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Despite the Olympic legacy, women's sport still needs a big push. Here, The Independent on Sunday pledges to do just that...Click here for the full article
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Sunday: August 2013
First of Two Hill Climbs in the Women's Challenge Series.
South Australia has been hammered by an exceptionally wet winter and low lying snow forced the cancellation of Round 3 of the Women's Challenge Series which was to be a second road race. Near freezing tempetures greeted the women for Round 4, the first of the 4km Hill Climbs.
As the sting of Hill Road took its toll on many of the leading riders, new names have come to the fore in some grades to shake up the series leaders board.
Strong support from local riders for the Skinny Lattes CC Women's Challenge Series, saw again over 30 women from juniors, elite, masters and para atheltes emerging from the mists of Kersbrook as the traversed their way up Hill Road, heading towards Forreston. This is a 4km climb which runs adjacent to the infamous Checkers Hill, and whilst it may not rise quite as steeply as Checkers it proved a worthy challenge to this mornings competitors.
Cycling South Australia's strong Para Cycling Program, has attracted through its development pathway a number of new riders keen to be involved in all levels of the sport. Today saw just one such combination in Lizzy Clark matched with talented young rider Carla Franson (pilot). Asked prior to the event if they had tackled such a long climb on the tandem before, Carla replied "no this would be a first, and that it would be a matter of just getting to the top".
Blistering times were set across all grades with special mention going to Lauren Schrodeder in the Junior section with a time of 11:21.04.
After Sunday's event overall series points across all four senior grades are now extremely close and Ilona Double, Diane Tattersall and Georgie Deally are tied on 20 points, which will ensure are great competition in the Blue Group. There is one more hill climb to go before the series finishes with the final event a criterium at Victoria Park in October.
Full Results and Series Points:
Atheletes With Disability Click here for Hill Climb Results
Photos: Kelly Robinson
History was in the making today as 4 grades of women lined up to contest 3 laps of a 15km undulating road circuit in the Barossa Valley. This was Round Two of the Skinny Lattes Cycling Club's Women's Challenge Series. Great racing was experienced across all grades with riders relishing the challenge of an all-female field.
In keeping with the theme of this year's series the weather turned at the last minute and the fog refused to lift providing challenging conditions for all of the 38 riders on the course. Visibility was so low that at one point Chief Commissaire Kimberley Conte was considering her options and at her post race address she called for all competitors to bring front and rear lights to all future events. Although this is not a UCI requirement, she stated the need to keep all riders safe whilst racing on open roads.
A record breaking 13 women lined up for the Red Group race with many of SA's top masters women in the mix as well as a number of up and coming younger elite riders. There was much prerace speculation as to whether this grouping would stay together and would come down to a bunch sprint. Whilst multiple attacks were attempted these were quickly closed down by those riders who fancied their changes if it come to an all-out sprint. Meriel Custance tried an all-out attack to get away on the last lap, which split the group for a short time, but the combined power of the group brought her back and they rounded the final corner together. Seasoned racer and veteran sprinter Sue Anne Woodwiss 1st took out line honours from Leanne Davies 2nd, Christine Page 3rd and a well thrown bike gave last year's series winner Annabel Cox 4th , over Alissa Byron
Veteran track sprinter Vicki-Lynne Birks proved that whilst the course was not flat, it did provide enough downhill for the fast finishers to burry themselves and bridge back across to the mountain goats. Yellow Group again had a good mix of experienced racers and a few up and coming new competitors who are making their mark. In a race which had numerous attacks coming from PACC riders Michelle Crick and Carla Scragg, these were contained by the sheer climbing ability of new rider Janine McKinnon, and seasoned racer Wendy Gordon. The pressure forced riders off the back in lap two and a break of four came into the finish line. Vicki-Lynne's experience as a sprinter gave her the edge 1st, over Michelle Crick 2nd, Janine McKinnon 3rd, and Wendy Gordon 4th.
An air of anticipation surrounded the 10 starters in Blue Group as for many of these women this was their first real graded scratch race. All grades travelled the first 2kms under race neutral conditions which allowed all to settle into the pace before turning into Pimpala Road and starting the climb through to Lyndoch. Here riding experience came to the fore and an early split came about which was held through to the finish with a three way sprint between Diane Tattersall 1st, Ilona Double 2nd and Georgie Deally 3rd. Hot on their heels was Sandra Ladyman 4th who narrowly edged out Heather Barclay from the placing's.
The weather conditions took their toll on the Black Group with early withdrawal by three of the six competitors. New racer Caroline Wilsch was heard to declare as she came into Lyndoch on the last lap that maybe she had went too early. Caroline 1st, maintained her advantage over Margaret Warner 2nd. Tracey Pearce who was seen to be storming into Lyndoch required medical treatment and was unable to complete the race.
Series Points Black Group
The Skinny Lattes Cycling Club would like to thank the following people who volunteered their time and expertise.
Kimberley Conte, David Birks, Graeme Zucker, Rob Faulkner, Sharee Faulkner, Carrol Morgan, David Pratt, Russell Johnstone, Mark Robinson, John Murray, Gareth Davies, Philip Deverell, Wal Conte, Nathalie Johnstone, Felicity Laing and Michelle Spiel.
Medical - Denis Crispe.
Club Sponsor: CIBO Espresso.
Series Sponsors: Shimano, Pearl Izumi, Continental, Nick Wood Fitness, Hammer Nutrition, SRS Agencies, and the support of Cycling South Australia.
The 6-Month Gold Race membership is an open licence valid until December 31 2013 and is available in the following categories: Elite Men, Elite Women, M23, Masters, J19, J17, J15, J13, J11 and J9.
2013 6-Month Gold Race Membership Fees (excluding cycling club fees)*
Elite Men/Women, M23 $176
Masters <65 $121
Masters >65 $66
M19 / W19 $121
J17 / J15 $66
J13 / J11 / J9 $33
* The above fees will also incur applicable club fees upon renewal. Contact your club for club fee information.
Note - 6-Month membership options are not available for SILVER membership categories.
So how do you purchase a 6-Month Gold Race membership?
6 month Gold Race memberships can be purchased by one of two ways; online or manually.
ONLINE (from July 1, 2013)
• Click here to purchase a GOLD Race membership.
Memberships can be submitted manually on an official 2013 Membership Form, which must be submitted together with payment to an affiliated cycling club
NB: The $44 3 Ride Permit discount does apply for 6 month memberships. Memberships must be processed manually in order to get the $44 discount, with the 3 ride permit attached to the membership form.
More details on membership options can be found at Membership HQ
Australian Governement Grant to support volunteers has resulted in a bright yellow club tralier for the Skinny Lattes Cycling Club.
Late 2012 the club was successful in their application to the Australian Government Volunteers Grant. After securing the grant the hunt for the perfect trailer was on and club volunteer Rob Faulkner was able to spot a rough diamond in the making on one of his trips to Lyndoch. Rob saw the potential in the gunmetal grey trailer that many would have bypassed. This was a huge plus as the club had committed itself to providing a series of cycling events for women from the community grass roots level through to competitive cyclists. One of the challenges of putting on events though was getting all of the necessary equipment to and from the race locations. "It was always a struggle fitting everything into members cars" said club secretary Belinda Bramley. "This trailer will make a real difference to our volunteers and we really look forward to being visible on the country roads in the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hill where many of our events are held."
In the letter from Jenny Macklin MP and Julie Collins MP they stated that this funding is one way the Government can help ease the financial pressure on not-for-profit organisations, assist their volunteers and encourage more people to help others.
Volunteers are a valuable part of Australian society and an inspiration to us all. They give their time and effort freely, united in their desire to help others and achieve a better quality of life for those they help. Australia's many volunteers participate in diverse activities and provide a range of vital services to countless individuals and communities across the country. Their dedication is a source of national pride, fostering strong and cohesive communities, and reflects the spirit of cooperation in Australia.
For full details of the racing click here..... International Track Racing - Its Adelaide
Adelaide is about to play host to a new breed of competition. Three UCI events over five days, more than five nations with some of the world's best track riders. Omniums, Sprints, Keirins, Scratch Races and Points Races, no matter what type of track racing you like there is something for you to see.
This is a rare opportunity to see the Superdrome come alive again with the excitement of International Competition on home soil. There is also an opportunity for local U19 riders to take part in support events during the competition, so don't miss out on such a great chance to see the world's best at home.
This series of events named 'ITS ADELAIDE', is designed to promote the sport of Track cycling within Australia and to maximise the UCI points on offer for riders contesting the series. The three standalone events will see some of the best Australian and International track riders compete over 5 days of competition.
Tickets available at the door
Day and Night Sessions
Children under 12 free
Students / Concession Holders and Pensioners $5
Visit this site for competitor entry information
The Perth Festival of Cycling (UWCT) and Cycling Australia Masters Track National Championships April 2013
Would you like to push the boundaries a little bit further? You could consider training for National Masters track and road events! Next year the Track Masters' Championships will be in Melbourne. And the Master's Games are in Geelong very soon!!
You'll never know how much fun you can have or far you can go - if you don't have a go!
This applies equally to riding along the beach, to the shops, up Mount Lofty or a competition with friends, new and old. Competition is not for everyone. A quest for fun is what brought most of us to the Skinny Lattes!
Following is a "blog" about my latest, and most unlikely "cycling story"... hopefully it will make you go... "If she can do it, I *@$%^ will too!"
After an impressive crit season and sparkling debut at Masters' State Championships, Skinny Latte, Kerri Maccini decided to enter the Masters Track Nationals.
Last year Sharee had talked me into doing the Nationals in Sydney. We went and had a great time, doing stuff we would never have imagined just months before! So I thought I would go along with Kerri.
Anyone can go to Track Masters (chronological giftedness is the main criteria ).
This year the Masters Track Nationals were held in Perth as part of The Perth Festival of Cycling.
This meant that there was a UWCT Individual Time Trial and a Road Race for Masters riders as well as the prestigious National Road Series for the young guns all happening within a week!
Kerri found us a four-bedroom house to rent for a week, at a reasonable price; we booked our flights and teamed up with PACC super-stars Kel Hards and Sam Farrell.
When you go, consider renting an apartment or house, preferably with a garage – the rent shared between several people is reasonable and you have kitchen and laundry facilities & maybe an outside area and undercover places for bikes. Kel & I brought old sheets and towels to protect the cream carpets – but of course our bikes are squeaky clean
Unfortunately Kerri crashed during a Vets race, several weeks before the championships and was unable to travel with us
Kel's dad (Wayne) and Sam's dad (Ted) came along to help fetch and carry. Bringing a "man-slave" or "swanny" is strongly recommended. There is soooo much to carry. For example: I took three bikes, about 9 wheels, 2 helmets and my wind trainer. Luckily Patrick brought one of my bikes and some wheels later in the week.
Kel even brought a spare bike along with an arsenal of wheels!
We each hired a Rav4 – perfect to fit multiple bikes, gear and a helper!
At Midvale Cycling Australia Masters Track National Championships April 2013
The Perth velodrome is not shiny and bright like our SA SuperDrome, but once you get
on the boards and whiz around a few times it is ok.
Kel and I went the day before competition and signed on/registered, rode around checking out our opposition.
My "main opposition" – a lovely woman called Jenny Sammons, was swamped by blokes helping her with her brand new BT. It looked impressive with front and rear discs. I was a bit fazed but thought I should just focus on what I could do with my own performance.
I hadn't realized I actually "needed" better wheels until a few weeks before we left.
Kel's eyebrows went sky high when I said I only had the wheels on my bike- Kel offered me her front wheel.
Then Sam offered me her super duper rear disc wheel. This was very kind of both
women, because those wheels cost more than a lot of my friends' bikes!
I ended up with an even better front wheel for my IP when one of the SA (legend) blokes offered a swap, if I would loan him my aero bars cos he had left his own in Adelaide. Lucky for me! He also convinced me he would swap them over (wheel and bars) in the 5 minutes between our events. He cut it very fine, but he did it!
I didn't start well in the IP and despite not riding those wheels before and with a new set-up with the bars, I took 12 seconds off my PB and got a silver medal! Have to be happy with that...(for now).
Kel entered everything over 5 days on the track. She rode really well and achieved several PBs, a silver and a bronze medal. Her silver in the scratch race was exciting and has motivated me to have a go at scratch races in the future. You can read Kel's blog on her Face Book page.
Sam had a battle with the officials and showed remarkable patience and poise to take out a silver medal under duress!
The IP was the only event I entered on the track this year because I wanted to also do as well as I could in the UWCT time trial and road race.
The UWCT is another whole realm of excitement...just waiting for YOU!
Here's what their web site says:
The UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) is a series of UCI-sanctioned races held all over the world. Some 15 qualifier events will qualify the top 25% in each age group to the UWCT Final, the former UCI Masters Road World Championships, where the champions are awarded with the coveted rainbow jersey. After its launch in 2011, the UCI World Cycling Tour enters the 2013 season with additional events. For the first time, we will also have an event in Asia.
While promoting high level competition for Masters and Amateur, one of the aims of this series is the globalization of "Cycling for All". With that in mind, the geographical spread of the events is very important, alongside with strict organisational and sporting criteria, and a certain tourism interest.
The 2013 UWCT ITT (road time trial): was on Rottnest Island. Catching the ferry with lots of other Masters riders and their bikes was exciting. The NRS boys were already there doing their own elite time trial and road race – so the whole island was "lycra-to-the-max" – much to the bemusement of innocent tourists and the quokkas.
Time Trials are all about timing (and training ;-). The preparation before the race is vital. Timing your warm up to finish at just the right time to get your gear on and get to the start line. It's a perfect event for people who like to connect with their "inner control freak".
The course on Rottnest was hillier and windier (technical/blind corners) than I had expected. Mental note for my inner Control Freak to check out the profile a few weeks/months before - next time.
I was pleased with my time. Couldn't have gone any harder without crashing. Jenny Sammons took out first place in our category. I was just over a minute behind her and posted the seventh fastest time out of all the women.
The UWCT Road Race in Perth:
Kel and I were apprehensive about our 7am start time and the 96kms.
This meant preparing bikes the night before and getting up at 4.30am to eat our breakfasts, get to the venue (sussed out parking the day before) and do a really good warm up to make sure we could go with the fastest at the start.
All the women started together WITH the men over 55. There were other groups ahead of us.
As I lined up I realized I had forgotten to fill one of my bidons and Patrick (aka Swanny) was no-where to be seen. Kel was up the front somewhere. Jenny Sammons lined up behind me. The race started. I couldn't get my foot in my cleat. The front-runners tore off around the corner and up the first hill (not the flat course I had assumed either!). Eventually, foot in, off we went.
There were 12 laps of 8kms. The hills were fine early on, but they got steeper each lap! A couple of big, fast younger bunches whooshed past and a few riders from our bunch whizzed off with them. One woman was literally grabbed by a bloke and hauled into his bunch. I decided that I would try and "jump" into the next bunch that went by. Yay! Success! Some blokes and I had left Jenny behind! After a few kms a Commisairre drove by, wound down his window and told us we weren't allowed to ride with that bunch. Jenny caught up to me with a bloke she was riding with. Oops embarrassing. She and he dropped me as we rounded a corner to climb a hill. I lost touch and rode with people I caught or caught me.
I was told it is important to eat something during a 96km race. I had lolly snakes in my pocket. I had put them in a re cycled plastic sandwich bag. Unfortunately it had previously been used for laundry powder. The snakes tasted really vile. I wondered if ASADA or anyone had tried performance enhancing laundry powder? I chewed and spat out jellied bits of snake that stuck to my arms in not a very attractive way. Won't do that again. A major achievement though, was grabbing a bidon of water from the feed station. That was a huge relief. Also a relief that I didn't blow bubbles!
Jenny beat me by about 4min. The next cat 6 woman was a fair way back. It felt like a major achievement to complete the race. There was a lot of nice camaraderie afterwards. Leg cramps were experienced by all of us and made for interesting body language as we variously writhed or leapt up from the grass in agony!!
A couple of weeks after returning to Adelaide I received and email from the UWCT. It said:
Dear UWCT Qualifier,
Congratulations on an outstanding effort during the UWCT Perth Event. This email is to formally acknowledge your position as a qualifier for the Australian UWCT Team at the 2013 UCI World Cycling Championships. This year they will be held in Trento, Italy.
Whatttt??? I emailed back quite seriously, and suggested they had probably made a mistake. But they said they hadn't!
I'm not really ready to go to Italy/The Masters World Championships. You know I have only been riding for 2 years and 5 months and 21 days. I have no idea about tactics and I vague out when I should be paying attention...
But what if I don't go and something (life) happens? I went to a friend's funeral this afternoon. What if I don't qualify next year?
I have decided to contest the ITT. Patrick and I are already travelling in Europe at that time. We are watching the last week of the Vuelta and after, ...instead of "chilling" in Majorca, we will go to Trento (Italy!). Just to see how far/fast I can go. This year
I honestly don't know how this all happened. I was just trying to get fit, learn a new sport and took opportunities/risks as they arose.
I do know I wouldn't be going to Trento or getting an Australian kit (!) if it wasn't for the Skinny Lattes and John Murray.
John is our very special Skinny Latte coach.
John says encouraging things all the time. He didn't push me when it took me four sessions to get onto the boards and off the black line! He let me faff around in the middle until I was ready. John says little things that stay in your mind and awaken possibilities. Like when he told a group of us we should enter the Masters Games in 2011.
I asked John what I should do during the week and he gave me a "program". I just stuck to that program.
It's not all about competing or winning; it's about being fit and healthy and being the best we can be. I'd like to win. But, we are all winners because we have discovered cycling and can ride our bikes. Most importantly we have fun doing it!
So, don't wait any longer! Get along to Geelong!
Director's Statement - Kathryn Bertine
About a year ago, I did something crazy. I actually listened to the little voice in my head that kept whispering, "It's time to make a documentary." The thought found it's way to my vocal chords, and then slipped out into the world with a frightening and bold proclimation: I am going to make a documentary. Once the words were on the loose, there was no turning back.
After a 15 year career in sports journalism, including columns on ESPN and espnW, the publication of two sports memoirs All the Sundays Yet to Come and As Good As Gold, and currently in the midst of a career in professional cycling, I wanted to try a new medium within media: documentary films. I had long worked with words, and was curious to see how they looked in motion.
While it was clear to me that the fascinating, untold world of women's professional cycling was the story I wanted to share via film, I had no knowledge of the cinematography side of the business. Luckily, I found someone who did: Kevin Tokstad. He signed onto the project in a leap of faith, trusting my story line and willing his cameras to do the same.
Now, over a year later, we have finished filming and we are awestruck at the content and caliber of the interviews and footage. In the next six months, we will transform the footage into a feature length documentary (~80 min) and show the world the intricate side of women's professional cycling. About halfway through the filming process, I realized we were not making a film about cycling. We were making a film about equality, society and growth...simply told through the medium of kick-ass female athletes.
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