Randwick Botany Cycling Club

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Retro Day at Heffron – Saturday 11 Nov 2017

Dear Members,

On behalf of the Committee we wanted to say a huge thanks to each and every one of you that participated in some way shape or form with yesterday’s Retro Day. Whether you were working behind the scenes, on the day setting up, or packing up, helping with registration, canteen, marshalling on the track, taking photos, spectating, racing or just being there, the event wouldn’t have been the success it was without you.

The day was a celebration of cycling at the wonderful facility we have at Heffron Park. The history that was on display yesterday was phenomenal – from old scrapbooks, photos, race results, some amazing old bikes, to some of the original members of our Club. Even though you may not have known some of these people personally, you all played a huge part in allowing our Club to showcase what a special thing we have and to bring some old friends and clubmates together to reminisce late into the afternoon.

To say the day was a success is an understatement and we sincerely thank you all for being a part of something special. I hope you enjoy the album of photos that captured the day and spend some time reflecting on what a great club spirit we have.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the AGM and Christmas Party next Sunday afternoon.

Kind Regards
Dave, Bert, Shane, Conor, Alex, Rick and Sue

2017 Annual General Meeting

Dear Members,
The AGM is being held at The Lakes Hotel, 307 Gardeners Road, Rosebery on Sunday, 19 November 2017 at 2.00pm.
Click here to view the Notice of Meeting.
We are looking forward to providing you all with an update on how the Club is progressing and our vision and plans for the future.  The AGM will be followed by our annual Christmas get together and prize giving.
RBCC Committee
Dave Jackson, Bert Jansen, Sue Henry, Shane Mattiske, Rick Jordan, Alex Rosenwax and Conor O’Daly

2018 Jindabyne Training Camp – Book now!


25–28 January 2018 – total of 3 nights (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)


Rydges Horizon Snowy Mountains (Jindabyne)


Accommodation, Continental and Hot Breakfast each morning, one gala dinner at Rydges on Friday night (food only), BBQ Dinner on Saturday night (food only), bars, water, bananas etc for rides.

There will be bike storage at the hotel + late checkout of 1pm on the Sunday. Support cars will be provided and we are asking for any volunteers!


$350 per person – Early Bird Special (if booked and paid by 31 December 2017)

$400 per person – if booked post 31 December 2017


Single Rooms available for extra $250, therefore total cost of $600 per person – (if Early Bird Special is taken up) – if not then $650

All rooms booked are Deluxe Studio so are double or twin share. Earliest check-in is 3pm on the Thursday

Please make payments via the following link: https://www.trybooking.com/328296

Bookings will be based on payment, not inclination. Payment is required by 15 January 2018.

Refunds for cancellation are subject to discretion of organisers. This is dependent on when cancellations are made.

Once quota filled, no more bookings will be taken. Subject to hotel releasing more rooms

All attendees must be 2018 paid up members of RBCC

If you have any queries please contact Ivan Jelic (paddoivy@gmail.com or tel: 0419 630 905)

Offer to RBCC Members

We are delighted to announce the following offers from one of our Club Sponsors, Ciclismo. Many of you will know Daniele Vanolini & Anna Murray who have been active members in our club, but maybe you have never been to one of their training sessions. Now is your chance! As part of Ciclismo’s ongoing support of the Club, they are offering all members (beginners through to the experienced) the chance to improve bike handling skills and be safer and more predictable in a bunch. Try a session and then take these skills back to our Club Rides – you will be surprised how much you can learn!!

Commencing next Thursday, 26 October 2017 and continuing on the last Thursday of each month through to March 2018 there will be a free session open to all RBCC members (meeting at 6am at the Showgrounds entrance of Centennial Park, near Robertson & Lang Roads). Please register your interest with daniele@ciclismo.com.au as you will need to complete the necessary waivers. Sessions will last for one hour and you should ensure you have the necessary lights on your bike given the mornings are still a little dark.

For all new members joining RBCC from October Ciclismo would like to make the following offer:
1 x personal session for only $40 (usual price is $80) – an hour of training to prepare you for bunch riding, focusing on sitting on the wheel, bunch etiquette and bike handling skills. Again please register your interest with daniele@ciclismo.com.au

We would like to thank Daniele and Anna from Ciclismo for their generous support of the Club and we hope that members will take up these offers and gain some really important bike handling and bunch riding skills that will be transferable regardless of whether you want to race or just ride recreationally in a group.


Online Store Open until 16 October 2017









Need some new RBCC kit in time for summer? Then look no further, the Champion System online store is now open! The store will be open until 16 October 2017 with orders to be delivered 4 weeks after closing.

Click this link to go to Online Store

If you are a returning customer please login or alternatively register as a new customer.

Don’t forget we do have stock of some standard items at the Clubhouse and you can purchase these on Saturdays while racing is on (providing we have what you want in stock!). Otherwise, treat yourself to something new or different as the possibilities are endless! Don’t forget also that Champion System offer a crash replacement offer of 30% of RRP should you have a mishap!  Likewise all their products have a one year warranty!

October Long Weekend

Due to the long weekend, there are some changes to our usual calendar!

SATURDAY – No racing in the afternoon!  However for club members only we will be running our club champs at 8.30am at Heffron Park (see other post).

SUNDAY – Usual rides are ON!  Our Waterfall and Cronulla rides will be on as usual.

MONDAY – Gorges Ride departing 6.00am.  As is the tradition on a public holiday, we will again be riding north with options to do 3 or 4 gorges!

Have a fun and safe long weekend!

Club Champs – This Saturday at 8.30am

When:    Saturday, 30 September 2017 at 8.30am

Where:   Heffron Park

What:     Back to Back Crits

As there is no usual Saturday racing on this day due to the long weekend, we are going to run the back to back crits in the morning starting at 8.30am.  If you don’t feel like racing we would love some people to come down and assist with running the race – so don’t be shy!

September Race Series – Last Race this Saturday!


The KOM Financial Advice September Race Series is proudly sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Sydney. The race series is being run by Randwick Botany Cycling Club and will consist of an A, B & C Grade Handicap race commencing at 3pm on 2, 9, 16 & 23 September 2017. There were be fantastic prize money and a great atmosphere, so get amongst it! Numbers will be capped per grade, so get your entry in to avoid missing out!



Women’s Criterium Series – Race 2 – This Saturday, 9 September 2017

Okay ladies, we would love to build on the huge success of race 1 and get as many of you along as possible to race 2 of the series. The race will start at 2pm! Please enter online using the link below, so we can work out handicaps prior to the start. Like last time, anyone that wants to back up for the handicap race starting at 3pm will get a free entry!

RBCC Women’s Criterium Series – Race 1 – Huge success!

Wow! I think we all witnessed something pretty special at Heffron Park on Saturday with 30 women lining up for Race 1 of the Women’s Crit Series. It was simply awesome to see and thank you to all for supporting the race!

We think the handicap concept worked well but we welcome your feedback as we want to make women’s racing exciting and today certainly was a terrific start!!!

A huge congratulations to the podium getters and to those who raced for the first time – see you all on 9 September for Race 2 and more fun and champagne


1st Georgie Whitehouse (SUVelo)
2nd Emma Roberts (SUVelo)
3rd Jess Burvill (SCC)
4th Amanda Burdett (MVCC)
5th Lucy Allman (SCC)

The Africa Kit Appeal

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!






Battle of the Bridge Report – Round 1

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!!

So onto the racing….

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!


A Grade

 Chris Miller (SUVelo)
 Jesse Coyle (SUVelo)
 Michael Potter (NSCC)

B Grade

 Nicholas Martin (MWCC)
 Ben Daley (SUVelo)
 Scott Austin (MWCC)

C Grade

 Peter Selkrig (RBCC)
 Minh Dinh (NSCC)
 Declan Jones (RBCC)

D Grade
 Cameron Osborne (NSCC)
 Henry Paton (MWCC)
 Henry Davison (MWCC)
 Female: Jennifer Darmody (SUVelo)

Club Champs – Update

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.


Anna Murray

Club Champs Co-ordinator

Battle of the Bridge – Round 1 – 24 June 2017


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.

The series will take place over four races:

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.


Queens Birthday Gorges Ride Monday (2 bunches)

🏔🏔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.

No racing at Heffron Park this weekend!

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!

KOM Financial Advice May Super Series – Round 3 Results

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)

D Grade scratch race:
1st – Hugh Harvey (RBCC)
2nd – Braydon Bloch (RBCC)
3rd – Hugh Phillips (MWCC)

Thanks to the awesome volunteer team which ran like clockwork under team captain Sean Bloch!

KOM Financial Advice May Super Series – Round 2 Results

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!

Special thanks must go to the Race Series major sponsor Dan Corbett of KOM Financial Advice, who presented the winnings to the following:

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!

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