We’re proud to be supporting The African Kit Appeal, which supports the development of cycling in Africa. The charity was launched in January, 2016 by Matt Brammeier – then a professional cyclist for the World’s first African Pro Tour team, Dimension Data. The concept is simple: ask cycling enthusiasts around the globe to donate their unwanted cycling kit to local drop off points.
As can be seen from the pictures below, David Jackson dropped off many boxes of brand new, but superseded, RBCC clothing to Attaquer who will send them to Africa, where it will be used to help young African cyclists realise their goal of one day representing their respective national teams. I don’t know about you, but we think this is a much better place for our old outdated clothing to go rather than sit gathering dust in the Clubhouse!
What a fantastic turnout for our first morning race at Heffron! With over 70 riders it was great to have C & D out on the track first. It was awesome to see lots more women this week and congratulations to Lucy Allman for her podium in C Grade. Then came A & B Grade and Nero Racing, Möbius and our own RBCC Masters Team were there setting the pace! Check out the results below!!!
Thanks everyone for coming out and especially to Nick and Hamish for setting up the track and marshalling and also to Richard and Rick our Commisssires and Anna for First Aid.
Due to the NSW State Team Time Trial Champs being held in Nowra this Saturday, 8 July 2017, RBCC will not be holding our usual Saturday racing at Heffron Park. The Club has five teams competing in the State TTT. We are looking forward to supporting this event and also the Ride for Robbie on Sunday, 9 July 2017.
Well it seems time to write a report on Round 1 of the Battle of the Bridge, given we have all had time to digest the fictional novels published by Manly and North Sydney. You can be forgiven for thinking that both these clubs fielded the largest contingent of troops in the Battle, but alas we rallied the troops well and came through with the numbers.
The day began early for the Club with some of our troops out buying the supplies to keep the riders and spectators fed and watered during the arduous afternoon of racing. Then there was the team out sweeping the track (making sure only the other clubs got punctures) and the smiling faces behind the registration desk and in the canteen. Tony Aitchison, from Southern Cross Cycling Club, kindly offered to man the BBQ just to be involved in this momentous event. It really was a great team effort to run a show as well as we did.
As mentioned by Manly and North Sydney (who managed to get some facts right) the race was a sell-out and we had people at the registration desk begging for entries. We might have let some slip through the cracks, depending on what they were wearing but generally there were no exceptions!! Manly’s first attempt at sabotage was to throw our Trybooking’s website into chaos by entering Alexis Kaless into both A and B grade! But never fear he was really just buying up A grade entries for his clubmates!
So by the time the race started and our Commissaire (Matt Hynes) and his Assistant (Richie Jenkins) got the show on the road, there was a great buzz around the start/finish area and lots of spectators watching on with great interest. Brad McGarry (who learnt everything he knows from Crafty) kept the crowd interested with his commentary and it wasn’t long before most of the grades were fragmented and everyone was kept on their toes working out if riders were off the front or OTA!
With Manly, North Sydney and Central Coast (hope they had their GPS’s set right) coming to Heffron Park and not being used to our character building track and local conditions we did think that St John’s might have been busy, however we made sure there were lots of witches hats around the course so North Sydney felt at home and thankfully we didn’t require the service of any ambulances! We then turned on the sunshine and made sure the wind was blowing in the right direction to waft the smell of cooking sausages on the riders each lap – this tactic seemed to work well as the number of riders spectating, drinking beer and eating sausages increased as the race went on!!
A Grade – definitely had the who’s who of Sydney cycling on the start line. It was great to see some faces we haven’t see at Heffron Park for a while. We had most of our Masters Racing Team in A grade to keep an eye on proceedings and they worked tirelessly to try and pull the winning break back. It was not to be and of course the rest as you already know is history.
From all accounts B grade was a solid race and the pace was high from the start. Daniele Vanolini from RBCC drove the pace hard, establishing the breakaway dragging two Manly and two North Sydney riders along with him. Jacko and an anonymous rider (later found to be from SUVelo) went across to the break to even up the numbers. However the toll of spending all morning pushing the supermarket trolley around buying the sausages and the beer, had left Jacko with no energy whatsoever to work in the break. In the sprint the A graders from Manly were just too strong for us taking 1st and 3rd. Ironically, a rider who cannot be named for privacy reasons, sprinted in the chasing bunch and crossed the line claiming 2nd place, he was completely unaware of the break!
In C grade our game plan was clear and worked to perfection. We had the numbers and everyone worked well together getting the result we have worked so hard to achieve. All the allegations about the race winner, Peter Selkrig, seem completely unfounded given the photo below shows him passing B grade with clear air and taking the victory. Seeing Peter and Declan Jones on the podium for the club was inspiring and we are sure there will be more podiums to come for us during this series.
A big thanks to ESCC and CCCC for being part of the Battle and to Col Iremonger for helping out on the day. Thanks to all the clubs involved, it really was impressive seeing the North Sydney peloton roll into Heffron Park and we are looking forward to seeing what you guys can turn on for us all at Beaumont Road on 16 July.
We also await with baited breath to see what Manly can dream up for the point table and we may have to appoint an official scrutineer should there be any doubt as to its validity!!
Thanks Stu Baker for the awesome photos!
Chris Miller (SUVelo)
Jesse Coyle (SUVelo)
Michael Potter (NSCC)
Nicholas Martin (MWCC)
Ben Daley (SUVelo)
Scott Austin (MWCC)
Peter Selkrig (RBCC)
Minh Dinh (NSCC)
Declan Jones (RBCC)
Cameron Osborne (NSCC)
Henry Paton (MWCC)
Henry Davison (MWCC)
Female: Jennifer Darmody (SUVelo)
Postponement of Back to Back Crits to Saturday, 12 August 2017
The back to back crits were scheduled for this Saturday prior to normal racing, however due to the number of other races we are doing at the moment including the Team Time Trial, Calga, the Battle of the Bridge series, that we will postpone the back to back crits to Saturday, 12 August 2017. Stay tuned for full details.
The next event in the Club Champs program is therefore the Road Race at Eastern Creek on 5 August 2017.
Club Champs Co-ordinator
Just over 24 hours till the Battle of the Bridge commences. Six clubs will be fighting over the best trophy on offer across the universe!
Riders please note that there will be NO on the day entries for Grade A-C. All riders must have pre registered via www.trybooking.com/291487 and there is only 3 spots left in A Grade. All others are sold out.
We will be running an open D Grade and Women’s Only Grade at 2pm. This is open to all riders but you must have a race licence. You can enter on the day for these Grades.
We will also be putting on beers and a BBQ post race, so no need to rush home!
Competing riders please note that if you are dropped from your grade, you will be encouraged to pull yourself from the race in order to maximise safety rather than continue to pedal around.
Grades being passed by another grade, riders are to yield to that grade and let them pass. This is not an opportunity to jump on the back of a passing grade.
24 June – Heffron Park RBCC Race – A, B, C Grades
16 July – Beaumont Road NSCC Race
23 July – West Head MWCC Race
30 July – Heffron Park SUVelo Race
The series is only open to members of the following clubs: RBCC, Manly, Northern Sydney, SUVelo, Easts and Central Coast.
Given we are expecting high numbers, we will be capping the race entries at Heffron Park on Saturday, 24 June 2017 so we are taking on-line entries on a first in best dressed basis. Entries are already selling fast, so don’t miss out and enter via this link now! Entry fee for Round 1 is the usual $20 and we will be paying our usual prize money!
We are also planning on holding a D Grade and Women’s Race at 2pm on Saturday, 24 June – entries for these races can be made on the day and are open to all Clubs.
🏔🏔Monday -Long Ride North is On!!🏔🏔
“A” Ride FOUR Gorges (Waterfall “A” Riders)
“B” Ride THREE Gorges (Cronulla riders and those preparing for the RBCC 2017 Italy trip)
Start time: “A”and “B” Depart together at 6 am sharp from the Randwick gate and pass by the Harbour Bridge north pylon for a briefing before heading up Pacific highway.
“A” Anticlockwise 120 km
“B” Clockwise. 110 km
Pace: Riders on the “A” Ride should be able to at least sit in on the Waterfall ride and have at least ridden a 90km ride in past 3-4 weeks.
The “B” Ride will be a steady Sunday Cronulla pace.
Ride time: 4.5 hours leading to a return time of 11 am for coffee
Equipment: 2 bidons, food for 5 hours and at least one spare tube.
Hope to see you out there🙂
Visitors from other clubs welcome!
Btw if you are a visitor from another club on this ride, if possible, please wear your club uniform so we can keep you safely with us.
Due to the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend, RBCC won’t be hosting racing on Saturday, 10 June 2017. The next race will be on Saturday, 17 June 2017.
Don’t forget Round 2 of the Club Champs is on this Sunday, 11 June 2017 with the 20km TT at Penrith!
Stay tuned for details of a long ride on Monday, 12 June!
Have a great long weekend everyone!
Round 3 of the KOMFA May Super Series was raced in brilliant sunshine, again with over 90 riders. A grade numbers were up and with 3 laps to go they had made the catch. B grade rode well catching C but A grade earnt the win! There were no sneaky attacks and it was a great sprint finish with a well deserved win by Turbo Studios Nathan Bonarius! Don’t miss the series finale next Saturday, 27 May!
1st – Nathan Bonarius (SuVelo)
2nd – Alex Gardner (Harlequin)
3rd – Liam Kelly (ESCC)
1st B Grade – James Butler (SCC)
1st C Grade – Paul Curjak (SuVelo)
1st Female – Jennifer Darmody (SuVelo)
ROUND 2 – 13 MAY 2017
Round 2 of the KOMFA May Super Series saw another good afternoon weather wise and again over 90 riders lining up for the Handicap race at 3pm. We had great crowds cheering on from the start/finish area and the riders didn’t disappoint with A grade making the catch on B/C with 2 laps to go, ensuring they got the win this week! Adam Socha attacked with 1 lap to go and held off the fast finishing bunch to take a gutsy win. Check out some photos on the RBCC Facebook page. Round 3 is next Saturday, 20May!
1st – Adam Socha (MWCC)
2nd – Nathan Bonarius (SuVelo)
3rd – Luke Cridland (St George)
1st B Grade – Cameron Bowden (ADCC)
1st C Grade – Paul Curjak (SuVelo)
1st Female – Jess Burvill (SCC)
Don’t forget it is a four week pointscore series and the overall winner and the winner of the remaining two grades will receive a major prize from our sponsor Bikebug!
The D Grade Scratch race, held at 2.15pm was also well supported and congratulations to the following on their podium finishes:
D Grade scratch race:
1st – Hugh Harvey (RBCC)
2nd – Hugh Phillips (MWCC)
3rd – Paul Serov (RBCC)
Finally, a huge thank you to the volunteer team for the day (without them racing wouldn’t be possible): Richard Jenkins, Brad McGarry, Anna Murray, Dave Walsh, Rick Jordan, Sue Henry, Jenny Spurgeon, Prue Griffin, Anthony Griffin, Greg McCreanour, Randolph Baral and Maurice Pantaleone and everyone else who lent a hand!