The inaugural @melbournebicycles Hanging Rock Handicap was won by @claire.blue.skies and Karen Aaron’s on Saturday. Congratulations to @she_race @hawthorncycling, and the 90+ women who competed!
Congratulations to Powercor’s own Steven Neave and Bruce Trew (both of @morningtoncyclingclub) on completing yesterday’s Melbourne to Warrnambool. Bruce claims the Monday morning office bragging rights after crossing the finish line just 4 minutes ahead of his colleague, Steven. Photo: @chronis71 #M2W19 #braggingRights #FriendlyCompetition #Powercor
“I think for me today was more about the women really achieving something special at the Melbourne to Warrnambool and just completing the distance was better than the win” - @petamullens on winning the Elite Women @deakinuniversity Melbourne to Warrnambool. #m2w19 #deakinuni
@cyclingaustralia President, Duncan Murray, is tackling the gruelling 262km Melbourne to Warrnambool today. He was joined on the start line by Nina Ivanovic from @citipowerpowercor and Lisa Byrne the President of @cyclingvictoriaboard. #M2W2019
Billy Guyatt was rated as Australia's top sprinter during the late 1930's and in to the 40's. In match races at the Exhibition Board Track then the North Essendon Board Track, he defeated all the internationals that were promoted against him. He had a long career on the track and following a short retirement felt that urge to ride the great Warrnambool. It was said that he took large bets with those that reckoned he was only a track sprinter and would not even finish let alone win it. It was the 1954 event and considering his age of 34 he was given the fair handicap of 27 minutes. Of course, if he could make it to the finish with the leaders then the sprint would be a foregone conclusion. The photo shows just that, Guyatt winning by lengths, outsprinting roadman Don Williams who rode from 4 minutes thus taking Fastest Time. Third was Ken Stewart from 17 minutes and the bunch then many many lengths back. With his prizemoney and his winning bets Guyatt set up an electrical retail business. His well known name from his sprinting days and his cheerful personality made for a success in the business world. Cycling Victoria History & Heritage Committee. A new Avalon to Warrnambool race takes place on Saturday.
You’ll often see Jodie Batchelor in the start house of a time trial or zipping around a road race course. After officiating more than 16 events in 2018, completing her Elite National Commissaire Course and volunteering at the Commonwealth Games, Cycling Victoria has awarded Jodie with the 2018 Iris Dixon Women’s Champion of Change award. Jodie is also a recipient of a @changeourgame scholarship which is aimed at increasing opportunities for women to access professional learning in sports leadership and management. Cycling Victoria is thankful to have Jodie and others like her in our sport working tirelessly to provide our community with fair and safe racing. Head to our website to read more about Jodie. 📸: @chronis71 #changeourgame #championofchange #womenscycling
Team @roxsoltattaquer will be lining up this Saturday for the Melbourne to Warrnambool. Who will enter the history books alongside Lauretta Hanson, Tessa Fabry and Erin Nolan as the winner of the women’s edition? . . . #m2w19 #melbourne #warrnambool #womensracing #sheraces
It’s a little medal - but means so much - just ask anyone who has crossed the finish line on Raglan Parade and earned one. Good luck to everyone taking on the #M2W19 on Feb 16
The name Hubert Opperman still appears in the cycling stories of today when his successes were back in the late 1920's and early 1930's. But such were his successes that he will forever be associated with the sport of cycling as are Bradman with cricket and Laver with tennis. Born in country Rochester, he became a long distance specialist and record breaker, setting both track and road records up to 24 hours and 1,000 miles in distance, often as motor paced events. His shorter successes included three Fastest Times in the Warrnambool but they were mixed with an 18th. in the 1928 Tour de France and a 12th. in 1931. This endurance affinity led to a fascination for the Paris-Brest-Paris, a race so tough that it is held only every four years. He did his preparation with local rides like Sydney to Melbourne followed by four weeks in France where he studied meticulously, the route and surfaces to be encountered. This preparation also taught him that it was possible to ride through the night without sleep, also to be able to ride through flat periods and come out the other side, for there was no stopping in the coming race. It was the 1931 Paris-Brest-Paris where he threw out the Aussie challenge to the established European specialists. The photo shows him clearly leading the race but the conspiring bunch caught him just before the finish where he then beat them in the sprint on the Buffalo Track in Paris. He had ridden non stop through two nights covering the 726 miles in a time of 49 hours and 23 minutes. In his own words he declared it was the pinnacle competitive victory of my life. 📸 CV History & Heritage Committee.