2015 Scott Peoples Foundation Junior Carnival

2014 Scott Peoples Foundation Junior Carnival

2013 Scott Peoples Foundation Junior Carnival

2012 Scott Peoples Foundation Junior Carnival

2011 D'Alberto Holden/Nissan Junior Carnival

2010 D'Alberto Holden/Nissan Junior Carnival

2009 D'Alberto Holden/Nissan Junior Carnival

JUNIOR CARNIVAL 2008 (report & pics)

JUNIOR CARNIVAL 2007 (click for pics)

 

Shepparton Junior Tour 2014

Six young Echuca-Moama cyclists braved the wintry weather to compete in the Shepparton Junior Tour based on the Agriculture College at Dookie. All went the distance, completing a shorter and longer road race around the challenging Dookie junior circuit and an out and back time trial. All races started and finished at the top of the long college driveway which runs up towards Mt. Major. Aggregate placings were decided on a points system, as distinct from the usual least time for the overall distance.

Edie Hayley lined up in JW15 B Grade with a point to prove, feeling she deserved to be racing in A Grade. The A and B girls raced together and Edie showed with a 4th and two 5th places in the combined grades that she belonged in A, which is where she should start next time out. A runaway win in the B division was some consolation.

Cam Gray hasn’t been seen in many club races for a while but dispelled any doubts around a lack of racing miles with a good win in a very competitive JM15 B Grade where the result came down to the finishing sprint on the last stage.

Oscar Jones made the long trip from Broken Hill, where, it is rumored, he is the sole EMCC junior, to ride in the strong J13 A Grade. Oscar placed well in all his events, but not quite well enough to make it on to the podium.

The Eddy family competed in depth, with Jaz in the U11s, Pat in J13 A Grade and Sam in J15 A Grade. Jaz was probably the only novice in U11 but rode out each race well. Pat raced in customary pedal to the metal fashion in J13A Grade including an audacious re-passing of Neve Bradbury who had caught him for 30 secs in the Time Trial but the energy ran out in Stage 3 when he lost 27 secs in the closing kilometers. Sam Eddy has made a rapid step up to JM15A Grade where this year he is racing older and bigger riders so no surprise that he struggled to hold the bunch in the windy conditions of the last stage and conceded some time.

The big winner of the week-end was the venue, Dookie College, with the massive convenience of all races starting and finishing at the top of the college drive and a restaurant at the finish line. Le Tour doesn’t have it this good.
 

 

 

EMCC Riders feature at the Victorian Christmas Carnivals

Liam Harland-3rd in Tuck Maskell Wheelrace at Shepparton/ Leader of Vic Track League
Edie Haley-Bronze-W15-State Scratch Race Championship
Charlotte Thompson-Bronze-W17-State Scratch race Championship

 

Edie & Cara Meet Anna Meares at Disc Velodrome Dec 2013
Edie & Cara Haley got to meet World & Olympic Champion Anna Meares @ Disc last Saturday
Edie went on to win the W-15 Melbourne Cup on Wheels!

Event 16: W15 Handicap Final, 4 Laps - 1st, Edie HALEY 160m 1:15.43
Event 9: W17 Scratch, 8 Laps - 3rd, Charlotte THOMPSON
Event 3: J11/G13 Scratch 6 Laps - 14th, Hannah THOMPSON

Well done to Edie, Charlotte & Hannah on their great rides at Disc Velodrome…..
 



 

EMCC Juniors at 2013 Victorian Junior Club Teams Track Championships DISC Velodrome Melbourne 30th Nov 2013

 

Mitch & Charlotte Thompson at Disc- Nov 2013 Cycling Victoria-Track GP Results

MITCH: 10th - 2000m Pursuit, 10th - 500m TT, 8th - Flying 200 TT
CHARLOTTE: 5th – 2000m Pursuit, 3rd – 500m TT (BRONZE MEDAL), 2nd – Flying 200 TT (SILVER MEDAL) 13.1seconds….!

 

Bendigo Junior Tour: June 2013

Charlotte Wins Bronze At National Junior Track Championships in JW-15 5km Scratch Race March 2013

EMCC Juniors at Disc Velodrome 3/2/2013
 
Club Junior Riders Lachlan and William Mackenzie, Joel Priestly, Jesse & Josh Thomson, Riley Milburn, Charlotte & Mitchell Thompson, Ky Hodson, Edie Haley and Jacob Ayres represented the club at the Victorian Club Teams Track Championships last Sunday.
Apart from gaining valuable experience on the steep indoor wooden track, our riders set a great example to the big Melbourne clubs of how to work as a team and have a great day.
Our club was by far the best represented of country clubs, with comments that it was great to see so many EMCC teams/riders competing.
All teams made finals in the teams pursuit and team sprint events, with Jesse Thomson & Edie Haley placing 2nd to take home a silver medal in the Women’s U15 Team Sprint. A big thankyou to parents for making the trip and assisting the riders.
 
 

Charlotte Thompson selected in State Junior Track Team 20/1/2013

Charlotte (below right) collected 4 silver medals at the State Championships on the weekend, in addition to the one she won at the EMCC  Scott Peoples Foundation Junior Track Carnival (below)

 

Disc:  Velodrome 24/25th November
Victorian Track Cup on Sat and Sun morning and ABS
The great support of the Junior riders which allowed most categories to have their own events. Courtney Field was the star with a perfect record of four from four. Other riders to win multiple events were
Graeme Frislie, Charlotte Thompson, Isaac Buckell, Luke Wight, Isaac Gibbs, Thomas Verlys-Donk, and William McKenzie. The ability on many of the Junior entrants to race the Victorian Track Cup on
Saturday and Sunday, plus this event, showed the State selectors which riders are able to continually perform well after a short rest, something that is required at National championships

Bell run on the Sat night : Will Mackenzie , Lachlan Mackenzie , Chase Costello, (sat night) Mitchell and Charlotte did sessions.
Sat nite: Will - 2 X 1st, 1 X 2nd, Charlotte - 2 X 1st
Will and Lochy’s Mackenzie’s first time at DISC, rode the boards like veterans against kids a lot older
Track Cup: Charlotte - 2 x Silver 1 x Bronze, Mitch - 2 x 4th (missed podium by 100’s of a sec both times!)
 

Disc:  25th August 2012: 5 wins to Charlotte

Last Saturday Charlotte and Edie competed at  DISC to participate in the first Track racing of the season ‘Disco-Track’. (this was the first in a 3 series)

Charlotte won 5 out of her 6 races, missing out in the handicap with U15/U17’s and also recording a PB in her 200m and Edie rode well considering only her second time at DISC.
The girls had a lot of fun and are ready to do it all again.
Charlotte and Caleb also had a chance to meet Glenn O’Shea by ‘Invite Only’ from the Bendigo Mayor at Bendigo Town Hall
 

 

Wangaratta Junior Carnival 2012

 

Shepparton Junior Tour 2012

 

 

 

EMCC wins State Timetrial Championships Ballarat July 2012

Echuca Moama Cycling Club was represented in force at the recent State Club Team Timetrial Championships in Buninyong. The club was able to field six teams in four of the divisions and ended the weekend with 3 of these teams gaining a walk on the converted dais. The club also took out the club premiership – an aggregate based on riders’ results against the size of the club. With an aggregate of 35 EMCC were well ahead of their nearest rivals Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club on 24. The youngest of the teams entered from Echuca were the under 11 team of Cory Robson and brothers Lockie and Will McKenzie. These young boys, all relatively new to the art of timetrialing put in a gutsy effort in the hilly terrain with the three youngsters gaining a forth in their first race. In the under 13 boys category Echuca Moama was represented by two teams of riders. The Echuca Moama Cycling Club showed its dominance in this division taking out both first and third place. The team of Josh Thompson, Tom Allitt and the younger Oscar Jones rode extremely well to take out third, missing out on second by only 40 seconds. The new state champions, Chase Costello-Manning, Mitchell Thompson and Cam Gray were able to complete the tough 6km course in an impressive 11:46:00 taking out the championship by around half a minute over Carnegie Caulfield. The Under 15 girls’ team had to overcome a late change in its line-up when Jess Thomson had a bad fall in training just days before the race. She was replaced by Portia Costello-Manning, making the team Portia, Charlotte Thompson and the younger Edie Haley. The girls were able to take out a bronze state medal completing the 20km course in just over 44 minutes. The eventual winners of the J15 Girls division were Brunswick Cycling Club with Carnegie Caulfield picking up another medal in second. Echuca Moama also was able to field two teams in the masters division. The best placed of these teams, Ash Hall, Michael Hone, Matt Jones and Francis Lias were able to complete the 50km distance in an impressive 1h15:16:70 to gain 6th place. While the second masters team of Jamie Costello-Manning, Steve Gray, Andrew McKenzie and Steve Robson suffered an early setback when Costello-Manning had a flat less than ten minutes into the race. The rest of the men were able to work together to finish just outside the top ten in 11th place. The head of junior development for the club, Jamie Costello-Manning, was very impressed with the effort and commitment shown by the younger riders in the club. ‘It’s very pleasing to see the kids getting the rewards for their hard work. It also shows the depth of riders we are starting to produce in the region.’ He said. Club president Warren Duffy was extremely happy with the results. ‘We are a large club when you look at the population that we pull our members from, but when we come to an event like this we are up against Melbourne clubs that are four or five times as big as us. It’s great to see that on a per capita basis we fight well above our weight.’

 

Country Championships at Castlemaine May 2012
Thirteen Echuca Moama Cycling Club riders took part in the Victorian Country Championships in Castlemaine this weekend. The EMCC field included seven junior riders and six senior riders. Riders from the club included:
Jnr riders: Oscar JONES JB11, Charlotte THOMPSON JW15, Jessie THOMSON JW15, Mitchell THOMPSON JB13, Ky HODSON JB13, Josh THOMSON JB13 and Edie HALEY JG13
Snr riders: Matthew JONES ELITEM, Michael HONE MMAS2, Caleb SINCLAIR JM19, Michaela TRANBY JW19, Neil THOMSON MMAS4 and Kevin HONE MMAS8
Congratulations to our podium placing riders, Charlotte Thompson (country champ), Oscar Jones (3rd), Edie Haley (2nd), Mic Hone (2nd) and Michaela Tranby (3rd)
 

J11 Boys: 3rd Oscar JONES (Echuca/Moama CC)
J15 Girls: 1st Charlotte THOMPSON (Echuca/Moama CC) 4th Jessie THOMSON (Echuca/Moama CC)
J15 Boys: 4th Josh THOMSON (Echuca/Moama CC), 5t Mitchell THOMPSON (Echuca/Moama CC) 12th Ky HODSON (Echuca/Moama CC)
J13 Girls: 2nd Edie HALEY (Echuca/Moama CC)
Masters Men 2: 2nd Michael HONE (Echuca/Moama CC) 7th Matth JONES (Echuca/Moama CC)
Masters Men 4: 4th Neil THOMSON (Echuca/Moama CC)
Masters Men 6+:6th Kevin HONE (Echuca/Moama CC)
Jnr 19 Women: 3rd Michaela TRANBY
 

 

Cam Grey Blitzes at “Leongatha Junior Experience” State Open racing  April2012
1st in heat of 200m in-line sprint
3rd in final of 200m sprint
1st in Time Trial
2nd in Crit
2nd after leading a 2 rider breakaway in scratch race
1st in State Hill climb championship from 14 others(few comments from people that they thought Echuca was flat!)
Rode off scratch in 12km handicap chasing 8 minutes!


 

Ararat Track Carnival 25th Feb 2012
Great to see wins from Josh & Caleb in their Wheel races finals. Charlotte returning to form & racing at the opens after return from injury.
Thanks to all riders/parents who travelled to Ararat to represent the club.

JB13 750m Handicap: 1st Josh Thomson 65m 1.05.30
JW15 1250m Wheelrace Final: 4th Charlotte Thompson 70m
Elite M & JM19 “B” 4000m Motor Pace: 4th Caleb Sinclair
Elite M & JM19 1500m Frontmarkers Handicap Final: 1st Caleb Sinclair 65m 1.42.86

 

Juniors at DISC: Silver & Bronze! Feb 2012
The Club was represented on the weekend at DISC in the J-13 Boys State Team Pursuit and Team Sprint Championship’s.
Josh Thomson, Chase Costello Manning, Cam Gray & Mitchell Thompson lined up against teams from around Victoria for these fiercely contested events, which have carry a lot of prestige since being introduced in the 1980’s.
With limited experience on the steeply banked timber board indoor velodrome, the quartet placed 3rd in the Team Sprint with Brunswick winning from Blackburn in 2nd. In the Team Pursuit ride off for the Gold Medal, the team finished with Silver to the Brunswick CC Team who took the Gold, with Blackburn CC taking the Bronze Medal . The team were in fact closing rapidly over the last lap of the final-finishing only 1.3 seconds down on the line.
Three of these riders are still eligible for J13 next year, with the weekend being a great result against the Big Melbourne Metropolitan Clubs.
A great effort by all the riders, as well as the parents for supporting the club over the weekend.
 

 

 

Echuca Juniors Feature at State Omnium Championships: Shepparton 29th January


J11 BOYS OSCAR JONES:>  GOLD
J13 BOYS MITCHELL THOMPSON:>  BRONZE
CHASE COSTELLO-MANNING:>  5TH
JOSH THOMPSON:>  7TH
J15 GIRLS PORTIA COSTELLO-MANNING:>  BRONZE
 

Congratulations to all our riders who contested these events.

 

11 Echuca Riders fly the flag at the 2011Christmas Carnivals
Our club has been well represented over the Christmas carnivals;
-Josh Thomson started the series off well for the club with some strong form resulting in placing’s at the Horsham Carnival ahead of racing at the other 3 carnivals as well
-Cam Grey launched a big break in his scratch race at Bendigo which split the field and continued his form through all 4 carnivals.
-Charlotte Thompson stepped up to U 15’s, competing at all 4 tracks, and was interviewed on TV at the Shepparton Carnival with a 3rd place.
-Jess Thomson also stepped up to U 15’s and competed across the 4 day series, with an excellent ride in the scratch race at Bendigo, stringing the field out with a 2 lap turn on the front.
-Mitchell Thompson continued his excellent form from the carnivals before Christmas and built speed over all 4 carnivals.
-Liam Harland placed in his heat of the wheel race at Bendigo, after also travelling to the Horsham Carnival where he last year placed in the wheel race.
-Michaela Tranby stepped up to open women and progresses well though the Bendigo, Shepparton and Wangaratta carnivals.
-Jay Court was moving well at his favourite track Bendigo in a class field and avoided a major crash in his wheel race heat.
-Anne Pitcher rode an excellent tactical race at Shepparton in A/B grade to place 5th in a class field.
-Caleb Sinclair continued his rapid progress over the last year travelling to Bendigo, Shepparton and Wangaratta ahead of riding the Bay Series Crit races in Geelong this week
-Neil Thomson was promoted to B grade at Bendigo after the Horsham carnival, before competing also at Shepparton & Wangaratta.
 

 

 

Country Titles Results at DISC December 2011

Great effort guys representing the club!

Mitchell Thompson - unplaced in JB13, but rode well
Cam Gray - bronze JB13 1000m pursuit, 4th in the sprint
Charlotte Thompson - silver W15 500m time trial, silver W15 2000m pursuit, silver W15 sprint
Michaela Tranby - bronze W19 500m Time Trial, bronze W19 sprint, bronze 2000m pursuit
Annie Pitcher - gold WMAS4 500m time trial, gold WMAS4 2000m pursuit, gold WMAS4 sprint
Jay Court - silver MMAS2 1000m time trial, silver MMAS2 sprint

 

 

 

 

VSCC zone finals at Strathfieldsaye: September 2011
On Sunday afternoon at Casey Fields more than 40 hardened junior cyclists braved the cold and wind to suit up for some Jnr Crit action. Round one was hosted by Blackburn CC and gave the young riders two races over the afternoon. First up was an age-category ‘Heart Starter’ - a short and sharp crit held on the small upper loop of the smooth Casey track. The licensed riders got things underway to demonstrate to the unlicensed, or novice riders, how things were done. The under-11s saw Mitchell Thompson (Echuca/Moama CC) take out the win while sister Charlotte won the JG13 event.
 

Friday 9th Strathfieldsaye Emu Creek,
    Under 13 boys: 10km, Cam 4th, Chase 5th, Josh 6th
    Under 13 girls: 10km, Charlotte 1st, Jesse 2nd
    M17: Caleb Sinclair, 3rd

 

Sunday 11th Jnr CRIT Casey Fields
    D Grade: 15mins + 3 laps: Mitchell 4th, Charlotte 2nd


 

Echuca Juniors shine in cloudy Ballarat 24/7/2010
Twenty six Echuca riders braved threatening weather on Sunday 24th July to represent Echuca Moama cyclists in the Victorian Club Team Time Trial. Inspired by Cadel Evan’s Tour De France win the night before, the six Echuca Moama Cycling Teams were ready to prove themselves against the clock. Echuca riders were able to win 3 medals, one of which was gold.
The J11 boys team of Mitchell Thompson, Chase Costello-Manning and Oscar Jones headed out on the technical course at pace, and working well together, were able to catch the group that had started a minute in front of them just after the halfway mark. The boys held their tempo throughout the race to become the new state team time trial champions with a healthy margin.
The J13 team of Charlotte Thompson, Cameron Gray and Jacob Ayres worked well together through the hills to the turn around. Pushing into the strong headwind Charlotte and Cameron took strong turns to bring their group in to win the bronze medal for J13 Boys – Charlotte really enjoying the opportunity to beat the boys.
 

 

 

Gold to Juniors at State Titles 7/8/2011

 

Echuca Moama Cycling Club junior riders perform well in state titles ran on the 6-7th of August. With three gold medals, two silver and a bronze and numerous high placings Echuca junior riders made a big impact at the Victorian Road Championships in Wangaratta. Saturday’s racing was spent working through the different age groups as each rider attempted ‘the race of truth’, the individual time trial. With Mitchell Thompson, Charlotte Thompson and Liam Harland all winning the state Time trial championship in their respective divisions and Chase Costello Manning taking out the silver for an Echuca one-two in the B11 group EMCC was very well represented on the podium. Young Oscar Jones showed a lot of potential in his time trial ride as did Michaela Tranby with both putting in a great effort for their respective rides and indicating that they are champions in the making with top ten finishes.
On Sunday the kids backed up with a scratch road race in each division with Michaela putting in a great ride to finish just outside the placings and another top 10 finish. Liam backed up his terrific Time Trial ride with a top ten placing in the hard fought M19 category road race.
Mitchell Thompson and Chase Costello-Manning followed each other in the placings again for the road race with a third and a forth respectively for the b11 division. While Charlotte Thompson finished with a silver medal to go with her gold for the Time Trial to just miss a clean sweep of her age group by the barest of minimums, a sterling effort.
Young EMCC rider Cam Gray was in the mix during the B13 race when he came down on a treacherous wet corner. Reminiscent of Jonny Hoogalan in the Tour De France, the young rider forgot about the blood and pain getting back onto his bike and fought his way back into the group to finish just outside the places, much to the delight of the crowd.
To top of a great weekend for Echuca Moama riders, Charlotte Thompson, Mitchell Thompson and Oscar Jones have won the chance to ride with Cadel Evans’s homecoming parade on Friday in Melbourne. The riders are very excited about this special honour and cannot wait to show the Tour De France champ what Echuca riders can do.

 

 

Country Titles 29/4/2011
A number of riders from the club went to Harcourt on Sunday to complete in the Country Road Championships.
The morning started well with Under 11 boys. Chase Costello Manning and Josh Thomson stayed with the leaders throughout the race. About 50 meters out the sprint started with Chase and Josh following the leaders into the finish. About 10 metres out Chase made his move and was able to place first by the shortest of margins. Josh was not far behind finishing a close third with Ky Hodson 4th and Mitchell Thompson 5th – a great result for the club.
A short time later the Under 13 girls headed towards the finish line. Charlotte Thomson challenged for first place only to finish a close second with Jess Thompson 4th and Edie Haley 5th.
Later that morning the Under 17 girls and masters headed out for their races. After 36 kilometres Michaela Tranby in a lead group of three headed for the finish line. The sprint started with 30 metres to go Michaela leading. By the time the three girls passed the finish line Michaela was beaten by a smallest of margins for third.
The success of our juniors motivated our Masters men, Jamie Costello Manning racing in a combined Masters 1,2 & 3, was up front with a few kilometres to go. He made a move forcing others to follow. The group caught up to him. Then it started they sprinted for the finish with Jamie finishing a close 2nd overall. In the final result Jamie was to finish 2 in his age group. Neil Thompson also rode well but was unfortunate to have mechanical problems just before the finish.
Finally to the grand master Paul Omen left to carrying the morning flag after a strong ride and totally exhausted finished second in his age group.
The stage was set for the afternoon racing. The Under 19’s we were represented by Liam Harland and Caleb Sinclair. 80 kilometers later a large group sprinted for the line. Liam finished in the group for 5 th place. Caleb race well finishing behind the main group.
The day was a great success for our club.

 

 

 

Australasian Schools Cycling Cup March 2011
Portia Costello Manning, Charlotte Thompson, Michaela Tranby, Campbell Gray and Caleb Sinclair all participated in day one (track) at the Australasian Schools Cycling Cup earlier in the week.
The day consisted of three races run "omnium-style" where points were allocated across each event to arrive at the carnival winner in each category.
Michaela rode exceptionally well and finished on the Podium in third Place overall.
Campbell may have not finished on the podium but for his first away track event did a terrific job and should be commended for some great riding against some pretty strong competition.
Caleb’s flying lap was pretty impressive as there were some powerful riders in his group and he managed to place third in that event. You could tell immediately his ride was good enough to place however no-one was getting close to the winner in his category with a Flying 333m lap time of 19.741. We later found out the winner competed in this year’s Bendigo Madison.
Charlotte had a slow start in her first event trying to find her way back from illness but came good with her flying lap and placed third in that event
Portia seemed to have her mojo back under the clever coaching of Lucinda who travelled with her family from Echuca to support the kids. She and Jay placed themselves on the corners and you could hear them screaming encouragement over the crowd. The kids loved it!
Results
Michaela Tranby Senior Female 16/17> 3rd OVERALL, 4th 10 lap Scratch Race, 3rd Flying lap 333m (26.273), 3rd Points 4000m
Portia Costello-Manning Junior Female 13> 4th OVERALL, 4th 10 lap Scratch Race, 5th Flying lap 333m (29.199), 2nd Points 2000m
Charlotte Thompson Junior Female 13> 5th OVERALL, 5th 10 lap Scratch Race, 3rd Flying lap 333m (28.965), 5th Points 2000m
Campbell Gray Junior Male 13> 6th OVERALL, 6th 10 lap Scratch Race, 6th Flying lap 333m (31.529), 6th Points 2000m
Caleb Sinclair Senior Male 18> 8th OVERALL, 11th 10 lap Scratch Race, 3rd Flying lap 333m (22.033), 10th Points 6666m
 

 

 

 

MEDALS AT VICTORIAN TITLES March 2011
Chase and Portia Costello-Manning had an outstanding weekend at the Victorian Championships in Melbourne.
 

Chase> Victorian Championship races
Bronze - Flying 200 JB11
Bronze – 500m Time Trial JB11
Bronze – JB11 8 lap Scratch (2000m)
Second Place in JB11 Handicap


Portia> Victorian Championship races
Bronze - Flying 200 JG13
Bronze – 500m Time Trial JG13
Silver – JG13 10 lap Scratch (2500m)
First Place in JG13 Handicap
 

 

 

Success for Charlotte at the Austral Wheel Race

1st 8 lap heart starter 2000mts

1st 12 lap points race 3000 mts

 

 

Hat trick for Charlotte at the Preston Junior Track Open

    1st Scratch Race

    1st Elimination

    1st Handicap (off scratch)

 

ARARAT AND BALLARAT TRACK RESULTS 12th 13th Feb 2011
Some excellent results from our junior riders representing the club at state level, with the Thompson's continuing their great form this season. Liam Harland stepped up with a great win in the Elite Men/U-19 Aces 50 lap scratch race.

Ararat Carnival-Saturday 12th feb
Charlotte Thompson...2nd-1000m wheelrace...1st 750m wheelrace...2nd Scratch race
Mitchell Thompson: 3rd 750m wheelrace...3rd 1000 Scratch race...2nd 1250 scratch race
Liam Harland:. 2nd-Elite Men/U-19 Aces 50 lap scratch

Ballarat Carnival Sunday 13th Feb:
Charlotte Thompson: 1st Scratch race, 2nd 750m wheelrace, 2nd 9 lap points race
Mitchell Thompson: 1st-750 Wheelrace
Liam Harland: 2nd-20 lap motorpace
 

Success for Charlotte

Congratulations to Charlotte Thompson on her successful trip to the Wangaratta Open
    Saturday Track: 2 x 1sts & a 3rd place-U-13 age group
    Sunday Criterium: 3rd-(this was Charlotte’s first Criterium and included U-15 riders!)

 

2010 CHRISTMAS CARNIVALS SUCCESSES

HORSHAM:
Charlotte Thompson - 1st Girls U13 1000m Wheelrace
Liam Harland - 1st C Grade Scratch Race
                        - 1st C Grade Motor Pace
                          1st 2000m Wimmera Wheelrace


BENDIGO:
Charlotte Thompson - 2nd Girls U13 1000m Wheelrace
Portia Costello-Manning - 3rd Girls U13 1000m Wheelrace
Chase Costello-Manning - 2nd Boys U11 Scratch Race
                                         - 1st Boys U11 Scratch Race
Michaela Tranby - raced Girls U17, no placings
Liam Harland - moved up to B Grade, made final of Lindsay Harrington 2000m Wheelrace, (No Placings)
Jay Court    - 1st D Grade Scratch Race
                    -  1st 1000m Wheelrace heat
                    - 1st 1000m Wheelrace final
                     - Made final of Lindsay Harrington
                     - Memorial 2000m Wheelrace - 1st D Grade Point Score

SHEPPARTON:
Charlotte Thompson   - 1st Girls U13 1000m Wheelrace
                                    - 1st Girls U13 Scratch Race
Portia Costello-Manning - 2nd Girls U13 Scratch Race
                                        - 3rd Girls U13 1000m Wheelrace
Chase Costello-Manning - 2nd Boys U11 Scratch Race
                                        - 1st Boys U11 Elimination
                                        - 1st Boys U11 Wheelrace
                                          1st Boys U11 Scratch Race
Michaela Tranby - 3rd U17 Girls Wheelrace
Liam Harland - 2nd B Grade Motor Pace
                        - 2nd B Grade Scratch Race
                       - 2nd all in Win & Out
                       - Made final of the 2000m Wheelrace
Jay Court - moved up to C Grade

 

Bay Crits January 2010

 

School Championships, September 2009

In the Midland Zone we had Nathan Oman, Tim Fitzpatrick and Tim Donnan competing in the Under 19s. Liam Harland competed in the Under 17s. Jai Howard raced in the Border Zone at Wangaratta in the Under 19s.

Nathan 1st in a very fast sprint finish, Tim Fitz 3rd just behind Tod Schintler with Tim Donnan 5th. Nathan and Fitzy starring on the back page of last Wednesday's Bendigo Advertiser.

Liam raced U17 mens, he rode very well and was unlucky in the sprint finish not to finish 3rd having to settle with 4th. 

Jai Howard raced at Wangaratta in the Border Zone to finish 3rd.

The final at Lygon street is the next event for the Victorian Schools Championship. This year will be Nathans 7th year competing in the finals.

Congratulations to these great young riders for putting in the hard yards with their training.

Best of luck to Jai, Nathan and Tim who will compete at the Victorian School Final held in Lygon St as a prelude to the end of the Sun Tour.

 

Ararat Junior Cycle Tour, May 16th-17th 2009

Harsh windy conditions met the Echuca/Moama Cyclists at the Ararat Junior tour on the 16/17th May 2009.

Elijah Kettle was the first to set off on a 10km Time Trial riding strongly in the windy conditions. Liam Harland set off 8 minutes later catching and passing many riders to complete one of his best time trials in 2nd position. Tim Fitzpatrick has a solid 16km time trial finishing 6th.

After lunch Elijah and Liam completed 1 lap of a 30km circuit with a steep hill and wind conditions not abating. Liam pushed on to finish strongly in 7th position out of 32 riders.  Tim competed in the older age group having to complete 60km riding in a breakaway bunch of 6 riders finishing 4th for the day.

The following day the riders woke to rain for the 3rd stage of the tour, all riders to complete 2 laps of the 30km circuit. Due to a crash in the front of the bunch Liam and Elijah were held up with Liam also experiencing mechanical problems.  Liam persisted in chasing the front bunch but was unable to catch them.  In the 19Mens Tim Fitzpatrick rode an outstanding race managing to out sprint an exceptional field crossing the line in 1st position.

The weekend also had some hand cycling events featuring Michael “Squizzy” Taylor newly acquired member of the Echuca/Moama Cycling Club.  On day one Squizzy completed a 16km Time Trial and a 30km circuit race on day 2 finishing 1st in both races, overcoming mechanical problems in the 2nd race.

Presentations were held at the end of the weekend racing with Liam Harland gaining 5th position in General Classification and Tim Fitzpatrick securing 3rd in the 19mens division.

Congratulations to all the riders that competed.

 

Sun Tour Victorian Schools Cycling Championships  October 18th 2008

Nathan Oman and Tim Fitzpatrick represented Echuca College in the Finals of the Victorian Schools Cycling Championships held at Lygon Street Carlton prior to the finish of the Sun Tour.

Tim Fitzpatrick raced in the U19 mens category against some  top class riders. Tim raced a solid race but was unable to match the speed of the eventual winner to finish in 8th Place.

Nathan raced in the U17 mens category in a field which included the Australian Criterium Champion. Nathan attacked 3 laps into the race and was joined by two other riders who worked with him to hold off the rest of the field. Nathan raced  an aggressive race leaving nothing to chance as he wanted a win to make up for the setbacks he suffered during the past season.The final sprint was very tight with Nathan winning by half a wheel to win  the U17mens  Victorian Schools Cycling Championship.

Nathan and Tim then raced in the senior support criterium for the Sun Tour in a field of 105 riders.a big jump up for the boys racing against much older and experienced riders. The boys lacked  the strength and experience of the older riders but they more than made up with the effort they put in to stay with the field.

Canberra U17 National Championships October 7th 2008

Nathan raced in Canberra last week end in the U17 National Championships held in Canberra at the Mt Stromlo cycling complex over three days.

Nathans 1st event was the Time Trial held over 13km out and back course which included a couple of climbs which made Trewins look easy.

The time trial was won by Dale Parker of S.A., beating his nearest opponent by over a minute. The next 27 riders were within a minute of each other.

Nathan finished in 26 th position, which made him the fourth Victorian. Dale Parker averaged 57Km per hour, a great effort on restricted gearing.

Saturday was a 68km road race over two laps of a challenging circuit. 74 entries in a class field, which saw over 20 riders fail to finish. The race split early on a false flat after climbing out of Uriarra Crossing, seven riders were able to gain a break of 30 seconds on the rest of the field. Nathan missed the break and was forced to chase with a group of 12 riders, with only three willing to work. Nathan worked hard to bridge the gap but with a lack of support, the bunch of 12 was content to sprint for minor placings with Nathan finishing in 18th place. Nathan was the 3rd Victorian to finish.

The Criterium on Sunday was split into two heats with the first 25 in each to qualify for the final. Nathan rode at the front of the field to maintain a good position for the final sprint. Unfortunately he had three seperate incidents in the last lap which saw him riding the grass in the final sprint which put him out of the qualifying for the final.

In all a tough week end racing but he was not disgraced  and tried his best, now it is time to move up to U19 on the 1st of October.

Victorian Schools Cycling championship Midland Zone August 29th 2008

Heats were held last Friday at Emu Creek Bendigo. Jack Harland in U15mens racing finished 5th with Elijah Kettle close behind. Ash Carmody punctured out on the course which put him out of the running. Liam Harland, Tim Donnan and Nathan Oman raced over 20km in U17mens. Nathan finished third in a close finish while Liam and Tim finished in the following bunch. Tim Fitzpatrick In U19 mens racing over 25km finished 2nd in a another sprint finish.

Nathan and Tim will now contest the State Final to be held at the finish of the Sun Tour in Lygon Street Carlton on the 18th October 

Nathan will be travelling to Canberra to compete in the Australian U17 road title, Time trial Friday, Road Race Saturday, Criterium Sunday,  74 Entries in U17 Men.

Victorian Junior Road Championships Wangaratta July 26-27th 2008

Last week end junior members of the Echuca Moama Cycle Club competed at the Victorian Road Championships held at Wangaratta on Saturday and Sunday.
On the Saturday the U17 men competed in a time trial held over 14km on a slightly undulating course. Liam Harland was the best performed of the Echuca riders finishing 22nd in a field of 45 riders. Tim Donnan and Ben Pearse both rode strongly to finish in a respectable time. Tim Donnan missed the turn to the finish line so his time could have been better .Nathan Oman scratched from the time trial as he was suffering from tonsilitis.
Tim Fitzpatrick competed in the U19 time trial held over 17 km and recorded a good time to finish 17th in a quality field of riders.
Sunday saw the U17 men race over 57km, 2 laps of the course which climbed over Taminick Gap each lap which sorted the field out on the 1st lap. Ben Pearse attacked with a Canberra rider on the climb the first time, a move which cost him dearly as he lost contact with the leaders as the field reached the top for the first time. Nathan Oman was in the front group going over the climb, Liam Harland and Tim Donnen were close behind the main group. The second lap saw the leading group stay together with one rider able to break away. The field chased the lone rider unable to catch him resulting in the leading bunch sprinting for the minor places. Nathan Oman was first into the finishing straight only to passed on the line to finish 9th.Tim Donnan, Liam Harland and Ben Pearse finished close behind.
Tim Fiztpatrick in U19 mens raced over 100km which proved to be a tough course, climbing Tamanick Gap four times. Tim rode a strong race always in the main bunch, but a puncture caused him to lose contact with the main group, after changing a wheel he finished in 16th position.
Nathan Oman was hoping for a top three finish to push for his selection in the Victorian Team for the Australian Championships to be held in Canberra in September but illness and a broken collar bone have prevented him from performing at his best. He is still planning to compete at the Championships as an individual rider .


 

Eildon Junior Tour July 13th 2008

Nathan Oman raced the Eildon Junior Tour at the week end with racing around the Thornton and Eildon area.

Nathan started Sat am with a 12km time trial which he finished in 8th Position, not happy with the result but it was a good start for his first tour since breaking his collar bone a t Ararat.

Saturday afternoon was a 57km road race starting and finishing in Thornton. The race was on the flat for the first 12 km then the climbs began. Nathan bided his time in the bunch until just over halfway on the 9km climb, he attacked leaving the others to chase, he was first over the climb with two other riders close behind. The three riders worked together to take approx 3mins out of the rest of the field. The final sprint was close with Nathan finishing 3rd.

Sunday morning was a 27km race from Thornton to finish on the dam wall at Eildon, the field stayed together until the last 500 metres when Nathan attacked from the front  a gained a clean break to finish first.

The final stage a criterium in Eildon was cancelled due to rain falling making the course unsafe.

Nathan finished second overall by 2 points, a great comeback after his injury.

 

Success for Juniors at the Bendigo Junior Tour 7th-8th June 2008

Four boys from the Echuca Moama cycling club competed in the Bendigo junior tour this year with great results.

Liam Harland under 17 a grade, Tim Donnan Under 17 B grade, Jack Harland and Elijah Kettle Under 17 C grade. The first race saw the boys take off over a loop course from Emu creek around the hills and back. Cold conditions, but fortunately no wind saw the racing hard Liam finished just behind the A grade bunch with a strong finish. Tim blitzed B grade with a win and in C grade it was an Echuca double with Jack 2nd and Elijah 3rd.

For the second stage it was over the hills to Harcourt and near snow conditions. Liam and Tim lined up for three laps of and 8km course and then up Mt Alexander whilst Elijah and Jack had to face only 2 laps of the hilly circuit. With 1 lap down Jack was hurting but dug deep and finished the race with a gutsy 5th position. Elijah pushed hard as the temperatures plummeted and pulled out 4th. Liam and Tim both had to work hard given the lack of mountain training we get here in Echuca. Tim came up the hill strong finishing 2nd. The cold conditions got to Liam and cramps set in, but with a pure determination made it up the hill to finish.

Sunday saw the weather better the first stage of the morning being a 10km time trial. The overall placing prior to this stage saw Tim in first and Elijah sitting in 3rd position. C grade started with each rider taking off 1 minute behind the other. Elijah took off as he finished head down and pushing. He was determined to better his position which is exactly what he did getting the second fastest time. Jack with cricket commitments was a non-starter. Tim in B grade was next of our riders and sped off into the distance once again coming first. Liam needing a good time trial being one of his best events was set to blister out of the blocks, however a mechanical problem and subsequent injury hampered his attempt. Thanks to a friendly gesture by the Ararat boys Liam was lent another bike and managed to complete the time trial.

The last stage was a 28km circuit around Newbridge, involving more hills and a strong head wind.  A grade went first but after 2km Liam had to pull out his knee just too sore to continue. Tim and B grade went next then C grade. With a sprint to the finish Tim grabbed first and won the overall tour. C grade split apart early on the first hill leaving three in the sprint to the finish. Elijah never gave up and managed third. He also gained third place overall. Liam in A grade came eleventh overall. 

 

A great effort by all the boys

Victorian Country Road Championships. 18/05/2008

Nathan Oman U17 Mens Vic country Champ

The Victorian Country Road Cycling Championships were held last Sunday at Newstead in cold and windy conditions. Echuca Moama Cycling club was well represented with (7) members competing in various age groups.

Elijah Kettle competed in the U15 mens over 30km,one lap of the course. Elijah rode a good race but found the hills and wind a tough task,he battled on to finish mid field.
Liam Harland and Nathan Oman in U17 men's raced over 60km,two laps of the testing course.The field of 35 riders split early on the second climb of the day with 40 km to go. Nathan Oman put the pressure on in the climb to cause a group of 5 to break way from the rest of the field. Liam Harland tried hard to join this group but suffered a mechanical problem with his bike and had to pull out.Nathan Oman and his group put the pressure on with only three left to contest the final sprint. Nathan won the final sprint by half a wheel.
 
Tim Fitzpatrick and Will Kettle raced in the U19 men's over 90km,three laps on the course.Will Kettle battled with the hot pace but like Liam in the previous race had mechanical problems with his bike and had to withdraw.
Tim Fitzpatrick rode a solid race being in the main bunch which was chasing two riders who had broken away  from the field. Tim rode a strong race finishing 8th in a quality  field.
Glen Kettle started in the Masters 5 category only to be sidelined with a mechanical problem with his bike, a short days racing for Glen.
Brad Edmunds raced in the Elite Men's over 120km 4 laps of the course, the pace was on from the start but Brad rode strongly on the front of the field all day. Brad racing for the Savings and Loans team had a team mate David Pell from Bendigo in the field.  David Pell finished second to Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Sean Finning while Brad finished 6th overall having led him team mate  out in a hotly contested sprint.
 
The club juniors are now preparing for the 2 day Ararat Junior Cyling Tour to be held 31st and 1st June
 

Wagga Junior Tour 3/05/2008

Echuca Moama Cycle Club junior members competed in the annual 2 day junior cycle tour held over two days at Wantabadgery 45km north of Wagga.

This is the first open event for juniors for the 2008 road season with a number of National team members in attendance, Echuca Moama Riders performed well over the week end and will be much better for the experience.

Elijah Kettle raced in U15 mens B grade over four stages. Elijah rode strongly over the week end, never giving up against much bigger and experienced riders to finish midfield over the week end.
Ben Pearse and Liam Harland competed in the U17 mens B Grade which proved to be a strong field. Liam won the opening time trial over 14 Km , a great effort in his first tour. The road race over 69Km proved to be very tough with Liam failing to finish after riding aggressively early in the race while Ben Pearse suffering jet lag battled on to finish the race. Sunday saw the riders compete in two road races over with Liam making a great recovery to finish with bunch on Sunday, with Ben Pearse not far behind.

Nathan Oman competed in the U17Mens A grade event with some of the best NSW riders in the field. Nathan finished 5th in the time trial. The 69km road race saw Nathan and Calvin Watson of Melbourne break away at the 29km mark and hold the field off for 40kms and finish 1min in front of the main field. Nathan finished second to Calvin Watson a great effort by both boys. In the last two road races Nathan finished 5th and 7th to claim 3rd place overall for the tour.

Tim Fitzpatrick, Jai Howard and Will Kettle competed in U19 mens in a small but quality field in what proved to be some of the best performances by all the riders in a tour.
Tim Fitzpatrick claimed 2nd place in the time trial ,3rd in Saturday road race, while on Sunday he finished 1st and 2nd, a great effort. Will Kettle and Jai Howard were not far behind. Tim Fitzpatrick finished 2nd overall in the tour closely followed by Jai Howard 4th and Will Kettle 5th overall.

The results over the week end were very pleasing for all riders who are now training for the upcoming Country Championships and the Ararat Junior tour.



 

Nathan Oman raced at the Victorian Track Championships on Sunday at Disc in Melbourne.

He competed in the individual pursuit over 2000 metres, using aero bars for the first time on the track & rode a good time averaging 46+kmh.
In the points score he had to qualify in a 30 lap point score which he did easily. The main race was over 60 laps and although Nathan did not finish in the places he rode a strong and aggressive race which showed his fitness is returning.

 

Nathan raced the Victorian Track Championships on Sunday at Disc in Melbourne. 3/2/2008

Nathan Oman competed in the individual pursuit over 2000 metres,using aero bars for the first time on the track rode a good time averaging 46+km per hour.
In the points score he had to qualify in a 30 lap point score which he did easliy.The main race was over 60 laps and although Nathan did not finish in the places he rode a strong and aggressive race which showed his fitness is returning.

Victorian Schools Cycling Championships. 20/10/07

On Saturday morning over 300 students from over 160 schools contested the state final of the Victorian Schools Cycling Championships.

Held in the heart of the city on the edge of the Botanical Gardens, the students raced the same course as their professional counterparts would use later in the day as part of stage 6 of the Herald Sun Tour.
 
Nathan Oman represented Echuca College in the final of the Mens U17 Schools Championship held over 7 laps of a 2.5 km course 
A field of 31 starters qualified to race the event prior to Saturday and as  a result a high quality field started the event. The course was fast with a couple of tight turns which soon thinned the field with only the serious contenders able to hold the fast pace.
During the race Nathan was always close to the front countering any moves trying to break away. The race came down to a thrilling sprint finish with Nathan just being nudged out to finish 3rd against some of the best U17 riders in Victoria at the present time.
Nathan's result was a great effort given the fact that he has only started to train again after a bout of glandular fever, he is now resuming training for the upcoming track season which commences next week on the local track in Moama.

Victorian Schools Cycling Championship qualifying finals held in Bendigo last Sunday prior to the Sub Tour Criterium 14/10/07

 
Echuca Schools were represented by five riders in the Midland Zone  qualifying final for the right to race on the second last stage of the Sun Tour in St Kilda. The first three placegetters qualified to race next Saturday.
 
Liam Harland and Elijah Kettle represented St Joseph's college in the Mens U 15 racing category. Liam rode an aggressive race leading all the way until being pushed out of contention by the more seasoned riders to finish in 4th place while Elijah battled on over a tough course to finish strongly. Liam was unlucky in his race and will learn greatly from the experience as he was beaten by some of the best U15 riders in Victoria.
 

Nathan Oman, Tim Fitzpatrick represented Echuca College and Jai Howard representing Kyabram College raced in the Men U 17 category.

The pace in this race was on from the start with the  three riders breaking away after 3 laps. Nathan Oman, Josh Tepper and Oliver Le Grice pushed the pace early with Tim Fitzpatrick just failing to make contact with the leaders. The 3 riders who broke away were the placegetters in the Victorian Criterium Championships held in April this year.
Nathan Oman on  the comeback after a bout of Glandular fever won the final sprint with a convincing turn of speed. Tim Fitzpatrick finished 4th with Jai Howard in 8th place.
Nathan will now race on Saturday in St Kilda in the final of the Victorian Schools Cycling Championship against some of the best U17 riders in Victoria. Nathan is hopeful of a top 10 finish given his limited preparation.
Will Kettle represented St Josephs College in the U19 mens to finish 5th which was an outstanding effort given the the quality of the field in which he raced .
 

 

 

Victorian Junior road Champs at Wangaratta.

 

A great effort by the boys in the race of truth, Tim with his 10 sec penalty ,Ben for nearly running off the ramp at the start.

Sunday the boys raced over Taminick Gap which proved to be tough going.

Liam Harland  in the U15 men's after being forced off the road during the race punctured and was unable to finish, very disappointing for him as he appears to the have the worst luck when it comes to punctures.

Under 17  the boys raced over 57km twice over Taminick Gap, once was bad enough but the second time split the field up big time. On the first lap Nathan was in the leading bunch, Tim was just off the back while Ben and Jai found the pace hot.

The continual attacks strung the field out with Nathan just dropping off on the final climb. Nathan chased hard  with another rider to try and bridge the gap but ran out of time. He took second place with a well timed sprint.

Tim Fitzpatrick rode a strong race to be the 13th Victorian over the line. Jai Howard never gave up and finished 24th while Ben Pearse finished 27th after stopping to assist a rider who failed to take a corner and knocked himself out.

Will Kettle raced over 100 Km, a big task in a quality field, Will failed to finish due to cramps but he should be proud of the way he has a go, keep up the good work,

All the boys rode very well at the week end especially since we are a club with out any hills.

Time trial on Saturday.

Liam Harland     10kmm T/T  18.35

Tim Fitzpatrick  14km T/T      25.10.41 included a 10 sec penalty for breaking start

Jai Howard                           25.26.97

Ben Pearse                          25.33.55

Will Kettle        18kmT/T       32.27.46

Nathan DNS

Nathan Oman has been selected to represent Victoria at the Australian Junior Road Titles to be held in Canberra 31st August  to the 3rd of September. He was selected to ride the criterium and the road race. Unfortunately Nathan has had to advise the selectors that he will not be able to compete as he has Glandular fever and has not been able to train properly since the Canberra tour. Nathan raced last week end in the Vic titles to be the 2nd Victorian home, a credible effort given that he is not well and was still able to finish in the placings against the other riders who have been in full training since Canberra. He will  now have three weeks off the bike to aid his recovery.Nathan also finished 2nd in the road series aggregate for the season, had he been well enough to compete in the time trial he would have been a chance to win the series which he was leading prior to this week end.

Success for Nathan Oman at the Canberra Junior Cycling tour, July 6th/7th 07

Nathan Oman competed the Canberra Junior Cycling tour held over  two days at Mt Stromlo Forest Park, a purpose built cycling facility which provides great facilities and new testing for road courses. The tour which is one of the largest in Australia had 339 entries in various categories, with Nathans age group having 85 entries. All states of Australia were represented plus a team of riders from New Zealand making for some of the best junior racing in Australia.

 
Nathans first race on the Saturday was a 54 km road race on the roads out behind Mt Stromlo. The steep climbs and fast descents broke the field up on the return to finish line at Mt Stromlo. A bunch of 20 riders contested the final sprint with Nathan finishing 9th after a battle for positions with the New Zealand riders.
Saturday afternoon the criterium was held in treacherous conditions with rain falling for the whole race. Nathan rode a clever race staying mid field until the last two laps when he moved to the front to keep a good position for the final sprint. Nathan finished second to the current Australian Criterium Champion. This race was also the ACT criterium Championships, Nathan was presented with a Silver medal for his efforts.
Nathan finished 5th in the general classification on the first day.
Sunday's race was over 54km with a number of steep climbs and treacherous descents which once again broke up the field leaving a bunch of 30 riders to contest the finish. Nathan on the final lap led into the finishing straight to win the race in convincing fashion This race also was also part of the ACT Championship so Nathans effort made him ACT Road champion. The win put him up to 2nd place in the general classification.
Sunday afternoon Nathan had 15.5 km time trial over a testing out and back course, he recorded a time to finish him in 9th position for the time trial.
Overall Nathan finished in 3rd position for the tour which is a great effort given that the best in Australia and New Zealand were competing as part of their preparation for the Australian Championships to held in Canberra late August. Nathans performance was a great effort given that he only rated himself a chance to finish in the top 30 prior to the event.
 

Shepparton Cycling club two day junior tour, June 30th 07

Last week end Nathan Oman, Ben Pearse, Tim Fitzpatrick and Jai Howard represented Echuca Moama Cycle club in the Shepparton Cycling club two day junior tour.

Saturdays racing was a great day out for the boys, Nathan Oman together with three other riders broke away  in the U17 mens A Grade  to gain a three minute gap on the field with Nathan winning the final sprint by two bike lengths. Ben Pearse rode a top race to finish 1st in U17 mens B Grade, Tim Fitzpatrick was close behind followed by Jai Howard.
The time trial in afternoon was over 15.5 km with only seconds separating the field. Nathan Oman finished third in his ride, while Tim Fitzpatrick rode a strong time trial to move up the placings, Jai Howard and Ben Pearse also rode solid time trials.
After Saturdays racing Nathan was equal first on points with Matt Clarke of Albury in A Grade while in B grade Ben Pearse was 2nd and  Tim Fiztpatrick 3rd..
Sunday morning the boys raced over 60km at Dookie with A and B grade combined with no one able to break away. The finish was a large bunch sprint with Nathan gaining 3rd place in A grade, Tim 1st in B grade with Ben Pearse finishing close behind.
The final race was a criterium held in the car park near the Shepparton Velodrome over a very tight and technical course. Tim Fitzpatrick and Ben Pearse were first to race in the U17B grade. Tim Fitzpatrick was able to exert pressure on the field and rode a strong race. Ben Pearse rode a very good race and will learn from the experience.
Nathan Oman rode in  the U17 A Grade which was a fiercely contested race with the field split up early as the result of the race determined the overall winner of the tour. Nathan rode an aggressive race breaking the field into small groups of chasing riders making it difficult for any one else to break clear, in the final sprint Nathan finished 3rd.
Nathan won the U17 A Grade Junior tour by three points, Tim Fitzpatrick won the U17 B Grade tour  by 15 points, a great result by the boys who a now preparing for next week end. Tim Fitzpatrick is racing the Victorian Country Road Championships at Ararat on Saturday and should be a chance to finish in the top three.
Nathan Oman is racing in Canberra at the Kowalski 2 day Junior tour which will feature some of the best junior riders in Australia and New Zealand. Nathan is hoping for a top 20 finish given the quality of the large field of 75 riders.
 

Bendigo Cycle Club 2 Day Tour, June 9th-10th 07


Echuca Moama's junior  riders performed well in the two day tour held in Bendigo last week end.
The boys had two races on Saturday followed by three races on Sunday.
Elijah Kettle competed in Division 3 Under 15/17 combined and produced once of his best performances on the bike. Elijah was able on the Sunday to ride strongly and pass the stronger and more experienced riders to claim 3rd place over all with  great efforts in the time trial, criterium and final road race.
Liam Harland had his first race away from Echuca and showed great potential in Division 2  under15/17 combined. Liam had never raced in the hills prior to this weekend but he proved more than capable by winning the Criterium and road race on Sunday to claim 3rd place overall in his division.
Tim Fitzpatrick and Nathan Oman competed in Division 1 under15/17 combined in a strong field with only seconds separating all the riders after the two days racing. Tim Fitzpatrick raced strongly over the week end never giving up and always trying to ride at the front of the field. Tim Finished in 7th place. Nathan Oman showed his experience  and strength by winning the stage up Mt Alexander on Saturday after finishing 4th in the 1st stage. Nathan came first  in the time trial and criterium followed by a 2nd place in the final road race on Sunday to take out the overall honours in Division 1.
The next event for the boys is the Shepparton Junior to be held on the 30th June, this is a selection race for the Under 15 and under 17 Victorian road team.

Ararat Junior Cycle Tour, June 2nd-3rd 07

6 junior members of Echuca Moama Cycle Club competed in a two day tour held at Ararat. The event attracted the best junior  riders in Victoria  and South Australia with over 150 riders competing. 

Nathan Oman, Ben Pearse, Jai Howard, TIm Fitzpatrick competed in U15 Men while Ben Oman and Will Kettle raced in U 19 men. The tour on Saturday comprised of a time trial, a short road race which replaced the criterium due to heavy rain making the course unsafe. Sunday morning the boys had two road  races to decide the overall placings for the tour. 
Saturday mornings time trial  for the  U 15 men saw Nathan Oman finishing in 3rd position with Tim Fitzpatrick the next Echuca Moama rider home followed by Jai Howard and Ben Pearse close behind.
In the mens U19 Ben Oman finished 12th with Will Kettle close behind in 13th place.
Saturday afternoon the boys raced in a graded scratch race with Nathan Oman finishing in 2nd place in a close finish in A Grade after a fall which claimed 6 riders. Tim Fitzpatrick, Jai Howard and Ben Pearse rode strongly to finish in the top 10 in U15 B Grade. Ben Oman and Will Kettle in the mens U19 raced in a very cold and wet conditions with Ben finishing in 5th Place with Will Kettle close behind. 
Sunday morning the U 15 men being split into two grades, Nathan Oman in A grade where he finished in 3rd place in another close finish. Ben Pearse, Jai Howard and Tim Fitzpatrick raced B grade in very slippery conditions, unfortunately Jai Howard and Tim Fitzpatrick were involved in a fall and failed to finish.
Under 19 men raced over 72km,Ben Oman and Will Kettle battled against a strong field to finish in 12th and 13th place. 
The final race was a handicap race which was to decide the overall winner of the tour as Nathan was equal first coming in to the final event, Nathan tired in the last race  finishing in 10th place  giving him 4th place overall for the tour.
Jai Howard and Ben Pearse  finished in the top 15  in U17 B grade for the tour, unfortunately Tim Fitzpatrick was injured and unable to finish the tour. Will Kettle completed the U19 mens to finish 10th over all in first year in this age group. 
Nathan Oman, Tim Fitzpatrick, Liam Harland ,Elijah Kettle and Will Kettle will represent Echuca Moama Cycle club in the Bendigo Cycle club Junior tour over the long week end.

Wagga Junior Tour 5/05/2007

Seven Echuca riders competed:> William Kettle U19, Colby Madill U19, Elijah Kettle U15B, Ben Pearse U17B,

                                                 Nathan Oman U17A, Jai Howard U17B, Tim Fitzpatrick U17B

Stage Results                                      Overall Results 

Colby Madill,     2 x 3rd,  2 x 4th           U19 Mens:>    3rd Colby Madill     

William Kettle,   2 x 4th, 1 x 5th            U19 Mens:>    4th William Kettle

Jai Howard,       1 x 3rd                        U17 B Mens:> 6th Jai Howard

Tim Fitzpatrick, 1 x 5th                        U17 A Mens:> 9th Nathan Oman

Ben Pearse,      1 x 9th                        U15 B Mens:> 10th Elijah Kettle

Elijah Kettle,      1 x 9th

Nathan Oman,   1 x 7th, 2 x 9th

 

Race Report Victorian Cyclesport Criterium Championships 23/04/2007

Nathan Oman represented Echuca Moama Cycle club in the Under 17 Mens Criterium Championships held at Casey Fields Berwick on Sunday.

Nathan raced in a field of 22 riders which included a number of  contenders for this years Victorian Road Cycling team which will be selected later this year to represent Victoria at the National titles to be held in Canberra.Nathan raced in a very tight race with no rider being able to break away on the windy exposed course.The field remained together for the duration of the race with the result being decided by a bunch sprint on the final lap.The summer season of track racing has helped  his speed and bike skills which enabled him to finish with a strong sprint. Nathan was lucky to avoid a crash on the last corner  to claim 2nd place which is a great effort as he is at the lower end of the age group after coming up from under 15 mens.
Nathan is now preparing for the Winter road season which will start off with the Wagga Junior cycling tour  to be held next week end.

Nathan Oman winning the U17 invitation motor pace at Vodafone Arena .Australian Madison Championships 17th March 2007

Nathan hitting out with two laps to go, unfortunately the rider in the Harding's Colours moved up the track on the last lap nearly bringing him down after touching wheels. Nathan finished 6th and has raced at Vodafone twice this season at the invitation of Cycle sport and Cyclist International only races which hope to showcase the up and coming U17 riders.

 

Nathan and Ben Omen both rode the Carnival at Ararat on Thursday. A well conducted event with huge prize money, both boys found the pace extremely fast in the first race as the track is smaller than the Echuca track thus needing to adapt to the short straights.

Nathan had a great day competing in handicap, scratch races and an interstate pursuit against SA.
Nathan came third in the M17 3000m A Scratch over 3000m, 3rd in the 2000m Wheel race of the mark of 50 metres and first place in the M U17 team pursuit over 2000m against SA.
 
Ben raced in the C grade scratch handicap finishing mid field after losing the winners wheel on the last lap. Also in the Backmarkers 1500 handicap he battled against much more experienced riders to run out of legs. He also competed in the heat of the wheel race only to run out of gears, not like John Salter who stripped his gears on the start line.
 
First three photos ex Ararat,the last three ex Shepparton Formula future,

JUNIOR CARNIVAL 2007 (click for pics)