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Burt wins final stage of TOSW

Paddy TOSW

Congratulations to Paddy Burt who won the final stage of the Tour of South West in a solo late attack.  He was part of a small break that went early in the final hilly stage of the tour. With 3km to go, he made his move to take a comfortable solo win.  He also finished 3rd in the general classification.

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A great result Paddy.

Carter reflects on his U19 worlds experience

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One of our Kelly Cycling athletes, Maccie Carter competed in the World U19 Road Championships in Doha in October, 2016.  We recently interviewed Maccie to ask him about selection process, how he prepared for this event, and what the experience was like.

 

How old were you when you decided to get coached by KCC and what level of cyclist were you?

I was 12 when I started cycling but didn’t start to take it very seriously until I was 15 which was when I started to be coached by KCC. I wasn’t very competitive either as a bottom age U17 rider, I was constantly getting dropped.

 

What were your aspirations when you started cycling?  

When I first started riding competitively my aspirations were to make to a high level in the sport, even though I didn’t think that was possible at the age of 14.

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Did you ever think you would represent Australia at U19 level?

Not really, but I always had it in the back of my mind, seeing a lot of my mentors represent the country at U19 level. I thought it could have been possible through a lot of hard training in the summer, but I didn’t really think about it too much.

 

So as an U17 rider, how strong were you relative to your peers at a State and National level?

In first U17s I couldn’t even compete against the top teir guys. By the time I hit second year I was a lot stronger so able to ride at the front at state championships and junior tours but couldn’t do that at a national level. At u17 nationals (2nd year) I was about in the top 25% in the country.

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So about 12 months ago you made a goal to make the U19 worlds team.  When you set this goal, did you struggle at times to believe it would happen?

Not at all, I put my focus on the three selection races and to race well in each of them. I took them all race by race and they were my little goals within the big goal of making the team.  I didn’t find this season that hard and that I would struggle to make the team but there is always doubt.

 

What selection races were part of the worlds selection events?

The three races that were a part of making the national team were, Oceania’s Time trial and Road Race, Mersey Valley Tour and the National Time Trial and Road Race.

 

We decided to compete in the Oceania road race only.  This decision was largely based on the heat which was in the 40’s.  How did Oceania’s go for you? 

We made the call quite early in the piece as the TT was on a course that didn’t suit me and the heat would’ve made me tired from the following day, in my eyes I believe that we made the right choice. The heat on the day of the road race was insane, but it was expected. Oceania’s couldn’t have worked out any better for me as I didn’t really expect a whole lot.  I was very active throughout the day being in 3-4 man chase groups to bring back eventual winner James Fouche. I was pretty cooked by the time we hit the Mt Alexander climb so I didn’t expect a whole lot. I climbed well to stay in the main chase bunch with riders being dropped on the stretch after the climb to the finish mainly due to the heat factor but I thrived on it and so did my team mate Alastair Christie-Johnston. Then it was really all or nothing to the line to catch the lone leader (James).

 

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Mt Buffalo hill climbing champs were removed the from selection criteria but we decided to race it anyway to help build towards Nationals.  How did these events go?

National hill climb wasn’t great for me as I had no taper for it and coming off Oceania’s I had high expectations. But it was a good race to do to get some intensity and solid climbing in before Mersey Valley tour. Even though I was quite fatigued leading into the race I still placed 4th overall on GC

 

Next came Mersey Valley.  What happened there?

Mersey Valley was alright for me. It started off very well with a 7th in the ITT which I was very pleased about. Then came the first road stage, I was looking forward to this stage the most as it had the infamous Gunns Plains climb which suits me very well. With a very quick start to this stage with attacks up the first KOM only 10km in we knew were in for a hard with cross-winds and misty rain all throughout the day. As we were going down the descent leading to the bottom of the climb there were many crashes which just added more carnage to the day. As we hit the climb I was feeling amazing and ready to go with any moves, we were about 2km up the climb when the first attack went I immediately went with it and then when I tried a counter attack my back wheel slipped out from under me and I came to a complete stop which put me behind the two leaders (eventual winners) and in the main race bunch of 5.

Stage 3 had come around with storm warnings the night before it was sure to be another rough stage, with 1900m climbing on the cards with 3 times up Weegena rd (2.5k climb averaging 9%). As I got stuck on the inside when the winning break went 7km into a 109km stage as I was not going to try and spend the whole time bringing an 8-man break with Seb Berwick, it wasn’t to be my day finishing +4:05mins down on the winner. Overall the Mersey Valley was great racing. I had great form coming into the race I just had bad luck due to the shocking conditions.

 

And the final selection event was Nationals.  You chose to do the TT and road race.  How did you go?  Did you race aggressively in the road race?

The TT suited me very well as it was quite a punchy course with not many flat sections to sit on constant power, I ended up with fourth which I was very happy with. As road race course wasn’t as hard, myself and my team mate CJ went in with a radical plan, which was to light it up last time up the climb and win 1-2. I was aggressive from the 2nd lap attacking up the climb to string out the field. Being in multiple breaks during the race to make peoples legs sore was another tactic that we went in with. Coming around for the last lap CJ let go a stinging attack that only I could follow and we bridged to the lead two riders about 30 seconds up the road. The attacks I initiated early in the race took it out of me and I died about 3km to go as the field was closing in on our 4 man break. They caught us up the finishing hill with about 200m to go and i finished a very close 6th with CJ just missing out on the title.

 

So you get the “phone call”, that you’ve made the U19 team.  Describe how that moment felt.  

Very surreal, you have that goal for 12 or 18months and you know you have done everything to get there. But it’s such an emotional moment that I can’t really describe.

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Winning the U19 State Champs before heading to the World Champs

 

Preparation for Worlds.  This was the hardest block of training you’ve ever done.  Was it tough both mentally and physically?  What kept you motivated during the days when your body was fatigued and you couldn’t find the power you wanted to?

It was so tough both physically and mentally, I was mentally fatigued from school and riding and I was just drained from going back to back everyday. I was kept motivated by the thought of showing people how competitive I can be in the world and and how much of an honor it is to represent your country. These are the things that kept me so motivated.

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How many hours were you trying to do in these weeks?  

I was doing about 20 hours a week, which is a lot more than what I was doing leading into the selection races.

You headed to Perth for a final 2 week preparation camp with the other two riders, Harry and CJ.  Was this block also hard?    You did some heat adjustment training – did this help prepare you for Doha?

The training block in Perth was really heat simulation sessions and doing threshold tt efforts to simulate what the race would be like. This block very hard with double sessions most days with the heat chamber and with limited recovery days, we were well and truly cooked by the time we hopped on the plane to Doha. The heat chamber was a game changer, and this helped a lot for Doha as we knew what to expect when we arrived. We can all be very thankful for everybody’s work at WAIS to make this happen.

 

So landing in Doha must have felt like walking into an oven with a hair dryer in your face.  35-40C and just roasting hot.    How did you warm up for the TT and stay cool at the same time?  

The warm up for the TT was very well setup as there was a purpose built house with every nation having a room to warm up in, and inside the house it was about 24-25C. The soigneurs were putting my towels around our necks, ice down our skinsuits and giving us bottles of ice for us to keep our core temperature down which was very important in such a warm location.

How did you stay hydrated?

I was having a lot of water before, during and after warm up. I took a 500ml bottle for the TT and got about three big sips in which was great to keep your mouth wet.

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The TT course had over 20 roundabouts and hair pin turns.  It was very twisty and hard to maintain any sort of rhythm.  How did you go in the TT?

I liked to the TT course a lot, it probably wasn’t a course that suited me but I felt that I could carry good speed through the roundabouts and it was relatively easy to kick out of them. I had a great rhythm in TT from the first roundabout, I finished 14th at the end of the day with an extended time in the hot seat. I was happy with my performance and gave it all my beans. I had nothing left at the finish.

 

Next came the road race.  Our most important advice was to get to the front and try to stay there.  Safer and less braking and accelerating.  How did you feel before the road race?  Nervous?  How did the first lap go?

I put a lot of pressure on myself before the road race as it was my last U19 race I’ll ever do and I wanted to go out with a bang. I was very nervous as Harry told us that it’s a crash-fest and very hard to get to the front early. We didn’t have a priority start, so we started close to the back of the 180+ rider field. The first lap went really well as me and my team-mate CJ moved up together and in the first 5km I was 6th wheel with the Slovenia-train riding the front at the time. After the first lap things settled down a bit but it was still very intense. I think we averaged nearly 47km/h for the first lap.

 

What was your hydration and fuel plan?

Cycling Australia had an amazing hydration and fuel plan which definitely gave us a leg up in the race. We ran 2L camelbak bladders under our jerseys to avoid the chaotic feedzones and two bottles of water in our cages. Then we would consume gels as needed throughout the race. This lowered the chance of the crash and we were more hydrated than a lot of other riders in the field.

 

What happened at about the 90km mark?

At the 90km mark I was moving up on the outside of the bunch when the rider in front of me clipped the wheel in front of him and I was down before I knew it. The rider behind had ridden straight into my hanger so my bike was unrideable. By the time I had a spare bike the field was already 2:30min up the road so that was race over. I was pretty gutted not to finish my last ever junior race, but that’s part of the sport. It was an amazing experience, and I really appreciative of the opportunity and the support that was provided by the Cycling Australia HPU.

And finally, I would also like to thank my coach, Helen, at KCC, having a great coach has been such an important part of my progression as a cyclist.

 

So congratulations on an amazing experience Maccie.  What is next on your calendar?  

Well, I have just ridden my first Nationals at Buningyong in the U23s and finished 15th in the time trial.  In 2017, I am juggling Year 12 as well as my cycling but looking forward to adapting to the next level of racing now that I am out of juniors.

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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