Category Archives: Race Reports

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.

Podiums at Junior States


Kelly Cycle Coaching had several podium results at State Titles in Wangaratta last weekend.

The State titles about experiencing racing, learning the tactics, and for some it is also about trying to win a title and/or qualify for the junior State road team.  Regardless of where you finished, it is about enjoying your cycling and doing the best you can. KCC had over 30 riders racing and it was great to see all them warming up under the tent, having fun and giving it a go. Well done to all of you.

Some notable results over the weekend included:

Time Trial Day:

Angus Lyons (ParkTrent) – 1st.

Angus has recently accepted a VIS road scholarship and we wish him all the very best with the next phase of his cycling career.  He has been with KCC since first year U17 and has accumulated VRS stage wins and podiums, 2 National TT titles and several State titles so far in his 3.5 years with us.  He is a highly respected rider by all his peers and gives back by being there to mentor the up and coming juniors.

Kirsty Deacon (KCC) – 2nd

Jordyn Hassett (ParkTrent) – 3rd

Eloise Vaughan (ParkTrent), Cyrus Monk (ParkTrent) and Maccie Carter (KCC) were all 5th.

David Randall (ParkTrent) – 6th

Road Race:

Kirsty Deacon (KCC) – 1st

Eloise Vaughan (ParkTrent) – 2nd

Jordyn Hassett (ParkTrent) – 4th

Angus Lyons (ParkTrent) – 2nd

Cyrus Monk (ParkTrent)- 3rd

Nick White (ParkTrent) – 7th

Kirsty wins the road race. Eloise finishes 2nd.

Jordyn finished 3rd in the TT and 4th in the road race

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

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