The 2019 Cycling Australia Masters Road National Championships wrapped up on Sunday with 20 new criterium national champions receiving green and gold jerseys after conquering the Victoria Park course in wet and cloudy conditions.
The day started with the Men’s Masters 8, 9 and 10 categories where Waratah Masters rider Dennis Fahey picked up his second national title to win the Men’s Masters 10. Dubbo’s Darrell Wheeler also claimed his second gold medal in the Men’s Masters 9 and Martin Refermat (South Coast) picked up his first national championship of 2019 winning the Men’s Masters.
Women’s 9 competitor Rosemary Hastings (Bathurst) was the first rider to complete a clean sweep at this years nationals taking home the green and gold jersey to add to her victories in the time trial and road race.
After a silver in the time trial and bronze in the road race, Hawthorn’s Debra Lindstrom finally cracked the top step of the podium by finishing first in the Women’s Masters 7. She just crossed the line before Eleri Morgan-Thomas (Dulwich Hill) and Jennifer Massey (Griffith) who finished second and third respectively.
Norwood’s Michael Davies was another rider who finally won gold in the Men’s Masters 6 criterium after two silver medal performances in the time trial and road race. He finished ahead of silver medalist and fellow Norwood rider Nick Steel and bronze medalist Russell Newnham (Carnegie Caulfield).
Brisbane’s Nicky Rolls had her first podium finish in the Women’s Masters 4 finishing in first place ahead of Dayna Davidson (SXCC) and time trial champion Jenny Pettenon (Hawthorn) who finished with the silver and bronze medals.
Cradle Coast member Kristy Grubits rode to victory in the Women’s Masters 2 category adding to her wins in the road race and time trial to become the second three time champion of 2019. And Emma Jackson (Castlemaine) won the title in the Women’s Masters 1 narrowly beating time trial and road race winner Bree Playel (Manly Warringah).
Gerald Donnelly (Carnegie Caulfield) was the first male rider to clean sweep the 2019 championships, winning the Men’s Masters 7 criterium. Ross Bowles (Harlequin) and Carmelo Scoleri (FRA PowerOn) rounded out the podium in second and third.
Another Norwood rider climbed to the top step of the podium in the last race of the Masters with Thomas Wright taking home the gold in the Men’s Masters 1 division for his first title of 2019.
Following four long days where hundreds of riders from all over the country competed across 20 different categories, 59 national champions have been awarded gold medals and can now proudly wear their green and gold jerseys for the next twelve months.
FOR FULL MASTERS RESULTS CLICK HERE: http://liveresults.cycling.org.au/2019/MRN/index.html
Photos: Kevin Anderson
Day three of the Cycling Australia Masters Road National Championships in Onkaparinga got underway on Saturday morning with the remainder of the road races taking place with warmer conditions testing the competitors.
Norwood’s Matthew Sparnon was the first rider of the day to collect a green and gold jersey winning the Men’s Masters 3 race in 1h 37:34 while Mackay’s Brendon Brauer claimed second place. Brett Davidson (Sutherland Shire) came in third to pick up his first medal of the 2019 Masters National Championships.
A nail-biting finish in the Men’s Masters 4 division was the highlight of the day with all three riders on the podium separated by less than a second. Steve Crispin (Canberra CC) won the title with a time of 1h 35:55 ahead of Southern Masters rider Darren Lever and Penrith’s Peter Milostic who finished with silver and bronze respectively.
Coburg’s Stephen Lane (2h 09:45) won his second national title of 2019 taking the win in the Men’s Masters 2 championship. Clint Perrett (Melbourne Cycling League) finished 1 minute behind to take home silver with Sydney Uni Velo rider Charl Van Wyk rounding out the podium in third place.
In the final road race for the men, it was another Norwood rider Karl Evans taking top prize with a time of 2h 16:47. Manly Warringah’s Christopher Ball added a silver medal to his bronze finish in the time trial on Thursday, and Mathieu Bremaud (Randwick Botany) finished third.
For the women, Bree Playel added to Manly Warringah’s haul with a victory in the Women’s Masters 1 race, finishing four minutes ahead of Nicole Mitsigeorgis (Norwood) in second.
Kristy Grubits (Cradle Coast) made it two from two with her second title of the week finishing in 2h 06:17 in the Women’s Masters 2 category and Dubbo’s Simone Grounds took home the gold in the Women’s Masters 3 category with a time of 1h 53:39.
The final day of the 2019 Cycling Australia Masters Road Nationals commences on Sunday morning with a full day of criterium racing at Victoria Park to wrap up the championships.
FOR FULL ROAD RACE RESULTS CLICK HERE: http://liveresults.cycling.org.au/2019/MRN/ITT_result.html
Photos: Kevin Anderson
Day two of the Cycling Australia Masters Road National Championships began on Friday morning with great conditions welcoming the riders to Onkaparinga where 12 National Championships were awarded.
The Men’s Masters 8, 9 and 10 were the first to tackle the course with University of Queensland rider Peter Jansen claiming the Men’s Masters 8 title finishing the 38.6km course in 1h 17:39. Dubbo’s Darrell Wheeler and (1hr18:07) and Waratah Masters rider Denis Fahey (1hr26:18) took home the Men’s Masters 9 and 10 championships respectively.
There were a few close finishes for the women with Southern Cross Cycling Club member Lynda Behan (1h31:23) winning the Women’s Masters 6 title finishing 6 seconds ahead of Redlands’ Julie Rappo. While Griffith’s Jennifer Massey took top step on the podium in the Women’s Masters 7 category, just two seconds before Dulwich Hill rider Eleri Morgan-Thomas crossed the line.
Carnegie Caulfield’s Gerard Donnelly (1h52:46) won his second title of the Championships taking the win in the Men’s Masters 7 to add to his time trial win on Thursday. Harlequin’s Ross Bowles and Southern Masters rider Brett Lindstrom rounded out the podium.
Norwood’s Michael Davies collected his second silver medal of the Nationals after finishing just five seconds behind Hamilton Wheelers member Phil Kesby (1h47:5) in the Men’s Masters 6 race, with Christopher Joustra (Latrobe City CC) finishing with the bronze.
Malcolm Lynn (Sutherland Shire CC) also took home his second silver medal in the Men’s Masters 9 category coming in behind Darrell Wheeler who added a green and gold jersey to his haul which also includes a time trial bronze medal.
Katie Banerjee (Harlequin) finished the Women’s Masters 4 race in 1h 52:25 to win her first title of the 2019 championships, she finished 44 seconds ahead of Hawthorn’s Jenny Pettenon who takes home the silver after an impressive gold medal ride in the time trial on Thursday l. Jill Seeman (South Coast) finished third.
The Masters National Championships continue tomorrow with the rest of the road races before the Criteriums at Victoria Park close out the event on Sunday..
FULL ROAD RACE RESULTS HERE: http://liveresults.cycling.org.au/2019/MRN/ITT_result.html
Photo credit: Kevin Anderson
The 2019 Cycling Australia Masters Road National Championships got underway in South Australia on Thursday morning. With clear skies and ideal racing conditions the Championships began with the Individual Time Trials where 136 riders took to the road and 20 new national champions were crowned.
Blackburn Cycling Club’s Elizabeth Randall was the first to take on the 17.2km course in Onkaparinga just after 9:00am and claimed the Women’s Masters 10 national championship with a time of 32 minutes 20.35 sec.
The fastest woman of the day was Coburg Cycling Club rider Anna Davis who finished the course with a brilliant time of 25 minutes 38.62 sec finishing with the gold in the Women’s Masters 5 category.
It was an even spread for club representation as each of the ten women’s champions represented a different cycling club, Hawthorn CC had the most riders step up the podium with three.
In the men’s racing, Mt Gambier CC rider Chris O’Donnell was the first to claim gold, winning the Men’s Masters 10 category coming in at a time of 28 minutes 01.20 sec.
A couple of close finishes provided some excitement for the afternoon with Men’s Masters 3 champion and Canberra Cycling Club member Anthony Murfett (23:02.25) finishing 5.8 seconds ahead of Penrith’s Peter Wakefield (23:08.10).
Carnegie-Caulfield’s Joe Spano (23:38.72) also finished 7 seconds ahead of Norwood’s Michael Davies (23:45.66) on his way to the Men’s Masters 6 title in a close finish.
The quickest time of the day went to Coburg Cycling Club’s Stephen Lane with a time of 22 minutes 06.52 secs to earn himself the top step on the Men’s 2 podium. In the last result of the day, St Kilda Cycling Club’s David Ross who won the Men’s 1 championship with a time of 22 minutes 40.13 secs.
The Masters Road Nationals continues tomorrow when the road races kick off, continuing into Saturday before the Victoria Park Criteriums close out the event on Sunday.
Images credit: Kevin Anderson
Australia’s best Masters cyclists are set to descend on the Mclaren Vale region of South Australia for the 2019 Masters Road National Championships, from Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 October 2019.
The ‘Masters RoadNats’, the second largest National Championships behind January’s Federation Uni RoadNats, has attracted nearly 300 riders from around Australia and will bring a significant boost to the local economy.
Riders between 30 and 80 years of age are set to battle for the coveted green and gold national champions’ jersey in ten age categories.
Willunga and Adelaide will play host to the three disciplines - time trial, road race and criterium - which will take place across the four days of racing.
Thursday’s individual time trial opens the Championships with an undulating 19km loop with the course predicted to produce some fast times.
Friday and Saturday’s Road Races are located in one of the most beautiful parts of the Mclaren Vale, with the peloton to roll through the region’s iconic hills.
Riders will be challenged with a combination of short steep climbs and undulations, which will encourage breakaway opportunities ahead of a long drag to the finish line.
The Championships wrap up in style on Sunday with the face-paced Victoria Park crit circuit providing great spectator-friendly viewing of fast and furious racing.
South Australian Peter Varricchio has a long list of achievements, he is the reigning Masters State Team Trial Champion. He is a member of the Norwood Cycling Club and enjoys training and racing 15 hours a week, while still finding time to be a husband, father and podiatrist.
We spoke to Peter about his history in the sport, his love of Masters racing and his goals for the 2019 Masters Road National Championships.
Did you grow up cycling?
No, I grew up playing Soccer from the age of 12. I ended up playing at an elite level and representing the South Australian State under 14 and 15 team and I was involved with the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) when it first started for about two years.
I represented Campbelltown City and Croydon in the South Australian Premier League where my highest achievement was being selected in the final 25 players for the Australian under 17 Soccer Team for the World Cup. My brother Olivio, introduced me to cycling after I had 2 knee reconstructions on each knee and an arthroscopy.
Tell us a bit about Norwood CC and how they support their Masters riders?
I’m involved on the committee for the Club, I manage and direct the Chesser Chemicals Elite and Masters teams. We run weekly criteriums and races throughout the year, it’s such a great way to keep up your fitness, race hard and have some fun against your mates and competitors.
We support all riders all the way from juniors and elite riders to master’s level of both genders whether they are slow or fast.
Masters racing is fantastic, it’s a great way to meet new people especially as I came into the sport at 31 years old. Everyone is really driven to train and be fit to race and finding the balance between family and work is the key.
I think it's awesome especially on our training rides and races that I get to meet up with people like Rohan Dennis, Sam Welsford and race with fellow Masters riders like Steve McGlede who was a World Champion back in 1990.
Recently we even had Stephen Lane (HPTek Coaching) race as a guest rider in our current Super Series 2019 Team Time Trial Edition. Masters cycling gives me flexibility to train outdoors or on the ergo if the weather is bad, it also allows me to race whenever I like. Cycling doesn’t have to be lonely, we can ride with mates or competitors on bunch rides and team racing is fun and gives a sense of purpose for all riders. Everyone gets to feel like they have contributed in some way to achieving great racing results. Riders have their own strengths; and applying these can be tactical but immensely fun!
Why are you racing at Nationals and what are your goals for 2019?
I personally like being fit and healthy and being a good example for my family and kids is important. Setting goals and training for a purpose is also important to me.
For 2019 I would like to finish on the podium in the time trial as I feel it is my strength and is definitely my favourite event. It’s just me and the bike in a race against the clock which in my opinion is the hardest form of cycling and even if I just get a personal best then I will be super happy with that. I have also entered the road race and criterium to support this great event coming to SA.
Why Masters cycling?
I’m 41 years old and just racing for fun these days, however, I still enjoy racing A grade in our state and club races. I still love the competitive vibe and energy amongst the other Masters riders who share a common experience in our daily lives with family and work.
It’s fantastic to associate with different types of people (riders and volunteers) from all walks of life. We all share the same passion to train and race hard but most importantly have some fun along the way. And helping teammates make the most out of life and living through riding is rewarding. The camaraderie and coffee conversations are always enjoyable, to me It’s not always about winning!
Meet the Masters: Diane & Chris Otley-Doe
What makes cycling even cycling better? When you race with a mate, or in this case, your spouse.
Husband and wife Diane and Chris Otley-Doe will be tackling the 2019 Cycling Australia Masters Nationals in South Australia this October.
After competing at elite levels when they were younger, the pair stepped away from the competitive sports landscape to raise their beautiful family and now that their kids are growing up the pair have decided to get back on the bike.
We spoke to Diane about her husband’s decision to start racing again, what that first step back into the competitive scene was like, last years results and more.
How and why did you decide to race Masters?
Chris and I met through triathlons when we were both in the RAF in the UK in 1996. We have both raced for the GB Team - Chris at Half Ironman and Duathlon as an Age Group athlete and myself at Duathlon as both an Age Group and an Elite athlete.
We both competed in the World Championships together for a number of years and I also did the European Champs. During that time we became hooked on Individual Time Trial racing as it is a much bigger sport in the UK than it is here in Australia with races most weekends and mid-week too.
My best result was a Silver Medal in the National 10 Mile Time Trial.
As we began to have a family, the racing had to take back seat and we now have three children - 18,17 and 13 who have all grown up as competitive swimmers so lots of time has been spent ferrying back and forth to the pool at ridiculously early times in the morning and sitting at swim meets as the support crew.
My eldest son, James, finally passed his driving test early last year and suddenly I had much more time on my hands so after watching various friends competing on the bike through Facebook, I asked Chris if he fancied racing again! We have always kept fit and ridden the bikes for pleasure so it was a nice move for us.
What was it like when you started competing?
Two weeks after we decided to give racing a go again, despite the onset of a cold, we were on the start line for the first of a four-race time trial series here in Queensland.
With a new pair of aero bars strapped to my old road bike and, apart from leaving my lungs somewhere out on the course, I very happily finished second in the C Grade.
Unfortunately, the cold developed into a persistent cough which had me sitting on the sidelines cheering Chris on in the second race, but for the third race, I entered the B Grade and came second again.
The last of the series was the Qld State Champs so I was really fired up by now and my loving husband bought me a new time trial bike and we upped the training regime. I entered the A Grade and had a great race to take out first place at the age of 52.
Our 2018 Nationals
I decided to try my hand at the Masters Nationals and with lots of support from my husband and my old coach, Bob Addy I managed to finish second.
I also gave the Elite Nationals a go in January this year and finished 14th. Both Chris and I were going to do the Bathurst Gran Fondo in March but unfortunately, I started to have lower back troubles and couldn’t race, though Chris had a great race and finished 54th/187.
I tried physio for my back but every time I tried to get back on the bike it came back. I’ve since put it down to an over-optimistic bike fit (our bodies are less flexible and forgiving as we get older!) Luckily, my local Trek dealer, Chris Moore kindly offered me a bike fit at his shop and after some chiro treatment, plus pilates and RPM classes I have been able to slowly build up my cycling again.
I did the third race in the Qld ITT series in August and came second in the A Grade so I’m now aiming for the State Champs in September and having another shot at the Masters Nationals in October. If that goes well then I will probably try to improve on my Elite Nationals result as I would love to get a top 10.
Our favourite event is definitely the Time Trial as we love the fact that it is an individual effort and all down to your fitness and mental toughness on the day.
I certainly would not be able to race as well as I do without the love and support of my husband Chris. We train together and race together when we can and are very competitive, we’re always trying to beat each other on Strava!
How does Gold Coast CC support Masters riders?
The Gold Coast Cycling Club has been very welcoming and they hold lots of crit racing for masters though we haven’t been able to race them yet due to work and family commitments.
Moving from Germany in the early 2000s, Nils Wartemann now calls The McLaren Vale one of his ‘absolute favourite’ regions in which to ride.
The Cycling South Australia Board Member took some time to talk to us about his start in racing in Australia, his love of masters cycling, and his predictions and his goals for the Masters RoadNats.
On moving from Germany
When I came to visit Adelaide for the first time in 1999, it was pretty much love at first sight. The beautiful countryside and enormous cycling potential made me come back every summer to prepare for the German road season. A great day in the saddle can start with a coffee at the beaches of Glenelg and finish two hours later on top of Mount Lofty enjoying the views - it doesn’t get much better than that. No need to go to Mallorca. The riding around the Adelaide Hills is definitely up there with the best, roads are good and traffic is hardly ever an issue.
The comparison of riding and racing in Australia?
Back in the early 2000’s the racing scene in SA was pretty small, much like a small family. The grades sometimes had less than 10 starters and racing got cancelled when raining, which was kind of surreal for me. I was used to racing with 150+ riders back home no matter what the weather was. The level of local racing back then was an interesting mix of high calibre riders who were clearly on par with the best guys on the European circuit (i.e. Russell van Hout, Brett Aitken, etc.) as well as very average riders at the other end of the spectrum - all in the same grade! In Germany, the grades are strictly governed by a qualifying system. Every rider coming out of Juniors or first-time license holder, starts in C grade and you need 5 placings in the top-10 to move up a grade. This repeats in B to move up to A. Considering the size and depth of the bunches for each grade, it is not unusual even for reasonably fit riders to never reach a higher grade. Most riders probably never win a race in their entire career.
I later also raced local events in other states of Australia and it was fascinating to witness how the level of competition changed so quickly. It felt as if within 10 years, the level of riders and especially the quality and depth quadrupled. A strong A-grade bunch in Australia is no longer much different to racing in Europe, just smaller numbers and less technical courses for Crits and Kermesses. But the most noticeable difference is that the cycling scene in Australia appears to be so much more welcoming to new riders. The social aspect also seems to be more important and many cyclists continue to stay involved, even if they don’t make the cut after leaving the U23’s. The general lifestyle in Australia is definitely more suited to combine family, sport and career, when compared to Germany. That is if you can get used to starting your training ride at 6am.
As a local, you know the course pretty well.
The Masters RoadNats coming to Adelaide is obviously something I really look forward to, especially considering that I don’t live far from the start of the road race. The South of Adelaide is perfect terrain for road cycling - it doesn’t really need much more explanation after many years of Tour Down Under. The McLaren Vale region is one of my absolute favourites. On paper, the course looks like a rollercoaster and that is probably a fair assessment. The majority of the course is relatively flat, with a nice descent down Wickhams Hill. But the painful climb up Pennys Hill Rd will make all the difference. It’s definitely not an easy course and clearly favours a strong allrounder. I expect a heavily decimated bunch after the first lap already and only a small group of riders to contest the finale.
Favourite event (RR, TT, Crit) and why?
My favourite event would have to be the road race, even though it doesn’t really suit me at all. But the roads we will race on have featured in the TDU numerous times and are perfect terrain for an interesting race that will only allow the strongest to go for the win. The hilltop finish is definitely great for the spectators. The Range will host the TT course and is a pretty simple affair: out and back on more or less flat roads. The Criterium circuit is another good example of how easy riding and racing in Adelaide is. The purpose-built race track at Victoria Park is in the fringe of the CBD, easily accessible with good parking and great amenities close by. Cafes and restaurants for post-race celebrations (or distractions) are only a stone throw away.
Why Masters cycling?
I am not surprised to see Masters racing gaining more and more traction in Australia in general. Cycling becomes a lifestyle and is a sport where you can have fun and race at very solid levels even at a high age. It is also a great way to explore a new region when on holidays, of which some age groups can clearly enjoy more often. I really hope that all organisations and facets of cycling in Australia will grow together, join forces and provide even more opportunities for Masters and others in the future. For me personally, Masters racing was simply the logical next step, when I wanted to continue to race without the enormous time commitment for training. The distances are shorter and there is usually a good balance in the competition with most riders being at a similar same stage in their life. It still provides for a great challenge and sometimes feels a bit like a throwback in time when bumping into people you raced with almost two decades ago.
Goals for 2019 Road Nationals?
My goals for the upcoming RoadNats are probably aligned with some of the Olympic creed. Whilst I’m not fit enough to hope for a result, its all about taking part in the event and showing my support. Cycling Australia and Cycling SA are putting on great racing with their volunteers, which in itself deserves the attention of all involved in our sport. I hope the gold and green jersey will go to someone like this: parent with 5 kids, 2 dogs, a stressful job and yet still manages to get up for training every morning at 6am - rain, hail or shine.
In 2018, Marg Noonan had a fantastic week at Masters Road Nationals in Victoria where she took home the gold in the criterium and the individual time trial of the Women’s Masters 7.
These dual golds earnt her the Champion of Champions jersey, with her brilliant success made even more impressive by being the eldest athlete in her age group!
With such an impressive haul from the 2018 Masters Road Nationals we’re excited to see what she can do in Adelaide this October.
Marg took some time out of her day to chat to us about her success in 2018, what she loves about masters cycling and her goals for the upcoming 2019 Masters Road Nationals!
My 2018 Champion of Champions Week
I was very excited when I heard that the championships were going to be held at Metung in Gippsland Victoria as it is such a beautiful part of my home state.
Prior to racing I had the usual nerves and gitters, particularly knowing that I was going up against the previous champion, Vikings Cycling Club’s Lyn Vasudeva who was in my age group.
The Time Trial
In 2018 the ITT was the first event and the one I wanted to win more than anything, it was an out and back undulating course, which was always going to be a challenge but it was a great result.
It has definitely become my favourite event over the last 10 years. It has taught me how to strategise, be disciplined and control my pace through-out the race. I really love the fact it is just between me and the clock.
The Road Race
Despite the road race not being my best event because of the hilly course it was still a beautiful and scenic ride in any case.
I was also really happy to see a good number of riders in the Women’s Masters 7 enter all three events, I always make it a personal point to enter all three to support women’s cycling.
The criterium is always short and sharp and I love sprinting, so I was hoping to do well as it has been my strongest discipline by far over the years.
It was truly an amazing week for me, to come away with the Champion of Champions Jersey and win 2 gold medals was great, especially being the eldest in my age group.
The great thing about Masters and juggling life with racing
Masters racing gives me the opportunity to race in club events alongside male and female competitors, this creates great diversity and it is very social which I love a lot!
At the Masters events I get to race in my age group and gender and that gives me the capacity to assess my performances against the other masters athletes.
And I love being coached, I listen, plan and execute accordingly and that works for me.It’s great fun too especially with my life being so busy always juggling my family, husband and children. It’s great to still be able to have the time to compete like this.
Goals for 2019 Road Nationals
I am now training for 2019 and can’t wait for the Australian Masters Nationals to be held in Adelaide in October.
My goals at this stage are to enter all three events and defend my two titles, and I want to place in the road race this year.
It is certainly going to be a different experience from last year, this time I’m going to be the youngest in my age group.
Enter the 2019 Masters Road National Champions today!
Keen to ride the Master's Road National Championships course before you race them? Our friend over at FulGaz has provided in-depth videos and commentary of the road race and time trial courses.
The course for the 2019 Masters ITT Championships is a constantly rolling course is never flat. However, it's sheltered by trees the whole way and doesn't include any big climbs so we could see some fast times.
After you turn left for the first time, it's a very fast stretch of road. You then turn left again and climb up to the finish. Check the official race map for more details.
The 16.9km loop will reward aggressive riding and opportunists, due to it's twisty and undulating nature. For many riders, it's pretty well going to big ring all the way, but it's no so easy that every race will end in a bunch sprint.