Stepping up a grade

Congratulations to Daniel Van Driel (Hamilton) who has earned a promotion to Mens A grade after accumulating points in Mens B, including this win on Saturday 23 September.

Also moving up in the Womens ranks is Lisa Cox (Logan) moving from Womens D to Womens C.

Well done to both. For full details on the Club’s points system click here.

Movers and shakers

Congratulations to the following riders (members and visitors) who based on their performances in club criteriums have been promoted to a higher grade.

  • Sammy Kwok who moves up to Mens B.
  • Amanda Roosmatin (KPCC) moving up to Womens AB.

To see how the point system works, and to check your own progress, follow this link.

Chain reaction – an update from Gerrard

Almost two years ago, during a training run, one of my guide runners ran me into a large pothole and subsequently I injured my knee. I had to swim for the next few weeks while I recovered from the injury.

I found swimming quite boring, coming from a running background, so to make it interesting I would team up with another swimmer. During one swim session about 6 months later, a swimmer, Troy Grice asked me if I had ever completed a triathlon. I explained that due to my limited swimming experience I had never contemplated competing in a triathlon.

Troy asked if I would consider completing a triathlon with him on the Gold Coast. I accepted his challenge, which unbeknownst to me was the second step in a major chain reaction.

I adjusted my attitude towards swimming, and saw it as part of the process of completing a larger goal. I hadn’t cycled for many years, so quickly built a team of training partners, most particularly Mark L’Hullier who assisted me on my tandem bike.

I completed the triathlon with a few mishaps, which included our swim tether coming loose three times. It was a great experience completing the triathlon, but I was not satisfied with the result. I went on to complete a few more triathlons during 2016 and each time improving the process and the result.

I completed the same Gold Coast triathlon a year later with Mark Turner, and achieved a significant improvement! I was identified as an emerging Paralympic triathlete and was invited to compete in the elite Paralympic Triathlon Series.

The chain reaction saw me step up a new gear in my training and now with Mark Turner as my coach, and goal to represent Australia at the 2017 Paralympic World Championships.

The Chain reaction of a new structure with my swim sessions and cycling, and improving my run off the bike. Now with a new, guide Dmitri Simons, our efforts were rewarded with a win at the National Championships, second at the Oceania Championships, and a bronze medal at the World Cup on the Gold Coast.

The results moved my International ranking from 22 to 12th in the world. However, only the top ten ranked athletes qualify to compete at the World Championships.

I had one last opportunity to improve my international ranking with a good performance at the Canadian World Cup Triathlon, last Friday. The field of athletes was incredible with the current World Champion, and many other former world Championship athletes in my race.

I came out of the swim leg in fourth place, which I was really pleased by as this was my weakest part of the triathlon. The bike course was four laps of a 5Km course which included a 500 meter very steep hill.

Dmitri and I attacked the hill, and instantly our bike dropped the chain to our horror.

Unable to jump back on a tandem bike and start pedalling up a steep hill, Dmitri and I were left to run the bike to the top of the hill. I could hear all the other teams riding past as we were running the bike up the hill.

We mounted the bike at the top of the hill, and knew we had to hammer the next three laps to have any chance of catching these athletes. Over the course of the next three laps of the bike course we were able to catch most of the athletes, but knew there was still work to do on the run leg.

We ran down one other Paralympic athlete in the 5km run, and finished the triathlon in fifth place. The dropped chain on the first lap, I believe created a chain reaction which saw Dmitri and I achieve a new level in teamwork.

The dropped chain cost us a bronze medal, but achieved something more rewarding that often is not visible, and that is a greater sense of working together as a team.

I am excited to say that my result last Friday has resulted in being ranked sixth in the world, and I have been selected to represent Australia at the World Championships in September. Yahoo!

I never thought that a fall in a pothole would lead to a chain reaction where I am now ranked inside the top ten Paralympic triathletes in the world. I believe that this is similar to what we do in our day to day life. The donation we make, or the time we give to lend a hand can be a chain reaction in changing a person’s life.

We are all an important cog in the gears that each of us move through, in reaching our destinations. How we link up and work together is part of the cycle.

My sincere thanks to everyone who was able to link up with me and support my efforts with donation.   I appreciate it more than you will ever know!

Gerrard Gosens

Cunningham Classic

Cunningham

The Cunningham Classic is arguably Queensland’s toughest one day road race are now open. It is hosted by Kangaroo Point Cycling Club and is now in it’s 35th year. This years edition promises to be a fantastic race with $17,000 in cash prizes and giveaways.

Enter now or find out more about the Cunningham Classic including race programme, course maps, entry details, divisions, fees, FAQs and more…

Jordan Kerby wins Lifecycle Classic

If you were expecting big things from the current World Individual Pursuit Champion then he sure did deliver. Jordan Kerby (Cobra 9-Intebuild) outclassed a quality field in the final sprint to smash the previous course record by over three minutes.

Jessica Pratt (QAS) took the womens classification ahead of Lifecycle’s Lucy Kennedy (QAS) with another course record. Jess was able to better last year’s attempt – which fell a few seconds short – by smashing almost five minutes from Carla Ryan’s record set in 2007.

The Wendy Pilbeam Mini-Classic was won by Theresa Waldburger (Logan City) – C grade and Annie McDonagh (Kangaroo Point) – D grade.

More than 280 riders participated in the days events. The “Go” riders had an advantage of 30 minutes on “scratch” who after relentless chasing caught the leaders of the earlier groups with less than three kilometres remaining. Seventy five riders (across the spectrum of handicaps) finished within one minute of Kerby who collected $3,000 in prize money.

Total prize money of over $7,000 was paid out in cash, in addition to gift prizes of fresh boxes of fruit and vegetables from local growers, plus prizes from supporters including Lifecycle Garage and Bespoke, CJ’s Pasta, Lockeroom Sports, Cam’s Cycle Coaching and The Lab Cycling Cafe.

Thanks also to the crew from Lowood Recreation Complex and all officials and volunteers who make the event possible.

Lifecycle Track Training

Pandas Track Bike
Andrew Logan is preparing for the next Lifecycle Track Training on 14 July.

We were on the brand new $60million Anna Meares Velodrome last Friday night. It’s fast, fun and sooo smooth. Lifecycle Club has bookings for 6 months and we hope to extend that in the new year. Paul Farrington has posted the details.

It’s a great opportunity to try track racing – just ask Peter Buggy, Matt Bury, Richard Kohout and Ben Walding – they were hooting along. Special thanks to Ian Snodgrass and Rob Fenton from Ipswich CC and our own Adam Clark for helping with training.

If you want to give track a go… the club has a small number of track bikes and CQ has hire bikes available, but you’ll need to achieve track accreditation beforehand.

These sessions are aimed at beginners but since the track is large, about 250m [it’s exactly 250m, ed] everyone gets plenty of track time.

Words by Chris Gibbs (Club President)

Track training

Track banner

The Club has secured the Anna Meares Velodrome for club training. The first session is on the evening of Friday 16 June from 6 o’clock.

The sessions are suitable for all levels of experience, from beginners to advanced. All riders need to be accredited to ride on the velodrome. Accreditation sessions are conducted regularly by Cycling Queensland.

If you don’t have a track bike, one can be hired through Cycling Queensland. They need 48 hours notice.

Keep and eye on the Lifecycle Team App for future dates.

Lifecycle Skills Training

Skills Coaching
Coach Peter Buggy (front) with participants: Judith, Ceran, Donna, Remi, Michael, Robert, Greg, Maria, Paul, Andrew, and Irene. 

Twelve riders including nine club members have just completed a three-week introductory course in skills training from the coaches with Cycle Fit Bicycle Coaching.

Among the skills practiced were:

  • Increasing power and endurance with efficient posture on the bike,
  • How to stop quickly and safely in an emergency,
  • How to ride faster in a group by staying close and swapping turns,
  • How to react safely when making contact with another rider in a group,
  • How to avoid crashing when your front wheel contacts the wheel in front,
  • How to corner smoothly and efficiently,
  • How to effect a track stand,
  • How to train to increase speed and power

It is planned to offer the course again later in the year. For Club members the cost of the course is subsidised.

Special thanks to Peter Buggy (coach) and John Arrowsmith for organising and assisting.