2017 Race Results:
AUSTRALIAN ROAD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017: GOLD COAST
The national road championships took place at the Gold coast on October 27-29. The road race was a major highlight as it was the test event for the Commonwealth Games road race, with riders given the luxury of full road closures and police escorts. Well done to Cycling Queensland for the tremendous effort in organising such as big event with over 550 cyclists taking part in their respective age divisions.
For Cycle Physio, Dave raced in the Individual Time Trial (ITT) champs, obtaining a personal best and finishing 20th in Australia. Both Dave and Alan raced in the road race, over a tough course on another very hot day in a peloton of over 70 competitors. With almost half of the field being dropped and not finishing the race, the lads did very well. Dave came 26th and Al led the gruppetto home in a sprint for 34th. Fantastic effort for the first attempt at a national title.
BATTLE RECHARGE 2017
Clem and Dave competed in Battle Recharge, a 3 day stage race consisting of 4 stages. Temperatures were soaring to 39 degrees which made over-heating and hydration very real issues.
Clem made a successful comeback to racing in the 2 weekends prior, taking his first road race win the Saturday prior to Battle with an epic 17km solo break! He entered Masters C at Battle and finished the race with two top 10 placings in both road stages and a top 10 overall. Sensational return from a badly broken wrist early in the season!
Dave raced Masters B with club mate Murray McClymont, who went on to take the green points (sprint) jersey in dominant fashion and finish 4th overall. Dave had a strong 1st stage individual time trial taking 4th place, and later the same day finished 5th on the stage 2 criterium. Stage 3, the Tyalgum road circuit, suited him well and he took both King of the Mountain climbs and broke away solo only to be caught by the yellow jersey in the finishing straight. He took second overall for the stage and started to close the gap to the race leaders. The final stage saw Dave collect all 3 King of the Mountain climbs to secure the jersey. Unfortunately the yellow jersey crashed out of the race, which left Dave in second place overall on GC by about 12 seconds. He tried to drop the new race leader 5km from the finish line but the bunch reeled him back in. Great result however as Dave took home 2nd place overall and the King of the Mountains prize.
QUEENSLAND ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Alan and Dave competed in the state road race titles on September 9. Their race consisted of 3 comboined masters grades, making it very difficult to know who was who in the bunch and who needed to be chased by which division. The race saw an early breakaway of two get up the road with 60km to go. After 10km of "hanging them out to dry" the bunch stopped chasing and they stole the show for an impressive 1-2 finish. The bunch raced absolutely full gas over the last 5km failing to catch the breakaway, only to come around the second to last corner at full speed to find 5 cars stuck in the finishing straight. Shame that a traffic control error ruined the sprint finish, but thankfully everyone stayed upright and avoided a crash!
QUEENSLAND INDIVIDUAL & TEAM TIME TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The ITT & TTT champs wre held at North Stradbroke Island this year. Rene won the silver medal in the ITT, and a team with Rene and Phil took bronze in the TTT. Great ride blokes, especially with a 40 knot westerly howling in!
HWCC CLUB ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Our club champs were held Saturday 12th August at Elimbah. Five of our team took part, with Phill enjoying victory and Dave getting beaten on the line to take second. Unfortunately his solo attack was caught with 4km to go and he just couldn't hang on for the sprint despite a stellar lead out from Alan. Rene rode strongly after being dropped on the hills to catch the pack for the sprint, and Adam rode well but missed the podium.
The 30th annual Cunningham Classic began on the fist Saturday in august, with riders racing 97km into a headwind and up the range from Gatton to Warwick. Dave was our sole representative today, and the pace was high the entire ride. No group of >2 rider was allowed to escape by the bunch although many tried. With things looking like a bunch sprint might be inevitable, a bold solo attack 17km out from the finish saw Dave Willsher from Logan CC hang on for a win by just a few seconds ahead of the pack. Chapeau! The bunch came in fast, unfortunately with Dave caught out of position on the final corner, managing 9th. Great race and thank you to Kangaroo Point CC for their great efforts organising.
CHARLES COIN ROAD RACE
Dave competed in a very strong 70 rider field at the Charles Coin one day classic hosted by Univeristy of Qld Cycling Club on 30 July. Masters B raced over 90km at an average speed over 40kph. Dave got in the early break, but decided after nearly 10km over the hills that 50kph wasn't going to be sustainable (...no kidding right!). He went back to the bunch whilst the break eventually blew up, and recovered for a couple of laps around the 18km circuit. Riding good position for the final 35km he raced aggressively in the final lap. The finale came down to a chaotic bunch sprint. Unfortunately as Dave opened up his sprint another rider checked his line and Dave was forced to roll in with the group. Great day out, fantastic racing and a huge thank you to Uni and all the volunteers for organising this wonderful race every year.
SOMERSET DAM 86km HANDICAP
The Frank Papp Memorial handicap hosted by HWCC sees riders tackle a hilly 86km course that is often subject to strong winds. With a large group of front runners forming early in the race and riding well together, the scratch groups were always going to have a hard time catching up. Eventually the fastest 3 groups merged late in the race but were unable to get across to the front runners, where 7 riders managed to stay away. Adam and Dave rode strongly but alas were not able to get across to the leaders. Great course Hamilton Wheelers!
HWCC CLUB ITT CHAMPIONSHIPS, PINKENBAR
Club individual time trial champs was held on a cold rainy morning at the Pinkenbar course near the Brisbane Airport. Tough conditions but our team came away with two wins, a second and a fourth. Well done Rene, Phil, Adam and Dave! The sun came out just in time for a post race photo.
Bill Osbourne Memorial Handicap, Elimbah
Handicap races are always a tough day out in the saddle and the BillOsbourne Memorial was no exception. Hamilton Wheelers hosted this 66km event on 10 June with several team members competing including Adam and Dave, whilst Phil was managing the Hamilton elite team at round 1 of the QRTS (also at ELimbah on the same day). After some hard riding a large group formed and eventually caught Adam's group to take the lead. Dave & Adam Robinson, amongst others, drove the group hard into the later stages of the race when U19 Conner Sherlock attacked. A-grade rider Liam McCarthy jumped across, and seeing the danger Dave jumped too. The trio broke away with around 10-12km to go and rode as hard as they could to establish a 20sec lead over the peleton behind. Through some incredible riding by Liam, who was clearly the strongest of the trio, the break managed to stay away to the end when a solo attack from Mick Manson almost caught them. Liam generously sat up as Conner opened the sprint, Dave latched onto his wheel and came around him to take the win. A great ride from the first female over the line Bree Playlel, who rounded out the podium (along with Mick's body double Warren!).
Nundah Criterium 3 June
Competing in Hamilton's criterium this week, Dave managed to win the prime (mid race sprint), but missed the winning break started by friend James Ralph, who hung on for the win against his break-away companions. Chapeau James!