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.

Junior development

The club has a limited range of racing bicycles available for juniors to participate in coaching programs with a view to racing. Cycling Australia provides a pathway for riders through to the highest levels of the sport including the Olympic Games.

Regular training sessions for juniors are held throughout the year with accredited coaches and Lifecycle juniors are given the opportunity to race in club criteriums under UCI rules.

Podium Juniors

Executive Committee

President: Christopher Gibbs

Chris GibbsChris is the guy in a group ride who gently provides encouragement and tips on how to get the most out of your riding. He is passionate about the club and is a Cycling Australia Commissaire.

Chris is known by many of his cycling fans as “Papa Womble”.

 

 

Secretary: Michael Farrington

Michael FarringtonThe Amy Gillett Foundation successfully lobbied the Queensland Government to introduce “A metre matters” legislation to help improve cycling safety. Michael is an Amy Gillett Foundation ambassador and fundraiser.

Michael is also the club handicapper.

 

 

Treasurer: Paul Farrington

Paul FarringtonBike racing – that’s what Paul loves. He is consistently unsuccessful in criteriums, road races and on the velodrome. Paul is also a Commissaire.

Paul also enjoys unsupported cycle touring particularly if that involves cycling in northern Italy.