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.
2018 Simon Anderson Consultants Masters Road National Championships