was for pretty heavy rain in the wine-growing region of Wangaratta. But, as I stepped outside to load up the cars, I couldn’t smell the distinct freshness that rain brings to the country air and was confident that we would get a dry race. Personally I don’t mind wet races as riding skill and a bit of concrete in the morning beverage can give a rider like myself a crack at a result.  I’d been moved from the Limit group after the Melbourne to Ballarat and placed firmly into the middle of the 14 minute bunch. I was relaxed and excited as we entered the Sam Miranda Winery for our warmups and pre-race rituals.

As I watched a big bunch of Limit riders leave the start line I remembered my experience in this group. They moved me to a rye smile. It’s crucial in a Handicap to get your bunch working together from the gun. The 14 minute bunch proved this to great effect. I sat there on the line observing the riders in the group and was seeing a lot of familiar body shapes to mine. This was going to be a power and speed race. Sure enough from our start gun we flat shifted from first all the way to sixth within the first 500metres! This was on. I only had seventh left, next stop seizing the engine block. We were motoring. 45km/h. Heart Rate 160. Game face. Concentrate. Remember Handicaps are a game of survival.

There was no rest bite, our pace line was amazing. It was like being in a Team Time Trial. I have no idea how many started in our group, as I was concentrating that hard on keeping my form and breathing as consistently as possible. The entire group were working. We continued this for an hour! One of my big things in a race is eating and drinking. Don’t get me wrong; these two things are pretty good off the bike too. But during a race like this it is crucial to stay on top of your energy source. Because we were setting what felt like a land speed record, all I had time for was water for the first hour. This was messing with me a bit, as I was worried I’d missed my boat.

After riding the day before in the ‘Strade Nero’, I’d taken note of the course and memorized some indicators for today’s race as to the location of impending climbs. As I’d mentioned in my previous post about my Melbourne to Ballarat, racing towards the stars on steep climbs doesn’t fit in my resume. Saturday’s race up the iconic dirt section proved this as I got shelled quicker than a prawn on Christmas Day.  Thankfully this climb wasn’t on the cards today. However there where two Cat 2’s to conquer and I knew if I got over these in an isolated group before Scratch I could ride the remainder of the course and line up the drag race possibly for some sort of result. The first climb of the day was approaching so I moved to the back of the group to try and reduce my Heart Rate and try to recover before the climb begun. Starting a climb with a high heart rate would have spelt the end of my day, as the more suited riders in our group would have gapped me and that would’ve thrown my cunning plan right out the window.

After the climb we caught the 18 minute group who had started before us! This was surprising to me as I thought they and Limit would have been together with our catch coming in the back half of the race! It was interesting to see how our group approached the one ahead. A few from 14 minutes said we should hit them and break them up. So that’s what we did, ramped it with about 25 metres to go and passed, pulling seventh gear, my heart felt like it was beating out of my chest, this was one of the harder races I’ve competed in.  Our attempt at disorganisation didn’t work and what looked like the entire 18 minute bunch joined ours. This was a more desirable outcome for me as the pace making was now being fought out between more enthusiastic 18 minute riders and about half of the 14 minute guys who looked pretty cagey for a gutter session on the headwind return home. Now was my opportunity to eat and drink properly. New teammates, fresh attitude, chase the Limit group, stay away from the “Scratchier” groups, focus on the finish.

My near death experience in the Ballarat with the kids wading pool sized pothole was nothing like the near miss moment in today’s race. We where cruising along nicely as a bigger group and I was munching on some energy bars when the rider in front grabbed a whole lot of brake and threw in a swerve to finish me off. My front wheel clipped his rear in the classic half wheel move. For those of you who haven’t experienced said move, don’t.  You have no control, and I was sent to the left of the road onto shale gravel. I used to ride Motocross and felt my front end start to lose grip in the classic low side off. I was determined to keep the thing upright and counter steered with my upper body. Which would have looked strange. The fact that there where 30 riders in tight formation would have been strange enough for the Angus Cattle at the side of the road let alone one re-living his motorbike bandit days. I re-joined the group in the position I left and tried to take stock of the damage. That Russian Judge I’m sure was hiding in the scrub with his ten-card ready to pounce had I hit the deck. He’ll get his chance one day, and that’s cycling.

We crested the final Cat 2 and started our run home. We caught the Limit group with about 35km to go, without much fanfare. The bunch was now about 50 strong. Perfect for a sit-in sprinter. This was panning out nicely compared to the first hour!  I had now completely relaxed and felt as I did in the Ballarat, all good signs including ticking off a near miss moment. We continued on our way to the finish and at 10km to go got the 2 minute time gap to the chasing group. We where going to stay away. I was now completely focused on the finish. I had ridden the last 3 km beforehand in warmup and had noted the last kilometre. I had four monuments to climb before the top step of the podium. We reached the right that would take us to the line. The peloton was at least fifty and my chance at victory would have to be taken early from the front. There were a few trains forming and I found what looked to be the strongest. I grabbed their sprinters wheel. First monument. The train ahead of me started pulling hard and I held strong as we moved threw the bunch on the long straight. The run into the finish was technical with a little right left flip flop and than about 150 metres to the line. I had it in my head to be first into these and run apex lines threw both to hold any challengers. So with about 250 metres left and 100 before the right I went full noise. Grabbed the right apex. Second Monument. Straight lined for the Left apex. Third Monument.  Wide line the exit like a race car. Rip it to the line like the Ballarat. Fourth monument.

Again I’d like to express my gratitude to all those who helped to run this event, the Vic Police, CV, Sam Miranda and especially those who stood on corners, held signs and drove support vehicles.  While it doesn’t have the history of the Ballarat, this event is just as important to the growth of our sport and the more the better.

Second chances are rare and I feel very lucky to have won two handicaps at two attempts. I like to be challenged and am welcoming the inevitable cutting of my handicap time. Some shy away from racing higher grades for fear of being dealt a stiff competition hand. For me this makes me want to push the limits of what I’m capable of. A big goal for me is the Austral at Hisense Arena and the Criterium season here in Melbourne. I’d like to race against the Pro’s in the Super Crit at SKCC.  I suppose it’s a nothing to lose kind of attitude. I say dream big, have goals that look unachievable. I’ll put my hand up to join you.

Thanks for sharing the journey, see you on the pushy sometime.”

Ewyn Carter.

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