Season Review - 2014 Road

Alex Arancibia, Olivier Dharma Ratne & Rolly Delaytz at Penrith Lakes Regatta Centre June 2014  

Alex Arancibia, Olivier Dharma Ratne & Rolly Delaytz at Penrith Lakes Regatta Centre June 2014  

The 3 Peaks Challenge in early March and Tani Ruckle rode the 240k over Tawonga, Hotham & Falls Creek in 9hrs 16mins and set the fastest time in the womens category. The Challenge had 1,800 starters (11% were female) and 92% finished in ideal conditions. Fastest time was 7hrs 35mins.      

The Sydney Champs at Penrith in late May and BiciSport topped the medal count with 3 Gold 2 Silver. W3/4 - Martinette Van Vuuren took Silver in W3 with good rides by Kirsty Flanagan & Karen Thornton  M2 - One of the sharpest Bici team displays (and we`ve had a few over the years) you`re ever likely to see as Alex Arancibia, Rolly Delaytz & Oliver Dharma Ratne got in some serious team time trial training and put the knife in lap after lap. To finish off the job Alex led the team out & Rolly took a great win with Oliver right up there. Rolly has taken several good wins at Heffron Park and this was pay day.  M3 - Jays Austin recharged the batteries this year and it was back to business. Stewart Campbell won an intermediate sprint prime then Jays won another and simply kept going off the front. Another Gold for Jays, Stewart finished 4th with solid team rides by Matt Glanville & Andrew Curro.  M5 - Geoff Baxter is always a chance if you wave a checkered flag at him and that was good for Silver. Graham Cockerton & Dom Zumbo did a lot of work and were both a peloton finish.  M6 - Graham Tierney was all over the front of M6 supported by Peter Verhoeven. Mike O`R was also a bunch finish.  M7 - David Willmott is preparing for the Manchester Track Worlds in October and was at unbackable odds to win M7 (he duly obliged).       

In mid July BiciSport entered 8 teams into the TTT Championships which is an all time high for Bici road entries. Conditions were standard Nowra ... being cold and windy. BiciSport finished 4th in the NSW Club Shield Pointscore based on overall performances (25 clubs participated).

Women Masters - 18 teams entered and the # 1 team of Sue Tierney, Tani Ruckle, Merryn Truskett & Martinette Van Vuuren took the Gold medal by just 11 seconds from Manly. The #2 team of Karen Thornton, Louise Brown, Kirstie Dolton & Kirsty Flanagan took 9th (from 18 teams) in 1hr5min. Sassafras Challenge - 10 teams entered with 5th place to Stephen Brown, Graham Tierney, James Thornton, & David Browne in 1hr dead. 6th place went to Raoul Westbrook, Dom Zumbo, Joc Young & Kevin Emery in 1hr5min. Masters 150+ 19 teams entered and in 2013 Bici was 6th and in 2014 saw improvement up to 4th with Geoff Baxter, Mike O`Brien, Peter Verhoeven & Mike Lawson. Masters All Ages - 44 teams entered with the #3 team of Dean Degan, Graham Cockerton, Jason Keane & Graham Tierney (out again) took 28th in 1hr dead. The #2 team of Alex Arancibia, Rick McArdle, Stan Genakis, Rolly Delaytz took 12th in 55min21secs. The #1 team of Jays Austin, Stewart Campbell, Matt Glanville & Olver Dharma Ratne took 4th (just 7 secs off Bronze) in a time of 52min34secs.

Griffith Masters Road Champs in late September - Road Race - Bici had 5 starters but only 2 finishers. M2 - Oliver Dharma Ratne was a bunch finish (for 26th). M7 - Mike Lawson punctured with 2k to go when looking comfortable. W3 - Martinette Van Vuuren launched the uphill bunch sprint a touch early and paid the price (12th from 19). Oliver, Martinette & Mike rode prominently and were in medal contention until the end. Criterium - W1-4 - Martinette, Merryn Truskett and Karen Thornton contested the W1-4 with Martinette in velodrome mode doing it easy and covering any moves. Martinette took a close Bronze medal in the bunch gallop. M2 - Oliver Dharma Ratne was all over the front of a fast & furious M1-M2. Oliver attacked after the Sprint prime at halfway but was caught. Two laps to the finish and another sharp attack and Oliver missed the win within sight of the finish line. Great ride for a top 10 result. M7 - Mike Lawson was in an attacking frame of mind in the crit and was prominent for a bunch finsh.  ITT - M3 and Dean Degan did a fine ride for 7th (in 26-08). M7 and Mike Lawson was equally competitive with 5th (in 28-03). W4 - Merryn Truskett hit her strides for an excellent Silver in 30-50 with Karen Thornton 5th in 33-44.

At the Ballarat Nationals Masters Road Championships in early October Mike Lawson finished 6th in the M7 ITT over 20k in a time of 29min 11secs, 10th in the Criterium in a bunch gallop and 14th in the road race.

Grafton to Inverell Classic on 25 October - Oliver Dharma Ratne had a tough day at the Grafton Inverell Classic and finished 33rd from 36 starters in B grade. 

Tour of Bright in early December the BiciSport squad included Oliver Dharma Ratne, Mike Lawson, Graham Tierney, Monica Dalidowicz and Kirsty Flanagan. Monica won the opening day ITT stage and then Stage 3 to Mount Hotham.  

Season review - 2013/14 Track

National Masters Track Championships March 2014

National Masters Track Championships March 2014

At the Sydney Metro Track Champs in early November - In M2/M3 - Matt Glanville took Gold and David Browne the Bronze. Alan Townsend took Gold in M4. David Willmott 4th in M6+. Geoff Baxter took 5th in the Clarence Street Cup in mid November.

At the NSW International Criteriums in early December at Cronulla and Wollongong - Stage 1 - Jays Austin took 2nd and Stuart Campbell 3rd with top 10 rides by Matt Glanville & Adam Socha. Stage 2 - Stuart Campbell was 4th and took the Series win for Masters. Both Jays and Matt finished in the top 10 in the Series.

At the NSW Masters Track Championships in mid February - Individual Pursuit - BiciSport 2 Gold 3 Silver 1 Bronze    

M3 - Jays Austin dominated the category and took Gold up against team mate Matt Glanville in the final for a Silver. Rick McArdle qualified 5th fastest. M4 - Danny Hennessy took Bronze. M5 - Geoff Baxter took the Silver and beaten by just 15 metres in the final. M6 - Peter Verhoeven now up a category in 2014 rode out of his skin to equal the fastest time in qualifying of 2min 30secs & took the Gold. M7 - Mike Lawson took the Silver, again beaten by just 15 metres in the final. Sprint - BiciSport 1 Gold 1 World Best Time 2 Silver 2 Bronze

M3 - Matt Glanville took a determined Bronze. M4 - Alan Townsend looked all class in M4 yet somehow walked away with a Silver. M5 - The best competition of the whole Championship was Geoff Baxter versus team mate Peter Barnard. Three of the best sprint heats you`re ever likely to see anywhere anytime. Geoff took Silver and Peter the Bronze. M7 - David Willmott went up a category this year to M7 and set about rewriting the record books. In the qualifying heat set a World Best Time for the M7 category and the Gold was a formality. David would be at impossible odds at the National Championships in mid March. Individual Time Trial & Points Races - BiciSport 7 Gold 1 Aust Best Time 2 Silver 2 Bronze. ITT M4 - Alan Townsend set the record straight and took Gold. M5 - Peter Barnard took Silver behind Geoff Stoker. M7 - David Willmott set an Australian Best Time for Gold.Women - Kirstie Pettit took the Silver. Point Races - Next stop is world domination with BiciSport taking 5 Gold medals in M3 (Jays Austin), M4 (Danny Hennessy), M5 (Geoff Baxter), M6 (Peter Verhoeven) and M7 (David Willmott). Matt Glanville (M3) and Mike Lawson (M7) took a deserving Bronze. Day 4 - Team Sprint & Scratch Races - 3 Gold 3 Silver 1 Bronze. Team Sprint - In the 135+ the team of Alan Townsend, David Willmott & Matt Glanville took Gold. Milly Phillips & Kirtstie Petittt took 8th. Scratch Races - M3 - Jays Austin did the attacking and Matt Glanville took a cracking Gold with Jays the Bronze. This was followed by 3 Silver medals across M4 (Danny Hennessy), M5 (Geoff Baxter) and M6 (Peter Verhoeven). Brad Mills rode well in M5 and Mike Lawson his usual proactive and attacking self in M7. Overall the BiciSport team performance in 2014 netted 13 Gold 10 Silver 6 Bronze medals plus a couple of new M7 records courtesy of David Willmott who is now up an age category. BiciSport has posted better outright results in 2009 (with 17/8/2 medal split) and in 2010 (with a 19/7/10 medal split) but these years were largely due to the dominating performance of the BiciSport womens team at that time. In 2014 the lads stumped up and carried the day for an outstanding team Championship result.

The NSW Masters Teams Pursuit was held early March. BiciSport took 1 Gold and 1 Silver. All Ages with Jays Austin, Matt Glanville, Danny Hennessy & Rick McArdle posted 3min 24.8secs in the qualifying heat against the Illawarra time of 3.23.3. All was set for a great final ride off between two very equal teams. Bici started the fastest and led by just 0.6secs after 4 laps. At 6 laps (of 12) it was all dead level, and at 8 laps the Illawarra team skipped out to a slender 0.75sec lead. At that point Illawarra shed a rider and Bici still had 4 riders on song and it was seriously close. With 2 laps to go the Illawarra lead was just 0.5secs and Bici looked like they were coming back into it with 1 lap to go. Half a lap to go and the commissaires inadvertently popped the finishing gun a half a lap early !!!! and total confusion reigned. On a countback the Gold was awarded to Illawarra with 3min 21.3secs and Bici accredited 3min 22.6secs for the Silver yet neither team rode the full 12 laps at maximum speed due to the confusion on the last lap. What a disappointing way to finish a great teams pursuit. 150+ and Illawarra again presented the main opposition and posted 2min 22.8secs in the qualifying heat. The Bici team of David Willmott, Geoff Baxter, Mike OBrien & Mike Lawson responded with a controlled 2min 22.5 in the heat and looked very much in control. In the final David Willmott upped the ante in the early laps and laid the foundation as the rest of the Bici team ripped out a very slick 2min 20.9secs for the Gold. Nice job one and all. A special thanks to Alex Simmons, Peter Verhoeven, Vicki and Peter Austin for arranging the training sessions and making it all happen.

The National Masters Track Championships were held from 12-15 March at the DISC Velodrome in Melbourne. Day 1 - Time Trial & Team Sprint - BiciSport 1 Gold 2 Silver. BiciSport collected 1 Gold with David Willmott and Silver with Alan Townsend in the Individual TT then David, Alan & Matt Glanville teamed up for a Silver in the Team Sprint. TT M2 - Oliver Dharma Ratne 6th, M3 - Matt Glanville 4th, Jays Austin 8th  W3 - Martinette Van Vuuren 6th M4 - Alan Townsend Silver, M7 - David Willmott Gold. Team Sprint - David Willmott, Alan Townsend Matt Glanville Silver. Day 2 - Sprint M1-4 Pursuit M5-10, W1-8 - BiciSport 1 Bronze Sprint M4 - Alan Townsend took Bronze Pursuit M5 - Geoff Baxter 4th M6 - Peter Verhoeven 4thM7 - Mike Lawson 4th. Day 3 - Pursuit M1-4, Sprint M5-10 W1-8 - BiciSport 2 Gold 1 Bronze. Pursuit M2 - Alex Arancibia learnt a lot and finished 8th, Oliver Dharma Ratne finished an excellent 4th, W3 - Martinette Van Vuuren took 5th M3 - Jays Austin took Gold, Matt Glanville Bronze & Rick McArdle qualified 5th (and a PB) M4 - Danny Hennessy took 6th, SprintW3 Martinette took 5th SprintM5 - Geoff Baxter qualified 7th SprintM7 - David Willmott took Gold. Day 4 - Points & Teams Pursuit - BiciSport 2 Gold 3 Silver 1 Bronze. Points M2 - Oliver Dharma Ratne Silver Alex Arancibia 5th, M3 -  Matt Glanville Silver, Jays Austin 7th, M4 - Danny Hennessy Silver, M5 - Geoff Baxter Gold, M6 - Peter Verhoeven 8th, M7 - Mike Lawson 8th.Teams Pursuit All Ages Jays Austin, Matt Glanville, Rick McArdle, Danny Hennessy took Gold in 3min 22secs after posting 3-25 in the heat. Alex Arancibia & Oliver Dharma Ratne took 4th. 150+ Geoff Baxter, Mike Lawson & Peter Verhoeven took 4th. Martinette Van Vuuren teamed up in a composite team and took the Bronze. The Nationals netted BiciSport 5 Gold, 5 Silver 2 Bronze for an outstanding club result with BiciSport finishing 4th no less than 8 times. Special thanks to John Crouchley and Peter & Vicki Austin.

Matinette Van Vuuren rode the South African National Track Championships in early April and won 3 Gold medals in the Masters category.