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Murray Bridge Tour Combines Hot Competition With Comradery

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 Over 75 riders flocked to Murray Bridge on the long weekend for the Murray Bridge Tour hosted by the Skinny Lattes Cycling Club.  This is the second year the club has hosted a women's tour featuring multiple grades for women of all ages.  Club President, Felicity Laing said the women ranged from 15 to 72 years, but their shared love of cycling encouraged an athmosphere that was inclusive and supportive to all, whilst encouraging all riders to give their best in competition.

The club has a strong history of including racing opportunities for Athletes With Disabilities and this year's tour saw multiple World Para Champion & Para Olympic Gold Medalist Carol Cooke make the journey across from Victoria for the second year. Carol spoke of the inclusive nature of the tour and just how much fun she had racing with the women and being given the opportunity to mentor some of the newer riders.  Also on the start list this year was Kieran Modra, who has won five  gold and four  bronze medals at seven Para Olympic Games from 1988 to 2012, along with two silver medals at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.  With the Para National Championships being held in South Austalia in April the tour provided welcomed preparation.



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All Photos by Matthias Pfeil

Stellar Results For SA Riders At Masters National Track Championships.

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12th March 2015

Golden results for Skinny Lattes member Meriel Custance when she not only sucessfuly defended her National Title in the 2000mtrs Individual Pursuit but set a new SA State Record in the process.


8th March 2015

Tuesday will see Meriel Custance pack up the bikes and once again head across to Sydney  to defend her title WM6 Individual Pursuit Champion.

The Skinny Lattes Cycling Club wishes Meriel all the best for the Championships!

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Video's Tips & Blogs - From some of our favourite Women

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State Records Smashed By Lattes At Recent State Masters Track Champs

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A small but impressive group of women recently contested the Cycling South Australia State Masters Track Championships over a weekend where tempertures soared around 40C.  Whilst not the easiest of conditions for competitors or officals, many state records were smashed over the weekend.

Skinny Lattes Cycling Club members who had been regularly attending CSA "Women on Track" sessions demonstrated just how valuable those sessions were in their development and preparation with Janine Mckinnon setting two new records in Time Trial and Sprint, Meriel Custance in Pursuit and Gwen Pye in Pursuit.


Gwen Pye photo byMatthias Pfeil 

Women's Individual Pursuit

  • 2km MAS8 - Gwen Pye (New State Record)
  • 2km MAS6 - Meriel Custance (New State Record)

Women's 500m Time Trial

  • MAS6 - Janine McKinnon, SLCC (New State Record)

Women's Sprint

Philippa Read, Finalist in Master Rider of the Year

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After stand out results in the recent Cycling Australia Master's National Road Championships, Philippa as been advised that she is a finialist in the National Awards to be announced in Melbourne later this month.

The club would like to congratulate Philippa on her nomination.

"We are pleased to advise that you are a finalist in the Women's Masters Road Cyclist of the Year award that will be presented at the Jayco 2014 Australian Cyclist of the Year Awards to be held in Melbourne on Friday 21 November".

Cycling Australia congratulate you on your nomination for the award and invite you to attend this gala function and hope that you will join us on this special night. Below please find the details of the Awards.

Jayco 2014 Australian Cyclist of the Year Awards


SA Women Medal At Masters National Championships

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Strong results acheived by South Australian Women at the recent Cycling Australia Masters National Road Racing Championships.


Pip Read took the clean sweep of three gold medals and the champion of champions jersery for the WM6,  whilst Skinny Lattes CC member Janine Mckinnon, at her first championship commanded  the silver medal in the TT.  Leanne Davies silver TT, Alissa Bryon gold Road Race.

Representing SA were: Janine Mckinnon, Michelle Bloffwitch, Pip Read, Leanne Davies, Alissa Bryon and Christina Teniswood.


Alissa Bryon gold road race philippa breakaway win

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Sharee Wins Silver At World Championships in Manchester

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Skinny Latte member Sharee Faulkner is currently racing at Masters World Track Championships in Manacehester and last night secured the silver medal in the Womens Individual Pursuit for women aged 45-49 years.

A year ago Sharee who had been around cycling for years, but never really thought she had the goods, "decided it was time to stop mucking around" and  back herself, to  get serious, and to see what she really was capable of acheiving.  Wow what a result. Congratulations Sharee from all your team mates and the women who join with you each week for the Cycling South Australia Women on Track Sessions.  You inspire!

Fellow South Australians Kellie Hards, Malcolm Clasohom and John Zivanovic are also competing in Manchester. Kellie received bronze medal in her pursuit, whilst Malcolm placed 4th in his scratch race and John 4th in his Time Trial.  


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Lattes Out Hitting the Hill in Celebration

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By Margaret Boylan


Very good day out for Skinny Lattes CC today at the Willunga Hit the Hill TT - 4 Lattes there, all riding well and having a blast, Saturday hill endurance sessions obviously have paid off as we had two trophy winners Heather Webb & Margaret Warner - both winners in their categories - big congrats to you both. It was great to see our club so well profiled in the women's categories.

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Photos courtesy of Tina's Cycling Photos 

Cycling Australia Paracyclists Give back to the Community in Greenville, SC.

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Cycling Australia Paracyclists Give back to the Community in Greenville, SC.

Cycling Australia's Mission Statement states that "As an organization our objectives are to create opportunities for all riders and people interested in cycling. More importantly we are advocates for improving Cycling within Australia". Today our Paracyclists expanded that mission statement to include the USA as they inspired a new generation of American students.
Tuesday afternoon found our AUS Paracyclists visiting Sevier Middle School in Greenville, SC. The middle school, years 6-8 has an enrollment of 656 students.
The school visit came about when several of our AUS paracyclists joined the Greenville Spinners for a group ride and were then invited to a bbq hosted by the Spinners. Jodi Imes, a member of the Spinners club, teaches computer technology at Sevier and thought that a visit from our Aussie athletes would be a great learning experience for her students. The 7th grades adopted moto is "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream".
Stuart Tripp, Carol Cooke, Mic Curran and Matt Fomrston spent some quality time with Jodi's 7th grade class talking about their experiences as athletes overcoming adversity as well as paracycling and the upcoming championships. The class asked questions and spent time taking pics with the athletes.
Despite their own individual goals as well as the teams goals here at the ParaCycling Road World Championships, our athletes continue motivate and encourage those around them and set an examples not only as high performance athletes but as community leaders.


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Natalie Redmond Takes On NRS

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Local Adelaide Rider and Skinny Latte member Natalie Redmond acheived national success this weekend when she placed 2nd in stage 3 of the National Road Series 2014 SAM MIRANDA TOUR OF THE KING VALLEY and 5th in stage 4.  

23 Aug 2014 , by Cycling Australia

Canberra's Rebecca Wiasak (Suzuki Brumby's) has sensationally clinched a hat trick of victories on day two of the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley.

The track world cup gold medallist out-sprinted her rivals on stage three to complete the feat, having dominated the opening two stages of the Subaru National Road Series event on Friday.

"I'm ecstatic, Alison Rice one of my teammates tweeted that I was going for the hat trick and I giggled a bit because it was a pretty tough, hilly stage and I didn't expect that," said an elated Wiasak.

Wiasak beat new-comer Natalie Redmond and national series leader Ruth Corset (Holden Women's Cycling) for line honours in Oxley following a lumpy 100 kilometre road race which featured the infamous 'Strade Nero' dirt climb.

With one stage remaining, Wiasak holds a commanding lead in the overall Tour rankings, one minute, 38 seconds ahead of Sydney's Ashlee Ankudinoff (Specialized Securitor) while Corset sits in third place overall, one minute, 47 seconds behind.

"The girls did a really good job of keeping everything under control and I went so far out, with 3km to go I just treated it like an individual pursuit and thought I could swap off with Ash [Ankudinoff] but, I can't believe it."

The race began in idyllic conditions, and remained all together until the first intermediate sprint at kilometre 15. From there various teams applied pressure to race leaders Suzuki, with the peloton splitting on the first major climb after 38 kilometres.

A break of six formed including Lisa Keeling (Bicycle Superstore), Sophie Mackay (Specialized Securitor), Rachel Ward (Boss Racing) and Lisa Hanly, Rebecca Locke (Live Giant) and Alexandria Nicholls (Suzuki Brumby's).

The group were eventually joined by a solo Corset and soon after, her teammate Ellen Skerrit also bridged. An under pressure Wiasak worked hard with Andkudinoff to close the gap, the two bunches eventually joining with 40 kilometres remaining.

The Tour concludes on Sunday with an 85 kilometre road race through Myrrhee and Moyhu.

NRS Nat Redmond