Randwick Botany Cycling Club

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Fantastic results for the RBCC Track Team in Manchester 2016

Randwick riders had  fantastic results at the recent world masters titles held in Manchester.

Three Randwick Botany riders won world titles and were presented with the brand new design (rainbow jersey) released this year which is variation on the elite world championship jersey.  The boys can race with  this new design jersey in the events that we won for the upcoming year if they choose to.rainbow-jersey-manchester-2016

manchester_2017Performances were as follows:

Chris Murray:

–        Gold 500 metre time trial (in a world record time)

–        Gold 45 – 54 years team sprint (new world’s best time for the age    division)

–        Silver 45 – 54 years team pursuit


Gavin White:manchester2017a

–        Gold 45 – 54 years team sprint (new world’s best time for the age division)

–        Silver 45 – 54 years team pursuit


David Willmott:

–        Gold 55 – 64 years team sprint (new world’s best time for the age division)

–        Silver 60 – 64 years Sprint


Matt Glanville:

–        Bronze 45 – 54 years team sprint

–        Silver 45 – 54 years team pursuit

–        Bronze 45 – 49 years 750 metre time trial


Geoff Baxter

–        Made final of the scratch race and point score


Peter Selkrig

–        Made final of the scratch race and point score

Congratulations RBCC Track Team Manchester 2016



manchester-2016A huge congratulations to our track team who have just finished competing at the 2016 Masters Track Cycling World Champs in Manchester.  There were some fantastic results  including gold for Chris Murray in the 50-54 AG 500m sprint in a world best time.  Matt Glanville got a silver and two bronze and Gavin White had an awesome meet taking home a gold and a silver – a full report will follow once they have had a chance to catch their breath!

Club Championship – Eastern Creek Raceway – Saturday 8 Oct 2016

Tomorrow is the RBCC Road Race at Eastern Creek.

Why should you go?

  1.  You get to race on one of, if not the best circuit in Australia absolutely free because you are an RBCC member.
  2. You get the chance of being the A, B or C grade Road Racing Champion for 2016 with trophies at the Presentation night at the end of the year.
  3. To support your club who has put this great event on for you.
  4. Because at that time of the morning, it is only about a 40 minute drive.

Details are as follows:

Saturday, 8 October 2016
Gates open at 6.00am – Registration from 6.30am.  Racing commences 6.45am
Graded races (we have to be off the track by 8.30am)

Followed by coffee on the way home!!!


Great results by RBCC Golden Couple (well bronze & silver anyway)4-10-16-sue-jacko

This year the Riverina town of Griffith was host to the Nationals and over 350 cyclists from all across Australia made the journey to Griffith.  Unfortunately in the lead up to the event the area has had a lot of rain causing widespread flooding around a lot of the region.  Things were looking ominous as for those of us driving from Sydney we encountered very heavy rain all the way to Griffith on Friday with water across the road in lots of places.  However we all made it and went to bed Friday night praying the rain would stop for the road race the next morning.  Alas the weather gods were looking after us and we awoke to a lovely, albeit fresh, morning.  The wind was up a little but at least it wasn’t raining!!!  (more…)


FRIDAY NIGHT RAW TRACK – RBCC & Dulwich Hill compete for best club in Club Challenge


We need RBCC trackies to get up to Dunc Gray for the final Friday night (16 September 2016.)  We need people to race so we can gain points.  We are in a final battle with Dulwich Hill for best club in the Club Challenge.  If we win overall we get a kids track bike given to the club

So even if you can’t race, get over there tomorrow night and give our team some support.  Good luck RBCC !!!

Battle of the Bridge Final.

Battle of the Bridge Round 4

Come on RBCC !   Manly is stating on its website that RBCC has hoisted the White flag.  Quite Frankly we are getting our backsides handed to us.  Come on guys and girls, lets get down there en masse to show them that we know how to race around our home track. (details below)


Sign-on from 7am
C/D/Women: 7.30 am start
A/B: 8.30am start
Location: Heffron Park, (Final round conducted by SUVelo)
At the conclusion of racing everyone is welcome to attend “The Greenhouse, Grand Dr, Centennial Park NSW 2021, Australia (map)” for the Battle of the Bridge Presentations/Wrap up
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: 12:00 pm



Round 3 Battle of the Bridge – This Sunday – Enter NOW !!

Battle of the Bridge 21 August Criterium at Beaumont Road – NSCC


















Battle of the Bridge – Round 3 – RBCC Needs to Step its game UP!

The third round of the Battle of the Bridge is on this Sunday. Northern Sydney Cycling Club hosts at Beaumont Rd, Mount Ku-rin gai, with riders across men’s A-D grades and women’s race categories.


1st 6 0 0 4
2nd 1 4 2 3
3rd 2 4 2 2
Points 22 12 6 20

With results from all grades contributing to the overall competition, numbers matter! We’d love to see lots of RBCC riders across all grades, especially C, D and Women’s.

NSCC is capping the bunch sizes to keep the racing safe and hence entries are limited, so do not procrastinate and miss out.  You need to enter NOW.

Full details of the race are available on the NSCC website and entry tickets can be purchased from the NSCC online store. Sign-on starts at 7.45am with racing commencing at 8.15am.


Assistance required to facilitate racing.

Need some help this Saturday 13 Aug for track setup and Marshalling.  Have one helper only locked in, (thanks Grant Quinn).  If you look at the roster you will see a LOT of holes against Saturdays for the rest of the year.  Don’t forget RBCC members, you get $60 towards purchase of uniform or 3 free race entries if you help.  That’s not bad for a couple of hours work.  If you can help please email me and let me know the date you have selected to help.  You can see the roster here.

RBCC Club Champs – Round 4 – Hillclimb Time Trial (THIS SUNDAY !)

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RBCC Club Champs – Round 4 – Hillclimb Time Trial!

Round 4 of the Club Championship is this Sunday 7thAugust consisting of a 4km hill climb time trial up Razorback in Camden.   Thanks to Macarthur Collegian Cycling Club for organising the event.

Venue: Old Razorback Rd, Cawdor (near Cawdor Primary School)   Parking: Lagoon Flats Place 

The sign on table should be set up by 7.30am.

The event commences at 8.00am with the MCCC riders.  All visiting riders should be prepared to begin the climb at 8.30/8.40am and will be set off at 1 min intervals.

There is no entry fee for RBCC riders.  Race numbers, traffic controllers and time keepers will be supplied by MCCC.  All riders must present their current cycling licence.  For a map and details of the climb, see the MCCC website.


FRIDAY NIGHT RAW TRACK – RBCC currently 2nd in Club Challenge


We need RBCC trackies to get up to Dunc Gray on Friday night.  Riders not only get points for placing but also attendance.  We are currently in second place in the Club Challenge.  If we win overall we get a kids track bike given to the club


We need trackies like Charles Dalrymple-Hay, Shariff Shockair, Dave Stevens, Robbie Cater, etc etc.  Come on team lets go for First Place !


Round 3 – Battle of the Bridge

Battle of the Bridge 21 August Criterium at Beaumont Road – NSCC


















Battle of the Bridge – Round 3 – Entries now open!
Okay RBCC, let’s get our act together for Round 3 of Battle of the Bridge!!!!  We need you all to register and race at Beaumont Road on 21 August 2016.  Entries are now available online via the NSCC Shop but take note, each grade is limited to 32 riders and it is first in best dressed – please enter now!!!!

Gold for our MMAS 150+ Team in Nowra.


Congratulations to the Gold medalists in the MMAS 150+ State Team Time Trial, Geoff Baxter, Daniele Vanolini, Peter Selrig and Dave Jackson.  Congratulations to all those members who represented the club in the State Team Time Trial event including Randolph Baral, Alan Smith, Sam Axiotis, Anthony Griffin, Andrew Galvin, Matt Glanville, Mathieu Bremaud, Pedro Gomez & Sharif Shockair, Shane Mattiske, Darin Tucker, Antonio Dormio, George Katsidis, Arthur Magaitis & Nick Tselios.  Apologies if I missed anyone.

Congratulations to the entire RBCC team.

Round 2 Battle of the Bridge

west_headCongratulations to those RBCC members who got on the podium at round 2 of the Battle of the Bridge at West Head.  Thanks to all who competed and upheld RBCC honour.  Special congratulations to Klayten Smith who came 3rd in B grade and Sue Henry who came second in the Womens event.  For information about this event and coming events see the latest newsletter

Here are the final placings (round 2 at West Head): (more…)

Uniform display at RBCC Club house Saturday 9 July at 2pm

I get lots of questions about the type and features of RBCC uniform that can be ordered from the online store.  Rob Sarfati of Champion Systems has kindly offered to aJER006-0001-16-AU000044_v01_06_NLttend Heffron Park tomorrow Saturday 9 July at 2pm.  Members will be able to examine the various types and sizes of available garments.  When you finally decide what you want it can be ordered via the online shop:   Here


Official suppliers of Randwick Botany Cycling Club uniform



Battle Of The Bridge – Club 4 way. Norths, Manly, SuVelo & RBCC 25 June 2016

A GRADE 18 laps 36.36km,  Time: 00:51:33, Avg Speed: 42.32Km/hr,  Avg Laptime: 00:02:52battle_of_the _bridge_25June16_A
1st Jesse Coyle (SYDUNI)
2nd Nathan Bonarius (SYDUNI)
3rd Michael Cupitt (NORTHSYD)


B GRADE 16 laps 32.32km,  Time: 00:48:24, Avg Speed: 40.07Km/hr,  Avg Laptime: 00:03:02battle_of_the _bridge_25June16_B
1st Christopher TAYLOR (MANLY)


C GRADE 14 laps 28.28km,  Time: 00:47:32, Avg Speed: 35.70Km/hr,  Avg Laptime: 00:03:24battle_of_the _bridge_25June16_C
1st David LEON (SYDUNI)
2nd Peter Beaumont (NORTHSYD)
3rd Tim Fitzpatrick (NORTHSYD) (more…)

Round 1 – Battle of the Bridge – Tomorrow – Sat 25 June 2016.

Don’t Forget !  Battle Of The Bridge (4 rounds)

Tomorrow is Round 1: (25 June at Heffron Park)

Don’t forget that this is a interclub 4 way.   RBCC and SUVelo of the south will take on  Manly & North Sydney of the north.   Sorry riders from other clubs, but normal racing for you will resume Saturday after.

                 2pm:   D Grade and Women’s race
                 3pm:   A, B & C Grades.
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Be ready to do battle for your club as we Battle for the Bridge against NSCC, RBCC and SUVelo. It is time to take a stand, represent your club and ensure that we take all of the glory in this inaugural interclub series. Will you stand up and be counted?

This new interclub series promises some galactic sized battles from West Head, to Heffron and Beaumont Road. This is a new format and style of racing to be introduced to the Sydney scene for the clubs involved. Each club will have the home ground advantage in one of the rounds as the other clubs will look to invade and take the loot on offer.

Run over four rounds, each club will be looking to collect points by having riders on the podium in grades A-C and a separate women’s grade. The clubs will be running their usual formats and so we will have the twisting and turning Heffron Park for SUVelo and RBCC. With Heffron the wind is often more pronounced and produces different racing on a Saturday afternoon at Heffron with RBCC compared to the calmer conditions of early morning racing with SUVelo. The West Head round will be a rolling gauntlet for the other clubs as we will look to dominate in all grades with our home ground advantage and similarly Northern Sydney will know how to time that sprint finish at Beaumont Road.


Each round will only be open to the 4 clubs within the series, so you will clearly know who you are working with and who you are marking. Can alliances be formed between clubs? Who knows, plenty of things happen out on the road in the heat of battle.

The four dates for the Battle Of The Bridge are as follows: 

25th June – Randwick Botany, Heffron Park (please note that racing will not be OPEN on this date – It is a 4 way meeting and only the 4 clubs mentioned will be eligible to compete)

10th July – Manly Warringah, West Head

21st August – Northern Sydney, Beaumont Road

28th August – SUVelo, Heffron Park

Attendance at each of the rounds will also earn you valuable points towards the MWCC Club Championship.


RBCC Track Team

Great first night turnout by the RBCC Track Team at Raw Track on Friday 17 June 2016 (Friday nights at Dunc Gray velodrome)  Pictured from Left: Darryl Thorncraft, Matt Glanville, Daniel Morressy, Sharif Shockair , Charles Dalrymple-Hay, Dave Stevens, Julian Wills, Blake Ryan, Ian Atkin, Geoff Baxter, Gavin White, Brett Scruse. Devon Middleditch (not in photo)

Missing from the team on Friday was Dave Willmott, Nathan Mclaughlan, Chris Murray, Peter Selkrig, Jayson Austin, Robbie Cater, Adam Martin  & Danny Hennessy.

Now this is a pretty high calibre team with many of the team members being current or previous world Masters Champions and/or World record holders.  We also have National and State champions and for something different Brett Scruse (pictured far right above) is the current World 45+ BMX Champion, having won the title in Columbia!

Palmeres of the Randwick Botany Track Team  (This is impressive) (more…)

Battle of the Bridge. Round 1 Heffron 25 June 2016

Battle Of The Bridge (4 rounds)

Don’t forget that round 1 is almost here (25 June at Heffron Park)

                 2pm:   D Grade and Women’s race
                 3pm:   A, B & C Grades.

You can enter online here:  https://trybooking.com/LITV

By using the Online Entry Portal you can pre-purchase entry into all 4 rounds for $60.  In other words, all rounds, including round 1 at Heffron will only cost you $15 entry rather than the usual $20.  If you elect to pay on the day at registration cost will be $20 as per normal.   (more…)

Sydney Road Championships

IMG_3406Great work from those RBCC members who braved the wet and headed to Penrith this morning (4 June 2016).  Congratulations to Dave Jackson for gold in the M6 division, Sue Henry for gold in the Women’s A division and Matt Glanville for bronze in the M4 division. (more…)

RBCC Club Championships -Round 1- June 11


The first round of the RBCC Club Championships, the individual Time Trial was  held on June 11 2016 at West Head by courtesy of the Manly Warringah Cycling Club.image002

A lot of RBCC members were in action over the long weekend.  The weather was perfect but the mercury has definitely dropped and winter is upon us!


D Graders – Where are you ?????

At the beginning of this year, I rallied the troops and we got a good D grade race happening on Saturday afternoon at Heffron.  Now some of those who raced D grade, Like George Mussels, Ian Ross, and Stuart Harvey advanced their fitness so quickly over the weeks that they have moved on to C grade.  I know that the speed of D grade went up as these riders got fitter and hopefully that has not scared people away. (it’s down again now)20_Feb_16_D

Now I know that for some of you, you think racing is dangerous but I can tell you that, the second place getter in the photo above is currently in hospital recovering from an “Ice skating” incident and the third place getter is off suffering with a shoulder injury from playing touch football.  So there, I have proved to you that it is more unsafe to do other sports. By the way you also don’t have to worry about the fierce looking 14 year old (No 1 on the podium) as young Antoine has moved up to C grade having continued week to week in kicking our respective backsides.

So I hope I have proved to you that D grade is safe, certainly more so than ice skating and/or touch football.  I hope that I have proved, given that 12 year old and 13 year old kids are in this grade, that it is not intimidating.  So really, what other excuse can you have for not racing?

So we want to get numbers happening in D grade again. John Kempler complete with new bionic hip wants to take on all comers and we want to see these former D grade racers competing again:

Maurice Baroni

Brett Annesley

Chris Georgas

Paul Serof

Lewis O’Brien

Shahrzad  Shahnia

Tanya Newton

Graham Ferguson

But NOT ONLY these, the invite is open to everyone (except A, B & C graders) If you train once or twice a week then you can race.  So have a go !

Masters Road Championships – Orange – 30 April 2016

by Sue Henry
The beautiful town of Orange was the venue for the 2016 State Masters Championships. RBCC had 22 members participating during the course of the weekend and it was lovely to see the camaraderie between us all and just as importantly our supporters. One of the highlights was meeting the “other” halves who I am sure we would all agree, without them what we do would not be possible!

2016 Orange States


Three Gorges Ride – Anzac Day- Monday 25 April

RBCC Three gorges ride :
Meet Anzac Day Monday 6.30am at the RANDWICK gates. Direction for three gorges will be anticlockwise .

Ride Captain:  Alex Rosenwax.

Ability:  Heffron Park C grade and above
Pace will be steady.
Riders should be at a level to at least sit in on the Sunday waterfall ride.

Uniform:  To ensure the ride captain can recognise all members of the bunch please wear  your RBCC uniform.

This is a 5 hour ride so don’t expect to be home much time before lunch.

**** Remember to bring 2 full bidons (water bottles), food and money and if possible your mobile phone and make sure the ride captain has your number.  Previously on this ride we have had a couple of people sugar flat and dehydrate.  5 hrs on the bike is a long time so make sure you have plenty of water and munchies and you won’t have a problem.

RBCC Track Team perform Magnificently at National Championships.

Fantastic Results of the RBCC Track Team, with World records, National records and lots of medals.  Congratulations Guys.

Matt & Julian

Chris Murray – Gold TT (world record), gold IP (AUstralian Record), Gold TS, gold TP (aus record) – also Champion of Champions Masters 5

Matt Glanville – Gold scratch, bronze TT, silver IP, 4th Ts, silver team pursuit – also champion of champions in Masters 4

Gavin White – Gold Team Sprint, Gold Team Pursuit (aus record)
Nathan McLachlan – Gold team sprint, gold sprint

Geoffrey Baxter – Gold scratch race, bronze IP, silver teams pursuit
Danny Hennessy – bronze scratch, silver team pursuit
Julian Wills – 4th Team Sprint
Jason Austin – bronze Individual Pursuit, 4th scratch, silver team pursuit
David Z – 4th team sprint, silver IP, Silver TT, Silver Sprint, silver teams pursuit


Congratulations to our new National Champions

Congratulations to Chris Murray, Nathan McLachlan and Gavin White on taking out the Maters Team Sprint at the National titles held at the Darebin International Sports Centre in Melbourne.










It was a super effort by the team but especially so in the case of Gavin White who only a few months ago was getting around on a walking stick having undergone 3 major back operations in the previous 12 months. Gav would like to thank his teammates Chris Murray and Nathan Mclachlan for carrying the flagged helping him out.


New Uniform ready to order (Finally !)

RBCC uniform is now ready to order complete with new sponsors logos.



Please note that the knicks (in terms of artwork) have not changed.  The new Razor knicks have a fantastic one piece chamois that I am sure everyone will be happy with.  The current online store is open till 30 March, which gives you all an opportunity to order over the Easter Holiday weekend.  To order your new uniform, click here

Congratulations to our Track Stars at the NSW Masters Track Championships

Great results from the RBCC Track Team at the NSW Masters Championships over last couple of weekends in February.

Feb_27_16 State MastersChris Murray broke a world record in the Masters 5 500 metre time trial on his way to winning.  He looks to improve even more on that time at the national titles in Melbourne at the end of March.

Feb_27_16 State Masters_Team Sprint

Julian Wills, Chris Murray and Gavin White won the team sprint in convincing fashion.  It was Julian’s first state title win and Gavin’s comeback from 3 spinal surgeries over the past 8 months. Chris Murray anchored the team in unbelievable fashion, demonstrating his current amazing form.

Robbie Cater got a Bronze medal in the Masters 1 Scratch race.  Adam Martin came 4th in the sprint in his first year racing the track which was great to see.

The Costin Roe Consulting County Racing Series and implementation with RBCC Club Championships

The Costin Roe Consulting Country Racing Series will be staged over a series of events (listed at the right hand side of the website).  The first one at Orange is coming up REALLY SOON !strata and costinroe

Members who attend these opens will get 5 attendance points towards the Overall Road Race championship point score.  If you happen to win a Country open you will get an additional 20 points for a win, 15 for a second and 10 for a third (subject to the race sub committee’s thumbs up).  So no longer will it be the winner of the Eastern Creek round of the RBCC championship who takes home the Road Race Champion trophy, it will be the member who does well at both the Country opens and the RBCC round of the championship.


Darren Tucker (0439 133 243 )is the event captain and will be organising transport for those who want it.  You can find out information about the Orange Challenge here

RBCC Sponsors for 2016 to 2018

Our 2016 to Dec 31 2018 uniform is now 100% locked in.  The final position is filled and on behalf of the club I would like to welcome AMA Windows aboard.  Happily we can now go into production and order our new uniform for the next 3 years.

AMA windows





We would also like to welcome back Costin Roe Consulting.strata and costinroe


It is my great pleasure to inform members that our major sponsor,
Vantage Freight is sponsoring RBCC for another 3 years.  CEO of Vantage, Dave “Knuckles” Crampton informed  me that he always feels proud when he sees the guys on the road.


I am also pleased to announce that long term club sponsors, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers, and Bike Bug have similarly jumped onboard without hesitation as has catvet.com.au, and Guardian Global Systems


It’s great to have you onboard.







Welcome also to new club sponsor:   birdvet.com.au



Our club survives via sponsorship and it is clear that our sponsors love to see their organisations/companies showcased via the uniform and proudly worn by RBCC members when we are out there in public.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors of the Randwick Botany Cycling Club for both past and future ongoing support.

I would like to wish Dave, the best of luck for next Saturday when he competes in the final round of the Radical Australia Cup.

KnucklesTo see David and the Vantage Freight Radical in action click here.

Also don’t forget the Vantage Freight Jindabyne high altitude Training Camp


Costin Roe Consulting Country Racing Series

The Costin Roe Consulting Country Racing Series will be staged over a series of events as a road racing series with points to be awarded based on entry and then performance.strata and costinroe

The goal is to encourage as many Randwick Botany riders to compete in these events.

The Competition Sub-Committee is working hard on implementing this series into the club championship so that these events will accrue points towards the overall RBCC Road Racing Champion for 2106.  There will be prize money for the ultimate point victor as well.  More details will be published as to the specifics as they come to hand.  In the interim, you should be focussing on the first date being 20 March 2016 at Orange.

Round 1:  Orange Challenge 20/03/2016

Countdown is on for RBCC members at Bathurst

The count down for the Bathurst 12 hour motorsport event is on. In fact it is on this weekend.  We have 2 of our club members racing, Dave Crampton and Greg Smith.  Both are racing in the Radical Australia Cup.Bathurst 2015

Best of luck to our major sponsor Dave Crampton in the Vantage Freight radical.  Here’s Dave (above) at last year’s Bathurst event.

Good luck also to RBCC member Greg Smith, (No 78 below) who is also competing in the Radical cup.  Best of luck to both of you.


Bathurst 12 hour is streamed live on Saturday . The Radical races are on Saturday at 10.35 am and 4.05pm



Club kit to be worn on race day.

Firstly thank you to all those riders who are showcasing their club and its sponsors by wearing your club uniform.  You are in fact ensuring that your club survives.  The vast majority of you comply with our uniform rules but every now and then we have to put up with a minority who want to argue and cause angst with the volunteers who actually put on the race by arguing the point.  I don’t know why they don’t just make good on their threat and “race somewhere else”  Such was the case on Saturday where a couple of individuals decided to tell us that other clubs with similar strict uniform code had relaxed their uniform standard and we should to.  One of the Clubs mentioned was Manly so I made enquiries with the Manly Executive.  This is their response:

” We wish to remind riders that it is an MWCC race rule that all riders race in their club kit on race day. If you are in a registered race kit and a registered rider for that kit -as per the NSW Cycling website – then we require that you race in A Grade. If you wish to be in a ‘race team’ then we think  the most appropriate division is the top level of racing that has a number of race team riders and is one of the few grades where group tactics may come into play. If you feel that this is an unreasonable request, then please respect our rules and don’t enter. We gave some leeway in January because we knew that some riders and teams were busy setting themselves up over the Christmas New Year Period. If you don’t have a club kit from your club, then a plain white or black jersey is acceptable.”

Hope this puts an end to it.  See you in your club kit on Saturday.

Anzac Day Hunter Valley Tour

RIDE TO THE HUNTER VALLEY (23,24,25 April 2016)

Everyone LOVED our Jindabyne camp and as such we could not wait to put on another great weekend for the members. So as luck would have it we have been invited on a fantastic weekend being organised by the Manly Club.

HunterThe Manly club has kindly invited RBCC members on a Hunter Valley weekend.  Your better half deserves a few days relaxing in the Hunter enjoying the finer things in life. You deserve a weekend of a couple of great rides.  Ride to the Hunter on Saturday, taste wine and be generally frivolous Sunday, then ride home Monday. The ride is about 170k each way and thinking two groups, A/B and C, with a sag wagon / support. The ride is on very quiet country roads and is a very doable ride, with no climbs after Mount White. Looking at Accommodation at The Sebel, and looking to get approx half price (with all these savings imagine the extra bike components you can buy).

Whilst this is being organised through MWCC the more the merrier, so happy for you to bring friends. MWCC have provisionally arranged 20 rooms at Mercure Hunter Resort – it is very central and within walking distance of a few wineries. The room rate is 25% discounted and includes full breakfasts Sunday & Monday morning.

The rooms are the Deluxe Rooms with sunken spa etc, and the rate is $314 per night (for a couple).

The event has been set up on Try booking to register your interest.

If you would like to arrange your own accommodation, then that is no problems at all. We will be looking to have a group dinner one night at the Royal Oak Hotel – winner of best pub food on numerous occassions. On another night there is the option of a fining dining option. We would recommend making a booking at Muse Restaurant. You will not be disappointed.
During the day people can either wine tour as a group, as individuals or you can do your own thing.

If you are interested in attending then register your interest via the try booking link or let John Buckton know via the RBCC contact page.


Don’t forget that RBCC Saturday afternoon racing begins again this Saturday 30th January and once again we will be looking at hosting a massively competitive D grade.  Many of these Elite D grade athletes have been training hard and have actually just returned from a High Altitude Training Camp.  Here are some of the D grade Elite athletes in action:
























Be Afraid.  Be Very AFRAID !!

Now besides the above “athletes”, there’s a big chance John Kempler might be back after his hip operation and there are several others looking like they could be fit after concluding various medical procedures including tummy tucks and dementia therapy.

It’s going to be an epic battle so we welcome all D graders next Saturday.

However we do need assistance with track set up and marshalling so if you can help please contact me ASAP.  The new 2016 roster is now up (to the left) and thanks to Chris Georgas who has already nominated 4 days.

Jindabyne 2016

The Vantage Freight 2016 Jindabyne Training Camp

Vantage(200w)Some 47 RBCC members attended the Jindabyne Training Camp this year and despite the fact that I said last year was the best camp ever, I have to once again say, “This year was the best year ever !”  Fact is, it just gets better every year.DSC_0930

Here are some of the gang at the top of Charlotte Pass (Day 2)

We had perfect weather conditions, we had great food, we had great riding and we had great company and camaraderie.  Not only the riders enjoyed but so too did the non riders.  The Rydges staff were fantastic and our lunchtime outings to the Wild Brumby were truly memorable (well mostly in my case as I was drinking litre glasses of German Larger)

Thanks to Camp organiser, Ivan Jellic.  Thanks to Support vehicle drivers, Joanne and Pina.  Thanks to camp photographer Rebecca and thanks to out treasurer, Anna for not worrying too much about how much we spent.


Here’s links to Rebecca’s photos:

(Day 1 – Dead Horse Gap)

(Day 2 – Charlotte Pass)

(Day 3 – “The Diggings”)



Happy New Year 2016



The Randwick Botany Cycling Club would like to wish everyone a Happy, Safe and prosperous New Year in 2016.

Please note that Saturday afternoon racing will resume at Heffron Park, the week after the Australia Day Public Holiday weekend, being on Saturday 30th January 2016.  See you all there then.

D Grade is BACK !! (starting Saturday 5 Dec 15)

I hope I don’t embarrass anyone but here is a flashback to November 2007:

D  Grade  20km 10 Laps  Time 37:37   Av speed 32.2kph,   Av Lap Time:  3min 46 secs24_Nov_07_D podium



1st Nathan Bonarius (RBCC/FRF)

2nd David Price (RBCC/FRF)

3rd  Camille Reed (RBCC/FRF)

Not only did we have a D grade but we had an E grade and it is time to bring D grade back. Many “serial” trainers are concerned about racing.  Well next week D Grade is back and it will have John Buckton, a rolling Commissaire in it to ensure that it is conducted as safely as possible.  We already have about half dozen starters.  Make sure that you have a full (gold) racing license and we will see you at registration from 2.30pm.  Let us know if you intend to enter D grade via our Facebook page.

Randwick Botany Christmas Party & Presentation Award Ceremony

The RBCC Christmas party and presentation award ceremony will be held at 3pm on Sunday 6 December at new venue, The Lakes Hotel at Rosebery.IMG_6937
Pictured above is the area which has been put aside for our exclusive use.  Everyone is most welcome and I am sure that we will all have a great time.  Cost is only $20 per head and we will be enjoying some delicious finger food (platters and platters of them). Kids 15 years old and under are FREE !

Please let us know if you are coming as soon as possible which will assist us greatly in terms of catering, by sending your payment through to our Treasurer, Anna Fortuna with following bank details

Make Payment: to:     BSB: 062125

A/C Number: 00800035 (Randwick Botany Cycling Club).

Don’t forget to put your name and the details of your payment in the reference field, example (Jellic x 2) or (Buckton x 1.)  Please send a remittance advice email to treasurer@randwickbotanycc.com, as well so she can keep track of who has paid.


Congratulations Hugh Harvey

Congratulations Hugh Harvey2015 Hunter Junior Tour Podium

Hugh has represented Randwick Botany Cycling Club in the recent Country Junior Opens.  He is pictured above getting second in his age category in both the ITT and criterium in the Hunter Junior Tour and came second overall in the General Classification.  Hugh has followed these great results up with a third in the road race at the Tamworth Junior Tour.  Great effort Hugh.  Keep up the great work.

Online uniform shop now open.

The RBCC / Champion Systems online shop has once again been opened up to receive orders.  Goto:  http://aucustom.champ-sys.com/Login/en-AU/in.aspx  If you have an existing account you can log straight in with your user name and password.  If you need to create an account you will have to email me for the temporary password.

The Club already has Rasor knicks and club cut jerseys in stock so you will be unable to order these online, but you can order everything else including thermal gear etc.

The shop will remain open till Friday week, 19th June 2015

Results 25 April 2015 (Anzac Day)

A GRADE 18 laps 36.36km,  Time: 00:54:08, Avg Speed: 40.30Km/hr,  Avg Laptime: 00:03:0025_April_15_A
1st Robert CATER (RBCC)
2nd Luke Davison (SYDNEY)


B/C GRADE 16 laps 32.32km,  Time: 00:48:43, Avg Speed: 39.81Km/hr,  Avg Laptime: 00:03:0325_April_15_B
2nd Caleb FURNER (GIANT)
3rd David Watkinson (MANLY)

1st C Grader home:  Rob Dooley (SYDUNI) (more…)

Help needed at RBCC Saturday racing at Heffron Park

There are a lot of holes in the Duty Roster:  http://www.randwickbotanycc.com/duty-roster-2015/

Don’t forget RBCC members, we are not asking you to assist for nothing.  The club offers $60 in kind to go towards either club uniform or race entry to everyone who performs the role and its not a one time thing.  It’s CUMULATIVE !   So do it a few times and you are well on your way to earning a free club kit.

So who is going to help Chris Georgas next Saturday at 1.30pm?

click here:  http://www.randwickbotanycc.com/contact/ and tell me what date on which you want to help and earn your $60.


With Winter approaching, we have opened to Champion Systems online shop till Sunday 22 March to receive orders.  Goto:  http://aucustom.champ-sys.com/Login/en-AU/in.aspx  If you have an existing account you can log straight in with your user name and password.  If you need to create an account you will have to email me for the temporary password.

We have Rasor knicks and club cut jerseys in stock so you will be unable to order these online, but you can order everything else including thermal gear etc.

Don’t forget that Easter is coming up on 3rd April and on Daylight Saving ends on Easter Sunday the 5th April.

Randwick Botany Uniform Policy for Saturday afternoon racing.

Everyone should be aware of Randwick Botany’s policy re wearing of uniform at Saturday racing.  The following is at the bottom of every race report:

Randwick Botany Cycling Club are well aware of the Cycling NSW uniform regulations.  However as race promoters we reserve the right to implement our own local race rules. All riders must race in their club registered uniform unless exempted as per the following circumstances. If your club has run out of stock of uniform (and this is confirmed by a club official) you may having sought permission from the promoter, race in a plain white or black jersey.
If you are entitled as a registered member of a Cycling NSW or Cycling Australian registered or International team, to wear registered team uniform.  All male (non junior) registered team members will be required to compete in the  A grade event.  Female registered team members and Junior male U17 riders on restricted gears will be allowed to compete in B grade event.

Now there are only 19 approved team uniforms on Cycling NSW website.

If you are not a member of an approved NRS team, or a professional team, or a member of one of the above 19 approved state teams, you will be ineligible to race on Saturday afternoons unless you compete in your registered club uniform.  We will be turning people away from next Saturday so be warned.


RBCC Sunday Training Rides

As you know we have A, B & C training rides on Sunday mornings.  We are now introducing a D ride.  The D ride will be 20 km shorter (the old Cronulla ride) and will start at 7am.  All rides leave from the Randwick gates of Centennial Park.  So the new line up is:

Waterfall C ride:  Leaves 6.15am sharp.

Waterfall A ride:  Leaves 6.30am sharp.

Waterfall B ride:  Leaves 2 or 3 mins after A ride (approximately 6.33am)

Cronulla D ride:  Leaves 7am sharp.

2015 NSW U19 & Elite Criterium Championships 28 March 2015.

2015 NSW U19 & Elite Criterium Championships

The Randwick Botany Cycling Club is promoting the NSW Criterium Championship on Saturday, 28th March 2015.  Our normal Saturday afternoon program will be conducted for Juniors at 2pm and Seniors at 3pm.

Assistants for Track set-up and marshalling are required between 9am and 1pm. Thanks to Luke & Terese Drummond who are doing the afternoon shift. So if you can assist please contact here:  (YES you will qualify for the $60 RBCC rebate for uniform and/or race entry)

NSW Criterium Championships Start Time: 

  • 9:00am – Warm-up
  • 10:00am – First Race


  • Event 1 – 10:00am – JM19 – 30mins + 3 laps 
  • Event 2 – 10:45am – JW19 & Elite Women – 30min + 3 laps
  • Event 3 – 11:30am – U23 Men – 50mins + 3 laps
  • Event 4 – 12:30am – Elite Men – 60mins + 3 laps

Age Categories & Eligibility:

  • JW19, JM19, U23, Elite Women & Elite Men

To register for the NSW Criterium Championships, click here……

RBCC Uniform (Club cut or Race Cut)

As many of you probably know, our uniform supplier has two “cuts” for jerseys.  The club keeps “Club Cut” in stock but “Race cut” is available via special orders if you are prepared to wait a while for it to be manufactured.  Now personally, I prefer the Club Cut but if you are one of those people who want your jersey spray painted on, you can go for the Race Cut.  Well they reckon a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is one of our RBCC models showing off the very flattering race cut jersey.  Note how it hugs the masculine contours of his body.

Rockstar race cut

Results 28 February 2015

A GRADE 18 laps 36.36km,  Time: 00:55:43, Avg Speed: 39.16Km/hr,  Avg Laptime: 00:03:06A_28_feb_15
2nd Mark KEEFFE (LACC)
3rd Matthew LUCAS (RBCC) Please note: Matthew Lucas left prior to presentation.  We were therefore forced to find a “Body Double” for Matthew.  Luckily, Bazza Mourad, who is almost a dead ringer, not only in body shape but also haircut and features, kindly stepped up to the podium to accept the award for Matty.  On behalf of Matt, thanks Bazza. (more…)

RBCC Sunday Waterfall Rides

A, B & C rides.

As you probably all know, we now have 3 rides going to Waterfall of a Sunday which is great as it links people of similar abilities and keeps the bunch size down so that we don’t have so many conflicts with red lights and at intersections.

C Group:  The C Group leaves at 6.15am (sharp) from usual starting point.

A Group:  The A group leaves at 6.30am (sharp) from usual starting point

B Group:  B group will wait till A group gets through first set of traffic lights which usually sees us leave about 6.32am.

For those who don’t know:  The usual starting point is the Randwick gates of Centennial Park.  See you tomorrow weather permitting.

Club Professionalism

Congratulations RBCC members.  As President, I have been very proud of late to see everyone proudly wearing their club kit and showcasing both the club and its sponsors.  It shows team spirit, club pride and we look very professional out there on the road.  I am sure that like me our sponsors are equally happy.  Keep up the great work.  Thanks to Carmine Di Campli who took some great photos of the Friday Coffee ride at La Perouse.

Now for those who can help, we are having a working bee this Sunday 18 Jan to move everything from the old club house to the new.  If you can come down and help you would be most welcome.  By all means bring your trolly, broom and vacuum cleaners.  Many hands make light work.

RBCC (A, B & C) Sunday Waterfall Rides

We now have a Sunday Waterfall “C” ride.  This ride leaves the Randwick gates of Centennial Park at 6am.  Your ride captain is none other than Rocky Fortuna.  The pace is very leisurely so this ride is recommended for weaker riders and riders coming back from injury or time off the bike.

The A & B rides will leave at 6.30am with A rolling out 6.30am on the dot and B rolling out about a minute or 2 later.   There was a bit of reluctance by usual A riders to roll out last week and as a result the 2 groups went together.  This resulted in a quicker than usual pace for some B’s who were not able to keep up and also the huge group had issues with traffic lights.  This cannot be allowed to happen again so B will NOT be rolling out till the A’s have left.

See you all tomorrow.  Weather permitting of course

IMPORTANT Notice before you ride in 2015

Hi all, before you go adding those 2015 k’s to Strava, I hope you have all remembered to renew your licenses for 2015.  All Gold and Silver licenses expired as of Midnight 31 Dec (effectively whilst you were watching the fireworks so too did your license go up in smoke) and as such not only are you non financial members of your club but more importantly you are not covered by insurance when you go out for your ride.  Re-register immediately here…………

RIDE FOR JACK next Sunday 21 December.

One of our members, Raf Del Vecchio, has asked to support hisJack photo

“Do it for Jack” ride this Sunday.

Raf is the former director of Police Legacy and recently became aware that the son of a  friend of his  (7 year old Jack) has an inoperable brain tumour. See link here

The ride details are as follows:

Date                      Sunday 21 December 2014

Start                      Centennial Park Darley Road Gates – 6am

Route                    Kurnell / La Perouse / Centennial Park

Distance               Approx 100kms

I am going to do this ride with Rocky Fortuna, Raf and others and I would call on any of the Waterfall B group (indeed A group as well) to come and have a ride with us and support this worthy cause.

Raf has said that there is absolutely no obligation for you to do anything other than turn up and ride. However I would hope that that we can show Jack and his family a little RBCC genorocity. If you wish to donate (and receive a tax invoice) the fund numbers can be found here:


Post Ride Note:

Ride was well supported.  Thanks to the RBCC members who came out on the ride.ride for Jack

Here’s the gang at Kurnell.

Christmas Pudding Races

Christmas puddingNext Saturday 13 December, weather permitting, RBCC will host it’s annual Christmas Pudding races at Heffron Park, usual starting time at 3pm for Seniors. In addition to the usual prize money, 1st, 2nd & 3rd place getters will receive a Christmas Pudding !

At the completion of racing, there will be a scrumptious afternoon tea with all manner of culinary delights.  All are welcome to come and enjoy the afternoon with us.

Don’t forget that this concludes Saturday racing for 2014.  Racing will recommence the week after the Australia Day Public holiday weekend on 31 January 2015.  A & B grades should be filled to the max after all your Christmas, New Year training rides.  See you then.

2014 Christmas Party & Presentation Night

A great night was had by all in the new more casual venue.  Thanks to Alex Hinds for being MC.

Club persons of the year

Meet our RBCC Club “Persons” of the year.  Father and son teams, Andy and Robert Matthews and Jose and Myles(absent) Rodrigeuz.  These 4 RBCC stalwarts happily volunteered time and time again to assist with track set up and marshalling duties.  Saturday riders should be very grateful of the efforts of these guys as without their support we would not have been able to hold Saturday racing on numerous days. Thanks guys. (more…)

RBCC Christmas Party 7 December 2014

RBCC Christmas party

This year’s RBCC Christmas Party (get together) will be at the Coach and Horses Hotel in Randwick on Sunday afternoon 7th December.

It will also incorporate the Presentation of awards for our club championship series.  There will be drinks and finger food in a more casual setting  from 3pm to 7pm.  For those who want to kick on, there is a nice restaurant if you wish to have dinner afterwards.  I know Joanne and I will be.

SBS Celebrity (and RBCC member) Alex Hinds has kindly offered to MC this year so that I am sure will be a pleasant break for everyone from having to listen to me for about the past 20 years.

Please Click Here and  fill in the form to register if you are coming.
This will help us with catering. (We don’t want to run out of finger food !)

Final Round RBCC Club Championships Sunday 21 September 2014

Next Sunday is the final round of the RBCC Club Championships and round 3 of the Criterium championships.  Race is at the Sutherland criterium circuit.  A Club ride will leave the Randwick Gates of Centennial Park at 7.30am for a nice warm up to Sutherland shopping centre where we will get race ready with a nice caffeine hit and some cargo loading.  Race starts at 10am at the Sutherland Criterium circuit.  If you can assist please let me know as poor Joanne has to try and get 7 placed in 3 grades.  See you there.

RBCC Club Road Racing Championships at Eastern Creek.

Eastern Creek Cub Championship Race SATURDAY AUGUST 30 2014
Run and won. A great morning had by all as whilst it was pelting down in the Eastern Suburbs, it was fine at Eastern Creek despite for minor spitting on the last couple of laps of the race.  Results here…..   Don’t forget the next round of the Club Championships, the Individual Time Trial at Calga next weekend Sunday 7 September.

Buon viaggio Anna

On behalf of all RBCC members, and I am sure many from the other clubs as well, I would like to wish Anna Fortuna, Buon Viaggio as she heads off to Italy for a month tomorrow.  That’s the good news.  Now the bad news is that no one has stepped up to the plate to run the club canteen in her absence so unfortunately we have to shut the canteen over the following Satudays:  Saturday Aug 23, Aug 30, September 6 & September 13.  Make sure you bring sufficient water and eats to the club as nothing will be available for sale.  You think we have it tough?  Rocky does not even know where the soap powder goes into the washing machine.

Waterfall (Vehicle escorted) ride Sun 27 July

Firstly, Big thank you to Jose Rodriguez, Alex Rosenwax and Jeff Coulton, all who have offered to be escort car drivers for this ride.  Jose, I will take you up on your kind off for this Sunday but before we do lets get some indication of numbers of people who will be participating in this ride.  This training ride will be conducted, weather permitting, providing we get sufficient numbers, so please indicate your intention on the RBCC group Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/randwickbotanycc/

Round 2 Club Championships 2014

The 20km Individual Time Trial (round 2 of the club championships) is at Penrith Regatta Centre next Sunday 6 July
Thanks once again to Penrith CC for doing all the organising. Sign on is from 7am and Randwick riders will be going off first from 8am. There is a separate sign on sheet for RBCC.

Entries are free for RBCC riders so there is nothing stopping you coming out to try and beat the RBCC which is 25.59.Regatta centre group

A flash back a few years shows the beautiful backdrop and all the smiling faces.   It’s dead flat – so suits most people.  See you out there and bring your winter woolies !

First Round RBCC Club Championships Saturday 21 June 2014

The 2014 RBCC Club Championships started with the “One Lapper” at Heffron Park.  Thanks to all who assisted.  There was lots of coughing after so it was obvious that everyone gave it their best.  Congratulations to Tom Sacre, 1st place overall, in a time of 2min 41 seconds.

ATom Sacre02:41.710
AMarcus Enno02:46.08
AMike Cameron02:47.26
ABlake Anderson02:49.15
ADaniele Vanolini02:49.14
ARobbie Cater02:50.13
AEivind Borgersen02:51.82
AJason Douglas02:52.11
ARandolph Baral02:55.981
ADave Jackson02:57.31
AAllan Smith02:59.21
BNick Bowd03:00.710
BDarren Byers03:00.78
BRocky Zhang03:03.16
BJohn Thomas03:03.25
BAndy Matthews03:04.14
BDarrin Tucker03:04.13
BCon Karantonis03:05.02
BBen Heuston03:05.81
BTom Griffiths03:05.81
BShane Mattiske03:07.71
CJohn Buckton03:09.110
CAndrew Galvin03:09.68
CAndrew Logan03:09.96
CPaul McCutcheon03:09.95
CAndrew Lang03:11.74
CAlex Rosenwax03:13.63
CPete Tancevski03:17.02
CGary Brouwer03:26.01
CAnna Murray03:26.61
CCharles Dalrymple Hay03:27.91
JJunior 1 lap0
JSimon Brophy04:04.50
JSandy Mititeld04:04.60
JRobert Matthews04:05.30
JLucas Walker05:18.30

PLEASE NOTE: To see running tally of 2014 Club Championship Pointscore, click button above entitled, PointScore 2014.

Benefits Of Membership:



  • We are the Friendly Club.  Men women and children of all ages are welcome.
  • Lots of social occasions and nearly every ride finishes at a cafe.
  • Bikes available for juniors and club uniform for junior members is half price which is well under cost.
  • Cheapest membership fees of most of the Sydney cycling clubs.
  • Training Rides 6 days of the week (all free)
  • RBCC conducts criterium racing every Saturday of the year (except for public holidays)
  • RBCC sponsorship monies are funneled back to the members in the form of subsidized race entry fees for RBCC members. Currently 100% subsidised.
  • All Club Championship Races are free.
  • Access to specialist qualified trainers if required.
  • Subsidised Annual Training Camp (Jindabyne) and Annual Dinner.
  • Based in the City of Randwick in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.  Location.

       Join on the day but better to do it in advance. Click Here

Randwick Botany Cycling Club

 Heffron Park – Saturday Criterium Racing START TIMES:-

  • Every Saturday (Except public holiday weekends) Weather permitting.
  • Juniors start at 2pm.
  • Seniors  A, B, C & D grades start promptly at 3pm.
  • You must race in your club uniform, unless entitled as a registered member of a Cycling NSW or Cycling Australian registered or International team, to wear registered team uniform.
  • All male (non junior) registered team members will be required to compete in the  A grade event.
  • Riders competing in their registered club uniform may compete in any grade, A, B, C or D, dependent on their ability as assessed by club handicapper.
  • Female registered team members will be allowed to compete in B grade event.

Assistants required to facilitate racing –  Marshal roster NOW PUBLISHED

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