Gillett adds name to Baw Baw honour roll, Barrow defends title

Mt. Baw Baw Alpine Resort A Men's Podium & VRS Leader

Mt. Baw Baw Alpine Resort A Men’s Podium & VRS Leader

Ballarat’s Rhys Gillett (Van D’am Racing) has added his name to the prestigious Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort Classic honour roll, while Justine Barrow was able to successfully defend her title.

Gillett’s victory signals a return to form after being hit by a car 12 months ago, and adds to his recent Mount Bulla stage victory at the Victorian Road Series Mansfield Tour.

Gillett won the event in 03:20:56 ahead of Sam Crome (Avanti Isowhey) and 2.24 to Jason Lea (Physio Health).

Gillett was part of a six man breakaway that established within the first few kilometres of the 103km race and included Mark O’Brien, Crome, Lea, Jason Elliot and Nick Millar.

The group quickly got out to a four minute lead, and despite the best efforts of Pats Veg the peloton never made contact with the leaders again.

Bad luck struck Kenyan Downunder’s Elliot who suffered a mechanical while Millar was dropped out of the break.

With 6kms to go, Crome attacked Lea and O’Brien with Gillett the only one able to respond before powering away to victory.

“We came with a plan to come to the bottom of the climb as fresh as possible but that went out the window when I was in the break after five kilometres,” said Gillettt who now lives in Adelaide.

“I saw Mark O’Brien go and I thought ‘that is a break that will stay away all day’, so I jumped across with Sam Crome.

“with 6 kilometres to go, Cromey attacked just before we hit the steep part so I just had to do what I could to stay on top of the gear and that ended up with me dropping him.

“To get my name on the honour roll is pretty good, it’s just good to start work with the new coach and it’s good signs for the year ahead.”

In the Voyage Fitness elite women’s event, Coburg’s Justine Barrow held off Tessa Fabry (VIS) to take out the event for the second year in a row. Brodie Chapman (Uni Cycle) was third.

The trio broke away from the peloton within the first 40 kilometres of the race and rode together to the base of the Alpine Resort Road before Barrow attacked Fabry to ride a solo victory.

“I’m a bit emotional and I definintely want to come back next year to defend my titles,” said Barrow.

“It’s an amazing race, it’s brutal. Knowing the course really helps.

“I attacked at 40 kilometres and Tessa and Brodie came with me. We stayed together until Vespers until Tessa and I broke away. Tessa and I rolled turns until about 91 kilometres and then I went up by myself, but Tessa was on my tail the whole way so she made it really hard for me.”

Voyage Fitness A Women's Podium

Voyage Fitness A Women’s Podium

Madison Pelzer (St Kilda) took out the Wakefield Vogrig and Boote women’s B grade in 04:52:13 ahead of Angela Macrae (Hawthorn). In the Blackwoods women’s C grade, Monika Sattler (Hawthorn) was victorious ahead of Ally Rose Ogden (Hawthorn) and Justine Curline (The Pirates Sporting).

In the Olivers Real Food men’s B Grade, Lionel Mawditt (Carnegie Caulfield) took the win over Matthew Robertson (St Kilda) and Alexander Evans (Bendigo & District).

In the Insulmet men’s C Grade, local Warragul rider Jayden Manintveld took out the race in 03:55:36, just 10 seconds over Mornington’s Samson Turner. Liam Edwards (Shepparton) was third.

Brett Kingston (Hampton Cycles) took out the BD Legal Masters A Grade race ahead of Andrew Stalder (MCL Fast) and Andrew GRAY (Kosdown Performance Cycling).

In the Frankies Café Masters B grade, Adrian McGregor (Melbourne University) was victorious over Julian Buckley (Hawthorn) and Matthew Irons (Melbourne University).

Sam Edwards (Melbourne Cycling League) took home the Gary Blackwood Masters C title over Alain Hosking (Coburg) and Blair Falahey (Alpine).

The race forms part of the Victorian Road Series and also doubled as the Victorian Hill Climb Championship of which Rhys Gillett was also champion.

Race results can be found here.

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O’Brien hoping to add Baw Baw Classic to palmarès

Almost 200 elite and amateur cyclists are set to take on the Mt Baw Baw Apline Resort Classic this Sunday, April 10.

The grueling 103 kilometre event forms part of the Victorian Road Series and takes riders through the rolling hills of Gippsland before the final 13% climb to the Mount Baw Baw Tourist Road to the Mount Baw Baw Village.

Australia’s number one domestic team, Avanti IsoWhey Sport, will field a strong line up including team captain Mark O’Brien.

O’Brien, who won three National Road Series events in a row in 2012, has raced in eight of the event’s 16 editions and finished second, third, fourth and fifth.

“Baw Baw is a brutal and renowned climb, it’s one of my favourite races to do,” said O’Brien.

“It’s all about conserving energy for the final climb, which is a tall ask given how taxing the whole course is throughout. Most years it’s a select group left at the base of the climb and then it’s a matter of who has the most energy left to grovel to the top

“I would love to win Baw Baw to finally get my name on the honour roll.”

O’Brien will tackle the mountain alongside teammates Neil Van der Ploeg, Sam Crome and former National Road Series champion Joe Cooper.

Also amongst the 56 elite A-Grade hopefuls include Warragul’s own Cyrus Monk, and for the first time the Kenyan Riders Downunder Team will compete.

In the Voyage Fitness Warragul women’s field, defending champion Justine Barrow returns to the race in the hope of going back-to-back. Going up against Barrow will be National Road Series (NRS) Tour winner Tessa Fabry.

Fabry won hilltop finishes in the NRS in 2014 including the Battle on the Border before racing in Europe and other national events with the High5 Dream Team.

Entrants for all other grades have been strong, including 31 in the Frankies Cafe Masters B, 28 in the Gary Blackwood Masters C, and 26 in BD Legal Masters A. Olivers Real Food B Grade and Insulmet also have a quality entrants.

Beginning at the Warragul West Gippsland Arts Centre, riders will travel through Neerim South and Noojee before crossing over Icy Creek. At the 55km mark, riders hit Vespers Hill, which ascends for 4km at a gradient of 8% which is sure to split the field.

The honour roll includes cycling legends Dave McKenzie and Simon Gerrans.

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Competitor’s Guide

Here is the competitor’s guide along with the final start list.

Best of luck to all racing.

Registration will be open from 7.30am to 9.30am Sunday at the Café in the West Gippsland Art Centre.

Start Times:

  • A Grade Men – 10.00am
  • B Grade Men – 10.10am
  • Master’s A – 10.20am
  • C Grade Men – 10.30am
  • All Women – 10:32am
  • Master’s B – 10.40am
  • Master’s C – 10.45am
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International riders set for 2016 Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort Cycling Classic

Local, national and international cyclists are set to take on the infamous Mt Baw Baw climb when the Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort Cycling Classic returns for its 16th year next month.

The Warragul Cycling Club will host the event on April 10, which forms part of the Cycling Victoria State Road Series and has attracted international riders including the Kenyan DownUnder Team.

“This year we have seen a strong depth of elite entrants, including riders from most of the National Road Series teams and we’re excited to see the Kenyan DownUnder Team who will compete for the first time,” said event manager Karin Jones.

“Entries for the Masters and Women’s Grades are also promising, with the Victorian Road Series points hotly contested.”

The 105 kilometre race will begin at the West Gippsland Arts Centre, with riders travelling through Neerim South and Noojee before crossing over Icy Creek. The first serious test comes at Vespers Hill, followed by a small decent from Tanjil Bren before the final gruelling six kilometre climb up the Mount Baw Baw Tourist Road to the Mount Baw Baw Village.

“The challenge of conquering Baw Baw is so significant that we give every finisher of the race a finishers medal, something which only one other race in Victoria does which is the Melbourne to Warrnambool,” continued Mrs Jones.

In 2016, the race will see the addition of a first Gippsland rider award in each category, sponsored by Warragul’s Voyage Fitness.

Other Event Sponsors include The Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort, Frankies Café and Espresso Bar, Olivers Real Food and HUB Cycling while local partners Insulmet, BD Legal, Wakefield Vogrig and Boorte and Blackwoods Garden Supplies continue their support of the race.

Entries for the event close on April 3, for more information please visit bawbawclassic.warragulcyclingclub.org.au

To find out more about Mount Baw Baw, please visit www.mountbawbaw.com.au.

 

 

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Are We There Yet?

“Are we there yet?” #ChewingtheStem #BawBawClassic #VRS16

 Image: Cycling Victoria

Image: Cycling Victoria

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Faces of the ‪#‎BawBawClassic

Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club‘s Ken Ford achieved legendary status after winning the Mt Baw Baw Classic six times from 2001-2006 in the masters age group.

Ken Ford does it again and again!

Ken Ford does it again and again!

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Faces of the ‪#‎BawBawClassic

In 2003 a young Lizzie Williams who was the national criterium champion finished third up Mt Baw Baw. 11 years later she returned to conquer the mountain.

Lizzy Williams - 3rd in 2003

Lizzy Williams – 3rd in 2003

 

Lizzy Williams - 1st in 2014

Lizzy Williams – 1st in 2014

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We race rain, hail, snow or shine!

Sunny and warm in Warragul does not guarantee cosy weather at the top. #BawBawClassic

We race rain, hail, snow or shine! ‪#‎BawBawClassic‬

We race rain, hail, snow or shine! ‪#‎BawBawClassic‬

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A Closed Final Ascent Makes This Possible

Because sometimes zigzagging is the only way up! #BawBawClassic

The lines are no where near that yellow these days!

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Faces of the Baw Baw Classic

FACES OF THE ‪#‎BawBawClassic‬ – In 2003, Simon Gerrans who was touted as Phil Anderson’s protégé, powered up the snow lined roads to a convincing victory atop of Mt Baw Baw. Gerrans rode the last 6 kilometres in 0:30:40, finishing the race in 03:21:00.

Simon Gerrans' 2003 Baw Baw Victory

Simon Gerrans’ 2003 Baw Baw Victory

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