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Strong Support From SA Women for 2017 SLCC Race Series

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Eighty Eighty Women ranging in age from 14 - 65+ pinned on a number for the 2017 Skinny Lattes Cycling Club Race Series.  Since the series inception 6 years ago, the interest and support from local riders have steadily built, with this year six race series recording a record number of entries. 

Race Director Lynette Collins explained that club members and master's riders had always gotten behind the series and supported it, "the big difference this year is that we had great support from the Junior Women U15-U17 as well as some of the really top riders from around the state".

Final Results:

A Grade: Rhiannon Hughes 1st, Liz Buckley 2nd, Rebecca Gross 3rd.
B Grade: Nat Morgan 1st, Bron Dolman 2nd, Simone Niejalke 3rd.
C Grade: Rachel Trim 1st, Emma Seeliger 2nd, Rachel Goud 3rd.
D Grade: Sharlene Harding 1st, Alison Kent and Heather Webb 2nd.
Juniors: Hannah Seeliger 1st, Tessa Kohn 2nd and Tia Slama 3rd.



Overall Series Winner: Rhinnan Hughes







Most Improved Rider: Rachel Trim

The Skinny Lattes Cycling Club wish to thank their sponsors and all who have volunteered their time, supporting the development of this series.

Series Final for Lattes 2016 Race Calendar

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Great attacking racing was evident across all grades in the final round of the Skinny Lattes Race Series.
Victoria Park again provided the backdrop for today's racing, however, the weather made it difficult for all, many attacks were thrown, however, Mildura's U15 ace junior, Chelsea Symons, and Elite powerhouse Victoria Veitch, were the two riders who successfully managed to sustain substantial breaks to take their respective wins.

Three grades of Junior Women opened up the morning's program enduring the cool and windy conditions and surprising many a parent with the development they have made over the recent months. Cycling South Australia's new schools program is providing great opportunities for young boys and girls to enter the sport and the inclusion of the Junior Women in the Skinny Lattes Race Series has been a highlight for many of the riders. Club President Felicity Laing believes that "these young women are the future of our sport, having them as part of our series is so important, this is just something we have to keep on doing".
As the junior women rolled off the course the first of the five grades of Senior Women set a brisk tempo. As the development of the women is at the heart of the series, safe and supportive racing opportunities are there for both new riders and first-time racers. Chief Commissaire Kimberley Conte, was quick to point out that "there was very little difference in the lap times between, D, C & B Grades". "This is really exciting as it shows how the newer riders have developed and that what they are lacking is not fitness but confidence."

Planning is underway for the 2017 Series which will kick off on Sunday, March 5th,  in advance of the club's two-day Tour of Murray Bridge on April 22nd & 23rd.



Round 6 U17B  Round 6 U17A


Round 6 D Grade Round 6 C Grade Round 6 B Grade


Round 6 A Grade  Round 6 Elite


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Thanks to all who give so freely of their time to support this event:

David Birks, Susan Mitchell, Kimberley Conte, James Caracoussis, Carmel Barber, Judy Ireland, Lesley Pannowitch, Sharee Faulkner, Belinda Bramley, Felicity Laing & Lynette Collins.


Lattes Shine at Cyclo Cross National Championships

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Wow.... What a couple of big weeks of CX racing... Sunday 14th August, Heather and Sandy competed in the State Cyclocross Championships which were hosted by the Port Adelaide Cycling Club. The event was held at the famous Mulch Hill in Park 17 (near Victoria Park) in finally some sunny conditions. The course was dry and quick with Mulch Hill being on the technical side.

The event catered for all Masters age groups, Elite and U23. Heather Barclay won Gold in the Women's Masters 5 category, Sandy Ladyman picking up Silver in the Women's Masters 4 Category with Merridy Pearce taking up the Gold and Phillipa Read taking Gold for Masters 7.

The following weekend we fronted up again on Saturday 20th August for the National Cyclocross Championships which again were hosted by Port Adelaide Cycling Club along with MTBA. Once again the event was held in the City Parkland of Adelaide at Zombie Park (behind the West Terrace cemetery). After rain on the Friday night, we packed our gumboots as the course was very wet, muddy and slippery and suited the more technical riders.

Heather was back to her best again taking out the National Cyclocross Masters 5 Championship. Unfortunately, Sandy missed the podium and finished in 4th spot after some very strong competition from local and interstate riders. Sandy was still very happy as this was her best CX race she had ever ridden and was right in the mix. Phillipa powered ahead again and took gold for Masters 7.

With sore and stiff bodies, Heather and Sandy fronted up again on Sunday 21st August in Sunny conditions on a fast, flowing course for round 5 of the National Cyclocross Series. There had already been 2 rounds in Brisbane and 2 Rounds in Melbourne so far, but unfortunately, with work commitments they were unable to attend these. It was double gold with Heather making a clean sweep and picking up gold for Masters 5 and Sandy picking up Gold in Masters 4.

Cyclocross is fast becoming a very popular sport and is very local as most races are held in the Adelaide Parklands. If you haven't been to CX race yet, then put it on your bucket list. If any Skinny Lattes would like to give it ago and not sure where to start then have a chat to either Heather or Sandy






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Victoria Park Hosts Women's Criterium

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The Adelaide Parklands played host to Round 5 of the 2016 Skinny Lattes Series for the first of their two criteriums.

With competition across all grades tight, many riders were determined to fight for maximum points, looking to shore up their placings.

By offering five grades, we are thrilled to be able to provide good racing opportunities to all womenSkinny Lattes President Felicity Laing said. The beauty of this series is that we have some riders tackling their first criterium, and learning along the way as well as  the best female riders in the state.  "You were all amazing this morning, just fabulous, I am so proud of everyone's efforts."

Round 6 will see the riders return to Victoria Park on Sunday, September 18th.



Results All Grades

Series Points All Grades

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


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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




Trike Tour

Tandem Road Race








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 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

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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