Written by Steve Sutton
On Saturday 11 May my better half (Samantha Sutton) and I competed in our first Track racing event (at the DISC velodrome).
It has been a big year so far which has seen us compete for the first time also in criterium and time trials.
Pre-race saw both of us suffering from major nerves of what was to come. We had both registered for D grade however on arrival Sam and the other D grade Women found that they had been combined into C grade.
Our plan was to turn up early so we could find a quiet corner to set up but it seemed every one had the same idea and we were lucky to find space to place our rollers.
As the pre-race announcements began it was very confusing for all the first time riders. Especially as the track terms rolled off people's mouths like we new what they meant. After a few questions it started to make a little more sense.
The race format was posted on the notice board and we all began to get ready.
Pre-race instructions informed us that:
1. Gears were restricted to 92 inches (48/14) and would be inspected.
2. No tinted glasses permitted
3. No computers allowed.
The evening would consists of 4 races with points given to individuals depending on results.
First race on the list for my D grade was a 6 lap Progressive points race with the first across the line on lap one to get 1 point, first over the line on second lap 2 points , first over line on third lap 3 points etc etc.
Sounds like a pretty cut throat event with little let up the whole race with one sprint for the points just finishing and you have to go for the next. It is!
There was about 12 riders in mens D grade. Nerves were high. I knew I could not sprint at the front for 6 laps so my plan was to hide in the bunch for the first three laps when the points were low and maybe try and use my energy on one of the laps towards the end.
The first three laps went as planned with the same rider easily taking the points. He was obviously stronger than the rest of us. On lap 4 through more natural attrition I found myself on second wheel. I thought to myself as we approached the line. Its now or never. I went for it but was pipped at the line.
Lap 5 saw the same result. No results for a lot of effort in this type of race!
Lap 6, final chance, three of us rounded the last corner all fighting hard and I was stuck in the middle. One final effort saw the three of us cross the line in what I would say was a photo finish. I thought I heard one of the marshalls say the one in the middle. Did I hear right?
Later one of the other riders said he saw I got points on the display. Maybe I did get that last lap. Still waiting for the results to be posted on the Cycling Vic web to check.
My previous observation that the leader in our first D grade points race was a stronger rider was confirmed when he was bumped up to C grade for the rest of the night.
Race 2 for the night was to be a heat for a 3 lap derby. My main concern was that I had not done a held start on a sloping track. All our practice races to date had been a start holding onto the railing. Thankfully, I got away ok.
My result for this heat saw a close second place which placed me into the D grade B final.
Race 3 was the derby final. This saw a starting list of 6 riders. Somewhat out of the norm as most derbys have 4. A frantic call for two extra "holders" for the start saw me have the luck of being started by a world champ track racer who was competing in the A grade as "practice". I say practice as he made it look like a sunday stroll as he rode around in his rainbow jersey.
A delay at the start due to two missing riders saw us being held for an extended period while they were found which has now removed any doubt I had that I can balance.
Once again my result was a close second.
By this time the flow of how things were done was starting to make sense which will put both Sam and I in a good position next time.
One race to go.
By the time the last race for the evening had arrived my legs were wishing I was doing Sammy's 12 lap scratch race instead of the 20 laps that were to come. Do I use the same gearing or go easier? What are the typical tactics? A quick chat with Daryl (our Saturday coach) cleared it up. Same gearing. Stay with bunch and try and be in good position for last 2 laps. Easier said than done I thought. Once again the 12 or us started off. Initial few laps saw riders swinging off and taking turns at regular intervals. This didn't last long. As riders got tired they swung off at erratic intervals. Not good as you never new when the rider in front was going to suddenly swing in or out of in front of you. At this stage I was either protecting my front wheel to avoid a collision or trying to calculate how many laps were left and where I would be sitting if riders kept swinging off. With about 5 laps to go all fell apart. Riders were everywhere over the track and the marshall was yelling to some riders to maintain a straight line.
A gap formed and I thought "I'm getting out of here into clear space" I broke through and got to the front. Not for long as my legs disagreed with this plan.
One rider came from the top of the track and flew past to make an unassailable break. A second followed leaving me in third. 2 laps to go. Hang on legs! It was not to be. Somewhere between there and the finish I was vanquished to the minor placings amongst the pack.
Overall I am stoked with my efforts. Samantha Sutton did just as well considering she was placed with C grade. I'm am very proud of her considering she was totally blind going into her race. At least I had some practice derby's prior. It was a steep but enjoyable learning curve for both.
Next meet: Keirin event in June.
OFFICIAL RESULTS FROM THE NIGHT:
Event 18: D Grade Sprint Heat 3
1. 69 Ben WARNER
2. 66 Steve SUTTON
3. 63 Peter STANLEY
Event 20: C Grade Women Sprint Heat 2
1. 97 Dale MALZIELS
2. 94 Samantha SUTTON
3. 92 Susan COX
4. 98 Kathryn FELDMAIER
Event 25: D Grade Sprint Final B
1. 65 Mel HUMPHREYS-GREY
2. 66 Steve SUTTON
3. 61 Liam HAPKE
4. 62 Paul DAVEY
Event 34: C Grade Women 12 lap Scratch
1. 93 Gabrielle BELZ
2. 96 Lisa COCHRANE
3. 95 Marita BOX
4. 94 Samantha SUTTON
MOTHERS DAY RIDE - Sun 12 May 2013
STOLEN BIKESPlease keep a look out for these bikes. Stolen yesterday (8 May) from one of our MCC Members - Natasha Mitchell. Cervelo carbon soloist team CSC model 51cm
-DuraAce 10 spd 7800 model
-FSA cranks & bars
-Selle Italia saddle
-Original dirty white CSC bar tape
-Carbon Look Keo pedals
-Polar speed & cadence sensors (old S series)
-Wheels are different from picture
Purple/Green Custom Steel frame Ken Evans 55 cm -very distinctive
-full Ultegra 10 spd groupset
-Reynolds 853 steel tubes
-purple bar tape
-Easton circuit wheels (as seen on the Cervelo)
Should you see either of these bikes please contact Tom (0407 285 970) or Ray (0419 815 000) ASAP.
In order to assist Lazy Moe's on one of their busiest days of the year,
we have advised them we will be in for coffee around 8:45am.
The 8am Sunday ride will continue as normal but will be a slightly shorter duration to ensure we are at Lazy Moes by 8.45am
All Mothers riding that day will receive a free drink.
The 7am ride beforehand will continue as normal.
ROUTE CHANGE TO SAT MORNING RIDESWe've made a bit of change to the ride on Saturday mornings. In
some cases those that ride need to get back home a little earlier for
other family commitments.
Saturday morning ride departing from the Jolly Miller Café, 354 High Street Melton.
Riders gather from 7am when the café opens and perhaps grab a quick
coffee before heading off by 7.20am.
The modified route for this ride
(which has yet to be sanctioned or
ridden by the president) is to travel up Coburns Road and then turn left
into Diggers Rest-Coimadai Road and head towards Bacchus Marsh.
Depending on the amount of time riders have available or the distance
they wish to travel, the options are to:
- return to Melton via Long Forest
- return through Bacchus Marsh or
- continue past Bacchus Marsh and
return via Melton Reservoir and Exford Road.
All being well, the longer
journey will be back in Melton in approx. 2 hours.
The previous option
of riding to Bacchus Marsh and joining other Bacchus Marsh cyclists there for a 1-2
hour ride is still available for individual riders who choose to do so.
Congratulations goes out to Sam Sutton and her BREEZE riders (Andrea Bell, Francine Walshe and Rach Howard) for completing their first long organized ride!
The group participated in the BAD ride in Ballarat earlier today and rode a magnificent 53 kilometers. Great effort girls!
It just goes to show what some hard work, training, persistence and a group of friends can achieve.
An honorable mention also goes to Sam's Husband Steve Sutton who rode with the group as their domestique, providing support as required.
Whilst we're talking about Sam & Steve Sutton, I'd like to remind everyone that both Sam and Steve will be competing in their first track race this coming Saturday (11 May) at DISC (Darebin International Sports Centre).
Racing starts at 4.30pm on the Saturday and I am sure Sam and Steve would both love to see fellow MCC members there, cheering them both on (and taking photos!).
DISC is located in Thornbury at the following address:
Darebin International Sports Centre
Also known as John Cain Memorial Park
281 Darebin Rd, Thornbury 3071
Melway 31 A6
We wish both Sam and Steve all the best this week in preparation for their very first track race.
Both of you continue to be an inspiration...well done!
Thursday night Winter Circuit riding at the Melton Industrial Estate is now a stayer!
PLUS - we're going to add Wednesday nights to the mix.
Why Wednesday? Well not everyone can make Thursday - and Wednesday night rides became our signature mid week ride during summer that we should continue with.
In summer the Wednesday night ride will flick back to a road ride.
Numbers have been strong on Thursday nights so we hope this remains to be popular over the next few months.
We look forward to seeing the numbers on Wednesdays!
Thanks to the guys bringing brooms to sweep.
These rides are great for all riders of all levels. Lights are compulsory!!!
If you haven't been along to one of these circuit rides but have wondered what it would be like, come on down and see for yourself...
Despite MCC withdrawing their involvement with Northern Combine - there are still a number of members getting involved in Racing - and from the feedback we're getting, the interest in some recreational members wanting to dip their toe in the water is increasing.
On the 11th of May Sam and Steve Sutton will be competing at their first TRACK meet at DISC (Darebin International Sports Centre).
They'll both be kitted up in the MCC colours and we would love to see as many members there cheering them on!
For those that are interested in having a go at TRACK, DISC run "Come n Try Days" aimed at all ages and abilities. These clinics allow the individual to experience the thrill of track cycling under the guidance and support of nationally qualified coaches.Whether it's your desire to learn new skills, try something different or purely just have fun.
Sessions are run by qualified coaches, run for approximately 90 minutes and track bikes are provided by Cycling Victoria.
The next Come n Try Day is May 26th. For more information visit this Cycling Victoria link.
Want to get into racing - but just not too sure if you are ready to race with a bunch of trophy hungry cyclists around you?
Well how about competing in an Individual Time Trial event. An ITT event is an opportunity to race yourself against the clock.
Normally run on a 20km course - cyclists normally head off in 30 second intervals. These are categorised and in some cases - you are able to compete under your regular Silver CA license. (Depending the event you are entering into). There are also E and F grades which is a 10km option.
For more information or if you're interested in having a go - please let us know either via Email or post on our Facebook page.
Ray, Sam and Steve are looking at competing at the Blackburn Cycling Club - Yarra Blvd ITT Event on 19 May 2013.
As you all may now be aware Babes on Bikes is now called BREEZE.
Breeze is a program by Cycling Victoria to establish a network of women's bunch rides across Victoria, led by women. Cycling Victoria have begun training female leaders (with AustCycle accreditation as well as leadership training), and provide support and networking opportunities to help establish women's only bunch rides in their local area.
We are fortunate to have our own member Samantha Sutton as one of the BREEZE Ride leaders. She is now a fully accredited L1 AustCycle Coach.
If any women out there who want to get back on a bike, meet new people, and get out into the fresh air then BREEZE Rides Western Suburbs might just be your answer.
There is a ride on the last Saturday of every month. There is also a special event ride (Anniversary BREEZE Ride) to be held 2nd of June.
There are two scheduled rides for the day. Meeting on Station Street (Maddingley Park ...Bacchus Marsh the first ride will depart at 9.30am and head out on a ride out to Lerderderg Gorge and back. (Approx 12km at an easy pace) This ride will meet with those that would like to meet at Station street at 11.00am for a nice ride up through Werribee Vale Road and back. (Approx 13km at an easy pace) Following will be a lunch to be held at Flanagans Irish Pub....so 12km or 25km - It's your choice!
A few BREEZE Ride participants have been working very hard under the guidance and coaching of Sam and will be participating in their first "organised ride" BAD Ride this Sunday 5th of May.
They are riding the 50km ride and the Melton Cycling Club wishes them all the best! There are a number of MCC members also participating in this ride!
For more info on BREEZE rides please visit our BREEZE rides page or contact Sam Sutton direct on 0420 417 978.
2013 ATB Public Entries - NOW OPEN!
Just a reminder to all those who plan to ride in this year's Around The Bay ride, public entries opened today at 9am.
Here is a direct link to the ATB entries page which lists pricing for each ride option.
It is also worth noting that this year it will cost participants $12 extra to have their rider jersey posted to them (or it can be collected in person from BNV in the CBD for free).
Also, if you haven't already added your name to the MCC ATB Riders list, please feel free to do so.
Here is a link to the Google Doc.
Please note the Deer Park Bypass shared-user path will be closed between Ballarat Rd (Christies Rd) to Riding Boundary Rd, from 8 April to July 2013.
For further information please visit the Regional Rail link website
Whilst there are no official detour routes that have been deemed as safe options, cyclists should be able to ride down Westwood Drive/Robinsons Rd (to the point where the shared-path crosses Robinsons Rd), then continue Eastbound on the path towards the city - and vice versa if travelling towards Caroline Springs.
Cyclists should take care when cycling these roads as there are no dedicated cycling lanes.
They say a change is as good as a holiday so we have undertaken a revamp
of the club's website to re-vitalize and freshen up the way in which we
share our club information with our members.
All the usual information can be found here along with a few new additions.
Take some time to look around and if there is anything you feel should be included on our website, please let us know!