News Shorts - 6 March

Only in Belgium ... the local Oudenaarde Council puts down smooth bitumen beside the famous Eikenberg cobbled climb in Flanders. A local cyclist was clearly not impressed (and in true Flandrian Classic fashion) begins digging up the fresh bitumen !! ... he preferred the nasty cobbles in the Tour of Flanders and who needs bitumen. The video went viral in Belgium and the Flandrien is now a hero. 

Only in Belgium ... the local Oudenaarde Council puts down smooth bitumen beside the famous Eikenberg cobbled climb in Flanders. A local cyclist was clearly not impressed (and in true Flandrian Classic fashion) begins digging up the fresh bitumen !! ... he preferred the nasty cobbles in the Tour of Flanders and who needs bitumen. The video went viral in Belgium and the Flandrien is now a hero. 

Canterbury CC Reunion - See story below on the recent Canterbury CC Reunion held at Star City. The picture above is Stephen Brooks from the early 1970's in the Canterbury Cycling Club 2 Day Tour held around Thirlmere and Picton. Canterbury CC went on to become the Bankstown Sports Cycling Club based at the Dunc Gray Velodrome. Yes ... Steve had the whole Michael Hutchence Hair Thing happening plus the very retro arm warmers ... 

Canterbury CC Reunion - See story below on the recent Canterbury CC Reunion held at Star City. The picture above is Stephen Brooks from the early 1970's in the Canterbury Cycling Club 2 Day Tour held around Thirlmere and Picton. Canterbury CC went on to become the Bankstown Sports Cycling Club based at the Dunc Gray Velodrome. Yes ... Steve had the whole Michael Hutchence Hair Thing happening plus the very retro arm warmers ... 

BICISPORT MEMBER NEWS

Wagga (Tolland) Weekend over 4-5 March - Conor Tarlington (BiciSport) had his first taste of the traditional "gutter grovelling" NSW country handicap around the windswept Wagga countryside. Riding off Bunch 3 on the Saturday Conor rode well & was caught by the "Scratchies" in the final 40k and was blasted off in the crosswinds. The Sunday event was marred by a crash (not involving Conor) and he was a DNF.

Newcrest Orange Challenge on 5 March - Brett Tarlington rode the Orange based cyclosportive event on closed (and somewhat bumpy) roads.  

RACING THIS WEEK

*  Mar 8-11 - National Masters Track Championships (DGV). Several BiciSport Masters are in the medal hunt this week at DGV.

*  Mar 9 - Oceania Road Championships (Canberra)

*  Mar 11 - The Odd Spoke Road Race (Eastern Creek Raceway)

*  Mar 11-12 - Bendigo Madison (Vic)

*  Mar 12 - Falls Creek Cyclo Sportive (Vic), Bike Bug Roseberry Urban Randonnee (Sydney), Eastern Creek (Waratah Masters), Ourimbah Criteriums (Central Coast)

BICISPORT TRAINING THIS WEEK

Mar 6 - DGV Track Training with John Crouchley @ 3pm

Mar 9 - Distinguished Gentlemens Ride (Mar 9 is cancelled due to the National Masters Track Championships)

Mar 11 - Meadowbank Bridge @ 7.30am, Piemonte Café (coffee only) @ 9.30am

Mar 12 - Homebush (Parramatta River Ferry Wharf) @ 7am

GEOFF SCOTT RETRO BIKE SHOW

Held in Canberra over March 3&4 it was a great exhibition of some high quality retro Classic bikes   

John Crouchley (BiciSport) with Geoff Scott & the Martin Vinnicombe Championship winning track bike. John Crouchley was the coach of Martin Vinnicombe. 

John Crouchley (BiciSport) with Geoff Scott & the Martin Vinnicombe Championship winning track bike. John Crouchley was the coach of Martin Vinnicombe

Geoff Scott with a range of Eddy Merckx classics

Geoff Scott with a range of Eddy Merckx classics

Geoff Scott produced a delightful adaption of a Championship track bike

Geoff Scott produced a delightful adaption of a Championship track bike

A Geoff Scott tribute production of a 1968 Eddy Merckx "Faema". The bike has the classic red Faema logos, matching red downshift gear levers and a complete Campagnolo groupset

A Geoff Scott tribute production of a 1968 Eddy Merckx "Faema". The bike has the classic red Faema logos, matching red downshift gear levers and a complete Campagnolo groupset

CANTERBURY CYCLING CLUB REUNION

Canterbury CC was a prominent cycling club in the 1960's and 1970's that eventually transformed into the Bankstown Sports Cycling Club based at the Dunc Gray Velodrome.  John Marsden kindly got the old crew together that included many notable champions of years gone by including Bob Clarke (now with the Waratah Masters), Bob Hines, Trevor Masterson, Stephen Brooks, Stephen Dixon (BiciSport & Liverpool Goulburn Classic winner) & Alan Lovell.  

Canterbury CC Reunion at The Star City Casino

Canterbury CC Reunion at The Star City Casino

Canterbury CC Reunion - Moree Velodrome in the late 1960's with Mike O'Reilly pushing off Stephen Brooks in the handicap Wheelrace. The Moree Velodrome was in poor condition even then (note the decaying velodrome walls held together with chicken wire). 

Canterbury CC Reunion - Moree Velodrome in the late 1960's with Mike O'Reilly pushing off Stephen Brooks in the handicap Wheelrace. The Moree Velodrome was in poor condition even then (note the decaying velodrome walls held together with chicken wire). 

Canterbury CC Reunion - If the Moree Velodrome was in poor condition then its in worse shape now. This picture was taken some 6 weeks ago showing the velodrome banking.

Canterbury CC Reunion - If the Moree Velodrome was in poor condition then its in worse shape now. This picture was taken some 6 weeks ago showing the velodrome banking.