Ashfield Cycle / Specialized Cup - Sunday 12 October
The Ashfield Cycle / Specialized Cup will be held at Eastern Creek Raceway (SMSP) on Sunday 12 October. This is a graded scratch race with 6 grades. Prize value exceeds $3,000 plus all riders will be entered into a raffle for prizes valued at $1,000. Racing starts at 7 am and entries can be made via the Cycling NSW entry system. Entries close Tuesday 30 September.
Waratah Masters racing results
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Rider of the Week: Harry Rourke
Last weekend at the NSW Masters Championship in Griffith Waratah Harry Rourke beat all comers in MAS8 in both the Road Race and the Crit. Chapeaux!more ...
He attributes his stellar performance to the regular racing with the Waratahs and his wife’s support. Currently he’s freezing in Ballarat, preparing for the Australian Masters this weekend and although he’s ridden around Buninyong before it probably doesn’t suit him as a road race course. Even so he’s happy with his two NSW medals and we’re sure he’ll give it his all this weekend.
I've just returned from a terrific 14 day road bike tour around Japan's northern most island, Hokkaido. While Hokkaido has 20% of Japan's land area it only has 5% of its population. The island is known for its wildlife, mountains, greenery, agriculture and snowy winters. Bike riding there is becoming increasingly popular and it's not hard to see why.
Our tour began in Sapporo where 17 of us (10 Waratahs) met with our tour organiser, Grasshopper Adventures. From there we then headed North East, riding for two weeks more ...
Friday and 184 km up for the week. It has been an interesting week. I got attacked two days in a row by magpies on different streets and they drew blood with four hits on the side of my face, so I decided it would be best to change my route again but it meant going through a dangerous roundabout. I am always careful on roundabouts as I have had some close calls with drivers only missing me by inches. Each time I thought that they had me and this has made me extremely wary of roundabouts.
Last Saturday morning I got my old Malvern Star down off the garage wall and put on a tyre that somebody gave me. It was a brand that I had never heard of and by the time I had reached Parramatta Park the tyre was going bump bump so I got off to inspect it and one side had rolled and the tread was side on and it was running partly on the side wall so I had to let the air out and try and centralise it. Then on the ride home I was expecting it to blow out at any time (not a very enjoyable feeling).
I more ...
Setting some Goals
Congratulations to the 14 or so Waratah’s who journeyed to Griffith last weekend for the Masters State Champs. Harry Rourke in particular showed terrific form to win two golds in MAS8 and we had a lot of other notable performances. Even so 14 out of about 240 members is not a great turnout, just imagine if 20 % of members focused on the State Champs . The Poacher reckons we would definitely bring home the masters shield once again and he is prepared to put his money where his mouth is. With effect from January 1st next year, training will commence with a vigour not seen for many years and 8kg is the weight loss target. Ernie has set the benchmark weekly kilometre target at around 250 to 300 per week and interval efforts will be added in to the mix after a 1000 km of base mileage. Alec Lazich reckons that you need to do a lot more than that before he would take you under his wing but if more ...
Happy Jack's Life-coaching Corner
Are you rushing for no apparent reason too?
It was 6.30am on a Monday morning.
Weaving my way through the speed humps on Nicholson St in Burwood on my way to work in my ute, I was suddenly shaken to sense a speeding car overtake me on the narrow street. It was a seven series BMW and it did fly over the speed humps a lot better than my Mazda Ute.
The driver was certainly in a rush to get somewhere – rather than just showing off his driving prowess or his upmarket car.
Then a couple of days later, I was on the Hume Highway in Burwood and literally slowed down to a halt to avoid hitting a very old man who just wandered across the busy highway to get to the other side. He was nowhere near a set of traffic lights… and he must have been in a hurry to get to the opposite side of the Hume to take the risk.
Yet he showed no rush in wandering across the road – he was focused on the other kerb, without even a look at the oncoming traffic. All the time that I took to come to a near stop, he did not once look in my direction. He seemed in a hurry to cross the busy highway (even to the point of endangering his life more ...
Daylight saving will begin again in NSW on Sunday, 5 October 2014, when clocks will go forward one hour at 2:00 am.
Daylight saving ends in NSW on Sunday, 5 April 2015, when clocks go back one hour at 3:00 am.more ...
“G’day mate. The usual thanks Nick. Mate, I can’t believe it! It’s happened again!”
“What? Has the new waitress refused your advances yet again?”
“Nah mate...well, yes actually, but that’s not what I’m on about, it’s my rear end.”
“The two are probably connected. What dire circumstance has befallen your nether regions?”
“Never been there mate. VO2 went to Holland for a holiday, but reckons the beer's as flat as the parcour.”
“Never mind, what’s the problem?”
“Me saddle bracket snapped coming down Death Hill this morning. Thought I was a goner. Blur reckoned it was the best reeming out he’d ever seen.”
“And he’s witnessed many by all accounts. You’re obviously unharmed by your close brush with an impromptu colonoscopy.”
“Don’t think he was riding today more ...
One day a Masters cyclist was in for a checkup. After his examination, his doctor was amazed.more ...
"I must say that you are in the greatest shape of any 64 year old I have ever examined!"
"Did I say I was 64?"
"Er, no. Did I read your card wrongly?"
"You sure did! I'm 85!"
"85!! Unbelievable! You would be in great shape if you were 25! How old was your father when he died?"
"Did I say he was dead?"
"He's 106 and going strong!"
"Good Grief! What a healthy family you must come from! How long did your grandfather live?"
"Did I say he was dead?"
"No! You can't mean..."
"He's 126, and getting married next week!"
"At 126! Unbelievable, but I wouldn't think a man would want to get married at that age!"
"Did I say he wanted to get married?..."