I am writing this report the evening following a visit to my friend Rory Wilson, 64 of Drysdale who is in the spinal unit of Melbourne’s Austin Hospital. A week ago Rory collided with the rear of a truck in Portarlington sustaining critical injuries resulting in the severing of his spinal chord leaving him a paraplegic. This has been a sobering, even confronting experience for everybody in Rory’s life. In spite of Rory’s remarkable resilience there is no escaping the magnitude of the task ahead for the Wilson Family and I wish them the very best.Rory’s event is vanishingly rare in it’s outcome however it brings into stark relief the challenges facing cyclists on public roads and the responsibility we all accept for our own and […]
REPORT FROM FOOTCRAY CYCLING CLUB:Geelong V Footscray Challenge Cup Graded Scratch Races, 12 July 2014.The Footscray and Geelong Cycling Clubs ventured out to chilly Meredith for the second in a two-race series for the 8th Annual Challenge Cup. Racing conditions started out cold but clear, but a little rain made the hilly circuit, and especially the fast, tight descent into Steiglitz, such a challenge that many riders did not make it to the finish.As in race one, only a few A-Graders turned up to race, and in direct contrast to race one’s Footscray cleanup, the A grade race turned into a Geelong whitewash, with 31 year old Geelong resident and noted gun bike mechanic Chris Fry taking the win. Fry […]
Sport science researchers at Deakin University (Geelong Campus) are seeking trained cyclists to participate in a research study which will examine the effect of altitude on performance. Altitude training has been shown to enhance performance and the use of simulated altitude devices is gaining in popularity at both the elite and sub-elite level. Since altitude negatively effects performance then a better understanding of this effect can be used to assist cyclists to develop specific training programs and monitor performance during an altitude training intervention. Performance will be assessed using the critical power model which provides information regarding both the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems. The specific aim the current research study is to examine the effect of altitude on VO2max, […]
Racing Wrap The Presidents Handicap was run and won on the 7.8K St Leonards course Sunday week ago. Despite 18 GCC riders competing in the Country champs the day before a good field of riders assembled for the race. Buoyed by the unseasonal warm conditions and the near flat course average speeds were well and truly up across all bunches. Most bunches rode at or just above their predicated average speeds. But it was the front markers making the most of the ideal conditions were able to gain the most to get the result. Riding of Limit Kanye Bridger despite riding away from his tiring bunch was able to hold on for his first handicap victory. In a close sprint […]
The Victorian Country Championships were raced at Harcourt on Saturday. In a great showing, Geelong Cycling Club had a total of eighteen senior & junior riders compete in the championship. The run of strong performances by GCC members continued with 3 riders winning and a number of others finishing on the podium. Well done to all riders, list of GCC member results below. U11 Boys 1st Spencer Worland 2nd Fraser Clark U13 Boys 8th Bryce Bridger 9th Harry Clark U15 Boys 9th Kane Bridger 10th Lincoln Clark 15th Noah Copeland U17 Women 1st Molly Bridger Elite Men 11th Mark Fagg Master Men 1 2nd Leigh Clifford Masters Men 2 3rd Gary Wearmouth 4th Lee Burchell 8th Ben Andrews Masters Men 3 […]
Last weekend the Para-cycling National Champs were held in Echuca where rain, fog and mud were tough adversaries. The competition saw national champions crowned in both road and time trials across a number of classifications for those with vision or physical impairments After a couple of tune up club races Geelong Cycling Club’s Kaitlyn Schurmann head up for her first national’s. With the dedication and determination Kaitlyn always shows she was able to win both the road race and time trail in the WC1 category, a fantastic effort! All of the Geelong Cycling Club wish Kaitlyn every congratulations on this outstanding achievement. Above photo is of Kaitlyn crossing the line proudly wearing the GCC colours.
Congratulations to GCC stalwart Neville Williams who was a recent runner up in the Julius Patching Sports Official of the Year Award; at the 2014 Victorian Olympic Council Inc AGM. An outstanding achievement and thoroughly deserved accolade for one of the country’s most outstanding and respected cycling officials. Neville was an accomplished cyclist in his own right before turning his love of the sport to officiating. Along with his wife Pam, they are regulars at most CV and national races. GCC is lucky enough to have them present at our track racing and when their busy schedule permits at our road events.
ANZAC HANDICAP It is a privilege and honour that Geelong Cycling Club are able to conduct a race on the ANZAC public holiday. An excellent field of juniors and senior riders were able to race in absolutely perfect conditions at Maude. The GCC juniors had a variety of courses to choose from, out and back over some undulations or the hilly looped course. Young Oliver Baric tested himself over the tough loop, dancing his way up some of the hardest climbs the Brisbane ranges have to offer. Young guns Jake Dynes, Brayden Maurer & Lachlan Collins resembled a pro team time trial working beautifully together during their race. All cooperation was off when the finish line was in sight […]
A quick reminder that the Geelong Cycling Club have the EXCLUSIVE use of the world class DISC centre on 11 May 2014 between 11am and 2pm (Mothers Day). The format of the day will be finalised once we arrive and are able to confirm attendance, but is likely to consist of 1.5hr of warm up / getting used to the banked velodrome, followed by some impromptu racing. Please note that this event does not form part of the GCC race calendar but rather a trial to gauge the level of interest in utilising this facility. If the level of interest is high enough, GCC have the opportunity to make this a more regular event. So please come along and help […]