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Race Description

The oldest cycling race in New South Wales (est 1902)  is on again on Saturday and Sunday 11 & 12 September, 2010.  The 2010 edition of the race has been expanded to include a 3.8km Prologue for all competitors around Seifert Oval, Goulburn on the Saturday with the Goulburn to Camden road race to take place on Sunday.  The race is set to consolidate its position as a major event on the national cycling calendar.   The race will depart Goulburn on Sunday at 7.30am as a combined Division 1 and 2 scratch race and will travel a 165km course with an estimated 150 riders and finish at Camden CBD around 11:30am.  The race will include three sprints and three King of the Mountain (KOM) sections and will be run as a team’s event. The event will be covered by local radio, newspapers and televised on SBS.

Race Route

The course follows the freeway until the Southern Highlands with the first KOM sprint near Berrima on the highest point of the race course. From here the majority of the remainder of the race occurs along Remembrance Drive (the old Hume Highway) with a sprint location in both Bargo and Tahmoor. The riders will then ascend Razorback from the south with a KOM on offer, before descending and looping back to climb Razorback from the north on Old Razorback Rd with a KOM at the summit. The race then concludes by traveling along the Camden By-pass before entering Camden from the east with a sprint finish in the main street of Camden.


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Cantwell lands Fly V an Australian win


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September 13, 01:57, 


September 13, 02:43

Grenda secures Goulburn-Citi title

Tasmania’s Ben Grenda (Genesys Wealth Advisers Cycling) has become the 2010 champion of the Goulburn-Citi Cycle Classic, which finished in the main street of Camden as part of Cycling Australia’s National Road Series. While the overall honours went to Grenda it was Fly V Australia’s Jonathan Cantwell who claimed the 170 kilometre road race from Goulburn to Camden on Sunday.

The victory was both Cantwell’s and Fly V Australia’s biggest on home soil this year, after both team and rider spent the year focused on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar.

Australia’s top cyclists left Goulburn this morning under perfect racing conditions for the 170km journey up the Hume Hwy finishing in Camden’s CBD as part of the events expansion into a two day race.

After an early but unsuccessful attack 11 riders escaped from the 150-strong field after 14km, with the time gap steadily growing to what seemed an irretrievable 5:40 minutes. Eventual team’s classification winners Genesys Wealth Advisers were fortunate to have two members of its team in the breakaway group, which was caught following the first Razorback climb after Picton, allowing the race to come back together before the final Old Razorback Road ascent.

“The race looked like it was over very early when 11 riders got away just out of Goulburn, we had no choice other than chase the leaders down,” said Cantwell. “We couldn’t afford to just let them get away.”

Old Razorback Road split the remaining lead group of 50 riders, which reformed on Macarthur Bridge with three kilometres remaining. A fast descent into Camden allowed the stage winner Cantwell to launch a final sprint to the finish line.

Grenda was declared the overall winner of the Goulburn to Citi Cycle Classic, which expanded to a two stage race for the first time this year. Second place went to Scott Law (Fly V Australia) and third to Rhys Pollock (Drapac Porsche).

“Everything went to plan with our two nominated riders in the early breakaway, we knew that Ben Grenda has been in good form and could do well over the two days,” said Genesys team manager Andrew Christie-Johnston.

The King of the Mountain category was won by Cameron Peterson (Virgin Blue RBS Morgans) with Alexander Malone (Bike Bug) winning the sprinters jersey.


















2009 Pengana Goulburn to Citi cycle classic race report

Report by Gennie Sheer

Photo courtesy of actionsnaps.com.au

Richard Lang has won today's 170km 2009 Pengana Goulburn to Citi Cycle classic in a record winning time of 3hr 45min31sec smashing the previous best time since the events revival in 2005.

New South Wales based Richard Lang riding for Team Budget Forklifts won clearly over Virgins Fly V's Jonathon Cantwell in second and team mate Bernard Sulzberger in third place. This year's team results mirror the 2008 event with Team Budget Forklifts winning the sprint category via Richard Lang and taking the overall teams classification prize as well.

Goulburn turned on perfect weather for the record 180 starters as they rolled out of Australia's first proclaimed inland city. Teams covered every attack during the race in contrast to previous years when an early group of riders get away, normally fighting out the finish.

Australian champion Peter McDonald rode aggressively to win the first King of the Mountain (KOM) with Dale Scarfe taking the second KOM 2 and Malcolm Rudolph taking the third (KOM) up Old Razorback road.

As the peleton approached the third climb up Old Razorback Road Malcolm Rudolph launched a savaging attack which allowed twenty riders to escape on top of the Razorback for the final decent into Camden which included the final winner Richard Lang. As Team Budget Forklifts rider Cameron Jennings peeled off the front of the leading group, Lang accelerated away to win comfortably. Richard Lang described winning the 2009 Pengana Goulburn to Citi Cycle Classic as the biggest win of his career and paid tribute to his team mates for the win today after the team also won last weeks Grafton to Inverell as well.   "The team covered every move at the front of the lead group for the last two kilometres and couldn't have given me a better lead out for the finish". Richard Lang said.

Last years Pengana Goulburn to Citi winner, Tasmanian Praties rider Will Clarke was in the leading Lang group approaching the finish and was close to taking Australia's greatest one day classic for the second year, however, was unable to top Team Budgets dominating lead out. Virgin's Fly V took second place in the team's category and hold on to the lead in Cycling Australia's National Road series teams point score.

Event ambassador Simon Poidevin led 130 of his fellow corporate friends safely into Camden to complete his corporate charity ride which left Goulburn prior the main race. Simon Poidevin and all the accompanying teams have successfully raised $200,000 for charity.

Overall Place Name Team/Club Time  Div 1 Place Div 2 Place Penalty
1 Richard LANG  Ave 45.5 km/h Team Budget Forklifts 3:45:31 1    
2 Jonathan CANTWELL Fly V Australia a. s.t 2    
3 Bernard SULZBERGER Fly V Australia a. s.t 3    
4 William CLARKE Praties Cycling Team s.t 4    
5 Gene BATES Drapac Porsche s.t 5    
6 Chris JORY Shortis Cycle & Tri s.t 6    
7 Malcolm RUDOLPH Team Budget Forklifts s.t 7    
8 Daniel ALCOCK Coffs Harbour CC s.t 8    
9 Hayden BROOKS Fly V Australia b. s.t 9    
10 Brad HALL Plan B s.t 10    
11 Steven ROBB Nemisis-Sea Sheperd s.t 11    
12 Matthew MARSHALL Shortis Cycle & Tri s.t 12    
13 Blair MARTIN KOM Cyclery/NSCC 3:45:34 13    
14 Darren ROLFE Fly V Australia a. s.t 14    
15 Cameron PETERSON Peloton Sports Inc. s.t 15    
16 Ben DYBALL Caravello CC s.t 16    
17 Lachlan MORTON NSWIS s.t 17    
18 Peter MCDONALD Drapac Porsche 3:45:38 18    
19 Cameron JENNINGS Team Budget Forklifts 3:45:40 19    
20 Peter HERZIG Team Budget Forklifts 3:45:42 20    
21 Elliott WELLS Plan B 3:45:47 21    
22 Scott LAW NSWIS 3:46:10 22    
23 Benjamin HARVEY Bankstown Sports CC s.t   1  
24 Kris KOKE Northern Sydney CC s.t 23    
25 Sam RUTHERFORD Sydney CC s.t 24    
26 Nathan EARLE Praties Cycling Team s.t 25    
27 Michael ENGLAND Team Budget Forklifts s.t 26    
28 Alastair LOUTIT Canberra Cycling Club 3:46:13 27    
29 Ben GRENDA Praties Cycling Team s.t 28    
30 Darren CASH Sutherland Shire CC s.t 29    
31 Nathan PAGE KOM Cyclery/NSCC s.t 30    
32 Aaron DONNELLY NSWIS s.t 31    
33 David DEERY Nemisis-Sea Sheperd s.t   2  
34 Graham ALLBON Plan B s.t 32    
35 Michael PHELAN Canberra Cycling Club s.t 33    
36 Jan MATEJOVSKY Caravello CC s.t   3  
37 Dale SCARFE MACE- McDonagh Blake 3:46:16 34    
38 Samuel SPOKES NSWIS s.t 35    
39 Christopher WILLIAMS NSCC- Hubbard 3:46:40   4  
40 Johann ESTERHUYZEN Champion Systems/Cannondale/Sram 3:47:13   5 01:00.0
41 Sean MORAN Canberra Cycling Club 3:48:09   6  
42 Hayden KEGG Northern Sydney CC s.t   7  
43 Brendan JONES MACE- McDonagh Blake s.t 36    
44 Stephen GRIFFITHS St George CC 3:48:10   8  
45 Daniel ABOTOMEY Ben Mikic Foundation s.t   9  
46 Kris JOHNSTON Canberra Cycling Club s.t   10  
47 David EARLY Eastern Suburbs CC 3:48:13   11  
48 Andrew ARUNDEL Canberra Cycling Club 3:48:16   12  
49 Kornelis SIETSMA Nemisis-Sea Sheperd s.t 37    
50 Joshua CHUGG Champion Systems/Cannondale/Sram s.t 38    
51 Angus MORTON Drapac Porsche s.t 39    
52 Benjamin HILL Muswellbrook CC s.t 40    
53 David KEMP Fly V Australia b. 3:48:37 41    
54 James IBRAHIM Titans Race 3:50:43 42    
55 Brodie TALBOT Hillbrick/Macarthur Racing Team s.t 43    
56 Richard VOLLEBREGT Ben Mikic Foundation s.t 44    
57 Peter LADD Team Budget Forklifts 3:50:45 45    
58 Dean WINDSOR Drapac Porsche s.t 46    
59 Blair WINDSOR Bathurst CC s.t 47    
60 Brendan BROOKS Shortis Cycle & Tri 3:50:48 48    
61 Matthew GARNON NSCC- Hubbard 3:52:14   13  
62 Darren BENSON Lidcombe Auburn CC 3:52:59 49    
63 Daniel O'KEEFE Parramatta CC 3:53:11   14  
64 Jarrett WOOD Kooragang Open CC s.t 50    
65 Nikolai WYMAN Eastern Suburbs CC 3:53:15   15  
66 David EVANS KOM Cyclery/NSCC 3:53:17 51    
67 Ben BLAKEBROUGH Ben Mikic Foundation s.t   16  
68 Sam MOORHOUSE Northern Sydney CC s.t 52    
69 Tim DECKER Titans Race 3:53:18 53    
70 Scott DAVIS Fly V Australia b. s.t 54    
71 David TREACY Northern Sydney CC 3:53:20 55    
72 Dylan NEWELL Praties Cycling Team 3:53:23 56    
73 Lathan CROFT Decked Out Coaching 3:54:20 57    
74 Daniel HENNESSY Illawarra CC 3:55:36   17  
75 Jake MAGEE Goulburn CC 3:55:38   18  
76 Daniel FRENCH Sutherland Shire CC 3:55:44   19  
77 Lewis FELLAS England 3:58:48 58    
78 Andrew WARD Bendigo & District CC 3:59:27 59    
79 Antony DIMITROVSKI Parramatta CC 3:59:43   21  
80 Michael FOSTER Manly Warringah CC 4:01:12   22  
81 Craig PAULL Illawarra CC s.t   23  
82 Barry KENYON Northern Sydney CC s.t   24  
83 Sam    WITMITZ Titans Race s.t 60    
84 Michael TROY Nowra Velo Club s.t   25  
85 Andrew EAST KOM Cyclery/NSCC s.t 61    
86 Alexander MALONE KOM Cyclery/NSCC s.t 62    
87 Anthony BENNETT Lidcombe Auburn CC s.t 63    
88 Caleb JONES Northern Sydney CC s.t   26  
89 Neil MANNING Plan B s.t 64    
90 Richard VIAL Carnegie Caulfied CC s.t   27  
91 Aiden LYONS Sutherland Shire CC s.t   28  
92 Stuart MORGAN Nemisis-Sea Sheperd s.t 65    
93 Simon KNOWLES Nemisis-Sea Sheperd s.t   29  
94 Gerard DONALDSON Lidcombe Auburn CC s.t   30  
95 Alex WONG Lidcombe Auburn CC s.t   31  
96 Garry CHAPMAN NSCC- Hubbard s.t   32  
97 Brock ROBERTS Northern Sydney CC s.t 66    
98 Benjamin KING Fly V Australia a. s.t 67    
99 Timothy MORRIS Illawarra CC s.t   33  
100 Tim HUGHES Orange CC s.t   34  
101 Justin MORRIS MACE- McDonagh Blake 4:01:20 68    
102 Rodney MCGEE Ben Mikic Foundation 4:02:47   35  
103 Daniel MCGUIGAN Bicisport 4:05:00   36  
104 Conor KIERNAN Hillbrick/Macarthur Racing Team 4:05:02   37  
105 Harrison MORGAN Ben Mikic Foundation s.t   38  
106 Calvin SMITH Randwick Botany CC s.t   39  
107 Jared MILLS Sutherland Shire CC 4:05:07   40  
108 Po Hung WU Decked Out Coaching s.t 69    
109 Peter HOWARD Carnegie Caulfield CC s.t   41  
110 Michael KREBS Southern Highlands CC s.t   42  
111 Hamish PRESBURY Shortis Cycle & Tri 4:05:10 70    
112 Mark THOMPSON Sutherland Shire CC s.t   43  
113 William LIND Canberra Cycling Club 4:08:42   44  
114 Peter WAKEFIELD Penrith Panthers CC 4:10:01   45  
115 David GREEN Lidcombe Auburn CC 4:11:38   46  
116 Richard ALLEN Parramatta CC 4:13:49   47  
117 Jules GALLI Randwick Botany CC 4:15:27   48  


Team Position Team     Allocated Time Team Time Bonus  
1 Team Budget Forklifts   11:16:12 11:16:42 0:00:30 Sprint 
2 Fly V Australia a.   11:16:36 11:16:36    
3 Plan B   11:17:31 11:17:31    
4 Praties Cycling Team   11:17:54 11:17:54    
5 NSWIS   11:17:57 11:17:57    
6 Drapac Porsche   11:18:55 11:19:25 0:00:30 KOM 
7 Nemisis-Sea Sheperd   11:20:00 11:20:00    
8 Shortis Cycle & Tri   11:21:50 11:21:50    
9 KOM Cyclery/NSCC   11:25:04 11:25:04    
10 Fly V Australia b.   11:27:26 11:27:26    
11 Ben Mikic Foundation   11:32:10 11:32:10    
12 MACE- McDonagh Blake   11:35:45 11:35:45    
13 NSCC- Hubbard   11:40:06 11:40:06    
14 Titans Race   11:45:13 11:45:13    
15 Lidcombe Auburn CC   11:55:23 11:55:23    


    KOM1 - Bendooley Hill - 83km  
Place Rider Team Pts
1 Peter MCDONALD Drapac Porsche 3
2 Ben DAY Fly V Australia a. 2
3 Brendan BROOKS Shortis Cycle & Tri 1
    KOM2 - Razorback Range - 140km  
Place Rider Team Pts
1 Dale SCARFE MACE- McDonagh Blake 3
2 Peter MCDONALD Drapac Porsche 2
3 Bernard SULZBERGER Fly V Australia a. 1
    KOM3 - Razorback Range - 152km  
Place Rider Team Pts
1 Malcolm RUDOLPH Team Budget Forklifts 3
2 Peter MCDONALD Drapac Porsche 2
3 Bernard SULZBERGER Fly V Australia a. 1
    Sprint 1 - Bargo News Agency - 118km  
Place Rider Team Pts
1 Richard LANG Team Budget Forklifts 3
2 James IBRAHIM Titans Race 2
3 Sam MOORHOUSE North Sydney CC 1
    Sprint 2 - Tahmoor Town Centre - 125km  
Place Rider Team Pts
1 Richard LANG Team Budget Forklifts 3
2 Cameron JENNINGS Team Budget Forklifts 2
3 Dylan NEWELL Praties Cycling Team 1
  KOM Overall    
Place Rider Team Pts
1 Peter MCDONALD Drapac Porsche 7
2 Malcolm RUDOLPH Team Budget Forklifts 3
3 Bernard SULZBERGER Fly V Australia a. 2
Place Sprint Overall Team  Pts
1 Richard LANG Team Budget Forklifts 6
eq2 James IBRAHIM Titans Race 2
eq2 Cameron JENNINGS Team Budget Forklifts 2


2008 Goulburn to Citi Cycle Classic race report

Clarke delivers for Praties

By Brad Hooker, www.cyclingimagesonline.com

William Clarke delivered his Praties team the biggest win of the season, outsprinting the reminisce of an early break, which formed after just ten kilometers of racing to take the Goulburn to Citi. Michael England took second ahead of Chris Jory who animated the race in its dying stages with a number of attacks which earned him the king of the mountains prize.

Clarke was part of the early break which included his Praties Cycling teammate, Ben Mather, Jory (Panasonic - NSWIS), England (Budget forklifts), Ben King (South Australia.com - AIS) and Jonathan Lovelock (Jayco/VIS). The group built up a seven minute lead at one point and was never threatened by the main field, which finished over five minutes down on the leaders.

As the break came to the main climb of the day, which comes with just 20 kilometers remaining, Jory attacked the lead group and held a small margin as he crested the KOM climb. The attack caused the lead group to splinter as they did all they could to pull him back.

Storming down the fast descent as they headed into Camden, Jory was caught by Lovelock, England and Clarke who were keen to keep the pace high. Mather showed his extraordinary descending skills as he bridged to the three leaders, moving directly to the front to keep the pace high for his team-mate, Clarke.

The tactic paid off. As the quintet came into the final kilometer, Mather increased the pace with Clarke on his wheel. Then with 200 meters remaining Clarke began his sprint with England following closely. As the pair threw for the line, Clarke was just able to edge out England for the win. Jory crossed in third unable to match the speed of the sprint after his numerous break-away attempts.

Division 1 results 168km

Placing Name Team Time  
1 William CLARKE Praties Cycling Team 4:06:26 41.38 Km/hr
2 Michael ENGLAND Team Budget Forklifts st
3 Chris JORY FRF - Panasonic st
4 Jonathan LOVELOCK JAYCO - VIS 4:06:28
5 Ben MATHER Praties Cycling Team 4:06:30
6 Nathan PAGE KOM Cyclery/ Northern Sydney CC 4:06:40
7 Benjamin KING South Australia.com-AIS 4:08:45
8 Luis TRUEBA Hillbrick/Macarthur Collegians CC st
9 William FORD South Australia.com-AIS 4:12:17
10 Cameron PETERSON   4:12:40

Division 2 results 168km

1 Andrew EAST KOM Cyclery/ Northern Sydney CC st
2 Phillip CHAPMAN MACE/Rock & Dirt Team st
3 Jeremy ROSS   st
4 Adam SOCHA   4:16:42
5 Samuel LAYZELL Two Wheel Industries st
6 James IBRAHIM   st
7 Jason CHALKER   st
8 Oenone WOOD   st
9 Michael ORR   4:18:23
10 Hayden KEGG KOM Cyclery/ Northern Sydney CC st

Team Results



              Combined Perf best 3 riders less 30" bonuses



Praties Cycling Team







William CLARKE


Sprint 30 sec bonus




















FRF - Panasonic







Chris JORY


 KOM 30 sec bonus




















KOM Cyclery/ Northern Sydney CC







Nathan PAGE
















Andrew EAST






= 3

Team Budget Forklifts















Cameron HUGHES












A competitors take on the 2008 race courtesy of Alastair Davis from LACC.

6am wake up in Goulburn to a clear and surprisingly warm morning we got busy with the pre-race preparations, shovelling in the weetbix, putting my kit on, taking my kit off, going to the loo, putting the kit on again, etc - after getting the car packed and the spare wheels and feedbags sorted out it was off to the start line. 


We finally got rolling with a fair bit of jostling for position through the neutral zone but once the bunch hit the highway it was 'warp factor 2 Mr. Sulu!' The pace went up rapidly and stayed there.


I was near the back of the bunch and going over the top of the undulations I could see groups desperately trying to get away before being nailed back by the heaving mass. The momentum of the bunch had me in the 53*11 on the hills and still looking for more gears, this was fast!


I saw a hand go up in the bunch and was disappointed to see a friend had punctured, knowing at the speed the peloton was moving it was definitely game over if you needed to stop.


The gusty left-right cross-wind on the highway had the bunch in single file on the centre white line at one point but the police presence made sure that no-one sought shelter on the other side of the line!


Eventually a group escaped off the front and the peloton eased up by about 5km/h, pretty soon the ride became a lot more sociable with people chatting and riders drifting backwards on the hard shoulder while watering the verge. Once we hit the turn-off to Berrima there was a little more activity in the bunch, with people jostling for position before the climb on the other side of town. The pace up the climb was solid and I was mid-bunch and when we arrived at the feed zone.


I was feeling okay into the feed zone which was the expected chaos; I had to slow right down and dropped a lot of time looking for my man. I grabbed my bag and replaced the bottles as quickly as I could but when I looked up I suddenly realised the head of the bunch was a long way up the road and riders were strung out in single file down the middle of the road.


Oh sh*t! I didn't even have time to pull the food out of my bag before starting a desperate effort to get back on to the rear of the line which was now about 50m ahead of me.


I could now see two very long echelons. The bunch had split and the teams on the front were pouring out the pain. The gap was growing and I was feeling as bad as I have felt on a bike for a long time. I was flat out trying to bring it back but it was too late. I was very close to climbing off the bike and laughing off any notion of going to Grafton. I was very dejected, in the hurt-box-from-hell and thinking about spending some time away from the bike.

I looked back and saw several riders behind who were also caught out in the feed zone. I eased up a little and waited for another group to form which eventually contained about 10 riders. I was still trying to get out of the red so managed my efforts and forced the fluids in. About 10km later we lost sight of the convoy but organisation in the group improved with riders matching pace and we got a nice rhythm going. My mood started to improve as my heart rate came down and the fluids were being absorbed.


The temperature on the road was rising rapidly and I realised that I had forgotten to apply sunscreen...It was baking but we were making steady progress to the finish. Nearing the finish at Camden we negotiated the traffic chaos that the main bunch had left behind including red lights and irate drivers and we arrived at razorback creek minus a few.


Up over the razorback for the first time and down to start of the old-razorback road, I had just finished the last of my liquids and my mouth was like feeling like an Arab's sandal. The remnants of our small group were stretched out on the last climb and the heat was only just bearable but we all came together on the final descent into Camden and there were about 6 of us left but what had really surprised me was that we had not picked up more riders who had fallen off the peloton. My final time on crossing the line in Camden was 4h25m, 20m behind the winners.

Although disappointed with the outcome, the race was a fantastic experience and I got some quality riding in the legs in preparation for Grafton. Bring it on!

2007 Goulburn to Citi Cycle Classic Race Report

Take That! Williams solos to biggest career win

By Paul Verkuylen in Sydney

Robbie Williams (Drapac Porsche)
Photo ©: Mark Gunter
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Youngster Robbie Williams (Drapac Porsche) made a fantastic recovery after being dropped on the last climb of the day, the super steep Razorback mountain, to take victory in one of Australia's most prestigious one-day races, the Goulburn to Citi. Williams rejoined the leading trio of Mitch Pearson (NSWIS), Shaun Higgerson (SouthAustralia.com-AIS) and Josh Wilson (Praties) with just five kilometres remaining, caught his breath, then launched an all out attack on the final rise into Camden to which his companions had no answer. Higgerson took the sprint for second from Pearson and Wilson.

"With just over five kilometres to go I didn't think that I was going to catch them," Williams told Cyclingnews, minutes after he crossed the line for easily his biggest win in Australia. "But I just put my head down and went for it, and when I got on, I caught my breath and launched an attack on the final little climb, it was all or nothing, I am glad they let me go."

Williams' Drapac Porsche team has only just returned from the Tour de Hokkaido in Japan where they won the team classification, but Williams himself didn't have a happy time in the far east. "I crashed and from that I still have a few broken ribs, which made it a little difficult to breath today," he said modestly.

Shaun Higgerson (SouthAustralia.com-AIS)
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Higgerson was happy with his second placing today after spending some time away from the bike this year due to a combination of university commitments and lack of motivation. "It was a tough finish circuit, I felt ok on the climb, but it hurt," he said shortly before receiving the praise of the strong crowd assembled in the Sydney suburb of Camden.

"Robbie came across the gap really strong, and then made a brilliant move with 1.5 k to take a good win. I am happy, it was good to be back after some time off this year and the team was great, they supported me through it all," he said, referring to the time he spent away from the bike this year.

Third place today was somewhat of a surprise, except perhaps for Mitch Pearson himself, who has spent most of the year finishing around the top ten, just not in Australia. "I spent the last seven months racing in France with my brother Joel. I finished most of the races over there in the top ten," he said, before explaining that going into the last five kilometres he and his two breakaway companions did everything that they could to stay clear. "We were driving! But we couldn't hold him (Williams) off."

Drapac Porsche
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For Drapac Porsche today's win tops off an excellent weekend of racing, after Williams' team-mate Darren Lapthorne won the Tour of the Midlands in Victoria. Speaking to Cyclingnews over the phone shortly after the finish today, team director and Sydney Olympic gold medallist Scott McGrory explained what this meant for the team: "Robbie's win in particular is a fantastic morale boost for all of our riders and staff. Robbie has bounced back from several recent crashes which resulted in multiple fractures that kept him off the bike. It's great for Robbie, he is an absolute talent for the future that not many people have heard of, the whole team is ecstatic."

How it unfolded

Riders departed Goulburn early in a cool four degrees, but the clear blue sky and the lack of wind meant that unlike last year, the race would stay together along the freeway from Goulburn until the turnoff at Berrima.

The riders pass the Big Merino
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After just 15km, five riders got away from the fast moving peloton and quickly opened up a one minute gap. The break comprised Angus Morton (Drapac Porsche), Darcy Roselund (Ord Minnett), Peter Herzig (FRF-NSWIS), Ben Mather and Richie Porte (Praties).

The peloton seemed to settle down as the break gained time, as most of the major teams were represented up front. Matt Johns (Two Wheel Industries) and Owen Belton (Manning Valley) spent some time in no man's land briefly, but were brought back by the peloton which was waiting for the tougher climbs before the sending their leaders on the rampage.

The break was working well together and built up a maximum lead of over four minutes, but by the time they reached the first KOM sprint the gap was hovering around the three minute mark. Shortly after the sprint, an unlucky Richie Porte crashed on the descent, and was forced to retire leaving only four riders out front.

By the 100km mark the break was just two minutes ahead, and with the first ascent of Razorback mountain looming 30km away five riders decided it was time to start racing and promptly gained a minute on the peloton, rapidly closing in on the leading four. These five were Robbie Williams (Drapac Porsche), William Ford (SA.com-AIS), Gilbert Gutowski (Ord Minnett), Josh Wilson (Praties) and Nash Kent (Equity IT).

The break rides under a rail bridge
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By the 123km mark, three more riders - Mitch Pearson (NSWIS), Andrew Ward (Ballarat) and Shaun Higgerson (SA.com-AIS) - had attacked the peloton and were just 15 seconds behind the five chasers who had the leaders in sight. Five kilometres later, all three groups had merged, but Roselund had attacked from the leading group and had a small gap as they started the Razorback for the first time.

As the break approached the summit, Roselund had been caught and passed by the group and was now trailing along with Morton, Herzig and Ward. As the leaders began the descent, the determined Morton, an under 19 riding as a stagiere for Drapac Porsche and keen to show his worth for next year, chased back to rejoin the leaders just seven kilometres before they would attack the same hill but from a different and steeper road.

The final podium
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As soon as the leaders hit the final three kilometre climb, Pearson launched an attack that would see all but Higgerson and Wilson lose contact. Cresting the final KOM of the day, and with just 15 kilometres remaining, the three out front had just 30 seconds over an in-form Williams. All three riders knew that if they let up slightly they would give Williams all that he needed to re-join them, and as a result they all worked hard to hold him off.

But it wasn't to be, as Williams showed maturity beyond his years. Not once did he look desperate to close the gap, just keeping the big gear turning and slowing bringing the gap down to 10 seconds, before pouncing on the trio five kilometres from the line.

Briefly catching his breath as the leaders made the right turn into the finishing straight, Williams jumped on the right hand side up the small incline. Pearson made an attempt to take his wheel but was unsuccessful. As the three looked around at one another, Williams soloed to a fine victory with Higgerson finishing ahead of Pearson and Wilson.


Results - 168 km 

Division 1

1 Robert Williams (Drapac Porsche)                    4.13.20
2 Shaun Higgerson (South Australia.com-AIS)              0.18
3 Mitchell Pearson (FRF - NSWIS)                                          
4 Joshua Wilson (Praties Cycling Team)                   0.19
5 Stuart Shaw (Drapac Porsche)                           2.11
6 Nash Kent (Equity IT)                                      
7 Cameron Hughes (Ord Minnett Racing Team)               2.12
8 Ben Mather (Praties Cycling Team)                          
9 Brendan Brooks (FRF - NSWIS)                           2.14
10 Steven Robb (Praties Cycling Team)                    2.15
Division 2
1 Robert Hodgson  (North Sydney CC)			4.15.39
2 Ben Isaksen  (Lidcombe Auburn CC)			4.16.33
3 Adam Socha  (North Sydney CC)				4.16.33	
4 Mathew Camilleri  (Two Wheel Industries)		4.16.34
5 Alex Malone  (North Sydney CC)			4.16.35
6 Philip Chapman  (North Sydney CC)			4.16.37
7 Jarrett Wood  (Two Wheel Industries)			4.17.58
8 Andrew Riordan  (Randwick Botany CC)			4.17.59
9 Sean O'Neill  (Randwick Botany CC)			4.17.59
10 Kor Seitsma  (Peleton Sports)			4.18.02
Teams Classification
1 Drapac Porsche Professional Continental Team		12.44.10
2 Praties Cycling Team					12.45.21
3 South Australia.com - AIS				12.45.49
4 FRF-NSWIS Team 1					12.47.46
5 Ord Minnett Racing Team				12.48.21
6 FRF-NSWIS Team 2					12.52.17
7 Two Wheel Industries Racing Team			12.52.36
8 Ben Mikic Foundation Racing Team			12.54.11
9 Equity IT Racing Team					12.54.26
10 Lidcombe-Auburn Racing Team				12.55.26	 


Goulburn To Sydney Cycle Classic 2006 Race Report


Adelaide's Jongewaard powers to victory                     

South Australian Chris Jongewaard (Savings and Loans) won a dramatic edition of the Goulburn to Sydney Cycle Classic yesterday ahead of breakaway companions Stuart Shaw (Drapac Porsche) and Trent Wilson (Parramatta CC). Jongewaard, who represented Australia at the world mountain bike championships last month in Rotorua, New Zealand attacked in the final kilometers to win on his own at the race's traditional finish in Camden.

"I'd tested the waters early and those guys [breakaway companions Shaw and Wilson] had pulled me back a couple of times and it was good to just get over that last climb and onto the downhill run with five kilometres to go. I was feeling kind-of reasonable, so I thought I'd have a dig," said Jongewaard of his victory.

The trio had escaped from a group of fifteen riders just after the feed zone in Berrima after 80km and were never headed.

The race was held in precarious conditions in which the riders were buffeted by vicious wind gusts that reached over 100km/h on the descent of Razorback Ridge near the race's finish. Along the route, the hot winds fanned fires that destroyed four houses and burnt more than 1000 acres near Picton in the NSW Southern Highlands.

Second-place getter Shaw said the race was definitely affected by the wind. "The wind out there was really strong. I've never seen professional bike riders get blown five meters sideways before; they're normally quite aware of what's happening," recounted the Canberra rider.

How it unfolded

A quality field that included the top-seven finishers from last week's Grafton to Inverell began under gradually deteriorating weather in Goulburn at 8.45am. There were several hairy moments in the race's neutralized section as the riders headed momentarily west and into the wind towards the Southern Freeway exit. As the race proper began, Drapac Porsche immediately strung out the field on the freeway heading east and into a crosswind.

A breakaway of three riders formed after 20km and the race split up into three echelons. Over the next 25kms, riders managed to bridge up to the breakaway until it swelled to a maximum of fifteen riders after 50km. It became clear that a winner would emerge from this group as those behind gradually began sit up.

The fifteen riders were Stuart Shaw and Dean Windsor (Drapac Porsche), Anthony Challinor and Jose Rodriguez (Clarence St Cyclery), Peter McDonald (FRF Couriers - Excelpro), Shaun Lewis and Richard Vollebregt (Southern Highlands CC), Bradley Mills and Robert Williams (Mace Up and Go), Peter Mueller and Chris Jongewaard (Savings and Loans), Cameron Hughes (Ffast CC), Peter Milostic (Penrith Panthers CC), Trent Wilson (Parramatta CC), and Sean Finning (SouthAustralia.com - AIS). Crucially, race favourite and the winner into Inverell last week, Robert McLachlan (Drapac Porsche), and Australian road champion Russell Van Hout (Savings and Loans) missed the break and were seemingly out of contention early, losing more than three minutes to the breakaway by the feed zone at Berrima at the 80 kilometer mark.


Jongewaard appeared to miss his bidon in the feed zone, so he rolled through at speed followed by Shaw and Wilson. A few kilometres later the first KOM prize was taken by Jongewaard after the pace was raised on the hill by Wilson. Shaw stayed alert; "I remembered Trent attacking on the first KOM last year, so I was ready for his move. Over the top, the three of us realised we were away so we just put our heads down and really hammered it," said the sprinter in the red Porsche strip.

The final 80km saw the worst of the weather with dust-storms and lots of debris scattering the course, including a couple of fallen trees near the finish that interrupted the riders finishing outside of the top ten. Despite this, the front three powered on to gain nearly two minutes by Yerringbool with 50km to go before McDonald (FRF Couriers - Excelpro), Hughes (Ffast CC) and Finning (SouthAustralia.com - AIS) launched a counter-attack.


On the first ascent of the notorious Razorback for the second KOM prime, Jongewaard was not afraid to show his strength and attacked, leading his companions over the crest by 20 seconds, although he was rejoined on the descent. Behind, the chasing duo of Hughes and McDonald were at 3'38" to Jongewaard, while Finning had dropped back to the third group by the lower slopes that trailed by another three and a half minutes. On the third KOM over the same mountain, Jongewaard again took the honors to guarantee himself the mountains prize.

In the final kilometres, there was little Shaw and Wilson could do to contain the determined rider from Adelaide's Norwood CC. "I'm quite a good sprinter so my goal was to get to the finish with the three of us, however, Chris was really strong and he attacked with three or four kilometres to go and we just couldn't get him back, basically. Trent attacked with 400m to go and I countered and managed to get back onto his wheel, and that was the 2nd place move," said Shaw at the finish.

Despite only returning from racing for his Jittery Joes team in the United States nine days ago, and beginning the race feeling a little under the weather, Trent Wilson was disappointed initially at the finish to only finish third. "We sort of had a gentleman's agreement to ride to the finish, but Chris was the strongest and got the win. I tried to sprint at the end but couldn't get up," said Wilson.

Gary Sutton's young NSWIS squad had a tough but expected ride in the conditions yesterday. "Our guys were always going to suffer out there today," he said, "but it was a good experience for the boys."

On the day's winner, Sutton, himself a former winner of the event said, "The best man won today, without a doubt. A win's a win, but this is a very special win for Chris. Not only do you have to be physically and mentally strong, on a day like today you need to eat and drink right, and you also need to be very skilled in these types of conditions."

Results - 170km

Division One

1. Chris Jongewaard (Savings and Loans)
2. Stuart Shaw (Drapac Porsche)
3. Trent Wilson (Parramatta CC)
4. Cameron Hughes (Ffast CC)
5. Peter McDonald (FRF Couriers - Excelpro)
6. Bradley Mills (Mace Up and Go)
7. Jose Rodriguez (Clarence St Cyclery)
8. Shaun Lewis (Southern Highlands CC)
9. Peter Milostic (Penrith Panthers CC)
10. Peter Mueller (Savings and Loans)



2005 Goulburn - Sydney Race Report

Cycling fans and riders alike didn't hold back their enthusiasm in the lead up to the long awaited return of the Goulburn-Camden Cycle Classic this year after a four year absence from the cycling calendar. Traditionally a handicap event, race organisers chose to hold the return event as a scratch race with two divisions and a teams classification rolled into the one race. Twelve teams of five took part in the race along with around seventy individual competitors from around Australia. There was no shortage of cycling talent in this years event with several Giro d'Italia competitors and numerous domestic and international professionals including David McKenzie, Trent Wilson, Russell van Hout, Ben Brooks and Olympian Stephen Wooldridge just to name a few.

The riders were treated to dinner on the house the night before the race thanks to the Greengrocer Cafe in Goulburn and many a race plan was discussed in the party atmosphere with a live band and sign-on following dinner. The morning of the race the tension began to build as did the cloud cover and the race was underway on time departing at 8:40am. Riders headed out under neutral race conditions towards the southern highway on-ramp at Goulburn where the race would officially begin. Upon entering the highway the competitors were met with the slightly unnerving sight and sound of the race helicopter hovering only metres overhead. As the rain began to fall many resisted the temptation to look up as the race wound up to a steady 50km/hr. It wasn't long before local larrikin and strongman Richard Vollebregt decided it was time to test the legs and go it alone. He was then joined by Michael Tolhurst from Canberra and the early morning breakaway was established. The bunch seemed keen to give the pair some breathing room while still holding onto the reins. The gap grew to two minutes and as the feed zone and first hill climb sprint of the day approached Vollebregt attacked his breakaway companion to take the prize. By this time the bunch was becoming increasingly nervous with the impending climbs to come and with the major players of the race yet to make a move the tension was certainly building. The rain had cleared and the expected attacks came as soon as the climbs were reached with Trent Wilson applying serious pressure to the bunch over Bendooley Hill. As a result the field shattered and a break of nine very strong riders formed chased by the remainder of the main bunch and several smaller bunches off the back.

The break began to close on the pair still up the road as the race descended from the Southern Highlands to the first sprint of the day in Bargo. As they came into Bargo the pair had been reeled in and it was David McKenzie who rolled over the line to take the sprint ahead of a disinterested bunch. As they raced on towards Tahmoor and the second sprint within 15km it was Ben Brooks who decided to lunge for the line to take the money. With the main bunch steadily falling away from the leaders it was clear that the eventual winner would emerge from this breakaway. Trent Wilson, who rides for the professional team Selle Italia and is a former team mate of David McKenzie, had stated prior to the race that "Were going to drop 'Macca' on Razorback. If he's in the finish with us, we're in trouble". True to his words Wilson began the attacks at the foot of the southern face of Razorback and immediately began to put some of the breakaway members into difficulty. Reducing the breakaway to six riders Wilson took the first of two hill climbs on Razorback and the break headed down and around to the second and more difficult northern ascent on Old Razorback Road, known well by the locals for its devastating gradient in the final kilometre. Trent wasn't going to die wondering as they say and repeatedly attacked the bunch on the climb dropping his team mate from the bunch although not the rider he was looking for. McKenzie hung in over the top as the under 23 rider Richard Moffatt took the final hill climb with a last second lunge in front of Wilson.

The break had been reduced to five as they began the final descent towards Camden with Wilson's team mate Russell van Hout in hot pursuit one minute behind. Knowing that both David McKenzie and Ben Brooks possessed a superior sprint finish to him, Wilson gave one final attempt at a lone breakaway. Although a gap developed it was short lived and the break resigned itself to a sprint finish. Knowing it was an uphill finish the Victorian McKenzie jumped early and immediately got a gap which he held to the line to finish ahead Ben Brooks followed by Peter Hatton and the courageous Trent Wilson. Richard Moffatt rounded out the top five. The winners finished in 3 hours 59 minutes and 15 seconds with an average speed of 45km/hr. McKenzie's performance combined with two of his team mates finishing in the main bunch was enough to give them the win in the team's classification as well resulting in a great weekend for his Victorian Institute of Sport/HLP Team.

David McKenzie had these words to say about the race and his victory: "It's great to see the race back. It's a really good course, the last 30 kilometres is where it all happens. It's the perfect sort of finish (for me) with the downhill into Camden, obviously sprinting is one of my better qualities so I had to make sure I stayed with the bunch. I sprinted off the last corner as was able to get away. I was lucky enough to win and have my team win as well, so it was great. I had a ball!".

Overall the entire race weekend was a terrific success for the riders, fans, spectators and organisers with thousands of people along the race route and at the finish to witness this great race. The race finish also coincided with the Camden Spring Festival and Lifestyle Expo so spectators were treated to several activities and stalls throughout the day including a roller derby. Although support for the race was skeptical before the event, all parties involved including the police and government officials are keen to see the race return as an annual event with planning for next year already underway. Race organiser Paul Hillbrick said, "I am very much looking forward to next year's event with the councils and local members support we can put on an even bigger and better event".

The race was covered from several angles by both camera crews on the ground and in the air and a 30 min highlight package will be broadcast on SBS on Sunday 9th October 10:30am.


Words by John Mulligan