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2014 "Youth off the Streets" charity ride - who's up for it in 2015?

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The fifteenth "Youth off the Streets" (YOTS) Charity ride was held in the fist week of May and covered the 950km journey from Sydney to Surfers in 7 days.

This year, Robert Santone, Simon Davies, Jim Ireland and Neil Matthews took part along with 190 other riders from all over Australia. The weather was mostly good after the strong head winds of Saturday and Sunday passed.

This year, the route varied ending up in Ballina at the end of day 6. Day 7 was then a fast (and mostly) flat run along the north coast to Surfers.

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From the President's Desk

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It has been a while but there remains plenty happening around the club.

Cootamundra race weekend

It was pleasing to see 20+ NSCC riders make the trek to Cootamundra to contest the first of their races for the year. The Coota May race heralds the start of the new country race season and quite a few "rookies" ventured out to stretch their legs.

Congratulations to Lee "Leethal" Robson and Richard Spinks who both achieved top 10 on Saturday and Sunday, and to Larri Wallbridge who fininhsed 4th in the Womens category.

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Important Update for Central Coast Calga Road Racing

I have just received notification from CCCC that, until further notice, there are new conditions on their Calga road races which have been set by Cycling NSW.

So for this Sunday's race, and all future races for now, CCCC can only allow riders from other clubs who have NOT raced previously at Calga in 2014 season. So to be clear, no NSCC rider who has already competed at Calga this year, will be allowed to compete.

CCCC apologises for the late notice and they hope that these restrictions can be lifted in the future. I will update members if this changes.

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Sunday 18th Beauie Worlds - Sydney's Premier Criterium Race

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Ever wanted to race in another team but can't bear to leave your mates? Well at Beauie this Sunday, you can race in another team but your mates won't hate you because it's only for one race.

Also for those racers who bombed at Coota because they couldn't contest the sprint finish - Beauie is the perfect race to hone those fast twitch muscles, so that next opens race you'll be powering home like Cav and Kittel.

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Cootamundra Race Weekend - Less Than One Week to Go

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I am very pleased to announce that the NSCC red and black machine will arrive in Cootamundra this weekend in vast numbers, for the Haycarters and Recovery handicaps. We have 22 registered riders, which is one of the biggest of any NSW club and we have high expectations for a great weekend's racing.

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Central Coast Calga Race on 3 May - Important Notice

Central Coast Cycling Club have advised me that their race on Saturday 3rd May is only open to CCCC members. So any NSCC riders planning to race there tomorrow, please don't.

CCCC apologises for the late notice and welcomes NSCC racers to their next race on 10th May (for those not doing Coota) and looks forward to a successful winter race program at Calga.

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The NSCC Beauie Worlds Criterium points score after 3 races - proudly supported by

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It's is now 3 races down in the 12-race BikeBug Beaumont Road points series for NSCC riders.

The points standing for each grade is:

1st - 25pts - Matthew Garnon
2nd - 20 pts - Jeff Nakajima
3rd - all on 15pts - Marcus Culey, Simon Davies, Geoffrey Goh, Andrew Logan, Darryl Noolan, Michael Potter, Craig Stevens and Christopher Williams.

1st - 35pts - Ran Virdi
2nd - 20pts - Jeff Dhu
3rd - 15 pts - Archie Wilson, Mark Craig

1st - 20pts - Daniel Newman

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Beauie Worlds - Easter Monday race results

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Beaumont Road is the Premier Criterium race in Sydney!

Another great day of racing under blues skies on Easter Monday, with a big crowd on the sidelines watching. Thank you to the many riders and visitors from other clubs including MWCC, CCCC, SUVelo, Parramatta, DHBC, RBCC, Easts, BiciSport, Marconi, Peleton and Harlequins.

Good fast racing across 4 full grades, with overall 95 riders signing on, including 46 from NSCC.

Thank you also to Gary Keating, Gary Bazley and Dave Hatley for the official duties.

The podium places in each grade were:

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Easter Monday Beauie Worlds Race - The Premier Criterium in Sydney

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On Easter Monday (21st April), the next round in the BikeBug Beauie Worlds Criterium 2014 Series takes place. In 2014 the Beauie crits have been most popular for many years, and it remains the premier Crit race in the Sydney metro area.

Due to the event's popularity we'd encourage racers to rock up early to ensure you get a spot in your nominated grade. Riders from all over Sydney and the Central Coast are expected so if you're up for it, come and have a go.

Registrations start at 7.45am

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Helmut reports on how the NSCC Juniors took on the Mountain at Bathurst

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What a great weekend of racing at Bathurst with NSCC well represented in the Junior ranks. All the Junior competitors gave all they had in their races. It was great watching them on the day ... they all put in 110% effort. Most importantly they all had fun.

They all enjoyed themselves on the day and were pleased with their results.

After racing and the next day a few of the juniors and parents road laps of the actual Bathurst 1000 circuit. They absolutely loved climbing up the mountain especially the parents. LOL !!!!!!!!!! I loved the smile of the kids when that happen.

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Easter Friday Wiseman's River ride - a great base training hit out for NSCC

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The Easter Friday NSCC training ride has been a fave at this time of the year, and sweetly timed just 3 weeks out from the Coota race or the YOTS Sydney-Surfers ride.

The bunch leaves Hornsby pool at 7am, and the first part of the ride is to Windsor via Galston Gorge.

From Windsor we head over to the Sackville ferry, then onto the River Road. The run along the River Road is one of the highlights of the ride, mixing tarmac and dirt roads.

We park up at to Wisemans for lunch.

From there we head back to Glenorie and through Berowra ferry home to Hornsby. Should be about 160kms.

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NSCC has a long tradition at Coota - and we are making it easier to get there. We just need you!

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The first Cootamundra race on 10-11 May heralds the start of the NSW country open calendar ... and it means great racing.

And NSCC has put together a value packed weekend of racing ... not even our treasurer knows about! It is all designed to make it easier to get NSCC riders there to the Coota race.

Included in the package is your transfer to Coota on a luxury mini bus which will transport you and your bikes and gear along with our newly acquired Bike trailer.

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Sue Willmott, Mark Blackman and Wayne Grech are doing their bit to support cancer research

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NSCC riders have always pedalled hard to support important community causes.

In 2014, Sue Willmott, Mark Blackman and Wayne Grech are participating in The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 2-day, 200km cycling event that raises funds for cancer research and treatment.

All proceeds from the event go towards the construction of the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, which will be a world-class cancer treatment and research facility providing integrated care to patients and carers.

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NSCC's Michael Potter to have a crack at the MTB Worlds

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NSCC's Michael Potter has been selected to represent Australia in U19 Men’s Mt Bike World Championships in Hafjell, Norway. As a first year U19 this is a real privilege, particularly as Michael is the only 1st year member in the team.

The championships are held from 2nd to the 7th September 2014.

The announcement comes after a successful Mountain Bike season where Michael finished 4th in the series. A few weekends back, he went to Mt Hutt in NZ where he placed 7th (2nd Australian) on a steep technical course.

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BikeBug Beauie Worlds turns out again in style for race day 2

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A handicap was the format for Round 2 of Bike Bug Beauie Worlds and turned out to be cracking day's racing.

And this nice thing about a handicap is that anyone can win on the day. Round 2 was no exception with D-grade riders hanging on until the final 100 metres to win the top 3 places, all going to NSCC riders.

A great turn-out of 73 riders sign-on meant that the pace was going to be fast. A-grade averaged almost 45 kph and is thought to be the fastest race ever!

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Reminder - Bikebug Beauie World Titles This Sunday 30th March

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This Sunday we are expecting a big rollup for the first handicap race of the BikeBug Beauie Points Race Series.  Make sure you get there early to register as there are big prizes on offer.

Handicap races are heaps of fun at Beauie - and for those who've previously done them, these races are full-on with each grade trying to stay away or catch the others.  What it means is all grades working together to drive it from the gun.

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BikeBug North Sydney comes on board to support the 2014 Beaumont Road point series

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We can now announce that an initiative between NSCC and Bike Bug North Sydney has been agreed to support the 2014 Beaumont Road Criterium Series.

BikeBug will provide four prizes to be awarded to the NSCC rider that achieves the highest points in each grade over the 12 races.

Yes, we mentioned a few weeks ago how we will put some zing back into the Beauie Worlds criterium races.

The 2014 BikeBug Beaumont Road Criterium Series is a points-based competition focussed on NSCC members only, across 4 grades (A-D).

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Beaumont Road - Round 1 race and grades

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The first round of the Beauie Worlds Series has been run and won last Sunday 16 March, and we had a great turn out on the day ... 71 riders registered, with 60% participation by NSCC members.

Podium results were:
1st - Matt Garnon NSCC
2nd - Michael Jaeger Peloton
3rd - Jeff Nakajima NSCC

1st - Jon Dundas-Smith Peloton
2nd - Andy Hellmich CCCC
3rd - Ran Virdi NSCC

1st - Daniel Newman NSCC
2nd - Chris Yeomans NSCC
3rd - Mike Coles Albury Wodonga CC


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Election of 2 committee members at the AGM - 7 April 2014

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The NSCC annual general meeting is set down for Monday 7th April 2014 at the Asquith Golf Club. The AGM is an important event to consider matters and direction for your club in the coming year.

In addition to normal business, the AGM will receive nominations from NSCC members for 2 committee roles being (a) Secretary, and (b) Club Handicapper. Both roles require extensive liaison across the club, and with Cycling NSW and other clubs.

The roles of Secretary and Handicapper are both vitally important to the effective running of the club and do involve a time commitment.

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The Sackville Wisemans and Mangrove Mountain training ride is on again Sunday 23 March - Who is willing?

Sunday will be our first club adventure this year and a good opportunity to tune those legs for upcoming club and open racing.

The course will take us through Galston Gorge out to Sackville and the River Road to Wisemans. This is opportunity for those to return who need to get home early. From Wisemans the hard guys and girls will head to Mangrove Mountain, Peats Ridge and home.

Ride leaves Hornsby Pool at 7am. The Wisemans short cut will give you roughly 130. The big loop is 210.

Come and support the club and your training. ALL Welcome.

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NSCC riders are again tackling the Sydney to Surfers Youth of the Streets ride in 2014

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NSCC's Bob Santone, Simon Davis and Neil Matthews are doing the 2014 Sydney to Surfers Bike Ride for the Youth off the Streets Charity (YOTS). This is Simon's first, Bob's 2nd and Neil's 7th ride.

The ride starts on Saturday 3rd May and involves pedalling 1000kms over 7 days to raise much needed funds for YOTS ... what a fantastic objective neatly combined with huge base training before the NSW open road racing season. Together, three riders will push about 1 million pedal strokes from here to there!

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Two NSCC masters riders spend summer at Dunc Gray

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Barry Kenyon and Neil Matthews have been cutting a trail to Dunc Gray velodrome to participate in the Bankstown Cycling Club 13-race track summer series. Both Barry and Neil were in C-grade and competition across all 6 grades was a high standard.

Barry finished overall top of C-grade with a large number of points, with Neil finishing sixth overall. Barry has already been advised that he is in B-grade next year.

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Beaumont Road Points’ series - an update

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Shortly, you will receive a NSCC email providing some more details about the 2014 Beaumont Road Crit season which is scheduled across 12 races.

The Beauie race formats will include 6 scratch races, 3 handicap races and 3 teams’ events. Cash prizes will still be paid at the end of each race as currently happens.

Dates for the 12 races are shown below and the season starts next Sunday 16 March, with the second race two weeks later on 30 March. Two races are run on Monday public holidays.
Sunday 16 March
Sunday 30 March
Monday 21 April
Sunday 18 May
Sunday 1st June

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Better access for the 2014 NSCC Race Calendar

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Just a quick note to say that we are aware that the screen and print resolution for the race calendar is not good and a link to download a copy from the website will be available shortly. We will also be sending details out via email. We are making every effort to get this information to you as soon as practical.

This is a 2-page printout and is designed to be displayed on the fridge, next to your desk, or wherever you can see it as an easy reference.

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2014 NSCC Race and training calander

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The NSCC committee has prepared a calendar for riders outlining important events for the 2014 year.

The calendar includes the following events.

Beaumont Road "Beauie" Criterium races
12 race dates have been set down for the 2014 year and make be run every 2, 3 or weeks depending on other events.

More information will be coming out about the new points series that is designed to encourage greater participation in Beaumont Road Crits by NSCC riders.

Note we have also identified some reserve dates for Beaumont Road races in case wet weather causes a cancellation.

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