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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.

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KCC April Camp


Kelly Cycle Coaching is holding a camp in the April school holidays.

This camp is open to all KCC and non-KCC riders.  Limited to 30 riders so please email to secure to your place.  We still have a few places left if you’re interested.

Details are:

Dates Suitability Location
Sunday 29th MarchThursday 2nd April U15’s, U17’s, U19’s Bright ChaletBright

Please open and read the following camp documents:

Camp payment details – Payment_Details_KCCCamp_April2015

Athlete information form (to email back to KCC) – Athlete_Information_Form_April2015

Clothing and equipment listing – KCC_Camp_Requirements_Listing_April2015

Email Helen Kelly to reserve your place:  If unsure if you are suitable, please call or email us.

Camp location: Bright Chalet, 113 Delaney Avenue, Bright. Website:

Starts: Sunday 29th March (1.30-2.30pm)Finishes: Thursday 2nd April (11am) Cost $500
Includes 3 meals per day,
accommodation (fully serviced rooms),
vehicle support,
skills development, lectures, river and
core activities, etc





Date Camp details
Sunday 29th March Check in 1.30-2.30pm.
Welcome and camp rules 2.30-3pm
Skills session 3.30pm-5pm
Dinner 6-7pm
Lecture 7.15-8.15pm.
Quiet time 8.30pm.  Lights out 9.00pm
Monday 30th March Breakfast 6.30-7.30am
Ride session 8am – 12noon.  Technique and endurance climbing session.
Afternoon sessions – core, river recovery.
Dinner 6-7pm
Lecture 7.15-8.15pm.
Quiet time 8.30pm.  Lights out 9.00pm
Tuesday 31st March Breakfast 6.30-7.30am
Ride session 8am – 12noon.  Time trial and sprint session.
Afternoon sessions – core, river recovery.
Dinner 6-7pm
Lecture 7.15-8.15pm.
Quiet time 8.30pm.  Lights out 9.00pm
Wednesday 1st April Breakfast 6.30-7.30am
Ride session 8am – 12noon.  Endurance & bunch skills session.
Afternoon sessions – core, river recovery.
Dinner 6-7pm
Lecture 7.15-8.15pm.
Quiet time 8.30pm.  Lights out 9.00pm
Thursday 2nd April Breakfast 6.30-7.30am
Ride session 8am – 10am.  Recovery ride and camp wrap up.
Departure from camp

Any questions about this camp please call Bob or Helen Kelly on 0412 827 001 or 0419 268 644.

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

My plans for 2009

My plans for 2009

A lot of friends have asked me recently how I performed at Track Nationals, what my plans are for 2009 and if I’m racing in a team overseas this year so I thought I would fill you in on what I’m up to this year.

As many of you know, I am a recent convert to the track.  After my clavicle healed and I got my BT blade built I jumped on the boards in November last year.  With such limited track racing I always knew this would be my weakness as I headed to track nationals in Adelaide.  I had raced the heat and final at the State Titles but I was up against girls who had raced on the track for years, who had competed in World Cups and Junior World Championships and who had raced more than 2 pursuits in their track career.

I did compete in the State Titles and Nationals in 2008 but I didn’t do any specific track training for these events.  I literally borrowed a VIS bike on the Thursday before the State titles and raced on the Saturday morning, and was then selected as part of the State team. I squeezed in 5 track sessions before Nationals so I wouldn’t say I had given Nationals in 2008 much focus.  I had no idea what riding to a schedule was all about.  I simply went as fast as I could and tried to remember not to stop pedalling.

So in comparison to last years Nationals, I felt 100% more prepared this year although I am still very much a track newbie in the big scheme of things, especially when I know how long Perko and others have been on the boards.

Helen Kelly on her way to winning the Victorian Pursuit Championships, December 2008

My individual pursuit was held on the first day of competition.  The heatwave was still lingering in Adelaide so with 43C on the track, just staying hydrated and cool became a priority.  The heats started about 1.30pm in the afternoon with the finals at 7pm.  I was in the 2nd last heat against Sarah Kent (WA).  I was definitely nervous but excited to see what time I could ride.  The track was really fast and with double Mavic VIS discs my bike felt amazing.

I started a little slower than usual and was 0.5sec down on schedule after lap 1.  But I must have stomped on the pedals because after the 2nd lap and was over 1.5sec ahead of schedule.  Rick Leonard (coach) signalled that I was up on schedule by walking away from the pursuit line.  I cringe as I write this now because I didn’t ease my pace at all when I knew I was up on schedule.  I felt great and so I continued each lap at the same pace.  Rick continued to indicate I was up on schedule but I was like a young pup chasing a ball and determined to get it as fast as I could.  So with 8 laps done, my eagerness caught up with me.  On lap 9 I started to really suffer and thoughts of “oh no, I’ve gone out too hard”, crept into my head.  Rick was now yelling at me to dig deep.  I immediately thought “I am already digging deep. This is all I have”.  I had been doing lap times equivalent to a 3mins38sec ride but in those last 3 laps I was riding through quick sand, my times were nearly 2sec slower per lap and I crossed the line in 3mins43, seeded 4th.

I was disappointed I had let my adrenaline and eagerness overrule what should have been a controlled release of energy but I guess that is what race experience teaches.  I cooled down and headed back to the motel for lunch, a cool shower and a nap. Although a bit down on myself, Rick reminded me that I’d just done a PB by 5.5 seconds.  To ride that fast in my 3rd ever pursuit was something I should be happy with.

The final was an all-Victorian affair with me riding against fellow club rider Tess Downing. It seemed like a déjà vu experience as we rode against each other at States in the heat and the final a month earlier.

About an hour before the start, I told Rick I didn’t feel too good.  It was over 45C in the velodrome.  He made the decision that I would use a smaller gear in the final and suggested I go and cool my body temperature down with a cold shower.  He later told me that he could see I wasn’t coping well with the heat.  I warmed up for the race and tried not to think about how heavy my legs felt.  I kept telling myself it would be ok once I started racing.

I got off to a good start and was on schedule for the first kilometre.  I watched Rick walk the line and adjusted my speed to stay on schedule.  About 6 laps in I started to drop my lap times.  I dug deeper but my legs were cooked.  I went as hard as I could but crossed the line behind Tess who raced strongly to secure the bronze medal.

I had a few easy days and then rode the team pursuit on the Friday.  I had never ridden on the track with Carnegie members, Chloe and Nicole, so we warmed up together and that was our only “team pursuit” practice.  As I was the faster pursuiter, our strategy was that I would do 1.5 or 2 lap turns to ensure we kept the pace high.  We did a great first ever race together and qualified 2nd fastest in 3mins42sec.

The Western Australian chicks clocked a time of 3mins30sec in their heat so we were realistic as we warmed up for the gold medal final.  Two of the Western Australian team had raced the team pursuit in the Melbourne WC and have been training together for a few years.  As predicted, they caught us and continued riding to record a time.  They smashed the Australian record by several seconds and the new record now stands at 3mins26sec.  Nonetheless, our Carnegie team was very content with our 2nd, given we came together on race day only.

In the final two days of competition I was asked to race the scratch race and the omnium.  Without ever having done a scratch race, flying 200m or 500m time trial, I was a bit apprehensive about how I would go.  My initial plan when I headed to Adelaide was to race the team and individual pursuit and so all my preparation for nationals was pursuit oriented.  So you can imagine it was an interesting experience to watch a pursuiter attempt a flying 200m at Nationals for the very first time.  I won’t entertain you with my results!!!

So what now?  Well, road tours and endless summers have been my life since 2003.  I’ve had off seasons in the aussie summer and then headed to the warmth of California in early March to start my road season.  Typically, I’ve then headed to Europe for a block of racing with either a UCI team or the National team before either racing the World Road Champs or returning to Australia for another summer. I’ve actually forgotten what winter feels like so I think it will be a shock to the system to experience cold weather again.

I have definitely made the decision to focus entirely on the track now.  I love the challenge of the track and am encouraged that I have done a 3mins43sec after my 3rd attempt.  I know with more track racing, my rooky trait of going out too hard will be overcome and my times will improve.

I am really excited to be based in Melbourne again.  I am happy knowing I will be staying home, I get to see Bob every day and I won’t be living out of a suitcase anymore.  I reckon I’ve been to nearly every airport terminal in Europe and America and it will be a joy not to be on a plane (or doing a road trip in the team van) every week.  As you may have picked up on, I am quite over the whole travel thing and staying home with Bob is just what I want now.  And as the cliché goes, a happy cyclist is a successful cyclist.

I have thousands of fond (and not so fond) memories of what it was like racing professionally in Europe and North America.  I could write a book on what I’ve experienced, the countries I’ve raced in and the people I’ve met.

So the next chapter for me is the track.  I will keep you posted on how it’s all progressing.  Thanks for reading and I hope you’re all enjoying your cycling as I much as I am.

Success at Para Road Nats

KCC coaches and athletes

Kelly Ccycle Coaching had 3 para cyclists compete at the Para Road National Championships in Echuca last weekend.  Representing KCC was Hannah Macdougall (former 2 time Paralympian swimmer), Carol Cooke (current Paralympic Gold medallist) and Alex Welsh (a 21 year old handcyclist).  They all had a very successful weekend.

Congratulations to all 3 of them on their racing results from the road nationals.  The dedication to their training and the hard work they put into their sport is great to see and their future success in cycling is due to their ongoing commitment and self motivation to be the best they can be.

Han - back after rehab

Paralympic Gold medallist

Alex Welsh warming up

Alex - looking focused

Bronze in the TT and road race

Hannah finishd 3rd in the TT

Carol warming up on rollers

KCC coaches and athletes

Link to Carol Cooke’s blog.   Link to Hannah Macdougall’s blog.

Report from Nationals by Carol Cooke

Well this past weekend was one of beautiful sunshine, gusting wind and happy cyclists!  This year, my third National Championships, were held around the lovely town of Echuca in country Victoria which shares the boarder river with the town of Moama, New South Wales.  In fact my friend and fellow competitor Hannah MacDougall and I stayed in a hotel in Moama.

We arrived in the area on Thursday afternoon and we caught up briefly with other riders Alex Green, Simone Kennedy, Matt Formston and Michael Curran for a coffee at the Beechworth Bakery.  Hannah was extremely excited about the bakery because it is an offshoot of the original bakery located in Beechworth and she is addicted to their Date Scones!  So needless to say the order for Date Scones went in that night for Saturday after the Time Trial.

2013-04-22 20.31.17Friday morning we woke to a cold but sunny morning and we were heading out to the TT course to ride around.  We were told that it was a very windy course and boy they weren’t wrong.  The first lap we did, just to get used to the course and on the back straight I couldn’t stay in the aero bars because the cross wind was so bad that it was pushing my trike into the gutter!  Although the course was very flat I realized that the wind was definitely going to be a factor.  On my second lap of the course it was time to put the efforts in and the best thing was to just push through that wind.  At least it change on each side of the course, first a head wind, then a cross from the right, then a tail wind (which I loved), then the finishing straight was a head-cross.  I figured I would just have to “Love the Wind”!

Saturday morning, the day of the TT, again was a lovely sunny morning and the wind didn’t look that bad at our hotel, so I was very hopeful.  Upon arrival at the course, there was wind, but certainly not as bad as the day before.  It was amazing to see so many riders here.  It was a record number of entries with 75 riders set to take on the TT course and almost every category was represented, which was fantastic! We had even talked two of our Australian Wheelchair Basketball players to take part, Shelley Chaplin in the H4 category and Leanne Del Toso in the C1 category!

I was the second trike starting off, Jarred Langmead was starting 1 minute ahead of me and my goal was to catch him.  As I came down the back straight I could see him and pushed even harder and was able to pass him with the tailwind.  In the end I was extremely happy with my overall average speed as the qualifying speed for World’s is 28km/hr and I had just gone 31.69 km/hr. My roomie Hannah had an awesome race as well.  It was her first race back in 2.5 years after a couple of surgeries on her hip and lots of rehab, with her bringing home a bronze medal!  I was so proud of her result.  And yes we did end up back at the Beechworth Bakery so Hannah could pick up the 2 Date Scones that she had

pre-ordered!  She didn’t have to worry about the Sunday Road Race as she was only doing the TT!  So she scoffed both of them down as you can see!2013-04-20 13.14.52

Sunday the Road Race was held in the country town of Rushworth about an hour’s drive from Echuca.  The start was a controlled start until the first corner and then the race was on.  Jarred and I dropped the new T1 rider Bianca on the small climb out of the corner and I was able to drop Jarred about 6km into the race.  As it was a short Road Race, I had decided along with my coach that I would ride it like a TT and I was able to do just that by holding almost the exact same speed as the TT, coming in at 31.19km/hr.

Alex and CarolOverall it was a great weekend, coming home with 2 Gold medals and also as this was the last round of the National Handcycle Series I took out the overall winner in the Trike category, with 59 points to Jarred’s 48.  The great thing was that Alex Welsh (who is coached by Kelly Cycle Coaching as well) took out the overall winner of the NHCS as well as 2 bronze medals for the weekend.  I must add that Shelley and Leanne also had a great weekend going home with two medals each as well!  Not sure they will continue racing but I’ll work on them!

Thanks also goes to our coaches Helen and Bob Kelly for taking the time to come up to Echuca for the Time Trial.  It was great to have coaches there to help with our organisation at the start of the races!  And I am sure they are happy with the outcome of the 3 athletes they coach!  We are told that next year’s nationals will once again be in Echuca…time to train in more wind!

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Next major item on the calendar for cycling is the World Para-Cycling Championships which are being held in Canada at the end of August.  The team will be named around the 30th of April and I wish all the riders the best of luck!

Dubai Road Race

James Powers (third from left)

James Powers (great surname for a cyclist) is one of our Oman cyclists we coach.  He is a Brit who lives and works in Oman with his family.  James has been training hard for his first road race, having raced mountain bikes many times before.  Here is his report on how his first road race unfolded:

James Powers (third from left)

Report by James Powers.

After feeling really nervous at the start, the race wasn’t as difficult as I feared.
Initially I started off policing breaks until one went away after 10km or so with the right number of our team mates. I then stayed out of trouble until the break was caught.
I then tried to form a break myself a couple of times and after 60km I succeeded. We had 5 away and a good representation of teams of which 3 (including me) took turns pulling.
I concentrated on doing short, strong pulls to not tire myself too much. This lasted until 80km when we finally dropped the hangers on. Unfortunately one of the other guys in the break then stopped working properly on the mistaken belief that we wouldn’t be caught.
There then followed a series of attacks but I managed to prevent anyone from getting away. I managed to put one attack in but unfortunately, we then got caught by the group at the 90km mark.
There was not a great deal left in the legs at this point so I just drifted to the finish as close to the lead group as I could.  I was pretty pleased with my efforts [for my first road race] even though [my] 50th place is not exactly a good sprinting effort!
Thanks for reading.

Liam White gets a win

Liam checks out his winning margin

Kingston Handicap Race

Liam White (Ballarat/Sebastapol) rider who has been with Kelly Cycle Coaching for a few years now, had a much deserved win on the weekend.  His brother also won the hillclimb in Leongatha so a good weekend by the Whites.

 Here is a copy of the report from the Ballarat Cycling Club website:

Liam White scored a trademark dominant win in the BSCC handicap run in perfect autumn conditions at Kingston today.  Thanks to textbook handicapping from Don Stewart and Phil Orr, the entire field was within sight of one another as the 2-km uphill drag to the finish started.  Victoria Snibson, who put in a top ride from limit, was collared only a kilometer or so earlier.  White launched himself out of the second-scratch bunch on the drag and rode through the field to finish a Gilbert-like ten meters clear.  Only a few lengths separated the next seven places, and then it was only another few seconds back to another young gun, Charles Martin, who took fastest time.

Refer  Ballarat cycling clubs site for photos and more details.

Liam checks out his winning margin

Track Training Photos

Kelly Cycle Coaching did a pursuit specific session on Saturday.  Here are a few pictures from Saturday’s session:

Motorbke warm up

Debrief after training

Motor pace warm up


Cam and Emily behind the bike during the warm up

Victorian Team Training

Bob and Helen Kelly have organised two training sessions for the Victorian Team athletes to train together.  These group rides are open to all athletes competing in the Junior Road Nationals and Kelly Cycle Coaching athletes.

We hope these training sessions will help the athletes get to know each other better and training together will help you race more competitively and cohesively against the other States.  Could Victorian team athletes please discuss these sessions with your respective coaches and hopefully they’ll see the value of these sessions, from a team perspective.

Ride details are as follows:

Sunday August 15th (optional session)
Meeting place
: Coles Car Park, Janefield Drive, University Hill, Off Plenty Rd opposite RMIT, (just north of the Ring Road)
Departure time: 8am     Return approx: 11.30am to University Hill
U17 Boys: 80-100km (an undulating loop out to Whittlesea then climbing efforts up Humevale and Kinglake, followed by some simulation sprint intervals on a quiet road)
U15 boys/girls and U17 girls: 40-80km (an undulating loop out to Whittlesea, followed by some simulation sprint intervals on a quiet road)

Please note: Parents can arrange with Bob and Helen Kelly to pick up your child part way through the ride, where required, so the distance of the ride would be approx 40-50km.  A suitable pickup point will be designated on the morning of the ride.

Sunday August 22nd (compulsory session)
Meeting place: Degani Cycling Cafe, Docklands
Departure time: 9am   Return approx: 12noon to Degani Cycling Cafe, Docklands
Distance: U17 boys 80-100km (down Beach rd towards Frankston and return to cafe. This will be a slower endurance ride.)
U15 boys/girls and U17 girls: 40-80km (down Beach Rd towards Patterson Lakes)
Please note: Parents can arrange with Bob and Helen Kelly to pick up your child part way through the ride, where required, so the distance of the ride would be approx 30-50km.  A suitable pickup point will be designated on the morning of the ride.

After the beach road ride (ie 22 August only), the Degani Cycling cafe will be providing coffee/tea to all State Team athletes and their parents.  Food is available for purchase from the cafe.  An official presentation of the Junior Road Team will also take place.

Please contact Bob Kelly if you are unable to attend this session.


Hale hangs with the Italians

Paolo Bettini is in Geelong with Michael Hale!!!





Olympic and Dual World Champion, Paolo Bettini retired at the end of 2008 and is in Geelong today, scouting out the Worlds course with a number of world class Italian road cyclists.

Michael Hale obviously knows people in high places as he is riding the course  today with the likes of Italian Champion, Giovanni Visconti, Grand Tour winner Daniele Bennati, Filippo Pozzato and Luca Paolini. I wonder if he’ll try and teach them a little aussie lingo!!!

Michael looks like he wants to take one of the Italians bikes for a spin. 

We look forward to hearing how Michael enjoyed his ride with them.


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