Congratulations to James Fouche, Michael Carswell and Bradley Leitch on their achievements in the NZ Junior Road Team at the Tour de L’Abitibi. The boys individually and as a team experienced the full gambit of emotions that riders go through during a multi day tour where luck and fortune come and go daily. James who was expected to be a strong contender on GC unfortunately got taken down in a crash at the front of the race 6km from the finish line on stage 1 which cost him his overall ambitions. He bounced back 2 stages later with an exceptional time trial ride to take 2nd place in the stage 3 ITT.
James smoking the ITT James 2nd place stage 3 ITT
Michael also was taken down in a crash with just over 3km to the finish on stage 1 after leading out the team on to the finishing circuit for the sprint finish which saw NZ get 3rd place with Hayden Strong. Later in the tour Michael got himself into a strong breakaway 5km into stage 6. He took out 2 of the 3 KOM’s and the sprint prime on the way to an eventual 3rd place stage finish. He also finished 4th in the KOM.
Michael 3rd place in Stage 6 Michael leading out NZ team for KOM
Bradley had a good start to the tour with two strong 8th placings in stage 1 & 2 and kept a top 30 GC position up until stage 5 where he was taken down in a large crash 25km into the stage. The crash disabled his bike and Bradley had to get a spare bike from neutral support costing valuable time and ultimately, sadly he missed the time cut by only 1min 20sec at the finish line. This was a tough experience for Bradley and the team.
Bradley sprinting for 8th place stage 2 [centre orange shoes Bradley up front in torential rain stage 4
In the lead up to the tour the boys had the opportunity to race in the Montreal Lacine Criterium where they were the guests of honour. They also spent 4 days in Quebec, staying as guests at the Team Garneau Quebecor cycling team house where they got to race and do a training ride with Louis Garneau himself. Capping off the wonderful hospitality they received at Team Garneau they were presented with new team helmets, race gels and socks.
NZ Team at the startline of Montreal Lacine Criterium NZ Team helmet photo shoot at Louis Garneau HQ
As you can see all three experienced the harsh realities of multi day tour racing with some very pleasing success as well, This combined with a lot of racing and off the bike [travel, accommodation, food] experiences will hold them in good stead for their future cycling ambitions.
All in all it was a fantastic opportunity that they all really enjoyed and made the most of. Thank you to CMC for their support.
Congratulations to three of our juniors members, James Fouche, Michael Carswell and Bradley Leitch who have been selected for the NZ Junior team to race the Nations Cup Tour in Quebec , Canada in July. Following strong results by all three at the Club Nationals and lead up races they have been selected as part of a six man New Zealand team to race the Tour de L’Abitibi. This tour is the Canadian leg of the UCI Under 19 mens World Nations Cup Series. The race is a 7 stage, six day tour and is an amazing opportunity for the boys to race a tour at an international level.
James Fouche- Oceania Road Champs; Road Race - 1st, ITT - 2nd
- TA Junior Tour; GC - 2nd, KOM - 6th, Sprint - 6th
- NZ Club Nationals; Road Race - 8th, ITT - 1st
Michael Carswell - HUB Tour; GC - 7th
- CHB Junior Tour; GC - 13th, KOM - 1st
- TA Junior Tour; GC - 6th, KOM - 4th, Sprint - 5th
- NZ Club Nationals; Road Race - 3rd, ITT - 9th
Bradley Leitch - CHB Junior Tour; GC - 4th, KOM - 4th
- TA Junior Tour; GC - 4th, Sprint - 8th
- NZ Club Nationals; Road Race - 7rd, ITT - 12th
The boys leave on around the 10th July and the tour is from the 18th to 24th July. We wish them the best of luck.
CMC Race report for Opening Day 11 February 2017 at Ramarama
Mike Giddey, Club President here – I wanted to do some announcements at morning tea after Saturday’s race but riders weren’t too keen to gather back in the hall so here goes in print. I’ll give the first words to our Club Captains:
Firstly Alice Chaplin, Ladies Club Captain
I thought it was a great opening day, fantastic to see so many riders. There were many familiar faces but perhaps most pleasing was to see so many either returning to CMC races after a long gap and those giving club racing a go for the first time. It was fantastic weather & racing conditions which definitely helped. C grade which I raced in was generally not too bad in terms of etiquette & racing incidents. I do think that the idea of grade captains is good - we need to self police as too many people try & cut up the outside over the wrong side of the road, sometime at huge risk to themselves & the bunch. From what I've heard the crash in B grade was caused by someone going up a non-existent gap on the inside. D grade was won by Jef doing his 1st CMC race, going solo from the hill. Fantastic - great to see positive racing, rather than sitting in for a bunch sprint. I think we could perhaps improve the briefing? It was hard to hear, maybe we get everyone to line up closer together in the grades & use a megaphone? I thought the cones at the finish were well placed, they forced people to not cross the white line.
Secondly Graeme Blackwood, Mens Club Captain
As Club Captain it was great to see so many riders participating. I would like to welcome all new members to the club and I will endeavour to welcome you personally at the next event. Going by the fact that I received no complaints I assume everything went well. Look forward to seeing you all again at Ararimu.
Whilst in the heat of battle during an event it is often difficult to remain aware of the road rules. However, we need to remain safe and remind offenders they risk all riders not having an event in the future. I did receive a call from a police officer on his way to work about riders over the centre line on a blind corner! In this instance he agreed to take it no further. So please remind each other if you see rules being broken for the good of the collective.
Thought it might be worth a quick mention - Cliff Olsen on his 2nd lap stopped and helped Ellie Parry repair her puncture then out the back came across Ruth Whitley and Sophie Hamer, two social grade women, unable to repair Ruth’s puncture and helped them out as well. Not sure what the award could be called – Legend Cliff J.
And now the announcements from me:
Take care out there all,
Congratulations to all CMC Members who rode exceptionally at the Age Group Nationals & U19 Omnium Championships in Invercargill recently.
Well done to:
And a special congratulations to the mens sprint team who not only won gold but also broke the National record! That team consisted of: Antony Brown, Russell Scott and Cliff Parker.
Antony Brown had a brilliant Nationals campaign, winning a medal in every single event that he raced!
Andrew Mackay won the pursuit for his first National title.
Well done everyone, CMC is very proud of you all!
If you have any more photos or results to share, please feel free to post!
Select the link to mylaps.com to see all results including the Auckland & CMC TT Champs & Auckland Road Champs.
The Committee has agreed that we should prepare a brief report following the AGM and include the reports that were adopted at the meeting.
The meeting followed the usual formalities of an AGM and the reports from the President, Treasurer, Club Captain and Social Racing grade Captain are attached. All the current office bearers were re-elected and in addition Claire Ohle and Mark Reynolds were elected to the Committee. The office bearers are now:
President – Mike Giddey; Vice Presidents – Martin Thomson and Russell Thorpe; Treasurer – Martin Thomson; Secretary – Karen McIntosh; Club Captain – Russell Thorpe.
Committee – Graeme Blackwood, Neil Blayney, Lynne Fairs, Lyle Hastings, Brendon Madden-Smith, Glenn Moser, Claire Ohle, John Perks and Mark Reynolds.
Under General Business there was a good discussion about the Race Programme for 2016 including what worked and what didn’t work in 2015, the relationship with Auckland Secondary Schools Cycling Association and possible joint races with them at Pukekohe Race Track, additional races at Kumeu and the timing of the Gallipoli Cup race. The Committee is endeavouring to have the Race Programme for the first half of the 2016 season published before Christmas.
Please feel free to contact any Committee member if you have any suggestions or comments – our aim is to provide safe varied racing that our members want and we welcome your feedback.
Mike Giddey, CMC President.
We had 67 finishers on the day out of 78 starters and unfortunately had to disqualify 4 riders in the B grade for crossing the centre line at the finish. Races were won by Ryan Christensen in A grade, Andrew Mitchell and Louise Delaney in B grade, Colin Baird and Millie McNie in C grade and Peter Hunt and Petra Trust in D grade. Trophies were awarded in the Social Racing grade to Martin Hill (Arnie Keith Memorial – first CMC across the line) and Noel Patten (Cleaver Cup – fastest time) and Denise Claxton was first woman home. Race Results
Comments from the race judge on the day:
Most grades rode safely on Saturday with the exception of B grade. In the final 200m a number of riders sprinted on the wrong side of the road. The four riders who crossed the line on the wrong side of the road were disqualified. Riding on the wrong side of the road is not acceptable especially when there was a car travelling straight at them on his correct side of the road. This is dangerous in the extreme, completely stupid and puts the whole race programme of the club at risk of being cancelled by the Council.
Think about what you are doing.
Points Competitions for each of the Open grades and the Social Racing grade ran throughout the season and at the very well attended prize giving money was distributed to place getters in each grade based on the numbers of riders in the grade. The overall grade winners were: A grade Josh Aldridge, B grade John van der Griend and Madeleine Park, C grade Paul Sharples and Alice Chaplin, D grade Jason Laws and Petra Trust and Social Racing grade Mike Giddey and Denise Claxton who also won trophies. Trophies for Open grade men and women went to Jason Laws and Alice Chaplin who scored the most points in the Open grades. A to D Points & Social Points
At the prize giving I took the opportunity to thank our race sponsors for the year and encouraged members to support them. I also thanked committee members and club members who assisted with racing and other jobs over the season. The AGM is provisionally booked for Tuesday, 15 November at the Manukau Velodrome and we are working to have the 2017 race calendar available by then. Ideas from Club members either at the AGM or at any other time are always welcome.
We had three draws in the Club 50 for $100 and they were won by Bruce Goldsworthy, Michael Brosnahan and Greg Webb and the lucky winner of the $1,000 draw was Sara Cornelius. Thanks to all who participated and with one of the $100 draws being donated back to the club a total of $200 was raised for Club funds.
Have a safe summer all,
Race sponsored by
The closing day races, sponsored by Legal People (thanks Brendon Madden-Smith), attracted 57 finishers and only 1 DNF. Races were won by Gordon McCauley, Isaac Brothers, Jeremy Williams, Cliff Olsen, Robert Trust, Peter McLeod and Olivia Overfield. Trophies were awarded in the Social Racing grade to Gavin Irving (Arnie Keith Memorial – first CMC across the line) and Vernon Molloy (Cleaver Cup – fastest time). Results Click here
Points Competitions for each of the Open grades (a new innovation for 2015) and the Social Racing grade ran throughout the season and at the prize giving money was distributed to place getters in each grade based on the number of riders in the grade. The overall grade winners were A grade Josh Aldridge, B grade Dick Johnson – Madeleine Park, C grade Richard Hayward – Helen Baillie-Strong, D grade Alan Crofts – Petra Trust, E grade Robert Trust – Louise Northorpe, Social Racing grade Cass Young – Lynne Fairs and U17 Boys Sam Titter-Dower. Points results for 2015 Click here
In previous years there have been trophies for the first Open man and woman and the Committee has agreed to award the trophies for 2015 to the man and woman scoring the most points. The winners are Richard Hayward and Petra Trust. The Social Racing grade also has trophies for points scored and the winners are John Lawrence and Gavin Irving jointly and Cass Young.
I took the opportunity to thank Committee members and Club members for all their help over the season with special mention to Claire Ohle and Graeme Blackwood for all they did around the timing system, timing chips, race management, website upgrade and maintenance and the list goes on – you are all appreciated! Also a thank you to Russell Thorpe and Helen Baillie-Strong for their Facebook postings and Vernitta Easton for her E-News efforts, and also a farewell, as this will be her last E-News Posting... Well done team!
The final $100 draw of the Club 50 went to Nigel Culpan and the lucky winner of the $1,000 draw was Greg Webb. Thanks to all who participated raising $200 for Club funds.
The Committee will now go into debrief mode until the AGM at the Manukau Velodrome on Tuesday, 17 November. We have a number of ideas for building on this season and would welcome feedback from members. Further details on the AGM will come out nearer the time.
Have a safe summer!
Enjoy the weather, keep the rubber side down...
Make a date with us - AGM provisionally booked for Tuesday 15th November 2016 at the Manukau Velodrome. We are working to have the 2017 race calendar available by then. Ideas from Club members either at the AGM or at any other time are always welcome.
A smallish field of 60 finishers took part in racing at Aka Aka on Saturday, 3 October. From what I heard it was probably worse standing on the finish line than out on the course. Well done to Michael Carswell, Adam Smith, Dave Rhode, Graham Hoffmann, Robert Trust and Ian Grose who won their respective races. Results attached: Click here
This Saturday, 10 October is the Closing Day of the season. Racing is at Ramarama from 9 am on the Runciman circuit starting and finishing at the Hall. There are still chances to improve your position in the Points Competitions and prize money will be paid out on the day for first and second at least in every grade and in a number of cases up to fourth or even fifth place in addition to placings for women riders and U17 Boys and Girls. Points Competition standing at 3 October attached: Click here
We had two more draws of the Club 50 after the race on Saturday and number 22 held by Steve Pretious and number 100 held by Jim Murphy each won $100. There’s still one more draw for $100 and then all the numbers go back into the draw for the BIG ONE of $1,000 on Closing Day. Thank you to all who have taken numbers this year.
Please get those entries in for the Closing Day this Saturday and bring a plate of food to share for morning tea and the prize giving.
Enjoy the weather, keep the rubber side down...
Well done to everyone braving the awful weather.
Results click here