Spectators were treated to a sprinting exhibition as Masters men’s and women’s hit the roads of Swan Reach, each vying to take home another national title.
Men’s 5, 6 and 7 each saw photo finishes at the line with dozens of riders are crossing within seconds of each other, wowing the cheering crowds.
Phil Kesby (Hamilton Wheelers CC) was first to cross the line in the MM6 race having made a gutsy break from the peloton 3kms from home. His lead was nearly chased down; however, Kesby remained strong to take the line. Metres before the checkered flag Kesby sat up and punched the air, soaking up his title after a winning in dry, warm conditions.
Men’s Masters 7 & 5 were also close finishes with the first 10 riders crossing under a second in the MM7 and 25 riders finishing together in the MM5 finale.
Alpine Cycling Club’s Wayne Hildred claimed a memorable MM7 victory, leading home a swarming peloton, beating Trevor Hyde (Sutherland Shire CC) and William Gordin (St Kilda CC) for the remaining podium places.
An excited crowd awaited the MM5 riders to finish as word from the commissaires came through that a pack of 30 riders were making their charge to the line and in a remarkable finish Phillip Brownscombe took the honours.
Representing the Darwin Cycling Club, Brownscombe was applauded by his teammates as he crossed; pumping his fists after what was a closely contested race. Andrew Giovanetti (Hunter District CC) and Glenn Cooper (Bundaberg CC) did their best to push for the win but had to settle for silver and bronze.
Other results saw one of the events elder statesmen, 78 year old Martin Peeters (Southern Masters CC) take gold in another sprint finish, this time for the MM10 title.
“I was given number 1 and that put a lot of pressure on me. I said ‘I didn’t particularly want number 1’ but they gave it to me so had to win it” Peeters jokingly said after his win.
WM7 champ Maria Nash (Waratahs Masters CC) also spoke of her win in only her third road race.
“It was very exciting, I did a sprint finish, I don’t often do sprint finishes but it was great.”
Saturday will see M1-4 & W1-3 take on the looped road course and hopefully some more great racing.
Complete times and results can be found at here.
Masters Men 5
Phillip BROWNSCOMBE (Darwin Cycling Club) 2h08:50
Masters Men 6
Phillip BROWNSCOMBE (Darwin Cycling Club) 1h45:51
Masters Men 7
Wayne HILDRED (Alpine Cycling Club) 1h51:26
Masters Men 8
Guy FALLA (Gold Coast Cycling Club) 1h46:04
Masters Men 9
Piet VAN GURP (Penrith Cycling Club) 1h48:55
Masters Men 10
Martin PEETERS (Southern Masters Cycling Club) 1h54:15
Masters Women 4
Nicky ROLLS (Brisbane Cycling Club) 2h24:29
Masters Women 5
Anna DAVIS (Coburg Cycling Club) 2h24:47
Masters Women 6
Anne-Louise COSGROVE (Kangaroo Point Cycling club) 2h00:23
Masters Women 7
Maria NASH (Waratah Masters Cycle Club) 2h00:23
Masters Women 8
Masters Women 9
Gaye LYNN (Sutherland Shire Cycling Club) 2h00:43
Australia’s second largest National Championships, the 2018 Simon Anderson Consultants Masters Road Nationals kicked off today in picturesque East Gippsland town of Metung (VIC) to determine the nation’s best Masters level riders.
In clear but blustery conditions more than 160 riders across 18 categories competed to claim Masters Road Nationals titles.
The Men’s M1 was won in a canter by Melbourne’s David Ross from the St Kilda Cycling Club setting the quickest time of the day, a stunning 19minutes 57seconds, beating his nearest opponent by 1 minute and 10 seconds.
South Perth Cycling Club’s Michelle McLintock won the Masters W1 title by a closer margin, 16 seconds over the next rider, Kristy Grubits of Central Seniors Cycling Club as her time of 24minutes and 48seconds was unable to be bettered.
Other results saw familiar faces atop the time sheets as perennial performer Peter Milostic (Penrith Cycling Club) who added to his 2017 title, again taking out the MM3 title in a very impressive 20minutes and 31seconds.
Similarly, Justine Barrow (Coburg Cycling Club) claimed successive MW2 crowns continuing from her 2017 victory as she crossed the line in 24minutes and 29seconds, however, the fastest time for the women’s Masters went to Simone Grounds.
Representing Dubbo Cycle Club, Simone smashed out the 16.5km course in 23minutes and 19seconds on her way to the MW3 title, 13seconds ahead of Jenny Pettenon (Hawthorn Cycling Club).
Following her win in the WM5, four-time winner Anna Davis spoke on how much the event meant to her and expectations for the remainder of the Masters.
“It’s always a thrill (to win), this is my fourth time trial win. Tomorrow is the road race and I’ll be trying my little heart out in my less favoured event (road race) but we’ll have to wait and see. It’s a tough course tomorrow”.
Likewise, MM9 champion John Horsburgh was delighted with his win even though signs of fatigue put doubts in his mind.
“It was quite a tough course, we got a side wind and I got knocked around. I had a bit of a moment 2 kilometres down the road, my legs started to lactate, I don’t know why but then a couple of kilometres later I came good on a downhill.”
Tomorrow the Masters heads to Swan Reach for two days of road racing before the Criteriums on Sunday afternoon.
Complete times and results can be found at the official website https://masters.roadnationals.org.au/ along with photos from the days event.
List of Champions
Men’s Masters 1
David ROSS (St Kilda Cycling Club) 19:57
Men’s Masters 2
James OGILVIE (Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club) 20:31.3
Men’s Masters 3
Peter MILOSTIC (Penrith Cycling Club) 20:31.5
Men’s Masters 4
Jeremy RYAN (Bathurst Cycling Club) 21:51
Men’s Masters 5
Andrew PATTON 21:17
Men’s Masters 6
Michael DAVIES (Norwood Cycling Club) 21:49
Men’s Masters 7
James TIMMER-ARENDS (Latrobe City Cycling Club) 23:00
Men’s Masters 8
Nicholas GRAINGER (Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club) 23:43
Men’s Masters 9
John HORSBURGH (Peloton Sports) 24:58
Men’s Masters 10
Peter JONES (Waratah Masters Cycle Club) 28:34
Women’s Masters 1
Michelle MCLINTOCK (South Perth Cycling Club) 24:48
Women’s Masters 2
Justine BARROW (Coburg Cycling Club) 24:29
Women’s Masters 3
Simone GROUNDS (Dubbo Cycle Club) 23:19
Women’s Masters 4
Katie BANERJEE (Harlequin) 25:28
Women’s Masters 5
Anna DAVIS (Coburg Cycling Club) 23:18
Women’s Masters 6
Angela MACRAE (Hawthorn Cycling Club) 26:52
Women’s Masters 7
Margaret NOONAN (Southern Masters Cycling Club) 27:44
Women’s Masters 8
Women’s Masters 9
Gaye LYNN (Sutherland Shire Cycling Club) 26:08
The Simon Anderson Consultants 2018 Masters Road National Championships has attracted nearly 800 entries from 105 affiliated Cycling Australia clubs.
The second largest National Championships behind January’s Fed Uni RoadNats, the Masters RoadNats will be held in the East Gippsland region of Victoria from 18-21 October 2018.
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.
The Bairnsdale Cycling Club will be well represented with 15 riders set to take to the start line in their hometown National Championships, while over 50 locals from the area will take part in the event as volunteers.
The towns of Metung, Swan Reach and Paynesville, will play host to the three disciplines - time trial, road race and criterium. Maps.
Thursday’s individual time trial opens the Championships with the undulating 16.5km out and back course along Nungurner Rd Metung predicted to produce some fast times.
Friday and Saturday’s Road Races are located in one of the most beautiful parts of East Gippsland, with the peloton to set out along the banks of the Tambo River Swan Reach. Riders will be challenged with a combination of short steep climbs and undulation that will allow for breakaway opportunities before the long drag to the finish line.
The Championships wrap up in style on Sunday with the picturesque setting of the Paynesville waterfront providing great spectator friendly viewing of fast and furious racing.
PROVISIONAL entry lists
See below for entries by category for the time trial, criteirum and road races.
Please note that final entry lists and start lists will be loaded to the live results system before Thursday. The link will be updated on this site when it is live.
There will be many changes to road and traffic conditions during the Championships. For more information, please check the masters.roadnationals.org.au/traffic-guide
See link below for Tech Guide.
The racing schedule is confirmed for the Simon Anderson Consultants 2018 Masters Road National Championships.
Thursday 18 October - Time Trial - Metung
Riders will start the 16.5km course at 1minute intervals from 10:00am in the following order:
· Women's MAS 10 - 5
· Men's MAS 10 -5
· Women's MAS 4 -1
· Men's MAS 4- 1
· Presentations adjacent to the Start Finish
Start lists available soon.
Friday 19 October – Road Race – Swan Reach
Event 1 - MM 8-10 – 58.6km 9:00am
Event 2 - WM 4-5 - 76.6km 9:05am
Event 3 - WM 6-8 – 58.6km 9:10am
Event 4 - MM 5 - 76.6km 12:00pm
Event 5 - MM 6 – 58.6km 12:05pm
Event 6 - MM 7 – 58.6km 12:10pm
Saturday 20 October – Road Race - Swan Reach
Event 7 - MM 3 – 76.6km 9:00am
Event 8 - MM 4 – 76.6km 9:10am
Event 9 - MM 2 – 94.6km 12:00pm
Event 10 - MM 1 – 112.6km 12:10pm
Event 11 - WM 1-3 – 76.6km 12:20pm
Official Event Social Dinner – Metung Yacht Club 6:00pm
Sunday 21 October - Criterium - Paynesville
Event 1 MM 8-10 – 30mins plus 3 laps 7:45am
Event 2 WM 6-8 - 30mins plus 3 laps 8:30am
Event 3 MM 6 - 30mins plus 3 laps 9:15am
Event 4 MM 3 - 40mins plus 3 laps 10:00am
Event 5 MM 5 – 40mins plus 3 laps 10:55am
Event 6 WM 4-5 - 40mins plus 3 laps 11:50am
Event 7 MM 4 - 40mins plus 3 laps 12:45pm
Event 8 WM 1-3 - 40mins plus 3 laps 1:40pm
Event 9 MM 7 – 30mins plus 3 laps 2:35pm
Event 10 MM 2 - 40mins plus 3 laps 3:20pm
Event 11 MM 1 - 40mins plus 3 laps 4:15pm
The Simon Anderson Consultants 2018 Masters Road National Championships will be hosted in the picturesque Gippsland Lakes region for the first time in the event’s history.
The Championships has attracted a quality field of more than 400 riders from around Australia including Olympic medallists, world and national champions, plus a few who weren’t even on a bike when the 2017 Nationals were held on the Gold Coast.
Adelaide’s Jane Bode, 59, is one such rider who twelve months ago wasn’t even riding socially. Now she will line up in the time trial on the opening day of racing in Metung on Thursday 18 October.
“A good friend and work colleague of mine who is also a Masters rider encouraged me to do a Cycling Australia ‘She Rides-Confidence’ course which I enjoyed,” said Bode, who was keeping fit through social running and personal training, but was eager for a new challenge.
“Then I joined the Skinny Lattes Women’s Cycling Club in Adelaide. They have been so supportive, offer a wide range of rides and also races, as well as just being a great bunch of women.”
Following this, Bode participated in the ‘First Principles’ training group for April’s Clare Classic which she believes took her cycling to another level.
“This improved my fitness, confidence and skills as a rider,” she explained. “From there I rode in the CycloSportif Series and then was fortunate to be offered the opportunity to be mentored by and ride with another Masters cyclist, Sharee Faulkner.
“She checks in on me every day, asks me how my program is going and we ride every weekend. She has inspired me to be the best that I can be and has helped me in all facets of the sport.”
Initially not planning to enter the Road Nationals until 2019, Bode bit the bullet and entered the 2018 edition in Gippsland to test her mettle against the best.
“It certainly is a big decision and to be honest, given I have only been riding since the start of this year and training since June,” she revealed. “My goals are to finish, not fall off, have fun and to do the very best I can, given my limited experience.”
“But I entered to gain experience and to gauge where I need to be if I was to be competitive. This has also given me a goal to work towards and to get an idea of the training required.”
While Bode is enjoying her new challenge and her goals for the Nationals are set, she feels the support from the Masters cycling community and the opportunities provided is the real victory.
“Masters cycling offers something for everyone, and it is great to be around like-minded and positive people,” she added. “I was attracted to the diversity that masters cycling offers – from social rides to competition.
“I needed a challenge and a change but lacked support to do it. Master’s cycling has undoubtedly provided those opportunities for me.
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One of the attractions of cycling is its social and competitive aspects as a sport, and partners and Perth cyclists Amanda Nabi and Andrew Ballam who have discovered life together both on and off the bike.
The pair will make a 3,000km trek to contest their first ever Simon Anderson Consultants 2018 Masters Road National Championships when the 2018 edition is held in Victoria’s Gippsland Lakes region.
“We have talked in past years about doing Masters Nationals, but it hasn’t fitted into the plans so far,” said Andrew. “This year we have both trained hard through the winter to be ready for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Varese, so we thought that we would make use of that fitness and give Nationals a go.”
At the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, Amanda claimed the silver in the women’s 40-44 category, while also claiming sixth in the road race.
“Amanda had some success in Varese winning the silver medal and backing that up with sixth. I am riding as well as I have for some years, but didn’t achieve anything in Varese worth writing home about,” he joked.
“After Worlds, we spent a bit of time holidaying, but that also involved riding some of the iconic climbs in the Dolomites. All of our holidays involve bikes, and the trip to Gippsland will no doubt be a part holiday as well!”
The pair will line up in all three 2018 Championship races, with Andrew hoping to post some strong all-around results.
“I like the fact that the Nationals offers competition across three disciplines. I like to describe myself as a ‘jack of all trades’, so the three event format should suit me,” he said, adding “We’re both active racers, racing locally on the DOME Coffees Cycling Team, and we both still ride in open categories. It’s going to be nice to see how we fair against fields of our age on the national stage. Amanda will be targeting podiums, particularly in the ITT.”
Moreover, while the pair is very focused on their cycling, they are proud and very active members of the South Perth Cycling Club, sitting on the club management committee.
“We ride on the DOME Coffees Cycling Team, but we are both very proud South Perth Rouleurs (SPR),” Andrew explained. “Our team has a very close association with the club, with most riders also being members of the SPR.
“SPR is the biggest club in WA with more than 400 members. The club has organised rides every day of the week, and there is something for everyone, from beginners through to A-grade racers.”
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The East Gippsland region of Victoria will host the Simon Anderson Consultants 2018 Masters Road National Championships from 18-21 October.
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The Simon Anderson Consultants 2018 Masters Road National Championships will take place over challenging terrain in one of the southern-most areas of Australia, the picturesque Gippsland Lakes region, however the distance is no barrier for a group of cyclists from Cairns who will be making the 3,000km trek to the start line.
A crew of seven from the Cairns Cycling Club, including Damien Ingram (MAS4) and Gary Haydon (MAS5), will line up across the three days in the road race, time trial and criterium.
For Gary Haydon, who will contest the Masters 5 division, it comes after two straight seasons of lining up in one of Australia’s toughest races, the Melbourne to Warrnambool.
“Last year, it was a great buzz of competing on the Commonwealth Games course in such a lovely part of Australia,” said Haydon. “With no Melbourne to Warrnambool in 2018, it made sense to do this event again and experience what I’m told is another lovely part of Australia.”
The Championships kicks off on Thursday 18 October with the individual time trials in Metung, followed by the road races on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October in Swan Reach. The Championships conclude on Sunday 21 October with the criteriums in Paynesville.
“I finished the road race and criterium in a reasonable position in both, so I am looking to improve on them this year,” added Haydon.
For Damien Ingram, the Masters Nationals is a logical progression from the club and regional scene.
“Cairns members ride together regularly and participate in numerous events at both club and state level as a regional team,” said Ingram who will line up in the Masters 4 category. “However, as the state and national level events are absent in the Far North, it requires us to look afar to compete at this level.
“The Masters Nationals presents the opportunity to test ourselves both terrain and age group. Also, October is a fantastic time of year for us here in the Far North, providing perfect weather with an appropriate lead-in to train.
“The southern climate is always a little shock to the system but the annual pilgrimage to these southern events, has us becoming acclimatised.”
So what is it about the Cairns Cycling Club that has this crew so motivated to travel and race together?
“It is a nice country club in Far North Queensland, and now the home of the Tour of the Tropics also known as TOTT,” added Haydon. “The club has a good mixture of criterium, and road races and racing numbers are excellent.
“Quite often we pick up an NRS rider training in the region, trying to escape the southern winter, who will enter the races and give us all a touch-up.”
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