Saturday, 29 December 2012

Lake Benalla Triathlon, Saturday 29th December 2012
750-20-5
Results below are in the form:
name, total time, place, swim-ride-run
Rob Solly, 1:06:44, 3rd M40-44, 12:16-33:38-20:50

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Gatorade Race 2, Elwood, Sunday 16th December 2012
Results below are in the form:
name, total time, place, swim-T1-ride-T2-run
Karl Augustin, 1:11:21.5, 5th M5054, 10:34-1:43-36:39-0:55.5-21:30
The challenging rough swim and the wind (gusting to 70km/h) on the bike and run certainly tested competitors and organisers. The swim had been on again-off again since Thursday. The forecast rain didn't eventuate, so it went ahead, but then the wind blew up.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Coomealla Triathlon, Sunday December 9th 2012
750-20-5
Results below are in the form:
name, total time, place, swim (+T1) ride (+T2) run
Jeff Beavis, 1:08:01, 9th M4549, 10:17-36:43-21:01
Jeff is nothing, if not consistent - he placed top 10 last year, too. This year, he managed to stay top 10 with a borrowed wheel.
Times were slower all round this year as there was a gale force cross wind on the bike.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

XOSize R2, Brighton, Sunday, 2nd December 2012
2x(500-10-2.5)
name, total time, place, swim1-T1-ride1-T2-run1/T3-swim2-T4-ride2-T5/run2
Julie King, 1:29:34.5, 1st F55-59, 6:12-1:11-20:33-1:44-15:00-7:45-52.6-21:17.3-14:59.2
Congratulations!!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Gatorade R1, St Kilda, 25th November 2012
500-20-5
Results below are in the form:
name, total time, place, swim-T1-ride-T2-run
Rob Solly, 1:04:35, 9th M40-44, 9:11-1:19-31:40-1:34-20:51
Top 10 finish for Rob... and he wasn't "wifed" this time.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Campbells Shepparton 70.3, 18th November 2012
1900-90k-21.1k
Results below are in the form:
name, total time, place, swim-T1-ride-T2-run
Jamie Morgan, 4:41.16, 19th M3539, 32:03-2:20-2:29:00-1:35-1:36:18
Gavin Hicks, 4:43:50, 16th M3034, 32:35-1:54-2:34:41-1:50-1:32:50
Jarratt Morgan, 4:54:36, 30th M3034, 32:49-1:34-2:29:03-1:34-1:49:27
Rob Solly, 5:32:57, 96th M4044, 33:30-3:11-2:41:55-1:36-2:12:45
Steven Feher, 5:37:46, 52nd M4549, 35:51-3:48-3:07:33-2:32-1:48:02
Matthew Barnett, 5:59:01, 129th M3539, 40:50-3:03-3:03:57-1:54-2:09:17
Shane Draper, 6:02:30, 132nd M3539, 49:44-4:52-3:23:56-3:26-1:40:32
Jamie finished 88th overall (in a field of over 900), mainly off the back of a bike that was the 72nd fastest on the day.
Jarratt was only one place behind on the bike with the 73rd fastest on the day.
Gavin had a top 100 run - the 86th fastest on the day.
Matthew and Shane were doing only their second ever triathlon.
Well done everyone.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

XOSize Series, Race 1, Mordialloc, 11th November, 2012
500-16k-5k
Results below are in the form:
name, total time, place, swim-T1-ride-T2-run
Julie King, 1:08:58.4, 2nd F55-59, 10:18.2-1:21.2-28:36.9-1:39.9-27:02
Gavin Hicks, 54:41.5, 8th M30-34, 9:08.2-1:17.0-24:15.1-1:10.7-18:50.5
Julie had the fastest swim and ride times in her age group.
Gavin finished top 50 overall.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Ray White Lara Fun Run, 4th November 2012
10k
Jeff Beavis, 43:53, 3rd M 46-55
Jeff's comments: "Now know why I do triathlon not fun runs, took 1500 to find some space to work in by time got through walkers and pushers (teams started at back). Consequently negatively split run by 65 secs quicker for 2nd 5km. My luck, when I finally make a podium they only acknowledge 1st place in each category."

Saturday, 3 November 2012

AV Shield North West Region, Round 4, 3 November 2012
5000m
Karl Augustin 19:41.23, 9th Heat 2. Not bad for an old bloke :-)

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Poland Spring, Marathon Kickoff, Central Park, NY 28th October 2012
5mile/8k event around Central Park. This is used to mark the start of the NY Marathon festival.

Sandra Buth, 1:03:46, 110th F50-55

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Medibank Melbourne Marathon, 14th October 2012
42.2k:
Gavin Hicks, 2:50:15, 95th overall, 87th Male, 63rd in his category and 44 in his division.

21.1k:
Matthew Barnett, 1:48:30


Sunday, 16 September 2012

Amy's Gran Fondo, 16 September 2012
120k loop starting and ending at Lorne. Riders ride clockwise via Skenes Creek and Benwerrin
110k timed, 10k neutral - 120k in total
KOM: 10k climb starting 39km into the race - starting at turn onto Skenes Creek Rd and finishing at Mt Sabine

Jarratt Morgan, 3:11:14.8, 31st M30-34, KOM time: 28:09.7, 31st M30-34
Jamie Morgan, 3:31:53.8, 114th M35-39, KOM time: 30:36.5 86th M35-39
Rob Solly, 3:40:46.5, 209th M40-44, KOM time 32:51.7, 179th M40-44
Jarratt qualified to go to the Worlds!
Jamie only missed qualifying by 1 minute - not bad for someone who can't breathe!
Rob's cross training (skiing) obviously hasn't paid off this year.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Geelong Cross Country Club Half Marathon, 16 September 2012
Gavin Hicks, 1:22:38, 2nd M Open
Well done - a podium for a half marathon slipped into the middle of an ultra run!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Matt Arnot Trains With Benson's
Experiencing plyometrics, reactive and proactive sprints, reaction drills, hill bounds and sprint/float/sprints as well as a strong focus on his run technique in his first session with TB Richmond FC's Matt Arnot impressed with his focus, interest and commitment.

Tony Benson

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Advanced Freight Half Marathon, 2nd September 2012
Gavin Hicks, 1:19:07, 73rd Open Men
Karl Augustin, 1:28:35, 18th 50-54 Men
Angelo Pagano, 1:33:26, 35th 45-49 Men
Aaron Heaney, 1:43:36, 198th Open Men
Matt Goodger, 2:11:23, 220th Open Men

This was a huge 3 minute PB for Ange - congratulations!

Monday, 27 August 2012

Victorian Schools Knockout Ausgust 27th 2012
Maribrynong College's Junior Girls team won their division and qualified for the Australian Schools Final.
Amelia Mazza-Downey and Lucy Bongiavanni were the stars finishing 2nd and 3rd in the 800m race.
Tony Benson MSA Head Coach

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Lance Armstrong
What to believe? Rumours of drugs have swirled around Lance Armstrong for years. Members of his team have been caught. The verdict in Texas re the right for the USADA to pursue the case left Lance with two options. Fight it in court under the same rules of perjury faced by Ben Johnson, Marion Jones (who never failed a test either) and their associates or leave the question open in the court of public opinion. My view. If any member of Armstrong's team was associated with drugs he, like members of a relay team, should lose his title(s). Worse still, given the number of Tour winners exposed in drugs tests, is the attitude of the Tour organisers and the International Cycling Union.
Tony Benson

Friday, 24 August 2012

2012 Australian Cross Country Championships
In winning the U14 girls National cross country on August 25th Maribyrnong College's Amelia Mazza Downey scored the only Victorian gold medal of the championships.Congratulations go to Amelia and Keith Fearnley, her coach.
Tony Benson MSA Head Coach

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Cairns Airport Ironman Cairns, 3rd June 2012
3.8km swim-180km ride-42.4km run
Results below are in the form:
name, total time, place, swim-T1-ride-T2-run

Steven Feher, 12:24:00, 39th M45-49, 1:19:27-8:27-6:17:53-8:34-4:29:35
Congratulations, Steven, you are an Ironman! Now onto the Arch to Arc!

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Dirty Gran Fondo, 19th May 2012
90km MTB
Results below are in the form:
name, total time, place

Jarratt Morgan, 4:47:50, 13th Open Men
Chris O'Donnell, 5:04:54, 20th Open Men
Chris had an accident resulting in a very attractive scar!

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Mother's Day Classic, 6th May 2012
8km run

Jamie, Helen and baby Jasper did the Mother's Day Classic together. Typically, Jamie made sure he won and that his son was second:
Jamie 46:59.2
Jasper 46:59.7
Helen (obviously shoved aside so the boys could win): 46:59.9

Maureen Daley apparently excelled at being the Chief Bag Lady.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Ironman Australia, 6th May 2012
3.8km swim-180km ride-42.4km run
Results below are in the form:
name, total time, place, swim-T1-ride-T2-run

Gavin Hicks,16:16:55, 41st M30-34, 1:03:40-3:15-5:33:10-2:56-3:33:52
Even after doing Ironman Melbourne only six weeks previous, Gavin was able to overtake a number of his competitors in the run.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Forrest 6 hour MTB, 5th May 2012
6 hour enduro race. Each lap is 11.5km

Jarratt Morgan, 18th - Solo Men, 8 laps. Lap splits:
lap-time-speed
8 55:35 12.38
7 57:16 12.02
6 52:29 13.11
5 50:07 13.73
4 50:17 13.69
3 48:52 14.08
2 48:23 14.22
1 46:22 14.84

Congratulations on the big step up from doing it as part of a two man team last year.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

ITU Sydney Age Group Olympic Distance race, 14th April 2012
1500-40-10
Results below are in the form:
name, total time, place, swim-T1-ride-T2-run

Rob Solly, 2:23:50, 38th M40-44, 26:04-0:54-1:11:55-0:49-44:06
Jeff Beavis, 2:34:27, 56th M45-49, 27:40-1:41-1:14:28-1:32-49:05

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship - Melbourne, 25th March 2012
3.8-180-42.2
Results below are in the form:
name, total time, place, swim-T1-ride-T2-run

Gavin Hicks, 9:47:43, 38th M30-34, 1:09:24-3:38-5:10:36-3:14-3:20:49
Chris O'Donnell, 10:03:02, 61st M40-44,1:04:39-7:30-5:07:50-5:53-3:37:08
Gary Blake, 12:15:56, 2nd M65-69, 1:25:27-7:52-6:03:17-7:02-4:32:16 - Kona Bound!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

XOSize TriSeries 11/12 - Race 5 Brighton, 25th March 2012
750-20-2
Results below are in the form:
name, total time, place, swim-T1-ride-T2-run

Mandy Newman 1:16:44, 1st F40-44, 13:23-1:29-38:13-1:16-22:23
Julie King 1:20:39, 1st F55-59, 14:17-1:21-38:55-1:27-24:38

Gavin Hicks is a clever man - he placed 2nd in the XOSize series for M30-34 while he was racing Ironman.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Gatorade Race 6 and Long Course, Portarlington, 18th March 2012
Long Course: 2-80-20
Gatorade: 800-26-8
Results below are in the form:
name, total time, place, swim-T1-ride-T2-run

Long Course:
Kath Taylor, 5:04:06, 3rd F35-39, 35:50-2:40-2:28:08-1:48-1:55:37
Steven Feher, 5:12:47, 16th M45-49, 41:05-3:49-2:39:47-1:58-1:46:06

Gatorade:
Rob Solly, 1:34:05, 5th M40-44, 14:21-2:13-43:57-0:56-32:35
Michelle Currie, 2:00:54, 14th F35-39, 18:53-2:59-56:00-1:51-41:09
EPS Tri Trio (aka Chanel, Karl & Jamie), 1:36:34, 4th Teams, 16:13-1:57-46:45-0:45-30:52

Monday, 12 March 2012

ASICS Victor Harbour Triathlon, Monday 12th March 2012
1500-40-10
Results below are in the form:
name, total time, place, swim-ride-run (transitions are included in the bike time)

Rob Solly, 2:16:18,10th M40-44, 22:58-1:12:10-41:11
This was a qualifying race for the World Champs, so no mean feat finishing in the top 10.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Marysville Lake Moutain Cycling Classic, 26th February 2012
This was a recreational ride, not a race, so there is no official placing.

Here's Kath's report on what she thinks is "recreational"

Marysville-Lake Mountain Challenge – 160km

I decided to do the Marysville-Lake Mountain Challenge as a make-up race for having had to pull out of the Alpine Classic 200km halfway through (this was due to a cleat misalignment, which was causing knee problems). I had done all the training for Alpine and the MLMC was three weeks later, so I could transfer my Alpine fitness straight over. I also thought this event would suit me with quite a lot of flat, and then a really big hill at the end.
Despite a super hot day on Saturday, Marysville’s temperature was predicted to be 30 degrees only on the Sunday. On the morning of the ride, the weather was perfect – overcast and mild.
The MLMC long course event had two distance options – 120km and 160km. The 120km course was mostly flat to undulating, and including the hill at Lake Eildon. The 160km included the same course as the 120km but had an additional 40km Lake Mountain climb at the end.
All the long course riders started together at 8am. At Amy’s Gran Fondo, I had missed the correct start group, so this time I was determined to get a good position near the front. They released groups of 20 riders at a time – I was in the fourth group to depart.
The ride out to Taggerty was flat with a headwind. My group was prepared to do rolling turns, so we all worked together till just before Alexandra. We had been travelling along really quickly at a pace I knew was not sustainable so I decided to enjoy it while it lasted. At one point, a cyclist said to me that if there was a prize for sock height, I would win. That lifted my spirits dramatically. For some reason, I ended up on the front quite a bit and then no-one would come forward to take a turn. Not fair – I was the only girl in the group! We hit a hill and the bunch broke into two. Then a bit further down the track, I lost touch with the group. They were faster and stronger but I was glad I had held on for as long as I did.
I had a quick stop at the aid station at Alexandra but wanted to keep moving. I made the mistake of topping up my drink bottles with what I thought was water, but turned out to be some sort of orange sports drink – Caffe Latte Perpetuem and orange sports drink do not mix! But I drank it anyway – I was thirsty and that’s all I had.
I rode alone from Alexandra to Eildon, but at the Eildon aid station bumped into two guys who I’d ridden with in the early bunch. They asked me to join them so we all worked together up until about 10km before Marysville. They were two older guys from Black Rock CC and they were such strong riders – we were absolutely flying at some points and I was really glad to be able to ride with them. Eventually, a big bunch came along, sucked them up and spat me out at the back. They were just too fast for me.
The last 20km or so back into Marysville was awful – it was a false flat with a headwind. At that point I’d lost motivation and was riding alone, averaging around 20km/h, which was depressing. A friend caught up with me – he was travelling in a small group of three and I sat on the back of his group until we almost reached Marysville. I had done the 120km in 4:28, with the last 30km taking 1:20 – that was a really slow and painful hour. Now time for the big hill!
I had some fruit cake, topped up my drink bottles and then hit the mountain. That initial steep ascent was a bit of a shock and it didn’t seem like many riders were doing the 160km course - everyone was really spread out. My Garmin was showing 13% gradient with alarming frequency. My right knee was a bit sore and I felt like I was climbing really slowly, but I toughed it out and kept moving forward. At one stage, a guy caught up to me and rode with me for a bit chatting, but then he dropped away, which was a shame as I was enjoying the distraction. I tried to focus on the beautiful scenery, but it was pretty difficult after such a long ride. I took 1:44 to do the climb – I’m pretty sure that was a lot slower than the first time I had done Lake Mountain with fresh legs.
At the top, I had a stretch, chatted to some people, stuffed more food in my face, drank a lot and mentally prepared myself for the descent, which I knew would be cold. Apart from the cold, the descent ended up being fun because I knew the ride was almost over – and because I like descending. Someone shouted out ‘snake’ to me on the way down, but I never saw the snake – thankfully!
My total ride time for 164km was 6:39 – elapsed time was 7:04. I thought this was a great event and was surprised more people didn’t do it – the results show about 400 people in total for the long and short course events, and about 30 women in total. Well done also to Janet, who did the 120km and lead her bunch most of the way!


Sunday, 26 February 2012

Victorian Sprint Distance Championships, 26th February 2012
750-20-5
Results below are in the form:
name, total time, place, swim-T1-ride-T2-run

Julie King, 1:28:10, 1st F55-59, 17:44-2:00-39:49-1:51-26:46 STATE CHAMPION!!
Mandy Newman, 1:19:29, 2nd F40-44, 15:55-1:53-36:00-1:37-24:04
Gavin Hicks*, 1:11:17, 5th M30-34, 13:09-4:00-33:38-1:11-19:19
Jeff Beavis, 1:18:05, 11th M45-49, 16:15-1:43-35:22-1:43-23:01
Karl Augustin, 1:23:13, 15th M50-54, 18:49-2:19-36:50-1:45-23:30
Angelo Pagano, 1:26:51, 25th M45-49, 21:46-3:31-35:40-2:42-23:13

*Gavins times are estimates, and the swim time is as he stepped out of the water.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Gatorade Race 5, Elwood, 19th February 2012
500-20-5
Results below are in the form:
name, total time, place, swim-T1-ride-T2-run

Jamie Morgan, 1:01:54, 4th M35-39, 9:15-1:14-30:02-1:04-20:17
Rob Solly, 1:05:52, 8th M40-44, 9:25-1:35-32:00-1:28-21:22


Sunday, 12 February 2012

Geelong Multisport Festival, 12th February 2012
Two races were held: 2.80.20 and Olympic Distance.
Conditions on the day were "interesting". Driving rain made the bike course treacherous and if you were unlucky enough to be swimming during a rain storm, sighting was even more difficult than normal for Geelong. Of course the weather fined up and the sun came out for the run.

results below are in the form:
name, total time, place, swim-T1-ride-T2-run

2k swim - 80k ride - 20k run
Jarratt Morgan, 4:20:48, 14th M30-34, 32:23-2:40-2:10:12-1:48-1:33:43
Chris O'Donnell, 4:24:03, 27th M35-39, 33:01-4:07-2:17:05-2:38-1:27:10 Chris' tri-bars came loose during the ride
Angelo Pagano, 5:06:54, 26th M45-49, 46:19-5:26-2:25:30-4:16-1:45:21 This was Ange's first attempt at long course. He suffered his first cramp during the swim and then managed to hold off imminent cramps all through the run.
Phil Caligiuri, 5:36:29, 34rd M45-49, 48:55-3:19-2:36:01-3:20-2:04:52 Phil was kicked in the head during the swim, swallowed water which he subsequently threw up and then recovered holding onto the paddleboard.

1.5k swim - 40k ride - 10k run
Rob Solly, 2:23:50, 28th M40-44, 28:29-2:03-1:08:53-1:19-43:05
Jeff Beavis, 2:28:13, 22nd M45-49, 26:45-2:29-1:11:35-1:45-45:38
Kath Taylor, 2:40:11, 20th F35-39, 29:07-2:49-1:13:40-2:28-52:06 Kath had bad cramps during the run

Well done to all in trying conditions.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Gatorade Race 4, Sandringham, 5th February 2012
1500-40000-10000
results below are in the form:
name, total time, place, swim-T1-ride-T2-run

Rob Solly, 2:25:06, 16th M40-44, 30:11-2:09-1:05:53-1:55-44:58

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Capital Summer "Australian Sprint Championships"
750-20-5
Results below are in the form:
Name, total time, place, swim-T1-ride-T2-run

Jeff Beavis, 1:11:10, 25th M45-49, 12:11-1:37-34:01-1:14-22:05

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Omara Cycles Women's Triathlon, 29th January 2012
400-16-4
results below are in the form:
name, total time, place, swim-T1-ride-T2-run

Mandy Newman, 56:06, 1st F40-49, 7:27-0:54-26:09-0:53-20:43
Julie King, 59:15, 1st F50+, 8:02-1:00-27:20-0:51-22:03

Mandy also placed 3rd outright the only two girls that beat her were under 23.

Well done, ladies.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Western Suburbs Triathlon Club, Race 3, 26th January 2012
750-18750-5000
Results below are in the form:
Name, total time, place, swim-ride-run

Rob Solly, 1:12:07.8, 10th M, 18:08-33:18.60-20:41.20

Sunday, 22 January 2012

XOSize TriSeries 11/12 - Race 3 Elwood, 22nd January 2012
2x(250-10-2.5)
results below are listed as:
Name, total time, category place,swim-T1-ride-T2-run-T3-2nd swim-T4- 2nd ride-T5- 2nd run

Jamie Morgan, 67:15, 4th M35-39,4:56-0:54-15:23-1:24-9:40-0:43-6:19-0:47-16:09-1:29-9:31
Gavin Hicks, 67:40, 3rd M30-34, 5:51-0:47-16:16-1:29-8:51-0:42-6:41-0:42-16:15-1:18-8:49
Angelo Pagano, 75:54, 15th M45-49, 6:46-1:11-17:05-1:46-9:43-1:12-8:01-1:11-17:32-1:49-9:40
Mandy Newman, 77:08, 1st F40-44, 5:11-1:12-17:49-1:49-11:24-0:47-7:00-0:53-18:25-1:43-10:56
Julie King, 81:41, 1st F55-59, 5:40-0:54-18:24-2:01-12:13-1:00-7:10-1:02-19:22-1:58-11:57
Steven Feher, 88:05, 20th M45-49, 6:28-3:11-18:16-2:42-11:10-2:28-7:55-3:00-19:22-2:32-11:01

Jamie had the 7th fastest bike1 split of the whole field.

Well done everyone.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Gatorade Race 3, Brigthon, 15th January 2012
500-20-5
results below are in the format:
name, total time, place, swim-T1-ride-T2-run

Rob Solly, 1:04:09, 13th M40-44, 9:44-1:25-31:45-1:02-20:13
Katie Anderson, 1:38:27, 8th Athena, 10:59-3:35-43:29-3:14-37:10

That just goes to show what skiing in Aspen will do to you! (I'm not jealous - much!)

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Danger 1000, Jan Jac, 14th January 2012
1000m ocean swim

Julie King, 20:20, 4th W Grandveteran,
Rob Solly, 19:20, 81st M Supermaster

Julie's race report: "The Torquay swim was a bit more of a challenge this year with testing water conditions. The swim leg out to the first buoy was really tough with an incoming tide, waves breaking and a strong current from the side.
I ended up in 4th place being passed in the last 200m by a swimmer with more speed than I could muster at that stage. But very happy with the result."

Saturday, 7 January 2012

GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub, 7th January 2012
Jeff Beavis, 19:40, 152nd Master Male
Phil Hinton, 21:30, 271st Master Male (it was Phil's first P2P)
Pat Buckley, 24:16, 391st Veteran Male

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Race Report Inter Winter Series

Firstly I just wanted to talk about the reasons I decided to take up Mountain Bike Riding (MTB) this winter.

During April this year after some discussions with Jarratt I decided to buy myself a Mountain bike and do some racing over winter. First I had to get the bike, a lot of different options are available even more varieties than road bikes. So after a lot of research I decided on an entry level hard tail with hydralic disc brakes, I eventually bought the Cannondale Trail SL3 cost $700 after much deliberation as I wasn't sure how much MTB I was going to do, so I decided that this was the best option for me. I also entered the "Inter Winter" series for a cost of $70 for 3 races over the winter. I had to develop my MTB skills as I have only ever ridden a MTB off road once in my life. I started using the bike as my commuter, I was suprised at how much harder it was to ride to work. I really enjoyed the fact that I was doing more work on the way to work and back. I needed to discover some where close to Melbourne where I could work on my Off road skills so I started talking to people about where to go and discovered some really good tracks at Studley park. One thing I noticed was it always seemed to rain when I was riding off road making the tracks really slippery, this in turn makes you work really hard.

Race 1 Ballarat 3 hour enduro race.

It rained for the whole week leading up to the race and the weather report said heavy rain for the day of the race. I don't really like riding in the rain because I am worried about crashing. Jarratt and myself headed out to the race site which was in a forrest out the back of Ballarat. We arrived and I was very nervous because the course had one of the toughest hills I have ever seen. We picked up our race kits and decided to go for a warm up, it became very clear that this was going to be really hard. My bike didn't seem to be moving very fast when I was pedaling, and was sliding when I turned. Jarratt almost went over his handle bars when his front wheel got stuck in one of many puddles of water. My nerves were not getting better. I would describe myself as been absolutely petrified, I do not recall feeling like this at any point in my life ( not even when kids were been born). As the race start got nearer I became increasingly unhappy and nervous with the thought of going home with broken bones etc., I was wondering why I had been I had been able to be talked into doing this race. I decided to start at the very back of the pack I did not want to get in anybody's way. The first lap was scary my bike was sliding on every corner and was really hard to ride, it took 1 hour and 15 mins to do the first lap, I think that I crashed about 10 times. I was covered in mud, the crashes did not seem to hurt because I was not moving very fast and the landings were very soft. On the positive side I seemed to be doing Ok, I was passing some slower riders, my second and third laps only took me 52 and 54 mins. I eventually finished the race, a lot of people had pulled out after the first lap. I actually really enjoyed the race, my bike looked like it had been on the bottom of the sea and it took me about 3 hours to get all the mud off my bike. My heart rate during the race was an average of 150 bpm, with an average speed of 10 km/h. I had a Great day despite all the crashes, I found the riding tough but extremely enjoyable, smiles all round. Jarratt won this round

Race 2 Castlemaine XC olympic format

Another muddy day on the bike, the course was open and fast with a few technical bits and a reasonable hill climb thrown in, I tried to stay with Jarratt but he got away from me when we got to hill. I think my skills were improving, I only had two crashes and I was passing people. I had been passed by some really strong riders but everyone was really polite while racing. I think that my fitness allowed me to pass people when we got to the uphill sections. The race went for about 2.5 hours despite my best efforts Jarratt one this round again, we both liked the course and decided to do another lap of the course after the race just for fun.

Race 3 You Yangs TT,XC and Crit race

It was a beautiful day, not a rain cloud in sight ! I had never been to the You Yang's before, but had heard good things. The tracks were amazing, this was mountain bike heaven ! We decided to go for a warm up and explore some of the tracks, we rode uphill for a bit and then took a path that looked like it went down hill, the sign said "Advanced". This path was really tough and I had a pretty nasty crash, my fingers were hurting and I had a nasty bruise emerging on my hip, we both had to get off our bikes and walk them down sections of this path. I was amazed that there were riders that get there bikes down these tracks.

Time Trial Riders were spaced 30 seconds apart and we had to race up a hill called "Lactate". We then had to race a downhill section and then ride around a lake and back to the start line about 3km in length. After talking to Jarratt we decided that I was going to go one rider in front of him. The timer went off and I went for it, the hill was long and about two thirds up Jarratt went past me I decided to push really hard, I really wanted to win today. I managed to keep Jarrett in sight, when we got to the top of the hill he was stopped and did not know where to go, I took the opportunity and went past, I knew that I had to go really hard if I wanted to get my 30" back. I started the downhill section and really started to hammer. There was some really big drops and bumps but I just had to go for it. I could hear a bike behind and I thought that it was Jarratt, I did not want him to pass me again,I started to take some big risks and managed to get away. I got to the lake and rode as fast as I could and got to the line. The results were posted and my time was 4" slower than Jarratt. He got me again!

XC This was a 3 lap race round about an 8 km loop it had some great uphill switchbacks, an awesome downhill section followed by some sand, through some trees and mangroves. Jarratt started this race at the front of the pack, I was close behind. I stayed close as we headed up the hill, oops I had a little crash! I had to make up time now Jarratt was getting away from me, I rode as hard and fast as I could up the hill, and really started to hammer down the hill, I caught up to him by the time we got into the mangroves. I decided to ride very quietly behind and wait for the right time to make my move, we came out of the trees and headed down a straight towards the start/ finish line, this was it, I got past him as we crossed the line. Yes the first lap was mine ! 2nd lap 200m in Jarratt went past me, I was chasing again he was just in front. We were passing each other in opposite directions as we went up the switchbacks, I was riding as fast I could, I crashed again and lost him again. I tried to make up time on the downhill but did not see him till we got to the switchbacks again on the last lap. He was in front but I thought I might still have chance if I could catch him on the downhill, I was flying down the hill and bang my back tyre blew, I hoped off and was very disappointed. Unfortunately there was something wrong with my spare and I had to run my bike back to the start/finish area. My first DNF but a really good race.

XC Crit We had to ride our bikes around an 800m loop on the dirt for 12' and not get passed by the leader. I had never raced like this before so I had no idea on how I would go. When the race started I was fairly close to the front I stayed in it for about 6' and got passed so I was out. I finished this race in 34th position.

I can't wait till next winter !

I had a great days racing I really enjoyed the whole series. I did some really hard cycling, learnt some new skills and finished one race only 4 seconds behind Jarratt. I also made a really good friend, I am looking forward to our next race at Geelong. To make things even better I was sent a $50 "encouragement award", maybe they give them to the person who crashes the most :)


Monday, 2 January 2012

DUCHAMP RipView Classic, 2nd January 2011
1.4km swim

Julie King, 18:31, 3rd F55-59
Stephen Gowers, 18:43, 57th M50-54

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