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Waratah Masters Cycling Club
The premier cycling club in New South Wales

Founded in 1994 on a long history of cycling, the Waratah Masters Cycling Club has grown to become one of the largest cycling clubs in New South Wales and hosts competitive road, time trial and track racing for club members and visiting clubs almost every week of the year. Find out more >

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Nov 18th | Heffron

AGreg Burgett
BGrant Quinn
CMichael Marinello
DAnthony New
EMichelle Scott
FMax Beardwood

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  • Sun Nov 25th | Dragway Hotdog (A)
  • Criterium Race
  • Sign on from 06:45:00
  • Start 07:45 C/F, 09:00 A/B

Open to riders aged 30+ from all clubs with a current CA Race licence. Single-day race licenses available on race day.

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Latest News from the Waratah Masters CC

06Nov 18

Club Christmas Function

The Club’s annual Christmas function this year will on Sunday 2 December 2018 at the Ryde-Parramatta Golf Club, 1156 Victoria Road, West Ryde.  It will be a lunchtime function commencing at 12.00pm for 12.30pm. The format will be similar to previous years. The cost remains the same at $25.00 a head.

Tickets can be bought by paying to the Club bank account with your name as a reference. The Bank details are:

BSB: 112 879
Account Number: 098 120 801
Account Name: Waratah Masters Cycling Club

If you are unable to make a bank transfer Paul Regattieri will be at racing each Sunday to collect your payment. He can be contacted on: paulregattieri@internode.on.net

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26Oct 18

Waratahs on the Podium: Report from Gippsland

The rolling hills of East Gippsland were the setting for last week’s national masters road titles, and for notable performances by Waratah Masters riders.

Congratulations on gold medal rides to Maria Nash in the M7 road race and Peter Jones in the M10 time trial. Congratulations also to Harry Rourke, 2nd in the M9 road race and 3rd (ST – same time as the winner) in the criterium, Dennis Fahy, 4th in the M9 time trial, Jack Yuen, 8th in the M7 road race (ST) and 6th in the criterium and to Michael Troup, 12th (ST) from a large field in the M5 road race.

 

We spoke with Maria about her winning ride. In only her 3rd competitive event since taking up cycling 18 months ago, she won by a healthy margin. This followed earlier success at B2B, where she also won her division, and in the world granfondo championships in Varese, Italy, where she placed second.

Maria had plenty of time to think about how she’d approach the race on the long drive down from Sydney, and she took the line with a clear strategy in mind. Although still pretty new to the game, she’s learned quickly.

The course begins with a 10k ride out to a hilly circuit, with a succession of 4 climbs, before it heads back the same way via the steep ascent of Stones Hill, with gradients up to 14%, and the last section with 3k of plateau and a long drop to the flat finish.

Most riders in most events felt that the races would be decided on the final climb, and that was Maria’s plan. Her intention was to “bolt up that hill”.

Although Maria expected a fast and furious race, it proceeded fairly cautiously. Apart from a brief flurry, where she had to chase on, it seemed that the riders were all saving themselves for the last ascent.

You can see Stones Hill from a long way out as you ride along the riverside approach. If you’ve got any doubts, then there’s 6 k of cagey bunch riding and positioning along the flat to sort yourself out before all hell breaks loose. The question for those who think they might be among the better climbers is whether they can create enough of a gap to hold it all they way down to the finish. It’s an all or nothing play – either you’ll hurt them more than you hurt yourself, and stay away, or they’ll gather their forces and reel you in, and the sprinters will win when the line approaches.

So the die was cast. Maria hit it hard, and got to the top with a clear gap, taking 40 seconds out of her nearest rival, Debra Lindstrom from Southern Masters, with Susan Fraser of Bairnsdale, and Lyn Vasudeva and Penelope Anderson of Vikings, not far behind. If you reach the top alone, then the only thing left is to pin your ears back and fly. So she did, and as the line approached, it was clear that the victory was hers. Maria’s only company was a rider from a younger age group which was racing at the same time. As they approached the finishing arch, Maria was enjoying the moment enough to think, “I’ve never done a sprint finish, why not now?”, and so the two of them raced each other to the line. Maria won that little race within a race as well. Most importantly, she came in over a minute ahead of her rivals. She’d added a third medal to her collection, in the space of just 6 months.

It’s little wonder that Maria is planning to do some more racing! When asked how she got into the competitive side of things in the first place, she said it was from the encouragement she received from several other women. She had thought that racing would be too dangerous, but what she’s found is great camaraderie. She described the masters scene as very friendly and social, with riders happy to share information and tips. 

And she adds, it’s not only about the racing. Her start in riding, just last year, was with the Dad’s Army group in northern Sydney, which is mostly blokes. Now that she’s shown them a thing or two, Maria is building connections through a women’s cycling WhatsApp group, and she’s keen to see more women out riding and at the events.

(Story by Marcus Judge. More photos and reports at Cycling Australia Facebook page.)

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21Oct 18

WARATAHS AT NATIONAL MASTERS ROAD CHAMPS

Three Waratahs have won medals at the Nationals.
Maria Nash in WM7 won gold finishing 1 minute ahead of 2nd in her first ever Masters road race in Australia.
Peter Jones won gold in the M10 ITT.
Harry Rourke won silver in the M9 Road Race and bronze in the Criterium.
There were 4 other riders taking part. Michael Troup M5, Marcus Judge M6, Jack Yuen M7 and Denis Fahey M9.

Well done to all who took part.

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05Oct 18

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE CUP UPDATE

Just a reminder that the Southern Hemisphere Cup is on at Eastern Creek Raceway (SMSP) this Sunday 7 October. Racing starts at 7.00 am and registration opens at 5.45 am.

Late entries will be accepted on the day, so if you missed the cut off you can still race.

We had planned to run two female grades, however due to the very low number of female on-line entries we feel it’s fairer to grade all females in with divisions 1 – 5 and have prizes for the first female in each grade. It’s unfortunate but we’ll try to get higher numbers next time.

Significant cash prizes totalling over $5,000 will be available across all divisions together with prizes for prime winners and the first females. In addition all riders will go in the draw to win a set of bike roof racks compliments of TheRoofRack Store.

Hope you can join us for this major event.

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