The ACT road championships is a somewhat odd event on the annual racing calendar as the smaller number of entries in each category results in a mixing of categories on the start line of each race. As a results riders need to be very aware of which other riders are in their category so that they know exactly who they are racing. Of course just aiming to win the race is a guaranteed way of topping the podium and that's the approach that the Suzuki Trek riders took in the elite, U23, U19 and Masters 1/2 mens race today.
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The Argonaut Cycle Coaching website has recently undergone a refresh of the look and design, with the blog pages to undergo further updates shortly. We hope that these changes make it easier to find information on the website and they will also enable it to be managed more effectively.
Additionally, we are excited to announce that we have started adding a range of training programs to the website. These programs provide an affordable way of accessing a structured training program for a specific race or sportif event. At present we have training programs for the extremely popular Tour of Bright, as well as a 7 week Criterium program for just $40 (just in time for summer). We will shortly be adding a 10 week hilly sportif program that is suitable for the Fitz's Challenge/Epic, 3 Peaks Challenge and a range of other events.
A list of all current programs and prices is on the new Training Plans page. Plans can be purchased directly from this page.
NB: We are aware of a problem with the Heart Rate Training Zone Calculator and we hope to have this fixed shortly.
Well it was a huge, action packed, weekend of racing with Argonaut riders travelling to Tasmania and Bathurst to compete in the first NRS race of the season (Mersey Tour in Tassie) and the NSW Hill Climb championships/Bathurst racing. An interesting twist this year was that these events were held on the same weekend and this had a significant impact on the racing at Bathurst, with most of the big teams sending riders to Tassie for the Mersey tour instead of Bathurst.
In the weeks leading up to these events all riders were training hard and the indications were that there would be some top results as well as a stream of PB’s. However, race days don’t always go as planned and while there were definitely some great results there was also some bad news with two riders sustaining broken bones.
The 24hr solo MTB championships were held at Majura over the Easter weekend and while the pros were busy working their way towards monumental laps numbers and distances there were also a group of dedicated age group athletes set for the challenge of riding for 24hrs straight. Angus McKay and Nathan Schubert were two of these riders. The boys ride for Team Hot Designs and they proudly displayed the kit throughout the event. Training for this event started in earnest around three months ago and many km’s later the boys took to the start line at midday on Saturday.
As always with events of this nature there are times when things don’t quite go to plan and unfortunately for Nathan things started going off plan after 7 laps, with stomach problems forcing a stop after lap 8. A quick (or not so quick nap) later Nathan was feeling better and bravely got back on the bike the next morning and ripped out another 5 laps to finish with a total of 13 laps in around 12 hours of riding.
Angus’ event was a stark contrast with the big diesel engine that is Angus McKay primed for a long one. He rode consistently until 4:30am (16.5hrs ) before it was time for a break with 14 laps in the bag. A quick nap and then back onto the bike just after sun up to join Nathan for another 4 laps to finish with a total of 18 – just one lap shy of qualifying for the world championships.
All up the boys learnt heaps in their first 24hr solo race and are sure to improve when they next toe the start line.
Well done and congratulations on your results and all the hard work just getting to the start line.
What a great weekend of racing for Argonaut riders in Canberra this past weekend, with top results at Gunning and the Stromlo races club races.
Headlining the results was Roger Northcote with his stellar victory in B grade at Gunning. Not to be outdone Matt Linden and Lisa Keeling claimed victories and fastest times for the men’s and women’s grades respectively at the Stromlo ITT on Saturday. Brad Drew also claimed victory in the Men’s C category.
On Sunday Matt and Lisa backed up for the Stromlo-Condor handicap road race with Matt claiming third in the scratch bunch and Lisa taking out first female as well as the best placed rider from the small Men’s C/Women’s A bunch.
The ACT hill climb championships is perhaps one of the toughest races of the year, with competitors racing against the clock of the longest climb in Canberra, Corin rd.
The race conditions this year were a touch more challenging than previous years with a headwind welcoming the riders for most of the course and with the strength of the wind increasing as the morning progressed it was going to make for an interesting race.
A 2 minute 15 second gap between the four man breakaway and the pack at the bottom of the Corin climb wasn't enough to stop prevent Will Lind from climbing to victory in the Corin Classic.
The race started in a similar fashion to last year's event with a breakaway heading up the road. Velo Canberra's Steve Blackburn was joined by Matt Linden, young Karl Michelin-Beard (who was making his debut in the A grade ranks) and James Quinton. The gap quickly opened up to over two minutes, with the main pack quite content to just roll along in the early stages. Heading back past the junction to Tidbinbilla Tracking station on the first part of the lap the pack started to form up and Suzuki/Trek riders, Phil Jermyn and Brendan Johnston were prominent at the front, along with Argonaut rider David Gillies.
In the lead up to the Tour of Bright we will be running several motorpacing sessions each week. The sessions are targetted at open A and B grade level riders and will run on Wednesdays and the weekend (around the racing).