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Presidents - Keegan Downes Memorial Handicap + Gunnedah to Tamworth Race - Weekend wrap up!

Wow! A word which best describes the entire weekend.

Day 1 - Saturday saw cold and windy conditions. Well, that was the thoughts, until Sunday!

The Manning Valley Cycle Club was well represented. Those who made the trek to Gunnedah were Noel Mathiske, Mal Weiley, Nigel Ferguson, Justin Hills, Michael Cross, Gav Jackson, Rohan Nixon, Sarah Grist (only riding Sunday), Ben Cross and Glenn Mathiske. Portia Rennie, our local gal who rides for HDCC was also competing as well.

The depth of our club is no better explained than the fact we had two father/son combinations competing on the weekend. With Glenn & Noel starting in limit and scratch, the two extremes of the race, just speaks volumes of the culture of our club as well as our members.

It was a tough start to Day 1 for some with Mal & Ben both puncturing within the first few kms. Unfortunately the speed and weather conditions meant no one was getting back on. Justin Hills rode extremely well but met the same fate, puncturing late in race. Gav had a tough day in the saddle and Nige and Portia’s group were also caught at a really fast and windy point in the race. Alas, they had no chance of matching the speed of the bunch. Noel rode well, but used plenty of gas as his group started really quickly. Crossy, who got flicked early from his group regathered himself and joined the next group on the road. Rohan rode really well and got into the scratch bunch, but used all his strength to do so and couldn’t get his move to stick.

Unbelievable speed meant that scratch had things all sorted with 20 odd kms to go. Glenn was sitting pretty for a top 10 finish only to take a tumble in the sprint! He bounces well the old Tisk, and he gathered himself to ride home and get sorted for Sunday. When I say unbelievable speed, the winning average speed was 48.5kph average for 100km! It was a great sight to see Glenn in the MVCC kit in the scratch bunch mowing everyone down! Well done Tisk.

Day 2 - Sunday, proved much the same weather wise. You guessed it, cold & really really windy!!

Slight delay to the race start, as the boys in blue were running late. The Div 1 bunch set off at stupid speed, over 50kph as soon as the flag dropped. The predicted tail wind turned into a cross head wind! Riders were chopping up others and carnage soon occurred. Unfortunately we had a few riders involved and Glenn came down hard. Ben, Rohan and many others were also involved. Glenn was the most serious of our guys injured, but stacks of others were battered around as well. Brent Rees, who’s previously visited our club was involved, Will McLennon from Coffs and the previous days winner, Kurt Eather, were also casualties. Glenn was taken to Gunnedah hospital, where he was patched up and later discharged. After two spills over the course of the weekend, he will be nursing a few injuries for a while. I’m sure you’ll all join me in wishing him a speedy recovery. Ben has a sore wrist and Rohan a few bruises, but both were able to continue on, only with no hope of catching the bunch.

Gav again did it tough, as did Justin. It really was a day for the big units! Crossy managed to make the final selection in Div 4, but with 20km to go, couldn’t make it over the last hill of the day. Nige punctured twice but was able to give Sarah Grist, who joined the riders Sunday, some encouragement and ensured she completed the race. Our remaining riders finished, which is a massive achievement in the conditions.

A big thank you must go to Tracey Mathiske & Terese Ferguson for making the trip possible. Absolute legends. Another shout out goes to Keith Harris from HDCC, Dave Menzies from Tamworth and Vaughan Eather from Dubbo for sorting our cars. With so many riders, we needed separate lodgings. The GPM Stulz Team riders Joel Walsh & Ed White bunked with a few of the crew & provided great knowledge and experience to help some of us out.

Everyone represented our club awesomely! Our new kit is a huge winner, with many commenting on how good it looks.

Upcoming open races (next weekend!) for some of our members include the Cervelo Masters, where we have Nige Ferguson in the leaders jersey. He will have a few others heading down as well. Sydney Junior Tour for the Worth boys, Jacob Steep & Alex Cross. The NSW Country Championships are also on the horizon.

There are many races on the NSW calendar, but the most important is the Great Lakes Paddocks - Wootton Classic. Keep pedaling everyone!

Cheers Crossy

A very proud Club Pres!

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Presidents - Keegan Downes Memorial Handicap + Gunnedah to Tamworth Race - Weekend wrap up!

Wow! A word which best describes the entire weekend.

Day 1 - Saturday saw cold and windy conditions. Well, that was the thoughts, until Sunday!

The Manning Valley Cycle Club was well represented. Those who made the trek to Gunnedah were Noel Mathiske, Mal Weiley, Nigel Ferguson, Justin Hills, Michael Cross, Gav Jackson, Rohan Nixon, Sarah Grist (only riding Sunday), Ben Cross and Glenn Mathiske. Portia Rennie, our local gal who rides for HDCC was also competing as well. 

The depth of our club is no better explained than the fact we had two father/son combinations competing on the weekend. With Glenn & Noel starting in limit and scratch, the two extremes of the race, just speaks volumes of the culture of our club as well as our members. 

It was a tough start to Day 1 for some with Mal & Ben both puncturing within the first few kms. Unfortunately the speed and weather conditions meant no one was getting back on. Justin Hills rode extremely well but met the same fate, puncturing late in race. Gav had a tough day in the saddle and Nige and Portia’s group were also caught at a really fast and windy point in the race. Alas, they had no chance of matching the speed of the bunch. Noel rode well, but used plenty of gas as his group started really quickly. Crossy, who got flicked early from his group regathered himself and joined the next group on the road. Rohan rode really well and got into the scratch bunch, but used all his strength to do so and couldn’t get his move to stick.

Unbelievable speed meant that scratch had things all sorted with 20 odd kms to go. Glenn was sitting pretty for a top 10 finish only to take a tumble in the sprint! He bounces well the old Tisk, and he gathered himself to ride home and get sorted for Sunday. When I say unbelievable speed, the winning average speed was 48.5kph average for 100km! It was a great sight to see Glenn in the MVCC kit in the scratch bunch mowing everyone down! Well done Tisk.

Day 2 - Sunday, proved much the same weather wise. You guessed it, cold & really really windy!! 

Slight delay to the race start, as the boys in blue were running late. The Div 1 bunch set off at stupid speed, over 50kph as soon as the flag dropped. The predicted tail wind turned into a cross head wind! Riders were chopping up others and carnage soon occurred. Unfortunately we had a few riders involved and Glenn came down hard. Ben, Rohan and many others were also involved. Glenn was the most serious of our guys injured, but stacks of others were battered around as well. Brent Rees, who’s previously visited our club was involved, Will McLennon from Coffs and the previous days winner, Kurt Eather, were also casualties. Glenn was taken to Gunnedah hospital, where he was patched up and later discharged. After two spills over the course of the weekend, he will be nursing a few injuries for a while. I’m sure you’ll all join me in wishing him a speedy recovery. Ben has a sore wrist and Rohan a few bruises, but both were able to continue on, only with no hope of catching the bunch.

Gav again did it tough, as did Justin. It really was a day for the big units! Crossy managed to make the final selection in Div 4, but with 20km to go, couldn’t make it over the last hill of the day. Nige punctured twice but was able to give Sarah Grist, who joined the riders Sunday, some encouragement and ensured she completed the race. Our remaining riders finished, which is a massive achievement in the conditions.

A big thank you must go to Tracey Mathiske & Terese Ferguson for making the trip possible. Absolute legends. Another shout out goes to Keith Harris from HDCC, Dave Menzies from Tamworth and Vaughan Eather from Dubbo for sorting our cars. With so many riders, we needed separate lodgings. The GPM Stulz Team riders Joel Walsh & Ed White bunked with a few of the crew & provided great knowledge and experience to help some of us out.    

Everyone represented our club awesomely! Our new kit is a huge winner, with many commenting on how good it looks.

Upcoming open races (next weekend!) for some of our members include the Cervelo Masters, where we have Nige Ferguson in the leaders jersey. He will have a few others heading down as well. Sydney Junior Tour for the Worth boys, Jacob Steep & Alex Cross. The NSW Country Championships are also on the horizon.

There are many races on the NSW calendar, but the most important is the Great Lakes Paddocks - Wootton Classic. Keep pedaling everyone!

Cheers Crossy

A very proud Club Pres!  

Sent from my iPhone

 

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MVCC, thank you for supporting the events. As race director on Sunday I was pleased to see your new kit throughout the various divisions. Well done to all involved, and wishing a speedy recovery to those involved in the accident.

Happy to help out. Nice to meet many of you. Hope to get over to support your club in August.

Was great to catch up with all of you over the weekend mate, we all live to fight another day. Cheers.

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Windy & Sunny for the reduced number of entrants with Coonabarabran drawing some away. Look at the new Club kit, it sparkles. Many thanks to our sponsors which are clearly shown in the photos ... See MoreSee Less

Windy & Sunny for the reduced number of entrants with Coonabarabran drawing some away.   Look at the new Club kit, it sparkles.  Many thanks to our sponsors which are clearly shown in the photos
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