Personal Bests All Round

It is almost guaranteed to become cold and wet when we start running our Marg Stoffers midweek TT’s and the first event at Dardanup for the 2015-16 season was no exception.  Fortunately there were only a few spots of rain and the gusty South Westerly died away over the course of the event making conditions near perfect as the night wore on. As a result there were almost personal bests all round with improvements ranging from a few seconds by Nicholas who was still struggling with his gears through to gains of two minutes or more by many of our juniors who once again had the chaperones under significant pressure. First away were Lowan and Ian Ferry with Lowan completing his first ever TT in a great time of  …
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2015 SWCC Road Champs

With the date for the club champs pushed back a bit by the Cristal Series and ToMR, it was always likely to be fairly warm conditions but fortunately not as hot as Saturday with some breeze around to cool it down and mostly keep the flies at bay. First group on the road were those who did not wish to race, but just complete a lap of the valley and with around 14 nominating for the participation event, it was always going to be the biggest bunch.  Good to see Bruce come down from Collie for a ride and good representation from the Loose Wheels with Felicity, Lucinda and Sandi all riding.  We haven’t seen Geoff DeChaneet for a while and great to see him out again.  Unfortunately for Laurie…
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South West Sports Centre Criterium

Having never trialled the course, we weren’t quite sure what we were in for doing a crit on the South West Sport Centre course but with the opportunity to race on closed roads and with positive feedback from Marten Howes who previously did a triathlon on the course, we decided to give it a go. The circuit was long and somewhat more technical than our traditional club criteriums but a good opportunity to develop skills and experience in a low key club format. Unfortunately the summer weather has disappeared at the moment and there was a reasonable south easterly blowing keeping the temperatures down and making the riders work hard in some sections.  The dull conditions were probably a blessing however as the dogs were almost blinding the spectators with…
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Cristal Titanium Brilliance in Nannup

The sun was certainly shining for round 3 of the Cristal Titanium Series in Nannup with the weather warming up to give us an early taste of summer.  There was no doubt there would be plenty of red faces by days end with a challenging ToMR circuit to contend with. A decision was made to neutralise the first climb out of Nannup much to Kim’s disgust but as Brendon pointed out, it was in the interest of the back of the bunch having a better day rather than getting dropped immediately and having a lonely ride.  Unfortunately the lead motorbike was not quite sure where the top of the climb ended and the riders continued on giving them an extended neutral warm up before they were eventually turned back to…
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Vaughan Claims Golden Gnome

Good to see Vaughan Berge back riding strongly again today when he fronted for Uberquads 3 and took out the Cat 1 Golden Gnome.  Ryan Bailie may be the top ranked Australian Triathlete this season but his light weight frame put him at a disadvantage on the fast descent and sprint to the line at Lowden with Vaughan just getting over the top of him before the line.  Nicholas Lawler claimed third, Jaiden Lanigan fourth and Uberquads Dave Holland and Paul Kirby the minor placings. With only Nicholas and Ryan showing up for the SWCC All stars team they could not qualify in the placings in the TTT despite an impressive effort seeing them record fastest time just ahead of Vaughan’s squad.  Uberquads 1 recorded the third fastest time and…
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Sun Shines on Round 1 Cristal Titanium Series

Despite weather forecasts looking somewhat average leading into Sunday’s event in Collie, the conditions were close to perfect with sunny skies and only a light southerly for the field of almost 100 who turned out for Round 1 of the Cristal Titanium Series in Collie. There was a bit of wheeling and dealing around the registration desk as teams short of riders quickly snapped up those who had entered as individuals.  This included Mark Thomas’s All Stars team who were depleted with a no show from young Brad Linfield.  After a superb performance at the recent Collie Donnybrook, Mark Benson was therefore soon tapped on the shoulder and given the unenviable opportunity to step up into cat 1 and try to hang on in a TTT with Nicholas Lawler and…
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Cristal Series

The 2015 Cristal Titanium Series will inspire brilliance!! Collie event - 30th August Dardanup event - 4th October Nannup event - 11th October There is something for everyone in this series whether you choose to do one event or all 3.  No team, no problem, register and we will place you in a team. Please note the date for the Nannup event has changed from that originally advertised and will now be held on 11th October. Cristal Team Series 2015 Information Sheet   Click here to register online
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