by Alex Renzella
The Champ is here. John Cain will be seeking to take out a record SEVENTH Masters Road National ITT title in October at the nation’s premier masters event.
With Masters titles from 2010 and 2013 to 2017 in addition to a tally of 11 state ITT victories, Cain is moving from Masters 5 to Masters 6 after a consistent period of success which he credits to always having a strong preparation and training regime before each event.
A modified training schedule over the past 12 months has challenged the Victorian’s lead up to this year’s event but he remains adamant that the goal of claiming a seventh title is very much attainable.
“My goal will be to win but my knees aren’t what they used to be, after 6 wins in the past I am now happy to just get to the start line in good shape” Cain told Cycling Victoria.
Amongst his plethora of titles, the 2015 Masters title in Pottsville NSW was a stressful one for Cain and almost never was as he had forgotten a significant requirement to compete in the event, registration.
“My prep was perfect, had organised my flights, car hire & accommodation. The day before the race I realised I had not entered! I spent the day on the phone to some very nice people at CA and after mentioning ‘but I’m the defending champion!’ several times, was able to get my name on the list. I won’t make that mistake ever again.”
Cain isn’t a stranger to the Gippsland area, having competed in the inaugural Tour of East Gippsland some years ago conquering the hillier terrain, however, was unable to contest the event in 2017 or earlier this year.
The former triathlete turned cyclist praised this year’s host towns of Metung, Paynesville and Swan Reach, commenting on the location and landscape that the riders to face.
“Great roads to race on, great scenery and the regional areas always try really hard to put on a special event and I’m sure the Nat’s this year will be no different.”
Representing Carnegie Caulfield CC, the reigning ITT Champion had some words of encouragement for first time riders, stating that a solid preparation is key for those striving for a victory.
“I really only have one tip for Masters Cyclists – GET TO THE STARTING LINE FIT & HEALTHY. If you are able to do that you are always in with a chance.”
Cain went on to say that cyclists of all abilities should give it a go and get involved in the Masters.
“The more the merrier. If you are just an average club rider then it is definitely something you should think about and experience. Attending the Nationals is always a great weekend away with lots of cycling to participate in and a new part of Australia to discover.”
by Alex Renzella
October’s Masters Road Nationals in Victoria’s East Gippsland is picking up traction with the local council and community businesses continuing their support of the upcoming event through their regular Business Breakfast program.
October’s breakfast host, Bairnsdale’s Big Garage, coincidentally is a support partner of the Masters Nationals and was joined by presenting partner Simon Anderson Consultants and support partner Cranes Asphalting along with other members of the East Gippsland Marketing and Business group.
Cycling Victoria’s Event Manager, Karin Jones, presented an overview of the event and the benefit to the region to an enthusiastic audience.
The Big Garage’s involvement and the enthusiasm of the event was evident as Cycling Victoria’s President Lisa Byrne recently found out, attending the breakfast along with East Gippsland Council members also present.
“I experienced the genuine passion, excitement and keenness to support this event of local businesses and the local community. I certainly am of the view that more events in this area would be welcomed and supported by the community” Byrne said.
Byrne also commented on the importance of having local businesses from the East Gippsland area as key sponsors.
“Having local businesses involved in supporting and sponsoring an event in the area is key to assimilating with the local community.”
The Masters will begin on Thursday October 18 in Metung with the Individual TT and end on Sunday October 21, finishing with the Criterium in Paynesville while Swan Reach will host the Road Races in between on the 19th and 20th.
The Big Garage announced at the event that they will provide a $500 donation to a sporting club for each vehicle sold if the purchaser talks about and mentions their club.
Further information regarding the event and its sponsors can be found at the official website www.masters.roadnationals.org.au
The 2018 Cycling Australia Masters Road National Championships will be hosted in the picturesque Gippsland Lakes region for the first time in the event’s history.
The towns of Metung, Swan Reach and Paynesville will play host to more than 500 of Australia’s best masters cyclists as they battle for the coveted green and gold national champions jerseys in the time trial, road race and criterium across four days of racing.
Speaking at the event launch in Paynesville on Tuesday, East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor Cr Joe Rettino said the Championships will be a highlight of the region’s events calendar.
“We are thrilled to host this year’s Championships,” Cr Rettino said. "Council recognises East Gippsland ticks many boxes for competitive and recreational cyclists and our terrain and climate means cycling can be enjoyed year-round.
“Cycling events in our region have been growing in popularity year-on-year and we are working to grow East Gippsland’s reputation as a premier cycling location. I look forward to showcasing our region to avid cyclists from across the nation later this year.”
Minister for Sport John Eren is proud to help bring the 2018 Cycling Australia Masters Road National Championships to Gippsland for the first time.
"Events like these not only deliver great sporting outcomes but create local jobs, attract visitors and keep businesses busy,” Minister Eren said.
“The Gippsland Lakes region is made for events like these, strong local support will no doubt take this great event up a gear.”
CEO Steve Drake is delighted that Cycling Australia has partnered with Cycling Victoria and the East Gippsland Shire Council to deliver the Masters Championships.
“Cycling has shared a long and prosperous relationship with the East Gippsland Shire, and we are excited to be able to bring the event to such a beautiful part of Victoria,” Drake said.
“We are certain that our best masters cyclists will appreciate the spectacular courses and racing environment, while also enjoying the local hospitality and region during the Championships.”
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The 2017 Masters Road Championship have wrapped up with Australia's best masters cyclists contesting three days of competition on the Gold Coast, 27-29 October 2017.
Simone Grounds (Dubbo) and Gaye Lynn (Sutherland Shire) completed a clean sweep of the women's 3 and 8+ categories respectively, picking up gold in the time trial, road race and criterium in a strong showing.
Claiming the time trial and road double was Troy Herfoss (Goulburn-Men 1), Peter Milostic (Penrith-Men 3) and Anna Davis (Coburg-Women 5).
Also picking up two national titles with success in the criterium and road race was Trevor Hyde (Sutherland Shire-Men 7), Danny Clarke (Gold Coast-Men 8), Mick Patton (Sunshine Coast-Men 9), Ashleigh Elliott (Hamilton Wheelers-Women 1), Justine Barrow (Coburg-Women 2), Nicky Rolls (Brisbane-Women 4) and Clare Johnston (Gold Coast-Women 7).
Sunday's 18.7km closed-road circuit used acted as a key operational trial for April's Commonwealth Games Games road race.
"I wanted to tick the box of racing on the Commonwealth Games course" said Men's 1 road race and time trial champion Troy Herfoss. "We have such nice roads around here (Gold Coast) and to ride on a fully closed road, where the best in the world will be riding so we can compare our times, is great.
"When I’m watching race at the 2018 Games in April I’ll be able to relate to it a bit more."
2017 MASTERS ROAD NATIONAL CHAMPIONS