The New South Wales Cycling Scene #1

Today we’re delighted to welcome another new member to the team, Andrew Pick. Andrew is a passionate cyclist from NSW, and he will join us to provide regular wraps ups of the cycling scene in Sydney and beyond. Here’s his first wrap up of the spring crit season! Spring is a weird and wonderful time in cycling. Head out early and it can be warm, sunny and beautiful, or cold, dark and miserable! The racing scene can be a bit of a gamble also with riders taking their off season break or coming into the crit season firing on all cylinders. The Sydney Club Cup was recently held at Sydney Olympic Park and saw 300 plus racing throughout the grades and even including the Australian Brompton Nationals. The A Grade field was stacked with many of the Sydney based NRS riders and teams, plus the squad that Charter Mason was taking up to Noosa also showed up for some glorious racing. The break got away and ticked off the laps, once the deciding break was sorted, Shannon Johnson bridged over and with him Scott Law plus his brother Jackson Law. There, the sprint would be hotly contested. Shannon kicked late which aided Jackson who was already moving like a freight train after slipping off the front 1 lap prior to come across the line first, Shannon second and Scotty Law rounding out the podium in 3rd. Sarah Roy took a commanding win in the women’s race to show why she is one of, if not the best female sprinter Australia has racing overseas.   On the 9th of November Manly Warringah hosted their monthly road race, Sydneys best monthly race by far! Not only because I’m familiar with the surrounding cafes but the course for A Grade is 75km and starts off with a 3.5k climb out of Akuna Bay. By the time you’re sprinting for the line your legs have dragged you up?over 1400m of climbing. With grades from A to D plus a women?s race and most grades having?two races (elite & club options) you’re in for a great morning of battling. Just get your entries in early as?this one sells out in all grades the week before!

Image copyright Josh - Ridingfocus

Image copyright Josh – Ridingfocus

The grades were full with?some usual faces, some new ones, and even some odd ones. Maybe nerves before the climb? Or leaving that before race toilet stop too late? Who knows but by the time racing was off the sun was out and upon us for a perfect morning of racing.
Image copyright Josh - Ridingfocus

Image copyright Josh – Ridingfocus

In A Grade we are graced most months with the Sydney talent that stacks NRS racing, this month it was low in that regard but the racing was still top notch, a headwind ensured nothing got away or out of sight for too long. With riders attacking at most chances, the peloton was dwindled down to a slender 10-12 riders as the k’s went by and Sydney hitter Dan Brickell managed to slip away in the final few k’s for a great solo victory. Simon Lempriere came for business in his skinsuit with?zero pockets. Maybe I should try that next time as he came away with 2nd and Manly super sprinter plus Australian Brompton National Champion Phil Gray got the final step that Sunday. We were lucky local rider and Budget Forklifts hardman Jake Kauffmann showed up on his new Ducati and not the Cervlo S5 he races… As we may have had a new winner. Be sure that this is a race to visit if given the chance in Sydney. Did I mention I didn?t see one car on the course all race!? Heffron, where to begin… Everybody who has raced there knows the surface, knows the wind that plays havoc, and has a wild wild west story which probably ends up with someone on the grass. Tuesday nights are the Subaru Summer Series. Being a handicap you never quite know how the racing will go, all you do know is whichever grade you’re in it will be a ding dong battle all race. The normal guide here is to take your usual grade and step down one, well thats what seems too happen. As A Grade is 45Kph with the NRS boys, B Grade is the greedy A Grade clubbys and so on. The past months races have been won by all grades so far, and with Garry Millburn taking a couple, the last one was lucky as the hard work from GPM Stulz saw the B and A graders come together on the final lap! Avanti’s Scott Law has mixed it up as well, Jake Grierson swooped for a couple of wins in B grade and GPMs Harrison Bailey took the first nights racing back in October. Below images copyright Beardy McBeard The Dunc Gray Velodrome is getting quite a workout at the moment too, as this month saw the annual Clarence St Cyclery Cup being held along with all of our State Track Titles, while I wasn’t there I was however told the racing was great and hotly contested in all grades and disciplines, below is a link too all the results. http://nsw.cycling.org.au/Portals/12/2014%20Results/CSC%20SCR%20RES.pdf

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