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NSW Masters Championships – Results Report

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The mighty red and black peloton had 10 riders representing the club at the NSW masters championships held in Griffith over the weekend. Riders were competing across all three disciplines of road race, criterium and time trial.

While it was a long distance to travel, the event was well organised and credit to the local club and Cycling NSW for putting on a very successful championships. Every club rider over the age of 30 should seriously consider competing in state masters - apart from the intensity of the racing it's a great to get away for a weekend with your club mates.

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NSCC club time trial championships - 2 November 2014

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Planning has been finalised for NSCC to hold its club championship time trials at Calga as part of the Robert Hodgson Memorial Races.

Earlier this year, we held a Criterium road race at Beaumont Road to celebrate the life and outstanding cycling achievements of Robert Hodgson, who sadly passed away in 2013.

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Sunday 21st September - Beauie Worlds - Sydney's Premier Criterium Race

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Need a tuneup for the NSW Masters Championships next weekend? Here's the perfect race prep for those travelling to Griffith for State Masters, and for other elite racers who want to test their legs in crit racing.

The NSCC BikeBug Beaumont Road criterium series returns this weekend and we are again expecting Sydney and the Central Coast's top racers for what looks like being perfect racing weather.

So if you're inspired by La Vuelta, Jens Voigt's one hour record, or the start of the UCI World Championships, get out to Beauie this Sunday and have a go.

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NSCC shakes up the Southern Hemisphere Cup at Eastern Creek

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Fog and a star studded Masters field where always going to make last Sunday’s Southern Hemisphere Cup grade races an interesting affair.

NSCC riders Daniel Daly, Andy Logan, Simon Davies, Ran Virdi, Harrison Morgan, Andrew Stevenson, Barry Kenyon, and Matt Johnson lined up in A-grade, and Craig Stevens started as a lone wolf in B-grade.

A-grade

The NSCC boys worked as a team with each rider spending time on the front.

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Coach Helmut gives a great round up on the NSCC U15/17 juniors at the Nationals

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Last weekend’s U15/U17 National Championships was held in Toowoomba QLD.

The Northern Sydney Cycling Club had the following representatives racing over the 3 days
• U15 M - Matthew Dinham,
• U15 W - Ashlee Jones (NSW State Team),
• U17 W - Laura Jones,
• U15 M- Julian Raubenheimer and
• U17M - Gabriel Raubenheimer
• U15 M – Nathan Craig

The Racing for the ITT , Road Race and Crit was hard and tough throughout all the ages. Racing was fast and furious and not for the faint hearted.
Our Juniors raced to the best of their abilities in each of the divisions.

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NSCC's Mark Blackman is riding in memory of his sister, Robyn

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Did you know that 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime? Mark’s big sister Robyn was one of those people. On her last day, Robyn was still making plans for things she could do to enrich the lives and spirits of other people. She was much loved by her family and friends and is greatly missed.

Mark Blackman will be cycling 200Kms in October 11 - 12 in the Ride to Conquer Cancer to raise much needed funds for cancer research and treatment. He will be riding for Robyn.

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An update on NSCC race calendar ... to put into your calendar!

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At this stage we have 2 postponed days (1-June & 17-August) to catch-up with the NSCC BikeBug Beauie series.

Subject to final race sanction approvals, the catch-up days will be 23-November and 7-December. We have received approval from Cycling NSW but are waiting for Council and Police approvals. We also have 21-December as a back-up should there be further postponements.

Note that 9-November is NSCC club road champs and this is not part of the BikeBug series.

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Jerry signs on for his first Kurrajong Open and scores a second place

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NSCC's Jerry Kalogeropoulos has generally keep his racing simple focussing mainly on Beauie Worlds, but he signed on for Division 3 of the Kurrajong Classic and scores a second place. This is his story!

"... I had no idea what to expect, as its pretty much the first opens race I've had a go at. The atmosphere was fantastic, and it was great to see so many people there from the club. I'm still getting to know who's who, but everybody was so incredibly friendly and welcoming.

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Steve Hume talks about his first Open race at Coota

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When asked to reflect on his first race weekend at a NSW country open, Steve Hume listed 5 big reasons why he will do it again.

1) The bus and accommodation package. Excellent value and excellent FUN!! Thank you Craig, for planning and organizing the transport and accommodation. Thank you to the drivers over the weekend, Neil, Stuart and Craig.

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We need 16+ Traffic Controllers to support Beauie Worlds racing ... or it does not run!

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A few weeks back I corresponded with all NSCC members regarding the need for volunteers to be traffic controllers (TC's) to support NSCC racing at Beaumont Road. Racing at Beauie is only possible with trained and licensed TC's on the course.

Beauie is critical for us to have a race calendar, be financially healthy and community minded. No volunteers, then no race.

The present group of TC's have been doing a great job, however the more helping hands we have, the more the workload is spread (i.e. 2-3 times a year).

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Sunday's Beauie Cancelled Due to Rain

Folks Unfortunately the rain has set in and Beauie is cancelled for safety reasons.

See you all on next Beauie on 21 September - great tuneup for state masters the week later

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Sunday 17th August - Beauie World Titles - Sydney's Premier Criterium Race

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It's back this Sunday.......Yes it's Sydney's Premier Crit Race, the BikeBug Beaumont Road Series, run by NSCC.

Don't listen to the negative nellies that the weather won't be kind - set your alarm for early Sunday morning so you can get up to a sunny morning and head out to Beauie and mix it with Sydney and the Central Coast's best racers.

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A man on a mission for Edgar’s Mission - Tai's story

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Saturday the 9th of August. That would be the day. The day I choose to ride 8848m in elevation to help raise money for Edgar’s Mission.

Edgar’s Mission is a not for profit farm sanctuary that has a very warm place in my heart. Although based in the foot hills of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria, the loving and kind work of Pam Ahern (founder of Edgar’s Mission) has reached the hearts of many people all over the nation. Her dedication, her passion and her love for these animals is simply inspiring.

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Searching through pain for joy ... the latest blog from globe-trotting Maddog!

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G’day NSCC mates ...

It has been a while since I last put pen to paper, and has been a busy past few months traversing continents, bike miles, MTB miles, moments of joy also episodes of intense anger and disappointment. Such is life on the road as an athlete. You take the highs with the lows.

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Latest from the NSCC juniors

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Latest update from coach Helmut on the achievements of our NSCC Juniors.

NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

A fantastic day of racing was held at the Metropolitan Championships on Saturday July 12th in very cold and windy conditions. Great representation from NSCC riders.

Results are as follows:

U11G Aerin Dinham 2nd
U11B Alex Jones 5th
U13B Erik Vetisch 4th
U15B Julian Raubenheimer 6th
U15B Fergus Mackie 9th
U15B Samuel Welch 11th
U15B Matt Vasselief 16th
U15W Ashlee Jones 1st
U15W Sally Potter 2nd
U17M Gabriel Raubenheimer 4th
U17W Laura Jones 2nd

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Simon Davies, Marcus Culey and the Tour of Polynesia

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Over recent years, a few NSCC elite riders have had the opportunity to go to Tahiti and take part in the Tour of Polynesia ... Simon Davies has been twice and this is his report ...

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Jason Stephens does a 2-day tour at Gunnedah ... and tells his story so that other NSCC rookies have a go!

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Jason Stephens is fairly new to NSCC and to racing. He trains under James Swadling (Fast Twitch Performance) and is developing into a strong rider. But he has not tackled a serious Open Race before, so he and Stu Robertson signed on to have a go. This is Jason's story ...

... What a great weekend with a fantastic bunch of lads.

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Leethal shares is insights as a rookie at Cootamundra

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"Leethal" Lee Robson shares his valuable insights as a NSCC "rookie" on how to approach country open races such as Cootamundra. Lee had a go, enjoyed himself and did very well ... so what is stopping other NSCC rookies who have not tried Open racing?

So if you have wondered what it is like, then read on and have a go next time.

Saturday at Cootamundra

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NSCC applauds its champions - Ross Hodgson and Steven Horn

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NSCC has a long and proud tradition of racing and has produced many champions in its 75 years!

Today at Beauie Worlds, we applauded the past results from Ross Hodgson and Steven Horn who have stood on the highest point of the podium as national champions.

Ross has been an Australian and World Masters champion many times, an Steve Horn achieve national road champion (Masters 5) a couple of year back.

NSCC President, Neil Matthews presented both Ross and Steve with their new NSCC jerseys, each with the green and gold stripes to celebrate their achievements.

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Beauie Worlds and the BikeBug Points series 20-July 2014

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Another great day of racing at Beaumont Road, this time as a handicap. Good attendance with NSCC and overall registrations up on the last few weeks.

A large B-grade failed to get organise and chase down C grade. Good racing also by the many juniors who had signed on today. A-grade had also organised into a rolling pace line but the gap to B-grade could not be closed in time.

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Sunday 20th July - Special Beauie Criterium Handicap Race

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Are you sick of being dropped in open handicap races? Do your mates kick sand in your face because you can't do rolling turns? Are you a D-grader who wants to blow away those uppety A-graders?

This Sunday the Bike Bug NSCC Criterium Series - Sydney's Premier Criterium Race - has an all-grades handicap. The last handicap we ran was great training for those killer open handicap races and we received rave reviews about the format. This is invaluable practice for swapping off and rolling pacelines.

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Update on the Beauie Worlds points score, proudly supported by Bike Bug - CORRECTION

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We are at the half way stage in the Beauie Worlds points score. Competition is wide open in all grades, yes even in A-grade. The standing at the moment are:

A-Grade
1st - Matt Garnon 50pts
2nd - Darryl Noolan 35pts
3rd - Michael Potter 30pts

Yes Matt Garnon is on top of the A-grade leader board and being chased. And he makes no secret that he has his eye on the Zeros.

B-Grade
1st - Ran Virdi 55pts
2nd - Archie Wilson 35pts
3rd - Jeff Dhu 30pts

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Beauie Worlds heats up under some clear cool skies

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Beauie Worlds last Sunday again saw some hard fought races across all 4 grades, run under clear skies and with a nip in the air. Stories continue to surface from many a competitor that seem to start with the words " ... if only I ..."

Results are each grade were:
A-grade
1st - Michael Potter NSCC
2nd - Ed White SUVelo
3rd - Matt Garnon NSCC

B-grade
1st - Troy McDonald CCCC
2nd - Ran Vardi NSCC
3rd - Stuart Robertson NSCC

C-grade
1st - Matt Osborne NSCC
2nd - Ian Fitzpatrick NSCC
3rd - Chris Knox CCCC

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