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Strong Winds Did Not Prevail, SA's Women Owned The Roads.

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Whilst gale force winds and heavy rain battered much of Adelaide on Saturday night, Sunday morning saw a determined sun peeking through the clouds at Finniss as the riders were signing on. By the 9am start time the wind had dropped down a notch or two, with BOM reporting 30-35km, temperature 10C, and no rain.


Multiple grades were run to accommodate the diversity of the riders, which included U15 through to senior Masters. Junior Women U15/U17B raced an out and back course on the Finniss Milang road, whilst U17A raced one loop of the (41km) senior course. Grades B, C & D grouped together for a mass start 1 lap circuit and the Elite/A Grade lined up for a mass start with both grades scheduled for 2 laps (82km).
Despite the windy conditions, the out and back short course saw U15 rider Tia Slama owning the road, with Mia Brown finishing strongly behind her, with U17B rider Heather May rounding out the group.
Junior U17A rider Olivia Wheeler dominated her race from the very beginning, with Staci McCudden and Hannah Seeliger quickly realising they needed to work together to minimise the damage that Wheeler had done,Olivia Wheeler 1st, Hannah Seeliger 2nd, Staci McCuddden 3rd.
A sense of cooperation was present in B, C & D Grades as they held their race together for the initial km's until the high speeds achieved with the tail wind on the run into Clayton started to pop riders off the back.
A solid alliance was formed between some B & C Grade riders with B Grade coming down to a tight sprint finish, Tracy Johnson 1st, Vicki-Lynne Birks 2nd, Emma Seeliger 3rd.
C Grade winner Sharee Faulkner came in closely behind this trio who had broken away from Christine Meijborg 2nd, with Jane-Marie Evans rounding out 3rd.
The first-year racer Simone Niejalke used the opportunity afforded by the mass start format, of racing up, with the other grades and successfully remained with the leading B Grade riders. Niejalke 1st, Sarah Marling hot on her heels was 2nd, with Helen Luu rounding out 3rd.
Elite/A split quickly with two A grade and three Elite forming the lead group, a further group of six then single/pairs of riders formed. Chief Commissaire Susan Mitchell had briefed the riders on the start line that due to the conditions if time gaps were too great riders would be pulled after 1 lap or the race could be shortened. Because of this, the decision was made to cut A Grade to 1 lap, all riders were advised on the road by Mitchell prior to Milang.
Coming into the completion of lap 1 the front Elite women sat back to give Brianna Hargrave and Rhiannon Hughes, the leading A Grade riders, a clear road on the downhill run into the finishing line. Both women had been riding strongly with Hargraves experience as a track sprinter coming through to give her the win.
The remaining three Elite women Jenny McPherson, Victoria Veitch and Michelle Devine buried themselves even further on the 2nd lap with speeds ever increasing. The trio shared the workload, taking every chance to hide and recover when not on the front. In the closing km Devine tried to shake the other two however McPherson and Veitch were quickly back on her wheel. Only fractions of a second split the trio as they crossed the finish line McPherson 1st, Veitch 2nd, Devine 3rd.

 

Huge Thanks to who gave of their time today to ensure safe, fun and competitive racing for all.
Susan Mitchel Chief Commissaire, David Birks, Graeme Zucker, Rob Faulkner, John Kelly, Michael Wheeler,  Dave Slama, Scott McCudden, Davin Harding, Chris May, Catronia Good, Nat Johnstone, Bruce Wilson, Judi Irland, Dani Schmidt, Allison Cranwell, Carol Morgan, Lynette Collins, photos James Caracoussis, medical Geoff Mitchel & Denis Crispe

 Dani volunteering Alli marshalling

Shout out to the Finniss General Store, for providing a great warm base for the riders, food and coffee a real treat!

Elite Placegetters A Grade Placegetters

Elite Placegetters                                                                            A Grade Placegetters

 

B Grade Placegetters C Grade Placegetters

B Grade Placegetters                                                             C Grade Placegetters

D Grade Place Getters                    CSA Leader

D Grade Placegetters                                                                 CSA Women's Winter Series Leader 

 

 U17A  U15 U17B

 U17 A Placegetters                                                                     U15 & U17B Placegetters

 

B Grade winner  Olivia Wheeler TTing it

 

July 2016 Start Line RR  Rolling Out

 

Elite A into Wind

PB's Smashed As The Women Take To The Hills

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After a week of stormy weather, the clearing conditions on Saturday was enough to dry out the roads and provide a near  perfect winter racing environment, calm, cool crisp morning with a watery sun peaking through for Round 3 of the Skinny Lattes 2016 Series, the Hill Climb up Mt Lofty.


Whilst riders were competing in grades, for many the opportunity to "race" up their regular training route from the Dog Kennels to the Bollards was all about setting a Personal Best time. The competition was tight across all grades with many of the climbers grabbing the converted extra series placing points, knowing that the remaining three events may not suit them as much.
With one road race and two criteriums left in the series, the sprinters are eyeing up the points table and calculating who they will have to mark for the remaining races.
Just under 70 riders registered for the event, a handful failed to make the start line, with winter colds and flu taking its toll. Riders from the Para Tandem Project, Junior Women U15-17, Elite and Masters loved the opportunity to race so close to home. And found that there were no issues in sharing the up track with the regular Sunday morning riders.
Club President Felicity Laing commented that "many of the blokes were surprised that they were being passed by so many women of all ages". They all wanted to know what was going on!

 

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Huge "Shout Out" to all who volunteered in the running of the event:
Susan Mitchell, David Birks, Rob Faulkner, Graeme Zucker, John Kelly, Carmel Barber, Felicity Laing, Judy Ireland, Paul Trim, James Caracoussis, Chris May & Lynette Collins

 

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Photos by: James Caracoussis

Tough Course For Riders In the Adelaide Hills

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"We asked for challenging courses, longer distances, and a summit finish and that was what we got today", said Victoria Veitch in her address to riders and officials after winning the Elite Grade of the Skinny Lattes Graded Road Races today at Gumeracha.

Veitch who regularly races interstate with her team loved the hilly nature of the course and hoped that others had enjoyed it as much as she did. "You can blame me for today's course, it turns out," said Veitch "I suggested that we needed a course like this with a summit finish for women and the Lattes certainly gave it to us".


There was also a sensational turnout of the junior woman with two strong grades for U15 & U17 as well as a development grade for newer riders. Cycling SA State Junior Handicapper John Kelly was grinning from ear to ear, "what a fantastic field, these young women rode so well, they just kept on attacking and trying to keep the pace up" said Kelly in his presentation. National U15 Champion Chelsea Symons made the trip down from Mildura and showed just why she has been cleaning up interstate recently, including the National Hill Climb and the recent Tour of Ararat.

Despite the hilly nature of the course, some grades came down to a battle for line honours with U17 riders Oliva Wheeler & Charlotte Derbyshire going head to head up the final climbs. Wheeler used her experience to jump at the right moment to take the win from Derbyshire.


"Women's club racing has come a long way in five years, today we had seventy women on the start list, nine grades including three grades for junior women, five grades for women and a grade for the vision impaired tandem project. I saw each and every one of you as you rode past me, you were amazing" said Skinny Lattes President Felicity Laing. Felicity explained that the club is committed to providing safe, fun and challenging courses that provide opportunities for all women which is why the series includes a flat road time trial, hill climb, and two road races one flat and fast for the sprinters, one hilly for those that love climbing as well as two criteriums.

Stay tuned for our next event June 12th a Hill Climb to the Bollards, entries opening shortly.

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Shout out to all the officials and volunteers who made this day possible.

Kimberley Conte Chief Commissaire
David Birks Time Keep & Line Judge
Walt Conte
Graeme Zucker
Susan Mitchel
Rob Faulkner
John Murray
John Kelly
Michael Wheeler

Graham Heneker
Sue Sumsion
Nat Johnstone
Catronia & Russell Good
Dani & Stan Schmidt
Carrol Morgan
Lynette Collins
Felicity Laing

 

Great Racing Over Relaxed Weekend By The Murray

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Seventy women pitted themselves against the courses and conditions over the weekend when they contested the Skinny Lattes Cycling Club annual Murray Bridge Tour.  

The graded racing provided fun and competitive competition for novice riders right through to the top of SA elite female athletes.

Chief Commissaire Kimberley Conte praised the spirit in which all grades raced and the opportunities they took to try tactics out.  "This is a great event for these riders, to continue to learn and develop their skills as racers". 

The Usher Road time trial, whilst short had enough punch in the climbs to put the sting in the legs of all riders.  Cyclo Cross specialist Nat Redmond, confessed that she is not a time trialist but was pleased that she had "not gone too hard on the way out" but saved enough in the legs to really push it home.  "You know if you are hitting 60+km coming home that you were doing it tough on the way out".  Nat's efforts were enough to secure her 4th spot in the Elite Grade with an average time of 35.9km.

The banks of the Murray River provided the backdrop for stage 2 as all grades took to the closed road circuit at Sturt Reserve.  The casual nature of the weekend saw all riders relaxing at the reserve whilst they cheered the other grades on.  It's fantastic when you have such a great crowd supporting women's racing, commented one of the parents.

The sweeping 1.3km criterium circuit provided the perfect course for hard and fast racing from all of the grades.  

Sunday morning brought clear but windy conditions to the exposed road race circuit which had the women battling into a cross head wind for a third of the race.  Attacks came thick and fast across the grades with the endurance riders knowing they had to use the undulating nature of the back half of the circuit to dislodge the sprinters.  Despite repeated attempts to break the groups up, some grades came down to sprint finishes.

 Club President, Felicity Laing empathised to the riders that events like this could not take place without strong support from the local council.  "The support of the Rural City of Murray Bridge has enabled us to put on this event.  We are so appreciative of their support and look forward to bringing more people into the community next year".

Paralympians Carol Cooke and Kieran Modra both used the tour as part of their preparation for upcoming international competition.  

SLCC would like to thank all volunteers and officials who gave so freely of their time as well as event supporters, Cyclist Closet, Avanti Plus, Peral Izumi & CIBO Hutt Street.

Rider Race Reports:

Jo Easson

Jane-Marie Evans

Meriel Custance 

USG Racing Team

 

RESULTS:

AWD

Trike Tour

Tandem Road Race

 

ELITE

A GRADE

B GRADE

C GRADE

D GRADE

JUNIOR A

Junior B

TIME TRIAL ONLY

 Check out first photos from the tour

 

 

2016 Murray Bridge Tour Stage 1

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Over 70 riders will be basing themselves in the Rural City of Murray Bridge this weekend for the Skinny Lattes Cycling Club's Annual Tour.

 

 

Murray Bridge Tour
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR ALL RIDERS

Stage 1 Time Trial
• All riders must sign on before each stage.
• Sign On is at Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge - Opens 7:30am, please bring your current Cycling Australia Licence.
• Approx. 7kms to the TT course at Usher Road, riders can either ride out as part of their warm up or there is limited parking near the start.
• First rider off at 9:00am, 1 minute intervals between riders.
• Race order will be 9am Elite Grade followed by A, B, C, Trike, D Time Trial Only Junior A (U17) Junior B U15
• CA regs apply in relation to drafting (no drafting of other riders), Open Roads, Centreline rule in effect (No crossing the centre line at any stage during the race).
• "Riders must comply with 'CSA Red Light' policy No 0015. e.g. red light on seat post or right seat stay only.'
• The course is quiet, out and back track, with staff at turn around area.
• Public toilets at Sturt Reserve and Cawte Arg & Lime cnr Usher & Brinkley Roads.

Sign on & Points of Interest Locations

 

 

Janine's Star Shone Brightly At Masters Tack Nationals

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2016 track nationals Janine 1st Meriel 2nd

Skinny Lattes members, friends, and training buddies Janine McKinnon & Meriel Custance formed part of the SA squad competing at Cycling Australia Masters Track National Championships in Melbourne this week.

Whilst friends off the track the two Cat 7 riders show no mercy to each other once on the start line.

Janine  started the week long competition strongly by taking out Gold in the 500m Time Trial, with Meriel securing the Bronze.  Janine followed this with a dominating performance in the Sprint and Scratch Races taking Gold in both.  These results were backed up with Silver Medals in the Individual Pursuit and the Cat 4,5,6 & 7 Kerain.  Janine was shocked by her results " OMG, I can not believe I have just done this, I have just beat a multiple world record holder, unbelievable".

Meriel's competition had its rocky moments with a mechanical in the Individual Pursuit but she rounded out the competition with a hard fought Silver in the Scratch Race.

 

 

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2016 Series Opens With Hot Times & Big Numbers

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Mt Crawford Forest provided the perfect back drop for 49 women who pitched themselves against the clock in a Road Time Trial on Sunday.

The opening event for the Skinny Lattes Cycling Club 2016 Series, was a perfect mix of elite athletes, passionate bike riders and newcomers.

With the temperature high & little wind many riders were thrilled with the times they set, from winner of the Elite Grade Leanne Davies who clocked an average speed of 40.6km through to first time entrant Jane Bode who exceeded the personal goal she had set down for herself. Leanne used Sunday's race as her finale preparation before heading across to Perth on Tuesday for the qualifying round of the UCI Master World Time Trial Championships. Leanne will be joined by training buddy Meriel Custance 2nd place getter in A Grade.


John Kelly, father of one of the junior women said, "this is such a great event, there was everything from full on aero equipment, to conventional road bikes to a flat bar bike, didn't matter what you were riding everyone was just having fun." Competition was tight across the junior women with only 1000 of a second separating 2nd & 3rd place getters.

With an increasing number of women enjoying the freedom of cycling, there are more everyday women realising that club racing events such as the ones the Lattes put on are great ways for them to set personal goals and challenge themselves in a safe and supportive environment.

Race Director Lynette Collins is keen to see the series provide valuable competition to all grades and this year is working with the race officials to design courses which will stretch the Elite Women over much longer distances, whilst still providing fun and enjoyable courses for those who are either new to cycling or struggling to find the time to clock up the kms on the bike.

Next event for the club is a three stage race over two days at Murray Bridge April 9th & 10th. Entries open online now. Enter Murray Bridge Tour Here

 

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Elite Leanne Davies 1st, Victoria Veitch 2nd, Chelsea Parbs 3rd.
A Grade Philippa Read 1st, Meriel Custance 2nd, Michele Bloffwitch 3rd.
B Grade Vicki-Lynne Birks 1st, Margaret Boylan 2nd, Tracy Milo Johnson 3rd.
C Grade Jane-Marie Evans 1st, Christine Meijborg 2nd, Felicity Laing 3rd.
D Grade Megan Phelps 1st, Sandra Turner 2nd, Nicole Turtur 3rd.
Junior Women Jessica Tierney 1st, Kiana Baynes 2nd, Ruby Hickman 3rd.

2016 SLCC Rd1 Elite Winners  2016 Series A Grade Winners

Elite Place Place Getters.                                                  A Grade Place Getters

 

2016 Series Rd 1 B Grade Winners  2016 Series Rd 1 C Grade Winners

B Grade Place Getters                                                          C Grade Place Getters

 

2016 Series Rd 1 D Grade Winners  2016 Series Rd 1 Junior 1 3

D Grade Place Getters                                                     Junior Place Getters

2016 TT Flecity    2016 TT Junior Girls    2016 TT Leanne Davies

 2016 TT Rachel Trim  2016 TT Stacey Quinn  2016 TT Pip

 

 

2016 SLCC Series - Round 1 Road Time Trial

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SUNDAY TT -  PLEASED NOTE CHANGE OF START TIME DUE TO WARM WEATHER!
Please Note That Start Time Is Now 8:30 am.

  • Sign on from 7:30-8:00 am at the Williamstown RSL Hall - Memorial Drive Williamstown (behind the Hotel)
  • Start Line is located opposite the Warren Reservoir, Warren Road (Williamstown to Birdwood Road) 20 mins casual ride from the hall
  • Parking is available opposite the start line for those who wish to drive out
  • Presentations and morning tea will be held back at the hall at the conclusion of racing all riders are invited to attend

Pre Race Coffees: Bar 41 by the post office will open from 7am & the Williamstown Bakery Baker Street will be open from 7:30 am.

2016 SLCC Series Entries Now Open

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2015 Overall series winner and most improved rider of series

                             2015 Overall winner Michelle Shepherd & Most Improved Rider of the Series Sandra Ladyman

 

The 2016 series will consist of six rounds (events) encompassing the different disciplines of road racing including a Time Trial, Handicap Road Race, Hill Climb, Graded Scratch Race and two Criteriums at Victoria Park. The series has been designed to give new women the chance to learn and practice the different styles of events in a safe supportive environment whilst still providing good racing opportunities for experienced racers.

Two of the six rounds (1 & 3) are open to recreational ride members of Cycling Australia whilst a Race membership is required to compete in the entire series.

THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO GIVE RACING A GO, SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

  • PREPAY AND COMMIT TO THE SERIES, GREAT WAY TO SAVE!
  • Round 1 March 6th Time Trial Warren Road Williamstown TT Course Map
  • Sunday TT - Change of start time due to warm weather!
    Please Note That Start Time Is Now 8:30 am.

    Sign on from 7:30-8:00 am at the Williamstown RSL Hall - Memorial Drive Williamstown (behind the Hotel)
    Start Line is located opposite the Warren Reservoir, Warren Road (Williamstown to Birdwood Road) 20 mins casual ride from the hall
    Parking is available opposite the start line for those who wish to drive out
    Presentations and morning tea will be held back at the hall at the conclusion of racing all riders are invited to attend

Round 2 May 15th Road Race, Elite/A Grade 78 Kms, B & C Grade 40kms, D Grade 24 kms

Round 3  June 12th Hill Climb - Dog Kennell to the Bollards

Round 4 July 10th Road Race TBC

Round 5 August 7th Criterium Victoria Park Adelaide

Round 6 September 18th  Criterium Victoria Park Adelaide

 

Meriel World Masters Champion Points Race

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Meriel Custance has had a surreal 2 weeks in Manchester at the UCI World Masters Track Championships.

Meriel clocked up 2 X PBs, 2 X 4ths, a bronze medal and rainbow jersey, no mean feat at all let alone for someone who less than 5 years ago had not been on a bike since her childhood days.


"Massive thanks to the Skinny Lattes Women's Cycling Club. I would never have tried track without their initiatives."
Thank you to Legend coach, John Murray: we got 4th in the event I was targeting - but wow! Other stuff happened!
Privileged to have been with Bec, Catt, Renee, Jessica, Deborah, Lynne, Mel, Adelia. Thank you for a fantastic week!

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