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NSCC Riders Tackle the Beast - Grafton to Inverell

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This weekend we have the toughest race on the Australian calendar - the annual Grafton to Inverell Classic.

The race comprises 4 divisions - Div 1 is NRS, Divs 2 and 3 are for non-NRS, and there is also a women's NRS division.

The race is 228km long and features a 15km climb up Gibraltar Range, then a rolling terrain with many killer bergs before the finish in Inverell.

This year NSCC has 8 riders - 4 in NRS and 4 in Div 2. A profile on each of the riders is below:

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Club AGM Outcome

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We had an overwhelming attendance at the club's Annual General Meeting last evening. The minutes of the meeting will be published and shared with members as soon as possible.

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Annual General Meeting - 2 May 2018

An email has been sent to all financial members advising them on details for the 2018 AGM to be held at 7pm on 2 May 2018.
The venue is Thornleigh Autobody, 14A Duffy Avenue, Thornleigh 2120.

Agenda and process are contained in the email.

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4 NSCC Podium Winners at NSW State Road Championships

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This past weekend Cycling NSW held the state road championships in Berrima.

NSCC excelled with 4 podium places:

U23 Road Race - ANGUS CALDER Bronze Medal
U19 Road Race - JULIAN RAUBENHEIMER Bronze Medal
Division 3 Race - BILLY PATTERSON 2nd place
Division 3 Race - MARK TEMPLETON 3rd place

I interviewed Angus today and in his own words:

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Harrison Bailey to Light Up the Belgium Race Scene

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Current Robert Hodgson trophy winner and long time NSCC rider - Harrison Bailey - is heading to Europe having secured a contract with one of the top teams in Belgium.

Apart from winning the Robert Hodgson race in 2017, Harrison had a stunning year in NRS with GPM Stultz with stage race success during the year and getting noticed at the highest level. Harrison never talks it up and lets his legs to the talking - he is both humble and hugely talented.

I spoke to Harrison about his upcoming adventure:

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Stu Professor Grieve - National Masters Track Gold Medallist

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At the recent National Masters Track Championships in Melbourne, our own Stu Grieve showed exactly what he is made of with a Gold and Bronze in the disciplines of Sprint and Pursuit respectively. He also got double bronze at NSW masters the week before and went even better at Nationals.

I did an in-depth interview with Stu over a few IPAs and below are his own words about his stunning performance at the pinnacle of track cycling:

"After 4 weeks doing rollers in hotel rooms across Japan, the Midwest & Europe, I hit Dunc Gray for my first ever track race at NSW masters.

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Newcrest Orange Challenge 2018

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Kudos to the 10 NSCC members who rode the Newcrest Orange Challenge on March 4th.
With 167km and 2500m climbing over rough bitumen roads it was a hard day in the saddle and there were lots of cramped and sore riders at the finish line.
Stu Robertson, Steve Hume and Michael Coyne all took turns at the front and paid for it with cramps later in the ride.
JB even managed to get a flat even with his 32mm tyres! Who says fat tyres are better for rough roads?

It was an excellent cycling sportif event, and well worth putting in the calendar for 2019.

The results for the NSCC riders were:

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2018 Elite Development Squad

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The NSCC Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 Elite Development Squad - #DogSquad.

This year the squad will be under the joint supervision of Justin (Mad Dog) Morris and Mick Cupitt. Both Justin, with World Pro Tour experience, and Mick with his NRS pedigree, will be great mentors and coaches to the squad as they prepare them for a year of hard work with NRS squad selection as their goal.

This year the squad is:

Jack Renshaw:

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Dunc Gray Velodrome tryout

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Ever wondered what track cycling would be like? Anthony and Connor Ryan together with Steve Hume and Michael Coyne trekked out to the Dunc Gray Velodrome at Bass Hill to give it a go. We were also joined by eleven Waratah riders.

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Michael Potter - Bronze Medal at Australian Nationals

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Congratulations to Michael Potter and all the other NSCC U23 riders who rode so strongly at the U23 Road Race at the National Road Race at Mt Buningyong today.
Michael stood out in a quality field - against many World Pro Tour team riders - winning the bronze medal.
The race was fiercely contested and took its toll with the peloton splitting into several bunches as the pace was electric.
Michael led the chasing bunch to bridge across to the two man break and had enough left in the legs to outsprint the quality field to take the bronze.

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NSCC Riders at National Road Championships in Ballarat

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Our club - with a proud racing tradition - wishes our representatives at this week's National Road Championships in Ballarat, all the very best.
This year we have no fewer than 5 riders in the road disciplines of Criterium and Road Race - all in the men's U23 category - showing that the club's future is bright with all these riders at the National pinnacle of racing.

This year's field (in alpha order) is:

Harrison Bailey (GPM Stultz)
- criterium and road race

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Congratulations to Michael Potter and Tom Green

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Two of NSCC's NRS stars - Michael Potter and Tom Green - have had their stunning 2017 seasons recognised by being selected in two elite racing teams for 2018.

Michael - who capped the year with the NSW U23 road title - has been selected in the new Australian Cycling Academy, based in Queensland. The Academy founders - Matt Wilson from Orica GreenEdge and Ben Kerstyn - have picked the cream of Australia's younger NRS stars to develop into our next crop of World Tour riders.

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L'Étape Australia 2017 race report

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On December 1st, a group of 14 intrepid NSCC riders headed down to Jindabyne to compete in the second L’Etape Australia event. Forecasts of horrendous weather were no deterrent, even though these forecasts had already caused the cancellation of the Tour of Bright. Concerns about high winds and flooding did, however, force the L’Etape organisers to shorten the course down from the original 157km to 102km – avoiding the final big climb up to Perisher.

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Calling All Club Racing Members - Annual Club Championships on Sunday 17th December

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Call to action for all club members - Sunday 17th December is the annual club championships at Beauie.

This is your chance to claim the ultimate prize in bike racing - the title of NSCC club champion.

What's at stake here is the opportunity to race against your mates, your training partners, and that annoying person who half-wheels you on bunch rides.

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Rob Hodgson 2017 Memorial Ride Race Report

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A massive field assembled to contest the annual Robert Hodgson Memorial Race at Beauie last Sunday. Each year this event gets bigger and for 2017 we had 3 men's grades and a women's scratch grade - a departure from the women's handicap events of recent years.

The weather was perfect and it was a fitting setting to honour the life of one of NSCC's finest - Rob Hodgson. The Platinum field was a who's who of Sydney's elite riders and the women's field was also the cream of Sydney's female racing.

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National Masters Racing Report - Kate Olgers and Spinksy Medallists

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Last weekend NSCC was well represented at the National Masters Road Titles on the Gold Coast. The titles comprise the 3 UCI disciplines of Individual Time Trial, Criterium and Road Race.
The club representatives were:

Kate Olgers (RR) - Womens Masters 5
Stu Grieve (all 3) & Gary Davidson (RR) - Masters 3
Dave O'Connell & Andrew Stevenson (crit and RR) - Masters 5
Richard Spinks All 3) - Masters 10

The podiums and Top 10 results were:

Kate Olgers - silver medal RR
Richard Spinks - bronze medal ITT, bronze medal Crit, bronze medal RR
Stu Grieve - 7th ITT

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Judgement Day - NSCC Race Report

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Race Report Courtesy of Ant Ryan - C Grade Winner

It was an early start for a few NSCC riders to make it out to Eastern Creek for a 7am start for the Judgement Day Race hosted by North Western Sydney Cycling Club. We were all nervous in the immediate lead up to the race as we had not had rain for something like 76 days and then the day before the race – rain. Fortunately it was a brisk, clear day that greeted us after a quick trip on the M2/M7.

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Remembering Anna Marotta - Wife of Jake Kauffmann

On behalf of the committee and members of NSCC, we wish to offer our sincere condolences to Jake Kauffmann - dear friend of NSCC - on the passing of his wife Anna Marotta.

No words can give Jake comfort, but on behalf of our cycling community we share in Jake's sorrow for this terribly sad time, and wish him strength and courage as he deals with his grief.

Vale Anna

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Beauie Worlds 15 October Race Report

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The cloudy skies and damp track didn't deter the large field that turned up for Beauie on a mild spring morning. The threat of rain was just that, until the latter part of the racing and it cooled us down nicely after some hard fast racing.

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Beauie World Titles Sunday 15th October

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This sunday is the last chance to tune your race form before the Judgement Day inter-club race on 21 October.

Get up to Beauie to race against the regions best riders and enjoy fast safe racing in this beauitful spring weather.

We are expecting a large field given the weather, so get there early.

Racing will be scratch format over grades A-D; juniors and women racers especially welcome. Registration is open from 7.30am for an 8.15am start. Please bring your race licence and wear an approved Australian standard helmet.

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Beauie Worlds Sunday 17th September

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Oil your chains, tighten your cleats, shave your legs - yes it's Beauie this Sunday in this amazing spring weather.

Will we see the newly crowned king of West Head Wall - Mark Templeton - at Beauie this week to show that his awesome form can also work on the fast beauie crit course? Will we see Jack Renshaw try to outdo the ugly pain face he perfected last week?

We are expecting a large field given the weather and the break in NRS racing, so get there early.

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Sunday 20th August - Beauie Worlds

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The monthly Beauie race is on this Sunday - Sydney's best criterium race circuit is sure to have melting tarmac as the region's hottest riders scorch the course in this beautiful weather we're having.

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Battle of the Bridge Round 3 - Michael Potter puts on a Clinic as Norths dominate again!

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Another cool but clear morning greeted riders for the 3rd round of BOTB at West Head. At sign on, Alexis was talking about having "bad legs" due to some event on Friday and so wouldn't be starting today. The rumour mill is in overdrive that The Donald has personally requested Alexis be appointed to the role of Press Secretary after reading last week's MWCC Fake News post race report that was published last week. Apparently Trump has been impressed with Alexis ability to overlook facts time and time again and likened the Manly Secretary to "Comical Ali".

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Battle of the Bridge Round 2 – The Red and White Walkers Dominate

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Winter had well and truly arrived this morning for Round 2 of Battle of the Bridge. The industrial wasteland of Beaumont Road was the venue for the 2nd round and for those unfamiliar, tight hairpin corners awaited them. A fantastic turnout for this morning’s race, with the coffee van pumping out plenty of brews for riders and spectators alike. SuVelo and NSCC brought strong teams to the Crit race of the North, while Manly for all their posturing during the week, had a decidedly weaker team.

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Battle of the Bridge Round 2 - Race Preview

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After the first round at Heffron Park with Manly claiming all the spoils* (SuVelo were the real winners) we move North of the Bridge to Beauemont Road for the NSCC Round of Battle of the Bridge. Beauie is a tough little circuit and if you can’t go around a corner, you can find yourself dropped off the back off the group and having to drop a Griepelesque 1500w effort to get back on. Just ask Chris Miller.

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