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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!


The Barossa Ranges provided backdrop for final round of the Women's Series

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12th September 2015

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Overall Fastest Time Leanne Davies

Round 6 of the Skinny Lattes Cycling Club's Series saw local riders take the opportunity to pitch themselves on the testing course which the Australian Masters Games will be using next month for the Individual Road Time Trial.

Mount Pleasant in the Barossa Ranges hosted the final event in this series and whilst riders may not have had the time to enjoy the views, they were inspired with Norwood Cycling Club member Leanne Davies setting a blistering time on the undulating course of 0:27:01 with an average speed of 38.51864 kms. This secured Leanne both 1st place in A Grade and the fastest overall time of the day.

Whilst for many of the riders this was an important part of their preparation for the AMG, for some it was their first time entering a cycling event. Three recent graduates of the Cycling Australia She Rides programme, Sandra Turner, Danielle Schmidt and Carmel Barber all lined up excited about their progress as cyclists and thrilled with the supportive nature of the event and the encouragement they received from fellow riders.  

As well as providing opportunities for riders to develop their fitness, skills and confidence, this series also provides club volunteers and officals with valuable opportunities to develop in these roles.


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Riders and Officals at Mt Pleasant Showgrounds

Full Results & Times All Grades


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Women's Series Round 5 Results

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DSC 0198Christina Teniswood used repeated uphill attacks on Sunday's Mass Start Graded Road Race to put pressure on the 26 women who competed in Round 5 of the Skinny Lattes Cycling Club Women's Series. On the climb out of Williamstown, up the Warren Hill she finally snapped the band, as she escaped up the road to eventually take out the A Grade win.
A strong field of riders were represented across all 4 senior grades (A-D), many of the women were looking to use this race as a vital part of their preparation for the upcoming Australian Masters Games.
Skinny Lattes Cycling Club President Felicity Laing, explained that having the AMG back in SA gave local riders an advantage of being able to ride and race on the courses. This years AMG has seen the road cycling events move from their traditional location on The Range courses near McLaren Vale to the equally testing 47km loop around the Barossa Ranges, which runs from Mount Pleasant, Springton to Mt Pleasant.
A Grade:
After a 3-4km race neutral lead out the A Grade women lifted the pace and coming into the first and perhaps the steepest climb out of Springton a number of B & C Grade riders were still in the mix. However Teniswood's decisive attack up the hill saw her not only establish a sizable lead but shatter the bunch. An organised chase by the women saw Teniswood lead bought back and on the downhill run into Williamstown A Grade were again together. Teniswood used the long climb up the Warren Hill to again challenge her grade and this attack finally saw Chelsea Parbs, and Rhiannon Hughes, work together to bridge across to Teniswood. However Teniswood again attacked and soloed the remaining run home into the finish line near Mount Pleasant. Parbs used her strength to fend off a final challenge from Hughes to cross the line in second place.

B & C Grade:
On the back of Teniswood's attack out of Springton a small group of C Grade riders lead by first time racer Natalie Morgan, stayed with the experienced B Grade field. Heather Barclay aware of the strengths of fellow riders tried to split the group up, but strong chases resulted in the group repeatedly coming back together. With the riders lined up for the downhill sprint finish valuable series points were up for grabs and Sandra Ladyman capitalised on her sprint to take out the B Grade win and Natalie Morgan not only took out C Grade but the bunch sprint.
D Grade:
Sunday saw not only seasoned riders Michelle Shepherd, and Sandy Brunner lined up in D Grade but welcomed a diverse group of first time racers to the start line. Again the Springton climb put the group under enough pressure and forced a split with Shepherd, Brunner and Alisha Thompson sneaking away. Shepherd took the D Grade win followed by first time racer Thompson, closely followed by Brunner.

• A - D Grade Results Women's Series Rd 5 Mass Start Graded Road Race

• 2015 Series Points A Grade
• 2015 Series Points B Grade
• 2015 Series Points C Grade
• 2015 Series Points D Grade
• 2015 Series Points Junior Women

Women's Series Round 4 Results.

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Saturday morning saw one of the biggest fields in recent times of local Junior Women at Round 4 of the Skinny Lattes Cycling Club Women's Challenge Series. The Adelaide City Council Criterium Track at Victoria Park provided the perfect location for the riders, and racing conditions were perfect. The Junior Women's field was a blend of both seasoned riders who were combined with new riders from the SASI Talent ID programme.

Round 4 was the 2nd and last of the Criterium in this series and riders across all grades were able to learn from the previous round three weeks ago and put into practice valuable lessons learned. With two rounds in the series left and points across many grades close, all riders were looking to gain valuable points.  Leading the Series overall on 37 points is D Grade Rider Michelle Shephard, followed by B Grade leader Heather Barclay 32 points and A Grade's Madeleine Steele 31 points.  Two races remain in the series a Road Race followed by an Individual Time Trial.

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 Left to Right: 2nd Natalie Redmond, 1st Madeleine Steele, 3rd Stacy Riedel

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 Left to Right: 3rd Sandy Ladyman, 1st Heather Barclay, 2nd Tash Davies.


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Left to Right: Belinda Bramley SLCC Secretary, 1st Rachel Trim, Kimberley Conte Commissaire.

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 Left to Right: 2nd Rachel Goud, 1st Michelle Shephard, 3rd Margaret Warner.

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Skinny Lattes Awarded Senior Sports Club Of The Year

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Active Ambassador Sports Awards 2015

As part of the City of Adelaide's 175th Anniversary celebrations, 2015 will see the inaugural Active Ambassador Sports Awards. The Awards recognise and celebrate people who have encouraged, inspired and enabled people in the City of Adelaide to get involved in sport and those with inspiring sporting success.

The Active Ambassador Sports Awards took place on Friday 29 May 2015 at North Adelaide Golf Course with our ten category winners were announced and awarded on the night.

Rebel Sports Rundle Mall, kindly sponsored the Senior and Junior Club of the Year Awards providing $250 in sports vouchers to the winners. Over $600 worth of door prizes provided by Adelaide Aquatic Centre, North Adelaide Golf Course, City Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic and Rebel Sports Rundle Mall were also given away on the night!

Winners of the Coach, Official and Volunteer of the Year Awards will be entered into the relevant category for the 2015 Sport SA Awards.


Senior Club of the Year - Sponsored by Rebel Sport Rundle Mall and presented by Michael Sheeky, Store Manager
For a sports club that has demonstrated commitment and passion to sport through the activities and opportunities they provide for their members.



Since its inception 13 years ago the Skinny Lattes Cycling Club has been supporting and mentoring women to gain confidence and skills both on and off the bike. The club now has over 80 members with 50% of them competing in cycling events at club, state, national and international level. Part of the clubs development has been the Women's Series which is an annual series providing safe, supportive opportunities for women to experience competition in a non-threatening environment. The series runs throughout the year with events being held at Victoria Park, and country environments.

Highly Commended in this category - ADELAIDE TRIATHLON CLUB -


Mt Torrens Loop Provided Testing Course

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Perfect weather for winter road racing, welcomed entrants in the Skinny Lattes Women's Cycling Club's Road Race on Sunday when they tackled the challenging 10km loop course around Mt Torrens and Springhead Road.

Club President Felicity Laing explained that the aim of the series was to provide quality club level racing for women and junior girls of all levels of ability and that the club was committed to providing multiple grades which accommodated this. These events should be challenging, fun and social said Laing and part of the strategy to deliver this has been to incorporate the "mass start" format to their graded road racing which allowed riders to work together even if in different grades. "We want to provide as many opportunities as we can for riders to improve their fitness and skills whilst testing themselves in a friendly and safe environment."
The enthusiastic group of women ranged in age from 13 to 59 yrs, and were competing in grades based on ability, with distances varying on the grades. Whilst on paper the 10 km loop course should not have posed too many problems, the continuous climbing over repeated laps took its toll and provided the ideal opportunity for the hill climbers to come to the fore.

A Grade (5 laps) provided an unexpected victory to track sprinter Madeline Steele after the hot favourite Christina Teniswood punctured mid-way through the race. Steele and masters powerhouse Janine Mckinnon, seized the opportunity to grasp as big a lead as they could on Teniswood. Teniswood was seen stomping around the course trying to regain the lost ground but Steele and Mckinnon's combined efforts prevented this. The hill top finish saw Steele and Mckinnon battling it out with Steele's experience giving her the edge over Mckinnon.

B Grade (4 laps) riders made the most of the opportunity to work and stay with the A Grade women through the opening laps, however once the pressure of the climbs came on, a spilt occurred with only Tash Davies and Sandra Ladyman surviving the selection. Davies and Ladyman took it right up to the line with a determined effort by both riders on the final climb to see Davies take the win from Ladyman, with Margaret Boylan coming in for 3rd.

C Grade (4 laps) saw first time racer but experienced triathlete Maya Brookes take the win as she broke away from her group to take a solo victory over Tracy Johnson 2nd, who is in final preparation for the Police and Fireman's World Games in the USA in June from Christine Meijborg 3rd.

D Grade (3 laps) again saw the toll of the climbing result in a solo victory to Michelle Shepherd 1st from Racheal Goud 2nd. Both Shepherd and Goud have used the Cycling South Australia 3 race permit for new members to test the waters of competition and have taken the opportunity to experience different styles of racing.

Junior Grade (2 laps) again provided the opportunity for newcomers to experience social competition in a supportive environment with champion Master Rider, Vicki Birks acting as on road mentor to Chelsea Symonds who had made the trip down from Mildura and first time racer Shelby Johnson. Both girls had the benefit of Birks experience providing valuable tips and advice during the neutral first lap, then Symonds experience saw her take the lead on the final lap and the win.

Thank you to the volunteers who supported this event: Robert Faulkner (cheif commissaire), David Birks (timing results), Sharee Faulkner, Lesley Snell, Russell Johnstone, Belinda Bramley, Vicki Birks, Lynette Collins and Dennis Crisp (medical).


A Grade - Madeleine Steele 1st, Janine Mckinnon 2nd, Christina Teniswood 3rd.

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B Grade - Tash Davies 1st, Sandra Ladyman 2nd, Margaret Boylan 3rd.

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C Grade - Maya Brookes 1st, Tracy Johnson 2nd, Christine Meijborg 3rd.

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D Grade - Michelle Shepherd 1st, Rachael Goud 2nd.

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Missing from photo Michelle Shepherd 

Junior Grade - Chelsea Symonds 1st, Shelby Johnson 2nd.

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Race Details for Round 2 Sunday 24th May

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Huge thank you to everyone supporting Round 2 of the Skinny Lattes Cycling Club Women's Series. Weather forecast is looking perfect, chilly but fine!

Sign On has shifted Please note all sign on will be at "Albie" at the start finish line on Springhead Road Mt Torrens. (come into the main street of Mt Torrens by the hotel and then head up Springhead Road it will be very easy to spot)
Entry Fees to be payable on the day $20.00 senior, $15.00 junior correct money please.
Toilets are located at Mount Torrens Centenary Park, Oval Rd Mount Torrens, SA 5244
Start Time This is a mass start event with all grades off at 9 am.
CSA Rear Light Policy is now is place and all riders must have a static working rear light fitted to their bike.
Any questions please email the race director on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Good Luck to all!

2015 Women's Series Kicks off with Closely Contested Road Race

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April 12th Angle Vale SA.

Photos: Geraint Davies

Lined Up Working

The opening round of the Skinny Lattes Series kicked off with a closely contested road race on Sunday.
After an early morning start volunteering at Cycling Australia's International UCI Para Cycling Road Race, many of the Skinny Lattes quickly switched gear to compete along the same course as the international teams had done earlier in the day. Two laps of the flat course through the market garden area of Angle Vale, saw great teamwork within each of the handicap groups as they fought to either catch or stay away from those chasing.

The tight group of novice racers off limit quickly showed great maturity and organised themselves, working to maintain their lead until the last 5kms. With on road officials speculating that their fast early pace might have been enough to get them over the line.  Post race comments reflected the fantastic organisation that all of the groupings showed in their efforts to win. Great organisation by Leanne Davies off scratch (solo) and an experienced group off chopping block were not about to let this happen though as they reeled in the front markers.  

With all groups coming together in the dying kms it was set up for a sprint finish with riders from all of the groupings represented at the end.  Madeleine Steele showing her strength in judging the sprint to perfection, taking 1st place, Leanne Davies 2nd, Heather Barclay 3rd.

Placing were awarded to 10th Full Results:
A Madeleine Steele PACC 1:04:20.00 1st
A Leanne Davies NCC 1:03:35.00 2nd
B Heather Barclay SLCC 1:06:05.00 3rd
JNR Emma Seeliger 1:08:50.00 4th
B Sandra Ladyman SLCC 1:06:05.00 5th
B Tash Davies SLCC 1:06:05.00 6th
C Nicola Edwards SLCC 1:08:50.00 7th
A Meriel Custance SLCC 1:04:20.00 8th
A Chelsea Parbs SLCC 1:05:16.00 9th
C Tracy Johnson SPCC 1:09:46.00 10th

Tash   Heat is on

B Grade  C Grade tight


Golden Moments for Gwen!

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In March 2014, both Don and I had intended to go to Naracoorte and compete in the Masters Games. When competition time arrived I was nowhere near fit enough to compete so I happily cheered for Don instead.
There was a bit of "buzz" going around at Naracoorte about Clare Masters Games and how good the Maryborough Championships would be so I thought I would target Clare Masters Games in March and Maryborough (Easter) as my goals for 2015. In the meantime I could probably develop a bit of speed by going to the "Women on Track" sessions but John Murray and the girls at track had other ideas and convinced me to go a step further and compete in the State Track Championships. I continued training with my fantastic support team of John Murray and women on track, women from Victor Harbor and encouragement from Vicki and David Birks (and of course Don).
In March 2015 Don and I traveled to Clare Masters Games in our old camper van and had an exciting time there with Don winning two gold medals and I managed to win three silver. We rushed home from Clare, unpacked and re-packed and arrived in Maryborough on Thursday morning. The 45km road race was the next day (Easter Friday) at 12.30 pm. This wasn't very good preparation as we'd had very little time get our bearings and when the race started we cycled off into the great unknown! The fact that we'd been sitting in the car for a couple of days didn't help either. There were three age groups in my race and the start was like the "Charge of the Light Brigade". I was dropped very early but managed to keep my nerve and make up some time on the climbs. I eventually caught Lynne McGregor who was in my age group, and from then on we fought neck and neck. At the finish Lynne just managed to sneak over the line a tyre width in front of me winning the gold medal and enabling her to wear the beautiful blue winner's sash.
Now I'm no beauty queen so I knew that the only way I would wear a sash like that was to win a bike race. I am delighted that three of those sashes are now in my possession; a pink one (Time Trial) a terracotta one (Sprint) and a purple one (Criterium).
This Championship which has now been running for about eighteen years, has a friendly atmosphere and the events are well organised. It was also great to see so many women competing.
Many thanks to the officials, volunteers, marshals and photographers who generously gave their time over Easter to organise this event.