Australian Open Road Championships

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  1. steve

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    Who here is going?

    Who is your tip for the win?



    Race website: National Cycling Championships - home

    The 10.2km Buninyong circuit is without doubt the ideal course to determine Australia's best male and female road cyclists, with challenging climbs, fast winding downhills and a tough flat sprint to the line.

    A variety of viewing areas providing up close access to riders, has enabled a "Europen-type" feel to the event, with 15,000 spectators expected to flock to the grand finale - the Men's Open Road Race on Sunday.

    The lay-out of the course is as follows;

    0km – 3.2km: Climb (start has an elevation of 434m, top of King of the Mountain is 590m)

    Average ascend of 5%, with some sections reaching 8-9% gradient increase.
    The severity of the climb sees riders limp to the KOM finish to the cheer of a
    European-type crowd.

    3.2km – 3.7km: Flat followed by an undulating rise

    5.0km – 9.7km: Fast / sharp corners, followed by undulating downhill
    (start of downhill is 574m and the end flattens out to 434m)

    Shaded vantage points providing spectators with a view that demonstrates the amazing strength and skill required to be an international rider.
     
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  2. steve

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    1 Peter McDonald (NSW)
    2 Michael Rogers (ACT)
    3 Robbie McEwen (QLD)
    4 Matthew Lloyd (VIC)
    5 Darren Lapthorne (VIC)
    6 Matt Wilson (VIC)
    7 Baden Cooke (VIC)
    8 Allan Davis (QLD)
    9 Wes Sulzberger (TAS)
    10 Simon Clarke (VIC)
    11 Jack Bobridge (SA)
    12 Leigh Howard (VIC)
    13 Cameron Meyer (WA)
    14 Luke Roberts (SA)
    15 Joel Pearson (NSW)
    16 Bernard Sulzberger (TAS)
    17 Jonathan Cantwell (QLD)
    18 Alessandro Bazzana (USA)
    19 Travis Meyer (WA)
    20 Matt Goss (TAS)
    21 David Kemp (QLD)
    22 Darren Rolfe (QLD)
    23 Aaron Kemps (QLD)
    24 William Clarke (TAS)
    25 Zakkari Dempster (VIC)
    26 Drew Ginn (VIC)
    27 Scott Davis (QLD)
    28 Cameron Jennings (QLD)
    29 David Pell (VIC)
    30 Patrick Shaw (VIC)
    31 David Tanner (NSW)
    32 Russell Van Hout (SA)
    33 Matthew Rice (TAS)
    34 Dylan Newell (VIC)
    35 Jai Crawford (TAS)
    36 Brendan Brooks (NSW)
    37 Peter Herzig (QLD)
    38 Chris Jory (NSW)
    39 Johnnie Walker (VIC)
    40 Damien Turner (VIC)
    41 Nicholas Sanderson (VIC)
    42 Steven Robb (VIC)
    43 Rhys Pollock (VIC)
    44 Chris Pryor (QLD)
    45 Mitchell Pearson (NSW)
    46 Steven Pilson (VIC)
    47 Daniel Mcconnell (VIC)
    48 Andrew Roe (SA)
    49 Hayden Brooks (QLD)
    50 Nathan Jones (WA)
    51 Charles Howlett (VIC)
    52 Ashley Humbert (NSW)
    53 Casey Munro (VIC)
    54 Mark O'Brien (VIC)
    56 John Anderson (QLD)
    58 Bradeley Hall (WA)
    59 John Cornish (VIC)
    60 James Ibrahim (VIC)
    62 Samuel Rix (VIC)
    63 Stephen Tree (NSW)
    64 Peter Dennis (VIC)
    66 Erik Mellegers (WA)
    71 Dimitri Lafleur (WA)
    72 Giuseppe Cirella (QLD)
    74 Steele Von Hoff (VIC)
    76 Mark Hewat (VIC)
    77 Simon Mccarroll (NSW)
    82 Reece-Emerson Van Beek (VIC)
    83 Andrew Naylor (VIC)
    85 Peter Aquilina (VIC)
    86 Aaron Batchelor (VIC)
    87 Nick Bensley (VIC)
    88 Donatas Bludzis (VIC)
    89 Jay Bourke (VIC)
    90 Fabio Calabria (VIC)
    91 Logan Calder (WA)
    92 Cameron Carlyle (VIC)
    93 Billy Carson (SKCC)
    94 Phillip Chapman (NSW)
    95 Chris D'Amelio (VIC)
    96 Brad Davies (SA)
    97 David Deery (ACT)
    98 Rowan Dever (VIC)
    99 Mark Dippelsman (QLD)
    100 Rob Doyle (VIC)
    101 MCKINLEY Drew (IRL)
    102 Karl Evans (QLD)
    103 Mark Frendo (QLD)
    104 John Groves (MTB)
    105 Mark Guirguis (VIC)
    106 Steven Hedley (WA)
    107 Matthew Hodges (QLD)
    108 Tobyn Horton (GBR)
    109 Michael Hosking (QLD)
    110 Jon Houston (SA)
    111 Nathan Hunter (SA)
    112 Justin Ieronimo (VIC)
    113 Mark Isaacs (VIC)
    114 Luke James (VIC)
    115 Mark Jamesion (QLD)
    116 Craig Johnson (VIC)
    117 Kris Johnston (ACT)
    118 Brendan Jones (NSW)
    119 Tristan Jones (SA)
    120 Ben Kersten (NSW)
    121 Michael Knoff (VIC)
    122 Kris Koke (NSW)
    123 Peter Ladd (VIC)
    125 Tom Last (GBR)
    126 Marc Loecherer (VIC)
    127 Chris Mallalue (VIC)
    128 Steven Martin (VIC)
    129 Liam Mccarthy (QLD)
    130 Shaun Mccarthy (VIC)
    131 Tim Mcgrath (VIC)
    132 Mark Mckinley (IRL)
    133 David Melville (QLD)
    134 Nicholas Mitchell (VIC)
    135 Sam Moorhouse (NSW)
    136 Sean Moran (ACT)
    137 Malachi Moxon (VIC)
    138 Adam Murchie (VIC)
    139 Tommy Nankervis (VIC)
    141 Lachlan Norris (MTB)
    143 Stuart Payne (VIC)
    144 Cameron Peterson (NSW)
    145 David Rawlins (SA)
    147 Jared Rowney (QLD)
    148 Sam Rutherford (NSW)
    149 Josh Smith (SA)
    150 Cameron Spears (SA)
    151 Chris Steffanoni (VIC)
    152 Jacob Sutherland (VIC)
    153 Walter Tate (USA)
    154 Will Tehan (VIC)
    155 Jon Townsend (VIC)
    157 Lee Turner (VIC)
    158 Christopher Tymms (VIC)
    161 Wade Wallace (VIC)
    162 Matthew Werrell (QLD)
    163 Will Wettenhall (VIC)
    164 Robert Williams (NSW)
    168 Rico Rogers (NZL)
    169 Paul Richards (VIC)
     
  3. Hitchy

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    Paul Richards...a certainty!;)...how's his form?

    Ok, seriously, I think Mick Rodgers will commit hari kari if he doesn't win this one
     
  4. classic1

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    lol. chatted to him on Tuesday. He has a fat ****...but still finished 7th or whatever.:D
     
  5. steve

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    William Clarke doing 40kph up the climb hanging on to a car was the highlight of the race for me.
     
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    1 Travis Meyer (WA) 4:26:31
    2 David Kemp (QLD) 0:00:31
    3 Damien Turner (VIC) 0:01:08
    4 Russell Van Hout (SA) 0:01:43
    5 Hayden Brooks (QLD) 0:03:14
    6 Jack Bobridge (SA) 0:03:29
    7 David Pell (VIC)
    8 Bernard Sulzberger (TAS)
    9 William Clarke (TAS)
    10 Mark O'brien (VIC) 0:05:09
    11 Johnnie Walker (VIC) 0:05:16
    12 John Anderson (QLD)
    13 Darren Rolfe (QLD) 0:06:23
    14 Jai Crawford (TAS)
    15 Baden Cooke (VIC) 0:06:31
    16 Zakkari Dempster (VIC)
    17 Jonathan Cantwell (QLD)
    18 Luke Roberts (SA)
    19 Cameron Jennings (QLD)
    20 Matt Wilson (VIC)
    21 Lachlan Norris (MTB)
    22 Peter Mcdonald (NSW) 0:06:35
    23 Steven Robb (VIC)
    24 Michael Rogers (ACT) 0:06:37
    25 Matthew Lloyd (VIC) 0:06:42
    26 Fabio Calabria (VIC) 0:07:16
    27 Mark Frendo (QLD) 0:08:06
    28 Brendan Jones (NSW) 0:08:11
    29 Wes Sulzberger (TAS)
    30 Daniel Mcconnell (VIC)
    31 Cameron Meyer (WA)
    32 Jay Bourke (VIC) 0:11:27
    33 Dylan Newell (VIC) 0:11:51
    34 Andrew Roe (SA) 0:12:18
    35 Drew Ginn (VIC) 0:13:07
    36 Tristan Jones (SA) 0:13:23
    37 Sean Moran (ACT)
    38 John Cornish (VIC)
    39 Joel Pearson (NSW)
    40 Patrick Shaw (VIC)
    41 Allan Davis (QLD) 0:13:48
    42 Jon Houston (SA) 0:14:11
    43 Will Wettenhall (VIC)
    44 Scott Davis (QLD)
    45 Shaun Mccarthy (VIC)
    46 Karl Evans (QLD)
    47 Steven Pilson (VIC)
    48 Sam Moorhouse (NSW) 0:15:26
    49 Liam Mccarthy (QLD) 0:15:41
    50 Wade Wallace (VIC) 0:26:34
     
  7. limerickman

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    Bobridge is the only rider in the Top 10 that rings any bells with me.
     
  8. Grater

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    I was there a lot. Bloody hot.

    Good racing though
     
  9. classic1

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    It was a strange race by all accounts. The early break stuck.

    Travis Meyer is with Garmin, just came on board with them. Freak bike rider, but they say his older bro is better (reigning world points score champ). You will hear plenty about the pair of them in coming years.

    Van Hout is a former Aussie champ and finished a couple of Giros

    Salzburger was a gun U23, think he is with FDJ

    The others are all very handy on a national level, former Australian reps at Junior or U23 level, or in the case of someone like Pell capable of winning Herald Sun Tour stages or Melbourne to Warnambools.
     
  10. Hitchy

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    Weird race all right, the winning break goes in the 1st 500mts of 160km event!. No-one from the bunch looked particularly interested in chasing, for all his touted 'interest' in making amends for last year, Rogers showed no interest at all. Only saw Howard on the front a few times around the middle of the race & Goss obviously wasn't having a good day. Rogers never went to the front to force the pace, leaving it to the domestic pro's to organize something, but it was too little too late.Cookie was the 'stand out' for me, never seen him looking so lean, perhaps a new team has given him some motivation, maybe a crack at the spring classics is on the cards. Both Davis' looked ordinary, struggled to hold on each lap over the climb. Lloyd did a bit to force the pace late in the race, but had no assistance from anyone. Obviously 'Fly V' with 3 in the initial break & garmin with 2, had little interest in anything but a 'Sunday pootle'
     
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    Cookie looks very fit, its great to see him back on a decent team.

    Both Davis brothers both look like they could lose 10KG's :eek:
     
  12. Hitchy

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    Bwhahaha, yep they both looked like they've had a decent 'offie', which surprises me a little, I thought Allan, at least might have some interest in defending his TDU.

    I remember wondering who the fat blokes in the Astana kit were?..I thought they might have been left overs from the 'recreational' ride in the morning!:D
     
  13. classic1

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    where did u sit hitchy, at the finish or up on the hill.

    Would have gone except it was so friggin hot on Sunday
     
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    3/4 the way up the hill, best spot to watch the suffering....& there was plenty of that. Quite a few 'ROFLMAO' moments with the spectators & the riders. Favourites:

    Our mate Steffo decided he probably didn't have the legs to finish (hadn't trained specifically for this), so decided he might as well go out in a 'blaze of glory', so burst out of the bunch on about lap 3 to try & bridge to the break, (& get his photo taken & name called out by the commentators!)...spent 4 laps by himself between the break & the bunch....by about the 4th lap away, he was looking pretty ordinary...but we probably knew it was all over when he came up the hill the next time....eating a hot dog! ROFLMAO.

    The seppo on the Fly V team was a DNF with probably 5 laps to go...he pedals up the hill & gets off right next to us...as the break comes around the next time, he starts running beside kemps yelling 'Good job, good job', with bidon in his hand...makes to pour some over his head & kemps swerves away to get away from him...undeterred our Seppo friend has another go at drowning him, only for kemps to turn & yell "Will you fark off"!....Seppo stops running right in the middle of the road & narrowly misses getting 'collected' by the commissaire vehicle, who also abuses the fark out of him!....seppo walks over, obviously struggling to understand the local 'venacular' & says "what did they say"?....My mate goes, "Well your team mate thinks you're a farkwit & so does the commissaire & I reckon if we take a vote of everyone on the hill, it'll be unanimous"...ROFLMAO
     
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    The 2010 Scody Australian Open Road Cycling Championships have come to an end. Ballarat hosted five incredible days of cycling action where new champions were crowned and new names etched into cycling history. The weather was a challenge, with hundreds of male and female cyclists taking on one another in near 40 degree hea
     
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    G'day, Lim.
    Travis and Cameron Meyer started out with Midland Cycling Club (who my daughter rides with). They are both great ambassadors and role models for the junior riders.
    As you will have noticed in the TDU, Cameron is making a strong comeback from 2009 surgery, and put in a fine effort for Garmin Transitions in Stage 5.
    They are both very promising young riders with good attitudes.
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    his mrs looked pretty darn fit too....
     
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    I didn't see her, i'm not surprised though ;)
     
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