Category Archives: Road

Wangaratta Tour

A group of Kelly Cycle Coaching athletes braved 2C weather to race in the fog (and later in sunny conditions) in Wangaratta last weekend.

Michael Hale finished 4th in GC. He also broke clear with another rider and went on to win the 52km stage 3 road race.

Clement rode an aggressive tour and was constantly attacking and chasing dangerous moves.  He was in a break in stage 3 and stayed clear to earn maximum KOM sprint points for the first climb of stage 3.  

Munro rode a solid tour.  He finished in the top 10 in stage 1, a 42km kermesse, held in foggy and cold conditions.  He also time trialled well over the 18km windy course.

Monica had a great 2 day tour.  She finished 6th in stage 1, which included a 2nd place in the intermediate sprint.  She climbed strongly, coming in just behind the leaders up the steep hilltop finish of stage 2.  She put in a solid performanace in stage 4, the 13km TT, held over the U19 State Championship course.

The coaches also had a go at racing.  Bob raced B grade against guys that were just young pups, and managed to beat a few of them.  He also borrowed George’s TT bike (thanks George), fully decked out with electronic shifting and rode faster than some of the A grade men.

Helen found herself demoted to C grade after attacking too early in stage 1 (in B grade), and getting dropped by the bunch. The friendly cycling rivalry between Bob and Helen was definitely revealed as Bob proudly announced that he had finally beaten his wife.  Helen finished 7th in an uphill sprint finish of stage 2 and 3rd in stage 4, 13km time trial.

Grant Boydell raced with Monica Kelly in D grade.  He rode well and finished in the bunch sprint in stage 1. Deciding to enjoy the serenity of stage 2 and 3, he rode at his own pace and finished both hilly courses well.  There were several beats laid down in the lead up to the final stage, the time trial, about who was going to catch who.  Grant looked very happy at the end, as he won his beat, and without any aero bars or fancy helmet.

Thanks to Julie and Allan Hale for being our management team during the two days.  Their supply of cups of coffee, hot pasta, banana muffins, salad rolls and other yummy items, as well as the use of their winterbago made the weekend very enjoyable.

Metro & Country Road Champions

 Metro and Country Championships

We now have 3 new Road and Metropolitan Road Champions.
Congratulations to Emily Dunk, Emily Wordie-Thompson and Monica Kelly who all won their respective races on the weekend.

Well done to everyone who competed in the Metro and Country Road Championships on the weekend.
Results from the weekend are:

Athlete Place Comment
Emily Dunk 1st She broke away in the final 2km and won solo.
Drew Morey 8th Contested well in the sprint finish
Grace Fryer 7th Finding her legs after being sick for a few weeks
Aaron Eynaud 4th Narrowly missed the podium after a strongly contested sprint from the break
Brad Wills 10th Rode strongly to finish behind the front group
Michael Hale 5th A great ride Michael. In the break on lap 1, and due to back pain had to drop off the break but finished ahead of the chasing peloton
Bryce Morey 7th Rode strongly to finish behind the break
Hayden Eynaud 10th Rode well to finish behind the break.
Sean McIver 11th Rode well over the hills. 
Morgan Curtis DNF Welcome back from China.  You will soon find your road legs again.
 Emily Wordie Thompson  1st  She broke away at the top of the final climb and soloed 7km to victory.
Dylan Bilston 4th Sprinted well and finished just off the podium.  He was a bit tired from running 6km during the week and pushing wheelbarrows of cement with his brother.
Emma Bilston 3rd Had a mechanical and rode the entire 30km course with one gear only – an U11 roll out gear.
Liam White 3rd Rode aggressively. Got into the break.  Just dropped off it and time trialled to 3rd place ahead
of the peleton. A great ride after only being back on his bike for 8 weeks.
Monica Kelly 1st She is improving every race and is now the U19 Country Road Race Champion.

We wish Simon Nankin well as he recovers from having his appendix out last week. 
Other athletes who were sick and unable to ride included Clement Boydell, Will Allen, Jack Quibell, Munro Boydell.

The coaches also pulled on some cycling knicks and stretched out their legs around the course.  Helen finished 3rd and Bob was 4th.

Dylan Bilston - Happy to be on the start line

Emily WT - celebrates her new Country Road Race Title

Emily spins her way to 3rd place using a 4.85m gear

Helen finishes 3rd

Check out some great photos taken by Leanne Cole.  For full results refer to the CSV website

Lots of Photos Added

Check out the photo gallery!!!

We’ve just added loads of Alpe d’buffalo, Leongatha Junior Experience and Ararat junior tour photos.

A special thanks to Di Bilston for all the fantastic photos she’s taken.  Also thanks to Robin Dunk for sending through some photos of Emily from the Leongatha Junior Experience.

For any parents who have racing photos from the weekend, and want to share them with the other athletes, please send them through to us.  If possible, please compress them first to web page size.

And finally, well done to everyone who raced in Ararat this weekend.  We had some great results from both the time trial and the road races.

Leongatha Junior Experience

Leongatha Junior Experience

Congratulations to all the fantastic results at the Leongatha Junior Experience on the weekend. Most Kelly Cycle Coaching athletes were either on the podium after each race or finishing top 5 and top 10. This is a good indication of what is to come during the road season. 

Well done to the following athletes for your results over the weekend:

  • Emily Dunk
  • Emily Wordie-Thompson
  • Emma Bilston (although unfortuately she had to stop racing due to an illness)
  • Drew Morey
  • Jack Quibell
  • Clement Boydell
  • Sean McIver
  • Munro Boydell
  • Liam White
  • Dylan Bilston

Drew "Man Morey"

Tour de Flavours criterium, Mansfield

I thought I’d give you all a quick update on what I’m up to.

I haven’t done any training since my disappointing Track nationals in early Feb, and have enjoyed just riding and racing if I feel like it. I’ve actually started racing at DISC each Thursday night and really love the scratch and points racing. I wished I’d tried it years ago.

On the weekend, I raced the Tour de Flavours criterium, in Mansfield. I only raced because I received a call from the mayor of the town (my Dad!!!!) who suggested I should come and support the local community. I have never raced in my home town before and it was pretty cool to see so many local people I knew. I am glad the Mayor convinced me to show up. It was a Saturday evening race as part of a food and wine weekend festival.

It was a small women’s field but the course was great, as was the extremely generous prize money. I attacked on the 3rd lap and was soon joined by Lisa Jacobs (CCCC). Lisa had raced the Mt Buller hill climb in the morning which certainly would have taken the edge off. I had spend a few hours riding on the track that morning with our junior athletes, who are preparing for Junior Track Nationals.

The two intermediate sprints were hotly contested by Lisa and I, with me taking out the first in a photo finish and Lisa taking the second one. In the final lap, I forced Lisa to the front and then surprised her by starting my sprint early then she thought, and taking the win. Clare Dallat (CCCC) rode well to finish 3rd.

Lisa told me after the race, she is heading to Europe later in the year with the AIS crew to ride for a few months, including the women’s Giro. I warned her against drinking Italian water which unfortunately made me ‘extremely light’ when I raced the Giro.

By the way, I thought the presentations afterwards were somewhat amusing, as they used hay bales for the podium – definitely country style.

Enjoy the last month of daylight savings and the great autumn weather,


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