News Shorts - 20 November

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PILU CHARITY RIDE on 26 NOVEMBER

Pilu Freshwater Charity Ride on Sunday 26 November - This is is a great morning ride in support of a great cause. Start at the Sticky Bottle bike shop 212 Pittwater Rd Manly. Meet at 6.30am then depart 7.00am to Church Point & back to the Pilu Restaurant at Freshwater. Entry fee for the Church Point ride is $20, and the morning tea at Pilu Restaurant is $20All proceeds go to the Bear Cottage.  For pre entry go to   https://www.trybooking.com/SYZM

BiciSport Christmas Ride is to be held on Sunday 17 December from the Piemonte Cafe carpark at Terrey Hills at 8.00am with an Akuna Bay loop & coffee back at Piemonte Cafe

BiciSport Christmas Ride is to be held on Sunday 17 December from the Piemonte Cafe carpark at Terrey Hills at 8.00am with an Akuna Bay loop & coffee back at Piemonte Cafe

BICISPORT CHRISTMAS RIDE ON 17 DECEMBER

*  The BiciSport Christmas Ride is a chance to catch up with friends and enjoy a good coffee. The Santa Grand Depart is on Sunday 17 December from the Piemonte Café Terrey Hills carpark at 8.00am, then the Akuna Bay loop  & returning to the Piemonte Cafe for coffee at approximately 9.30am. All welcome.

Bundanoon Highland Fling 17 - Mike Lawson took a Masters category win at the final ever Highland Fling by some 14 minutes over the 125k distance. Mike won the first Fling held in 2005 and book ended the last. 

Bundanoon Highland Fling 17 - Mike Lawson took a Masters category win at the final ever Highland Fling by some 14 minutes over the 125k distance. Mike won the first Fling held in 2005 and book ended the last. 

BICISPORT MEMBER NEWS

White Bay Criterium @ 18 November - A strong BiciSport gruppetto lined up across the grades on a new innovative course at the White Bay Marina. The weather was poor and there was a high 'did not finish' percentage across the grades. A grade - Stewart Campbell 10th, B grade - Dean Gale 7th, Mike Foster 13th & Richard Bjorkmann 16th

RACING THIS WEEK

22 Nov - Heffron Park Criteriums

24 Nov - HART Criteriums St Ives (Manly CC), Waratah Park Criteriums (Sutherland)

25 Nov - Illawarra Track Open, Great Victorian Bike Ride (Vic)

26 Nov - ECR Enduro (Waratah Masters), Cyclosportive Giro Bella Donna (Healesville, Vic)

BICISPORT TRAINING THIS WEEK

23 Nov - Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride @ 10.30am @ Spruce Goose Cafe Centennial Park

25 Nov - Meadowbank Bridge @ 7.30am, Piemonte Cafe Terrey Hills (coffee only) @ 9.30am 

26 Nov - Pilu Freshwater Charity Ride (see details above)

BICISPORT IN FLANDERS 2018

*  BiciSport in Flanders 2018 is on again from 20 March to 9 April 2018 and includes a basket of Flemish semi Classics plus the usual Belgian Classics of Dwars Vlaanderen, E3 Grand Prix, Ghent Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix.  For those BiciSport riders doing the Ronde van Vlaanderen & Paris Roubaix cyclosportives entries are now open. For further details contact Mike O'Reilly via email at bicisport1@gmail.com 

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BiciSport in Flanders 18 - nothing beats the Koppenberg except maybe a long walk

BiciSport in Flanders 18 - nothing beats the Koppenberg except maybe a long walk

News Shorts - 13 November

Los Angeles 17 - Mike Smith (BiciSport Master) with Daniel Rickard  

Los Angeles 17 - Mike Smith (BiciSport Master) with Daniel Rickard  

Tour of Tasmania 17 - Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius) wins Stage 1 of the Tour of Tasmania and pocketed a handful of classification jerseys

Tour of Tasmania 17 - Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius) wins Stage 1 of the Tour of Tasmania and pocketed a handful of classification jerseys

MIKE SMITH AT THE WORLD MASTERS TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS

Mike Smith (BiciSport Master) has had a stellar track career and the World Masters Track Championships just concluded in Los Angeles netted another World Championship in the Team Sprint with fellow Aussies in Daniel Rickard and Gavin White. Mike also picked up the Bronze in the individual Sprint (only beaten by the eventual winner Ainars Kiksis in the semi finals). We look forward to Mike's performance in Melbourne in late February at the National Masters Track Championships. 

Los Angeles 17 - Mike Smith (in the Masters World Champions jersey)  for the Team Sprint Gold

Los Angeles 17 - Mike Smith (in the Masters World Champions jersey)  for the Team Sprint Gold

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Los Angeles 17

Los Angeles 17

Los Angeles 17

BICISPORT MEMBER NEWS

* Tour of Tasmania @ 6-10 November - Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius) had a first class ToT. Prologue - 10th @ 9secs. Stage 1 - 1st & took the Yellow Jersey. Stage 2 - broken chain 55th @ 8min 42secs. Stage 3 - 9th @ 42secs. Stage 4 - 40th @ 40secs. Overall - GC 26th @ 8min 38secs, Sprint Classification @ 3rd, Hill Climb Classification @ 2nd, Team Classification @ Mobius 1st 

Albury Wodonga CC Tour of Aldonga @ 4-5 November - Sue Tierney placed 2nd in D Grade and Graham Tierney 6th in C grade. 

*  Highland Fling @ Bundanoon @ 12 November - Mike Lawson rode the final Fling

Tour of Tasmania 17 - Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius) on the charge in Stage 1

Tour of Tasmania 17 - Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius) on the charge in Stage 1

Tour of Tasmania 17 - Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius) wins Stage 1

Tour of Tasmania 17 - Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius) wins Stage 1

Tour of Aldonga 17 - Sue Tierney finished 2nd in D Grade

Tour of Aldonga 17 - Sue Tierney finished 2nd in D Grade

RACING THIS WEEK

*  14 Nov - Heffron Park Criteriums

*  17 Nov - Cycling Australia Annual Awards (Melbourne), HART Criteriums St Ives (MW), Waratah Park Criteriums (Sutherland)

18 Nov - Gosford Track Open (Central Coast), White Bay Criterium (near Anzac Bridge, Sydney),

19 Nov - Lansdowne Park (Waratah Masters), Mt Ku Ring Gai Criteriums (Northern Sydney)

BICISPORT TRAINING THIS WEEK

*  16 Nov - Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride @ 10.30am @ Spruce Goose Cafe Centennial Park

18 Nov - Meadowbank Bridge @ 7.30am, Piemonte Cafe Terrey Hills (coffee only) @ 9.30am

Cycling Australia Awards 17 Presentation Lunch - Julie Speight is inducted into the CA Cycling Hall of Fame and John Crouchley (BiciSport Coach) is a special guest being the coach of Julie Speight

Cycling Australia Awards 17 Presentation Lunch - Julie Speight is inducted into the CA Cycling Hall of Fame and John Crouchley (BiciSport Coach) is a special guest being the coach of Julie Speight

News Shorts - 6 November

London 17 - Mike O'Brien (BiciSport Master) is now a London (UK) resident and kindly sent this shot of his favourite local training ride. Mike is now in training for the BiciSport Flanders 18 trip in March April that includes the Flemish Spring Classics. 

London 17 - Mike O'Brien (BiciSport Master) is now a London (UK) resident and kindly sent this shot of his favourite local training ride. Mike is now in training for the BiciSport Flanders 18 trip in March April that includes the Flemish Spring Classics. 

BICISPORT MEMBER NEWS

Three Peaks Challenge (Cradle Mountain) @ 5 November - James Thornton (BiciSport Master) completed the 3 Peaks Challenge in Tasmania with Anthony Colantonio

Tour of Tasmania @ 6-10 November - Good luck to Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius) who competes at the Tassy Tour this week. Follow the action at www.touroftasmania.com

*  Bear Cottage Charity Ride @ 26 November - This popular charity ride is organised by Gio Pilu (BiciSport) for a great cause and runs from Manly to Church Point and finishes at the Pilu Restaurant at Freshwater. Note your diary for 26 November with further details to follow shortly. 

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RACING THIS WEEK

6-10 Nov - Tour of Tasmania (NRS) with Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius)

7 Nov - Heffron Park Criteriums

10 Nov - Waratah Park Criteriums (Sutherland), HART Criteriums St Ives (Manly)

11 Nov - Highland Fling (MTB Bundanoon), Scody Cup (DGV Track), Heffron Park Retro Criteriums+Show

12 Nov - Bass Coast Classic Cyclosportive (Inverloch, Vic), West Head Road Race (Manly), Lansdowne Park (Waratah Masters), Shimano Criterium Series (Launceston), Ourimbah University Criterium (Gosford).     

BICISPORT TRAINING THIS WEEK

8 Nov - Piemonte Cafe Terrey Hills @ 11.00am (for Akuna Bay Loop)

*  9 Nov - Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride @ 11.00am @ Spruce Goose Cafe Centennial Park

11 Nov - Meadowbank Bridge @ 7.30am, Piemonte Cafe Terrey Hills (coffee only) @ 9.30am 

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News Shorts - 30 October

Masters Road Championships 17 - Anthony Colantonio lines up in the Individual Time Trial

Masters Road Championships 17 - Anthony Colantonio lines up in the Individual Time Trial

Masters Road Championships 17 - Ian Grainger at the M8 Criterium at the Nerang Criterium Circuit. Australian legend from the 1970's Danny Clark took the M8 win

Masters Road Championships 17 - Ian Grainger at the M8 Criterium at the Nerang Criterium Circuit. Australian legend from the 1970's Danny Clark took the M8 win

BICISPORT MEMBER NEWS - MIKE FOSTER takes CRITERIUM SILVER & JORDAN REIZES ROAD BRONZE at MASTERS NATIONALS

National Masters Road Championships @ Gold Coast @ 27-29 October - A good sized BiciSport peloton trekked north. The courses used were test events for the Commonwealth Games cycling program to be held in April 2018. Individual Time Trial @ 27 October - M1 ... Jeremy Hopson 10th @ 26min 12secs, M5 ... Matt Coy 15th @ 26min 12secs, M6 ... Mike Foster 4th @ 25min 53secs, Anthony Colantonio 13th @ 27min 15 secs, M8 ... Ian Grainger 9th @ 29min 41secs.

Criteriums @ 28 October @ Nerang Criterium Circuit - M1 ... Jeremy Hopson 9th, M4 ... Dean Gale 16th, M5 ... Matt Coy 7th, M6 ... Mike Foster 2nd, Anthony Colantonio 18th, M8 ... Ian Grainger 11th.

Road Races @ 29 October - M1 ... Jeremy Hopson 11th @ 1min 04secs. M4 ... Dean Gale 12th @ 46secs. M5 ... Jordan Reizes 3rd @ 2secs, Matt Coy 14th @ 2secs, M6 ... Anthony Colantonio 12th @ 37secs, Mike Foster 17th @ 37secs. M8 ... Ian Grainger 12th @ 6min 2secs. Alex Simmons assisted with Commissaire driving in the road races. 

Tour of Gippsland (NRS) @ 19-22 October - Peter Livingstone rode for Team Mobius

RACING THIS WEEK

Oct 31 - Heffron Park Criteriums

Nov 3 - HART Criteriums (St Ives), Waratah Park Criteriums (Sutherland) 

Nov 4 - National Junior Track Series  NJTS (DGV)

Nov 5 - Sydney to the Gong Cyclosportive, Heffron Park (Waratah Masters), Calga Time Trials (ATTA), Peaks Challenge Cyclosportive (Cradle Mountain, Tas)

BICISPORT TRAINING THIS WEEK

Nov 2 - Distinguished Gentlemens Ride @ Centennial Park @ 10.30am @ Spruce Goose Cafe

Nov 4 - Moorebank Bridge @ 7.30am, Piemonte Cafe Terrey Hills (coffee only) @ 9.30am 

Lombardy 17 - The most picturesque Classic of the year is the Tour of Lombardy held around the shores of Lake Como in mid October, passing the Church of the Madonna Ghisallo

Lombardy 17 - The most picturesque Classic of the year is the Tour of Lombardy held around the shores of Lake Como in mid October, passing the Church of the Madonna Ghisallo

Lombardy 17 above Lake Como

Lombardy 17 above Lake Como

News Shorts - 23 October

Bowral Classic 17 - Mirielle & Stewart Campbell

Bowral Classic 17 - Mirielle & Stewart Campbell

BICISPORT MEMBER NEWS

*  Bowral Classic @ 22 October - Big thank you to the BiciSport volunteers who assisted (Martin Wright, Robyn Sprouster, Cleo Higgins, Suzy Ladanyi & Alex Simmons) and those that rode (Stewart & Mirielle Campbell). Next year there is a new & exciting course through Exeter, Bundanoon & Fitzroy Falls.

RACING THIS WEEK

24 October - Heffron Park Criteriums

27 October - Waratah Park Criteriums (Sutherland) 

27-29 - Cycling Australia National Masters Road Championships (Gold Coast, Queensland)

28 October - Ride the River Cyclosportive (Jervis Bay), Daylesford Cyclosportive (Vic), Bathurst Track Open, Fitz's Challenge Cyclosportive (ACT)

29 October - Landsowne Criteriums (Waratah Masters) 

BICISPORT TRAINING THIS WEEK

DGV Track Training @ John Crouchley - Resumes in November

26 October - Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride @ 10.30am @ Centennial Park Spruse Goose Cafe

28 October - Meadowbank Bridge @ 7.30am, Piemonte Cafe (coffee only) @ 9.30am

29 October - Coastal Cruise @ Bunnings Warehouse (Condamine Street Balgowlah) @ 7.00am for Mona Vale & return 

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News Shorts - 16 October

Mike Smith (BiciSport Master) took the Gold medal in the Teams Sprint and the Bronze medal in the individual Sprint at the World Masters Track Championships in Los Angeles 

Mike Smith (BiciSport Master) took the Gold medal in the Teams Sprint and the Bronze medal in the individual Sprint at the World Masters Track Championships in Los Angeles 

BICISPORT MEMBER NEWS - MIKE SMITH TAKES GOLD & BRONZE

World Masters Track Championships @ Los Angeles @ 8-15 October - Congratulations to Mike Smith (45-49 category) who took the Gold Medal in the Team Sprint (in 48.5secs) then the Bronze medal in the Sprint, followed by 10th in the 750m time trial in 51.675secs. Anthony Colantonio (50-59 category) qualified 6th in the 3000m Teams Pursuit, then finished second in the Points race heat (for eventually 15th in the Points final). Congratulations to both Mike & Anthony on a job well done.  

*  NSW Sprint Grand Prix @ DGV @ 14 October - Damien Bottero featured at the Sprint GP Round 1 and looks forward to s successful track season 

Spring Cycle Criteriums @ 15 October - Report to come

RACING THIS WEEK

17 October - Heffron Park Criteriums

*  18-22 October - Tour of Gippsland (NRS - a Criterium Series ? They can't be serious ! )

20 October - Waratah Park Criteriums (Sutherland)

*  21 October - Judgement Day Criteriums (Eastern Creek Raceway) 

*  22 October - Bowral Classic Cyclosportive, West Head Road Race (Manly CC), Eastern Creek Raceway (Waratah Masters)  

21-22 October - Wagga Track Open

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BICISPORT TRAINING THIS WEEK

*  For details on BiciSport training rides contact 0417 403 244

*  16 October - Piemonte Cafe (coffee only) @ 10.30am

*  18 October - DGV Track Training - resumes with John Crouchley in early November

*  19 October - Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride @ 10am @ Spruce Goose Cafe Centennial Park

21 October - Meadowbank Bridge @ 7.30am, Piemonte Cafe (coffee only) @ 9.30am

DGR starts from the Spruce Goose Cafe every Thursday in Centennial Park @ 10.00am until 11.00am

DGR starts from the Spruce Goose Cafe every Thursday in Centennial Park @ 10.00am until 11.00am

         Bernard Thevenet rides to victory through the French Alps in the 1975 Tour de France

         Bernard Thevenet rides to victory through the French Alps in the 1975 Tour de France

News Shorts - 9 October

Damien Bottero (BiciSport) will be a starter at the NSW Sprint Grand Prix Round 1 at DGV this coming weekend. 

Damien Bottero (BiciSport) will be a starter at the NSW Sprint Grand Prix Round 1 at DGV this coming weekend. 

                                                    Results at www.mastersworldsla.com

                                                    Results at www.mastersworldsla.com

BICISPORT MEMBER NEWS

Great Divide Open @ Gunning @ 7-8 October - Division 1 - Conor Tarlington finished 29th @ peloton finish. Peter Livingstone DNF. Division 2 - Lachlan Haughey punctured in the car park and was a DNS. Division 3 - Jordan Reizes took a great win. Matt Coy 33rd & Simon Lempriere 35th (both a peloton finish). Simon featured in the break of the day which at one point had a 3 minute lead and only caught near the finish. 

Heffron Park Criteriums @ 3 October - Rolly Delaytz took an excellent win 

World Masters Track Cycling Championships @ Los Angeles @ 8-15 October - Follow the results of Mick Smith & Anthony Colantonio at www.mastersworldsla.com

Peugeot 504 featured on Ride Media - Ride Media has again featured the Herve 404 & Bernard 504 retro car story at www.ridemedia.com.au 

RACING THIS WEEK

8-15 October - World Masters Track Cycling World Championships (Los Angeles)

10 October - Heffron Park Criteriums

*  13 October - Waratah Park Criteriums (Sutherland) 

*  14 October - Melbourne to Warnambool Classic (NRS, Vic), NSW Sprint Grand Prix # 1 (DGV)

15 October - Mt Ku Ring Gai Criteriums (Northern Sydney CC), Spring Cycle Criteriums (Homebush), Spring Cycle Cyclosportive (Homebush), CyclingNSW Presidents Forum (Canada Bay, Sydney), Lansdowne Park (Waratah Masters), Ourimbah University Criteriums (Central Coast)

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Felice Gimondi 17 - A delightful retro feature of an Italian legend at a recent Gran Fondo in Italy. The legend, the jersey, the bike, the retro team car from that era. Where is the coffee ? 

Felice Gimondi 17 - A delightful retro feature of an Italian legend at a recent Gran Fondo in Italy. The legend, the jersey, the bike, the retro team car from that era. Where is the coffee ? 

BICISPORT TRAINING THIS WEEK

9 October - NSW School Term starts so traffic congestion is back !!!!

11 October - DGV Track Training @ 3pm @ John Crouchley

12 October - Distinguished Gentlemens Ride @ 10am @ Centennial Park Spruce Goose Cafe

14 October - Meadowbank Bridge @ 7.30am, Piemonte Cafe Terrey Hills (coffee only) @ 9.30am 

15 October - Ku Ring Gai Chase Loops (cnr Myall Rd & Ku Ring Gai Chase Rd) @ 9.00am  

VALE DICK PARIS

*  Another week passes as does another great Australian cycling icon in Dick Paris (St George CC). Dick's career was very much sourced in the 1970's when the NSW and National Road Championships used the Centennial Park circuit on a regular basis. He had a lethal road sprint and if the race ever came down to a 'bunch kick' then he was a sure fire bet to take the victory. Talented on both the road and the Velodrome, Dick won several National Elite Track Championships to add to his National Elite Road Championship victory plus selection to the Commonwealth Games in 1974 with another Gold medal in the track 1000m TT.  RIP Dick.      

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HIGHLAND FLING ... ITS A FINAL WRAP

The MTB Highland Fling has its final (yes, final !) romp through the Bundanoon region over 11-12 November

The MTB Highland Fling has its final (yes, final !) romp through the Bundanoon region over 11-12 November

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News Shorts - 2 October

Italy 17 - BiciSport Master Gladiators (Joc Young, Ian Grainger & Karl Hoad) made it into Milan with a Police escort no less (maybe they were being arrested and didn't know it ?). The charity ride was from Sicily to Milan over 20 days.     

Italy 17 - BiciSport Master Gladiators (Joc Young, Ian Grainger & Karl Hoad) made it into Milan with a Police escort no less (maybe they were being arrested and didn't know it ?). The charity ride was from Sicily to Milan over 20 days.     

Stelvio 17 - Ian Grainger pictured near frozen on the Stelvio Pass some 8k from the summit. The ride was from Tirano up the valley to Bormio then the Stelvio Pass itself. Conditions were freezing at the summit (at just 1 degree) 

Stelvio 17 - Ian Grainger pictured near frozen on the Stelvio Pass some 8k from the summit. The ride was from Tirano up the valley to Bormio then the Stelvio Pass itself. Conditions were freezing at the summit (at just 1 degree) 

BICISPORT MEMBER NEWS

Mick Chapman Memorial @ Kurri Kurri @ 30 September - Lachlan Haughey featured in Division 2 until a puncture ruined his day.

UCI World Masters Track Championships @ Los Angeles - Mike Smith & Anthony Colantonio compete in Los Angeles from next week.

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RACING THIS WEEK

2 October - Lansdowne Park (Waratah Masters)

3 October - Heffron Park Criteriums (Eastern Suburbs)

6 October - Waratah Park Criteriums (Sutherland)

7 October - Tour of the Midlands (Vic)

7-8 October - Great Divide Open (Gunning NSW)

8 October - Western Sydney Dragway (Waratah Masters), Calga ITT (ATTA), Ourimbah University Criteriums (Central Coast)

8-15 October - UCI 2017 Masters Track Cycling World Championships (Los Angeles, USA)

BICISPORT TRAINING RIDES THIS WEEK

*  SMS 0417 403 244 if you want details on training rides below

2 October - Cromer Laps @ 7.30am-8.30am (Inman Rd, Middleton Rd, South Creek Rd)

4 October - Aerocoach Test Session DGV @ 10.00am @ Alex Simmons-Mike Lawson.

5 October - Distinguished Gentlemens Ride @ 10am @ Centennial Park 

7 October - Meadowbank Bridge @ 7.30am, Piemonte Cafe (coffee only) @ 9.30am

8 October - Beaumont Rd Laps Mt Ku Ring Gai @ 9.00am-10.00am

Bowral Classic entries close soon, so don't miss out.

Bowral Classic entries close soon, so don't miss out.

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News Shorts - 25 September

Italy 17 - Ian Grainger, Karl Hoad & Jock Young (BiciSport Masters) are riding the 2,000k from Sicily to Milan on a charity ride in aid of the Duchenne 'Parent Project'. Duchenne is a type of muscular dystrophy. Dino Ferrari (son of Enzo) died from Duchenne disease. The ride is assisting to raise both awareness and funds. The team is pictured in Chiusu (central Italy). After Milan they head to Bormio and the Stelvio and Mortoriolo

Italy 17 - Ian Grainger, Karl Hoad & Jock Young (BiciSport Masters) are riding the 2,000k from Sicily to Milan on a charity ride in aid of the Duchenne 'Parent Project'. Duchenne is a type of muscular dystrophy. Dino Ferrari (son of Enzo) died from Duchenne disease. The ride is assisting to raise both awareness and funds. The team is pictured in Chiusu (central Italy). After Milan they head to Bormio and the Stelvio and Mortoriolo

Eastern Creek Raceway (Waratah Masters) on 24 September - Tom Green (BiciSport) took a fine win in a 2 man breakaway.

Eastern Creek Raceway (Waratah Masters) on 24 September - Tom Green (BiciSport) took a fine win in a 2 man breakaway.

BICISPORT MEMBER NEWS

Battle Recharge NRS Tour @ 22-25 September. A healthy 91 starters faced the gun for the Mens NRS Tour with a paltry 39 starters in the Womens event. Peter Livingstone (BiciSport) lined up with the Mobius team. Stage 1 Team ITT - Isowhey dominated with Mobius 2nd @ 1min15secs. Stage 2 Criterium - Peter 24th @ 10 secs. Stage 4 RR - Peter 5th @ 7min 5secs (6th on GC).  Stage 5 RR - Peter 14th @ 2min 32secs. Final General Classification 9th @ 7min 58secs.

VALE BRETT DENNIS

(by Mike O'R). Very saddened to learn of the recent passing of Brett Dennis in WA. Brett was an outstanding cyclist and represented Australia on the road on many occasions in the mid 1990's. I had the absolute pleasure of managing Brett at the 1997 Commonwealth Bank Cycle Classic as a integral part of the Commonwealth Cash Management Trust team. They were a great team of motivated individuals and Brett Dennis was central to the CCMT success during that Bank Classic. RIP Brett.  

                                         Brett Dennis

                                         Brett Dennis

RACING THIS WEEK

30 September - Chapman Memorial (Kurri Kurri, NSW)

1 October - Lansdowne Park (Waratah Masters), Calga ITT (ATTA)

2-7 October - Orana Challenge Cyclosportive (Dubbo to Mudgee)  

BICISPORT TRAINING THIS WEEK

Lower motor traffic this week as NSW Schools are on holidays

*  27 September - M7 Bikepath @ 70k @ 10.00am @ Bella Vista, and DGV Track Training @ DGV 3pm @ John Crouchley

28 September - Distinguished Gentlemens Ride @ Centennial Park @ 10am

*  30 September - Meadowbank Bridge 7.30am, Piemonte Café (coffee only) from 9.30am

1 October - Beaumont Rd training laps from 9.30am-11.00am

News Shorts - 18 September

BICISPORT MEMBER NEWS

RAW @ 15 September @ DGV - David Browne, Graham & Stephanie Cockerton have featured for most of RAW 17. The final winter RAW round was held on 15 September and David Browne finished 3rd in Division 2 with Graham Cockerton 7th. BiciSport finished 9th (from 34 clubs) in the RAW series Club Pointscore.

NSW State Handicapping News - Robyn Sprouster (State Handicapper-BiciSport) is now working on the ACT State Handicaps for the 2018 road season. This will greatly improve the consistency of ACT handicaps (in NSW road races)  

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RACING THIS WEEK

23-24 September - ACT National Capital Tour

23-25 September - Battle of the Border Recharge (NSW-Qld border)

24 September - Eastern Creek Raceway (Waratah Masters), Sunbury Road Race (Vic, VRS)

BICISPORT TRAINING THIS WEEK

20 September - M7 Bikepath @ 70k @ 10.00am @ Bella Vista, and DGV Track Training @ DGV 3pm @ John Crouchley

21 September - Distinguished Gentlemens Ride @ Centennial Park @ 11am

*  22 September - NSW School Term ends ... traffic lighter next week

23 September - Meadowbank Bridge 7.30am, Piemonte Café (coffee only) from 9.30am

23 September - Beaumont Rd training laps from 9.00am-10.30am

BEAUMONT ROAD RECOVERY RIDE

Bob Green (BiciSport Master) in centre of shot returned to Beaumont Road Mt Ku Ring Gai for his first ride in a few years courtesy of "an interesting period of active discussion with his local doctor on not just a few health issues". Bob met up with Daniel Vanchop (left) from Northern Sydney CC.  The picture above is very much greetings to Eddy, Maria & Maarten Verhulst in Belgium.  The next 'post op' Beaumont Rd training ride is Sunday 24 September from 9.30am-11.00am.

Bob Green (BiciSport Master) in centre of shot returned to Beaumont Road Mt Ku Ring Gai for his first ride in a few years courtesy of "an interesting period of active discussion with his local doctor on not just a few health issues". Bob met up with Daniel Vanchop (left) from Northern Sydney CC.  The picture above is very much greetings to Eddy, Maria & Maarten Verhulst in Belgium.  The next 'post op' Beaumont Rd training ride is Sunday 24 September from 9.30am-11.00am.

BEEN A GOOD WEEK - BOWRAL CLASSIC 2016 WINs TOURISM AWARDS

*  The Bowral Classic 2016 picked up two prestigious tourism awards at the Australian Event Awards on 9 September in Brisbane - being 'Best New Event' and 'Best Community Event'. Congratulations to all those who contributed to this success including several BiciSport volunteers - Alex Simmons, Peter Davis, John Crouchley & Robyn Sprouster. The next Bowral Classic is set for 22 October 2017.

BEEN A BAD WEEK

(Written by MO'R) - Recently had a long discussion with Rob Arnold (of Ride Magazine fame) on the current state of play. To say Rob was far from happy would be an understatement. On top of that received an interesting email the other day on membership fees - where it was openly admitted in the email that 'Australia wide racing membership continues to decline'. Decline ? What the ... ?. It was odd to read such a chilling statement and more than telling as the conventional wisdom over the last seven years has been two pronged, namely ... 1. more overall membership equals more revenue and 2. cyclo-sportives are 'the' growth segment for selling yet more memberships (meaning yet more of that important revenue).  With Australia wide membership now 'going off' and the cyclo-sportive strategy 'crowded out' by private promoters who now dominate this cyclo space then it begs the question as to where to from here ?. If that sounds like the mother of all budgetary storms then you could be right ... look no further than the recent World Championship team selection fiasco where team spots went unfilled. Domestically things could not be more painful with the flagship NRS (Not Really Special nor Sustainable) now in serious decline with numerous races cancelled (and other stage races transformed into a criterium series !!). Maybe its all fake news but ye suspect not. Forget all the marketing bling for early next year with the taxpayer funded Gold Coast medal-feast ... 2018 is set to be a super tough year on the domestic racing scene.        

 

News Shorts - 11 September

Wall 17 - Jordan Reizes (BiciSport Pilu)

Wall 17 - Jordan Reizes (BiciSport Pilu)

Wall 17 - Mike Foster (BiciSport Pilu)

Wall 17 - Mike Foster (BiciSport Pilu)

Wall 17 - Matt Coy, Dean Gale & Richard Bjorkman (BiciSport Pilu)

Wall 17 - Matt Coy, Dean Gale & Richard Bjorkman (BiciSport Pilu)

Wall 17 - Ian Cocks (BiciSport Pilu)

Wall 17 - Ian Cocks (BiciSport Pilu)

Wall 17 - Conor Tarlington (BiciSport Rauland)

Wall 17 - Conor Tarlington (BiciSport Rauland)

Wall 17 - Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius)

Wall 17 - Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius)

BICISPORT MEMBER NEWS

Wall Handicap @ 10 September @ West Head - A solid BiciSport contingent lined up for the annual Wall Handicap over five laps of the West Head circuit. Peter Livingstone took fastest time.  

*  NSW State Handicapper Appointment - Robyn Sprouster (BiciSport) has been appointed the NSW State Handicapper for the next two years.

Caravello Peloton from Sicily to Milan - Ian Grainger & Joc Young (BiciSport Masters) are currently with the Caravello peloton doing 80k-120k per day from Sicily to Milan. Report to follow.

RACING THIS WEEK

*  16 September - Calga Road Race (Central Coast CC)

16-17 September - Otway Tour (Vic, NRS)

17 September - Amy's Otway Classic Cyclosportive (Vic), Lansdowne Park (Waratah Masters), Mt Ku Ring Gai (Northern Sydney CC)

BICISPORT TRAINING THIS WEEK

12 September - Centennial Park @ 10.00am. Contact Mike O'Reilly 0417 403 244

13 September - M7 Cyclepath over 70k @ Bella Vista @ 10am Contact Mike O'Reilly 0417 403 244

*  13 September - DGV Track Training @ 3pm @ John Crouchley

14 September - Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride @ Centennial Park @ 11am

16 September - Meadowbank Bridge @ 7.30am, Piemonte Café (coffee only) @ 9.30am

Tour de Bello 17 - Lachlan Haughey & Stewart Campbell on the final day of the Tour De Bello at the Bonville Golf Course near Coffs Harbour

Tour de Bello 17 - Lachlan Haughey & Stewart Campbell on the final day of the Tour De Bello at the Bonville Golf Course near Coffs Harbour

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News Shorts - 4 September

MTBA National Cyclo Cross Series - Mike Lawson (BiciSport Master) takes the Masters M8 category series  

MTBA National Cyclo Cross Series - Mike Lawson (BiciSport Master) takes the Masters M8 category series  

Tour de Bello 17 - Stewart & Mirelle Campbell at the bottom of the Dorrigo Mountain near Bellingen

Tour de Bello 17 - Stewart & Mirelle Campbell at the bottom of the Dorrigo Mountain near Bellingen

BICISPORT MEMBER NEWS

National Cyclo Cross Series @ Melbourne @ 26-27 August - Mike Lawson (BiciSport Master) took two victories at the National CX Series over 26-27 August and accordingly took the National Series award for Masters M8 (4 wins from 4 starts)

ATTA @ Calga @ 3 September - Kirsty Flanagan finished 28th from 40 starters in 45min 43seconds

UCI World Masters Track Championships www.worldmastersla.com @ Los Angeles @ 8-15 October - Mick Smith (BiciSport Master) is attending the LA Championships in search of another Rainbow Jersey in the Sprint category.

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RACING THIS WEEK

5-10 September - UCI World MTB Championships (Cairns, Qld)

9 September - Calga Road Race (Central Coast)

10 September - Lansdowne Park (Waratah Masters), West Head Handicap (Manly)

BICISPORT TRAINING THIS WEEK

6 September - DGV Training @ 3pm @ John Crouchley

7 September - Distinguished Gentlemens Ride @ Centennial Park @ 11am

9 September - Meadowbank Bridge @ 7.30am, Piemonte Café (coffee only) from 9.30am

Thursday in Centennial Park from 11am until 12.15pm. All welcome

Thursday in Centennial Park from 11am until 12.15pm. All welcome

TOUR DE BELLO - 31 AUGUST to 3 SEPTEMBER   

*  A good sized peloton lined up for the inaugural Tour de Bello training camp hosted by Alex Simmons at Bellingen. The 4 day camp enjoyed the cycling freedom & excitement that comes from a major freeway development that renders the old highway system a totally new cycling adventure.    

Tour de Bello 17

Tour de Bello 17

Flanders 17 - After a puncture in Belgium .... as you are chasing back to the peloton sitting too close to the Flanders team car does have its challenges

Flanders 17 - After a puncture in Belgium .... as you are chasing back to the peloton sitting too close to the Flanders team car does have its challenges

News Shorts - 28 August

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BICISPORT MEMBER NEWS

UCI Gran Fondo World Championships @ 25-27 August - Race results for Anthony Colantonio, Graham & Brett Cocks can be found at www.albi2017cycling.eu . Anthony was classified 135th (from 234 finishers) and Graham classified 86th (from 94 finishers). 

RAW Track @ 25 August - David Browne twice went podium

RACING THIS WEEK

3 September - Lansdowne Park (Waratah Masters), Calga ITT (ATTA)

5-10 September - UCI World MTB Championships (Cairns, Qld)

ROAD SAFETY ALERT - COWAN to HAWKESBURY BRIDGE

*  The stretch of the Old Pacific Highway from Cowan to the Hawkesbury River Bridge has been a safety concern for several years due to motor bikes speeding in both directions near Pie in the Sky Café at the top of the Hawkesbury Climb. If you cycling in that region its best to be off the Old Pacific Highway after 8.30am in the morning (especially on a Sunday).   

BICISPORT TRAINING RIDES THIS WEEK

30 August - DGV Track Training @ 3pm @ John Crouchley

2 September - Meadowbank Bridge @ 7.30am, Piemonte Café (coffee only) @ 9.30am

*  31 August-3 September - Tour De Bello Training Camp with Alex Simmons. 12 cyclists have taken up the inaugural Tour de Bello challenge with a ride report to be posted next week.

UCI Grand Fondo World Championships 17 in Albi France - Anthony Colantonio (BiciSport Master) teamed up with Peter Budd (Griffith CC) at the Albi Cathedral

UCI Grand Fondo World Championships 17 in Albi France - Anthony Colantonio (BiciSport Master) teamed up with Peter Budd (Griffith CC) at the Albi Cathedral

Flanders 17 - Stage 2 of the Tour of Easr Flanders on 17 August at Adegem near the Ursel Air Force Base and the weather is total rubbish ... its cold, its wet & thoroughly miserable and the urban landscape is equally bleak. Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius) is doing another cracker of a ride and 50k into the stage its time for another long walk to the Feeding Zone to assist Peter each lap. Then out of the gloom comes none other than 1970's Belgian cycling legend Michel Pollentier (above) and after a long chat Michel is up for a selfie. Michel won the Tour of Italy in 1977, the Tour of Flanders in 1980 and achieved the podium twice in the Tour of Spain. The 1978 Tour de France was another story altogether.     

Flanders 17 - Stage 2 of the Tour of Easr Flanders on 17 August at Adegem near the Ursel Air Force Base and the weather is total rubbish ... its cold, its wet & thoroughly miserable and the urban landscape is equally bleak. Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius) is doing another cracker of a ride and 50k into the stage its time for another long walk to the Feeding Zone to assist Peter each lap. Then out of the gloom comes none other than 1970's Belgian cycling legend Michel Pollentier (above) and after a long chat Michel is up for a selfie. Michel won the Tour of Italy in 1977, the Tour of Flanders in 1980 and achieved the podium twice in the Tour of Spain. The 1978 Tour de France was another story altogether.     

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Michel Pollentier won the 1977 Tour of Italy

Michel Pollentier won the 1977 Tour of Italy

News Shorts - 21 August

Tour of East Flanders 17 Stage 2 - Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius) after 150k of racing full gas along tiny Flemish laneways in a peloton of 160 riders. The tough stage was run off in wet, dangerous & greasy conditions with numerous crashes. The Tour of East Flanders concluded on 20 August. The complete Flanders 17 diary featuring all of Peter's Belgian races is a scroll down to just below the News Shorts 17 July weekly update.  

Tour of East Flanders 17 Stage 2 - Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius) after 150k of racing full gas along tiny Flemish laneways in a peloton of 160 riders. The tough stage was run off in wet, dangerous & greasy conditions with numerous crashes. The Tour of East Flanders concluded on 20 August. The complete Flanders 17 diary featuring all of Peter's Belgian races is a scroll down to just below the News Shorts 17 July weekly update.  

Tour of East Flanders 17 Stage 3 - Peter (3rd in line) approaching the Beveren cobbles near Hassdonk

Tour of East Flanders 17 Stage 3 - Peter (3rd in line) approaching the Beveren cobbles near Hassdonk

BICISPORT MEMBER NEWS

Flanders 17 - Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius) has concluded the Flemish escapade with the Tour of East Flanders finishing on 20 August. East Flanders results & pictures further below in the Flanders 17 diary. 

RACING THIS WEEK

25 August - RAW Track @ DGV

*  25-27 August - UCI World Masters Gran Fondo Championships (Albi, France) at www.albi2017cycling.eu  with BiciSport riders Anthony Colantonio, Brett Cocks & Graham Cocks

25-27 August - Tour of King Valley (Wangaratta Vic, NRS)

26 August - Sam Miranda Gran Fondo (Wangaratta Vic)

27 August - Heffron Park (Waratah Masters), Calga Caltex 100 Handicap (Central Coast) 

ROAD SAFETY ALERT - COWAN to HAWKESBURY BRIDGE

*  The stretch of the Old Pacific Highway from Cowan to the Hawkesbury River Bridge has been a safety concern for several years due to motor bikes speeding in both directions near Pie in the Sky Café at the top of the Hawkesbury Climb. If you cycling in that region its best to be off the Old Pacific Highway after 8.30am in the morning (especially on a Sunday).   

BICISPORT TRAINING THIS WEEK

*  23 August - DGV @ 3pm @ John Crouchley.

26 August - Meadowbank Bridge @ 7.30am, Piemonte Café (coffee only) @ 9.30am

Tourmalet 17 - Anthony Colantonio (BiciSport Master) en route to UCI UWCT Road Championships in Albi France took a diversion through the French Pyrenees.

Tourmalet 17 - Anthony Colantonio (BiciSport Master) en route to UCI UWCT Road Championships in Albi France took a diversion through the French Pyrenees.

D'Aubisque 17 - Anthony Colantonio having already climbed the Col du Tourmalet then the Col D'Aubisque was next on the bucket list

D'Aubisque 17 - Anthony Colantonio having already climbed the Col du Tourmalet then the Col D'Aubisque was next on the bucket list

ROESELARE CYCLING MUSEUM - CYCLING IS a RELIGION

*  There are two famous cycling museums in Flanders - the Tour of Flanders Museum in Oudenaarde and the somewhat lesser known Roeselare Cycling Museum. Both offer an outstanding collection of cycling history on display. The current Roeselare museum is being rebuilt (to reopen in March 2018) and a temporary display is now open to view at the Roeselare Tourism Office which is itself located within the (disused) Fathers Church. The theme "Cycling is a Religion" (http://www.koersisareligie.be or www.wielermuseum.be) appeared somewhat odd when placed in the context of the lovely Fathers Church, but each to their own. It was certainly worth the visit.    

Roeselare Cycling Museum 17 - The main display featured numerous historical bikes & jerseys

Roeselare Cycling Museum 17 - The main display featured numerous historical bikes & jerseys

Roeselare Cycling Museum 17 - the Eddy Merckx display featured his 1978 racing bike in the C&A professional team colours. The items on display in the Fathers Church are only a small portion of what will be on display at the new museum when it opens in March 2018. The Dwars Vlaanderen (Across Flanders) professional race will start in April 2018 from outside the new Roeselare museum.  

Roeselare Cycling Museum 17 - the Eddy Merckx display featured his 1978 racing bike in the C&A professional team colours. The items on display in the Fathers Church are only a small portion of what will be on display at the new museum when it opens in March 2018. The Dwars Vlaanderen (Across Flanders) professional race will start in April 2018 from outside the new Roeselare museum.  

 

 

News Shorts - 14 August

MTBA National Masters Cyclo Cross Championships 17 - Mike Lawson (BiciSport) took the Masters M8 Gold medal

MTBA National Masters Cyclo Cross Championships 17 - Mike Lawson (BiciSport) took the Masters M8 Gold medal

Rumbeke 17 - A nice shot of Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius) attacking off the front of the Rumbeke Kermesse peloton on 7 August. Peter went on to finish 7th. The daily Flanders 17 racing diary can be found in the News Section below. The Flanders 17 diary concludes 20 August with the Tour of East Flanders for Under 23 riders from 16-20 August. 

Rumbeke 17 - A nice shot of Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius) attacking off the front of the Rumbeke Kermesse peloton on 7 August. Peter went on to finish 7th. The daily Flanders 17 racing diary can be found in the News Section below. The Flanders 17 diary concludes 20 August with the Tour of East Flanders for Under 23 riders from 16-20 August. 

BICISPORT MEMBER NEWS

MTBA National Cyclo Cross Championships - Mike Lawson took Gold in the Masters 8 category in Adelaide. Congratulations Mike. 

*  RAW Track @ DGV @ 11 August - David Browne took a grade win

UCI World Masters Road @ Albi France from 25-28 August - Best wishes to the BiciSport Masters at Albi ... Anthony Colantonio, Brett & Graham Cocks

*  Recovery Ward - Lise Benjamin is soon to resume training after her 'off'' at Landsowne Park (broken ribs), Len Groen is back on the bike after his major 'off'', and Mike O'Reilly has resumed riding around Flanders after his stent operation. 

RACING THIS WEEK

18 August - RAW Track @ DGV

*  19-20 August - Cootamundra Weekend

19 August - Calga Road Race (Central Coast) 

20 August - Lansdowne Park (Waratah Masters), Mt Ku Ring Gai Criteriums (Northern Sydney) 

16-20 August - Tour of East Flanders (Belgium). Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius) winds up his Flemish season with five race days at the Tour of East Flanders.  

BICISPORT TRAINING THIS WEEK

16 August - DGV Track training @ 3pm @ John Crouchley

19 August - Meadowbank Bridge @ 7.30am, Piemonte Café (coffee only) @ 9.30am

RAW Track 17 @ DGV - David Browne (BiciSport)

RAW Track 17 @ DGV - David Browne (BiciSport)

RAW Track 17 @ DGV - David Browne & Graham Cockerton (BiciSport) lead the RAW peloton

RAW Track 17 @ DGV - David Browne & Graham Cockerton (BiciSport) lead the RAW peloton

Beveren 17 on 12 August - The Belgian fan club for Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius) watching from the comfort of their garage near the Beveren finishing line. The cycling bookmakers were in attendance and had Peter on the betting sheet at 26.7 - meaning 26 to 1 for a win & 7 to 1 for a podium. Mikey Van der Stent placed a hefty 5 euros of the team budget on Peter for a podium place with 21st the end result. The Flanders 17 diary (see below) concludes 20 August.  

Beveren 17 on 12 August - The Belgian fan club for Peter Livingstone (BiciSport Mobius) watching from the comfort of their garage near the Beveren finishing line. The cycling bookmakers were in attendance and had Peter on the betting sheet at 26.7 - meaning 26 to 1 for a win & 7 to 1 for a podium. Mikey Van der Stent placed a hefty 5 euros of the team budget on Peter for a podium place with 21st the end result. The Flanders 17 diary (see below) concludes 20 August.  

TOUR DE BELLO

News Shorts - 7 August

Flanders 17 - Peter Livingstone (BiciSport-Mobius light blue jersey in centre of shot) heads for the Jupiler beer tent (as you do) on the bell lap at the Oostkamp kermesse over 100k run off at a brisk 45+kph.  

Flanders 17 - Peter Livingstone (BiciSport-Mobius light blue jersey in centre of shot) heads for the Jupiler beer tent (as you do) on the bell lap at the Oostkamp kermesse over 100k run off at a brisk 45+kph.  

BICISPORT MEMBER NEWS

Flanders 17 - Catch this weeks update on Peter Livingstone below in the Flanders 17 report. Peter has just finished a block of 4 kermesse races in 5 days - finishing with 12th at the hilly Overijse Kermesse just outside Brussels on 5 August. The last race of the Belgian sojourn will be the Tour of East Flanders for Under 23 riders from 16-19 August finishing in the local village of Maarke Kerkem (just 200m from the Kokerelle B&B).  

RAW Track @ DGV @ 4 August - David Browne took three 'top 3' placings at RAW

*  Coffs Harbour Cyclo Sportive @ 6 August - Alex Simmons competed the 60k option to Urunga and return   

RACING THIS WEEK

11 August - RAW Track @ DGV

13 August - Lansdowne Park (Waratah Masters), West Head (Manly)

BICISPORT TRAINING THIS WEEK

9 August - DGV @ 3pm @ John Crouchley

12 August - Meadowbank Bridge @ 7.30am, Piemonte Café (coffee only) @ 9.30am

FLANDERS 17 WITH PETER LIVINGSTONE

Flanders 17 - So you think the CyclingNSW State handicappers have it tough ... try being one of three bookmakers taking bets at the Oostkamp kermesse with 112 starters. The minimum bet is 5 Euro and the numbers on the right of each rider's name denotes the win-place betting odds - 25.6 means odds of 25 to 1 for the win and 6 to 1 for a podium.  Not every rider who starts is listed on the betting sheet (being Flemish helps). Don't you think these bookmakers take a real keen interest as to who gets in the winning break with 4 laps to go. 

Flanders 17 - So you think the CyclingNSW State handicappers have it tough ... try being one of three bookmakers taking bets at the Oostkamp kermesse with 112 starters. The minimum bet is 5 Euro and the numbers on the right of each rider's name denotes the win-place betting odds - 25.6 means odds of 25 to 1 for the win and 6 to 1 for a podium.  Not every rider who starts is listed on the betting sheet (being Flemish helps). Don't you think these bookmakers take a real keen interest as to who gets in the winning break with 4 laps to go. 

News Shorts - 31 July

TOUR DE BELLO

Tour de Bello reservations close at the end of July, so don't miss out on your spot. This is a fantastic 4 day training camp in the Coffs Harbour region hosted by Alex Simmons (BiciSport). 

Tour de Bello reservations close at the end of July, so don't miss out on your spot. This is a fantastic 4 day training camp in the Coffs Harbour region hosted by Alex Simmons (BiciSport). 

BICISPORT MEMBER NEWS

Tour of Flemish Brabant @ 26-30 July - Peter Livingstone's results at the recent Tour of Flemish Brabant near Brussels are posted below in the Flanders 17 update. It was a gruelling 5 days of crosswinds, rain, cobbles and more crosswinds.

RACING THIS WEEK

4 August - RAW Track @ DGV

*  5 August - Victorian ITT Series (Wangaratta, Vic)

6 August - Eastern Creek Raceway (Waratah Masters), Calga ITT (ATTA), Coffs Harbour Cyclosportive Challenge

BICISPORT TRAINING THIS WEEK

2 August - DGV @ 3pm @ John Crouchley

*  5 August - Meadowbank Bridge @ 7.30am, Piemonte Café (coffee only) @ 9.30am

FLANDERS 17 WITH PETER LIVINGSTONE

Brabant 17 - Peter Livingstone had the full support of the ASFRA-Flanders Cycles management team of John (mechanic), Dino (soigneur) and Patrick (Sports Director). The ASFRA team won both the Sprint & KOM jersey at the Tour of the Flemish Brabant.

Brabant 17 - Peter Livingstone had the full support of the ASFRA-Flanders Cycles management team of John (mechanic), Dino (soigneur) and Patrick (Sports Director). The ASFRA team won both the Sprint & KOM jersey at the Tour of the Flemish Brabant.

Brabant 17 - the ASFRA - Flanders Cycles team stayed at an old Franciscan Monk monastery near Leuven (built 1948 last used 1994 as a full monastery). The monastery now offers budget accommodation for tourists, sporting & business groups. Go to www.laforesta.be for a look at a unique accommodation offering. 

Brabant 17 - the ASFRA - Flanders Cycles team stayed at an old Franciscan Monk monastery near Leuven (built 1948 last used 1994 as a full monastery). The monastery now offers budget accommodation for tourists, sporting & business groups. Go to www.laforesta.be for a look at a unique accommodation offering. 

News Shorts - 24 July

TOUR DE BELLO

Tour de Bello reservations close at the end of July, so don't miss out on your spot. This is a fantastic 4 day training camp in the Coffs Harbour region hosted by Alex Simmons (BiciSport). 

Tour de Bello reservations close at the end of July, so don't miss out on your spot. This is a fantastic 4 day training camp in the Coffs Harbour region hosted by Alex Simmons (BiciSport). 

Women's Rapha 100 @ Wollombi @ 23 July - Kirsty Flanagan & Ruth Strapp took part representing BiciSport  

Women's Rapha 100 @ Wollombi @ 23 July - Kirsty Flanagan & Ruth Strapp took part representing BiciSport  

Women's Rapha 100 - Kirsty Flanagan outside Wollombi

Women's Rapha 100 - Kirsty Flanagan outside Wollombi

BICISPORT MEMBER NEWS

*  RAW Track @ 21 July - Good results by Graham Cockerton, David Browne & Stephanie Cockerton

*  Derny Restoration Project - John Crouchley recently track tested the rebuilt 4 stoke engined derny at DGV. The test was successful save for the need to now lower the derny gearing for the steep DGV banking. 

BiciSport in Flanders - Peter Livingstone continues his racing secondment with the ASFRA Racing Team. Peter gained selection to the ASFRA Interclub team after good results (9th) at the Landskouter kermesse on 23 July. The updated racing blog is in this News section below. 

RACING THIS WEEK

*  28 July - RAW Track @ DGV

*  25-29 July - Melbourne Cup on Wheels (DISC Velodrome, Melbourne)

26-30 July - Tour of the Great South Coast (NRS - Warnambool)

30 July - Wagga to Albury Handicap (Tolland CC), Lansdowne Park (Waratah Masters)

BICISPORT TRAINING THIS WEEK

*  29 July - Meadowbank Bridge @ 7.30am, Piemonte Café (coffee only) @ 9.30am

*  No DGV Track training with John Crouchley until early August

FLANDERS 17 WITH PETER LIVINGSTONE

Roubaix 17 - For Peter Livingstone conditions were wet & greasy for a visit to the Roubaix Velodrome in between Belgian kermesse racing with ASFRA.

Roubaix 17 - For Peter Livingstone conditions were wet & greasy for a visit to the Roubaix Velodrome in between Belgian kermesse racing with ASFRA.

News Shorts - 17 July

TOUR DE BELLO

Tour de Bello reservations close at the end of July, so don't miss out on your spot. This is a fantastic 4 day training camp in the Coffs Harbour region hosted by Alex Simmons (BiciSport). 

Tour de Bello reservations close at the end of July, so don't miss out on your spot. This is a fantastic 4 day training camp in the Coffs Harbour region hosted by Alex Simmons (BiciSport). 

BICISPORT MEMBER NEWS

BiciSport in Flanders - Peter Livingstone continues his racing secondment with the ASFRA Racing Team. The updated racing blog is in this News section below. 

Cervelo Masters Series @ Western Sydney Dragway @ 15 July - Division 1 - Matt Coy finished 6th. Division 2 - Anthony Colantonio also finished 6th

Cervelo Masters 17 - Anthony Colantonio on the Division 2 podium for 6th

Cervelo Masters 17 - Anthony Colantonio on the Division 2 podium for 6th

RACING THIS WEEK

21 July - RAW Track @ DGV

22 July - Victorian ITT Series (Leongatha), Calga Handicap (Central Coast)

23 July - Heffron Park (Waratah Masters), Ken Dinnerville Handicap (Illawarra). At the upcoming Dinnerville at Dapto best wishes to BiciSport starters Jeremy Hopson, Conor Tarlington, Stewart Campbell, Raoul Westbrook, Matt Coy, Dean Gale, Mike Forster, Simon Lempriere & James Thornton

BICISPORT TRAINING THIS WEEK

22 July - Meadowbank Bridge @ 7.30am, Piemonte Café (coffee only) @ 9.30am

FLANDERS 17 WITH PETER LIVINGSTONE

Diksmuide 17 - Koen Verhulst, Peter Livingstone & Lies Verhulst before the Diksmuide Kermesse. The Verhulst family have actively supported several BiciSport riders in Flanders over the years. 

Diksmuide 17 - Koen Verhulst, Peter Livingstone & Lies Verhulst before the Diksmuide Kermesse. The Verhulst family have actively supported several BiciSport riders in Flanders over the years. 

Flanders 17 with Peter Livingstone

Tour of East Flanders 17 - Peter Livingstone & Oskari Vainionpaa (Finland) after the Stage 2 finish in Adegem.   

Tour of East Flanders 17 - Peter Livingstone & Oskari Vainionpaa (Finland) after the Stage 2 finish in Adegem.   

FLANDERS 17 DIARY

16-20 August - Tour of East Flanders (Ronde van Oost Vlaanderen)  www.rvov.be 

The lasr race for Flanders 17.  The Tour of East Flanders is for Under 23 only Belgian registered teams with 180 starters and 27 teams. The ASFRA-Flanders team started with seven riders but only three remained for Stage 3 - Peter Livingstone (Australia), Oskari Vainionpaa (Finland), Mathias Overberghe (Belgium), Marc Heaney (Ireland), Dylan Vercruysse (Belgium), Casper De Witte (Belgium) & Jack English (United Kingdom). Stage 4 started/finished just 300m from the Kokerelle B&B in Maarkedal   

Stage 5 - 20 August (Herzele - Zottegem) 155k - 124 starters - The final stage included one (large) single lap around Geraadsbergen with several local laps at Herzele. 40 riders were not classified as finishing and that included Peter. Oskari was the only classified Flanders team RVOV 17 finisher.  

Stage 4 - 19 August (Kokerelle - Oudenaarde) 156k - 139 starters @ 41kph  

Tour of East Flanders 17 Stage 4 - Something of a 'Queen' stage of this Tour being based in the heart of Tour of Flanders pro classic country. The 156k circuit had three bigger laps followed by three smaller laps that included climbing the Taainberg three times albeit by an (alternative) steep concrete laneway. Peter survived two punctures and a road blockage caused by a major crash on the Steenbeekdries cobbles involving 10 riders. Considering the challenges on the day Peter (pictured above coming off the Taainberg with 20k to the finish) again performed well to finish just 35 seconds behind the stage winner on what was another tough day.    

Tour of East Flanders 17 Stage 4 - Something of a 'Queen' stage of this Tour being based in the heart of Tour of Flanders pro classic country. The 156k circuit had three bigger laps followed by three smaller laps that included climbing the Taainberg three times albeit by an (alternative) steep concrete laneway. Peter survived two punctures and a road blockage caused by a major crash on the Steenbeekdries cobbles involving 10 riders. Considering the challenges on the day Peter (pictured above coming off the Taainberg with 20k to the finish) again performed well to finish just 35 seconds behind the stage winner on what was another tough day.    

Stage 3 - 18 August (Hassdonk - Antwerp) 155k - 144 starters @ 43kph

Tour of East Flanders 17 Stage 3 - The Lotto Soudal U23 team continued to dominant the East Flanders Tour and went 1-2 today in a 19 rider breakaway just 21 seconds off the front of the peloton. The stage was five (large) laps that included the nasty Beveren cobbles (1.3k in length) each lap. Peter (above in Flanders team red in centre of shot) finished comfortably in the peloton.    

Tour of East Flanders 17 Stage 3 - The Lotto Soudal U23 team continued to dominant the East Flanders Tour and went 1-2 today in a 19 rider breakaway just 21 seconds off the front of the peloton. The stage was five (large) laps that included the nasty Beveren cobbles (1.3k in length) each lap. Peter (above in Flanders team red in centre of shot) finished comfortably in the peloton.    

Tour of East Flanders 17 Stage 3 - Eddy Verbust congratulates Peter after the finish of stage 3 at Hassdonk. Eddy V is a major organiser with the Ghent 6 Day track event in November and has been a strong supporter of BiciSport riders in Belgium over the years. 

Tour of East Flanders 17 Stage 3 - Eddy Verbust congratulates Peter after the finish of stage 3 at Hassdonk. Eddy V is a major organiser with the Ghent 6 Day track event in November and has been a strong supporter of BiciSport riders in Belgium over the years. 

Stage 2 - 17 August (Adegem - Bruges) 148k - 160 starters @ 42.6kph

Tour of East Flanders 17 Stage 2 - Peter passes through the finishing straight on lap 3 at Adegem with the rain coming down. The course was generally on narrow one lane paths around the outskirts of the Ursel Air Force Base. Conditions were simply awful being greasy, dangerous & wet which guaranteed numerous crashes with the roads literally awash with cow shit (it was everywhere). Peter was another excellent peloton finish just 19 seconds behind the breakaway winner for 74th. The Flanders team lost another rider retired today & another was lucky (?) to be classified as a finisher (not sure how the Commissaires reach that decision when the rider most certainly pulled out with over 20k to go). The Flanders team would start Stage 3 with just three riders and 16 riders retired on the stage today. The Belgian support team of Eddy Verbust & Freddy Verleyem (in grey jacket above) came to see Peter in the difficult conditions.      

Tour of East Flanders 17 Stage 2 - Peter passes through the finishing straight on lap 3 at Adegem with the rain coming down. The course was generally on narrow one lane paths around the outskirts of the Ursel Air Force Base. Conditions were simply awful being greasy, dangerous & wet which guaranteed numerous crashes with the roads literally awash with cow shit (it was everywhere). Peter was another excellent peloton finish just 19 seconds behind the breakaway winner for 74th. The Flanders team lost another rider retired today & another was lucky (?) to be classified as a finisher (not sure how the Commissaires reach that decision when the rider most certainly pulled out with over 20k to go). The Flanders team would start Stage 3 with just three riders and 16 riders retired on the stage today. The Belgian support team of Eddy Verbust & Freddy Verleyem (in grey jacket above) came to see Peter in the difficult conditions.      

Tour of East Flanders 17 Stage 2 - this is what 150k of full gas racing along tiny Flemish laneways covered in cow shit looks like.   

Tour of East Flanders 17 Stage 2 - this is what 150k of full gas racing along tiny Flemish laneways covered in cow shit looks like.   

Stage 1 - 16 August (Bavegem - Zottegem) 150k - 180 starters @ 44.5kph

Tour of East Flanders 17 Stage 1 - 180 starters across 27 teams over 150k meant the first hour was utterly chaotic. There were narrow concrete roads, numerous bits of road furniture, stress levels off the scale, 5 major crashes and an average speed of 45+ kph. Peter (in red Flanders jersey above in centre of shot) finished 80th safely in the peloton in a dangerous bunch kick. Peter was the only Flanders team rider to finish in the peloton and for the rest it was carnage. Except for Peter the Flanders team had a totally forgettable day with three non finishers and it would have been a fourth save for some supportive commissaires.          

Tour of East Flanders 17 Stage 1 - 180 starters across 27 teams over 150k meant the first hour was utterly chaotic. There were narrow concrete roads, numerous bits of road furniture, stress levels off the scale, 5 major crashes and an average speed of 45+ kph. Peter (in red Flanders jersey above in centre of shot) finished 80th safely in the peloton in a dangerous bunch kick. Peter was the only Flanders team rider to finish in the peloton and for the rest it was carnage. Except for Peter the Flanders team had a totally forgettable day with three non finishers and it would have been a fourth save for some supportive commissaires.          

*  15 August - Temse-Velle (East Flanders) - 120k

Temse-Velle 17 - BiciSport attended the Temse-Velle kermesse race organised by Maarten Ver Hulst (a long time BiciSport supporter). The star attraction on the day was current Belgian road champion Stijn De Bock riding for the Cibel Continental Team. 

Temse-Velle 17 - BiciSport attended the Temse-Velle kermesse race organised by Maarten Ver Hulst (a long time BiciSport supporter). The star attraction on the day was current Belgian road champion Stijn De Bock riding for the Cibel Continental Team. 

Temse-Velle 17 - The Ver Hulst family hosted the local street party with a caravan style coffee kart as the peloton screams past. Business was brisk.  

Temse-Velle 17 - The Ver Hulst family hosted the local street party with a caravan style coffee kart as the peloton screams past. Business was brisk.  

Temse-Velle 17 - a famous couple stopped by for a casual coffee at the Velle street party hosted by the Ver Hulst family ... none other than Ronald & Bernadette Van Avermaet (parents of the Olympic Champion Greg Van Avermaet). Both were outstanding competitive cyclists in their own right and Ronald represented Belgium at the 1980 Olympic Games. 

Temse-Velle 17 - a famous couple stopped by for a casual coffee at the Velle street party hosted by the Ver Hulst family ... none other than Ronald & Bernadette Van Avermaet (parents of the Olympic Champion Greg Van Avermaet). Both were outstanding competitive cyclists in their own right and Ronald represented Belgium at the 1980 Olympic Games. 

*  12 August - Beveren (West Flanders) - 114k - 61 starters @ 45.6kph

Beveren 17 - A super fast & difficult kermesse with some light showers to complicate the effort. A near crash on lap 1 had Peter at the back of the peloton as the break of the day escaped, and escaped they remained. Peter attacked all day and finally finished an excellent 21st from 61 starters. This was the last of the Belgian single day kermesses with just the Tour of East Flanders to come. Peter (in light blue jersey above) passes in front of a Belgian bridal bus as the wedding party is about to depart the Beveren church.   

Beveren 17 - A super fast & difficult kermesse with some light showers to complicate the effort. A near crash on lap 1 had Peter at the back of the peloton as the break of the day escaped, and escaped they remained. Peter attacked all day and finally finished an excellent 21st from 61 starters. This was the last of the Belgian single day kermesses with just the Tour of East Flanders to come. Peter (in light blue jersey above) passes in front of a Belgian bridal bus as the wedding party is about to depart the Beveren church.   

Beveren 17 - The kermesse race having just departed its now the brides turn to exit the Beveren church

Beveren 17 - The kermesse race having just departed its now the brides turn to exit the Beveren church

*  11 August - Lokeren (East Flanders) - 120k - 124 starters @ 45kph

Lokeren 17 - The penultimate Belgian kermesse of this Flanders trip over 120k at Lokeren had a quality peloton of 124 starters with numerous international riders. The Asfra-Flanders Cycles team leader (Yiber Sefa from Albania) took a great win from the break of the day and Peter (above) finished strongly in the peloton only 38 seconds behind the winner.   

Lokeren 17 - The penultimate Belgian kermesse of this Flanders trip over 120k at Lokeren had a quality peloton of 124 starters with numerous international riders. The Asfra-Flanders Cycles team leader (Yiber Sefa from Albania) took a great win from the break of the day and Peter (above) finished strongly in the peloton only 38 seconds behind the winner.   

*  9 August - Beernem (West Flanders) 112k - 117 starters @ 45.2kph

Beernam 17 - The Beernam peloton with Peter third wheel chasing the small breakaway that contained "Rambo" Nico Eeckhout (Rambo eventually finished second). Peter cruised the day & finished in the peloton

Beernam 17 - The Beernam peloton with Peter third wheel chasing the small breakaway that contained "Rambo" Nico Eeckhout (Rambo eventually finished second). Peter cruised the day & finished in the peloton

Beernam 17 - Peter van der Livingstone # 91 has caught the eyes of the Flemish bookmakers !. Peter's original betting odds were 41.12 - being odds of 41 to 1 for the win and 12 to 1 for a podium place. Mike O'Reilly placed 10 euro on a podium result. The bookie having accepted the wager then immediately changed Peter's odds to 30.0 .... no more podium bets were then accepted. 

Beernam 17 - Peter van der Livingstone # 91 has caught the eyes of the Flemish bookmakers !. Peter's original betting odds were 41.12 - being odds of 41 to 1 for the win and 12 to 1 for a podium place. Mike O'Reilly placed 10 euro on a podium result. The bookie having accepted the wager then immediately changed Peter's odds to 30.0 .... no more podium bets were then accepted. 

Beernam 17 - Belgian bookmakers in action at the Beernam kermesse. What price for Peter van der Livingstone at the next Flemish kermesse ?

Beernam 17 - Belgian bookmakers in action at the Beernam kermesse. What price for Peter van der Livingstone at the next Flemish kermesse ?

7 August - Rumbeke (West Flanders) 110k - 46 starters @ 41kph

Rumbeke 17 - A typical Belgian 'urban' kermesse (more like a criterium) through the local streets of Rumbeke (24 laps of 4.6k). Peter (light blue jersey above) was prominent all day and got in the break of the day and things looked very promising for a top 5 result ... then 5 riders slipped off the front. The final outcome was the best result to date with a fine 7th but the day promised an even higher result.   

Rumbeke 17 - A typical Belgian 'urban' kermesse (more like a criterium) through the local streets of Rumbeke (24 laps of 4.6k). Peter (light blue jersey above) was prominent all day and got in the break of the day and things looked very promising for a top 5 result ... then 5 riders slipped off the front. The final outcome was the best result to date with a fine 7th but the day promised an even higher result.   

5 August - Overijse (Brussels) 110k - 89 starters @ 41kph

Overijse 17 - Overijse is on the outskirts of Brussels and is the region used for the Brabant Pijl professional semi classic in mid April. This kermesse circuit was hilly and included a 400m long "berg" that Peter used 39x26 on each of the 13 laps. Lets not forget the mandatory cobbles and one cobbled section was on a descent. Peter was prominent all day in numerous moves off the front of the peloton and finished an excellent 12th. The kermesse started outside the In De Kroeg café (Peter on left of shot, light blue & black helmet).  

Overijse 17 - Overijse is on the outskirts of Brussels and is the region used for the Brabant Pijl professional semi classic in mid April. This kermesse circuit was hilly and included a 400m long "berg" that Peter used 39x26 on each of the 13 laps. Lets not forget the mandatory cobbles and one cobbled section was on a descent. Peter was prominent all day in numerous moves off the front of the peloton and finished an excellent 12th. The kermesse started outside the In De Kroeg café (Peter on left of shot, light blue & black helmet).  

*  4 August - Zelzate (East Flanders) 108k - 84 starters @ 42kph

Zelzate 17 - The peloton split after 45k and Peter (in blue) made the front group. What looked like a very promising move faded when some teams stopped working and the front group grew to 35 in number as small groups bridged across. In the final bunch kick Peter finished 18th.

Zelzate 17 - The peloton split after 45k and Peter (in blue) made the front group. What looked like a very promising move faded when some teams stopped working and the front group grew to 35 in number as small groups bridged across. In the final bunch kick Peter finished 18th.

*  3 August - Oostkamp (West Flanders) 100k - 112 starters @ 45kph

Oostkamp 17 - A twilight kermesse starting at 6.30pm over 100k of a 5.6k "figure eight" circuit passing the rustic old Oostkamp Town Hall twice each lap (in picture above). Peter (above in Mobius blue) combined well with Mobius team mate Aaron Bicknell for another solid performance. Aaron went top 20 just off the front of the main peloton. "Rambo" Nico Eeckhout was also sighted again in the Oostkamp peloton still looking for his Belgian social security pension cheque.     

Oostkamp 17 - A twilight kermesse starting at 6.30pm over 100k of a 5.6k "figure eight" circuit passing the rustic old Oostkamp Town Hall twice each lap (in picture above). Peter (above in Mobius blue) combined well with Mobius team mate Aaron Bicknell for another solid performance. Aaron went top 20 just off the front of the main peloton. "Rambo" Nico Eeckhout was also sighted again in the Oostkamp peloton still looking for his Belgian social security pension cheque.     

*  1 August - Deerlijk (West Flanders) 112k - 88 starters @ 46.5kph  

Deerlijk 17 - A fast kermesse with an average speed of 46.5kph had long straights & few corners combined to ensure a complete bunch kick - Peter combined with Mobius team mate Aaron Bicknell (in Mobius blue above) who both finished in the top 40. The notable "retiree ride" of the day was the only Masters in the peloton wearing all black with no sponsorship ... a certain # 55 ... none other than 46 years young "Rambo" Nico Eeckhout who rode in the professional peloton from 1996-2013 for numerous professional teams including Lotto, Palmans & TopSport Vlaanderen. Nico won the Flanders Championship (4 times), the Dwars Vlaanderen semi Classic (twice) and the 2006 Belgian National Professional Road Championship (defeating a young and soon to be famous Tom Boonen in the process).     

Deerlijk 17 - A fast kermesse with an average speed of 46.5kph had long straights & few corners combined to ensure a complete bunch kick - Peter combined with Mobius team mate Aaron Bicknell (in Mobius blue above) who both finished in the top 40. The notable "retiree ride" of the day was the only Masters in the peloton wearing all black with no sponsorship ... a certain # 55 ... none other than 46 years young "Rambo" Nico Eeckhout who rode in the professional peloton from 1996-2013 for numerous professional teams including Lotto, Palmans & TopSport Vlaanderen. Nico won the Flanders Championship (4 times), the Dwars Vlaanderen semi Classic (twice) and the 2006 Belgian National Professional Road Championship (defeating a young and soon to be famous Tom Boonen in the process).     

*  26-30 July - Tour of Flemish Brabant www.rondevanvlaamsebrabant.be

The Flemish Brabant Tour is for 25 Belgian (only) registered teams. 

Stage 1 - 26 July (Hakendover) 147k (16.4k @ 9 laps) - The circuit was a mixture of very narrow farm lanes and dual concrete pavements which included the Landenberg cobbled climb each lap. The finish was in a narrow lane in the centre of Hakendover. Peter rode well for a solid peloton finish of 94th @ 1min 46secs. All six ASFRA riders finished in the main peloton.

Brabant 17 (Stage 1) - Peter Livingstone (4th in line) climbs the Landenberg cobbles

Brabant 17 (Stage 1) - Peter Livingstone (4th in line) climbs the Landenberg cobbles

Brabant 17 (Stage 1) - The ASFRA Racing Team prepares for stage 1 of the Flemish Brabant Tour

Brabant 17 (Stage 1) - The ASFRA Racing Team prepares for stage 1 of the Flemish Brabant Tour

Stage 2 - 27 July (Leefdaal) 9k Individual Time Trial. This 9k ITT was more of a mobile rest day for the vast majority and totally meaningless when placed in context of what is to follow over the next three days. Peter finished 125th @ 2min 6secs.

Stage 3 - 28 July (Leefdaal) 153k (25.0k @ 6 laps) 

Brabant 17 (Stage 3) - The main peloton climbs the Everberg climb with Peter in red on right of shot. Across the top of a smoothe Everberg climb was then rewarded with a nasty trench of Belgian cobbles for 1.3k. Peter finished 74th from 125 finishers @ 2min 59 seconds

Brabant 17 (Stage 3) - The main peloton climbs the Everberg climb with Peter in red on right of shot. Across the top of a smoothe Everberg climb was then rewarded with a nasty trench of Belgian cobbles for 1.3k. Peter finished 74th from 125 finishers @ 2min 59 seconds

Stage 4 - 29 July (Landen) 140k (17.5k @ 8 laps) 

Brabant 17 (Stage 4) - the peloton goes over the top of the Landenberg climb in heavy crosswinds (Peter in red on left of shot). The peloton split & then reformed numerous times in what was a gruelling day. Peter finished 113th on the stage @ 6min 10 seconds.  

Brabant 17 (Stage 4) - the peloton goes over the top of the Landenberg climb in heavy crosswinds (Peter in red on left of shot). The peloton split & then reformed numerous times in what was a gruelling day. Peter finished 113th on the stage @ 6min 10 seconds.  

Stage 5 - 30 July (Rillaar) 154k (40.0k @ 2 laps, 12.0k @ 6 laps)

Brabant 17 (Stage 5) - at the top of the Brabant KOM somewhere in the back blocks of Flemish Brabant with Peter sitting in the main peloton. Peter went on to finish 92nd on the stage @ 2min 36 secs. Overall Peter finished 75th from 125 starters @ 14min 13 secs. By any measure a great result for a first up Belgian tour.

Brabant 17 (Stage 5) - at the top of the Brabant KOM somewhere in the back blocks of Flemish Brabant with Peter sitting in the main peloton. Peter went on to finish 92nd on the stage @ 2min 36 secs. Overall Peter finished 75th from 125 starters @ 14min 13 secs. By any measure a great result for a first up Belgian tour.

24 July - Grand Prix Raf Jonckheere (Westrozebeke West Flanders) - 164k - 100 starters. Peter gained selection to his first ASFRA Interclub team for the GP Raf Jonckheere and this was a real step up with several professional teams in attendance in the 100 rider peloton. Weather conditions were poor with heavy rain and nasty crosswinds for 16 laps of a rectangular circuit. It was gutter grovelling and crosswind misery at its worst with ASFRA picking up 3 punctures.   

Westrozebeke 17 - Flanders Cycles-ASFRA team before the start with the rain about to arrive that made for a wet, greasy and somewhat miserable Grand Prix Raf Jonckheere

Westrozebeke 17 - Flanders Cycles-ASFRA team before the start with the rain about to arrive that made for a wet, greasy and somewhat miserable Grand Prix Raf Jonckheere

Westrozebeke 17 - The Belgian "Interclub" series are selection only races and the calibre of the peloton is significantly higher than a more traditional Belgian Kermesse peloton (where anybody with a UCI Elite licence can enter). The Roubaix Lille Metropole team arrived in force. 

Westrozebeke 17 - The Belgian "Interclub" series are selection only races and the calibre of the peloton is significantly higher than a more traditional Belgian Kermesse peloton (where anybody with a UCI Elite licence can enter). The Roubaix Lille Metropole team arrived in force. 

*  23 July - Landskouter Kermesse (East Flanders) - 89 starters - Peter finishes 9th

A good sized peloton of 89 faced 12 laps (of 9.3k) up the slight climb of the Rooberg each lap. Peter covered the moves that mattered and looked comfortable all day. A great result to crack the top 10.

Landskouter 17 - Peter Livingstone (in Mobius blue) leads the peloton on the early laps

Landskouter 17 - Peter Livingstone (in Mobius blue) leads the peloton on the early laps

Landskouter 17 - Peter crosses the line for 9th from 89 starters on the Rooberg in the village of Landskouter

Landskouter 17 - Peter crosses the line for 9th from 89 starters on the Rooberg in the village of Landskouter

 *  22 July - Sinaai Kermesse U23 only (East Flanders) - 38 starters. Sinaai was named after Mount Sinai in Egypt and that was about it save for light rain and two long & filthy stretches of greasy Belgian cobbles. A smaller peloton was due to being Under 23 only.     

Sinaai 17 - Peter Livingstone (Mobius light blue on left of shot) at the Sinaai start line for the Under 23 only kermesse over 115k. Light drizzle and greasy corners made for very tricky conditions especially on the cobbles. Peter crashed on the first lap (not serious) but in the process bent a rear derailleur for a DNF.

Sinaai 17 - Peter Livingstone (Mobius light blue on left of shot) at the Sinaai start line for the Under 23 only kermesse over 115k. Light drizzle and greasy corners made for very tricky conditions especially on the cobbles. Peter crashed on the first lap (not serious) but in the process bent a rear derailleur for a DNF.

21 July - Lebbeke Kermesse (East Flanders) - 70 starters @ 42.5kph. The Lebbeke claim to fame is the Callebaut chocolate factory. The 114k kermesse was over 16 laps of 7.0k per lap with very technical single lane corners. Lebbeke itself was more about the Under 23 Sinaai kermesse the next day.  

Lebbeke 17 - Peter Livingstone (in red) punches out of the first corner at Lebbeke

Lebbeke 17 - Peter Livingstone (in red) punches out of the first corner at Lebbeke

*  19 July - Deinze Kermesse (East Flanders) - 126 starters @ 45.6kph. Deinze is not famous for much except a 9 year war in 1695, the start of the Ghent Wevelgem pro classic and the Team Sky Service Course. 

Deinze 17 - The only time for Peter Livingstone (red jersey black helmet) to pass the Deinze Church as a puncture after just 4k ended the day before it even started.

Deinze 17 - The only time for Peter Livingstone (red jersey black helmet) to pass the Deinze Church as a puncture after just 4k ended the day before it even started.

16 July Diksmuide Kermesse (West Flanders) - 144 starters @ 44kph. Diksmuide was very much a front line town in World War 1 and the 117k kermesse renewed hostilities over 16 laps of 7.3k.  A massive peloton of 144 starters greeted the off with numerous corners, bumpy roads, crosswinds, traffic furniture & gutter grovelling the order of the day. Peter got into the first break of the day and went to a 25 second lead but this was taken back almost immediately. Another break went after 55k and stayed away. Peter was a peloton finish in a tough kermesse with just 70 finishers.

Diksmuide 17 - Peter Livingstone (red jersey) in the early breakaway

Diksmuide 17 - Peter Livingstone (red jersey) in the early breakaway

Diksmuide 17 - 144 starters made for a very busy first corner

Diksmuide 17 - 144 starters made for a very busy first corner

Diksmuide 17 - last years winner (for some reason) received yet more flowers before the start of this years Diksmuide Kermesse in front of a totally disinterested peloton. Peter is in red on right of shot. 

Diksmuide 17 - last years winner (for some reason) received yet more flowers before the start of this years Diksmuide Kermesse in front of a totally disinterested peloton. Peter is in red on right of shot. 

Diksmuide 17 - Bookmakers ran a comprehensive book on the peloton at the Diksmuide Kermesse.

Diksmuide 17 - Bookmakers ran a comprehensive book on the peloton at the Diksmuide Kermesse.

Diksmuide 17 - World War 1 monument in Diksmuide in respect of the fallen

Diksmuide 17 - World War 1 monument in Diksmuide in respect of the fallen

13 July - Gistel Kermesse (West Flanders) - 75 starters @ 45.5 kph - Gistel is the home of Belgian cycling legend Johan Museeuw and is out on the coast near Ostend. It was a heavily urbanised circuit over 118k with numerous corners, speed bumps and road furniture (if you can imagine racing around Lane Cove, Chatswood or Artarmon it'll give you some idea as the pictures indicate). Peter broke away on lap 1 and was joined by the winning break. A mishap on a corner on lap 2 relegated him to the main peloton and that was the way it finished. All in all a great first taste of top class Belgian kermesse racing. Next race is in Diksmuide in West Flanders.

Gistel 17 - Peter (second in line) in the main peloton chasing the breakaway on lap 3. The circuit was highly urbanised and you can't help but be astounded as to where these Belgies actually run a bike race

Gistel 17 - Peter (second in line) in the main peloton chasing the breakaway on lap 3. The circuit was highly urbanised and you can't help but be astounded as to where these Belgies actually run a bike race

Gistel 17 - Peter attacked solo on lap 1, only to be joined by the winning break of the day on the next lap

Gistel 17 - Peter attacked solo on lap 1, only to be joined by the winning break of the day on the next lap

Gistel 17 - Peloton rolls through the start line with Peter (in Flanders red) well to the fore

Gistel 17 - Peloton rolls through the start line with Peter (in Flanders red) well to the fore

Gistel 17 - Peter Livingstone in warm up mode in mild conditions

Gistel 17 - Peter Livingstone in warm up mode in mild conditions

11-12 July - Settled into the Kokerelle B&B (www.kokerelle.be) at the base of the Eikenberg cobbled climb just outside Oudenaarde. A quick visit to Flanders Cycles to collect the new ASFRA team kit & chat with Luc Assez (ASFRA Sports Director) plus a light pedal around Oudenaarde, Kortekeer, Patersberg, Kwaremont, Kluisbergen & finally home past the Koppenberg

Flanders Cycles, ASFRA RACING TEAM & oudenaarde

                 Peter Livingstone at the Kokerelle B & B at Maarke Kerkem near the Eikenberg climb

                 Peter Livingstone at the Kokerelle B & B at Maarke Kerkem near the Eikenberg climb

                                  ASFRA Racing Team is based out of Flanders Cycles in Oudenaarde

                                  ASFRA Racing Team is based out of Flanders Cycles in Oudenaarde

                      Oudenaarde on the Schelde River is an ideal setting for a Flanders racing experience

                      Oudenaarde on the Schelde River is an ideal setting for a Flanders racing experience