Randwick Botany Cycling Club

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Month – June 2017

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!

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