The Victorian Cycling Scene #4

Recent weeks have seen an explosion in NRS races in Victoria, with both the Tour of Gippsland & Amy’s Otway Classic being held on our roads. As we bombarded you with coverage from those events, we decided to put the weekly wrap up on hold, but now we’re back! 2014 Midlands Tour This past week saw the 73rd running of the Midlands Tour, an event run by the Footscray Cycling Club. This 73rd staging of one of Victoria’s true Road Classics, the bikebug.com Midlands Tour, is held in honour of the late ‘Tas’ Johnson, who reached the pinnacle of Australian cycling by representing Australia at both the 1934 Empire Games and the 1936 Olympic Games. ?In the 120 km feature race, a mid-race breakaway managed to keep the bunch at bay for the duration, with Pat’s Veg ? Thereabouts Racing’s Nicholas Bein taking home the coveted sash with a stellar ride. The 20 year old Weeler’s Hill resident saw a good break forming at around the half-way mark of the race, and made the decision to try to bridge across. ‘We had my team mate Liam White up the road with the break, and I managed to get across with about 6 laps to go (with the help of one of the health.com.au/Search2Retain guys), and then we ?all worked together to keep the gap. On the last lap, Tom Leaper just got on at the bottom of the climb after the descent, and he hit straight away. From there it was an all-out slog to try to get back on to his wheel and I just came over the top of him with an attack at the top of the climb, just before the gravel section, and managed to cross the line first. It feels absolutely awesome to win on such a tough course. You never know how you are going to feel on the last lap, but when I was coming up the gravel section, I felt pretty good and my legs were fresh. This circuit and this race are awesome; no cars, closed roads and the race is really well run so there is nothing to worry about other than the racing.’ Bein was a few bike lengths ahead of Tom Leaper in second, with Oliver Kent-Spark crossing the line 20 seconds later in third place. Chloe McConville took out the Women’s A Grade race, it’s great to see Chloe back on the bike and in stomping form again! Footscray Cycling Club have results available across all grades. 2014 Midland Tour: Photo Gallery 2014 National Capital Tour Many of Victoria’s top cyclists were ibn Canberra for the 2014 National Capital Tour. Amongst many strong performances some notable results were Alistair Donohue taking victory on Stage 4, Matthew Clark winning the sprint jersey, health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team winning their first Tour as well as the Teams Classification. Verita Stewart has written an awesome blog about her best NRS race to date. 2014 UCI Road World Championships Six Victorian’s were selected for the 2014 UCI Road World Championships! In the Elite Men, we have Simon Gerrans, Cadel Evans & Simon Clarke while Lizzie Williams is representing the Elite Women. Jack Haig & Lucas Hamilton are in the U23 & U19 teams.  

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