Sam Welsford Adelaide International Sprint Series
Sam Welsford takes 5 wins at the International Sprint Series in Adelaide
In Sam’s words:
“For the past week I have been competing in Adelaide for the international sprint series. As I am part of the Australian junior world team, we were required to race the u19 section. The racing was full gas from the start and was top notch. My main goal was to use new techniques and learn as much as could, results were just a bonus. I came away with 5 wins and a couple of top fives so I learnt a lot.”
Thanks to Kevin Anderson @ Chameleon Photography
Bicycle Safety Presentation
We were at the Goldfields Cyclassic recently we had organised to have a presentation with the local school. There are only 32 school children in Menzies so have 10 turn up is not too bad. Jono has got his presentation on bicycle safety down pat – firstly introducing the team and the reason for the team bicycle safety and helmet safety initiative sponsored by McDonald’s.
Questions and answers about bicycle safety were going back and forwards. Sam Welsford then gave a talk about helmet safety, describing how the correct wearing of a bicycle helmet saved him from getting concussion when he crashed at the Tour de Perth.
Riders then asked the school children questions about bicycle safety and awarded the Bell Helmets to the person with the correct answer. All in all a successful event held in the main street of Menzies at the Goldfields Cyclassic – we’ll do it all again next year. Here are some photos from the day including the Logistics Coordinator holding onto the helmets in case they got lost. Big thank you to Andrew Mawby for the photos.
Goldfields Cyclassic 2014
Day 1 of the Goldfields Cyclassic started with an early flight out from Perth Kalgoorlie to kick off the first stage of the inaugural 2-day handicap. Over 200 Starters were present to race showing the growing popularity of the event. We had our work cut out for us today with a strong A grade field and with big cash prizes it was sure to be an aggressive race. As we left Kalgoorlie the roll through quickly started and we were sitting on 50khr until the first sprint point 18km out of town. We had decided to contest the sprint point so I launched an early attack from about 700m out and took the sprint with the boys following any wheels trying to bridge across to me. The surge of the sprint hurt a few legs and we begun to see people start sitting on so we gradually increased the pace until the field begun to dwindle in numbers. The B-grade field managed to do a good job and hold us off until around the 20km to go sign but when they were caught the attacks started. Groups tried to frantically get away however with the group travelling over 50khr nothing was sticking. Sure to be a bunch sprint the boys moved Sam Welsford into a great spot, as he was looking strong all day. Nick GD from Arbitrage launched his sprint early along with a few others however Sam was positioned perfectly to come past Nick to take the win with Nick GD in second and myself in 3rd and Jonathan Bolton in 4th with the rest of the lads very close behind.
Everybody rode extremely well and there are too many good things to mention individually as it was one of those days where everything worked very well. Tomorrow brings another tough stage but with the boys all feeling very strong we are hoping to take another win for Satalyst Giant.
Race report by Andy Williams
Giro Tifosi Dinner
Fantastic Giro dinner at The Vic 27th May put on by the Satalyst Giant Tifosi jointly with the Cam Meyer VIP Club. WA cycling fans filled the venue for a four course long table format feast whilst watching the Giro live on the big screen. The 16th stage of the Giro proved to be an epic battle over three major climbs, including the Stelvio in challenging weather with the GC contenders hitting each other relentlessly. But the highlight of the evening was a live, exclusive, interview with Cam Meyer, now recuperating in Andorra, talking openly about the highs and lows of riding in the Giro.
Tour of Toowoomba 2014
Stage 1 Tour of Toowoomba race report – Mathew Marshall
Satalyst-Giant began their Tour of Toowoomba campaign outside the cities’ town hall as the fresh, overcast morning started to dissipate through the neutral section revealing some welcoming sunshine.
Pat and Theo went with the first of many short lived moves early in the race, largely due the sheer speed throughout the stage. The peloton essentially stayed together for the rest of the stage as it tracked north-west through the small rural towns Acland and Muldu before heading back towards Toowoomba via Goombungee where Jono followed a compelling solo move which pressed the stronger teams in to a corner into the latter stages of the race.
As Jono rejoined the peloton before the final K.O.M Brendon subsequently managed to shut down a threatening move containing the N.R.S leader Joe Cooper. Pat then helped position Theo towards the front of the heavily reduced field leading into the finale which resulted in a strong 6th placing.
The boys will now rest in anticipation for the Tours queen stage tomorrow concluding in the infamous Bunya Mountains.
Stage 2 Tour of Toowoomba race report – Brendon Meney
Today was the Queen stage of the Tour of Toowoomba with a127km Road race finishing at the top of Mt Bunya, a 6.3km climb averaging just over 7%.
Although we raced a good race yesterday our results at the finish line let us down. So last night we had a team meeting assessing our ambitions and started today’s race with that fresh in our minds.
Our tactics were simple. Get someone in the breakaway and the rest conserve energy for the final climb. Pat Shaw won the first intermediate sprint with a solo attack very early on and Jackson was instrumental with getting himself in the break away that stuck, even though he was feeling under the weather. He managed to pick up 3rd in both the first and second KOM’s and gained 1 point towards stage aggressor.
The rest of us rode together in the bunch a lot better than we have recently which was a positive gained after last night’s discussion. The pace was high 40km out from the base of the climb as everyone wanted a good position. But we stayed near the back to avoid wasting energy in the “washing machine” effect. The bunch reeled in Jackson’s breakaway just after the second last KOM.
We moved from the back of the Peloton to the front 10kms from the base of the climb. And tried to remain as close to the front as possible to give ourselves a better chance on the hill. Pat, Mat and myself climbed pretty close to one another on the climb and we finished within 10 seconds of each other, with 12th (Pat), 15th (Mat) and 19th (me) and achieving 3rd on the teams classification for the stage behind Avanti and STR. Well done to them both
Jono got 30th, Theo 57th and Jackson 85th. Tomorrow we have the teams time trial in the morning and a 110km Road race in the afternoon.
Stages 3 & 4 Report by Jackson Mawby.
Two words that every bike rider in the NRS peloton despise: double stage. The morning consisted of an out-and-back 20km TTT, followed by a 114km road race in the afternoon.
After a very solid 3rd on team’s classification on stage 2, we earned the right to 3rd team out of the start gate. An hour delay caused by fog and a dramatic course change due to water on the road saw us off at 10:09. The team spoke extensively in team meetings about how we were to ride the TTT, and on the day, we bloody nailed it. We were smooth, fast and consistent. The 4th rider stopped the clock, so being furthest down and GC, Jono and myself pulled some hard turns in the back half to set the team up for a good result. A 48km/h average saw us ride to a very respectable 6th place, only 3 seconds off 4th. The team was stoked with this result, having rivaled much healthier TT equipped teams. We certainly rode outside ourselves.
3 hours later, the riders were lining up on the start line for the 114km afternoon road race. This stage is notorious for brutal crosswinds, and there was certainly some tense looking bike riders on the start line. 6kms in, an already lined-out peloton was split by a crash, and suddenly, there were numerous groups of riders all scampering to rejoin the front group. Pat, Theo and Jono all made the front split, and were very prominent in forcing the gap between the 1st and 2nd groups. Matt, Brendon and myself were less lucky and found ourselves in the second group. Matt suffered even more bad luck and punctured on one of two gravel sections on course. Given the almighty pace being forced by the front group, Matt was unable to rejoin our bunch (not-so-fun fact: we covered the first 40kms of the race in 49:20mins!!).
After a long chase, the 2 front groups merged creating a reduced peloton of approximately 50 riders. Satalyst was well represented with 5 riders in the front group. The pace eased for a number of kilometres before the front bunch was again split by a steep climb and more brutal crosswinds. Numerous breaks were sent up the road before a group of 3 riders established a good gap, and once again, the pace of peloton eased off.
The chase began in earnest with approximately 25kms to go, with Avanti, Budget and African Wildlife doing the bulk of the work. In the closing kilomteres, it became apparent the break had worked hard enough to hold off the peloton, and the pelo sat up. Numerous attacks from the peloton began in attempt to bridge to the breakaway. Pat jumped on one of these moves, and I jumped on another, and coming into the final finishing circuit, our breaks merged. I rode the front in attempt to bridge to the leading breakaway, but we ran out of road too soon. Pat finished 5th and I rolled in for 7th, but we were more than happy with this result. In addition to 2 riders in the top ten, we also moved up to 4th on overall team’s classification.
Unfortunately, Theo was caught up in a crash coming into the final finishing circuit. He suffered a deep cut to his left knee and a gash to his left elbow. He is up and walking and remains in high spirits.
Tour of Toowoomba Goombungee primary school visit.
Tour of Toowoomba Goombungee primary school visit.
On the second day in Toowoomba the Satalyst giant racing team visited Goombungee primary school, where Pat, a two time winner of the tour of Toowoomba introduced the team, Brendon showed off one of our team Giant TCR bikes and pointed out all the important parts before Theo showed how to fit his Bell helmet and talked about the importance of helmet safety.
The team answered some questions, handed out some water bottles, and had some photos taken with the kids.
TIFOSI GIRO D’ITALIA DINNER
SATALYST GIANT TIFOSI GIRO D’ITALIA DINNER
You’re invited to join fellow Tifosi members , Team riders and sponsors for a celebration of the passion of Italian cycling and one of the highlights of the Tifosi calendar. The Tifosi are hosting this event jointly with the Cam Meyer VIP Club.
Inside the Giro-WA’s Cam Meyer will once again be riding in this year’s Giro. Hear exclusively from Cam and his manager as to what it is like to be part of this iconic event and then watch Cam take on the best in the world in one of the toughest mountain stages of the Giro.
Special Guest- Travis Meyer, who is recovering from a nasty accident during training in Andorra, will be our special guest for the evening (subject to his recovery remaining on track). Travis is an alumni of the Satalyst Giant/Plan B Team who has progressed to ride at the highest level with ORICA-GreenEDGE and Garmin Sharp and is currently a Drapac Team member.
When? Tuesday 27th of May from 6pm ——————–
Where? Mezzanine function room, The Vic Hotel ,226 Hay St, Subiaco ——————-
Dress? Business (come straight from work) or smart casual.
The event includes:
- pre-dinner drinks, a three-course traditional Italian long table meal and beverages.
-Eurosport broadcast of Stage 16 of the Giro on the big screen. Cycling news preview ….this stage promises to be the most explosive of the entire race, a delight for the tifosi and a nightmare for all but the purest of climber in the Giro peloton. Three mighty mountain passes are squeezed into just 139 kilometres of racing….
Prices are as follows:
Tifosi Members and Team Sponsors: $60
Non-member guests: $120
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We look forward to seeing you there. Note that we can only fit 90 people into the room so, if you are keen, book early.
Tom Lowry Memorial 2014
Tom Lowry Memorial 2014
Lining up for the 72nd Tom Lowry was Theo Yates, Brendon Meney, Johno Bolton, Bradeley Hall, Andy Williams, Aaron Slavik and guess rider Andrew Fitzgerald.
The first 80km of the Lowry was like no other race I’ve ridden in WA! Attack, after attack after counter attack made for an incredibly brutal race, however it was difficult to put a name as to who was the most aggressive. Almost every single rider in the field had a dig at one point or another, and when I say dig, I mean a hefty whack off the front that left everyone clinging for wheels over the undulating course. Many moves that went up the road certainly had the potential to stick, Satalyst was represented in all the moves, of course, however the peloton looked set to bring the race down to a big bunch gallop.
A break finally came to fruition with 1.5 laps left of the 5 lap race. Sam Davis, Chris Beeck, Wade Longworth and myself opened up a gap on the back half of the course and quickly built up a lead of 1:30min with 1 lap left to race. Our group of 4 was working well together, and having won a prime at the beginning of the last lap, I was confident I could win the final sprint if it came down to that. Sam Davis, however, had other ideas. On steady rise, Sam tested the waters with a punchy attack. I responded and brought the quartet back together. Several kilometres later, Sam launched another attack on a false flat, and quickly built up a small lead. This looked to be the winning move, so I rode across to Sam and we agreed to work together. The remaining 5km’s past by in a blur, Sam and I knowing that Chris and Wade were not far behind, and the peloton massing a grand chase. The race came down to a two-man sprint. Across the line, I had my hands in the air, having beaten Sam in the final 200m. Chris and Wade followed shortly after, and the peloton very closely after them. The lads did a stirling job back in the peloton setting Theo up for the sprint, coming home 2nd to claim 6th.
The whole team rode awesomely. It cannot be understated how aggressive the first 80km of the race was, and without having team-mates to chase back breaks or represent us in the moves, the race would not have played out the way it did.
Next up for the Satalyst-Giant crew is the Battle on the Border (BoB) starting on the 15th May, followed closely by the Tour of Towoomba. As always, thanks go out to all our sponsors, the new Bonts in particular looked amazing.
LE TOUR DE FILIPINAS 2014
The Satalyst Giant Racing Team are on their way to Manila for their next challenge LE TOUR DE FILIPINAS
The Tour kicks off with the 160-kilometer Stage One from Clark to Olongapo City on Monday, 170-km Stage Two on Tuesday, 146.6-km Stage Three on Wednesday and the decisive 134-km Stage Four from Bayombong to Baguio City on Thursday.
The Satalyst Giant Racing Team:
Pat Shaw (Team Captain)
Gary Boylan( Directuer Sportif)
Great start to the Tour of the Philippines for the Satalyst Giant Racing Team. On the 160km tough, hilly stage 1: Brenden Meney rode across to the crucial break, finished 7th on GC and is now wearing the Young Riders jersey. More details to come.
Stage 2 report by Mathew Marshall
It was day two in the town of Olongapo of the Philippines. Overnight Joel had unfortunately become stricken with an acute form of gastro. Such illness is regrettably part and parcel with Asian racing and can be difficult to avoid when the immune system is already balancing on a knife edge.
The boys were once again subject to another day of unrelenting heat and suffocating humidity with the mercury soaring into the high 30’s early into the race. Despite the brutal conditions Satalyst-Giant pressed on and stayed vigilant as the field slammed down the highways towards the central Tarlac region. Pat’s experience allowed him sense the early break forming, he responded quickly made himself apart of the group which ultimately put itself out of reach ahead the peloton into the latter periods of the stage. Meanwhile both Mat and Theo closely shadowed Brendon in defence of his White Jersey. Pat then made a decisive move around the 20km to-go mark as the highway deviated onto several horrendous dirt road sections. He quickly shelled a few of his breakaway companions and was in a commanding position before suffering a race ending double puncture. As the peloton hit the pave segments it also suffered a similar fate, numerous groups exited the section with Brendon following the first move followed by the yellow jersey group containing both Mat and Theo. Brendon crossed the line shortly after the remaining breakaway members claimed line honours, however, his young riders jersey was still well intact.
Bring on the mountains…
Stage 3 update – Theo Yates
After a torturous stage 2 in the slightily uncomfortable philipino weather we commenced stage 3 which was to cover 146.60km of rolling terrain with the race peaking in the middle of the course at 87km and the rest of the race slowly descending down to the finish in Bayombong .
Our main object was to keep Brendon Meney in the White/Young riders Jersey, and then wait for bunch finish .
The race started a couple of kms into the neutral zone, and then a rider had found his way into a street sign witch then delayed the race for longer . After the flag dropped racing started from the gun riders were attacking left, right, and centre, as the raced progressed I noticed that the traffic was getting heavier next moment I realise that we are now riding through a village racing through traffic on a wet road, from a water truck that had passed not to long before this caused me among other riders to come down. When we came down Brendon Meney suffered extensive damage to his bike, But nothing a bit of persuasive “bending” couldn’t fix . Soon after chasing back onto the bunch the race organisers called the race off temporarily so they could clear the congestion of traffic that had built up deeming the race unsafe .
After this the bunch regrouped and we started the race again from kilometer 24km with 125km to race, soon as the flag dropped the race was very fast until the sprint point where the Japanese teams wound it up for their man in the green jersey . Highways guided the most part of the race until we hit the bottom of the climb where Brendon and Mathew were sitting at the front of the bunch keeping in mind to stay with the white jersey contenders, Brendon was able to keep up with lead bunch over the climb . Mathew and I were left to chase back on the descent a good group of 5 formed to get back onto the 2nd bunch with a front bunch forming after the climb . Coming closer to the finish of the race The teams with all of their riders got on the front to chase the front bunch the gap was slowly coming down and the sprinter in the 2nd bunch were getting ready to fire .
2km to go I knew the gap was to big to reach before the finish and I followed the green jersey for the bunch kick with the help of Mathew and Brendon sprinting in for 11th place . Brendon still holding the white jersey coming into stage 4 .
The objective coming into stage 3 was to keep Brendon in the white jersey this was accomplished, very hard day in the saddle .
Stage 4 update -
We are pleased to announce that Brendon Meney has won the White Jersey as the winner of the young riders classment in the tour de Philippines. We are also happy to announce he finished 15th overall.
Well done to all the team and to Gary Boylan for a job well done. In the end we had only Theo and Mat to look after Brendon in the stages and they did a terrific job.
The team for the tour of Philippines was;
Gary Boylan Manager
Pat Shaw dnf
Joel Strachan dnf
Thanks to all our sponsors for their support as you make it possible.
stage 4 recap: written by written by White Jersey winner Brendon Meney
Today was the last day and by far the hardest. There were only 3 KOMs but there was over 3600m of climbing in 130kms. The aim of the day was to defend the white Jersey and try to move higher up the gc.
We rode to the start and it was an hour earlier today than the last few days but it was still really hot.
The locals wanted photos with us and the we lined up. Just under 20km I dropped my chain and Theo and Matt got me back to the front of the group in no time. The first hill started and Theo bought us water before he sat tempo up the hill so he didn’t blow early in the race.
CCN and OCBC put the pave on up the first climb and dwindled the bunch down to about 20 riders. I got dropped about 5 km from the KOM but got back on at the top because the 2 competitors that were close to taking the white Jersey were up the road. When I got back on there was a select group that had for away with all the climbers in it and I was in the second bunch with the yellow Jersey.
We rode together for the rest of the race and the 2 guys kept attacking but I managed to close the gap and keep them with me. It was a great feeling to roll over the line wearing the white Jersey and knowing that I had kept it even though I did move down on GC because I wanted the jersey more than a better GC.
Matt came in about 5 mins after and said that he had done basically the last 60km just jumping from group to group, and Theo came in not long after.
I think we were all glad that the racing was over and it was finally a relatively nice hotel to stay in, in a nice place of the Philippines, Baguio City.