18 Teams have been entered into the 2014 Series with 5 Rounds of competitive racing being stage throughout South East Queensland.
Round 1 - Toowoomba Region
Stage 1 begins 1130am on Saturday March 8 at Meringandan Hotel - Meringandan - Haden - Goombungee Circuit 118kms
Stage 2 begins 9am on Sunday March 9th - Mt Tyson - Irongate Circuit 99kms
Stage 3 begins approx 2.30pm on Sunday March 9th at the Glenvale Criterium Circuit, Harvey Rd, Toowoomba
The Series then moves to the Logan Region for Round 2.
No3 South Burnett (Kingaroy/Kumbia)
No4 Lockyer Valley
No5 Murarrie (Brisbane)
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West Australian duo Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEDGE) and Robert Power (WIS) have claimed the elite and under-23 Zarraffa’s Coffee road race Oceania Championship titles in Toowoomba.
“It’s really nice to get the victory today. I came here to focus on the time trial and that didn’t go to plan [so] I feel like I’ve made amends for that now,” said Durbridge who punctured with three kilometres remaining in the event held on Friday.
“This win is a good confidence boost for me before heading back to Europe.”
2013 national time trial and road race champion, Durbridge used his breakaway strength to his advantage, slipping off the front of a tired peloton inside the final 15 kilometres.
Durbridge was joined by Jacyo-AIS World Tour Academy debutant Power and Drapac’s Wesley Sulzberger.
However the boys from the West proved too strong for Sulzberger, the pair riding to the finish together to notch up victories in their respective categories with Durbridge crossing the line first.
“Both of us were seeing starts in the last five kilometres so we were really encouraging each other.
"We also decided to sprint side by side because no matter who crossed the line first we were both winners,” said Durbridge.
Sulzberger claimed silver after finishing 19 seconds behind the leaders while Brenton Jones (Avanti) won a sprint to the line for bronze.
In the under-23 category, Robert-Jon McCarthy finished in sixth place to claim silver and George Tansley finished in seventh position to collect bronze.
“It was pretty awesome to be away with Luke, I never would have expected that at the start of the day,” Power said. “[Luke] was giving me heaps of advice all day, there is no way I would have been on the podium without him.”
Only 32 riders from 206 starters managed to complete the 142 kilometre race due to hot and windy conditions.
“The conditions were really hard today," Power explained. "Teams were putting the field in the gutter and because of the cross winds, everyone is doing the same amount of work and no one could get an easy ride."
Earlier in the race McCarthy (SA) took his chances solo inside the final 35 kilometes. William Clarke (Drapac), Peter Milostic (NSW), Cameron Peterson (NSW) and Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Avanti) soon caught the Herald Sun Tour stage winner and together they gained a maximum lead of 57 seconds.
However team Avanti were determined to keep it together and once again reeled in the breakaway group. From there Power launched an attack on the final climb of the day, taking Durbridge with him.
For 18-year-old Power, it was his first time racing in the Oceania Championships in the mixed under-23 and elite field, something which he said was a daunting thought prior to the race.
“It was pretty scary,” Power remarked. “I raced in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour with the Australian team so I had a bit of experience racing against Drapac and the other NRS teams, but today there was such a quality field that it was definitely daunting.”
The result comes off the back of West Australian's Jessica Allen and Michael Storer winning the women's road race and the junior men's time trial titles respectively.
In the Junior Men’s road race, Victorian Lucas Hamilton claimed line honours in a two-man sprint from Queensland’s James Thompson. Jai Hindley (WA) took bronze, crossing the line six seconds behind the lead two.
The trio were part of an earlier break of six also including Daniel Fitter (QLD), Michael Storer (WA) and Darcy Pirotta (WA). Hamilton attacked his rivals up the final ascent of the undulating Toowoomba course shaking all but Thompson and Hindley, Hindley loosing contact in the rush to the line.
Zarraffa's Coffee Road Cycling Oceania Championships event info
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New Zealand’s Joe Cooper (Avanti Racing) and Queensland’s Shara Gillow (Orica-AIS) have been crowned the Zarraffa’s Coffee Oceania time trial champions in Toowoomba today.
Cooper, 2013 New Zealand national time trial champion, covered the undulating 39 kilometre course in a scintillating time of 49 minutes 43.82 seconds to claim gold.
“This is a big title for me,” said Cooper. “I haven’t won it before, I’ve finished second and third and now I have the full compliment of medals.
“It’s definitely special as I try and aim towards gaining selection to the time trial world championships.”
Cooper finished 14 seconds ahead of Drapac Pro Cycling’s William Clarke (49:58.21) and Lachlan Norris (50:01.22) who stopped the clock a further 17 seconds in arrears.
The title comes after Cooper was unable to defend his New Zealand Time Trial National Championship in January due to injury.
"I developed a hamstring strain a few weeks before the nationals and I couldn’t really ride my bike, [so] it’s definitely good to come back into the lime light, I'm wrapped.
In the women’s event, Gillow continued to show her strength against the clock, winning her fourth Oceania time trial title.
Gillow posted a blistering time of 35 minutes 01.92 seconds over the undulating 25 kilometre course, 26 seconds ahead of Australian National Champion Felicity Wardlaw (Bicycle Superstore, 35:28.29) and a further 34 seconds in front of New Zealand’s Rita Trotman (35:36.31).
“It’s great to take out a fourth Oceania title,” an elated Gillow said. “There are a lot of the same riders here that were at nationals so it’s good to come away with the win,” said Gillow who earned a silver medal at the national time trial championships.
“I was thrilled with my silver medal at nationals and to come back today and take out the win is just fantastic.”
“I had my family down here today which was great, they haven’t watched me race since the Olympics."
Gillow will now focus on the 106.5 kilometre elite women’s road race which begins on Saturday 22nd February.
In the under 23 men’s time trial, national championship silver medalist Harry Carpenter claimed gold, stopping the clock in a time of 45 minutes, 38.75 seconds. Carpenter took out the 37 kilometre event 30 seconds ahead of Avanti Racing’s Campbell Flakemore (46:09.37). Oscar Stevenson rounded out the podium posting a time of 46 mintues, 47.61 seconds.
In the junior women’s event, UCI Road World Championship medalist Alexandria Manly (SA) took out the 13 kilometre event in a time of 18 minutes 59.96 seconds. Manly took out the race ahead of New Zealand duo Madison Farrant (19:26.57) and Amanda Jamieson (19:34.82).
In the junior men’s event, Michael Storer (33:12.25) claimed the Oceania title, crossing the line a narrow four seconds ahead of junior world championship representative Daniel Fitter (33:16.90) while South Australia’s Rohan Wight (34:07.21) stopped the clock 54 seconds in arrears.
West Australian Jessica Allen (VIS) has taken out the Zarraffa’s Coffee Oceania Women's Road Race Championship, edging out Canberra’s Lisa Keeling (Bicycle Superstore) in a two up sprint to the line in Toowoomba this afternoon.
Recently crowned Oceania time trial champion Shara Gillow (Orica-AIS) claimed the bronze medal.
“I’m pretty overwhelmed actually, I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet,” said Allen who claimed the 2011 junior time trial world championship.
“Since I won the junior world title I really haven’t done much, I won the young rider jersey in the Tour of New Zealand a few months after the worlds but since then I don’t think I’ve even won a race until a local race last weekend.
“It’s totally unexpected, I’m just so happy and really hope it gives me a few more opportunities for this year and for the future as well,” Allen revealed.
Allen was part of a five women breakaway which formed inside the first 10 kilometres of the 106 kilometre race and included Keeling, Chloe McConville and Jessica Mundy (Jayco-AIS) and Sophie Mackay (Specialized Securitor).
However the pace through the hills proved too much for Mackay and Mundy who dropped off before Allen and Keeling also managed to shake McConville. The pair battled it out to the finish with Allen overcoming Keeling in the sprint to the line.
“I knew we had to get rid of Chloe McConville before the finish because she would out sprint us any day and once she was dropped I thought I could win it,” explained Allen.
“I just wanted to get into the early break to have a crack, I didn’t think it was going to stay away, but when I looked at the composition of the break I had a good feeling.
“I want to thank my coach Donna at the VIS, she’s done a brilliant job coaching me.”
Silver medalist Keeling was elated at her result.
“I wasn’t sure if [the break] was going to stay away or not but I knew we needed our team represented and as it turned out, because it was such a small field, the break easily stayed away,” said Keeling.
“It was a good opportunity for me and I’m stoked to come away with a silver, it’s probably my best result to date."
In the Under-19 women’s race, New Zealand’s Elizabeth Stannard broke free from a small group inside the final kilometre to claim the junior Oceania title solo.
Stannard took out 71 kilometre race from Queensland’s Jessica Pratt and Anna Hull (NSW) who finished 5 seconds behind the kiwi.
The championships continue tomorrow when the Junior Men’s road race beginning at 8:00am and the Under-23 and Elite Men’s race starting at 11:15am.
The following article by Ben Drewe has been re-published courtesy of the Toowoomba Chronicle:
“Jared Graves can pretty much ride anything. The 2008 Olympian in BMX and mountain bike world champion added road cycling wins to his CV at the Toowoomba Two-Day event.
Graves dominated the two days winning Saturday's criterium at the Glenvale Criterium Track and Sunday's 74km road race around Goombungee.
The Toowoomba rider beat home Jacob Restall and Jayden Copp in the Criterium before he was part of an initial seven-man breakaway in the road race.
The breakaway was whittled down to five about 3km from the finish line and Graves managed to close it out for the pleasing win, as he responded to queries over whether he could handle the climbs in the road race.
"It was a big weekend for him. Jared dominated for the two days," race director Dave Silk said.
The two-day event attracted a big field of 143 riders, with some checking out the Goombungee course which will be used during this week's Zarraffa's Coffee Oceania Cycling Championships.
Silk would have loved to have seen Graves contest the Oceanias but the third round of the Australian MTB Series is on in Victoria this weekend. Graves won the opening round and was runner-up in the second round.
"He could put his mountain bike away and he could fit straight into a professional (road) team," Silk said.
"I think he's got a national mountain bike event on this week. It's a shame. It would have been good to see."
Elite A Race results summary
1st: Jared Graves, 2nd: Jacob Restall, 3rd: Jayden Copp
1st: Jared Graves, 2nd: James Thompson, 3rd: Jack Anderson
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