Tour News 2009
Posted 23 Nov 2009
Full Results have been posted.
I have up-loaded the Photos taken at the presentation
Congratulations to the Tour of Two Rivers Champions for 2009
Dan Uden (A Grade), Brad Carroll (B Grade), Shaun Williams (C Grade), Dominic Shepherd (D Grade) and Kelly Linden (Female D Grade).
A special thanks to Aussie Butt Cream for sponsoring the Female category in D Grade and Master School Portraits (MSP) for supplying the category leaders number throughout the 2009 Tour.
Posted 20 Nov 2009
We have 57 starters registered so far for Sunday’s final stage at Wantabadgery. Entries will be taken on the day, up until 10.30am.
Riders to watch are:
A Grade – Dan Uden, GC leader and KOM leader.
B Grade – Brad Carroll, GC Leader and Carl Henman joint KOM leader with Brad Carroll.
C Grade – Shaun Williams, GC Leader and Craig Anderson, KOM Leader.
D Grade – Dominic Shephard, GC Leader and KOM Leader. Kelly Linden, female GC Leader.
Team McDonalds Classic, Team the fat tyre burglar & his three skinny mates and Mighty Angus all have unbeatable leads in the teams classification. The contest is still wide open in C Grade between Team Coota and Team Griffith. Team Coota’s chances look to be a little better than Team Griffith, as KOM leader, Craig Anderson has yet to register an entry.
Grab a Bargain
Bring along some spare cash with you as Ashley Humbert will be bringing along a heap of bike stuff to sell. There is all sort of things, clothing to a full carbon Dura-ace clad Lapierre X-Lite road bike.
Posted 11 Nov 2009
Stage 5-Riverina Championship Road Race
I have uploaded a couple of photo’s from the presentation at Coota/Stage 4
Posted 28 Oct 2009
4 Stages down and still no one rider is assured of victory prior to the final stage at Wantabadgery.
We have a real contest going on in D grade with three riders locked on 42 points, Dominic Shepherd, David Smith and Michael Schmid. Dominic has just managed to hang onto the leaders numbers on a count back.
C Grade is far from over with anyone of the top six riders on GC still able to make the final podium. Stage 4 was drama packed after a crash prevent some GC contenders from contesting the finish.
It’s a four way battle for podium spots in B grade. Brad Carroll has recaptured the leaders number after Joshua Kennedy slipped down the places in the sprint for the line at Cootamundra.
It would take a DNF for Dan Uden not to be crowned the 2009 A Grade Tour of Two Rivers Champion. Dan has been very consistent and picked up points during all the stages. Dan only needs to keep an eye on team mate, Simon Haworth to avoid losing the title.
It’s a two way battle between Dan Uden & Simon Haworth for the A Grade KOM title. The B Grade KOM title is wide open, with anyone of eight riders able to clinch the red sash. 5 riders are also able to take out the C grade KOM title at Wantabadgery, Rohan Christmas currently leads after his effort in Cootamundra. Dominic Shepherd has an unbeatable lead in the D grade KOM competition and can now focus all his energy to finishing in front of David and Michael come the final sprint.
The next stage is Riverina Road Race Championships on Sunday 22 Nov 2009, final race details to be released shortly.
Posted 25 Oct 2009
Unfortunately we missed getting second and third place in the KOM competition. Could the riders that finished second and third in B Grade, C Grade and D Grade please claim their place. e-mail
Posted 23 Oct 2009
The Globe Hotel Grand Prix Cootamundra
Up to date Start List, entries will be taken on the day.
Dan Uden currently leads A Grade on GC and the KOM competition.
Joshua Kennedy has taken over the lead on GC in B Grade. Brad Carroll leads the KOM competition and I am sure his keen to get the Tour leaders number back.
Local Cootamundra member Shaun Williams, has just slipped past Kingsely Massie to now lead the Tour on GC. It should be a fierce battle between Team Coota and Team Griffith.
Dominic Shepherd will need his teams support to help hang onto the D Grade GC lead and KOM lead. There’s plenty of Coota riders on hand to make the task difficult.
Posted 13 Oct 2009
Stage 4 -Grand Prix Cootamundra
The race distance for ALL Grades will be 66km, 2 laps of the course.
Current Start List
Stage 3 KOM
KOM results are posted, see results and GC spread sheet.
Posted 12 Oct 2009
Giro Della Bellbridge
We had 76 riders take to the line for stage 3. It was another great day of racing despite a few spits of rain. It was unanimous amongst the riders that the Bellbridge course is fantastic for Scratch racing. Albury/Wodonga CC have done a great job of running the event again, plenty of colour and atmosphere.
Dan Uden has strengthened his position as the GC leader in A Grade. Josh Kennedy has taken over the lead in B Grade and now leads team mate Brad Carroll by one point. Shaun Williams has taken full advantage of Kingsley Massie failing to make the top 10 and has taken over the leader in C Grade. A hand full of points now separate the top 5 in C Grade. Dominic Shepherd has consolidated his lead in D Grade.
It’s gone to a count back to determine the C Grade teams GC Leader, both are locked on 86 points after 3 stages. Team Griffith have just held onto the lead, with two 2nd place finishes in the team so far. Team Coota have just the one 2nd place finish. Team, The Fat Tyre Burglar & Three Skinny Mates have opened up a healthy lead in the B Grade contest. Team, Mighty Angus and Team, McDonalds Classic get to wear the Team GC leaders numbers for another stage.
Kelly Linden has held onto the lead in the Aussie Butt Cream women’s competition.
Results – excluding KOM results, to follow shortly
The next stage is Grand Prix Cootamundra on Saturday 24 Oct 2009.
Posted 10 Oct 2009
Giro Della Bellbridge
78 starters for Stage 3, start list.
Posted 3 Oct 2009
Giro Della Bellbridge is being hosted by Albury/Wodonga Cycle Club with the generous support from their sponsors The Full Cycle, Big River Roofing, Baker Motors, HUME Building Society & Wilson Transformers. The course is adjacent to the Hume weir, which provides some fantastic scenic views of the local terrain. Stage 3 provides another opportunity for riders wanting to contest the KOM contest to grab some points. Stage 3 is a great course that offers everything a rider is looking for, a bit of climbing and some fast descents.
Dan Uden currently is the leader on GC in A Grade. Brad Carroll is the Tour Leader in B Grade by a slender 2 points to Joshua Kennedy. Kingsley Massey is in a slightly stronger position as the Tour Leader in C Grade, he has a 3 point lead over Isaac Gilmore. Dominic Shepherd is the GC leader in D Grade and is just hanging on by the one point from David Smith.
Team McDonalds Classic will wear the Leading Team numbers in A Grade, The Fat Tyre Burglar & Three Skinny Mates are the Team GC leaders in B Grade. Team Griffith are Team GC leaders in C Grade. Team, Might Angus will wear the Black and Yellow Team leader numbers as the GC leaders in D Grade.
Dan Uden, Brad Carroll and Dominic Shepherd will have their work cut out in trying to defend the Tour Lead and the KOM competition, all 3 lead both categories. Jeffrey Mills leads the KOM competition in C Grade and I would say looking to extend his lead on home turf.
Aussie Butt Cream Women’s Competition
Kelly Linden currently leads the Women category in D Grade and will be looking to extend her lead at Bellbridge.
Posted 25 Sep 2009
It would be great if anyone proposing to race at Bellbridge please enter as soon as possible to help with the administration. The webmaster has some other commitments over the next 3 or so weeks that are going to limit his access to a computer. You may therefore, not see your entry appear until later in the week.
I have uploaded some more photos from Stage 2, Thanks to Russell Smith.
Posted 22 Sep 2009
We had 51 starters make the trip to Uranquinty for inaugural staging of the long course Individual Time Trial. The weather was fantastic and the winds were gusting at 26km/hr. The specialists broke out the Time Trial Bikes and the 3 top times were record by Cervelo P3’s with Zipp’s, very nice. By all reports everyone enjoyed the stand alone TT, it was either that or the Podium Girls. Two Miss Wagga Quest entrants provided their services for the afternoon and they were a hit. To add, they raised $250 dollars towards the 7 charities their supporting during the Miss Wagga Quest competition.
A Grade was won by the flying Raymond Jarrett, there was some anticipation building prior to the ITT with Raymond’s arch rival Paul Flemming entering the event. Paul and Ray have gone to battle on numerous occasions in the past. Unfortunately Paul had a late withdrawal from the event but not to worry, Wagga’s number 1 Iron Man Greg Dyde, lined up to take Ray on and rode a very well despite a long training run earlier in the day. Dan Uden’s 3rd place has seen him ascend into the Tour Lead. Whilst Simon Haworth has dropped to second. Dan now leads the KOM classification and the overall Tour. Team McDonalds Classic lead the Team Classification.
Joshua Kennedy was the surprise of the day taking out 2nd place in B Grade and in doing so finished nearly 50 seconds in front of Tour Leader Brad Carroll. Joshua’s strong ride has seen him leap frog over Peter Johnston to move into 2nd place on GC. Andrew Bruce, atop a Cervelo P3 secured his first stage victory in B Grade and has moved up in to 4th place on GC. Brad Carroll with his 3rd place, has held on to to the overall lead in the Tour by 1 point. Team Fat Tyre Burglar & Three Skinny Mates have a healthy lead in the Team Classification.
Kingsley Massie has shown the C Grade field that he’s the man to beat this year. Kingsley rode his heart out and placed 2nd behind the flying Mark Ward. Kingsley now has a 3 point buffer over Isaac Gilmore. Isaac finished 3rd in Griffith and has backed up that fantastic result up with another 3rd in the TT. Isaac has consolidated his 2nd place on GC and now leads Jed Cutter (3rd on GC) by 3 points. ‘Team Griffith’ have hit the front and now have a commanding lead in the Teams category.
Michael Schmid has recovered from a virus that he carried into stage 1 to win the TT by a convincing margin. Michael’s win has catapulted him up into 4th on GC. David Smith has also had a great ride to take out 3rd place in the TT and in doing so has moved to within 1 point of Tour Leader, Dominic Shepherd. Tony Aichinger managed to hang on to third place on GC by just the one point. Team ‘Mighty Angus. currently hold 4 of the top 5 GC positions and as you could imagine lead the Team category.
I have uploaded some photos from Stage 2
Get your entries in for stage 3 at Bellbridge (11 Oct 2009), where the mountain men will come out to play.
Posted 21 Sep 2009
Complete GC and Team results Here.
Posted 20 Sep 2009
Time Trial Results
Individual Time Trial Results, Here. Full Results shortly.
Posted 18 Sep 2009
Time Trial Start Times
Individual Start times are, Here
Posted 17 Sep 2009
Individual Start times will be posted on Friday night for the individual Time Trial. A Grade will be the first to start.
Posted 16 Sep 2009
The Wagga CC have secured a book of 20 day Licences for this weekends racing. Here’s your opportunity to throw the challenge out to those Time Trial specialists out there to come along and show us Roadies how its done. Day licences will be available from 11.15am at the sign on. The day licence will also cover the holder for the Scratch Races after the TT.
Wagga CC have been fortunate to securer two Miss Wagga Quest entrants to act as Podium girls for this weekends stage. The Girls Quest is all about raising money for charity and both will be selling raffle tickets on the weekend. Please dig deep and buy a couple of tickets. As well Miss Wagga entrant Kirri Williams, is hosting a Wood Fire Pizza Party at the Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory on 27 Sep 2009. There will be Live Music, Bush Poetry, Games and more. You will have the opportunity to taste Organic Wines and Boutique Beers. Adult tickets are $45 a head and children are $15. Call Kirri on 0447277750 to securer a spot. There is Bus transport available from Wagga at $5 a head, booking essential for the transport, limited seats .
Posted 15 Sep 2009
C Grade results have been posted, please check.
Details for Stage 2 have been finalised.
I have uploaded some photos from Stage 1
Posted 14 Sep 2009
What an absolute cracker of a start to the first stage of the 2009 Tour of Two Rivers. Griffith may be a flat course but what Griffith lacks in hills it makes up with wind. The wind was coming out of the North West as predicted and was gusting at 56km/hr. It was a headwind out and tailwind home. 49 starters took to the start line across the 4 grades, a little apprehensive of what lay ahead. Some brave soles tested their strength into the headwind, whilst others were saving their strength for the right time to make their move. The king of the Mountain was atop the only bump on the course (20km mark) and proved to a be little more of a challenge than expected with the roaring headwind. I must say that the ride out was worth it once you turned around the 30km mark and head for home, as speeds of 60km/hr were being reached by chasing Peletons.
Simon Haworth started this years Tour of Two Rivers like he finished last year, attacking into the wind and staying away to win the stage. Simon attacked the A Grade field after the KOM and worked hard to open up a gap before turning with the tailwind. Simon got the gap out to about 600 to 700 metres before turning the witches hat and then drove it hard, reaching speeds of 56km/hr whilst the chasing Peleton was still cruising at 30km/hr. The gap got a lot bigger very quickly. Simon held the gap the 30 kilometres to the finish line and now leads the Tour for the first time. Dan Uden showed some real strength winning the bunch sprint for 2nd and the KOM on the way out.. Dan relegated last years fast man and KOM Champion Brodie Pearse to 3rd.
B Grade was proving to be a real contest with some early attacks into the wind. Virgin interclub racer Brad Carroll won’t get the same lack of attention after his strong ride. Brad along with Peter Johnston found themselves off the front of B grade after another unsuccessful breakaway was bought back to the Peleton. Brad and Peter had it all to do with 15 km still to travel to the witches hat but Peter was up to the challenge and worked hard with Brad to stay away from the wolves. Brad took out the KOM sprint at the 20km mark and both continued the ride hard for the next 40 km. Brad was the stronger of the two and won the sprint to the line for an inter-club debut Victory. Peter was happy with his highest finish to date, taking well deserved 2nd place. Joshua Kennedy has managed to step off the front of the chasing Peleton with seasoned veteran Ken Payne. It appears that youth was to much for experience and Joshua out sprinted Ken for the 3rd place.
Kingsley Massie had the home town crowd on their feet and cheering after he hit the front in C Grade early and was never headed. Another new comer to Riverina Inter-club racing, Jed Cutter out sprinted last years D Grade TTR runner-up, Isaac Gilmore. The three podium place getters have certainly shown their cards early and will be firmly on the radar for the rest of the Tour.
The Tail wind appeared to be the undoing for some in the D Grade contest. Riders were running out of gears as the speed was being ramped up for the 30 Km run for home. 6 riders eventually broke clear of the Peleton and worked hard to widen the gap. Another recent convert to cycling, Dominic Shepherd rang an alarm bell for the Peleton when he took out the KOM sprint on the way out. However, he proved to be the strongest on the day and won the bunch sprint by a dozen bike lengths. David Bastianon again had the local crowd jumping up and down as another local finished 2nd and on the Podium. The surprise of the day was the brilliant ride by Tony Aichinger who out sprinted three of his breakaway compatriots to take his first Podium (3rd) in inter-club racing.
A big congratulations to the Griiffith CC and their long time sponsor Stephen Bertoldo from Bertoldo’s Bakerys. It was a well organised, fun day of racing that I am sure will see rdiers making he trip back next year. The highlight of the presentation was the inaugural introduction of podium girls, what a fantastic inclusion.
The Fat Tyre Burglar & Three Skinny Mates have taken and early lead in the B Grade Team category. The Full Cycle are close behind in 2nd and Big River Roofing lay in 3rd on a count back. Entries are still open for the Teams category and any points already accumulated by riders will count towards their total, as so not to be disadvantaged.
Full results. Complete C Grade results are yet to be posted, small technical hitch and will be up tomorrow.
Get your entries in for stage 2 at Uranquinty, It’s an event not to be miss. It’s a chance to Win a stage of the TTR and become the Riverina Champion in the process. Remember there will be Graded Scratch races to contest after the TT.
Posted 13 Sep 2009
Podium places here, more results to come shortly
I will leave Team entries open for another week, it’s not a competition unless we have two teams in each grade. So come on, get in the spirit, link up with a couple of guys and know that somebody’s got your back.
Start list for Stage 2. This is the first time we have had a stand alone Individual Time Trial that you can go full gas and not worry about backing up, exciting stuff. If you’re not a TT specialist, then don’t despair, as you are still in the hunt for valuable points for the overall title. The top 15 place getters will be rewarded with points toward their GC aspirations in the ITT only. Wagga CC will also be running a support event, Scratch races. Not to be out done by Griffith CC, I believe that Wagga CC have also organised some Podium Girls for the presentations. Wagga CC will also be holding an inter-club for the first time in the quaint little village of Uranquinty. The Uranquinty Hotel is a fantastic venue, restaurant meals, accommodation and cold beer. If that’s not your thing, we have the award winning Uranqunity Bake House a hand full of steps away from the Pub.
Wagga CC have had a couple of inquiries about Day Licences for the ITT. As you could imagine it’s a great opportunity for some Tri-athletes to come along and flex their muscles. A day licence may also suit riders waiting to purchase a licence in October. Please send me a quick email If you’re interested in a Day Permit for Saturday or for that matter any stages of the Tour of Two Rivers.
Posted 11 Sep 2009
Aussie Butt Cream to the Rescue
Petrina Quinn, the owner/operator of Aussie Butt Cream has thrown her support behind a separate category for Ladies. Petrina will be supplying Sashes and Product (Aussie Butt Cream) for the highest placed female on GC in each Grade that has 3 or more Female starters, spread the word!
Club Participation Trophy
We’ve got one for the Tour De Riverina, why not have one for the Tour of Two Rivers. It’s a coveted award that has been displayed proudly in a prominent spot for all to see. However, before the Trophy is created we need a worthy person to name it after. If you think that someone is deserving to have the point score Trophy named after them, then please send me an email with your nomination, e-mail.
Posted 10 Sep 2009
We’ve got a real contest in the B Grade with 4 teams taking the start line for stage 1 on Saturday. Albury/Wondonga CC and Wagga Wagga CC riders make up the majority of the Teams so far.
Craig and Kelly from Master School Portraits have come on board as the official supplier of the Leaders numbers for this years Tour of Two Rivers, A big thank you to Craig and Kelly. Leaders numbers will be awarded at the start of stage two. As always, the number will be yours to keep.
Up to date start list.
What’s do’ in with the ladies. We have one lone starter, Kelly Linden from Wagga Wagga. Come on ladies, never miss and opportunity to finish in front of a male You may like to ask Kelly what her trip to race the first Tour of East Timor was like a couple of weeks ago.
Posted 9 Sep 2009
King of the Mountains
Correction; I have been advised it’s just the one sprint on the way out for the KOM on Saturday, need to rethink the tactics.
We have a contest in B Grade so far and starters in the others. Entries are open up until racing starts. You can give Simon Haworth a written list on the day. You can have a team of two, three or Four, it’s all about having some fun. You can have your mum as your sponsor and or nothing at all.
Wheels, Wheels, Wheels, did I say Wheels.
Don’t forget that Bertoldo’s Bakery have supplied a great set of Mavic Cosmic Wheels to giveaway to one lucky rider on Saturday. Get your entry in now and or at the very latest on the day, would appreciate it prior, if possible.
Posted 7 Sep 2009
King of the Mountains
Some big points are on offer for the KOM Crown in Griffith this Saturday. You still have 4 days left to throw in a couple of hill intervals before the KOM competition gets underway. You will have two chances to go for the spotty number on the way out and the way back. What to Do? Attack from the start line, get the gap, take max points on the first KOM and solo back around to take the double? Or hide in the bunch win the first and second KOM by the width of a tyre? Or hide in the bunch, take the first sprint by a tyre width, then attack, hold the gap and win the second KOM uncontested? decisions decisions!
The Start List
Posted 5 Sep 2009
We have our first C Grade Team,
Time Trial Points
To add a little more incentive, the Top 15 place getters in each grade will be rewarded with points for the Time Trial on 19 Sep 2009. See Rules/Regs
Posted 3 Sep 2009
Here it is! Strong men stand tall, sprinters quiver, no wheel to sit on. No Tour is complete with out one, an Individual Time Trial. Wagga CC will be hosting the Riverina Championship Time Trial on Saturday the 19 Sep 2009 at Uranqunity. It’s a fantastic course for a Time Trial, undulating, fast and flowing. The focus for the day will be on the Time Trial. You will be able to go full gas without worrying about holding anything back for a Scratch race. A & B Grade will be 28km. C & D Grade will be 16km.
To make the trip worthwhile, Wagga CC will also be running support events, A (56km), B (56km) & C (28km) Grade Scratch race after the TTR TT. The Scratch races are separate from the TTR and will incorporate the Wagga CC Club Championships. All are welcome to race.
Wagga CC will still host Stage 5, Graded Scratch races out at the Wantabadgery Course. A Riverina Champion will be Crowned after the results of the Scratch Races are known. The Riverina Champion is determined by the results from the Time Trial and Road Race. To Clarify, there will be no short Time Trial before the Scratch races at Wantabadgery.
The start list is starting to Grow, Start List
We have our first B Grade Team
Posted 26 Aug 2009
Griffith CC have confirmed details for stage 1. One lucky rider has the chance to win a set of Mavic Cosmic Equip Wheels (Provided by Bertoldo’s Bakery) just by turning up. The wheels will be given a new home by the virtue of a lucky draw at the presentation.
Please keep in mind that you stay in your Grade for the entirety of the Tour, except if you are out of your depth, then you can go down a Grade after some consultation.
Come on! Lance is busy putting Team Radioshack together, so don’t leave your run to late or all the loyal domestics will be gone. Check out the rules and regs for the finer details and you gotta be in it to win it. Remember you can recruit riders from a lower Grade if you wish and they can be from another club.
Posted 23 Aug 2009
Club withdraws from Tour
The Tolland CC has announced that it will not be hosting a stage in this year TTR. Club President Barry O’Hagan, has stated that the club is not in a position to hold the Grand Boucle Coolmon this year. Barry has been presented with an opportunity to travel to the Tour of New Caledonia as a Cycling Team Manager, Unfortunately the two dates collide.
We currently exploring some alternatives. One Idea is for the Wagga CC to hold a separate 28km Time Trial over their Club course at Uranquinty on 19 Sep 2009 (including a support event, 56km handicap) and or possibly still run a race at Coolamon under the Wagga CC banner. I’ll keep you posted. Please share you opinion, I’m sure that the Wagga CC would like some feedback, Email.
Unfortunately our potential sponsor has withdrawn his offer temporally . The sponsor was wanting to be involved on a personal level and will not be able, as the result of an unexpected Family Illness.
Check out the start list for stage 1
Posted 16 Aug 2009
New Team Category
We have just finished watching the Tour De France and we all saw how important it was to have a strong team to take overall victory. Here’s your chance to experience what it’s like to ride as a team. Teams can consist of a minimum 2 to a max of 4. So get together with some mates, come up with a catchy name, some race tactics and you are ready to go. Check out Rules & Regs for the finer details and enter your Team Here
I have been talking to a possible new sponsor of the Tour who is very keen to come on Board, more shortly.
What Grade am I in? Have a look here and all Grades are still to be confirmed.
Posted 12 Mar 2009
The dates have been set for this years Tour of Two Rivers, Check out the Stages Information page.